Lessons

These robust, ready-to-use classroom lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

“Teaching Tolerance provides me with the means to promote social justice, challenge bias, and engage students in discussions about diversity that would perhaps not happen otherwise.”

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500 Lessons

'Mathematics for Our Past'

Our students come from upper-middle-class homes and live in a sheltered suburban community with little exposure to anyone significantly different than themselves. Teaching tolerance is difficult when they have few experiences with diversity. This project introduces students to a diverse group of people who experienced intolerance.
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History
Math & Technology
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The Children's March: Viewing the Film

This activity is designed for use with our free curriculum kit, Mighty Times: The Children's March, designed for the middle and upper grades.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain

Strong Women and Gentle Men

The nonviolent Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s included a good mixture of young people, both boys and girls. They worked bravely in the face of a fierce unwillingness by other citizens to granting basic rights to all people. This lesson explores what gave those boys and girls the power to stand up for what was right; how they reacted to the messages they were getting from society; and what today’s students can learn from those experiences.As part of this discussion, students will draw parallels between today’s gender issues and the Civil Rights movement. They will review popular magazines and look at how the media portray girls and boys differently. Afterwards, they will create a found poem to express their views. This activity shows the importance of strong women and gentle men through the screening of "The Children's March," a film about the role of young people in the Civil Rights movement. Teachers receive the film for free; get the details and download the Teachers’ Guide here.
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Social Studies
History
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Pre-WWII European Jewish Life Photo Project

This set of lessons — comprised of five 45-minute sessions — will engage students in researching and understanding how individual Jewish communities and lives were affected by the Holocaust. By researching and analyzing family photographs, students will gain insight into the relative normalcy of Jewish life (religious, cultural, and business) before the Nazis assumed power — and then discover how Jewish lives changed drastically after the Nazi invasion. Note: Students should be familiar with a basic timeline of the Holocaust (specifically when Hitler took control of different countries). Teachers should provide, or review, this information and provide a map of European geography. Students will spend four periods of class time using computers to access and research two photos of pre-WWII Jewish life in Europe. They will find information about one of the communities shown in a photo. They will seek to identify the location and year of the photos to learn if it was taken was prior to the Nazi occupation of that country, when life was considered normal. Note: The project will be done in stages. Some students may require assistance from the school media specialist.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
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ELL / ESL
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One Survivor Remembers: Anti-semitism

This lesson is an excerpt from the accompanying teacher's guide to One Survivor Remembers, a teaching kit built around the incredible life story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein.
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Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
History
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