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Holiday Charity: A Math Activity About Poverty

The holiday season often marks the launch of toy and canned food drives in schools. Use this activity to deepen students understanding of those being served and the dynamics of poverty in the United States.
Grade Level
6-8
Topic
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Migration and the Spirits of Life

Celebrated annually on November 2, Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," embraces life as it pokes fun at the Grim Reaper. (Note: In some regions, the celebration spans two days, from November 1st through the 2nd, in which case it is called Dias de los Muertos.)
Grade Level
Topic
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Early African Calendars

Many math educators believe that learning about the multicultural history of mathematics can help a more diverse range of students achieve math success. Knowledge of their ancestors' contributions, proponents say, could enhance students' interest in algebra, for example, which was brought to Europe in books written by Islamic scholars from Central Asia, Arabia, Turkey, and North Africa. The following excerpt and activity, examines the origins of early North African number systems.
Grade Level
6-8
Subject
Social Studies
History
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

What Do Halloween Costumes Say?

This lesson, adaptable across grades, is designed to help students look critically at the different Halloween costumes marketed to them in the media and other places. In schools where Halloween is observed, the activity can be used to develop guidelines for acceptable holiday garb.
Grade Level
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
ELL / ESL
Math & Technology
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Thanksgiving Mourning

In this activity, students will explore the perspectives of two Native American authors about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday and then write journal entries.
Grade Level
Subject
Social Studies
History
Social Justice Domain
LESSON

Looking at Labor

In this lesson, students will examine the many kinds of work that people do, and discuss why certain jobs are better paid and often more respected than others. The class will then discuss and decide if such assessments are valid.
Grade Level
Topic
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Economics
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain