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LESSON

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
LEARNING PLAN

Thanksgiving and Culture

  • How does our culture affect the way we celebrate American holidays?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    History
    Social Justice Domains
    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

    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
    TEXT
    Informational

    Fear

    In this personal narrative from Living Up the Street: Narrative Recollections, Gary Soto recounts a moment when he began to understand Frankie T., a boy who bullied him in the fifth grade.
    Grade Level
    6-8
    Gary Soto
    Topic
    Social Justice Domain