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Thank You For Being Part of Our Community!

November is a month for reflecting on the things for which we are the most thankful. We here at are thankful for our growing community — the teachers, education students, homeschoolers, parents, and school administrators — who visit our site each month. We are particularly thankful for generous educators — like you! — who give back and share original lesson plans and helpful teaching hints with and our global teaching community.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

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Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

In the United States, Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November. School children explore the holiday by reading, writing and reciting Thanksgiving stories, songs and poems, and by making turkey crafts. Many countries hold harvest festivals and national celebrations of thanksgiving.

American Indian Heritage Month Lesson Plans

November is designated National American Indian Heritage Month. Sandwiched between the holidays of Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, it commemorate the first interactions between Native American and European cultures.

  • Art: Native American rock art, sand painting, rug weaving, pottery, dream catchers and other craft ideas
  • Computers & Internet: a technology-rich Native American unit and a webquest on “Indian” school mascots
  • Language Arts: Native American poetry, folk tales and superstitions; Indian Chief biographies, making a tribal language and vocabulary notebook; and a “write your own myth” lesson
  • Math: creating Native American wall hanging using patterns and geometric shapes
  • Multidisciplinary: painting a Native American historical event mural, planting a Native American garden, the Lakota Sioux Sun Dance, and a unit of the Americanization of Native Americans
  • Music: making Hawaiian ‘Uli ‘Uli instruments
  • Science: Chief Seattle’s letter and ecosystems
  • Social Studies: several collections of Native American cultural activities; several lessons comparing the cultures, lifestyles, and feelings of Native Americans and European settlers, both then and now; a research lesson on Native American culture, lifestyles, and contributions; activities creating dioramas of Native American homes and a Native American board game; also units about Alaska, the Southwest Experience and the Trail of Tears
  • Other: specific lessons on Cherokee, Haida, Iroquois, Navajo, Seminole, Sioux, and Hawaiian native cultures

Celebrate the history and heritage of the native peoples of North America with ideas from our American Indian Heritage Month Collection.

Learn Something Old

You can play historian! This amazing online learning experience lets you investigate the “real” story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people.

What Teachers Are Talking About

Using Video In The Classroom

The old videotape collection has been changed to DVD and now online streaming, but the real richness of the media is not in the format. It is in the content, and learning how to effectively use that content regardless of the format is part of the tool kit that every good teacher needs to carry.

An Unintended Consequence of Policy: Low-Quality Elementary Science Education

According to a recent report on science education in California, more than half of elementary school principals do NOT believe it is likely that a student receives high-quality science instruction at his or her school.

If anything, I would expect principals to be optimistic about the strength of their schools, so this finding really drives home longstanding concerns about the state of elementary science education.

Why Cut Muscle When You Can Cut Waste?

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the “new normal” – the need to do more with less. And across the country, districts are doing it. They are cutting waste, becoming more efficient in a number of ways. While educators can be loath to admit it, according to American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) founder and chairman Jack Grayson, there is a great deal of waste in education.

Check out the latest on the blogs!

Submitting Plans Just Got Easier

You can now submit your lesson plans directly through Facebook to be shared on Visit our Facebook page and click “submit a lesson plan” on the left. It’s that easy!

Coming Attractions

Stay tuned for our December newsletters with winter and holiday resources!

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