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20 Favorite Lessons of 2013

As the year draws to a close, make sure to check out our picks for memorable new EducationWorld lessons posted this year. Liven up the classroom with these fresh social studies, science and language arts lessons. And build positive classroom climate with our resources for social-emotional learning.

Social Studies

Lesson Ideas: The World's Religions
Circle the globe with grade 6-12 social studies lesson ideas that explore the diversity of the world's religions.

St. Patrick's Day Lesson: The Real Story of St. Patrick
Grade 3-12 students examine the life of the real St. Patrick, explore the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, and learn about Irish history.

Lesson Plan Booster: China's Rainbow Mountains
Students learn geology terms and examine the unique, colorful Zhangye Danxia Landform in China.

Nelson Mandela: Discussion Guide and Resources
Use our timeline and resources to open discussion and celebrate the remarkable leader’s role in ending South African apartheid.

Lesson Plan Booster: Predicting the Future
Students use critical thinking not only to imagine the early 20th century, but also to predict what the next 100 years will bring.

Malala's Courage: Student Discussion Guide
An assassination attempt by the Taliban didn’t stop Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai's women’s-rights advocacy.

Literature Lesson: Environmental Issues Then and Now
Celebrate Earth Day by having grade 8-12 students use literature to reflect on environmental issues past and present.


The Flu in Context: Epidemics, Vaccines and Prevention
Grade 5-12 students learn about epidemics and pandemics, as well as vaccines and precautions that can prevent infections.

Lesson Plan Booster: Building the Starship Enterprise
Grade 7-12 students learn about space flight and speculate as to whether “Star Trek” tech could become a reality.

Space Science Lesson: How Did Earth Get Its Moon?
Grade 5-8 students consider the impact our moon has on earth and explore a theory of how the moon came to exist.

A Lesson on Inventions
K-6 students incorporate science, history and language arts as they celebrate the process of discovery and invention.

English Language Arts

Common-Core Lesson: Multiple-Meaning Words
This K-5 lesson helps students learn multiple-meaning words and use them in context.

Common Core Grammar Lesson: Homophones
Teach proper use of the homophone groups there/their/they’re and to/too/two. Includes: Student worksheets and answer key.

Common Core Writing: Sugar Zombies Attack!
Grade 3-6 students learn about story arcs, complete a fictional narrative and enhance it with dialogue and details.

Colonial Children: Main Ideas, Inferences and Summarizing
This grades 4-6 Common Core lesson presents an informational text about colonial America and lets students practice reading comprehension skills.

Angora Rabbits: Common Core Language Arts Lesson
Grade K-2 students learn about unusual animals, determine the main topic and details of a reading passage, then do a cute coloring activity.

Writing a Good Resume: Student Exercise
Grade 9-12 students critique and practice writing resumes.

Social-Emotional Learning

What Message Do Movies Send About Bullying?
Build media literacy with this Lesson Plan Booster for grades 4-12. Do popular movies portray the adult/peer actions that actually help stop bullying?

Get-to-Know-You Activity: “All About Me” Placemat
Try this as a back-to-school icebreaker. Grade K-5 students celebrate their individuality and build self-awareness.

Being a Good Friend: Social-Emotional Learning Activity
This Common Core-aligned character-building activity promotes a positive classroom climate.


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