Students running as part of S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Well-Being Lesson Plan: S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Teacher Background: Goal-setting is a good self-management and self-awareness skill. Talking about self-reflection also helps students assess their progress and set goals as needed. Lesson Plan:  Begin by writing the letters “S.M.A.R.T.” on the board lengthwise. Have the students read the article “S.M.A.R.T. Goals” and highlight what each of the letters stands for. S =…

Magnetic Forces Science Lesson Plan

K-3 Lesson Plan: Magnetic Forces

Background Knowledge: In this lesson, students will explore how magnets interact, ask questions, and make observations. The objective is for students to understand the cause-and-effect relationship of magnetic interactions. Lesson Plan:  Prepare by gathering enough magnets for students. Each student should have two magnets. Read this to your students: Magnets are all around us. We…

Mayan Chief with Chocolate

The Secret Life of a Chocolate Bar

Teacher Background Chocolate has not always come in the sweet creamy consistency we know and love today. Originally, chocolate was used as a beverage and had a bitter taste. It took hundreds of years before people created the chocolate bar. The ancient Olmecs of southern Mexico first used chocolate as a drink for the wealthy.…

Child in Front of American Flag

American Values and Beliefs

Teacher Background The purpose of this week is to tie the celebrations and symbols of the United States to the underlying core values that they represent. Vocabulary Allegiance: being loyal Patriotism: a feeling of love for your country Pledge: a promise Pledge of Allegiance: a promise we make to be loyal to our country Think…

Students Voting

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Teacher Background Students should understand the differences between the rights and the responsibilities of citizens. Vocabulary Civil Rights: the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. Economic Rights: financial choices and privileges individuals have without government prohibition. Economic rights include the right to own property, change employment, operate a business, and join…