MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
for All 2012: STANDING UP TO DISCRIMINATION
for middle and high school (2/14/12)
Students define the terms "prejudice" "stereotype"
and "discrimination," read an an article about a group
of vets who took a stand against discrimination, and consider
the role of an ally both in the article and at school.
DEMOCRACY in Occupy Wall Street & the Classroom
for grades 4-7
(10/27/11) Students explore the meaning
of democracy and how Occupy Wall Street is using elements of democracy
in their protests. Then students think of and analyze ideas that
might make their classroom more democratic.
WALL STREET': A lesson for middle grades (10/6/11)
Students learn about the Occupy Wall Street protest, discuss wealth
disparity, consider some statistics, make their own charts, and
find out what some of the protesters want and and why.
ANNIVERSARY TEACHING GUIDE.
Our age-appropriate classroom lessons
and activities for grades K-12 aim to deepen your students' understanding
of September 11 and the 10th anniversary ceremonies, and develop
their critical thinking skills. The guide, written by Morningside
Center executive director Tom Roderick, also includes recommended
books and other teaching ideas. Please join us on Facebook
to share your thoughts and experiences on teaching on 9/11.
Students learn about events in Japan since the massive earthquake
on March 11, 2011, read and discuss quotes from Japanese people
and others about the disaster, and make cranes and create messages
for the people of Japan.
to Egypt & Beyond: FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY?
consider a song, a video interview, and readings in exploring
the events unfolding in the Middle East & North Africa.
NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION (for middle school students (2/16/11)
Students learn about the youth-led movement and consider what
it takes to act assertively to organize for change. They view
and discuss a video relating Martin Luther King Jr.'s statements
to events in Egypt.
Often Happy, Sometimes Sad
This usually happy season
may also bring up negative feelings for some students--perhaps
because of family tensions or divisions, health problems or financial
stress. It's important to take this into consideration as we talk
about the holidays in the classroom. This classroom activity is
aimed at raising students' sensitivity and providing some encouragement
for those who may be facing hardship during this holiday season.
Leadership: Burma's AUNG SAN SUU KYI (11/17/10)
(for younger students) Students consider leaders in
their own lives, think about the qualities of leadership exhibited
by Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (who has just been
released) and write messages to Suu Kyi.
What is it? What can we do about it? (10/13/10)
This two-part lesson for grades 5-8 is aimed at increasing
students' understanding of homophobia. The first part focuses
on personal experiences of our differences; the second part focuses
on what students can do to make their classroom and school safe
over the NYC Muslim Community Center & the 9/11 Experience
(for younger students) (9/22/10)
This lesson asks children to watch and discuss three
public service announcements by the Council on American Islamic
Relations featuring Muslims who were part of the 9/11 rescue effort;
consider the news about the controversy over the Cordoba Project
("Ground Zero Mosque"), and discuss a Niemoller poem
that relates to standing up for the rights of others.
& ISLAMOPHOBIA (for younger
Students talk about their cultural heritage,
an online video about American Muslims, discuss their understanding
of Islam and Muslims, and share their own experiences of being
TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL YEAR (6/23/10) (for all grades)
Five activities use different methodologies to help you and your
students reflect on the year and look ahead to next year.
OIL SPILL: What happened, and who is responsible?
discuss the massive BP oil spill and view two short videos as
they consider what happened in the gulf, their own consumption
of oil, and who should be held responsible for the spill.
Still in Crisis, but No Longer in the News (2/24/10)
Marieke van Woerkom's activity helps younger students consider
how Haitians are faring now that the news media has largely moved
IS HAPPENING IN HAITI? (1/19/10)
Help your students learn about the earthquake and
Haiti's history, and brainstorm about how they can help Haitians
now and in the long run.
Dr. Martin Luther King: THE POWER OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE
engaging activities, video, and small-group discussion, students
consider the Montgomery Bus Boycott and how they might stand up
against injustice in their own lives.
IN A TIME OF CRISIS (9/2/09)
Educator Marieke van Woerkom provides timeless guidelines for
opening up discussion on difficult issues--like the current economic
recession--with your elementary and middle school students. Also
included: links to resources on the economic crisis to inform
the class discussion.
TO KNOW YOU: Classroom Activities for Starting Off the School
28-page PDF booklet includes great activities to get your class
(grades preK-12) off to a good start in the new school year.
IN THE WAVES: Two Earth Day Lessons for Middle School Students
viewing a short video clip, students consider the effect all our
waste has on the environment and develop a 'reduce, reuse, recyle'
ON THE INAUGURATION for grades K-12
Our 15-page PDF booklet includes student readings and interactive
lessons about the inauguration, Obama's inaugural speech, the
challenges facing the new administration, and the inaugurals of
presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt.
Election 2008: MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
(for grades 4-6) Four
45-minute lessons engage students in considering what qualities
they might look for in a political candidate; how to get information
about candidates; and how they and the adults in their lives decide
whom to vote for.
& THE ENVIRONMENT: What can we do?
Through a series of engaging activities,
middle or high school students learn basic facts about climate
change and consider what we can do about it.
Problem-Solving Approaches (K-12) Regularly instituting
these two approaches in your classroom will build your students'
problem-solving skills and create a more congenial classroom atmosphere.
Guides: The Librarian of Basra and Alia's Mission:Saving the Books
of Iraq These two recent children's books (grades
K-12) present a positive opportunity to open up discussions of
the Iraq war with students. Both tell the story of Alia Muhammed
Baker, the chief librarian of Basra, Iraq, who saved 30,000 books
from Basra's library before it burned during the U.S. invasion
& the Assertiveness Line
Teach your students a strategy for being assertive when problems
come up with friends and family. Then have students practice the
Charade (Grades 4-12)
This fun activity can help open up communication with and among
students about their feelings. It also helps build students' vocabulary
and their confidence in using their full vocabulary range.
This fun activity is a good one to use at the beginning
of a course. It's a quick way for students to connect with one
another and overcome shyness.
Students interview and learn about one another.
This simple process gives young people--and adults--a chance
to express their feelings about events of the day.
Students work individually to create a "cultural banner"
expressing values, traditions, and activities important in their
Building: A Cooperative Activity
Students work in small groups to create a group "machine."
Strategies: Managing Feelings
Working in small groups, students categorize coping strategies
as positive, negative, neutral, and time-out behaviors.
for Expressing Feelings
Students examine how feelings are expressed in a poem, and then
use metaphor to write about their own feelings.
Students explore anger using similes.