Resources for Grades 6–8

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turning vegetables into clean energy

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grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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clean energy

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grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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why we say ok

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grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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evolution of the book

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grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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a hero's journey

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grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

Video

grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

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life against injustice

Video

grades 8–12

A Life Against Injustice: Pauli Murray

Prepare to be astonished by the righteous accomplishments of civil rights activist, lawyer, author, and priest Pauli Murray, who stood against all forms of injustice.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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where would you live

Activity

grades 6–12

Where Would You Live?

Choose three cities to research, and use the Quick Facts website at the top to answer the questions. Which city is your "winner" and why?

Activity

grades 6–12

Family Fridge Quotables

Each week curate a collage of quotes—from family, friends, or famous people—on your fridge. You can use sticky notes or get creative with your own cutout shapes. Discuss why you chose them.

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Sample of picture from website

Activity

grades 8–12

What's Going On in This Picture?

Analyze a curious new photo each week (posted on Sundays). Post your guess in the comments. Check back on Thursdays to see the actual caption.

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Activity

grades 3–7

Cooking Up Culture

Choose from a variety of recipes from around the world. Then explore some tasty traditions from different cultures.

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Article/Ebook

grades 5–7

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Learn about the historic figure who served on the United States Supreme Court and championed women's rights.

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A nurse at work

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

It's a Fact: Nurses Are Amazing

Read this article about nurses in Albania, identify the main idea, and find three facts that support it.

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wishes and luck for the new year

Article/Ebook

grades 7–12

Wishes and Luck for the New Year

Discover the history and symbolism behind the red envelopes people exchange during Lunar New Year.

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matthew henson

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Matthew Henson: Arctic Explorer

Discover the trailblazing accomplishments of Matthew Henson, who broke boundaries both as an arctic explorer and African American.

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Wilma Rudolph

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Essential Black History Texts

Browse, select, and read from this great collection of nonfiction and fiction texts written by Black writers, artists, and activists.

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thanksgiving beyond the feast

Article/Ebook

grades 5–8

Thanksgiving, Beyond the Feast

Read this history of Thanksgiving that goes beyond the feast and includes some perspective from the Indigenous people affected by the settlers.

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and the winner is

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

And the Winner Is …

Find out who declares the winner of an election, and how they can declare a winner before all the votes are counted.

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message in a bottle

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Message in a Bottle

Read an article and watch a video about the impact of plastic bottles on the environment. Then explore some of the possible solutions.

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world's tallest building

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

World's Tallest Building

Find out about the architecture, materials, and process used to create the world's tallest building. Then explore the math problems and social justice activities.

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stone kites

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Stone Kites?

Learn about these mysterious stone structures in the western desert of Saudi Arabia. Then, try out some of the math questions.

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goats that climb

Article/Ebook

grades 5–10

Goats That Climb

Find out how and why goats climb, and then choose one or more of the math questions to try. Check out the extra resources, too.

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microbeads

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Microbeads: Huge Problem

Find out how people worked together to ban the use of a dangerous ingredient in cosmetics. Are there movements you want to help?

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cartoon drawing of Sacagawea

Audio

grades 1–6

Who Was Sacagawea?

Listen to this audiobook to learn about an amazing teenager who made some of the exploration of North America possible.

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Kodak photos

Audio

grades 6–12

Anne Frank

Take some time to listen to this stirring story of a young girl hiding from the Nazis during WWII. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Design icons

Audio

grades 6–12

99% Invisible

Learn how architecture and design shape our everyday world with the stories and history behind things we rarely think about.

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news for young listeners

Audio

grades 6–12

News Bites for Young Listeners

Stay up to date on current events with these short podcast episodes on topics that matter today.

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radiolab for kids podcast

Audio

grades 1–6

Radiolab for Kids

Get your mind swirling with these fascinating podcast episodes that ask wacky questions and find fascinating answers.

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two cartoon girls telling stories

Audio

grades 5–9

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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people and a dog hiking

Audio

grades 3–6

Hello, Universe

Listen to this charming tale involving four kids, Filipino folk tales, and bravery. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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a drawing of a woman sitting

Audio

grades 4–8

The Thing About Luck

Listen to the sweet tale of a migrant worker girl who must face big responsibilities. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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two people in a row boat

Audio

grades 3–6

Listen, Slowly

Put on this audiobook about a girl's trip to Vietnam, where she learns about her family's past. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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a person walking under a sunset

Audio

grades 6–12

A Long Walk to Water

Dive into this gripping story of an 11-year-old boy in Sudan during the civil war, based on a true story. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

grades 3–12

Rad American Women A-Z

Learn about these amazing women who defied expectations across the centuries. Great for the whole family.

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Newsably website screenshot

Interactive

grades 6–12

News Feed Defenders

Understand the essential qualities of good journalism, how news goes viral, and common tactics employed in news to deceive or manipulate reads.

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what came first

Interactive

grades 3–8

What Came First

Try out these art-based brainteasers. Choose between two images and decide which came first.

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versailles palace

Interactive

grades 6–12

Versailles: The Palace Is Yours

Read the stories and see the art, gardens, decor, and more of this extravagant French palace.

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Mount Vernon

Interactive

grades 6–12

Learn About Mount Vernon

Take a trip to George Washington's historic estate that served as his home with Martha Washington—and the home of hundreds of enslaved people.

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The earth glowing

Interactive

grades 4–12

GeoGuessr

Motivate students to learn about the world's regions, ecosystems, and inhabitants with this addictive puzzler.

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screenshot from website

Interactive

grades 6–12

Do I Have a Right?

Lead a constitutional law firm in this interactive online game. Help match clients with the correct lawyer, and learn about how our government works.

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Front of the White House

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grades 3–8

Visit the White House

Take a virtual tour of the living quarters and workspace of the president of the United States.

Interactive

grades 3–6

Geography

Name a place in the world. The next person has to think of a place that starts with the last letter of the place.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Court Quest

Drive the "Justice Express" in this interactive game, and help citizens navigate our state and federal court systems.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Branches of Power

Control all three branches in this simulation as you learn all about law making at the local, state, and federal levels.

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Interactive

grades 5–12

Win the White House

Start your own presidential campaign and learn the ins, outs, and quirks of electoral politics in the United States.

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Interactive

grades 6–9

Mapping Magellan

Follow Ferdinand Magellan's first-ever route around the world. What were you surprised to learn about the voyage?

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Picture of Roberto Clemente

Lesson

grades 5–8

The Story of Roberto Clemente

Learn how Latinx baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente changed minds during the civil rights movement. Use the included student guide for supplemental activities.

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targeted political ads

Lesson

grades 8–12

Targeted Political Ads

Explore the ways microtargeted political ads attempt to influence elections. Watch the video, and then use the worksheet and discussion questions to dig deeper.

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successful people

Lesson

grades 6–10

Success Stories

Learn about the struggles and triumphs of three extraordinary Latinx Americans including an astronaut, an actor, and a Broadway star.

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different quilts

Lesson

grades 6–12

The Shape of Stories

Explore this exhibition focused on quilt-maker and artist Rosie Lee Tompkins, whose "put-togethers," as she puts it, experiment with color, shape, and texture.

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timeline of mathematics

Lesson

grades 6–12

Math History

Discover the history of mathematics with this timeline. Read the stories behind the math and see how what we know today evolved over time.

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Lesson

grades 7–8

Census Changes

Predict how the racial makeup of the country will change in ten, and twenty, years by using the U.S. Census data from 2000 and 2010.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Trade and the Black Death

Use an interactive map to complete this critical-thinking activity that investigates how trade routes affected the spread of the Black Death.

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a painting of Eleanor Roosevelt

Lesson

grades 7–9

The Life and Times of Eleanor Roosevelt

Journey through three important eras of American history with one of its most influential women: Eleanor Roosevelt.

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unsung history makers

Lesson

grades 5–9

The Unsung History Makers: Maria Moreno

Go on a research quest to discover the story behind the influential labor rights activist Maria Moreno.

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portrait of frederick douglass

Lesson

grades 6–12

Important Activist: Frederick Douglass

Visit this online exhibition to read about Frederick Douglass and see the actual documents he wrote.

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broken news

Lesson

grades 8–12

Is Breaking News Broken?

Work through this lesson plan that'll help you consider how social media has affected breaking news as well as elections and voting.

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turning vegetables into clean energy

Video

grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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clean energy

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Video

grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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Video

grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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why we say ok

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Video

grades 3–12

Why We Say "OK"

How many times do you say "OK" each day? Ever wonder what it actually means? Watch and discover the origins of this commonly used word.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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evolution of the book

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Video

grades 5–12

Evolution of the Book

What makes a book a book? Learn about the origins of bookmaking from design and fonts to paper and spines.

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a hero's journey

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Video

grades 6–12

A Hero's Journey

Learn about the story structure of the hero, from ancient warriors to modern-day Harry Potter. The variations come from the same template: the monomyth.

Video

grades K–12

Haben Girma: To Harvard and Beyond

Be inspired by the indomitable spirit and intellect of Haben Girma, who graduated from Harvard Law while living with deaf-blindness.

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the woman who made the first step

Video

grades 5–12

The Woman Who Made the First Step

As the first Black, female congressperson and a champion for civil rights, Shirley Chisholm broke barriers so others could follow in her footsteps.

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life against injustice

Video

grades 8–12

A Life Against Injustice: Pauli Murray

Prepare to be astonished by the righteous accomplishments of civil rights activist, lawyer, author, and priest Pauli Murray, who stood against all forms of injustice.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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latinx, hispanic, and chicano geniuses

Website/App

grades 6–12

Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano Genius

Browse and read—or learn about—the work of Latinx, Hispanic, and Chicano artists, activists, and more. (Note: Some texts require sign-in.)

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discover her story

Website/App

grades 6–12

Discover Her Story

Choose a theme to explore behind-the-scenes videos, stories, and objects featuring women who have shaped America as we know it.

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a cultural journey across america

Website/App

grades 6–12

A Cultural Journey Across America

Choose an artist or area to explore and discover the rich diversity of cultures and folk traditions across the United States.

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The History Makers: Anniversary 2020. 20 Days, 20 Nights Virtual Celebration & Convening 12.1-12.20 2020

Website/App

grades 3–12

African American Oral Histories

Get lost in this gold mine of in-depth and highly accessible video interviews and biographies of notable African American people.

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wonders of mexico

Website/App

grades 6–12

Wonders of Mexico

Explore the influence of Mexican art and culture in this stunning collection of influential work from painters, architects, filmmakers, writers, and other artists.

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hispanic heritage month

Website/App

grades K–12

Latinx Resources

Use this curated collection to commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx Americans.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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first-person perspective

Website/App

grades 8–12

Important First-Person Perspective

Use this app to better understand the experiences of a young refugee who fled to Malaysia from Myanmar. Note: Some disturbing content.

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crowdsourced collection

Website/App

grades 5–12

Cool Crowdsourced Collection

Journey through these videos and photos to get a sense of the people, places, and nature around the world. Then submit your own content!

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people in the asian art museum

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Asian Art Museum

Take an in-depth look at Asia's influence on art and history with inventive lessons, activities, videos, and images.

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TIME for Kids magazine cover

Website/App

grades 5–6

TIME for Kids

Read these kid-friendly articles about current events, cool science facts, and more.

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Website/App

grades 6–12

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Find reference media and historical recordings in this extensive collection produced by public TV and radio stations.

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dig into history

Worksheet

grades 6–12

Dig into History

Use this Google Doc to research a leader from the Mexican Revolution. Who were they, and what role did they play?

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ancient art

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Ancient Art

Color the Incan textile pattern and then try to create your own version. What patterns do you see? What shapes will you include?