Everything’s Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day

This module from the National Constitution Center explores history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday known as Earth Day, celebrated on April 22. The unit Includes a video, lesson plan and activities.

The Vietnam War Lesson Guide

Explore classroom lesson plans related to Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s 10-part, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, which tells the story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history. The series from the National Endowment for the Humanities explores the human dimensions of the war through the testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government

Go on a learning adventure with Benjamin Franklin. Ben’s Guide is designed to inform K-12 students, parents, and educators about the workings of the federal government. Site content is divided into age levels. Lesson plans developed by the American Association of School Librarians are available, and games are also offered. This resource is provided by the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

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