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Winter

Find new ways to teach your students about winter holidays, events and celebrations like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. Our collection includes K-12 activities that explore traditions and meanings from multiple perspectives, with an eye on keeping your students academically...

Presidents’ Day is a US holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. This holiday was originally established in 1885 as “Washington’s Birthday” to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday on February 22. In 1971, the federal government renamed the holiday Presidents’ Day in order...

Inspire your students with lessons about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This updated collection features lesson plans, class activities and blogs to help your preK-12 students explore his commitment to the labor movement and the fight for economic justice and dignity, as well...

Black History Month is celebrated each February in the US. The celebration originally began as a week-long event in 1925 arranged by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which wanted to celebrate African-Americans’ contributions to society. The celebrations grew in the...

February 14 is Valentine’s Day. Beginning in the 1800s, people around the United States would send each other cards to celebrate the holiday. This tradition continues today.

The Share My Lesson team created this collection to help ensure you have fun and educational resources for...

Presidents’ Day is a US holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. This holiday was originally established in 1885 as “Washington’s Birthday” to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday on February 22. In 1971, the federal government renamed the holiday Presidents’ Day in order...

Women’s history was first celebrated in the United States in March 1981 when Congress authorized the celebration on Women’s History Week. In 1987, upon the request of the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a resolution to declare March Women’s History Month. Since that time, each...

March is music in our schools month. Take a look at these resources for ways to incorporate music into your classroom.

On March 31, we celebrate César Chávez Day. Chávez, a civil rights and labor activist, co-founded the United Farm Workers Union and used nonviolent protests to fight for the rights of laborers. Although it is not a federal holiday, President Obama has urged all Americans to celebrate Chávez’s...

Spring

We celebrate Earth Day every April 22. It is an annual, worldwide celebration to show support for environmental protection that was first celebrated in 1970 in the US in thousands of colleges and K-12 schools. Since then, it has become a global event that is currently celebrated in 192 countries...

The second Sunday in May is Mother’s Day. Beginning in the early 1900s, people around the United States would celebrate this day as an opportunity to celebrate one’s own mother, as well as motherhood in general.

The Share My Lesson team created this collection to help ensure you have fun...

Each May in the United States, we celebrate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. The term "Asia-Pacific" includes the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month actually began as a shorter, 10 day celebration in...

"The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness." — Herbie Hancock Jazz Appreciation Month is an annual festival held to celebrate jazz as an original American musical genre. April was chosen to be Jazz Appreciation Month to commemorate the birthdays of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald,...

Math gives us the tools we need to better understand some of the world’s most complex issues. Here at Share My Lesson, we’ve put together a special collection of free math worksheets, math lesson plans and math activities to help you bring this subject alive for your students.

Summer

The Share My Lesson team has highlighted some free lesson plans, activities, worksheets and class materials that you can use to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics into your classroom. From videos about the science behind different Olympic events to hosting your own mini-Olympics, we’...

Each year, on the final Monday of May, we celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a solemn day where we remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving our country. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, a time when Americans remembered those who...

On July 4 each year, the United States celebrates Independence Day. This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in which citizens of the 13 American colonies announced their break from the British Empire and their intention to form a new nation: the...

National Internet Safety Month runs throughout June and provides the opportunity to evaluate our online activities and to make sure that we are exploring the internet safely. Find out how you can teach your students how to be safer online with this collection of free lesson plans, materials and...

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Educators will be familiar with “summer slide”—when students don’t continue to read over the summer and, as a result, forget the reading skills learned in the classroom.

By creating summer reading assignments, teachers can reinforce skills and strategies that students have developed...

Fall

How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, particularly in the United States? As the American Federation of Teachers celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, Share My Lesson has...

This Halloween, use Share My Lesson’s free K-12 activities and resources to have fun teaching new concepts. You’ll find content that spans the grade levels and the subject areas. Plus, a special treat for you: we’re featuring lessons plans and media from our partner Science Friday, all of which...

Find new ways to teach your students about the meaning of Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Share My Lesson's collection of free, vetted K-12 resources and activities has new ideas, including how to turn this holiday into a community action day and a helpful toolkit for children of military families....

Find new ways to teach your students about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday. Share My Lesson's vetted collection includes free K-12 lesson plans, activities and resources that explore this traditional event from multiple perspectives, including a focus on indigenous peoples and studying...

Use this curated collection to commemorate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic-Americans with your students during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. These K-12 lesson plans, activities and classroom resources will help engage your students and bring new ideas to life.

October marks National Arts and Humanities Month, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate culture in America. In his proclamation, President Obama said, “… the arts enrich our souls, inspire us to chase our dreams and challenge us to see things through a different lens.” So...

Character Day is September 22. It’s a global initiative where 50,000+ groups explore the importance of developing character strengths like resilience, grit, empathy, courage and kindness. You can get free discussion kits, watch award-winning films for all age groups, host your own event or view...

Each year the United States celebrates Constitution Week, which commemorates the adoption of the US Constitution. Created in 1956, the purpose of the week-long celebration is to promote civics education and the study of the Constitution. This year the event will take place between September 16...

Civics and Civic Holidays