Curriculum Resources

Free Curriculum : Ethics & Character Education

Amnesty International

Amnesty International works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, they investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize for its life-saving work. Download free lesson plans and curriculum guides that integrate core subject content with human rights education. www.amnestyusa.org.

Cybersmart!

Downloadable lesson plans and student activity sheets help teachers implement anti-bullying curriculum in the classroom for grades 2-12. Examples are The Power of Words, Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line, and Acceptable Social Networking. http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/lessons.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education offers a range of classroom resources for students to take charge of their own learning including interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, and assessment resources. Curriculum focus: Health, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. 800-323-9084. www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers.

Ethical Literacy Learning Community

Provides classroom activities designed to advance ethical literacy and build school cultures of integrity. Examples are Chalk Talk: Core Values Around the World, The Dilemmas of Cyber Ethics, and Cheating. 207-542-1546. http://ethical-literacy.org.

GoodCharacter.com

Provides teaching guides & lesson plans, service-learning materials & ideas, and additional web resources. Topics include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness/justice, caring, citizenship, honesty, courage, diligence, integrity, and school-to-work: ethics in the workplace. 800-359-KIDS. www.goodcharacter.com/index.html.

Human Rights Resource Center

Provides Human Rights education materials, training/field opportunities, advocacy network, lesson plans, PowerPoint Presentations, and free videos with accompanying curriculum materials. Features the free Close the Gap program that is a 5-part documentary series on race, class, and other disparities with the goal of fostering dialogue on ways to recognize and eliminate these disparities in our schools and communities. www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/index.html

Museum Of Disability History

Downloadable lesson plans use children’s stories to teach children about disabilities. Topics include how disabled people communicate, labels and offensive terms, similarities between people, Helen Keller, and service dogs. 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226. 716-629-3626. www.museumofdisability.org/education_wing.asp.

Peaceful Solution: Character Education Program

Download character education lesson plans for K-12th grades that feature accompanying narratives, songs, poems and activities to help reinforce the purpose and objective of the lesson. Examples include Respect for the Environment, Preventing and Solving Conflicts, Self-Control, and maintaining a positive character. P.O. Box 2442, Abilene, TX 79604. 325-672-9492. www.peacefulsolution.org/curriculum/products/sample_lessons.html.

Stand Up Speak Up

Information on respect and relationships and ways for students to build an environment of respect in their schools and communities. www.standupspeakupalaska.org.

StopBullying.gov

The website provides information on how to identify and prevent bullying in schools or community youth groups. Also available is an assessment tool to record and measure bullying experiences. www.stopbullying.gov/educators/index.html

Teachable Moment

Classroom lessons use current events and social issues to teach social responsibility, critical thinking and a positive classroom environment. Examples include Haiti: Still in Crisis, but No Longer in the News, Puppet Skit: Dealing with a Bully, Japan’s Crisis, and Analyzing Advertising: A Controversial Ad from Dove. www.teachablemoment.org

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance kits and magazine subscriptions are free for educators. The website has downloadable quizzes and activities as well. Topics include preventing and responding to prejudice, body image, bullying, race issues, poverty, advocacy leaders, and historical events of obtaining freedom and justice. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. 334-956-8200. www.tolerance.org/teaching-kits.

TeachKind

TeachKind, the humane-education division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is a resource for educators that includes lesson plans, books, posters, leaflets, stickers, and videos on being more compassionate individuals. 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510. 757-622-7382. www.teachkind.org.

Teampedia.net

Teampedia is a collaborative encyclopedia of over 100 team building activities, over 50 icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams. www.teampedia.net/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

The Department of VSA and Accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts

VSA offers a large selection of publications, guides, and other resources dealing with a wide variety of subject matter in arts, education, and disabilities such as The Artistry of Water and Express Diversity lesson plans. VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20006. 800-933-8721. www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/

The National Urban Technology Center

Curriculum on topics including conflict resolution, personal relationships, self-discovery, teambuilding, and community building. 800-998-3212. info@urbantech.org. www.urbantech.org/yla_interactive.cfm.

The School for Ethical Education

Find a list of downloadable activities to assist in building character in the classroom. All activity files contain student worksheets and facilitator instructions. Topics include Acting on Shared Values, Single Act of Kindness, an ethical reflection on Harriet Tubman, and service-learning values. www.ethicsed.org/resources/activities.htm

Wings For Kids, Inc.

Provides social & emotional development activities and lesson plans to help build social skills based on the latest science about how young brains work. Topics include becoming socially aware, positive reinforcement, decision-making, coping with anger and stress, and how to express emotions constructively. 3347 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405. 843-296-1667. www.wingsforkids.org/experience/hot-wings.