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Ohio Social
Studies Signal



Art and Remembrance Lesson Plans for Teaching the Holocaust
This series of lesson plans are based on the story of artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and the art she created to memorialize those lost in the Holocaust. These lessons plans would be ideal for cross-curricular efforts to teach about the Holocaust. 
Bring Exploration to Your Classroom
Explorer Classroom connects classrooms around the world with National Geographic Explorers, bringing science, exploration and conservation to life through live video events. Students have the opportunity to ask the explorer their questions directly. Each month, Explorer Classroom features a new theme and provides supporting resources for educators. Throughout the school year, classes also can join explorers live on expeditions through the “In the Field” series.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen
The Great Listen is a national project that empowers young people to create an oral history of the contemporary U.S. by recording an interview with an elder using the free StoryCorps app. The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a free, technology-based assignment originally developed for high school students studying American history, social studies, English language arts, journalism, drama, English as a second language, media and technology.
Historical Scene Investigation
The Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) was designed for social studies teachers who need a strong pedagogical mechanism for bringing primary sources into their classroom.
National Geographic’s Classroom Resources
This website provides lesson plans, maps and reference resources.
Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding of America’s First Black Banks
This resource from the Kansas City Federal Reserve covers the history of America's earliest African American banks. You can download the resource for free or request a free hard copy.
New Resources from Facing History and Ourselves

Slavery Simulations: Just Don't
This article from Teaching Tolerance outlines why simulations about slavery or experiences of enslaved people are never okay. 
1619 Project Curriculum
The 1619 Project is a new resource from the New York Times. The year 1619 is when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil. The Pulitzer Center has created teacher resources for this project.