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Honoring Human Rights Around the World

Commemorate rights for all this week starting with Human Rights Day (tomorrow, Monday, 12/10), followed by UNICEF's anniversary a day later (Tuesday, 12/11). Leverage the following resources to spotlight human rights, civics, and social causes around the world!

Grades 6-12

What has the United Nations ever done for you?

Learn what the United Nations has done to help people of all ages from around the world. Choose a persona by entering gender, age, and country to view a list of ways the UN has helped. Categories include Human Rights, Child Mortality, and others.

Grades 6-12

Voices of Youth

Read articles, view videos, and share thoughts and opinions with others around the world on global topics: poverty, education, human rights, and more. Voices of Youth is UNICEF's online home for young people to know, learn, and do more.

Grades 8-12

IRIN - Humanitarian News and Analysis

Keep your students informed about the current humanitarian efforts in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Use this site to help students to focus on specific issues and geographic areas. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sort topics based on themes.

TeachersFirst Originals: Cultures, Countries & More

This eclectic trio includes a booklist, read-alouds, and a curated collection spotlighting childhood experiences throughout the world, African-American history, and more.  

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Book List: Childhood Here and There

Read tales about childhood in various cultures and countries. While not all relate to human rights, skim the collection to find relevant books. Use these books to help your students stop and wonder what is a "typical childhood."

Grades K-6

Highlighting Our History: American Revolution Read-alouds PLUS for the Common Core

These featured books will expand students' knowledge of US history, provide teachers with some springboards for working with the Writing and Speaking-and-Listening standards of the Common Core, and highlight pioneers for human rights.

Grades K-12

Black History Resources

As students learn about historical time periods or famous figures, these resources offer a perspective from the lives of African Americans at the same time or with the same interests. Share about African-Americas who helped to fight for human rights.

Create a Project to Share

These three tools can be used in combination as part of a final project allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge about human rights and its progress or furthering needs throughout the globe.

Grades K-12


This simple and beautiful DAT (device agnostic tool - available as an app and on the web) creates slideshows. You can import images and use the drag and drop feature to put them in order. Add music from the library or upload your own.

Grades K-12


This DAT creates custom posters, business cards, presentations, badges, flyers, charts and graphs, and more using a custom layout or a blank page. Have students create an image (poster or flyer) sharing their understanding of human rights.

Grades 4-12

Breaking News Generator

Use this tool to create a professional looking front page for a newspaper! Start by filling in the pertinent information (headline, date, and place). Add images and view samples for ideas. Create current event headlines related to human rights.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Middle school science educators are encouraged to learn about MySciLife --a free, safe, social learning platform-- during an introductory Jumpstart webinar this Tuesday. Take a few minutes to read about tech integration ideas in our blog, Infusing Technolgy. And, share your opinion about human rights education in our weekly poll.

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Attention Middle School Science Teachers

MySciLife Jumpstart Training Webinar

Learn how MySciLife--the safe, social learning platform where students LIVE and LEARN science--fosters the 4C's and more. Join us Tuesday, 12/11, at 7 pm ET for an overview of MySciLife's platform and to set up your FREE account!

Engage middle school science students with MySciLife! »

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Catch up on our K12 edtech blog

Insightful Posts on Our Infusing Technology Blog

Recent writings by our K12 coaches on our Infusing Technology blog include reviews of technology tools for recording and listening. You'll also find ideas, tips, and tools to get your students coding!

Read our blog for classroom tech ideas and more! »

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