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In the following collection you’ll find some teacher favorites from Classroom Magazines, all free of charge and organized by grade level. These stories and teaching resources were carefully selected for their capacity to inspire kids, open their minds, and help them become more empathetic and understanding of people different from them.

—the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines

Grades K-3

Use these social-emotional learning resources on kindness, courage, and celebrating differences with your youngest learners.

The Skin You’re In

We all have skin! Everyone’s skin is a different color. All skin colors are beautiful! Project this poster to celebrate and explore all the different colors our skin comes in.

(from My Big World magazine)

Open the Poster

We Choose Kindness

There is not a lot in this world that kids can choose. They can’t choose their bedtime. They often can’t choose what they’ll eat for dinner. They can’t really choose what they’ll do most days. But they can choose one huge thing: They can choose to be kind! Picture and discussion prompts help children discover how they can be kind in school.

(from Scholastic News, Edition 1)

Read the Article
Choose to Be Kind
Watch a video about ways to show kindness to one another.
Watch the Video

When Words Hurt

Read about a child who was once a bully and learn and apply ways to choose kindness instead of bullying. Then watch the video and fill out the skill-building worksheet.

(from Scholastic News, Edition 2)

Read the Article
Choose to Be Kind
Watch a video about ways to show kindness to one another.
Watch the Video
Encouraging Words
What words can you say to a friend who is having a hard time?
Get the Worksheet

Kids Fought for Change

For decades, unfair laws in our nation kept black people and white people apart. About 60 years ago, a little girl named Ayanna Najuma and her friends helped bring them together.

(from Scholastic News, Edition 3)

Read the Article
How Kids Changed the World
Ayanna Najuma describes fighting segregation as a child.
Watch the Video
Discussion Questions
Read “Kids Fought for Change,” then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

“We’ll Always Remember”

When Jasmine and Liam learned about their hometown’s history of slavery, they found out that about 50 enslaved people were buried in the city cemetery—without a grave marker or sign to honor them. After talking to their teacher, these two kids decided to take action.

(from Scholastic News, Edition 3)

Read the Article
Strategies for Teaching About Slavery
Get help teaching this difficult topic.
Download
Answering Tough Questions From Kids
Get answers to questions your students may ask.
Download

Grades 4-5

Use these stories about real children from history and today to inspire your students to understand the importance of empathy and the dangers of intolerance.

Prisoners at Home

During World War II, the U.S. government locked up tens of thousands of Japanese Americans in prison camps. These camps were surrounded by barbed wire. Soldiers carrying rifles kept people from leaving. The camps would be home for the families for the next three years. What was it like to grow up in one of these camps?

(from Scholastic News, Edition 4)

Read the Article
Looking Like the Enemy
Build background knowledge on WWII internment camps.
Watch the Video
Letters From Camp
Choose a letter to practice analyzing primary sources.
Get the Worksheet

My Dangerous Journey

Selihom was just 4 years old when she escaped from her country on foot, with only her 10-year-old brother to protect her. This perilous journey was their only hope of being reunited with their mother, who had fled to the U.S. nearly three years earlier. What is it like to run for your life?

(from Scholastic News, edition 5/6)

Read the Article
Coming to America
Watch a video to learn more about refugees.
Watch the Video
Overcoming Obstacles
Practice writing informative paragraphs.
Get the Worksheet

The Boy Who Fought Hitler

Thousands of Jewish teens fought the Nazis during World War II. Ben Kamm was one of them. Help students identify main ideas as they build knowledge and learn vocabulary related to the Holocaust.

(from Storyworks magazine)

Read the Article
The Boy Who Fought Hitler
Go behind the scenes of the article with author Lauren Tarshis.
Watch the Video
Discussion Questions
Read “The Boy Who Fought Hitler,” then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

The Awesome Powers of Ethan Z.

Born with two fingers instead of ten, Ethan Zucker has learned that being different makes him just like you. Read about his experience, and then share Ethan’s tips for dealing with bullies.

(from Storyworks magazine)

Read the Article
Discussion Questions
Read the article, then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

Grades 6-12

Use these stories about real teens from history and today to build bridges of understanding—and to inspire your students to fight against bigotry and hatred.

From War to America

This gripping narrative nonfiction article tells the story of two brothers who journeyed from war-torn Syria to a new home in America. As they read the article, have students study the images and think about how life has changed for Francois and Cedric.

(from Scope magazine)

Read the Article
From War to America
Watch this behind-the-scenes video.
Watch the Video
Discussion Questions
Read "From War to America," then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

Growing Up Muslim in America

We bring you the story of a girl who was in school just a few blocks from the World Trade Center when the planes hit on September 11, 2001. Then read the powerful personal essay about growing up Muslim in post 9/11 America that follows the article.

(from Scope magazine)

Read the Article
Discussion Questions
Read the article, then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

The School That Stood Up to Hate

What happens when a school is faced with a hateful act—one that targets students of a certain race or religion? Read this inspiring article to find how one California high school fought back and came out stronger. 

(from Action magazine)

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Discussion Questions
Read the article, then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

Facing Down Danger

Arguments and violence have met their match in one Chicago school: a team of students called the Peace Warriors. This article promotes social-emotional learning by tackling issues that are close to your students’ hearts, such as bullying, activisim, and empathy.

(from Choices magazine)

Read the Article
The Peace Warriors
A video about students who promote peace in their communities
Watch the Video
Discussion Questions
Read "Facing Down Danger," then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

The White Rose

Share the incredible story of a group of college students in Nazi Germany that risked their lives to defy Hitler’s rule. This article includes nonfiction text features such as maps, sidebars, and a timeline tracking the rise and fall of the Nazis.

(from The New York Times Upfront )

Read the Article
The Holocaust
Build background knowledge with this video.
Watch the Video
Discussion Questions
Read "The White Rose," then answer the questions.
Get the Worksheet

Alone and Afraid

Imagine being held in a small cement room with dozens of other kids. The toilet is in the corner, with no door for privacy or soap to wash your hands. Your clothes are dirty, and you can’t remember the last time you showered. This might sound like a scene from a movie, but for roughly a year and a half, it has been a reality for thousands of immigrant children in the United States.

(from Junior Scholastic magazine)

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Discussion Questions
Read "Alone and Afraid," then answer the questions.
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