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Current Events Toolkit

Download the Current Events Toolkit

The Current Events Toolkit provides a structure for bringing current events into the curriculum. It includes strategies for navigating current events with your students. Resources include:

  • Strategies: Guide students through identifying perspectives, analyzing new stories, and discussing current events.
  • Graphic organizers: Main Idea /Detail, 5W’s, Evaluation Web
  • Class discussions: Sentence starters, speaking and listening checklists, and more
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Aligned with Florida State Standards, TCI’s ready-to-teach civics lessons prepare your students to become informed, civically engaged members of their communities. Resources in this collection include:

  • Sea Turtle Season: Responsible Citizenship (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.2.CG.2.2)
  • The Constitutional Convention (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.7.CG.1.7)
  • American Foreign Policy (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.912.CG.4.2)
  • Symbols of the United States (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.2.CG.2.4)

Make a splash this summer with our free lessons on:

  • Flag Day: Read about the history of the American flag and then recite the Pledge of Allegiance to honor Flag Day.
  • Juneteenth: In this free lesson learn about the holiday that has been celebrated by African Americans since 1865. Then, conduct research on the Juneteenth flag symbols to learn about their meanings.
  • Independence Day: Learn how people celebrate the birthday of the United States and other federal holidays in the American calendar. Then, reflect on what it means to be an American.
Summer Celebrations

Students can take advantage of the summer weather by exploring nature—and learning at the same time! Keep learning going this summer with these free investigations.

  • Ouch! A Prickly Plant: Learn how cactus survives in the desert. Then, conduct a Super Simple Science investigation to model how a cactus saves water using a sponge.
  • Let Worms Do the Work: Read about the important role worms play in turning plant and animal waste into compost for farmers. Then, build your own worm compost as a fun summer science experiment.
  • Hey! Don’t Eat My Plants!: Explore ways gardeners use to keep hungry animals and insects away from garden plants. Then, construct a plant protector of your design to protect a plant in the garden.
  • Wildlife in the City: Think and reflect on the wildlife living in the urban environment as you learn about the urban ecosystem and how animals adapt to city life.


Download Biographies

Encourage students to keep up their learning during the summer with TCI’s biographies. This collection includes notable figures who have made significant contributions in science and history.

  •  Anousheh Ansari
  • Hector Garcia
  • David Ho
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Yuri Kochiyama
  • Charley Parkhurst
  • Mary Golda Ross
  • Dalip Singh Saund
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Granville T. Woods
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