Tanenbaum’s Curricula for Schools & After-School Programs

Young children celebrating the Hindu spring festival, Holi. | Credit: Himanshu Singh Gurjar

Our curricula bring multiculturalism into the classroom through academics: lessons of respect for difference are embedded into academic curricula in literacy, math, science and more. Students learn to approach the world with an attitude of respectful curiosity and an open-mindedness that will help them navigate the wider world.

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World Olympics

worldolympicsWho can be an athlete? What is an assist and how can I assist my classmates? Why is teamwork important? And, oh, by the way, what is a team?

World Olympics, Tanenbaum’s innovative, literacy-based, academically integrated after-school curriculum for grades K-6, helps students explore these questions and more using the theme of the Olympics. Students learn about global cultures, sportspersonship, teamwork, and respectful behavior – and key skills in literacy, math, social studies, science and art. The curriculum includes a planning guide for organizing culminating Olympics events that celebrate successes and showcase students’ learning.

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COEXIST

COEXISTCOEXIST is an interactive conflict resolution curriculum for high school students based on the case study of two Nigerians – one Muslim and one Christian – who were once at war with each other and came to use their respective religions as resources for conflict resolution.

The curriculum is suitable for social studies, global studies, peer mediation, and leadership courses. Students learn to identify the components of conflict and the skills used in resolving conflict. Students gain skills in communication, perspective taking, trust building, mediation and negotiation. They walk away with skills for resolving the conflicts in their lives and building more cohesive communities.

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Changing Seasons, Changing World

SeasonsChanging Seasons, Changing World, is a literacy-based, academically integrated guidebook of lessons for grades K-6, and a resource for teachers interested in bringing issues of religious diversity into their classrooms.

The lessons and activities explore connections between the changing seasons and the ways they are celebrated around the world. They also explore cultural/religious traditions and their connections to nature conservation and the protection of animals. With easily adapted lesson plans, teachers can empower students with an understanding that there are many different religious practices around the world with commonalities and differences among them.

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Religions in My Neighborhood

Religions in My NeighborhoodReligions in My Neighborhood helps children understand the importance of social and cultural differences among members of their living and learning communities. It allows them to feel comfortable noticing and discussing religious differences and to see those differences as a normal, understandable, and interesting part of their world. The curriculum, geared to grades K-4 but readily adaptable, supplements pre-existing curricula or stands on its own for short-term or after-school programs.

For the first time ever, we are giving away copies of Religions in My Neighborhood for free ($34.95 value)!

Email education@tanenbaum.org for your free copy today!

This offer is made possible by the generosity of the Sy Syms Foundation.

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Spring Colors
This lesson introduces festivals associated with the vibrant colors, and the hope and renewal of the spring season. The lesson covers five spring holidays: Holi, Easter, Fassika, Sham El Nessim, and Earth Day.

Fitting In
Students explore the issues of home, belonging, fitting in, and what it’s like to feel different from one’s peers.

Respecting Each Other
Students learn why respect is important while developing their own practical definitions of respect and considering how to reflect these ideas in their behavior.