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Literacy, History, and Global Education in Afterschool

Afterschool programs provide a unique opportunity to for youth to build and expand upon what they have learned during the traditional school day. Without the same rigid standards that school-time lessons face, afterschool is a great opportunity to create fun lessons that complement the subjects youth are learning during the traditional school day.

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Roleplay Reader and Playbooks®

Reader’s Theater Publishing provides innovative and engaging reading enrichment materials that provide growth and measurable results in reading fluency, comprehension, and confidence.

Building Character from the Start: 201 Activities to Foster Creativity, Literacy, and Play in K-3

This book from the Search Institute promotes creativity, literacy, and play with games, coloring pages, and follow-up questions.

Extending and Enhancing Literacy Learning in Afterschool Programs

A new practice guide by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, offers afterschool providers a comprehensive guide to implementing or strengthening a focus on literacy learning in their programs.

Financial Literacy

Dollars and Sense: Building Financial Dreams

This is a three session curriculum that was designed to provide youth with information about the value of saving in order to create a more financially stable future.

Fostering Financial Literacy for Youth: Resource List

This list provides staff with access to information needed to provide relevant and up to date financial education to their youth. The list includes links to tools, lesson plans, and articles to help staff develop financial literacy lessons.


Current Events Classroom

The Current Events Classroom from the Anti-Defamation League is a collection of timely and relevant brief lesson plans that assist K-12 educators in teaching news topics and other issues of the day. Each lesson helps students analyze the topic through an anti-bias, diversity and social justice lens.

Global Education

Global Learning Quick Sheets, Handouts, and Toolkits

Asia Society created these global learning “quick sheets” which are one-page examples of developmentally appropriate unit outlines in typical afterschool content areas.

  1. Global Learning and Activity Planning Template
  2. Global Learning & Cooking
  3. Global Learning & Literacy

Global Oneness Project

These lesson plans offer free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school classrooms.

Expanding Horizons: Building Global Literacy in Afterschool Program

Asia Society created this guide in response to the afterschool field’s increasing interest in how their programs can help all young people develop knowledge about the world, skills to collaborate across boundaries, and values of respect and understanding.