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Lesson Plans & Classroom Resources

The following information is the result of collaborative work of curriculum grant recipients, workshop participants and EURO staff. This site is intended to be a resource to the K-12 educator to prepare lessons on all aspects of European culture and society, government and politics, and current hot topics of debate including immigration and the economy.

EURO will continuously add to and revise materials offered below. Please notify us at if you would like to share your work.

Lesson Plans & Curriculum Units

Conflict & Human Rights



  • The Economic Development of Spain Since the Beginning of Democracy
    Diana Garcia-Day, Indianapolis, IN
    Lesson Plan
  • The Euro and the ECB
    Eric Bowers, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
    Lesson Plan, Powerpoint
  • International Trade
    Peter Riordan, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
    Lesson Plan, Powerpoint

European Union



Science & Environment

  • Marie Curie and Radiation
    Elizabeth Molnar, Center Grove Middle School Central, Greenwood, IN
    Lesson Plan
  • Hurricanes in Europe
    Eric Bowers, Penn High School, Mishawaka, IN
    Lesson Plan, Powerpoint
  • The Energy-Culture Connection:Iceland
    Concepcion Marin, Craig Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
    Lesson Plan
  • Spain and Science
    Concepcion Marin, Craig Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
    Lesson Plan, Supplemental Images

Country Specific

  • Switzerland: The Heart of it All
    Lila Jay, Clay Middle School & Elizabeth Wegner, Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN
    Lesson Plan, Powerpoint
  • Spain : One Country, Many Languages
    Elisa Lucchi-Riester , Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
    Lesson Plan
  • Berlin Wall: The Concrete Canvas
    Karen Baumann, Hammond High School, Hammond, IN
    Lesson Plan, Powerpoint
  • Irish Eyes : Taking a Look at the Past and Present Through a Poem by Seamus Heaney
    Leilani Kesner, Iowa Park High School, Iowa Park, TX
    Lesson Plan
  • Ireland : Taking a Look at Local Landscape
    Leilani Kesner, Iowa Park High School, Iowa Park, TX
    Lesson Plan, Powerpoint, Sample Brochure
  • Urban Italian Architecture
    Cathy Hamilton, Prosser School of Technology, New Albany, IN
    Lesson Plan 1, Lesson Plan 2, Powerpoint

Other Web Resources

  • Doors to Diplomacy
    The U. S. Department of State is sponsoring the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge--to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy.
  • Euro Academy
    Sponsored by the UK office of the European Parliament, the site offers free teaching materials, free info on the European Parliament, and connections to other helpful sites.
  • German-American Teaching Resources & Units from IUPUI
    A compilation of German-American resources for the classroom from the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center.
  • Indiana in the World
    A Web resource for Indiana teachers, about Indiana global connections, supporting Indiana Academic Standards in social studies and foreign languages.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    EDSITEment is site sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides teachers with resources including a lesson plan database.
  • World View K-12 Resources
    A search tool linking to resources for teaching in a global context across disciplines.

Web Resources for Language Teachers

  • BBC Language Tutors
    This resource is for teachers to enhance the process for beginner language learners. The BBC language website offers mini lesson, important words to learn based on topic, and grammar usage. This tool can be use for any beginner language learner.
  • Centro Español de Recursos/Spanish Resource Center at IUPUI
    Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the center has a wide range of materials for K-12 teachers on Spanish and Spain. In addition, the center regularly sponsors professional development opportunities.
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
    This website has a wide range of resources for K-12 educators who teach foreign languages. The website provides language proficiency assessment tools, publications and digests, and information about professional development workshops and online training.
  • LangMedia "Language by Country" Collection
    The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages developed this website with funding from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the Fund for Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education. Five College international students created short videos on language and culture in their home countries between 1999 and 2002. The website features videos from several West European countries such as France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain.
    This website is a great tool for K-5 educators who teach foreign languages such as Spanish and French. It provides several thematic lessons on topics that include the Rainforest and Day of the Dead for beginner Spanish learners. The website provides teachers with a variety of materials to enhance their language course such as picture books, videos, and examples of memorabilia from the various countries that speak Spanish and French.
  • Ñandutí
    Ñandutí is an excellent resource for preK-8 foreign language teachers. The website, which is developed and maintained by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), offers a variety of resources for foreign language teachers such as teaching methodologies, curricula, assessment tools, and professional development opportunities.
  • Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices
    Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 is a video library developed with the support of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The library contains videos from several language classrooms, including Spanish, French, and German. All classroom videos include subtitles in English and are suitable for K-12 teachers of any foreign language. Teachers can use the library to learn about the ACTFL's standards for Foreign Language Learning, assessment practices, as well as 27 classroom programs. The classroom videos illustrate how educators from schools across the country teach students about foreign language and culture.

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