teaching about the conflict in Ukraine

Like many of you, Listenwise is following news about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with an eye for information and perspectives that could be useful for classroom instruction. We’ve heard from many teachers that they are struggling to find sufficient age-appropriate content from trustworthy sources to share with their students. We see ourselves as uniquely positioned to assist teachers in curating audio content that can be used as teaching resources for discussing the conflict in Ukraine.

Recently, we’ve searched our library of over 2800 podcasts to pull lessons and resources relevant to the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Below are a list of podcasts that cover the current conflict, episodes that provide historical context, and blog posts with strategies for teaching about current events.

Listenwise Podcast Lessons About the Ukraine Conflict

This will be updated regularly to include all future podcast releases on this subject

War Worsens Global Food Crisis (posted 5/9/22)

Ukrainian Decorative Eggs Represent Hope (posted 5/5/22)

Putin’s Words Reminiscent of Stalin (posted 4/25/22)

Investigating Russian War Crimes (posted 4/4/22)

Russian Attacks on Ukraine Leave Millions Displaced (posted 3/28/22)

Debate: Should the U.S. Military Engage in Ukraine? (posted 3/28/22)

Russians Protest War in Ukraine (posted 3/21/22)

Debate: Are Leaders Born or Made (posted 3/18/22)

Kid News: Ukraine War Explained (posted 3/15/22)

Ukrainians Under Siege Leave Home (posted 3/14/22)

Voice from a Ukrainian Bomb Shelter (posted 3/8/22)

Russia Invades Ukraine (posted 2/28/22)

Russian Troops Threaten Ukraine (posted 2/8/22)

Kid News: Tensions Between Russia and Ukraine (posted 2/8/22)

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Life in Russia Under President Vladimir Putin

Listenwise Blog Posts

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Additional Teaching Resources for Discussing the Conflict in Ukraine

Share My Lesson: What is Happening in Ukraine?

Constitutional Rights Foundation: The Crisis in Ukraine

Facing History Teaching Strategy: Head, Heart, Conscience

Brown University The Choices Program: The Ukraine Crisis

EducationWeek: Why the Russia-Ukraine Crisis is Relevant to Teachers

NYT Learning Network Lesson of the Day: ‘The Invasion of Ukraine: How Russia Attacked and What Happens Next’

PBS NewsHour Classroom: Lessons about Ukraine



As the situation in the Ukraine continues to develop, we will regularly be updating this blog to include new educational resources. Please share with your colleagues and tweet at us if you’d like to recommend any specific stories or resources you’d like to see added to our list.