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Smithsonian Folkways - Tools for Teaching

Find resources for educators to inspire the use of Folkways music from around the world. Activities, videos, liner notes, music, and other features address subjects in history, geography, language arts, social studies, the arts and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

This website houses historical essays, multimedia, and lesson plans as well as more than 60,000 historical documents.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc

In 1994, The Cave was discovered in Southern France by three speleologists, or cave scientists. Today, the cave is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites. K-12 classrooms can use this website in social studies and art.

Background Reading; Multimedia

WatchKnowLearn

WatchKnowLearn organizes thousands of free educational video clips in all subjects for teachers, students, and parents. So far, grade K-6 videos have been aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Multimedia

Poems about Teaching and Teachers

Poems about Teaching and Teachers is a Poetry Foundation resource or grades 9-12 that includes poems and essays written by veteran teachers on teaching poetry.

Educator Resources for Safe Schools Week 2014

Observe the 2014 event October 20-24 by helping students and parents learn about and advocate for school safety, including preventing bullying, reducing crime and violence, improving discipline, and increasing student attendance.

Background Reading

Energizers

East Carolina University developed Energizers, classroom activities designed to integrate physical activity and academics. Energizers are easy to use, improve on-task behavior, and increase physical activity during the day.

Lesson Plan

Learn.Genetics

The University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center has made available Learn.Genetics, a free collection of educational material for grade 6-12 science and health students and teachers.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching and Technology

Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching and Technology is a product of the University of Georgia and is a resource for education students, new teachers, and teachers wishing to review the latest theory and practice.

Mathematics Illuminated

This multimedia series for high school teachers can be used to enrich advanced high school mathematics classes. The 13-part series explores themes such as prime numbers, game theory, and chaos in half-hour videos and related materials.

Learning Game; Multimedia

Teaching Math, K-2 Professional Development

This online professional development course for elementary teachers is comprised of 6 three-and-a-half hour sessions that present the five NCTM Process Standards and promote ways to integrate those standards with content goals.

Archaeological Institute of America

Resources for grades K-12 from the Archaeological Institute of America include lesson plans and activities that range from simulated digs to preparing a Roman feast.

Lesson Plan

EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) offers these tools and professional development resources to help teachers implement Common Core State Standards.

Best Practice

Mind & Perception

Mind & Perception is a facet of the Exploratorium, offering resources to supplement science and social studies. The reading level is appropriate for students in grades 6-12, but many of the activities can be used with younger students.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Emily Dickinson Archive

The Emily Dickinson Archive is a cooperative endeavor making available for the first time in one online location high-resolution images of manuscripts of poems.

Background Reading

The Radix Endeavor

This multiplayer online game may serve as a supplemental curriculum for math and science lessons. Students search for solutions to a fictional island’s environmental and social problems, conducting experiments, developing hypotheses, and more.

Learning Game; Multimedia

MathSite

This collection of online, interactive mathematical games and activities requires no mathematical expertise and provides introductions to basic math concepts and practice in problem solving connected to those concepts.

Learning Game

Museum of Science and Industry

This website from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry features games and apps, videos, activities and other resources to supplement science curricula. We profile two games on simple machines and chemical reactions.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Letters of Note

This collection of letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos includes works by Doris Lessing, Jane Austen, a former slave, Nikolai Tesla, and others. The database is searchable. Scans and photos are included whenever possible.

Background Reading

We Knew JFK

A new oral history project makes available more than 1200 interviews recorded shortly after JKF’s death. The interviews have been classified for the last 50 years. Related educational materials help integrate them into school curricula.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer

OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer lets K-12 teachers and students explore 22,000 species of wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians by zooming in and out of the tree of life.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Just For Kids

This site from the University of Illinois Extensionhas 23 interactives for students in grades K-8, covering concepts in animals, weather, volcanoes, exercise, nutrition, friendship, conflict resolution, and more.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

NewsHour Extra: Poetry

This collection of poetry resources includes lessons, audio and video of poets reading their works, and short videos of individuals (e.g., a 5th grade student) explaining the personal significance of a poem and then reading it.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Teachers TryScience

Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers that provides free lessons, teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Lesson Plan

Kids Science Challenge

Kids Science Challenge allows students in grades 3-6 submit ideas and experiments for scientists and engineers to solve. They can play science games, watch videos, do fun activities and enter to win prizes and trips.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan