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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This website houses historical essays, multimedia, and lesson plans as well as more than 60,000 historical documents.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 2016

Observe the 2016 event October 16-22 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; Lesson Plan

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.

Background Reading

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.

Professional Development Course

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.

Professional Development Course

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

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

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

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

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

Amphibian Ark

Educators will find resources on amphibians that build awareness of the plight of amphibians and the steps that can be taken to save them from habitat destruction, including lessons, guides, activities, stories and videos, fact sheets and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

eSkeletons

eSkeletons is an interactive environment for high school biology students to learn about skeletal anatomy of human and non-human primates. Find lessons, activities, life-size print outs of skeletons, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice is a digital novel with text, images, music, movie elements, and games. The companion curriculum package is aligned to the Common Core State English Language Arts Standards in the area of Reading: Literature.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Scootle Resources

Scootle is a collection of thousands of digital resources available to K-12 educators in the U.S. All resources are searchable and include images, audio, video, datasets, activities, lessons and assessments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Encyclopedia Mythica: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion

Find information organized by geographical region, with each major area subdivided into sections such as mythology heroes, images, genealogy tables, etc. to aid searching. It holds more than 7,000 articles, often brief, making it a good reference tool.

Background Reading

Water on the Web

This website presents two sets of curricula, one for high school that provides hands-on activities for the lab and the field, and another for higher education students that comprises a two-semester water resource management course.

Lesson Plan

EngineerGirl

This site from the National Academy of Engineering highlights engineering opportunities for girls and women. Find profiles and interviews with women engineers, as well as info on competitions and contests, clubs, quizzes, and more.

Background Reading