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60 Student-Centered Teaching Strategies

These strategies promote students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate.

Lesson Plan

Earth Day Curriculum Resources, Grades 6-8

Students in grades 6-8 explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games.

Themed Package

Hurricane Season

Peak hurricane season is late summer. With these lessons, activities, and multimedia resources for all grades, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.

Themed Package

Learning and Practicing Good Manners, Grades 6-8

Use the following lessons, resources, and activities for grades 6-8 to practice good manners, investigate temporal and cultural differences, and test students’ knowledge.

Themed Package

Resources for Teaching Financial Literacy

Use these resources to supplement your curriculum and help students gain the financial literacy skills they’ll need to manage their financial resources effectively throughout their lives.

Themed Package

Watching the Summer Night Sky

Brush up your stargazing skills and get ready to enjoy humankind's first TV, the night sky with these science lessons, activities & curriculum resources for all grade levels.

Themed Package

Watching the Summer Night Sky, Grades 6-8

Brush up your stargazing skills and get ready to enjoy humankind's first TV, the night sky with these science lessons, activities & curriculum resources for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

Calculation Nation

Math learners in grades 4-8 challenge themselves by investigating significant mathematical content and practicing fundamental skills. Using the power of the Web, students can also challenge opponents from anywhere in the world.

Learning Game

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Grades 6-8

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more for grades 6-8.

Themed Package

Understanding the Stock Market

The interconnected economies of nations is more evident than ever. The following lessons, activities, resources, and videos provide a basic understanding of stocks and the market including their relevance in the United States and the world.

Lesson Plan

Invasive Species Simulations

Invasive Species is a general introduction to the effects of globalization, pathways, and responses to invasive species. Bug Hunt Predators is a more complex simulation that explores the predator-prey ecosystem.

Learning Game; Multimedia

The Learning Scientists

The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychological scientists interested in research on education. Their vision is to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators.

Article; Multimedia

Interactive United States History Map

United States History Map is an interactive map collection for social studies students in grades 5-8. Separate modules provide information and test understanding. Depending on test performance students can review or move on to the next module.

Background Reading; Quiz

Flag Day Resources

These recommended web sites explore the history of the stars and stripes through images, songs, timelines, crafts and activities, lesson plans, interactive quizzes and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

STEM Resources

Our editors combed the World Wide Web for the best science, technology, engineering & mathematics resources for teachers of grades preK-12.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Understanding Migration

Why do large groups of people move from place to place about the planet? This is a prolific set of resources addressing human migration over history and into the present day.

Lesson Plan

Climate Education Modules

These resources are designed to help educators understand climate, climate change, and weather concepts and to be able to incorporate them into their course curriculum.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Follow the 2012 monarch migration and report your own monarch sightings on the Monarch Butterfly Migration: Journey North website. You and your students can help scientists understand how climate and seasons affect monarchs.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

EconEdLink & Living Wage Calculator

Two websites offer 750+ lesson plans and resources to help K-12 students learn about economics, personal finance. A related tool, a living wage calculator, supplements these resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Grant/Award

Science Buddies

Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.

Lesson Plan

A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

This self-directed website is designed for use in both formal and informal educational contexts. It assumes that human behavior is the main driver of climate change and challenges students to explore scientific data around this issue.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Learning Lab: The Poetry Foundation

The Learning Lab is a Poetry Foundation resource for students and teachers of poetry. The audience is primarily grades 6-12, but many of the essays can provide background for K-5 teachers as well.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Visionlearning

Visionlearning is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides science learning modules that have been shown to be more effective than traditional textbooks in teaching science.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Inquiry in Action

Inquiry in Action is a 3rd edition textbook offered by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for teaching physical science and chemistry using an inquiry-based approach. It can be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia