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Children’s Books and Author Interviews

Storyline Online is an anthology of 24 picture books for students in grades PreK-3 read by well-known actors. Reading Rockets turns the spotlight on the creators of children’s books with more than 100 video interviews.

Background Reading; 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

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

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

Inauguration Day Resources

Students in all grade levels learn about the Presidential Inauguration and how it has changed over time with our recommended activities, background resources, primary source documents, videos, printables, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Quiz

NASA: Practical Uses of Math and Science (PUMAS)

Why don’t clouds fall out of the sky? Why is it unsafe to tailgate on the freeway? Students discover the answers to these questions, and many others, through the 79 activity ideas, submitted by scientist and engineers to this NASA website.

Lesson Plan

Media and Technology Resources for Educators

Common Sense Media’s Media and Technology Resources for Educators provides K-12 curriculum and professional development resources. The website has teen guides for iPad and free classroom posters.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

ArtsEdge

ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s educational media arm providing arts and cross0-curricular materials for K-12 students and educators. Free digital resources include lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

The Concord Consortium

Free K-12 and above activities in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, engineering, math, and physics.

Lesson Plan

Student Interactives

ReadWriteThink presents 58 Student Interactives to develop skills in organizing & summarizing, inquiry & analysis, writing poetry, writing & publishing prose, and learning about language for students in grades K-12.

Learning Game

Illuminations

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) website Illuminations houses a collection of 607 PreK-12 lesson plans and 108 online activities to support math education.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

ScrapKins Hands-On Projects

Nature, nutrition, and recycling activities promote nutrition and wellness. All projects include diagrams with instructions and are suitable for teachers and parents.

Lesson Plan

Cooper-Hewitt Educator Resources

The National Design Museum offers 420+ free lesson plans. Design a new playground or t-shirt. Practice map-making and vocabulary skills to design a treasure map. Use geometry to create a new font. Plus much more. (YouTube videos included).

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

WebExhibits

WebExhibits is an interactive and cross-curricular museum of science, humanities, and culture for K-12 and higher. Exhibits explore color, color vision, pigment, calendars, daylight savings time, poetry, Van Gogh’s letters, Bellini, and butter.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

FossWeb

FossWeb is the official website for the inquiry-based FOSS (Full Option Science System) science curriculum. It features interactive modules that include media, FAQs, and teacher and parent information.

Lesson Plan

Teaching K-12 Economics

Teaching K-12 Economics provides lessons, projects, and support resources for grades K-5 and 6-12. The resources are keyed to national curriculum standards. Teachers can search by concept, standard, or lesson.

Lesson Plan

Games and Interactives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has Games and Interactives for K-12 students, including an “I Spy” activity using downloadable posters, “critter cards,” a unique “go fish” game, and more.

Background Reading; Fact Sheet; Learning Game

5 Resources for Teaching Metamorphosis

Five websites provide grade-specific resources for helping students at all levels learn about the biological process by which an animal develops physically after birth or hatching.

Background Reading; Multimedia

ASU Ask a Biologist

This resource for PreK-12 teachers and students is manned by Arizona State University faculty and staff. Submit questions and receive an answer within 72 hours. You’ll also find an archive of Q&As, an image gallery, activities, and more.

Background Reading

Understanding Evolution

Understanding Evolution is a website for teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology to grades K-12 and undergraduates. Find current news, teaching modules and a primer, an image library, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Motivate: Maths Enrichment for Schools

With this website from University of Cambridge, students discover practical applications of math to real world problems. Use a deck of cards to illustrate a mathematical model of how disease spreads. Multimedia packs explore Babylonian math concepts.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Teaching Folklore

Our recommended resources will help you find folktale retellings from North and South America, as well as lesson plans and activities to help students understand common elements of myths, fairy tales, folklore and tall tales.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Understanding Science

Understanding Science was developed for K-16 teachers and students and provides a look at the process of science, its principles and methods.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

This resource for K-12 teachers and students teaches American history by providing artifacts to "read" for the stories they tell. For example, teach the Civil War by investigating Lincoln’s patent model for river craft.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

KidWind

Find 18 interdisciplinary lessons on wind energy; science fair experiments and projects; information on colleges, training programs and careers in wind energy; and, professional development workshops for teachers.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia