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Ten Free Things for Valentine’s Day

Make February 14th a special day with classroom resources for all grades, including arts & crafts projects, creative writing ideas, historical resources, and more.

Tapestry

The Tapestry is a resource center for PreK-12 teachers and administrators who work with English language learners.

Making of America

This collection of primary sources in American history from the antebellum period through reconstruction includes 100,000 journal articles in American history, sociology, religion, and science from The Atlantic, Harper’s, Scientific American, and more.

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.

Culturally-Situated Design Tools

Skateboards and buckeyballs in Math class? Students learn math and computing through object patterns from many cultures, while they reproduce original artifacts and create their own.

Rutgers RIOT

College prep starts in your classroom with this interactive tutorial that teaches concepts and strategies for approaching a research paper - with a role-playing twist!

Educational Games and Simulations

Incorporate the acheievements of Nobel Prize winners across your curriculum with these gamesm videos, and simulations for grades 6-12.

Otis Jiry’s Creepypasta Crypt

The name Otis Jiry's Creepypasta Crypt says it all! Language Arts students in grades 6-12 listen to masterful storyteller Otis Jiry interpret novels and stories from the horror genre. Perfect resource for Haloween or stormy days and nights

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is celebrated in the U.S., Spain, and many countries in Latin America. Whether Christopher Columbus is thought of positively or negatively depends on point-of-view. The following themed package presents a rangs of opinions.

Wormworld Saga Graphic Novel

Even your most reluctant readers will be drawn to the critically acclaimed Wormworld Saga graphic novel and additional resources assembled to motivate reading and inspire creativity.

Article; Background Reading; Multimedia

Five Hundred And Seven Mechanical Movements

It's never too early to teach students that human ingenuity is unlimited. Use this prolific collection of mechanical drawings across the K-12 curriculum to prove it!

Article; Background Reading; Printable

Creative Learning Exchange Curriculum

Engage your K-12 learners in meaningful, real-world problem solving - across the curriculum - through the mastery of systems thinking and system dynamics modeling.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan

iFixit: The Free Repair Manual

Teach your 7-12 learners a lost art: how to fix things themselves. These are resources from a global community of people helping each other repair things - one device at a time.

Article; Multimedia

Noah Webster

Two books about the life and legacy of the man who gave us the dictionary along with several word-related resources provide excellent additions to your K-12 language arts and and social studies curriculum.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Teach with Picture Books

On this web page, educator Keith Schoch provides book recommendations (books are available for purchase, but many other items are downloable), teaching ideas and lesson plans, author profiles, links to related sites, and activity downloads.

Article

Teacher's List: 11 Classroom Creativity Killers

Veteran art teacher Marvin Bartel lists 10 teacher behaviors that discourage student creativity and tells how to avoid them.

Article

Charles Dickens

On February 7, 2012, Charles Dickens enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentennial of the author’s birthday. These curriculum resources will help you bring the celebration to your classroom.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Shakespeare’s Words

The online version of the book by the same name integrates full text transcripts of the plays and poems with a glossary, synopses, character lists, annotations, themes, and a guide to original pronunciations.

Background Reading

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

OWL provides writing resources and instructional materials for students and educators. Writing Instructors will find resources covering technical and creative writing; exercises for teaching grammar, punctuation, and more; and materials for parents.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

10 Things for Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is August 26 and commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. These resources help grades K-12 learn about the suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

American Passages: A Literary Survey

Provides professional development and classroom materials for the study of American Literature. Each of the 16 units presents literature in its cultural context and includes an downloadable instructor guide, study guide, and 30-min. video.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Professional Development Course

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

Ngram Viewer

Google Books Ngram Viewer is a tool that searches for words and phrases in more than 20 million books and produces a graph showing how the words or phrases have occurred. Users can search published works in 8 languages over 5 centuries.

Background Reading