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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

Classroom Resources for Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, and South Africa

These lessons and resources will provide biographical information and historical context for a study on Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 6-8

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades 6-8.

Themed Package

Black History Month Lessons & Resources, Grades 9-12

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit grades 9-12.

Themed Package

Teaching About the Selma to Montgomery Marches, Grades 6-12

Lessons, activities & other curriculum resources for teaching grades 6-12 about the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Marches, nonviolent activism, the Voting Rights Movement, and more.

Themed Package

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

“Here I Am” and Immigration-Themed Resources

"Here I Am" weaves the tale of a young immigrant boy’s first journey to his new home in America. From social studies, to narrative writing, to art - this contemplative, wordless picture book and additional resources are lesson rich.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

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

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

Nellie Bly

This Web site celebrates the life and journalistic achievements of a pioneering investigative reporter and female war correspondent. It’s a good supplementary resource for grades 5-8 social studies and language arts and grades 9-12 journalism.

Background Reading

Picture Book Month Freebie

Find dozens of classroom activities associated with popular picture books from more than 20 authors, plus a Teacher’s guide with suggestions for ELA, math, science, and social studies.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Highlights for High School: MIT OpenCourseWare

Enrichment courses and exam prep materials from MIT include video lectures, lecture notes, transcripts, assignments and solutions, and cover subjects ranging from biology and physics to writing, music and the arts.

Background Reading; 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

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

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

Exploring Rembrandt

Explore the life and paintings of this 17th-centurey master artist with a collection of Web sites that collectively offer: 500+ downloadable images of his paintings; videos on his life, society, art and artistic techniques; and, teaching guides.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Flag Day Resources

Seven 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

Spatulatta: Cooking 4 Kids Online

This award-winning web site introduces cooking with a focus on fresh food and minimum processing. Students are encouraged to eat well, to take pride in their accomplishments in the kitchen and to understand the connection between farm and dinner table.

Multimedia; Printable

The Arts in Every Classroom: A Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

Classroom and arts specialist teachers learn new ideas about the arts and arts education in these video workshops. Learn how to develop a multi-arts curriculum unit with support materials, and even earn graduate credit!

Professional Development Course

Dead Reckoning: Champlain in America

Samuel de Champlain's journey is thoughtfully crafted in lessons that accompany an animated documentary about the life and expeditions of the prolific explorer. From online to hands on, this is an extraordinary collection of resources for grades 6-12.


6 + 1 Trait Writing

Are you the best writing teacher you can be? These instructional materials and customized training can help improve your writing instruction and ability to help students achieve the quality of writing called for in the Common Core State Standards.

Professional Development Course

The Northwest Passage

A picture book based on the folk song "Northwest Passage" with dynamic illustrations provides a good introduction to the geography and history of the Northwest Passage. We recommend related resources to help you build lessons.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

World War I Resources

These lessons, activities, and multimedia resources will help support and enrich a study of this massive, global war.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Themed Package