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History of the English Language

The BBC and British Library both have interactive timelines describing the development of the English language. The BBC site is suitable for grades 6-8 and the British Library site for grades 9-12.

Multimedia

Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation

Navigation, or wayfinding, is the subject of the Exploratorium website Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation. Find ideas for projects and activities in social studies, language arts, science, art, and math.

Multimedia

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

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

Jazz Class (Smithsonian)

Turn your grades 3-6 music and social studies learners into jazz cats with these resources and activities covering the history of jazz, its importance in American culture, and its influence on the music in their own playlists.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Architecture - It’s Elementary

Supported by local architechts, this set of online resources can help K-5 students gain appreciation of their built environment and the buildings, towns, and cities that make it up.

Lesson Plan

National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip

Grades 4-8 can learn about various topics (e.g., civil rights, climate change) through electronic field trips to national parks. There are more than a dozen EFTs archived on the site, each with an on-demand video and related lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

A+ Writing Research Paper Guide

This site for grade 9-12 and above is comprised of merged collections from the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index and includes a guide to researching and writing a paper, an information search guide, and links to resources.

Background Reading

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

AASL Lesson Plans

From the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this web sit offers lesson plans across the curriculum from the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database.

Lesson Plan

Lit2Go

This FREE collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format can be used as read-along or as supplemental material for your poetry learners.

Multimedia; Printable

Teaching About the 1963 March on Washington

August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. Examine the March with these lessons, background resources, audios, and videos.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Sights and Sounds of Spring, Grades K-5

A variety of curriculum resources for grades 3-5, focus on bees, the changing seasons, myths, and haiku.

Themed Package

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

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

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

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

Teaching Channel: Videos That Inspire Teaching

Find more than 800 videos of effective K-12 teaching practices, which can be searched by keyword or browsed, and filter by subject, grade, and topic. Registration is free and allows access to downloadable resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Tool

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

Teaching The Great Gatsby

We offer a variety of resources to help you teach F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel and help students understand its historical context and literary impact.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Evaluating Web Resources

Even the most dilligent research can backfire if it's inaccurate and unreliable. These resources can help your students learn to evaluate and confirm the vailidity of web sites and content as they surf for information.

Background Reading; Learning Game

Arts Tool Kit (KET)

Educators can find high-quality lesson plans and other resources in dance, drama, visual arts, and music, all designed to help integrate the arts into the classroom experience.

Lesson Plan

California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum

This is a free K-12 curriculum that provides 85 units of environment-based instruction aligned with Common Core standards in English Language Arts and Science and History/Social Science Literacy.

Lesson Plan; Professional Development Course

The Incredible Art Department

What began as a showcase for elementary art students now includes a diverse range of subjects and topics of interest to art educators, general area teachers, students, parents, artists, and homeschoolers the world over.

Lesson Plan; Printable

Carnegie Hall K-12 Resources

This website offers a perfect opportunity for students and teachers to make music in their classrooms, building a deeper understanding of music’s importance to the culture of local communities and the world.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan