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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.


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

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.

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

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

National Gallery of Art: Teachers

Bring art to your classroom with these lessons, activities, and interactives! Also browse teacher workshops and other professional development opportunities.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; 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

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

The Printer's Trial

Introduce K-12 social studies and language arts learners to the first case in the United States concerning freedom of speech and freedom of the press with this book and additional resources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

People Who Said No (book)

Profiling people who broke the rules to change history, this book can provide your social studies and literature learners excellent starting points for classroom discussions about ethics and morality.

Background Reading

92Y/The Paris Review: Interview Series

This site maintains an audio and video archive of interviews with writers, musicians, artists, scientists, and experts in other fields. Teachers and students across the curriculum can find resources by keyword, topic, date, artist or speaker.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Picture Book Month

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

“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

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

Chain Reaction

Arizona State University’s Chain Reaction is a science magazine and website for students in grades 4-8 with archived and downloadable stories; activities, experiments and games; and professional development resources for educators.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan

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

Scootle Resources

Scootle is a collection of thousands of digital resources available to K-12 educators in the U.S. All resources are searchable and include images, audio, video, datasets, activities, lessons and assessments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

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

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

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


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

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

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