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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

“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

20 Free iPad Apps for Educators

A variety of teaching and learning materials to access from your iPad.

Lesson Plan

Five Free Underground Railroad Resources

Five of our favorite curriculum resources on The Underground Railroad for grades K-12 include lesson plans, interactive maps, timelines and biographies.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Women’s History Month, Grades K-5

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life with these interdisciplinary resources for grades K-5.

Themed Package

12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

Curriculum resources include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials for all grade levels, and explore Irish culture, history and traditions.

Themed Package

Annenberg Learner’s Interactives

22 learning modules from Annenberg Learner provide activities that improve skills in math, science, language, history, and arts. Though a few resources are aimed at elementary students, most are intended for secondary.

Learning Game

Mother Goose Day

May 1st is Mother Goose Day. Explore one of the largest collections of rhymes for children with online texts, video and audio recordings, illustrations, recipes, fingerplays and costume suggestions.

Multimedia

10 Free Things for Mother’s Day

From poetry to decorative gifts and a variety of arts & crafts projects big and small, find ideas for celebrating motherhood with students at all grade levels.

Multimedia; Printable

TED-Ed Video Library

This growing library of educational videos represents collaborations between teachers and animators. Classroom teachers can use, tweak, or rewrite lessons, or create their own lessons, based on any useful educational video.

Multimedia

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

ArtThink

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art provides theme-based activities for students in grades 4 and above at the ArtThink website. The site encourages a close study of visual art and asks students to make connections with literature and history.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Finding Information on the Internet

UC Berkeley Library offers an online tutorial covering search strategies, search tools, recommendations for evaluating web pages and other resources that will be of interest to educators and secondary students.

Background Reading

ReadWorks

ReadWorks is a research-based program that offers educators resources to help teach reading comprehension skills in grades K-6. You’ll find lessons and curriculum units, along with tips for implementing proven teaching strategies.

Best Practice; Lesson Plan

The Learning Network

The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.

Lesson Plan

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

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

Architect Studio 3D

Students in grades 5-8 design houses and share them with others. They explore architecture and learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's life and work while gaining practice in subject skills.

Learning Game; 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

Essay Map

An interactive graphic organizer that helps students in grades 3-12 develop outlines that include introductory statements, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion summarizing main ideas.

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

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

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