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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.

Learning about Independence Day

Learn about the men and ideas that influenced the writing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence and how the 4th of July has been celebrated over the years with these lessons, activities, and classroom resources.

Themed Package

Japanese Kites at the New Year

These resources explain the cultural and historical importance of kites in Japan. Teachers will find downloadable student readings on kite shapes, kite flying, and Japanese kites at the New Year.

Lesson Plan; Printable

Favorite Poem - Videos

A collection of 50 short video documentaries showcasing Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love.

Multimedia

SweetSearch

A free custom search engine for students that searches over 35,000 web sites.

Multimedia

International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)

The ICDL is a digital collection of international children's books for children ages 3-13. 4000 titles in 50 languages, reflects diverse cultures, perspectives, and historical periods. All books can be read online for free.

Multimedia

VocabularySpelling City

Online spelling and vocabulary tests, activities and printables. For students of all ages and learning levels to sue in the classroom or at home.

Multimedia

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

Multicultural Math

Lesson Plan; Printable

SMART Board Content from SMART Exchange

Download review games, organizational materials, and lesson ideas for your classroom SMART Board.

Lesson Plan

Tapestry

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

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

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

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

TED Ed - TED’s New Education Initiative

The goal of thisinitiative is to produce a library of teacher-prepared lessons on video.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

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

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

Representative Poetry Online

This anthology of 4,700 poems by 723 English and French poets from AD 657 to the present offers browsing by title, date, form, rhyme scheme; detailed biographies; maps and geographical information about places mentioned in poems; criticism; and more.

Background Reading

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

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