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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

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

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

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

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

Grammar Ninja

This online, interactive game provides practice for K-8 students in identifying parts of speech. A downloadable version allows educators to modify it with their own questions and examples.

Learning Game; Multimedia

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

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

Brown vs. Board of Education and School Desegregation Teaching Resources

Use these curriculum resources on Brown vs. Board of Education and school desegregation to supplement your American History, Social Studies and English Language Arts teaching plans for grades K-12.

Themed Package

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

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

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

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

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

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 Great Depression for Kids

An excellent complement for social studies lessons on The Great Depression with age-appropriate and kid-centric stories of struggle and survival. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Extra resources are listed here also.

Background Reading; Leader/Contact

A Beginner’s Guide to Immortality

A visually engaging history with five chapters on elixirs and other magical substances, immortals, magical places, what science is discovering today, and what futurists project for tomorrow.

Background Reading

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

Underground Railroad Digital Classroom

With a prolific set of resources, this web site is devoted to finding new and creative ways for understanding the story of the coming of the American Civil War. For arts and social studies learners in grades K-12.

Lesson Plan

Reading & Writing In The Disciplines

Middle and high school teachers: Gain insight into how to support your students' literacy skills while meeting content goals with these resources.

Lesson Plan; Professional Development Course

Zoom In!

Empower your middle school learners to think deeply and write critially about pivotal moments in United States history with these free resources.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Great Big Story Freebie

"Great Big Story" is a prolific library of short videos that can be used by 6-12 teachers to supplement any subject area. Created by fillmakers and gathered from more than 75 countries, this is a great resource to complement your curriculae.

Multimedia

ArtsNow Learning

ArtsNow wants to help you integrate the arts and innovative practices into your curriculum with these professional development and teacher resources.

Lesson Plan; Professional Development Course