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MinutePhysics

MinutePhysics is a YouTube-based collection of 56 brief animated videos explaining concepts in physics, mathematics, science, and other subjects. Students will appreciate that concepts are explained simply and succinctly.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum maintains twelve online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing.

Background Reading

Curiosity: NASA’s Next Mars Rover

Curiosity: NASA’s Next Mars Rover is a NASA website that gathers mission information on Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, which landed on Mars August 6th, 2012. Find lessons, activities and resources related to the event.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

HippoCampus

Free multimedia resources for middle school, high school, and college students on subjects like algebra, chemistry, history and government. Many of these resources would work well on an interactive whiteboard.

Background Reading; Multimedia

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives houses concept activities for numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability for grades PreK-12.

Multimedia

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

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

Me, Myself and Math

This six-part series of essays by Steven Strogatz, a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University, examines our place in the cosmos through the lens of mathematics. Each essay includes notes, citations and links to related resources.

Background Reading

Level Up

Students reinforce core skills in science, math, and language arts while designing video games with this series of standards-based lessons.

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

NASA: Practical Uses of Math and Science (PUMAS)

Why don’t clouds fall out of the sky? Why is it unsafe to tailgate on the freeway? Students discover the answers to these questions, and many others, through the 79 activity ideas, submitted by scientist and engineers to this NASA website.

Lesson Plan

Edheads

Edheads features 15 interactives using science, technology, engineering, and math concepts for students in grades 2-12. The interactives for grades 2-8 deal with technology, for grades 7-12 surgery, medicine, and biology.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

The Concord Consortium

Free K-12 and above activities in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, engineering, math, and physics.

Lesson Plan

Interactivate

Interactivate houses free, online science and mathematics activities, lessons, and discussions in the form of dialogs. It includes stand-alone tools for analyzing or organizing numbers and data, a dictionary of math terms used, and standards.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

Illuminations

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) website Illuminations houses a collection of 607 PreK-12 lesson plans and 108 online activities to support math education.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

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

WebExhibits

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 K-12 Economics

Teaching K-12 Economics provides lessons, projects, and support resources for grades K-5 and 6-12. The resources are keyed to national curriculum standards. Teachers can search by concept, standard, or lesson.

Lesson Plan

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Resources for high school journalism students include tutorials on data analysis, interviews of investigative reporters, tips for debunking myths with online tools, and advice for harnessing social media.

Background Reading

Motivate: Maths Enrichment for Schools

With this website from University of Cambridge, students discover practical applications of math to real world problems. Use a deck of cards to illustrate a mathematical model of how disease spreads. Multimedia packs explore Babylonian math concepts.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Websites for Digital Learning Games and Interactives

We present six of our favorite Websites digital learning games and interactives. They cover a variety of subjects, including history, earth and space science, engineering and tech, natural history, the arts, geography, health, and reading.

Learning Game; Multimedia

WatchKnowLearn

WatchKnowLearn organizes thousands of free educational video clips in all subjects for teachers, students, and parents. So far, grade K-6 videos have been aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Multimedia

Energizers

East Carolina University developed Energizers, classroom activities designed to integrate physical activity and academics. Energizers are easy to use, improve on-task behavior, and increase physical activity during the day.

Lesson Plan

Mathematics Illuminated

This multimedia series for high school teachers can be used to enrich advanced high school mathematics classes. The 13-part series explores themes such as prime numbers, game theory, and chaos in half-hour videos and related materials.

Learning Game; Multimedia