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10 Free Things for Teaching About the 2014 Winter Olympics

The 22nd Winter Olympics will be held February 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the sports, the athletes and more with these lessons, activities, videos and reference materials.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

20 Free iPad Apps for Educators

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

Lesson Plan

5 Resources for Teaching Metamorphosis

Five websites provide grade-specific resources for helping students at all levels learn about the biological process by which an animal develops physically after birth or hatching.

Background Reading; Multimedia

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

Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture in the Classroom supports state programs for PreK-12 teachers and their students to improve agricultural literacy.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Amphibian Ark

Educators will find resources on amphibians that build awareness of the plight of amphibians and the steps that can be taken to save them from habitat destruction, including lessons, guides, activities, stories and videos, fact sheets and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Archaeological Institute of America

Resources for grades K-12 from the Archaeological Institute of America include lesson plans and activities that range from simulated digs to preparing a Roman feast.

Lesson Plan

Arts Across the Curriculum, Grades K-5

Our hand-picked resources for grades K-5 help you integrate music and visual arts with social studies, math and science.

Themed Package

ASU Ask a Biologist

This resource for PreK-12 teachers and students is manned by Arizona State University faculty and staff. Submit questions and receive an answer within 72 hours. You’ll also find an archive of Q&As, an image gallery, activities, and more.

Background Reading

Authentic Assessment Toolbox

The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a resource to help K-12 teachers, especially new teachers, create authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning.

BirdSleuth K-12

BirdSleuth K-12 is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages students in scientific observation and data collection.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Chemistry Education Resources

This website from The American Chemical Society is for teachers and students and groups resources under academic level. Teachers will find classroom safety, exams, assessments, study aids, and student programs and resources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Climate Education for K-12

These resources are designed to help educators understand climate, climate change, and weather concepts and to be able to incorporate them into their course curriculum.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

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.

Cool Science

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s website Cool Science provides activities for students and resources for teachers, including videos, animations, lectures, interactives, virtual labs, teacher guides, and posters.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

CreatureCast

This collaborative effort of the Dunn Lab at Brown University and other contributors features text, images, and video focused on zoology. Resources can be used for grades K-12 and can address multiple disciplines.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Culturally-Situated Design Tools

Skateboards and buckeyballs in Math class? Students learn math and computing through object patterns from many cultures, while they reproduce original artifacts and create their own.

Earth Day Curriculum Resources

Students in all grade levels explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games.

Themed Package

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

EekoWorld

EekoWorld, a Web site from PBS Kids, informs K-4 students about the role they play in taking care of Earth. Colorful, engaging interactives are perfect for young students; teachers will appreciate the how-to guide and lesson plans.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

EELink Compiles Environmental Education Lesson Plans

We review a website offering free compilation of preK-12 lessons, activities and other curriculum resources that focus on environmental education.

eGFI: “Enliven the Classroom with Engineering Projects”

eGFI provides tools for K-12 teachers to enhance student math and science skills and engage student interest with engineering projects.

Educational Event; Lesson Plan

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