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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.

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.

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.

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.

Find an Educator Resource

Offered by the Museum of Modern Art, these K-12 resources are designed to encourage and develop the study of the fine arts, and their application across the curriculum and into everyday life.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

Scootle Resources

Scootle is a collection of thousands of digital resources available to K-12 educators in the U.S. All resources are searchable and include images, audio, video, datasets, activities, lessons and assessments.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

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

Choices for the 21st Century Education Project

Curricular resources, professional development workshops, and special projects, focusing on empowering secondary level students in international issues and civic engagement.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Tool

Learning about Independence Day, Grades K-5

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 other resources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable; Themed Package

Teaching About the 1963 March on Washington, Grades K-5

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 for grades K-5.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

The Civil War and Emancipation

From PBS, this site includes stories of people on both sides of the slavery debate, journal articles from the times, and opinions from current historians. (background information)

Background Reading; Tool

The Northwest Passage

A picture book based on the folk song "Northwest Passage" with dynamic illustrations provides a good introduction to the geography and history of the Northwest Passage. We recommend related resources to help you build lessons.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

BBC Interactives

Bring more than 7,000 years of world history to life in this media-rich resource package compiled by the BBC.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Printable

10 Inauguration Day Resources

Students in all grade levels learn about the Presidential Inauguration and how it has changed over time with our recommended activities, background resources, primary source documents, videos, printables, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Quiz

A Sightseer’s Guide to Engineering

This virtual field trip takes students through each of the 50 states to visit engineering projects. The resource could support social studies or STEM classes.

Background Reading; Multimedia

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

The Paper Project

The Paper Project explores papermaking, one of the earliest technologies and art forms, and features educational materials as well as images of handmade and mould made paper taken with a scanning-laser confocal microscope.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms

A collection of historically significant maps and companion lesson plans correlated to national social studies and geography standards.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Find a primer of U.S. government with print and interactive resources on the nation, government, local neighborhoods, and symbols of U.S. government an overview of Benjamin Franklin’s life and career.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Multimedia; Printable

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

Picture Book Month Freebie

Find dozens of classroom activities associated with popular picture books from more than 20 authors, plus a Teacher’s guide with suggestions for ELA, math, science, and social studies.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

“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

Barbed Wire Baseball

This novel’s energetic prose and dynamic illustrations provide a good introduction to Japanese-American internment during WWII. We suggest related readings, primary source documents and a lesson plan to help you plan a unit of study.

Background Reading

Flag Day Resources

Seven recommended Web sites explore the history of the stars and stripes through images, songs, timelines, crafts and activities, lesson plans, interactive quizzes and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia