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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

Black History Month Trading Cards for African Americans

Students can research famous African Americans and use these templates to create trading cards.

Multimedia; Printable; Tool

Abraham Lincoln - Team of Rivals Teacher Resources

Students wear the shoes of our 16th President as he selected – purposely from his opponents — the cabinet that would agonize, argue, and advise him through the challenges of slavery, secession, and war.

Lesson Plan; Printable

SweetSearch

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

Multimedia

George Washington Carver Recognition Day

Lessons and tools to teach and celebrate the life and work of George Washington Carver.

Themed Package

Teachinghistory.org

Looking for Civil War lesson plans? Primary source materials related to the New Deal? Or maybe new ways to incorporate technology into your teaching? Teachinghistory.org can help you find all this and more, including videos and Q&A with experts.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; 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

Purple America: Lesson Plans and Activities

Purple America is inviting teachers across America to strengthen the nation through classroom discussions.

Themed Package

National School Lunch Week

This week celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program, which provides balanced, low-cost or free lunches to millions of children each school day.

Themed Package

60 Student-Centered Teaching Strategies

All the strategies promote students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate.

Lesson Plan

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

YouTube for Educators

YouTube offers a variety of free services that educators can use to facilitate classroom instruction, including access to more than 500,000 educational videos, limited access to non-educational content, and custom playlists that eliminate ads.

Multimedia

Women’s History Month, Grades K-5

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life with these interdisciplinary resources for grades K-5.

Themed Package

12 Free Things for St. Patrick’s Day

Curriculum resources include videos, arts & crafts, printables, worksheets, interactive maps, and tutorials for all grade levels, and explore Irish culture, history and traditions.

Themed Package

Ancient Rome 3D

Teachers and students may use Google Earth to tour Ancient Rome and explore the interiors of more than 7,000 buildings, visit sites like the Forum in 3D, and learn how Romans lived. Related lessons and tutorials complete the immersive experience.

Multimedia

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

Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War Trust website offers historical and animated maps, photographs, primary sources, biographies, music and literature, printables, and other curriculum resources to help educate students about the legacy of the Civil War.

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

ArtThink

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art provides theme-based activities for students in grades 4 and above at the ArtThink website. The site encourages a close study of visual art and asks students to make connections with literature and history.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Finding Information on the Internet

UC Berkeley Library offers an online tutorial covering search strategies, search tools, recommendations for evaluating web pages and other resources that will be of interest to educators and secondary students.

Background Reading

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

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

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