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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.

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.

Educating Village Girls

This Peace Corps Challenge Game helps teach students about the plight of girls who do not have access to schooling. Interactive game for students. Background information for teachers.

Background Reading; Multimedia

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

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

Encyclopedia Mythica: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion

Find information organized by geographical region, with each major area subdivided into sections such as mythology heroes, images, genealogy tables, etc. to aid searching. It holds more than 7,000 articles, often brief, making it a good reference tool.

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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

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

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

It’s No Laughing Matter

This website from the Library of Congress presents to students an approach to analyzing political cartoons and identifying the persuasive techniques used in them.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

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

Teaching About the 1963 March on Washington, Grades 6-8

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 6-8.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Explore the RMS Titanic

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic (April 15, 2012) offers a unique teaching opportunity, and a variety of websites offer online resources, including historical documents, multimedia activities, printables, lesson plans, and more.

Background Reading; 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

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Printable

Computer History Museum

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

Background Reading

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

Teachers’ Resources from National Archives

Teachers’ Resources is an element of the National Archives. Teachers will find lesson plans and other materials to engage students in doing history with primary sources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

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