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60 Student-Centered Teaching Strategies

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

Lesson Plan

SMART Board Content from SMART Exchange

Download review games, organizational materials, and lesson ideas for your classroom SMART Board.

Lesson Plan

Interactive Greenhouse Gas Emissions Map

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released Greenhouse Gas Data Publication Tool, an interactive map that identifies nearly 80 percent the the major fixed sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the nation as of 2010.

Multimedia

Civic Quotes

This project - 64 notable quotes from over 45 U.S. government leaders - is viewable on the web or with iPad application.

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 9-12

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life with these interdisciplinary resources for grades 9-12.

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

Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation

Navigation, or wayfinding, is the subject of the Exploratorium website Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation. Find ideas for projects and activities in social studies, language arts, science, art, and math.

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

TED Ed - TED’s New Education Initiative

The goal of thisinitiative is to produce a library of teacher-prepared lessons on video.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Memorial Day Infographics

Students can use a variety of infographics to learn the history of Memorial Day and investigate wartime sacrifice. Resources also include suggestions for designing your own inofraphic, using readily available statistics and online tutorials.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Art, Big Numbers & Mass Consumption

Artist Chris Jordan creates large-scale works of art that make statements about the social repercussions of mass consumerism. Educators will find these works of art useful in helping students understand big numbers, consumerism, and conceptual art.

Multimedia

Radical Cartography

Yale historian and cartographer Bill Rankin offers a unique approach to cartography with his website Radical Cartography. After exploring Radical Cartography, students can use other online map-making tools to create customized projects.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Mapping History

The Mapping History Project has been designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments, and dynamics.

Multimedia

Bridging World History

Bridging World History offers professional development and classroom materials to support the study of world history. It is organized into 26 thematic units. Materials include videos, an audio glossary and a thematically-organized interactive.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Professional Development Course

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.

Learning about Independence Day

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 classroom resources.

Themed Package

Civics Education

Resources for teaching about civics education.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

Judicial Branch

Resources for teaching about the Judicial Branch of the Federal Government.

Themed Package

Executive Branch

Resources for teaching about the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government.

Lesson Plan; Themed Package

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

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