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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.

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.

Econ Ed at St Louis Fed Freebie

Pprepare your students with 21st century skills for college and career readiness with these FREE lesson plans, activities, and readings that make it easier for you to teach economics and financial literacy.

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.

Character Counts

Free resources, professional development, and how to participate in the biggest celebration of character in the world.

Native American Resources

Teaching and learning tools to provide Native Americans and non-native Americans a mutual understanding and respect for Native American history, culture, and shared values. Elements inclued: video clips, lessons, student art.

Teacher's List: 11 Classroom Creativity Killers

Veteran art teacher Marvin Bartel lists 10 teacher behaviors that discourage student creativity and tells how to avoid them.

Article

Statistics in Schools

Educate K-12 students about the value and everyday use of statistics. Statistics in Schools provides resources for teaching and learning with real life data. Explore the site for standards-aligned, classroom-ready activities.

Article; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Sweat And Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions (and other labor history resources)

We've gathered these books and resources to help you cover the important contributions that unions have made to humanizing the American workplace in your K-12 Social Studies curriculum.

Article; Background Reading

Five Hundred And Seven Mechanical Movements

It's never too early to teach students that human ingenuity is unlimited. Use this prolific collection of mechanical drawings across the K-12 curriculum to prove it!

Article; Background Reading; Printable

Creative Learning Exchange Curriculum

Engage your K-12 learners in meaningful, real-world problem solving - across the curriculum - through the mastery of systems thinking and system dynamics modeling.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Noah Webster

Two books about the life and legacy of the man who gave us the dictionary along with several word-related resources provide excellent additions to your K-12 language arts and and social studies curriculum.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Project Look Sharp

Lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula for K-12, including integration with the new common core standards.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Presentation

National Gallery of Art: Teachers

Bring art to your classroom with these lessons, activities, and interactives! Also browse teacher workshops and other professional development opportunities.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Professional Development Course

Under His Hat

Bring Abraham Lincoln's history to life in your K-12 classroom! Draw from more than 52,000 Lincoln-era artifacts organized around themes, hands-on activities, research topics, critical thinking questions, and references to additional resources.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (book)

The world's most iconic amusement park attraction was invented in defiance of gravity and against the odds! Now see how the ferris wheel offers fun learning opportunities for your K-12 students across the curriculum.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

The Printer's Trial

Introduce K-12 social studies and language arts learners to the first case in the United States concerning freedom of speech and freedom of the press with this book and additional resources.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America

For K-12 social studies learners: American history from the perspective of minority groups who settled the continent. Lesson plans, support materials, and a teaching guide are included.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

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

Every Native Vote Counts: Teachers Guide & Lesson Plans

Resources for educators, tribal youth staff, and tribal leaders teaching Native youth about the history and unique importance of Native vote and participating in elections.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

National School Lunch Week

The second week in October is National School Lunch Week! Use these resources to learn about the National School Lunch Program and other organizations that support low cost healthy options for children each school day.

Background Reading; Themed Package

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

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

Teaching Folklore

Our recommended resources will help you find folktale retellings from North and South America, as well as lesson plans and activities to help students understand common elements of myths, fairy tales, folklore and tall tales.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Smithsonian’s History Explorer

This resource for K-12 teachers and students teaches American history by providing artifacts to "read" for the stories they tell. For example, teach the Civil War by investigating Lincoln’s patent model for river craft.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia