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Learn & Teach with American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History’s website offers programs and resources such as activities, games, articles, profiles of scientists, and student descriptions of their own projects and investigations for teachers and learners at all grade levels.

Background Reading; Multimedia

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

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives houses concept activities for numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability for grades PreK-12.

Multimedia

Pulse of the Planet

This daily science program airs on radio. The program and its related resources are available online. K-12 teachers will find teaching ideas and lesson plans, while students will enjoy multimedia learning games, videos, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Discrimination in the Workplace - Resources for Teaching High School Students

The EEOC offers a free video and classroom guides to educate working-age students about sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Representative Poetry Online

This anthology of 4,700 poems by 723 English and French poets from AD 657 to the present offers browsing by title, date, form, rhyme scheme; detailed biographies; maps and geographical information about places mentioned in poems; criticism; and more.

Background Reading

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

All About Birds

All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching with entries for 585 species. It has ID tips, sound, and video for 117 species; a weekly bird feature; Q and A between readers and experts; and, a weekly quiz on a companion Facebook page.

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Follow the 2012 monarch migration and report your own monarch sightings on the Monarch Butterfly Migration: Journey North website. You and your students can help scientists understand how climate and seasons affect monarchs.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Children’s Books and Author Interviews

Storyline Online is an anthology of 24 picture books for students in grades PreK-3 read by well-known actors. Reading Rockets turns the spotlight on the creators of children’s books with more than 100 video interviews.

Background Reading; Multimedia

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

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Grant/Award

Me, Myself and Math

This six-part series of essays by Steven Strogatz, a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University, examines our place in the cosmos through the lens of mathematics. Each essay includes notes, citations and links to related resources.

Background Reading

Science Buddies

Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.

Lesson Plan

Selected Civil War Photographs

Three photo collections from the Library of Congress present battle scenes, military personnel, politicians and cultural figures. Over 8,000 photographs are available. Related activities investigate the authenticity of some photographs.

Background Reading; Multimedia

A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

This self-directed website is designed for use in both formal and informal educational contexts. It assumes that human behavior is the main driver of climate change and challenges students to explore scientific data around this issue.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric

This website is an online rhetoric and dictionary of rhetorical figures and most useful for speech & debate and writing students in grades 9-12.

Background Reading

Big Map Blog

This anthology of fascinating maps includes more than 600 maps; five new maps are added each week. Browse by category: Birdseyes, topographic, non-western, railroad, military, thematic maps and more, or search by keyword.

Background Reading

Learning Lab: The Poetry Foundation

The Learning Lab is a Poetry Foundation resource for students and teachers of poetry. The audience is primarily grades 6-12, but many of the essays can provide background for K-5 teachers as well.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Visionlearning

Visionlearning is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides science learning modules that have been shown to be more effective than traditional textbooks in teaching science.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

Inquiry in Action

Inquiry in Action is a 3rd edition textbook offered by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for teaching physical science and chemistry using an inquiry-based approach. It can be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

NASA: Practical Uses of Math and Science (PUMAS)

Why don’t clouds fall out of the sky? Why is it unsafe to tailgate on the freeway? Students discover the answers to these questions, and many others, through the 79 activity ideas, submitted by scientist and engineers to this NASA website.

Lesson Plan

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago offers programs and online resources for K-12 teachers and students.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan