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General and Misc. Teaching Resources

6 Good Digital Textbook Sources for Teachers
This is a list featuring some popular platforms that provide open digital textbooks. Textbooks are arranged into different categories and content areas. Some of the textbooks are available for free download in various formats others can only be read online. (June 2018)
Annenberg Learner
Nice selection of free educational materials in streaming format. Includes ready-to-view lessons and interactive activities.
Amazon Inspire
Amazon Inspire is an open collaboration service that helps teachers to easily discover, gather, and share quality educational content with their community.
Better Lesson: The Master Teacher Project
The Master Teacher Project is committed to building a body of knowledge around authentic instructional practice. We recruit and select high-performing teachers across the country to share their rich, comprehensive lessons and effective strategies with teachers across the globe.
Bloom’s Taxonomy for the Digital World
Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For 21st Century Students
The Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs Poster for Teachers
Applying the classic Bloom’s Taxonomy to digital learning.
Crash Course
Each course consists of a series of short (10-15 minute) videos. Current topics include: sociology, computer science, film history, and … mythology. There are also archived courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.
Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them.
EDSITE brings online humanities resources from some of the world’s great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom.
Online articles and lesson materials for teachers. Use the Topic Index to find all articles on a particular topic, or just browse current articles.
Education World
A complete online resource where educators could start each day to find the lesson plans and research materials they were looking for.
ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text.
Essential Questions
Article with examples from teacher and author Jamie McKenzie. (The Question Mark, March 2005)
Helpful Techniques to Foster a Growth Mindset
Below is a handy visual … [which] features 10 practical strategies you can use to foster a growth-mindset culture in your class. There is also a PDF version of the chart, and a link to the original article the chart is based on.
The HyperDocs Toolbox: 14 engaging example activities
HyperDocs provides an engaging, student-centered framework for classroom lessons. Looking for ideas to fill those HyperDocs up? Check out these example activities.
KQED Education
KQED Education offers a platform for student discussion and investigation, and teacher professional development. With a focus on amplifying youth voice, making media, civic participation, and richer learning, we provide free standards-aligned content and resources educators can trust.
Library of Congress: Teacher Resources
Lesson plans, activities, links, workshops, and more. Also handy is the Library of Congress list of Classroom Matierals section for primary source sets, lesson plans, presentations & activities, and ‘collection connections’.
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.
National Archives: Educator Resources
This is the National Archives’ gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students. Includes activities, lesson plans, national archives links, and more.
National Geographic Education
National Geographic is proud to offer a wide assortment of professional learning opportunities for educators engaging with students from pre-K to post-secondary. Our programs and resources range from in-the-field projects to digital resources to online networks to grant opportunities and courses.
New York Times Learning Network
The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. Teachers can use or adapt our lessons across subject areas and levels. Students can respond to our Opinion questions, take our News Quizzes… and more.
Presents news articles written at multiple lexile levels for use by students and teachers. Includes ability to create classes and assign texts and quizzes.
OER Commons
OER Commons is a teaching and learning network of shared materials, from K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone. Includes everything from single lesson plans and worksheets to full courses and textbooks.
PBS Learning Media
Thousands of lesson plans and activities. Includes a search which allows you to match specific state or national standards.
The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning
This short video from Edutopia presents study finding that all students remembered more when drawing information, no matter what type of learner they are, and offers four ways to make use of drawing in the classroom. (Edutopic, May 14, 2019)
Project Zero Thinking Routines
While Project Zero did not originate the idea of a thinking routine, a vast array of its work has explored the development of thinking, the concept of thinking dispositions, and the many ways routines can be used to support student learning and thinking across age groups, disciplines, ideals, competencies, and student populations.
Quia Shared Resources
Teacher-created lesson plans and activities. Other material is also available on the Quia site with payment of a yearly subscription fee.
SAMR and Bloom’s
Kathy Schrock offers insights about the SAMR model, its relation to Bloom’s Taxonomy, and how to use it, plus a host of links to further resources.
Share My Lesson
Free lesson sharing, funded by the American Federation of Teachers…. From the beginning, Share My Lesson has been committed to providing our community of members high-quality and effective lessons, useful information to use in the classroom and professional development.
Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep
Rollicking homework help, teacher resources, and online test prep. Homework help lovingly written by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley Literature, U.S. history, economics, pre-algebra, and biology are among the topics covered so far.
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources and tools for making them your own.
Teacher Planet
Free access to over 10,000 theme-based resources, including lesson plans, templates, rubrics, worksheets, and more.
TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format.
Resources, articles, chat boards, lesson plans, links, and more for teachers.
Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes
Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice. (Edutopia, March 20, 2014)
TCH Teaching Channel
Teaching Channel is a video showcase … of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. Includes a label for locating materials aligned with Common Core State Standards.
TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing
Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video. Includes many already created lessons and a selection of videos at their TED-Ed YouTube channel.
TES Teach with Blendspace
Interactive lessons, projects, presentations, & more. Combine all types of digital content and your files to create a lesson Includes large library of lessons already made, ability to integrate quizzes into lessons, and Google integration.

Documents & Primary Sources

America in Class
The National Humanities Center presents America in Class®: primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history and literature teachers.
American Rhetoric
This award-winning site includes text files, audio, video, and images in sections such as Online Speech Bank, Top 100 Speeches, Movie Speeches, Christian Rhetoric, Rhetoric of 9-11, Speech of the Week, and more.
Avalon Project – Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
Offers a collection of digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government from ancient times through the present. Hosted by Yale Law School.
Find & use activities crafted by educators using documents from the National Archives.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
This is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use. Sources range from ancient to modern. There is also a help page with links to Full Text Sources available.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Includes both primary and secondary source material. SCC students, see librarian for password
Historical Text Archive
Hundreds of articles, dozens of books, and thousands of links to historical documents from American and world history.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.
Library of Congress: Finding Primary Sources
Offers some links for quick starting points for finding primary sources at the Library of Congress.
National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. While not all of the billions of pages kept by the National Archives are available online, quite a few of them are. Videos may also be found at the National Archives YouTube Channel.
National Archives: Teaching With Documents – Lesson Plans
From the National Archives, This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States….
National Geographic Education
Our redesigned beta website, NatGeoEd.org, offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic’s popular education content … This beta site is just the first phase of a next-generation website with a wide range of free educational resources that bring geography, science, and social studies to life for educators, learners, and their families.
Presents news articles written at multiple lexile levels for use by students and teachers. Includes ability to create classes and assign texts and quizzes.
Open Culture
Open Culture offers online courses, movies, audio books, ebooks, textbooks, art images, and other materials, all for free.
Opposing Viewpoints
Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. … Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more. SCC students, see librarian for password
Primary Sources at Yale
Primary sources can be found in all of Yale’s libraries and museums as well as in online resources. You can browse the collections of those libraries and museums or begin your search with examples of various formats
Primary Source Nexus
Primary source resources and teaching ideas. Derived from Library of Congress sources and nicely arranged for ease of access.
ProCon.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that has no government affiliations of any kind. Our purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. Offers a section with Free Lesson Planning with ProCon.org.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which copyright has expired.
Voices of Democracy
The Voices of Democracy project promotes the study of great speeches and debates in U.S. history.


Art Education 2.0
Art Education 2.0 is for art educators at all levels who are interested in using digital technologies to enhance and transform teaching and learning in their classrooms.
Art History Teaching Resources
Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) is a peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities.
From The Kennedy Center, ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.
Art to Remember: Lesson Plans
Free lesson plans for teachers from PreK to Middle School.
Blick Lesson Plans
Geared for a wide variety of age and skill levels, we offer hundreds of Lesson Plans designed to meet the National Standards for Visual Art Education and bring the value of creativity to any teaching experience. All original. All free. Help yourself!
Incredible Art Department: Files for Art Teachers
This section is a compilation of files that have been shared from art teachers around the world. They come from the Art Education list group and Getty Listserve.
National Gallery of Art: Teachers
Exhibits and lessons teachers can use with their students. Other pages teachers might find handy include NGAkids Art Zone and their Audio and Video page.

Business & Economics

Banzai: Online Financial Literacy
Banzai is an online financial education platform. It is designed to help students learn by doing. Over 30,000 teachers have joined the program and are supported by hundreds of banks and credit unions nationwide.
The Citi Collection for Financial Capability
From Teachers’ Domain, the 25 resources that comprise the collection conceptually illustrate and practically apply lessons regarding savings, investment, creditworthiness, entrepreneurship, and commerce.
A premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic education lesson plans for K-12 teachers and their students.
Federal Reserve Education
Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education. Includes links to other economics education sites.
Welker’s Wikinomics
AP Economics site with teacher resources, podcasts, links to news and blogs, and more.


Common Sense Media
Tips, articles, and research materials on Digital Citizenship and related topics for parents and teachers.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages for all ages.
Khan Academy – Computer Programming
Learn the fundamentals of programming on the Khan Academy Computer Science platform. Explore programs made by others. Write your own programs and share them!
Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills.
Miscrosoft Digital Literacy
Learn essential skills with the Digital Literacy Curriculum.
Microsoft MakeCode
Microsoft MakeCode is a free, open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.
Rosen Digital Literacy
Database articles explore cyberbullying, digital etiquette, career information and preparedness, various digital platforms, and technology’s biggest movers and shakers. (See librarian for password.)
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.

English & Literature

21st Century Literacy.org
21st Century Literacy can mean many things, but basically it is the skills students need to succeed in school and the workplace in today’s world. Our focus is on the reading and writing skills teenagers need and can be taught using journalistic methods and new digital tools.
C3WP (College, Career, and Community Writers Program)
C3WP is an intensive professional development program that provides teachers with instructional resources and formative assessment tools for the teaching of evidence-based argument writing. There are a number of free materials on this site.
CCSS ELA Lesson Plans
A Scoop.it collection with hands on information, lessons plans, creative ideas for implementing CCSS/ELA.
Center for Media & Social Impact
Focusing on independent, documentary and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact, public policy, and audience engagement. Includes teaching tools including information on copyright and fair use in education.
Browse our free collection of news articles, poems, short stories, and historical documents for grades 5-12. Assign text-dependent questions to hold students accountable for high-level reading and writing. Analyze student performance and compare class reports on key reading and writing skills.
Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers
A video workshop for grade 9-12 writing and language arts teachers, consisting of eight video programs, a print guide, and this Web site. (c.2017)
English Companion Ning
Where English Teachers go to help each other, this excellent site offers a number of separate communities with forums, curriculum help, multimedia, an online book club, and more!
Folger Shakespeare library: Shakespeare in American Life
Folger Shakespeare library: Teach and Learn
Lesson plans and other resources for teachers.
Lesson Writer
Free tool for creating English language lessons around a pasted selection of text.
Media Smarts
Home to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of digital and media literacy resources.
Free learning tools on media literacy and our First Amendment freedoms.
No Red Ink
NoRedInk.com is a web-based learning platform that helps students improve their grammar and writing skills. (Freemium.)
Penguin Teacher’s Guides
A collection of free teacher’s guides to over 100 popular titles, from the Odyssey to Shakespeare, Steinbeck to Stockett. Each guide includes a synopsis, discuss of the story, theme, context, literary devices, questions for reflection, suggested activities and projects, and more.
Project Look Sharp
Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.
Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.
ReadWorks offers a FREE library of content, curriculum, and tools for bridging the gap between research and practice in reading comprehension instruction.
Read Write Think
Our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. Includes lesson plans, printables, activities.
Scriviners’ Trappings
A Scoop.it page gathering aids and resources for writers and teachers of writing.
Shakespeare Uncovered
This thematic collection — which adheres to national learning standards — contains video segments from the series, informational texts, discussion questions, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance your students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Shmoop Literature
Shmoop Poetry
Summary, plot analysis, discussion questions, literary devices and other aspects of various pieces of literature are covered. Similar to CliffsNotes or SparkNotes.
Skype An Author Network
The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits. Includes details such as speaking fees, available times, length of visit, etc.
Teaching Books
Lesson plans and resources for educators. (SCC faculty, check with librarian for password.)
Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics
I created this lesson to teach ten basic poetry and literary elements to high school students … Includes link to the TED Talk Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? which inspired part of the lesson.
Teaching Writing Using Blogs, Wikis…
This wiki is designed to support the book, Teaching Writing Using Blogs, Wikis, and other Digital Tools with a variety of links to online resources.


Annenberg Learner: Mathematics
Lessons, news, interactives, and tons more for math teachers. There is also a Teaching Math: A Video Library, 9-12 with 10-30 minute demonstration videos.
The Concord Consortium – STEM Resource Finder
Our STEM Resource Finder is a central repository for our simulations and activities, giving teachers and students access to open educational resources across our projects, past and present. There is also a page to help you Find Your Path through the NGSS.
Blog from a high school math teacher.
The Educator’s Guide to Applying Real-World Math: 15 Resources with over 100 Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Explore Learning Gizmos
Our award winning library of Gizmos make difficult math and science topics easier to teach and to learn.
From the NCTM. Illuminations is designed to: Provide Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. … Illuminations is part of the prestigious MarcoPolo Internet Content for the Classroom program.
Interactivate is a set of free, online courseware for exploration in science and mathematics. It is comprised of activities, lessons, and discussions.
Khan Academy – Math
Thousands of free videos on algebra. geometry, trigonometry, calculus, finance, statistics, probability, economics, physics, SAT prep, GMAT prep and more… Also available at YouTube.
MathFLIX = 1000 FREE instructional math movies covering a wide range of math concepts including Number & Operations, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Data Analysis & Probability, Connections and Technology. In addition to MathFLIX’s valuable video resources, the site also features 400 downloadable worksheets that reinforce concepts and provide valuable practice.
The Math Forum
We are teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents using the power of the Web to learn math and improve math education. We offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development.
Math-Drills.com has over 50 thousand math worksheets for teachers and parents on a variety of math topics…. If you want high-quality printable math worksheets, you have come to the right place!
Mathematics in Movies
This is a collection of movie clips in which Mathematics appears.
MIT OpenCourseWare – Teachers
Our goal is to make it easy for you to find resources you can use to inspire your students. Topics include Calculus and a couple of courses specifically for high-school students..
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
A library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).
Nuffield Mathematics
This site provides resources for teaching the use of mathematics and statistics. The resources are self-contained and can be used for any lessons where the context or skills are relevant. Although designed for teachers in the U.K., many of these lessons could be adapted to be used anywhere.
PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations
Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.
Provides content, training videos and support information for use with the Yenka Plugin – an educational software tool covering Maths and Technology.

Performing Arts

From The Kennedy Center, ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: Teacher’s Guide Series
A series of teacher’s guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. The activities are designed to … teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop visual literacy skills.
BTG Lesson Plans and
Theatre Games
Downloadable PDFs from the Broadway Teaching Group.
Educational Resources for Music Teachers
A list of apps for music teachers and students, organized by platform.
Online lessons and interactive training modules for learning music theory.
The Story of Movies
An interdisciplinary curriculum introducing students to classic cinema and the classic, historical and artistic significance of film.
Theatrefolk – Free Resources for High School and Middle School Theatre Teachers
No strings, no sign-ups, just good stuff for you to use in your classroom. You’re free to copy and share these documents as long as they are distributed in their entirety.
Theatrefolk – Blog
Articles on acting, directing, classroom exercises, classroom management, and more.

Science - General

AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education)
AMSER is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.
The Concord Consortium – STEM Resource Finder
Our STEM Resource Finder is a central repository for our simulations and activities, giving teachers and students access to open educational resources across our projects, past and present. There is also a page to help you Find Your Path through the NGSS.
Engage Project
ENGAGE focuses on a more inquiry-based methodology, which gives students opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions. (Formerly ‘Science UPD8’)
Explore Learning Gizmos
Our award winning library of Gizmos make difficult math and science topics easier to teach and to learn.
iLumina Digital Library
A digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. … from highly granular objects such as individual images and video clips to entire courses.
Khan Academy
Free videos on algebra. geometry, trigonometry, calculus, finance, statistics, probability, economics, physics, SAT prep, GMAT prep and more…. Many Khan Academy materials are also available on YouTube
Learning Science
An online learning community for science education which features free, high quality, web interactives for K-12 schools.
MIT OpenCourseWare – Teachers
Our goal is to make it easy for you to find resources you can use to inspire your students. Topics included are AP Bio, AP Physics, and AP Calculus.
National Geographic Education
Our redesigned beta website, NatGeoEd.org, offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic’s popular education content … This beta site is just the first phase of a next-generation website with a wide range of free educational resources that bring geography, science, and social studies to life for educators, learners, and their families.
National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
NSDL is the nation’s online portal for education and research on learning in
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
NSTA: Science for Students with Disabilities
Science teachers now have the opportunity to unlock the scientist in every student by identifying and fostering each child’s strengths while also attending to their challenges. This website provides strategies and resources for making science accessible for all students, including those with disabilities.
NOVA Education
NOVA Online – Teachers – Videos
Resources for science teachers and their students.
The goals of OpenSciEd are to ensure any science teacher, anywhere, can access and download freely available, high quality, locally adaptable full-course materials. This is a fairly new project, begun with some middle-school materials, and planning to expand to the other grades later.
PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations
Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.
PUMAS: Practical Uses of Math and Science
A collection of one-page examples of how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including everyday life.
Science Friday
Site of the weekly science talk show on NPR. With archives, streaming audio, teaching materials, and a discussion forum.
Science in the Classroom
(SitC) is a collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials designed to help students understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research.
Science Journal
Science Journal transforms your device into a pocket-size science tool that encourages students to explore their world. As they conduct eye-opening experiments, they’ll record observations and make new, exciting discoveries.
Science Learning Hub
From New Zealand, activities and articles teachers can use with K-12 students, plus webinars and other materials just for teachers.
Science NetLinks
Providing a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students.
Science Notebook Corner
Keeping a notebook can help your students think and act like scientists. Sample our easy-to-implement strategies and lessons to bring science notebooking into your classroom.
Excellent resource for science teachers and their students. Includes Research Modules for science teachers, with information, news, experiments, images, quizzes, links, and more.
WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
Provides lessons and support materials for teachers to use with their classes.

Science - Biology

Access Excellence
The site for health and bioscience teachers and learners. Includes news, articles, a Graphics Gallery, and other materials.
Biodiversity Counts
From the American Museum of Natural History, This resource collection takes students into the field and engages them in life science research: the inventory of plants and arthropods outside their own backdoors.
BioEd Online
Online educational resource for educators, students, and parents…. to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects. Includes lesson plans and streaming video.
Biology Corner
The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers. The Lesson Plans section contains classroom activities, labs and worksheets, feel free to change any of these to suit your own classroom needs.
Nature Works Everywhere
Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature’s fantastic factory — videos, interactive games, and interactive lesson plans that align to standards.
NIH – Science Education
Material for teachers from the National Institutes of Health. Includes lesson plans, exhibits, multimedia, newspapers, photos, and more.
Shape of Life
FREE, short classroom videos that beautifully explore the evolution of the animal kingdom on planet earth. … You’ll also find a rich selection of NGSS aligned materials including lesson plans, readings, illustrations and activities….
A wealth of resources and information aimed at helping educators bring genetics, bioscience and health alive in the classroom.

Science - Chemistry

American Chemical Society: High School Chemistry Education Resources
Resources for chemistry teachers.
ChemEd DL
The destination for digital content intended for chemical science education. We aim to be the place where you can contribute, share, and organize chemistry education materials.
The Chemistry Collective
A collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concepts tests which can be incorporated into a variety of teaching approaches as pre-labs, alternatives to textbook homework, and in-class activities for individuals or teams.
Compound Interest
Compound Interest is a site that aims to take a closer look at the chemical compounds we come across on a day-to-day basis, explaining them with easy-to-understand graphics.
Concept Builders: Chemistry
From The Physics Classroom, a section for Chemistry teachers. Each Concept Builder focuses the learner’s attention upon a discrete learning outcome. Questions target that outcome from a variety of angles using multiple difficulty levels or varying activities.
Learn Chemistry
A U.K.-based site with activities and resources for students and teachers from primary through university levels, a Periodic Table with links to further resources, and more.
Chem 1 Virtual Textbook
This “reference text” is intended to serve either as a supplement to a regular textbook or as a substitute for one.

Science - Earth and Space Science

Earth Viewer
From molten mass to snowball earth, EarthViewer lets you see continents grow and shift as you scroll through billions of years. Additional layers let you and your students explore changes in atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity over deep time. (iOS, Android, Google Play; free)
Environmental Education Lesson Plans
From the New York State Department of Environment Conservation, lesson plans for teachers from PreK through grade 12.
Geology.com: Teaching Earth Science
Here is a list of teacher resources that can easily be modified and incorporated into the earth science classroom.
Geological Society – Resources
Geology resources for students, teachers and anyone interested in the Earth from the British Geological Society.
High-Adventure Science
Free modules on earth science which can be used by a teacher or assigned to a class.
NASA eClips
NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections.
NASA STEM Engagement
Links to various education and curriculum related materials.
NESTA – National Earth Science Teachers Association
NESTA, a non-profit organization, supports K-12 educators in their efforts to mentor, guide, and instruct all students. Site includes teaching and professional development resources.
Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations
Collections, links, datasets, teaching activities, and more.

Science - Engineering

Architecture Activities to Help You Address NGSS Engineering Standards
Teaching the engineering section in the Next Generation Science Standards has posed a challenge for many science teachers. Architecture activities can help connect them to other science concepts.
NGSS Engineering in the Classroom
These ideas make up the essential elements of the Engineering Design Process (PDF) — a process by which engineers, and now students, identify a problem, design and build a solution, test the solution, and improve on their design. From NASA/JPL.
NASA: Engineering Units and Lessons for Grades 7-9
A selection of units from NASA’s “Summer of Innovation” project.
National Science Foundation: Engineering Classroom Resources
This collection of lessons, activities, and web resources aims to help educators, students, and students’ families learn more about engineering.
Teach Engineering
TeachEngineering.org is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of multi-week units, lessons, activities and living labs.
Try Engineering – Teachers Archive
TryEngineering offers a variety of lesson plans that align with education standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles in the classroom.
Utah Engineering – Lesson Plans
The following lesson plans and presentations present modern applications for science, math, and engineering to students.

Science - Physics

Molecular Workbench – Physics Activities
About three dozen physics animations.
The Physics Classroom
The Physics Classroom is an online, free to use physics website developed primarily for beginning physics students and their teachers. The website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the tasks of learning and teaching physics.
Physics Classroom Resources
This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. From the National Science Foundation.
The Physics Front
This is a network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education.
MyPhysicsLab: Physics Simulations
Click on one of the physics simulations below… you’ll see them animating in real time, and be able to interact with them by dragging objects or changing parameters like gravity.
Practical Physics
This website is for teachers of physics, enabling them to share their skills and experience of making experiments work in the classroom.

Social Studies

ABC-CLIO – History Hub
While a subscription is needed to access much of this site, there are a number of free resources especially useful for social studies classes.
AllSides for Schools
AllSides for Schools gives educators tools, resources, information, and curricular guidance to help students build skills in news literacy, bias awareness, critical thinking, and conversation across difference.
America in Class
The National Humanities Center presents America in Class®: primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history and literature teachers.
American Historical Association – Classroom Materials
Part of the AHA’s “Teaching Reources” section, these pages include primary sources, rubrics, teaching modules, backgrounders, and other materials.
Annenberg Classroom: Resources for teaching the Consis
This website connects our award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution and its amendments to daily civics news and student discussion.
C-Span Classroom
Free resources on civics and U.S. government and politics for teachers. Some resources require free registration.
Calisphere: a world of primary sources and more
Explore thousands of primary source images and documents. From the University of California Libraries. Includes materials for teachers.
Case Maker
Geared for 6th through 8th grade classrooms, Case Maker features twenty pre-made civics challenges that teachers can share with their students, or customize and annotate specifically for your needs.
Civics 101
Short podcasts about various topics relating to civics and government. Each episode includes links to further resources and a written transcript, and further resources are available for many episodes such as graphic organizers, lesson plans, and quizzes for each set of topics.
Civil Rights: Then and Now
This collection of videos, documents, and primary sources lends context to the events and leaders that defined the Civil Rights Movement’s first three decades (1954-1985). These resources also capture the issues and activists involved in the struggle today—those making headlines, stirring debate, and trending on social media.
Constitutional Rights Foundation : Teacher’s Lounge
Free materials on topics in World History, USA History, and Government. Each includes bibliography and list of further resources, Common Core alignment, discussion ideas, and activity suggestions.
Current Events in Historical Context
Current Context helps students understand today by putting current events in their appropriate historical context. Each report includes a background, a timeline of significant events, a map, & links to useful resources.
Access thousands of primary sources — letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types — spanning the course of American history…. Borrow from an ever-expanding collection of document-based activities created by the National Archives, and teachers around the world.
Facing History and Ourselves
We help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.
Freedom on the Move: Educators
Freedom on the Move is a searchable database of fugitives from North American slavery…. we’ve created four lessons you can use to bring the ads to life and introduce students to the brave people who resisted slavery by running away.
Hispanic Heritage and History in the United States
Our Teacher’s Guide brings together resources created during NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes, lesson plans for K-12 classrooms, and think pieces on events and experiences across Hispanic history and heritage. From EDSITEment.
History PowerPoints for Teachers
PowerPoints for AP US History, AP European History, and World History from teacher Tom Richey. Free to use and modify as long as the original credit is retained. Also available at YouTube.
If I was teaching Social Studies today…
My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. Scott McLeod discusses some of the many great online and technological materials available to social studies teachers today. (2017)
Ken Burns in the Classroom
Videos, clips, documents, lesson plans, media gallery and more for teachers wishing to use these primary sources and documentaries based on them in their classroom.
PowerPoint Palooza
Over 200 PowerPoints in the areas of American history, European history, and Global Studies. Presentations are offered free with permission to be modified, so long as the original author is credited. (Last updated 2016.)
Project Look Sharp
Teaching kits for social studies media issues such as ‘Media Construction of the Middle East’, ‘Media Construction of War’, and ‘Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns’.
Seterra Geography Games
Seterra offers hundreds of free geography games in over 30 languages.
Shmoop: U.S. History
Covers various events in American history from 1400 through the present, broken down into small chunks for easy consumption.
Smithsonian: Educator Resources
A wealth of resources and digital tools support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity.
Stanford History Education Group
SHEG seeks to improve education by conducting research, working with school districts, and reaching directly into classrooms with free materials for teachers and students. SHEG’s Reading Like a Historian curriculum and Beyond the Bubble assessments have been downloaded more than 5 million times.
Teaching American History
Learn more about American history by going back to the original source documents, from the founding through the 20th century and beyond. Also includes section of lesson plans and audio lectures.
Designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.
Teaching With Documents
From the National Archives, this site includes information about using documents in teaching, with links to tools and lesson plans.
World 101
Understand the issues, forces, and actors that shape our world…. Through its entertaining, interactive story-telling, World101 makes complex international relations and foreign policy issues accessible to learners both inside and outside formal academic settings.
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