25 Amazing Sources for Free Teacher Resources

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25 Amazing Sources for Free Teacher Resources - WeAreTeachers

Teachers are always on the lookout for innovative, inspiring ways to bring fresh new material into the classroom. That’s why we love that there are so many great sites that offer ready-made activities and lessons. Here are our favorite sources for free teacher resources. (Resources marked by an asterisk* designate sites that provide resources produced by teachers for teachers.) 

 1. Amazon Inspire*

Amazon Inspire is an open collaboration service that allows K-12 teachers to easily discover, gather, and share quality educational content with their community.

Sample Lessons: Career Spotlight: Kite Designer, Global Warming Integer Project

 2. Arts Edge

Sponsored by the Kennedy Center, Arts Edge provides arts-centered, standards-based resources for K-12.

Sample Lessons: Five Easy Drama Games for the Early Elementary Classroom, How Dance Can Teach Literature

 3. Common Lit

Free collection of reading passages in all literary and non-fiction genres for grades 3-12. Passages come with text-dependent questions which help you track student progress.

Sample Lessons: Life Isn’t Fair—Deal With It, Who Was Anne Frank

 4. Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media provides educators and students with resources around technology and media. They offer many free lessons for grades K-12.

Sample Lessons: My Writing, My Peer and Me, The Ants Go Marching 

 5. Discovery Ed

Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. In addition, DEN Educators is an online community that provides teacher-to-teacher shared ideas and resources.

Sample Lessons: Weather Maps, Lord of the Flies

 6. Education World

Education World is a complete online resource for teachers, administrators and school staff to find high-quality and in-depth original content. They offer more than 1,000 free lessons.

Sample Lessons: Five Minute Fillers, Box Car Math Games 

 7. Jumpstart

Jumpstart offers free teaching materials (activities, worksheets, lesson plans) for K-5 teachers that have been designed by experts or tried and found useful by other teachers.

Sample Lessons: Waving the Flag, Practicing Punctuation

 8. Literacy Design Collaborative*

LDC is a national community of educators that provides literacy-rich assignments and courses (organized by collection) across content areas.

Collections Include: K-6 Civics Collection (19 modules), National Writing Project

 9.NASA

Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword. These lesson plans and teaching materials support K-12 STEM curriculum.

Sample Lessons: Build it Yourself Satellite Game, The Best-Dressed Astronaut

 10. National Geographic

Bring National Geographic to your classroom through lesson plans, maps and reference resource.

Sample lessons: Wild Horses of the Outer Banks, El Nino, Traces of Ancient Rome in the Modern World.

 11. New York Times

Articles and questions, writing prompts and lesson plans that coordinate with The New York Times Learning Network for teens. 

Sample Lessons: Analyzing the Elements of Art, Five Ways to Think About Space, What Students Are Saying About The Midterms, Disciplining Children and 100-Word Stories. 

 12. Newsela

Newsela is a database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level.

Sample Lessons: All About Volcanoes, Slavery: A Dark Economy, When Art and Math Collide

 13.NSTA

National Science Teachers Association promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. This site gives teachers access to NSTA magazine, books and resources and NSTA free resources

Sample Lessons: 14 writing strategies, The Greenhouse Effect, Toothbrush Design: Is There a Better Bristle?

 14. PBS Learning Media

Free, standards-aligned PK-12 instructional resources including lesson plans, videos, inter-actives and more.

Sample Lesson plans: What Happens When a Language Dies? The Origami Revolution, The Spread of Disease

 15. ReadWriteThink

Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, ReadWriteThink provides educators with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Sample Lessons: Color Poems-Using the Five Sense to Guide Pre-Writing, Teaching About Story Structure Using Fairy Tales, A Blast From the Past With Nuclear Chemistry

 16. Share My Lesson*

Associated with AFT, Share My Lesson houses over 420,000 free lesson plans and activities including curated collections for early childhood through high school. Lessons are organized by grade and topic.

Sample Lessons: Who Wants to be a Millionaire Stories, Coordinates and Straight Line Graphs, The Effect of the Population Explosion

 17. Smithsonian’s History Explorer

Smithsonian’s History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning K-12 American history.

Sample lessons: The Suffragist, Winning WWII, Westward Migration

 18. Storyline Online

This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Sample books: Arnie the Doughnut, Enemy Pie, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

 19. Teacher.org*

Teacher.org offers a wide range of free teacher tools and resources including standards-aligned cross curricular lessons which have been created by K-12 teachers from all over the United States.

Sample Lessons: All About the Moon, Holiday Traditions, Skittles Graph

 20. Teacher Created Resources*

Free standards-aligned lessons and interactive whiteboard activities  products created by teachers for teachers.

Sample Lessons: Amazing Animals of Mexico, Producer to Consumer Fun, How to Tell Time to the Hour

 21. Teacher Vision

For more than 15 years, Teacher Vision has equipped a community of over one million educators with certified, expertly curated teaching resources designed to help their students succeed.

Sample Lessons: Polar Powers: Animal Adaptations, Star Chart: Autumn Sky, The Rights of Bike Riders

 22. Teachers Pay Teachers

Claiming to be the world’s most popular marketplace for teachers, TPT not only provides thousands of resources, it allows teacher to share their knowledge with their colleagues and make money doing it.

Sample Lessons: Hopscotch Coding, Let’s Make Five and Ten, Sight Word Stick Letters.

 23. Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources that emphasize social justice and anti-bias to K-12 educators.

Sample Lessons: Lessons from Goldilocks, Singing for Peace, Making Cents of Privilege

 24. TES (Times Educational Supplement)*

TES is a British website that houses over 700K free resources for K-12 teachers. Made by teachers for teachers. 

Sample Lessons: Money problems, Travel Writing- Persuasive essays, Kid President Pep Talk

 25. USA.gov

USA.gov provides a wide variety of American government lesson plans, activities and worksheets- free for your classroom.

Sample Lessons: Explaining Taxes to Kids, How a Bill Becomes a Law, Field Trip to the Money Factory

What are your favorite sources for free teacher resources? Come share on our our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook. 

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Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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