Teachers are always on the lookout for new inspiration and new ideas, but who’s got time to plow through the zillions of resources on the internet? Well, good news! We’ve done the research for you and here are 30 of our top sources for free teacher resources including lesson plans and activities created by fellow professional educators (marked with an asterisk). Happy hunting!
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.
2. Arts Edge
Sponsored by the Kennedy Center, Arts Edge provides arts-centered, standards-based resources for K-12.
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.
Common Sense Media is a nonprofit dedicated to providing educators and students with resources to harness the power of technology for learning and life. Free lessons K-12
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.
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.
Everfi offers free digital courses that are interactive and standards-based. The focus is on real-world learning, with courses offered in financial literacy, STEM, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, and more.
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.
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.
LDC is a national community of educators which provides literacy-rich assignments and courses (organized by collection) across content areas.
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword. These lesson plans and teaching materials support K-12 STEM curriculum.
According to their website, the mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the USA in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards.
Bring National Geographic to your classroom through lesson plans, maps and reference resource.
The mission of the National Women’s History Museum is to tell the stories of women who transformed the history of our nation in pursuit of a a world “where women’s history inspires all people to have equal respect for everyone’s experiences and accomplishments and to see there are no obstacles to achieving their dreams.” In addition to lesson plans, resources include National History Day projects, Electronic Field Trips, and The Suffrage Resource Center.
15. 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, When School Gets Real: Teachers Connect Classroom Lessons to Current Events, Ten Ways to Teach Argument Writing and more.
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.
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
Free, standards-aligned PK-12 instructional resources including lesson plans, videos, inter-actives and more.
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.
Free teaching resources by grade including the categories Lessons and Ideas, Books and Authors, Top Teaching blog, Teacher’s Tool Kit and Student Activities.
21. 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.
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.
23. Storyline Online
This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
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.
Free standards-aligned lessons and interactive whiteboard activities products created by teachers for teachers.
26. 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.
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.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources that emphasize social justice and anti-bias to K-12 educators.
TES is a British website that houses over 700K free resources for K-12 teachers. Made by teachers for teachers.
USA.gov provides a wide variety of American government lesson plans, activities and worksheets- free for your classroom.
In addition to lesson plans and classroom ideas, our very own website has thousands of resources including free printables, career advice for teachers, life and well-being, and deals for teachers.
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