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.
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 provides educators and students with resources around technology and media. They offer many free lessons for grades 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.
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.
LDC is a national community of educators that 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.
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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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