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 37 of our favorite sources for free teacher resources. We marked the lesson plans and activities created by fellow professional educators with an asterisk. Happy hunting!
Nature activities, videos, games, DIY projects, and lessons to inspire children to explore and feel connected to the natural world.
2. Amazon Ignite*
Amazon Inspire is an open collaboration service that allows K-12 teachers to easily discover, gather, and share quality educational content with their community.
3. Arts Edge
Sponsored by the Kennedy Center, Arts Edge provides arts-centered, standards-based resources for K-12.
Learn to code with these one-hour tutorials designed for learners of all ages in over 45 languages.
5. 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
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,
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.
Formerly named Teaching Tolerance, this amazing site provides free resources that emphasize social justice and anti-bias to K-12 educators.
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. Includes a wide variety of at-home lessons as well.
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 resources.
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 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, Virtual Field Trips , and The Suffrage Resource Center.
17. Nature Lab
Nature Lab is The Nature Conservancy’s youth curriculum platform which provides lesson plans, videos and activities, and virtual field trips.
Teach and learn with The Times. Articles and questions, writing prompts, and lesson plans that coordinate with The New York Times Learning Network for teens. This site also provides access to professional growth resources and webinars for teachers, plus activities for students.
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 magazines for students and teachers and lesson plans.
Free, standards-aligned Pre-K-12 instructional resources including lesson plans, videos, and interactives.
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.
Seacoast Science Center’s Your Learning Connection is packed with lessons, activities, and resources to support at-home learning and empower children to investigate nature. Each weekly issue explores 4 themes: Get Outside!, Our Ocean, STEM Activities, and Art & Nature with lessons, videos, and activity sheets.
Free teaching resources by grade, including the categories Lessons and Ideas, Books and Authors, Top Teaching blog, Teacher’s Tool Kit, and Student Activities.
25. Science Buddies
Engaging hands-on science resources for students K-12. Choose from hundreds of videos, STEM challenges, and lesson plans.
26. 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.
28. 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.
32. 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 teachers to share their knowledge with their colleagues and make money doing it.
34. TES *
TES (Times Educational Supplement) is a British website that houses over 700K free resources for K-12 teachers. Made by teachers for teachers.
The Federal Reserve’s U.S. Currency Education Program offers a wide range of free educational and training resources including their Currency Academy for Kids, K-5 lesson plans, and Money Adventure mobile app.
In addition to lesson plans and classroom ideas, our very own website has thousands of resources including classroom ideas, free printables, career advice for teachers, life and well-being, and deals for teachers.
World Wildlife Fund’s mission is to protect the world’s most beloved species and protect the habitats people and wildlife depend on. They offer free educational resources for educators and parents games, videos, lessons, toolkits
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