According to the U.S. Department of Education, teachers spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies per year. That’s why WeAreTeachers is all about free teaching resources. We’re always on the lookout for sites and sources that offer lesson plans, printables, videos, and all the other things teachers need to make their lives a little easier. Our list has options for pre-K through high school, in every subject. In short, there’s something for every teacher!
To start, we’ve got lots of terrific options right here on our site. Take a look at some of these top roundups. Then, be sure to browse the site for anything else you might need.
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Now, on to the rest of the big list of free teaching resources!
Check out this site for both multimedia K-12 classroom resources and teacher professional development podcasts and learning activities.
Sponsored by the Kennedy Center, ArtsEdge provides arts-centered, standards-based resources for K-12.
Nature activities, videos, games, DIY projects, and lessons to inspire children to explore and feel connected to the natural world.
Learn to code with these one-hour tutorials designed for learners of all ages in over 45 languages.
Free collection of reading passages in all literary and nonfiction genres for grades 3-12. Passages come with text-dependent questions that help you track student progress.
Use this site for help teaching digital citizenship, and learn about the latest ed-tech.
The Core Knowledge Foundation provides open access to content-rich curriculum materials for preschool through grade 8, including the Core Knowledge Curriculum Series™.
This is one of the most well-known research labs for birds and birding. They’ve got a quality selection of activities and lessons, with K-12 options.
Student-appropriate news articles, with original and simplified options. You can also listen to the article, a terrific option for struggling readers.
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site provides tons of materials on teaching classic literature like Moby Dick or Lord of the Flies. You’ll also find lots of great resources for social studies, civics, and language arts.
With lots of printable worksheets and activity ideas, this site is a must-bookmark for teachers. You’ll get a limited amount of free resources each month. Or you can sign up for a very affordable membership for unlimited access.
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.
Games, books, videos, and printables for kids in grades pre-K to 8, all free! Resources are broken down by grade level, making it easy to find what you need.
Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has compiled a big collection of activities for grades K-12. Activities, lessons, downloadables, videos, and more!
Jumpstart offers free teaching materials, including activities, worksheets, and lesson plans, for K-5 teachers.
Teachers everywhere rely on Khan for practice lessons and enrichment for their students. They have an especially robust high school section, with AP prep on a variety of topics.
Formerly named Teaching Tolerance, this amazing site provides free resources that emphasize social justice and anti-bias to K-12 educators.
Teach kids the proper way to use primary sources with lessons. Then, use the primary source sets here for research on lots of topics.
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. Includes a wide variety of at-home lessons as well.
Teachers can borrow teaching packets and DVDs for a whole school year! Plus find lots of online help for teaching art.
Bring National Geographic to your classroom through lesson plans, maps, and reference resources. Don’t miss Explorer Magazine, their free online publication for grades K-5.
In addition to lesson plans, the free teaching resources here include National History Day projects and the Suffrage Resource Center.
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. Stories are both student-friendly and available in different formats by reading level.
National Science Teaching 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.
Whatever you’re teaching, chances are you’ll find helpful lesson plans, activities, printables, texts, and more on OER Commons. Hubs and Groups give teachers a chance to connect and collaborate too.
It’s no secret that textbooks are incredibly pricey. OpenStax is out to change that by providing quality digital texts for free.
Free, standards-aligned pre-K-12 instructional resources including lesson plans, videos, and interactives.
Recycle Rally is a terrific free program that helps schools set up a recycling program and offers rewards for participation. Their Resource Library has lots of free articles, printables, and activities.
Get leveled reading passages with accompanying vocab and question sets for K-8. Teachers get free access to use with their students.
NCTE’s site has thousands of standards-based resources for teachers and students of English.
Free teaching resources by grade, including articles, book lists, and collections of lesson plans and teaching ideas.
You already know YouTube has lots of great videos to use with your students. But not all schools allow access to the site. That’s where SchoolTube comes in. Share videos safely, and get content you can trust.
Choose from hundreds of videos, STEM challenges, and lesson plans. Also, find a vast collection of hands-on science experiments and projects for K-12.
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 four themes—Get Outside!, Our Ocean, STEM Activities, and Art & Nature—with lessons, videos, and activity sheets.
Share My Lesson houses over 420,000 free lesson plans and activities, organized by grade and topic.
Smithsonian’s History Explorer offers hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning K-12 American history.
This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
The Lesson Plans section of this site has real plans created and designed by K-12 teachers. Search by subject or grade level.
Free standards-aligned lessons and interactive whiteboard activities products created by teachers for teachers.
There’s such a wide selection here, way beyond lesson plans! Get hall passes, graphic organizers, rubrics, and lots of other useful free teaching resources.
TpT allows teachers to share their knowledge with their colleagues and make money doing it. There are many paid options, but you’ll find lots of freebies available too.
If you’re looking for resources to help build social justice in your school and community, start here. You’ll find books, lesson plans, activities, and more.
TES (Times Educational Supplement) is a British website that offers thousands of free and paid resources for K-12 teachers. Made by teachers for teachers.
Help kids learn about money: where it comes from, how it works, and how to manage it. There’s a free mobile app to try out too.
Calling all math teachers! This site has over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math through Algebra 2.
The World Wildlife Fund’s mission is to protect the world’s most beloved species and their habitats. Find games, videos, lessons, tool kits, and more.
Since 1978, the institute has been working with top-notch teachers and collecting their lesson materials for others to use. This site has thousands of complete units on pretty much any topic, all completely free to access and use.
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