Free Things for Educators - Brought to You by NEA
The best books, printables, lesson plans, activities, videos, and other FREE stuff for your classroom.
Talk About Trees' mission is to educate children about the responsible management and use of California's most renewable resource. Here are 9 lessons for grade 4-6 that support that mission and can supplement your science and enviromnent curriculum.
Posted: February 16, 2018, 9:40 pm
Vote Smart is a website that provides K-12 civics education materials and information on political office holders.
Posted: February 15, 2018, 3:15 pm
This searchable database includes lesson plans and activities for use in school, after school, and extra-curricular settings. Narrow your search by grade/course: social studies; American history; world history; civics & economics; English language arts.
Posted: February 13, 2018, 3:05 pm
Follow the 1,150 mile trek from Anchorage to Nome with these lessons and activities for all grades.
Posted: February 7, 2018, 2:50 pm
The Folger Shakespeare Library site has a prolific offering of free resources for educators and students. Teaching and learning Shakespeare takes on new life here.
Posted: February 5, 2018, 2:27 pm
These resources are designed to help educators understand climate, climate change, and weather concepts and to be able to incorporate them into their course curriculum.
Posted: February 1, 2018, 6:40 pm
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and we recommend a trio of online and printable resources to help you bring swing, big band, blues, and other forms of jazz music to your classroom.
Posted: January 31, 2018, 6:50 pm
Butterflies really are free in this rich respository of lessons, media, tools, exhibits and many other free things for learning about butterflies.
Posted: January 29, 2018, 6:43 pm
These strategies promote students’ literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate.
Posted: January 29, 2018, 6:30 pm
For K-12 social studies learners: American history from the perspective of minority groups who settled the continent. Lesson plans, support materials, and a teaching guide are included.
Posted: January 29, 2018, 6:15 pm
Educate K-12 students about the value and everyday use of statistics. Statistics in Schools provides resources for teaching and learning with real life data. Explore the site for standards-aligned, classroom-ready activities.
Posted: January 29, 2018, 4:24 pm
Extra History is a YouTube channel that features videos on events and figures in ancient and world history. Less than a half-hour each, the videos feature maps, animation, contemporary art, and even some humor!
Posted: January 24, 2018, 6:36 pm
Providing high-quality personal finance materials for K-12 educators, students and parents, Finance in the Classroom is the place to help you prepare students to be money smart.
Posted: January 15, 2018, 6:24 pm
From the Smithsonian Design Museum, the Educator Resource Center at Cooper Hewitt offers extended K-12 lesson plans in all subject areas. Browse, search, and sort!
Posted: January 11, 2018, 6:52 pm
From the Cornell College of Ornithology, here's an interactive site that teaches adaptation and evolution as it takes grade 6-8 science students through stages of bird evolution.
Posted: January 9, 2018, 6:32 pm
5-12 science learners explore the exciting world of fusion science through these fun educational resources. They'll journey inside a plasma-confining tokamak, control plasma experiments online, use the physics modules, and more!
Posted: January 5, 2018, 6:42 pm
Here's a collection of interactive, online lessons about technology, computers, and society. Detailed strategies are written for the teacher and students can work the lessons in class, during free time, or even from home.
Posted: January 4, 2018, 11:47 am
From the Annenberg CPB Math & Science Project, Teacher's Lab offers professional development resources to help educators develop more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge with their students.
Posted: January 4, 2018, 11:25 am
The mission of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is to integrate art into the lives of people. Integrate art into the lives of your learners with the Museum's K-12 cross-curricular lesson plans.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:18 pm
Explore this suite of teaching tools that are designed to introduce students of all ages to the life and legacy of one of America’s most remarkable founding fathers.
Posted: December 6, 2017, 8:15 pm
InVenture challenges students to identify real-world problems and design solutions through analysis, creativity, and the scientific method. It also strives to broaden participation in STEM by bringing authentic experiences to K-12 students and teachers.
Posted: December 5, 2017, 8:10 pm
Here's a podcast that takes statistics out of the classroom and into the practice of science and other fields as varied as sports and psychic phenomena.
Posted: December 5, 2017, 2:26 pm
Recent studies find a correlation between physically fit students and academic achievement and test scores. This list of (physical) activity breaks can be used at any point during the class period at your discretion.
Posted: November 30, 2017, 12:30 pm
The Zeno Toolbox offers tools and resources designed to help build a positive math culture that encourages kids to be confident and curious.
Posted: November 29, 2017, 2:51 pm
World History Sources provides scholarly reviews of online primary source archives for teaching high school world history, guides, case studies, videos, teaching sources, and more.
Posted: November 27, 2017, 9:00 pm
K-12 students learn about the bold and brilliant ideas scientists and marine biologists have to rescue corals and coral reefs from disaster.
Posted: November 20, 2017, 8:33 pm
Explore interactives, videos, images, and more for k-12 science learners in Koshland Science Museum's Multimedia Gallery
Posted: November 16, 2017, 3:43 pm
This website supports 5-12 educators with a prolific and growing repository of current, professionally vetted, and unbiased civics, law-related education, and government lesson plans and materials.
Posted: November 9, 2017, 2:23 pm
A prolific set of resources spotlighting the efforts of men and women during WWII with meaningful battle memorials, powerful stories and engaging 6-12 classroom activities.
Posted: November 6, 2017, 8:23 pm
Here's an interactive mystery and a science lesson wrapped up in one uniquely fun activity.
Posted: November 6, 2017, 2:38 pm
Compiled for Duke University’s Environmental Justice Workshops held in 2012, these K-12 lesson plans explore privilege, poverty, consumption, access to nutritious food, pollution, and sustainability.
Posted: October 30, 2017, 12:46 pm
ArtsNow wants to help you integrate the arts and innovative practices into your curriculum with these professional development and teacher resources.
Posted: October 26, 2017, 5:28 pm
Students in grades 5-12 learn firsthand how society and environment are affected by global warming and how to help people make better decisions regarding all the complicated issues surrounding climate change and energy use.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 1:28 pm
These free multimedia curriculum resources can help you integrate digital and media literacy into your curriculum
Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:47 pm
Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:12 pm