Here are some great electronic resources for teachers AND parents to use during this time of staying home for school on a laptop. The website is https://www.weareteachers.com/free-teacher-resources/. Parents and friends, please feel free to look through these sites to have great discussions or to complete at home projects with your child. You may also save the sites for when the “stay at home” is over to do on a rainy day!

Here are 30 top sources for free teacher resources including lesson plans and activities created by fellow professional educators.

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.

Sample Lessons: Career Spotlight: Kite DesignerGlobal Warming Integer ProjectThe Life Cycle of a Snowman and more.

2. Arts Edge

Sponsored by the Kennedy Center, Arts Edge provides arts-centered, standards-based resources for K-12.

Sample Lessons: Animal Habitats,  Five Artists of the Mexican RevolutionCreating Comic Strips

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.

Sample Lessons: Life Isn’t Fair- Deal With ItWho Was Anne FrankWitchcraft in Salem and more.

4. Common Sense Media

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

Sample Lessons: My Writing, My Peer and MeThe Three Billy Goats STEM ChallengeThe Ants Go Marching and more.

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.

Sample Lessons: Weather MapsUnderstanding ProbabilityUnderstanding Stereotypes and more.

6. Education World

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.

Sample Lessons: Wacky WeatherWhat Would Oprah Say?Changes in Habitat and more.

7. Everfi

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.

Sample Lessons: FutureSmart – Middle School Financial EducationThe Compassion Project, and  Mental Wellness Basics.

8. Jumpstart

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.

Sample Lessons: What a Wonderful WorldArt of RecyclingPower Up math activity and more.

9. Library of Congress

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.

Sample Lessons: Alexander Hamilton primary source setBaseball Across a Changing NationUsing Primary Sources and more.

10. Literacy Design Collaborative*

LDC is a national community of educators which provides literacy-rich assignments and courses (organized by collection) across content areas.

Collections include:  K-6 Civics Collection (19 modules), National Writing ProjectNBCT Authors and more.

11. NASA

Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword. These lesson plans and teaching materials support K-12 STEM curriculum.

Sample Lessons: Moon MunchiesBubble RocketMars activities and more.

12. National Gallery of Art

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.

Sample Lessons: Elements of Art: ShapeRousseau in the JungleGordon Parks Photography and more.

13. National Geographic

Bring National Geographic to your classroom through lesson plans, maps and reference resource.

Sample lessons: Wild Horses of the Outer BanksEl NinoTraces of Ancient Rome in the Modern World.

14. National Women’s History Museum

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.

Sample Lessons:  Songs of ProtestAfrican American Activists, Little Rock Nine and more.

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 SpaceWhen School Gets Real: Teachers Connect Classroom Lessons to Current EventsTen Ways to Teach Argument Writing and more.

16. Newsela

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 Texts: Giving Great SpeechesThe Human Heart as a Work of Art, Helping Endangered Lemurs Hang On and more.

17. NSTA

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 strategiesThe Greenhouse EffectToothbrush Design: Is There a Better Bristle? and more.

18. PBS Learning Media

Free, standards-aligned PK-12 instructional resources including lesson plans, videos, inter-actives and more.

Sample Lessons: What Happens When a Language Dies?The Origami RevolutionThe Spread of Disease and more.

19. ReadWriteThink

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-WritingTeaching About Story Structure Using Fairy TalesA Blast From the Past With Nuclear Chemistry and more.

20. Scholastic Teachers

Free teaching resources by grade including the categories Lessons and Ideas, Books and Authors, Top Teaching blog, Teacher’s Tool Kit and Student Activities.

Sample Lessons: Ideas for starting the school day in Daily Starters, children’s book Discussion Guides, and educational Videos.

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.

Sample Lessons: Who Wants to be a Millionaire StoriesCoordinates and Straight Line GraphsThe Effect of the Population Explosion

22. Smithsonian’s History Explorer

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 SuffragistWinning WWIIMany Voices, One Nation and more.

23. 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 DoughnutEnemy PieMy Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and more.

24. Teacher.org*

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: Chinese New YearCamouflage and EnvironmentMenus to Save the Earth and more.

25. Teacher Created Resources*

Free standards-aligned lessons and interactive whiteboard activities products created by teachers for teachers.

Sample Lessons: A Tale of Two TownsMaking Decisions with ProbabilityTranslating Confucius and more.

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.

Sample Lessons: Polar Powers: Animal AdaptationsStar Chart: Autumn SkyThe Rights of Bike Riders and more.

27. Teachers Pay Teachers

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, Gumball Sight WordsMoney I Have, Who Has Game and more.

28. Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources that emphasize social justice and anti-bias to K-12 educators.

Sample Lessons: Lessons from GoldilocksSinging for PeaceMaking Cents of Privilege and more.

29. TES (Times Educational Supplement) *

TES is a British website that houses over 700K free resources for K-12 teachers. Made by teachers for teachers.

Sample Lessons: Toy Store Money ProblemsPersuasive Writing Travel BrochuresTissues and Organs and more.

30. USA.gov

USA.gov provides a wide variety of American government lesson plans, activities and worksheets- free for your classroom.

Sample Lessons: Explaining Taxes to KidsHow a Bill Becomes a LawField Trip to the Money Factory and more.

31. WeAreTeachers

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.

Sample Lessons: Recycling Lesson Plans12 Cause and Effect Lesson Plans You’ll Love, 10 Fairy Tale Lesson Plans and more.

This was created by Elizabeth Mulvahill.