K-12 Resource

Resources for customizing your curriculum

Websites that provide the content you and your students need

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A Note About Licensing

Many of the resources listed below are completely free. Licensing is typically indicated on the resource. In your search for online resources to use, it’s important to check that the licensing allows your intended use. If licensing isn’t noted on a particular resource, and no option to procure licensing is provided, we suggest avoiding usage. A couple of helpful tips:

Works in the Public Domain
Works that are in the Public Domain are freely available for educational use. These include any works that were produced by the US Federal government, and works that were published before 1924.

Creative Commons CC BY license
A Creative Commons CC BY license on a work, lets you distribute, remix, tweak and build upon the original work with attribution.

Distance Learning

  • Distance Learning Solutions – A robust list of often free educational applications and platforms to help facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure
  • Common Sense Education – 18 of the best recommended tools for virtual and distance learning
  • Simple K12 – Free webinars on moving to virtual teaching
  • CK12 – Webinar: School closure: How to teach online and learn from home with CK-12

ELA

  • EdSitement – Lesson Plans and curricula for all grade levels
  • Better-Lesson – Lesson plans across all grades including writing and literature with free resources from world-class teachers
  • Google Cultural Institute – Content from over 1000 leading museums and archives
  • Kent State University – Effective Teaching of Reading: What Parents and Families Can Do, a video from Timothy Rosinski, Ph.D and professor of literacy education. 
  • Library of Congress Teacher Resources – Provides lesson plans, themed resources, primary source sets, presentations and activities, and collection connections
  • PBS – 125+ fun and educational activities and games that support parents of 3-8 year olds to help their child(ren) boost their literacy
  • Reading Rockets – Offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help children from birth to age 8 learn how to read and improve their reading. Download free reading tips for parents and early literacy professionals, by age and stage, in English and translated into 12 other languages. 
  • ReadWriteThink – The NCTE has an entire tab devoted to literacy resources for parents and after school professionals. You will find grade-specific literacy games and tools, activities and projects, tips, podcasts, and downloadable resources for no charge!
  • Wilson Language Training – Free resources for supporting students with Dyslexia

Mathematics

  • Bedtime Math – This site makes math part of the family routine. Parents can sign up by email, on the website, and on a free app. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas, or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. No logins. No drilling. No scores.
  • Khan Academy – Online tools in the form of videos and supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators
  • math.com – Homework help, practice, calculators and tools available for virtually every area from basic math to algebra to trigonometry
  • Math Planet – High school math courses in Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. Also available are practice tests for the SAT and ACT. 
  • School Yourself – Free interactive lessons from award-winning Harvard instructors for algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics
  • UPchieve – Free, online math tutoring for Title 1 schools impacted by COVID-19

     

Multi-Subject

  • Beanstalk Interactive – Denver-based interactive educational pre-school children’s content company, announced today that it will be offering free membership during the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • BrainPOP – Engaging games, animated movies, and activities for students of all ages science, social studies, English, math, arts & music, health and SEL
  • OER Commons – Freely accessible online library that allows teachers and others to search and discover open educational resources and other freely available instructional materials
  • Khan Academy – Online tools in the form of videos and supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators
  • CommonLit – Free reading passages and literacy resources
  • Explorelearning – Free trials open for as long as your school is closed. 400+ online simulations covering topics and concepts in math and science for grades 3-12. Grades 2-6 games for mastering basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Science4Us covers Inquiry, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth & Space Science with lessons specifically designed for K-2 students. 
  • OpenStax – Partners are offering free access to their online homework and customization tools for instructors that need to move courses online now
  • Othergoose – Charter school-approved curriculum is 100% free for the next 3 weeks. Content is geared towards kids’ ages (2-7 yrs).
  • Acheivethecore – Hundreds of materials, including sample lessons in ELA and literacy and math
  • Appalachian State University’s list of K-12 Open Education Resources
  • PBS Games – Teamwork games, Feelings games, Adventure games, and hundreds more to keep the little ones busy
  • Scholastic Learn at Home – 20+ days of articles, stories, videos, and fun learning challenges
  • Storyline Online – Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more
  • TedEd – Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Animation, TED Talk or YouTube video
  • Times Education Supplement – Cross-curricular teaching resources covering early years, primary, and secondary grade levels
  • The Book Whisperer – Free resources for young readers supplied by the authors, publishers and educators
  • Travelandleisure.com – 12 famous museums offering virtual tours including the British Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Pergamon Museum (Berlin)

Science

  • Arbor Scientific – Video demos and lessons for Physics and Chemistry
  • National Science Digital Library – Current emphasis on STEM
  • NASA Education – Lesson plans and teaching materials to support STEM
  • Mystery Science – Starter list of K-5 science lessons that are easy to do at home no sign-up or log-in required. Free memberships for up to one year, with engaging lessons in a variety of science‐​related areas, including timely topics such as, “How do germs get inside your body?” 

Social Studies

  • Library of Congress Teacher Resources – Provides lesson plans, themed resources, primary source sets, presentations and activities, and collection connections
  • EdSitement –  Lesson Plans and curricula for all grade levels
  • HippoCampus – Multimedia lessons and course materials for American Gov’t and U.S. History covering middle and high school
  • We Are Teachers – “Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers”
  • Civics101: A Podcast – A public radio program and podcast produced by New Hampshire Public Radio
  • Black Culture Connection – From PBS Learning Media. Special collection of educational resources spotlighting Black artists, educators, and innovators that have shaped our nation
  • icivics.org – Search games, scope and sequence, and curriculum units. Also find content Economics, Government, Geography., History, and Social Studies aligned to your state’s standards.  

Special Education

  • Teachers Pay Teachers – Thousands of free lesson plans and activities
  • Starfall – Ideal for emergent readers. Also includes content for language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade learners. Emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words.
  • Adapting for Autism – Free autism work tasks for younger learners. 
  • Lesson Planet – Resources for the special education classroom and accommodations for mainstreamed students with special needs. Reviewed and rated teaching strategies, assessment tools, apps, lesson plans, videos, resource collections, and activities.

World Languages

  • Open Culture – This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more
  • Spanish4teachers – A website designed for Spanish language teachers. Free teaching resources, lesson plans, worksheets, Powerpoint presentations, texts, activities, ideas & more.
  • The Comprehensible Classroom – 10 days of free lesson plans for Spanish class work during COVID-19 school closures
  • Duolingo – Free online learning tools (game style) in 36 languages.
  • Senor Wooly – Two free weeks of Señor Wooly PRO for all teachers during COVID-19 closures
  • Languages Online – Ready-made online and printable activities for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Appropriate for Exploratory and Level I, some of Level II. 
  • Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning – Open source video and audio resources for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, and other languages. Includes video interviews with heritage/native speakers for several languages.
  • Thisislanguage.com – Free two-week trial with access to 5,000+ authentic, unscripted language videos accompanied by 20,000+ interactive, automatically-marked exercises. French, Spanish, German, Italian, and English as a foreign language. 

Resources from Districts

Resources from Federal Agencies

  • State Dept. of Education – This COVID-19 page includes updated tools, fact sheets, and guidance for schools and school personnel and is organized by elementary and secondary schools as well as higher education institutions.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – This page provides guidance for schools and child care programs, including information about talking to children about COVID-19, recommendations for cleaning and disinfection, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  • School Meal Finder – Education technology company Hoonuit worked with the Louisiana Department of Education to create the School Meal Finder website that can help families locate local school meal distribution centers. Hoonuit is offering to do the same free of charge for other states and districts. Click here for more information.

Resources from States Agencies

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