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10 Free Activities, Lessons, Videos, and More

Looking for free resources for your classroom? Below are some great websites compiled by NEA where you can find printables, books, instructional videos for you and your students, lesson plans, and much more.

  • The USGS Water Science School
    Water is unique and vital to all life on Earth. These resources for K-8 science learners cover water basics, properties, cycle, surface water, groundwater, quality, and use.
  • Learning Math
    Learning math can be challenging. Teaching it? Downright daunting. These multimedia college-level professional development courses can give K-8 teachers a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, to help students develop strong math skills.
  • Architect Studio 3D
    Students in grades 5-8 design houses and share them with others. They explore architecture and learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work while gaining practice in subject skills.

  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus (Book)
    Captivate your language arts learners with the story of the 8-year-old whose lists of words became one of the most important reference books of all time: Roget’s Thesaurus. We’ve also assembled additional resources to accompany this reading.
  • Instructional Materials Database Online
    Looking to expand your repertoire of foreign language lesson plans? We’ve found this free, searchable collection of resources created and shared by language teachers for language learners at all grade levels.
  • Big Picture Science
    What came before the Big Bang? How does memory work? What’s the origin of humor? This radio show and podcast geared to grades 6-12, tackles the big science questions with research through lively, humorous, and intelligent storytelling.
  • Educational Games (National Geographic)
    Here’s an award-winning collection of meaningful games that embed educational content across the curriculum. These resources promote collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication for K-12 learners.
  • In Motion: The African American Migration Experience
    This web site presents tens of thousands of resources organized around thirteen defining migrations that have formed and transformed African America and the nation.
  • 100 Ways to Save the Environment
    The site suggests ways everyone can help the community and the planet. A PDF version can be downloaded.
  • KnowItAll.org
    Knowitall.org is a collection of fun, interactive websites across the curriculum for K-12 students, teachers, and parents.
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