Free Classroom Resources for Teachers

Resources include strategies for instruction in Elementary, Middle and Secondary classes with guided lesson plans for:

  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical & Chemical Sciences
  • Reading
  • Number Sense
  • Data Analysis & Probability
  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry & Spatial Sense

Graphic organizers, charts and templates are provided and can be reproduced in their original form without any charge. The only items on this site that come with a cost are the optional professional learning resources, which can all be purchased at one time for one low price with an annual subscription (see below). Registration for the use of the free resources in no way obligates the user to purchase anything.

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Free Animations & Activities to Engage Students

Animations and activities are provided in three categories:

MyMath

MyMath

MyMath Tutorials help children from ages 7-10 to learn mathematics as a part of everyday life in their home, daycare, school and community. MyMath presents mathematics as part of everyday activities, such as playing, reading, beading, baking, storytelling and helping others. Students can view animations, watch tutorial videos and learn from short concept based modules.

Fun In Spanish

Fun in Spanish

Fun in Spanish is designed for learning Spanish as an International Language for children from ages 5 and up. They do not need to have previous knowledge of the language, although some exposure will help them to more quickly engage the learning content. Children can view animations to practice their emerging Spanish language skills.

Fun in French

Fun in French

Fun in French is designed for learning French as an International Language for children from ages 5-10. They do not need to have previous knowledge of the language for the beginning age level, although some exposure will help them to more quickly engage the learning content. Children can view animations to practice their emerging French language skills.

Resources are differentiated by grade and age appropriateness.

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Unconference Your Professional Development

More than ever, educators are revolutionizing professional development by turning to participant-driven learning. Teachers are realizing in greater numbers that they are less likely to benefit from driving to a specific location to gather in a classroom-like environment around a whiteboard for a day-long presentation. Teacher Essentials® provides a comprehensive learning library for teachers wanting to “unconference”.

Teacher Essentials® lessons can be used as a catalyst for discussion during professional development events, focusing the group on a specific topic area. Alternatively, teachers can select what they want to learn from the catalog and work in groups of any size, or as individuals to build instructional strategies in areas of personal interest or need. Anywhere, anytime access means the lessons will fit any schedule.

Content is divided into the following categories:

  • Planning and Building

    Planning and Building

    23 course modules including subjects such as establishing the classroom climate, planning the physical environment, managing the classroom, planning effective lessons, the essential elements of results-focused lesson study, disaggregating data and data essentials for improving student performance, understanding teams, and much more.

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  • Classroom Instruction

    Classroom Instruction

    31 course modules including subjects such as best teaching practices, cooperative learning, differentiating instruction, effective questioning strategies, motivating materials and strategies for readers, and much more.

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  • ELL and Exceptional Students

    ELL and Exceptional Students

    11 course modules dealing with teaching exceptional students, the history of educational inclusion, the Individual Education Program (IEP), language acquisition research, sheltered instruction, assessment of ELL, and much more.

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  • Technology and Distributed Learning

    Technology and Distributed Learning

    16 course modules in subjects ranging from technology essentials for the classroom to use of synchronous and asynchronous tools in distributed learning.

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  • Classroom Tools and Resources

    Character Education & School Counseling

    15 course modules that range from more encompassing topics such as making learning relevant to all students, to specific issues such as dealing with family and social problems. Character education emphasizes the need to help students become responsible and caring contributors to society. Students need to demonstrate growth in social and emotional development, as well as academic development and career readiness. These areas of focus are not separate, but are intertwined, with each affecting the other. Educators must use data to understand student needs, and provide counseling and interventions to remove barriers to learning and achievement.

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