Lesson Plans and Projects
All of these sites post new projects, curriculum, and lessons on a regular schedule -- usually weekly or monthly but sometimes daily. Speed of reaching the Web is the primary driving force. These new ideas cover a variety of subject matters. After a while these ideas are placed in archives at the site. The site managers exert some quality control over the selection. The projects themselves vary in duration -- from a short 15 minute newsbreaker to a 6 week unit.
Symbaloo can be used by both teachers and students to create lesson plans.
America's Story, published by the Library of Congress, posts significant historical events by person, state, and time.
A good jumping-off point to in-depth exploration.
The New Scientist varies slightly from the other sites.
Rather than offering lessons per se it contains an archive, courtesy of the magazine New Scientist; it answers questions students delight in pursuing, such as why is the sky blue and why is a yawn contagious and why do pigeons nod their head while walking about. Domains include physical and biological science. Some links to current news stories have been inserted.
PBS has created a separate resource for teachers with 1200 lessons which are linked to its media programs as well state and national standards. A planning calendar and special features section are included also.
Curriculum ideas are not always easy to locate.
Searching for "curriculum" within a web site can bring up a host of hidden gems, as this example from the Environmental Protection Agency shows.
Teaching N'Technology (TNT), a database of over 400 technology-related lesson plans matches the Florida state standards, is keyed to subject, grade and other key words.
Includes a wide range of quality lesson plans and "interactives" organized by subject area and grade level.
Scholastic has a number of lesson plans that can be searched by grade level and subject area.
The Science Spot,a set of lessons and fun things by one teacher, adds new twists to old experiments.
Connexions, a new portal at Rice University, enables any teacher to create, share and modify course materials. They may be grouped into chapters with annotations. 1600 modules include music, engineering, and psychology, to name a few.
Nancy Clark has created a site to provide high school and middle school science teachers access to the materials and resources that she has collected during 37 years of teaching. Includes activities, worksheets, laboratory exercises, puzzles, games, songs and more.
The Exploratorium has an incredible array of learning tools and classroom ideas.
See what continuing education resources and classes are offered by your local museums.
LETSnet has organized teaching resources around classroom teachers' stories, including lesson plans, curriculum standards and guides.
The Community Learning Network has resources organized by theme pages.
Science Net Links is a project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lesson plans and tools are broken out by subject area and grade level. STEM and Common Core resources are included.
For $20-$40 per year per teacher, edHelper provides plans and materials for a wide variety of subjects in all grade levels, K thru 12.
You can browse the site for free, get ideas, and see if it's a good fit for you or your school.
Intel is an example of companies giving back, with professional development resources and unit and lesson plans broken out by age level. Lessons cover everything from Meet the Bears to Equal Rights.