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Best Websites: Education

Links to government, educational, and organizational websites that provide quality education-related information and resources.

Lesson Planning Websites

Annenberg Learner
Free interactive and multimedia resources that support K-12 teachers in lesson planning and professional development.
http://www.learner.org/interactives/

Common Sense Media
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Core Knowledge
Dedicated to advancing excellence and equity in education for all students, the Core Knowledge Foundation publishes educational books and materials and supports a growing network of Core Knowledge schools. It is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
www.coreknowledge.org

Discovery Education
Free K-12 digital media resources that are standards-based, designed for and by teachers.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/index.cfm?campaign=flyout_teachers_lesson

EDSITEment!
Free humanities lesson plans
http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans

ERIC Database
Free version of the ERIC database from the U.S. Department of Education.
http://www.eric.ed.gov

EdHelper.com
This site offers educational resources. *Note: Some content is for members only who pay an annual fee.
http://edhelper.com/

Education World
A free resource for educators, this site contains lesson plans and research materials.
http://education-world.com/

Educator's Reference Desk
A searchable database, see the lessons plans tab and note the Copyright Statement.
http://www.eduref.org

Forever Curious
A labor of love by a group of librarians and educators to curate the best educational resources and lesson plans for people of all ages.
http://forevercurious.org/

InformED
InformED offers free lesson plans and teaching tools on a variety of topics and subjects. It was created by Open Colleges, an online education provider based in Sydney, Australia.
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/lesson-plans

Kids.gov
A number of free resources and lesson plans for teachers.
https://kids.usa.gov/teachers/lesson-plans/index.shtml

Lesson Planet: The Search Engine For Teachers
The site offers teacher-reviewed online curriculum resources and claims to be constantly adding new material. *Note: Some content is for members with full access.
http://www.lessonplanet.com/

Lesson Plans Page (Hot Chalk)
A collection of over 3,500 lesson plans from preschool through high school and beyond, developed by the students and faculty of The University of Missouri as well as users of the site.
www.lessonplanspage.com

NASA Education
Free resources for instructors, focusing mainly on STEM.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

Open Educational Resources
Free teaching and learning materials, mostly registered under Creative Commons.
https://www.oercommons.org/

PBS Teacher
Free digital content designed for PreK-12 teachers.
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Social Studies (STEMSS)
Created and maintained by a biology professor from UW-LaCrosse, this page is a very useful gateway to standards, quality K-12 trade books, and websites related to teaching science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the social sciences.
http://www.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/Find-information/Curriculum-center/STEMSS/

Share My Lesson
Free K-12 learning materials, activities, lesson plans, and Common Core State Standards resources.
http://www.sharemylesson.com/

Smithsonian Education
Free lesson plans on Art & Design, Science & Technology, History & Culture, and Language Arts.
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/index.html

Teach Engineering
Lesson plans and other curriculum planning tools useful for engineering, science, and math.
http://www.teachengineering.com/

Teachers.net Lesson Bank
Find thousands of lesson plans and classroom ideas submitted by teachers. *Note: Full content requires a no-fee subscription.
http://teachers.net/lessons/

University of Victoria: Lesson Plans LibGuide
Offers links to several sites featuring lesson plans for K-12.
http://libguides.uvic.ca/lesson

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards
Academic standards website includes information on content, performance, and proficiency standards in addition to the four core areas.
http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/standards/

Updated 10/16/17