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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/

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/

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 7/25/17