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English/Language arts
History/Social studies
Physical education
Science/Mathematics
Visual & performing arts
World languages


 
General Curriculum Units and Lessons
Verizon Thinkfinity: Literacy, Education and Technology - http://www.marcopolo-education.org/home.aspx
This site, formerly called MarcoPolo, is a nonprofit consortium of premier national and international education organizations and the Verizon Foundation dedicated to providing the highest quality Internet content and professional development to teachers and students throughout the United States. Includes eight content Web sites (ArtsEdge [JFKCenter], EconEdLink [NCEE], EDSITEment [NEH], Illuminations [NCTM], ReadWriteThink [IRA/NCTE], Science NetLinks [AAAS], Xpeditions [NatGeog], and Smithsonian National Museum of American History) with lesson plans, student interactive content, downloadable worksheets, links to panel-reviewed Web sites and additional resources created by the nation's leading education organizations; a scalable professional development program; [and] leading edge diagnostic measurement and technology. One of the partners is:
EDSITEment - http://edsitement.neh.gov/
"This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom." Subject areas covered include: Art & Culture; Literature & Language Arts; Foreign Language; and History & Social Studies. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lesson plans for all subjects are located here.
TEAMS Educational Resources: Teachers/Para-Professionals - http://teams.lacoe.edu/teachers/index.asp
Extensive collection of links to lesson plans from the L.A. County Office of Education.
Lesson Ideas from NEA - http://www.nea.org/lessons/index.htmlx
Links to lesson plans developed and contributed by NEA members. Can also search the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM: see desc. below) database from this page.
Gateway to 21st Century Skills - http://www.thegateway.org/
"Annotated directory of Internet lesson plans, curriculum units, and activities pertaining to K-12 subjects. Users can browse sites by subject or keyword, desired grade or education level. They can also search by subject, keyword, title, and full text of the site description. Sources include the Living SchoolBook, the American Museum of Natural History, the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Math Forum, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. From the U.S. Department of Education." Description © Librarian's Internet Index.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/index.html
"Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated daily to include the best sites for teaching and learning." Subject access includes: Agricultural Education; Art and Architecture; Business Sources/Grants; Education Resources; Entertainment & Travel; Health, P.E., & Fitness; History & Social Studies; Holidays; Internet Information; Kidstuff; Literature/Language Arts; Mathematics ; News Sources/Magazines; Organizations/Government; Performing Arts & Music; Reference & Librarians; Science and Technology; Shopping; Special Ed Resources; Sports; Vocational Education; Weather; and, World Languages/Regions.
Microsoft Lesson Plans- http://www.microsoft.com/education/lessonplans.mspx
A collection of lesson plans in ten subject areas, some of which incorporate the use of Encarta encyclopedia as part of the lesson.
The Educator's Reference Desk: Lesson Plans - http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/index.shtml
Huge collection of lessons, well-organized by curriculum area. Browsable by subject and keyword. (Information Institute of Syracuse)
NY Times Lesson Plan Archive - http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/archive.html
Lesson plans, based on Times articles, browsable by keyword and subject.
Knowledge Network Explorer - http://www.kn.att.com/
From AT&T, this page provides links to lessons browsable by Subject Area, Table of Contents and Grade Level. Includes links to Blue Web'n and Filamentality.
International Society for Technology in Education - http://www.iste.org/
"Our mission is to help K–12 classroom teachers and administrators share effective methods for enhancing student learning through the use of new classroom technologies." This site provides National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and Educator Resources which includes a link to Lesson Plans.

World Languages

National Foreign Language Resource Center - http://nflrc.iastate.edu/
The NFLRC is a unique collaborative effort among the Iowa State University Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC, and leaders in the field of K-12 foreign language education who are based in school districts and institutions of higher education. The NFLRC is unique in that its leaders include those who are nationally known and those who have been mentored into leadership roles by the NFLRC. A link on this site leads to the following lesson plan resource.
The Educator's Reference Desk Foreign Language - http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Foreign_Language
Links are provided to lessons plans on Chinese, ESL, linguistics, Spanish, cultural awareness, French, and sign language.
World Language Mentor - http://www.worldlanguagementor.com/
"Like many, my first years as a Foreign Language teacher were difficult. While many websites offered worksheets or sample lesson plans, none seemed to provide assistance with everyday Foreign Language classroom situations. In addition to everyday problems, the inclusion of technology in a Foreign Language classroom was never mentioned. Having worked in the field of technology for ten years, it is clear the need  for technology integration is great and brilliant ideas should be shared. World Language Mentor provides Foreign Language teachers from all over the world with a means of communicating, collaborating and sharing knowledge regarding the integration of technology."

Science and Mathematics

Orbital Space Settlement Online Course - http://www.nas.nasa.gov/Services/Education/SpaceSettlement/teacher/course/
"This course is for teachers and their students who want to participate in the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest. At the end of eight weeks the students will be able to complete their project ready to be sent to NASA. This course is aligned with the U.S. National Science standards. The course does not expect any previous background in orbital space settlements or project based learning. We will provide the teachers and their students all the necessary tools  including evaluation tools."
Illuminations - http://illuminations.nctm.org/
Part of the Thinkfinity consortium (see entry above under General Sites), this site is co-sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Science NetLinks - http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/
Part of the Thinkfinity consortium (see entry above under General Sites), this site is co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Click here for their lesson index.
NASA - Educational Resources for 9-12 Educators - http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/9-12/features/index.html
This is NASA's website which provides a sample of their resources suitable for high school teachers.
Access Excellence @ The National Museum of Health - http://www.accessexcellence.org/
Access Excellence is a national educational program that provides health, biology and life science teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information via the World Wide Web. Also at this site: Virtual Dissections, Labs and Field Trips.
Concepts in Science through Molecular Modeling - http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/modules/modules.html
Contains information and interactive activities for students and teachers. From the "Mathematics and Molecules" site at New York University.
NSF Classroom Resources - http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/
The National Science Foundation provides this page with links to "a diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly find resources in your interest area, and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities."
NSDL Resources for K12 Teachers - http://nsdl.org/resources_for/k12_teachers/index.php
The National Science Digital Library provides "resources and information organized especially to fit the interests of teachers, media specialists, and others working with K-12 students."
The Annenberg Teachers' Lab - http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/
Experiment with new teaching and learning ideas and identify activities you can use in the classroom. This site features labs based on the professional development series and workshops broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project Channel. Each Lab combines online activities with background information and interactive polls or worksheets participants can use in their classrooms, plus links to related Web sites. New labs are added each season in June, September, and January.
ENC Online - http://www.goenc.com/
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse's "collection of mathematics and science curriculum resources is the most comprehensive in the nation." Curriculum resources, professional development, funding opportunities, lesson plans and activities, and Web links are among the site's departments. Topic areas include educational technology, teacher change, equity, assessment, and inquiry and problem solving. Click here for 9-12 lesson plans.
Math Forum @ Drexel - http://mathforum.org/te/index.html
K-12 math lessons produced by the Math Forum at Drexel University. Browsable by grade level. For a list of all 9-12 lesson plans click here.

History and Social Studies

SCORE History/Social Science - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/
"Over 5000 websites aligned to California's history/social science curriculum." This website, hosted by the San Bernardino COE, has links to resources and lessons browseable by keyword, standard and grade level. It also has links to special features which are generally topics in the news or related to specific dates.
American History 102: Civil War to the Present - http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/
Prof. Stanley K. Schultz has created a course in which much of the information is available on the Web. One of the most outstanding uses of the Web for this purposes in the History/Social Sciences!
EconEdLink - http://www.econedlink.org/
Part of the Thinkfinity consortium (see entry above under General Sites), this economics education website is co-sponsored by the National Council on Economic Education.
Xpeditions - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/
Part of the Thinkfinity consortium (see entry above under General Sites), this geography education website is co-sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Digital History - http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu
This comprehensive U.S. history education website includes an online textbook, annotated historical documents, and more than 70 interactive, inquiry-based modules. There is also a timeline and the "History Reference Room" gives access to online encyclopedias, audio and visual resources, and historical newspaper articles. The HyperHistorian link leads to an expert who can help students find answers to questions found on the site. Lesson plans, resource guides and learning modules are available here. The site is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, University of Houston, Chicago Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
EcEdWeb - http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/teach.htm
Curricular materials, useful websites, Web teaching ideas, virtual economics and more information on teaching economics is available here. Lesson plans for grades 6-12 are found here. From the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Economics Department.
Educators and Students - http://www.archives.gov/education/
This is the National Archives' gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students. For Teaching with Documents lesson plans click here.
Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition - http://www.wsjclassroomedition.com/index.html
This is the website of the monthly WSJ edition for students. (Wall Street Journal)
We the People... - http://www.civiced.org/lesson-plans.html
This site has several sample lesson plans on the subject of civic education from the Center for Civic Education. Look down the page for high school grades and middle grades and above lessons.

English / Language Arts

Language Arts Lesson Plans (Google Directory) - http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Education/Language_Arts/Lesson_Plans_and_Reproducibles/
Google's directory of websites which provide lesson plans on langage arts topics. Includes links to such topics as: Animation, Architecture; Bodyart; Ceramics; Classical Studies; Colleges and Departments; Comedy; Comics; Costumes; Culinary Arts; Dance; Educators; Fashion Design; Floral Design; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Language Arts; Learning Resources; Movies; Multimedia; Music; Organizations; Performing Arts; Photography; Publications; Schools and Academies; Storytelling; Theatre; Video; and Visual Arts.
Teaching Shakespeare Lesson Plans - http://www.folger.edu/eduLesPlan.cfm?cid=618
From the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. this site offers lesson plans updated monthly.
Teaching English Online - http://www.teachit.co.uk/
"Specialising in English, Drama and Media Studies from primary to post-16, the online Teachit library offers 6875 pages of classroom materials, schemes of work, lesson plans and teaching tools, all created by working teachers and constantly growing." (British website)
Language Arts Lesson Plans Junior / High School - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LAJH.htm
This commercial website has lists of lesson plans on all areas of langauge arts including foreign languages.
Read, Write, Think Lesson Plan Index - http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/index.asp
Lesson plans from the National Council of the Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. Affiliated with the Thinkfinity site.
Literature Lesson Plans - http://www.litplans.com/
Various 9-12 lesson plans from the Incredible Art Department website.

Visual & Performing Arts

Arts Edge: Lessons - http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teach/les.cfm
Part of the Marco Polo consortium (see entry above under General Sites), this site is co-sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts.
Arts Education (Google Directory) - http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Education/
Google's directory of websites about education in the arts. Includes links to such topics as: Animation, Architecture; Bodyart; Ceramics; Classical Studies; Colleges and Departments; Comedy; Comics; Costumes; Culinary Arts; Dance; Educators; Fashion Design; Floral Design; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Language Arts; Learning Resources; Movies; Multimedia; Music; Organizations; Performing Arts; Photography; Publications; Schools and Academies; Storytelling; Theatre; Video; and Visual Arts.
Music Instruction & Education - http://solomonsmusic.net/mused.htm
This personal website authored by music educator, Larry Solomon, has online interactive theory drills, instructional resources for beginning and advanced theory.
K-12 Resources for Music Educators - http://www.isd77.k12.mn.us/music/k-12music/
"Valuable resources for music educators and students of all areas and educational levels. Regularly updated. For over twelve years, the most visited and valued music education resource website available internationally. Carefully researched and commercial free."
Theater Lesson Plan Exchange - http://www.angelfire.com/ultra/theatrelessonplan/index.html
This is a personal website which offers "Lesson plans; Warm ups, games, improvs; Assessments, and so much more."
Teaching Shakespeare Lesson PLans - http://www.folger.edu/eduLesPlan.cfm?cid=618
From the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. this site offers lesson plans updated monthly.
KinderArt - http://www.kinderart.com/
"KinderArt ® is the largest collection of free art lessons on the Internet. What began in 1997 as a few helpful ideas for teachers and parents, has since grown into an enormous collection of resources featuring thousands of free lesson plans, ideas and resources."
Eyes on Art: A Learning to Look Curriculum - http://www.kn.att.com/wired/art2/
This site is a completely developed lesson on developing an eye for art and observation in general.
Search Lesson Plans (Getty Museum) - http://www.getty.edu/education/search/
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has a database of art-related lesson plans.
Incredible High School Art Lesson Plans - http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/high/highlessons.html
Various 9-12 lesson plans from the Incredible Art Department website.
Ceramics and Pottery - http://www.teachpottery.net/
Partially commercial website with lesson plans, units and assessments for the teaching of potterymaking skills. Links to specific lesson plans are found here.