Lesson Plan Websites

Art and Music

  • ArtsEdge: One of the oldest educational sites on the web. Its mission is "to support the arts education at the center of the curriculum through creative and appropriate uses of technology."
  • Crayola Lesson Plans : Everything you need to unleash kids' imaginations.
  • EDSITEment: Offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.
  • Exploratorium: The museum of science, art, and human perception.
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Your students can visit a museum for contemporary and modern art, focusing on art from the last 25 years.
  • KinderART: Contains a wealth of lesson plan ideas for grades K through 12.
  • Music Notes: An "interactive online musical experience."
  • Performing Arts Encyclopedia: The Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia is a guide to musical, theatrical, and dance collections found at the Library of Congress.


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Foreign Language


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General Links to a Variety of Lesson Plans

  • Abcteach: Has 5,000 free documents available, including printable worksheets, interactive activities, theme units, and much more.
  • Annenberg Learner: For quality lesson plans and interactive activities from a leading foundation.
  • Awesome Library: Organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.
  • EDSITEment: Offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.
  • ESL Home: Links to various websites for older students interested in testing their reading comprehension.
  • Great Websites for Kids: Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14.
  • Handwriting for Kids: 'Worksheets online to help children/students tackle Manuscript (printing) or Cursive letters.'
  • Houghton Mifflin Education Place: Excellent source for elementary level resources, including collaborative classroom projects.
  • Kennedy Center ArtsEdge: Lesson plans, activities, and more to assist teachers in integrating art into the curricula.
  • Kids.gov: A safe place to learn and play.
  • LETSNet: Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students through the InterNET: 'Dedicated to helping teachers experience the potential value of the World Wide Web in the classroom by providing actual examples of real teachers who are using the Internet today.'
  • The Learning Network: Provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content.
  • McREL Lesson Plans: Consists of Internet resources--lesson plans, activities, curriculum resources--linked with corresponding subject-area content standards.
  • OER Commons (Open Educational Resources): Find free to use, common core aligned, openly licensed learning and teaching content from around the world.
  • PBS Teacher: Over 3000 lesson plans INCLUDING lesson plans for state, national, and Canadian standards.
  • RHL School: Is your place to get free, ready to use quality worksheets for teaching, reinforcement, and review.
  • Smithsonian Education: Lesson plans in relation to disciplines and grade-level standards of national educational organizations.
  • Smithsonian Kids: The Smithsonian brings content experts and educators together to strengthen American education.
  • Teachnet: Their mission is to connect teachers and give them a voice.
  • Tramline Virtual Field Trips: Makes learning fun, and makes using the internet in the classroom simple, efficient and focused.


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Health and Movement Science (Physical Education)

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Sponsors the Healthy School Programs to help "schools improve access to healthier foods, increase opportunities for physical activity, and establish staff wellness programs."
  • BAM: Body and Mind: Links to the Center for Disease Control's webpage for children.
  • Great Activities PE Matters!: Free games for Physical Education.
  • Healthfinder (Espanol): Geared for middle and high schools, colleges, and adults. Developed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
  • LearntobeHealthy.org: Health Science Education activities for educators and students find the latest health curriculum for Michigan students.
  • Mind Over Matter: From the National Institute of Health, this series is designed to encourage young people in grades 5 through 9 to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain. Includes teacher materials.
  • PE Central: A site for physical education and health teachers on the latest developmental appropriate physical education programs.


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Language Arts

  • Caldecott Award: Annual award for best illustrated book for children.
  • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: Contains reviews of books for kids and ideas of ways to use them in the classroom.
  • CC.BetterLesson: Showcases innovative lessons from effective teachers. It is a brand new, free resource featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons. Browse over 3,000 complete Math and ELA lessons from our 130 Master Teachers.
  • The Children's Book Council: Find information about books, authors, illustrators, along with ideas to present these books to children.
  • Children's Literature Website: The best website to find out everything about children's authors.
  • Compact for Reading and School-Home Links: Improve the reading skills of children in kindergarten through third grade.
  • EDSITEment: Offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.
  • English Companion: Created by teacher/author Jim Burke, this site is designed to help English teachers find materials and ideas they can use in the classroom.
  • Mark Twain Project: "Access to reliable texts, accurate and exhaustive notes, and the most recently discovered letters and documents."
  • Michigan Authors and Illustrators: Looking for information on Michigan authors and illustrators? Find who lives in Michigan or who has written a book about or set in Michigan.
  • Michigan Center for the Book: Promotion of books, reading, authors and libraries in the state of Michigan.
  • Newbery Medal Award: Annual award for the most distinguished book written for children.
  • Orbis Pictus Award: Annual award for the best nonfiction writing for children by the National Council of the Teachers of English.
  • Poetry 180: Provides a list of poems for high school students for every day of the school year.
  • Poetry and Literature of the Library of Congress: Founded in the 1940s to encourage the appreciation of poetry and literature.
  • Seussville: A collection of games based on the Dr. Seuss books.
  • Smithsonian Kids: The Smithsonian brings content experts and educators together to strengthen American education.
  • SpellingCity: Making spelling fun.
  • Story Arts Online: A great site for storytelling ideas for the classroom, including lesson plans and activities.
  • TeachingBooks.net: "TeachingBooks.net's database of instructional materials will enliven your K-12 reading activities. From the website you will find information to learn from authors, enrich book discussions and have teaching materials correlated to the titles and books you are reading."
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  • Ask Dr. Math: Since 1994 Dr. Math has been answering students questions about math.
  • CC.BetterLesson: Showcases innovative lessons from effective teachers. It is a brand new, free resource featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons. Browse over 3,000 complete Math and ELA lessons from our 130 Master Teachers.
  • International Monetary Fund: Information and online learning activities about the IMF, money, and macroeconomics including "Trading Around the World" 5th & 6th grade and many high school activities.
  • Math Central: A webpage hosted by the University of Regina, Canada, offering access to professional resources and teaching materials - including a glossary of math terms.
  • Math Forum at NCTM: Is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet.
  • Math Pages: Definitions, examples, and explanations of secondary and college level math concepts.
  • MathStories: Goal of this website is to help grade school children improve their math problem solving skills. Contains over 2000 math word problems.
  • National Center of Educational Statistics: A great place for kids, parents, and teachers to go see how statistics can be fun.
  • Native American Geometry: A physical, proportional geometry that originates from the simple circle.
  • Purpose Games: Quiz and trivia games in geography, math, and science.
  • Radical Math: Over 700 lesson plans, projects, graphs, articles to help teachers integrate social and economic issues into math classes and curriculum.
  • Todos: Mathematics for All: Check out the Resource link for high-quality math curriculum for all students, in particular Latino students.
  • Tools for Understanding: Intended for math teachers "interested in integrating common technologies into their daily instruction." - webpage.


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  • Bridge... Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center: Where teachers will find a selection of the best online resources for marine science education.
  • Caterpillars (& Mystery Bugs): 'Designed for teachers, 4-H'ers, young people, and anyone else who wants to pursue an interest in Entomology.' Several fun games that would fit well into lesson plans, created by Pat Dillon from the University of Kentucky's Department of Entomology.
  • Chemistry Hypermedia Project: Contains tutorials on a variety of chemistry topics.
  • Energy Kid's Page: Sponsored by the Energy Information Administration. This site provides links to energy materials including facts, fun & games, energy history, and classroom activities.
  • Einstein Light: Relativity in Ten Minutes or Ten Hours.
  • Environmental Education for Kids (EEK): Electronic, environmental magazine for grades 4-8 sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.
  • Environmental Literacy Council: ELC sponsored Environmental Science Teacher Exchange where science teachers "share labs, field studies and investigations, and teaching ideas with your colleagues."
  • Exploratorium: The museum of science, art, and human perception.
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum: Changing exhibits on a regular basis!
  • .learningscience.org: "Organized according to the Nationals Science Education Standards from the National Academy of Sciences, [learning science provides links to] simulations, inquiry-based lessons, visual lessons, imaging, interactive Web lessons, and real-time data collection."
  • Microbe Zoo: Take a trip through this interesting zoo to discover the many worlds of hidden microbes.
  • Mystery Science: Hands on K-5 science curriculum that has "open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science"!
  • NASA: Features a broad spectrum of materials for educators and students K-12.
  • Physclips: Mechanics with Animations and Video Film Clips. Physclips won the 12th (and last) Pirelli International Award for best multimedia science communication of physics in 2007
  • Physics Zone: Learn physics at an introductory level.
  • Project 2061: From the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this is a long-term initiative to reform K-12 science education nationwide. The project is creating a coordinated set of reform tools and services—books, CD-ROMs, online resources, and workshops—to help educators work toward science literacy for all students.
  • Purpose Games: Quiz and trivia games in geography, math, and science.
  • Rainforest Alliance: Provides the fundamental information necessary to understand environmental issues.
  • Science and Arts Gateway: (SAGE) provides links to resources in science and art for educators and students in grades 9-12.
  • Science Projects: Hands-on activities such as building a volcano for primary grades (1-4). A $10 membership fee increases the in-depth details for projects.
  • Science.gov: Searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information.
  • Theater of Electricity: From Boston's Museum of Science, the Theater of Electricity offers an overview of how electricity works and a look at the historical use of electricity in scientific experiments.
  • Understanding Evolution: "Impressive collection of educational resources for this often misunderstood subject."
  • Understanding Science: "Funded by the National Science Foundation, [it] is a great site for gaining a better understanding of all kinds of science."
  • University of Colorado: Has 49 interactive physics simulations: PhET (Physics Education Technology)
  • USGS Science for a Changing World: Biology, Geography, Geology, Water, and much more from the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics Environmental Education: Looking for ways to implement state and national standards?
  • Wild Places: National Wildlife Federation website on habitats that holds a wealth of lesson plan ideas.
  • Windows to the Universe: This stunning NASA-funded site explores Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience.

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Social Studies

  • 50 States and Capitals: Click on a state name to find out a wealth of information about the state, including state bird, flower, a state map and a capital map.
  • American Folklore: Folktales including ethnic tales, myths, legends, tall tales and more from all 50 states.
  • American Rhetoric: A "database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two."
  • Ancient History Index: Want to know what it was like to live in a foreign country in ancient times? This site will intrigue you!
  • Asia for Educators: Maintained by Columbia University, Asia for Educators provides a variety of lesson plans and resources about Asia.
  • Asia Society: Resources, activities, and related links about Asia.
  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids: Ben Franklin, that is! Lots of great information for kids, K-12.
  • Canadian Museum of History: Offers online exhibitions, web modules, games and other activities to support teaching and learning across your curriculum.
  • College Journal: 'The Wall Street Journal offers this section for college students looking to find a graduate school, get a job, or just begin the process of finding a career path in business.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Almanac: Experience colonial life and times.
  • Council for Economic Education (CEE): "This award winning site offers a comprehensive, creative selection of K-12 financial education programs, including cross-curricular K-12 teaching resources."
  • C-Span Classroom: Designed to support civics and government classes. Limited in scope.
  • Diplomacy in Action: The U.S. Department of State's special webpage for students and teachers.
  • EconEdLink: "EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students."
  • EDSITEment: Offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.
  • iCivics: Is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.
  • If Trees Could Talk: Social studies "primary resources—documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs—from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights."
  • Learning to Give: Teaching Learning to Give lessons has been shown to impact students' philanthropic knowledge and attitudes.
  • The Mint: Council for Economic Education helped develop this fun interactive site which focuses on earning, spending, saving, giving, and investing.
  • Map Collection from the University of Texas: The University of Texas at Austin maintains a listing of online collections of contemporary and historical maps.
  • Mr. Donn's Pages: Lesson plans, activities and resources for the history teacher.
  • MyMoney.gov: "Is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education."
  • Money Math: Lessons or Life: "Is a four-lesson curriculum supplement for middle school math classes, teaching grade 7-9 math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance."
  • National Geographic: Educators: Resources for geography educators and students from National Geographic.
  • National Geography Standards: Link to what a geographical literate person should know.
  • National Women's History Project: Is a leading source for information and material about the unfolding roles of women in American History.
  • Practical Money Skills for Life: "Is where educators, parents, and students can access free educational resources including personal finance articles, games, lesson plans, and more."
  • Professional Cartoonist's Index: Teacher's Guide to using a unique resource with the largest collection of newspaper editorial cartoons on the web.
  • Purpose Games: Quiz and trivia games in geography, math, and science.
  • ReadingQuest: Making Sense in Social Studies: "A website designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes"
  • Rights Matter: The Story of the Bill of Rights: The Bill of Rights Education Project by the ACLU that encourages citizens to think critically about difficult social issues and the importance of the Bill of Rights.
  • Social Studies Lessons: Lesson plan ideas for social studies teachers.
  • Smithsonian Kids: The Smithsonian brings content experts and educators together to strengthen American education.
  • Stanford History Education Group: Became the incubator for new ideas about teaching students how to read historical texts and think about them in creative ways.
  • Teachable Moment: "Foster critical thinking on issues of the day and a positive classroom environment. Teachers are free to use these lessons in their classrooms."
  • Teaching a People's History: Zinn Education Project: A webpage that emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements for teaching history in middle and high school classrooms.
  • Teaching About Religion: Provides academic information and teaching materials about religion in the public schools.
  • Teaching Economics As If People Mattered: Lesson plans for high school economic classes, relating back to NCEE standards.
  • Teaching History.org: Is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.
  • Teaching Tolerance: 'Clearinghouse of information about anti-bias programs and activities being implemented in schools.'
  • Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress: A Project of the Michigan Council for History Education and contains an amazing collection of primary source materials.
  • The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: This website offers lessons on the Jim Crow era in the United States.
  • Thirteen Originals: Detailed information about the 13 original colonies.
  • World of Ben Franklin: Find out almost anything about Ben's life and times in this website from the Franklin Institute Science Museum.


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Special Needs Classrooms

  • American Sign Language Browser: Look up thousands of ASL signs and view a QuickTime video clip and interesting explanation
  • Children's Institute: Is a school-based prevention program that strengthen children's social and emotional health.
  • Guide to the Individualized Education Program: "Purpose of this guide is to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding the Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities, including preschool-aged children.
  • Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: The latest research on parenting and educating.
  • Law and Special Education: Website pertaining to this book by author, Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D.
  • LD Online: Wealth of information on learning disabilities.
  • National Association for Gifted Children: NAGC 'is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents.'
  • Protection & Advocacy, Inc: Website designed to "work in partnership with people with disabilities to protect, advocate for and advance their human, legal and service rights."


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Technology and Vocational


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