Resources from Partner Organizations & External Sites

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Check out these helpful resources from fellow educational organizations in a variety of subjects.

English Language Arts and Literacy

  • 826Digital
    Creative writing prompts and projects from a nonprofit organization focused on igniting a love of writing in all students. (Grades 1–12)
  • Boogie Down Books
    This bookstore, which provides pop-up shops for students in the Bronx, also features educator guides and book recommendations on their site. (Grades PreK–12)
  • Book Wizard
    Use this online tool to find the guided reading level of various books. Also available as an app. (Grades K–8)
  • The Booklist Reader
    Provides book lists on a variety of topics and genres, as well as news articles, and features recommendations from librarians, Booklist Reader staff, and more. (Grades K–12)
  • CommonLit
    Online lessons and reading passages paired with teacher-development resources and classroom monitoring tools (Grades 3–12)
  • Kids Read 2 Kids
    Designed by families with experience in ADHD and dyslexia, Kids Read 2 Kids provides decodable chapter books and abridged classics read aloud by kids. (Grades K–12)
  • Lee and Low Books
    This publisher features diverse book lists, grade-level resources, and lesson plans on its site. (Grades PreK–12)
  • NewsELA
    A suite of non-fiction articles, biographies, and more with paired activities; all texts are available at multiple reading levels. (Grades 2–12)
  • Poets.org
    Lesson plans, essays, and more on incorporating poetry into your curriculum. (Grades 1–12)
  • Quill
    Interactive writing and grammar activities and lessons for middle school and high school. (Grades 6–12)
  • ReadWriteThink
    An English Language Arts hub for educators and parents, includes lesson plans, printables, and professional development information. (Grades K–12)
  • Reading Is Fundamental
    Great literacy tools and resources, including lesson plans, reading passages, games, printables, and videos. RIF’s Literacy Central provides access to thousands of free resources that connect to the books that educators, parents, and caregivers regularly use for instruction. RIF also has interactive activity calendars to ensure students are connecting to reading each day, as well as a literacy tracker for students. (Grades PreK–12)
  • Reading Rockets
    Book lists, reading guides, activities, and more. (Grades PreK–5)
  • School Library Journal
    Resources for librarians and educators, including book lists and reviews. (Grades PreK–12)
  • StoryCorps
    Lesson plans and resources to help students conduct their own oral history projects. (Grades 4–12)
  • Teaching Books
    Invite students and families to delve into the world of children's and young adult books with read-along performances of favorite books that are available in more than 100 languages, virtual storytimes with thousands of book readings, insightful interviews with authors, discussion questions, and more. (Grades PreK–12)
  • Smithsonian Tween Tribune
    Current events articles at a range of adjustable reading levels. (Grades 4–8)
  • Starfall
    Phonics-based learn-to-read activities, as well as math and music activities. (Grades PreK–3)
  • We Need Diverse Books
    We Need Diverse Books is a nonprofit that advocates for more diverse books to be published, and their site features a booktalking kit and blog to assist school librarians in promoting culturally responsive titles. (Grades PreK–12)

Social Studies

  • Annenberg Classroom
    Free resources, including videos, games, and complete lesson plans, for teaching about the United States Constitution. (Grades 6–12)
  • Facing History and Ourselves
    A collection of lessons, articles, and resources focused on history and how to confront bigotry and hate. (Grades 6–12)
  • iCivics
    Learn about civics through games that place you in the White House, on the Supreme Court bench, or fighting fake news. (Grades 4–12)
  • National Archives
    The National Archives has educator resources, as well as free distance learning programs featuring primary sources from their collections. (Grades K–12)
  • NewseumED
    A center for first amendment media literacy, NewseumED has thousands of lesson plans, digital artifacts, videos, and more for students of all ages. (Grades 3–12)

Science and Technology

  • Applied Digital Skills from Google for Education
    Ready-to-use digital lessons for older students and adults, including how to create a resume, if-then adventure stories, and planning and budgeting. Educators can also learn how to utilize Google Classroom for remote learning through this learning platform (Grades 7–12)
  • California Academy of Sciences
    Lesson plans, videos, and other immersive resources for science education with a focus on the environment. (Grades K–12)
  • Code.org
    Resources for learning computer science while at home (Grades K–12)
  • Intrepid Museum Online
    The Intrepid provides virtual guided tours you can view to learn more about the incredible machines on display. The Intrepid Museum's education team has developed enriching programs and resources that may be adapted and customized for self-contained classes or groups of individuals with disabilities. (Grades K–12)
  • Mystery Science
    Free science lesson plans, including lesson plans specifically for remote learning due to school closures.
  • NASA for Educators
    Lesson plans, videos, simulations and more from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Grades K–12)
  • National Geographic Magazines for Students
    The site features a teacher’s guide, as well as an interactive edition for students. (Grades K–5)

Mathematics

  • Illuminations
    A project from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics that provides virtual games, interactives, and standards-aligned lesson plans. (Grades K–12)
  • Math Snacks
    Short videos and games to introduce different math concepts to school-age kids. (Grades 4–8)
  • Mathigon
    Interactive math textbook with engaging digital illustrations of concepts. (Grades 6–12)

Arts and Culture

  • EDSITEment!
    Developed by the National Endowment for the Arts, EDSITEment! features lesson plans and teacher’s guides. The site also features a section dedicated to digital resources and online education for the humanities, and has Google Classroom integration. (Grades K–12)
  • Google Arts and Culture Museum Views
    While school is closed and students are stuck inside, invite them to take a virtual exploration of art collections from around the world. (Grades 2–12)
  • Lincoln Center
    Lincoln Center will be providing live streaming performances and concerts at the Center's Campus as well as other locations. Lincoln Center also has a new series called Pop-Up Classroom with a range of classes, such as songwriting workshops and Puppetry making. Classes are weekdays at 10 am on Facebook Live. (Grades K–12)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    #MetKids is an interactive site developed for, with, and by kids. Students will learn fun facts about the Met and get ideas to create amazing projects. The Met also features lesson plans for teachers that introduce students to the richness and diversity of the museum’s collections. (Grades 2–6)

Multiple Subjects

  • ABCya!
    Educational games, which include literacy and math skills, as well as practice typing and computer navigation skills, for elementary students. (Grades PreK–6+)
  • Common Sense Media
    Articles and resources for parents and educators on books, games, television, and movies. For educators, Common Sense Media provides digital citizenship lessons, as well as an informative article on how to reduce anxiety and stress in students due to COVID-19. (Grades K–12)
  • Hippocampus
    More than 7,000 videos in 13 different subject areas. Teachers can create a free account to customize their playlist for their students. (Grades 6–12)
  • Khan Academy
    Online educational resources on a variety of subjects for all ages. Includes video instruction, practice exercises, articles, and quizzes. (Grades PreK–12)
  • The New York Times Learning Network
    The New York Times education hub featuring learning resources paired with the newspaper's content. Access to articles is free through this site. Features writing prompts, quizzes, and more. (Grades 8–12)
  • PBS Learning Media
    Hub for all PBS educational resources including lesson plans, videos, and interactives for all core subjects. (Grades K–12)
  • Quizlet
    Study guides on various topics for all ages. Teachers can create quizzes for their students. Includes flashcards, vocabulary, diagrams, and quizzes. (Grades K–12)
  • Scholastic Learn from Home
    Provides 20 days worth of content for students to access at home, and invites educators to use this content to plan their instruction. (Grades PreK–6+)
  • Share My Lesson
    This site is created by educators, for educators, in order to share lesson plans and resources. The site has an entire section dedicated to remote learning, to assist educators facing school closures. (Grades PreK–12)
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab
    Collection of distance learning resources from the Smithsonian’s museums, libraries, and archives; includes videos, texts, lesson plans, and more
  • TED Talks
    TED Talks provide information through captivating and engaging videos that focus on a variety of different topics, such as technology, business, and global issues. There are even informative talks on COVID-19, the power of hand-washing, and how vaccinating bats can help teach the world about pandemics. (Grades 9–12)
  • Teaching Tolerance
    This site features over 2,000 learning plans for educators to use to teach tolerance and acceptance. They even feature a specific remote learning lesson for schools impacted by closures. Educators can use this resource to build social emotional learning (SEL) skills at home. (Grades K–12)