Curriculum Resources

Free Curriculum : Interdisciplinary

American Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Download America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty Curriculum for free ($150.00 value). All lessons emphasize one or more themes of freedom, unity, progress, and responsibility. The curriculum aims for students to explore and understand the factual, philosophical significance, and meaning behind events, causes, and effects of United States history. Curriculum focus: Economics, Geography, Government, Social Studies, Speech, and United States History. 3501 W. Alabama, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77027. 713-627-2698. www.americanheritage.org.

American Museum of Natural History

Online resources for kids including hands on activities, games, meet the ologist to teach children about science and social science. Topics vary from anthropology, archaeology, climate change, and paleontology. Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024. 212-769-5100. www.amnh.org/ology/.

Andy Warhol Museum

Classroom resources include downloadable activities, unit lesson plans, art activities, and a timeline history of Warhol. Lesson plan topics on creative and critical thinking skills and historic and culture content. 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 412-237-8300. edu.warhol.org/index2.html.

Artsedge

Part of the Kennedy Center's interactive education program offering free standards-based art instruction and assessment materials that empower teachers with tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW Washington, DC 20566. www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org.

ASPCA

Resource materials that focus on ways children can help animals at shelters and include adoption tips, costs, and finding a local shelter. http://www.aspca.org/adoption/help-your-local-shelter.aspx

British Library

View over 30,000 items online from the British Library collection including books and online exhibitions. Popular content includes the Magna Carta, Castles, Ancient Maps, Large Mammals, and Extracts from Capt. R.F. Scott’s Diary of the 1911 Antarctic expedition. www.bl.uk/onlinegallery.

Bureau of Land Management

Offers classroom activities to incorporate in lesson plans and curricula taken from a variety of BLM-produced materials such as posters, magazine articles and education guides. Examples of classroom activities include Classifying Objects, Escalante Pueblo Anasazi Heritage, Tundra Adaptations, and The Power of Water. Curriculum focus: History, Math, Science. BLM Washington Office, 1849 C St. NW, Rm. 5665, Washington, D.C. 20240. 202-208-3801. www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes.html.

Discover Biography

Learn more about the unexpected relationships between your favorite stars, famous figures, and notorious personalities when you explore the groups and profiles on BIO. www.biography.com/people.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education offers a range of classroom resources for students to take charge of their own learning including interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, and assessment resources. Curriculum focus: Health, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. 800-323-9084. www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers.

Edsitement

Lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level. Find Art & Culture lessons on anthropology, art history, folklore, mythology, and religion; World Language lessons; History & Social Studies lessons on American and World History, civics, government and society; and Literature & Language Arts lessons. edsitement.neh.gov.

Federal Resources For Educational Excellence

Lists more than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources from dozens of federal agencies. Resources range from primary documents, photos, and videos to lesson plans and helpful websites. Curriculum focus: The Arts, History, Humanities, Math, Science, Social Studies. www.free.ed.gov.

GoodCharacter.com

Provides teaching guides & lesson plans, service-learning materials & ideas, and additional web resources. Topics include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness/justice, caring, citizenship, honesty, courage, diligence, integrity, and school-to-work: ethics in the workplace. 800-359-KIDS. www.goodcharacter.com/index.html.

Hippocampus

Offers multimedia lessons and course materials to help teachers with instruction and homework assignments. Create a custom HippoCampus page for your students. Curriculum focus: History, Math, Natural Science. Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, P.O. Box 890, Marina, CA 93933. www.hippocampus.org.

Hotchalks

HotChalk has over 4,000 lesson plans, worksheets, textbooks, articles, images, audio and videos from providers like Globetrekker, National Geographic and VEA to enrich your lesson plans. Curriculum focus: The Arts, Computers & Technology, Health, Language Arts, Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Science. www.lessonplanspage.com.

Lessonopoly

An online tool that lets teachers manage their classroom, find and share lesson plans, and connect with other teachers. An example of a featured lesson plan is the Science of NFL Football, a 10-part video series with student activities, lesson plans, and exclusive footage and contributions from NFL football players and National Science Foundation (NSF) scientists. www.lessonopoly.org.

National Geographic Education

An interactive website with resources, projects and activity ideas, games, references and news, multimedia, mapping, and geoliteracy. Curriculum focus: Geography, History, Humanities, Natural Science. http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education.

Nickelodeon: Nick News

Use Nick News with 40 free lesson plans and videos on a variety of topics including South Africa and Native American cultures. Hosted by Linda Ellerbee, this Peabody, Parents' Choice and NEA awards winning program encourages kids to look at the world around them and ask the important questions: Who, What, Where, When, and Why? teachers.nick.com.

PBS Teachers

Resources include thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations, all correlated to state and national educational standards. Search by grade level and subject. Curriculum focus: The Arts, Health & Fitness, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology. www.pbs.org/teachers.

Peace Corps, Office of Domestic Programs

Resources focus on cross-cultural understanding in all subjects through lesson plans, volunteer stories, slide shows, videos, podcasts, language lessons, service-learning information, the Peace Corps Challenge game and e-newsletter. Other resources include information on global issues affecting Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Curriculum focus: The Arts, Foreign Language, Geography, Health, History, Language Arts, Math, Science, Service-Learning, Technology. 1111 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20526. 202-692-1441. www.peacecorps.gov/wws.

Smithsonian Institution

Access more than 1,800 Smithsonian educational resources including lesson plans, curricula and activities. Curriculum focus: The Arts, History, Language Arts, Science, Technology. P.O. Box 37012, MRC 508, Washington, D.C. 20013. 202-633-5330. http://smithsonianeducation.org.

Specialized Information Service

The teacher pages provide activities and resources on environmental health issues including Earth Day activities, classroom activities, interactive resources, careers in environmental health, and chemistry. Curriculum focus: English, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Technology. National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894. 301-496-1131. www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov

Sunkist

Sunkist is committed to promoting positive messages about the importance of healthy eating. Guided by the Sunkist Educational Advisory Board, they have created lesson plans and educational activities for school children. www.sunkist.com/kids/pandt/.

Teacher Created Resources

The website offers hundreds of free lessons, activities, calendars, brain teasers, teaching tips, and daily quotes. 6421 Industry Way, 
Westminster, CA 92683. 888-343-4335. www.teachercreated.com/free.

The Henry Ford

Over 60 lesson plans and online interactive activities for students on topics such as America’s Industrial Revolution, Civil War, Colonial Family and Community, Digital Dress, Migration, Henry Ford, Heroes of the Sky, Lincoln’s Legacy, Physics, Technology and Engineering in Auto Racing, and Sustainability. Curriculum focus: Careers & Industry, History, Technology & Innovation. www.thehenryford.org.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Tips and tools for teaching, activities, free downloadable media of museum objects, and ArtScoops, rich stories about museum artworks from princesses, sea monsters, historical characters, and mythological animals. Curriculum focus: The Arts, Humanities, Language Arts, Science, Social Science. 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049. 310-440-7300. www.getty.edu.