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Lesson Plans

  • General Lesson Plans
  • Mathematics Lesson Plans
  • Science Lesson Plans
  • Social Studies Lesson Plans
  • English/Language Arts Plans
  • Spanish/ESL Lesson Plans

Classroom Materials

Classroom Technology

Diverse Learners & Special Populations

International & Multicultural Education

Professional Development

Teaching Jobs




A to Z Teacher Stuff 

A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.


Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)

ASCD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents 175,000 educators from more than 135 countries. Members include superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members, addressing all aspects of effective teaching and learning, such as professional development, educational leadership, and capacity building.


Discipline Associates/Teacher Learning Center
Offers highly effective training programs to help educators and administrators manage behavior and improve student responsibility.


Donors Choose 

At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, called Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.


Educational Testing Services (ETS) 

Includes topics of current interest, as well as information about the tests prepared and scored by ETS.


Google for Educators

You'll find a teacher's guide to Google products, including basic information about each tool, examples of how educators are using them, and lesson ideas. You'll also find lesson plans and videos from our partners at Discovery Education focusing on two of our most popular teaching tools: Google Earth and Google SketchUp.


Just for the Kids/NCAE

Just for the Kids began working with educators in 1995 to gauge the academic success of public schools and to identify promising strategies in high-performing schools.


LEARN NC – Classroom Management

Instead of looking at student behavior in isolation, these resources for new teachers consider the context of classroom design, curriculum, and instructional strategies.


National Association of Test Directors

Web site for a professional organization responsible for administering assessment programs in K-12 public educational settings. There are a variety of resources ranging from book reviews, testing practices, fairness, and other issues related to national tests.


National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

US Department of Education and the Office of Educational Research. Includes information about standards, assessment, and accountability, as well as studies about learning.


National Education Association (NEA)

Offers a professional library, publications, current issues in education, professional development, grants and resources and member benefits.


NC Education Acronyms

This list of the more commonly used acronyms or abbreviations and their meanings has been developed to help everyone involved in public schools communicate better.


NC Standard Course of Study

The North Carolina Standard Course of Study provides every content area a set of competencies for each grade and high school course. Its intent is to ensure rigorous student academic performance standards that are uniform across the state.


NC Wise Owl

NC Wise Owl has, as its centerpiece, several subscription databases which assist teachers, parents, and students in finding the information they need for projects and lessons.


New Teacher Online Resources  

A one-stop shop for many of the resources that new teachers will find useful.


Survival Guide for New Teachers

A how-to for new teachers to learn to work effectively with veteran teachers, parents, principals, and teacher educators. Also includes how to work with the toughest students, disinterested parents, and where to get additional support.


Teacher Vision

Teacher Vision provides a wealth of resources for teachers, including professional development information, curriculum materials, and sample lesson plans. Membership required.



Designed to assist classroom teachers in becoming better assessors of student learning. The primary users of Toolkit98 are intended to be those who have responsibility to coordinate and facilitate professional development in assessment for teachers.


Tools for Educators from Models of Teachers

Four programs are directed toward a specific audience, the guides and their accompanying videos contain thought-provoking material and questions important for teachers seeking to improve their performance and profession. Each guide contains a general description of the objectives of the program, the target audience, program segments, a self-tutorial, and workshop questions.



The free comprehensive online encyclopedia in ten languages. It contains the most current issues and topics as well as historical details.


The World Factbook

Everything you need to know about the world you can find in The World Factbook, from weights and measures to country profiles and flags.


Lesson Plans


General Lesson Plans


Apple Learning Exchange

This site has hundreds of Lesson Ideas - a growing library of creative lessons and classroom projects.


Art North Carolina

This educational resource, from the North Carolina Museum of Art, is designed for educators and students interested in learning from works of art. Special section called "Themes and Lessons" provides lesson plans and examples of how to integrate art into general class instruction.


Awesome Library

Awesome Library organizes the Web with 31,000 carefully reviewed educational resources to assist in curriculum and lesson planning.  It provides resources that have been reviewed and found to be of high quality for their users.


Class Gardening and Growing Understanding

In this activity guide your students as they plan, plant, and nurture a school garden. How rewarding it is when your students begin to see how their hard work affects their local community! 


Columbia Education Center

A comprehensive database of lesson plans created by teachers for use in their own classrooms.


Discovery School   

This site for teachers offers a curriculum center, homework helpers, a puzzlemaker, online lesson plans and more.


Education World

Great starting point for all sorts of stuff, from lesson plans to professional development and more.


Funding Factory Lesson Plans

Your source for countless original lesson plans submitted by teachers for teachers from all over the country.



LEARN NC gives K-12 educators what they need and when – from lesson plans to online courses.


Lesson Plans Page

Offers over 3000 preK-12 lesson plans in addition to teacher forums, magazines and articles.


NY Times Lesson Plans

Contains hundreds of free lesson plans for grades 6-12. You may perform a keyword search to retrieve a lesson, browse by subject or view the most recently published lessons.


PBS Teacher Source

This site offers featured lessons and activities for programs that explore all subjects and grades. Additionally, the Technology and Teaching section offers links and resources relating to using technology effectively in the classroom.



Get students excited about History, Reading, Writing, Science, and Math with engaging web-based activities that support cross-curricular learning. Teacher guides help you integrate activities into lesson plans and offer extensions for offline enrichment.


The Educator’s Reference Desk

This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world.


Mathematics Lesson Plans


AAA Math

Features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (K-8) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level.



ExploreLearning offers a catalog of modular, interactive simulations in math and science for teachers and students in grades 6-12 called Gizmos.



Part of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Illuminations offers Activities, lessons, standards, and web links which are standards-based and illuminate the vision for school mathematics.


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 

NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, provides guidelines for excellence in mathematics education and issues a call for all students to engage in more challenging mathematics.


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

In English and in Spanish, this is a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12).


The Math Forum

Provide resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning math in an increasingly technological world.


The World of Math Online

Math.com is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math. Combining educationally sound principles with proprietary technology, Math.com offers a unique experience that quickly guides the user to the solutions they need and the products they want.


Science Lesson Plans



Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Sign up for the education newsletter, browse hands-on science activity ideas or visit the digital library which includes exhibit-inspired materials.



ExploreLearning offers a catalog of modular, interactive simulations in math and science for teachers and students in grades 6-12 called Gizmos.


National Science Education Standards

The Standards are designed to guide our nation toward a scientific literate society. Founded in exemplary practice and research, the standards describe a vision of scientific literacy.


Roots & Shoots

Would you like your students to be more excited about what you’re teaching? Have you looked for opportunities to connect what your class is studying with real-life situations? Perhaps you’d like to encourage civic responsibility, or have thought about incorporating a more global perspective in your activities. A Jane Goodall Institute program, Roots & Shoots can help you accomplish these goals and more.


The Globe Program

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. GLOBE provides the opportunity to learn by taking scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover/phenology. For Teachers, GLOBE provides assistance through training at professional development workshops, Teacher's Guide, "how-to" videos, and other materials.


The JASON Project

The JASON Project is dedicated to inspiring a passion for life-long learning in science through innovative, technology-rich middle-grade educational and professional development programs. JASON's real-time, multimedia Expeditions offer a unique opportunity to participate in authentic, multidisciplinary research directed by leading scientists.


The Journey North

Engaging students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. Find standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context.


World Rainforest Information Portal

Why are rainforests important? What’s happening in the rainforests? Why are rainforests

being destroyed? How are rainforests protected? How can I help? In addition to general  
information about rainforests around the world, this site includes numerous links for kids and educational resources. Good for all grades.


Social Studies Lesson Plans (see International Education section for additional resources)


Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum has developed illustrated study guides for a number of the films it offers in its Screening America programs. The guides, which are written at two different reading levels, are intended to be used in conjunction with screenings of the films. Teachers are encouraged to print and distribute the appropriate guides to their students.


Globalization 101

Find out why teaching globalization is important, download free lesson plans and learn about how to get paid for field-testing the lesson plans with your class. Topics include culture, development, environment, trade, immigration, and international law among others.


Lesson Plans & Resources for Social Studies Teachers

Dr. Marty Levine, Professor Emeritus of Secondary Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), has gathered lesson plans and resources from the Internet which social studies teachers will find useful.


National Geographic Xpeditions

Xpeditions is home to the National Geography Standards and to thousands of ideas,
tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life. This site offers numerous maps, activities and lesson plans for myriad topics (e.g. greetings, geography, water, etc.) and grade levels.


English & Language Arts Lesson Plans


Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature

This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.


ISLMC Children’s Literature & Language Arts Resources

The Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) Children's Literature and Language Arts site focuses on children's literature in education. Teachers, library media professionals, parents and students will find information on children's literature and associated language arts here.


Media Awareness Network

Are you looking for practical teaching units and classroom activities for media education? Do you have great ideas to share with other teachers? This is the place for you!


National Council of Teachers of English

Browse the collections below for NCTE resources, teaching strategies and professional readings on current “hot topics” in English language arts. Pulled from Council books, journals, web resources and more, these collections are designed to help you address specific challenges in your classroom.


Teachers @ Random House

Offers teacher guides for books sorted by grade, title, author, theme, discipline and time period in addition to resources, a planning calendar and much more.


Spanish & ESL Lesson Plans


ESL Flow

Everything an ESL teacher needs to create lesson plans and activities on a variety of topics including different holidays and customs.


Learn Spanish Offers a free online tutorial with audio for students of Spanish. Includes pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, verb drills and cultural notes.


Classroom Materials


Arithmetic Math Forum

Lesson Plans, Problems & Puzzles and Reference Materials for all Mathematic areas.



This is an educational outreach program with curricular resources and materials, professional development programs, and special projects aimed at engaging secondary level students in current and historical international issues and renewing civic engagement among young people.


Discovery Schools

Offers teachers of all subjects an array of powerful tools that help you create your own materials.


ESPN’s Sports Figures

Sports Figures provides an athlete’s perspective into the subjects of math and physics. Increase students’ interest and supplement your teaching tools with innovative programs that students can apply and understand.


Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore offers a wide variety of top-quality educational products, from furniture and art materials to puzzles, hands-on learning kits, even products that focus on multiculturalism and special needs.


Learning Resources

A leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home. For more than 20 years, the company has been a trusted source for educators and parents for quality, award-winning educational products.



CORE is a worldwide distribution center for NASA’s educational multimedia materials. Educators may purchase exciting materials for a minimal charge.


National Geographic Online Store

This online store offers a myriad of products from maps and atlases to books and calendars to videos and clothing.


National Geographic World Music

This site offers videos, downloads, radio and cds from all over the world and in every musical category.


Putumayo Kids 

Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to other cultures through fun, upbeat world music. They create products that entertain, educate and inspire cultural curiosity including multicultural kits.



Pioneered the "create-your-own" concept, giving instructors the ability to create customized educational software online, built around their own course materials and made available to students online. Also offers web-based versions of text books and workbooks.


Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Books

Multicultural Books focuses on a variety of books from and about various cultures. This site includes book lists, web links and articles.


The Geography Store

This site has a comprehensive selection of classroom maps, globes, geo-games.


The History Channel Teacher Guides

Free printable teacher guides to accompany educational programs on the History Channel.


Classroom Technology


Community Learning Network (CLN) 

This site was designed to help K-12 teachers integrate technology into the classroom. Here you’ll find over 5,800 annotated links to educational sites with free resources, all organized by theme pages and keyword search.


Digital Workshops for Teachers

The U.S. Department of Education web site for Teacher-to-Teacher online professional development. Thirty-two sessions topics are available, including: reading, math, science, writing, history, differentiated instruction, standards-based assessment and inclusion.


Education World Technology in the Classroom Center

Includes Tech Lesson Plan of the Week, articles, tech tips, teacher templates, sites to see, tech planning, tech tutorials, tech tools and WebQuests amongst much more.



ePALS Classroom Exchange maintains the Internet's largest community of collaborative classrooms engaged in cross-cultural exchanges, project sharing and language learning. ePALS is also the leading provider of school-safe email, blogs, eMentoring and web-browsing technology for the global educational market.


iEARN (International Education Resource Network)

iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. This site offers 150 online projects that teachers can join and fit into their curriculum. Classes can participate through the internet or email.


Net Files

Net Files is a 30-minute, monthly, news magazine style, in-service, television program that shows teachers how to be "Net Wise" by demonstrating the tools and techniques they need to successfully integrate the Internet into the curriculum.


North Carolina State University Computer Training Unit

Brush up on your own technology skills. Experienced instructors can train for your career advancement and improvement. Attend classes in person or online. 100% financing available.



Riverdeep is one of the fastest growing education software companies in the United States, with a wide range of respected products being used in more than 45,000 schools in over 20 countries worldwide. 


Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet

Developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were prepared as part of the Department of Education's International Education Initiative.



Teachnology represents a vision of teaching in a world driven by technology. Provides services designed to support educators' in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning. The goal is two-fold: to provide a reservoir of online resources for educators to access at any time and to provide effective tools for designing instruction that are time and energy saving. Includes a comprehensive lesson plan and worksheet database.


Diverse Learners & Special Populations


Education World: Teaching Special Kids Online Resources for Teachers

Whether you teach in a special education program or in a "regular" classroom, you probably encounter special kids facing special challenges. Education World brings you information about online resources that can help you better understand and help students with special needs.



A great overview of the different learning styles and multiple intelligences.


National Association for Special Education Teachers

A national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. This site offers various resources and publications.


Outside the Box! Especially for Teachers

This site offers Education Resources and Teaching Sites Providing Articles, Research, Ideas, and Help with Curriculum, Lessons, Assessment, Learning Styles, and Special Needs.


Special Needs, Special Kids

The objectives of this site include promoting the awareness of children with special needs of all kinds; promoting brighter futures for them and their families; and to provide support and education resources for their families, and the teachers who support them.


Standards for Diverse Learners 

This is a link to an Educational Leadership article by Paula Kluth and Diana Straut which addresses how standard-based learning can provide a rich and challenging educational experience for all learners.


The Teacher Guide: Special Education Resources

This site offers numerous general and disability-specific resources as well as information on inclusion, transition and technology.


Teaching Diverse Learners

This resource is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitable with English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. This site provides publications, materials and the work of experts in the field.


Working with Diverse Learners

This site looks at how teachers can help their diverse learners succeed in the classroom. Four specific groups are discussed – culturally and linguistically diverse learners, English learners, long-term English learners and learners with limited formal schooling. You will find information on teacher tools, content area strategies, special needs and resources.


International & Multicultural Education


CNN International Edition 



Committed to helping individuals find the resources, experiences, and opportunities that will open their minds and broaden their perspectives. This site offers numerous articles, tips, and links related to learning about other cultures.


Currency Converter and Exchange Rates 


Global Goodwill Holiday Project

This project, developed in cooperation with the United Nations, helps students learn about important international holidays and how various cultures celebrate them.


Global Kids (At Risk Kids in NYC)

Follow these New York City students’ photo journals on their international adventures to South Africa, Croatia, and on the Peace Boat.


International Studies Schools Association

The International Studies Schools Association (ISSA) is a national network of K-12 schools dedicated to improving students’ understanding of the world. This site offers links to numerous lesson plans.


KidLink Multicultural Calendar

Search by month, holiday or country to learn about holidays around the world.


Links to Newspapers Worldwide 


Mama Lisa’s World: Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes

Children’s songs and rhymes from around the world


My Wonderful World for Educators

A National Geographic-led campaign to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community, giving our kids the power of global knowledge. Offers a comprehensive action kit for educators to get started including a Global IQ test.


National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

The Founders of NAME envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations.


National Geographic World News for Kids 


NC in the World

A statewide collaborative effort coordinated by UNC North Carolina Center of International Understanding to strengthen K-12 international education in North Carolina. This site includes an impressive international education resource center powered by LEARN NC.


New York Times International  


100 People: A World Portrait

Looking at the world population as a village of 100 people, we can better come to know our world neighbors, gain a greater understanding of some of the issues that affect the planet we all share, and learn more about what it means to be a global citizen. This project aims to identify and meet these 100 people and encompasses the concept in visual form as a film, book, traveling audio/video installation and educational curriculum, including a free downloadable lesson plan.


Outreach World

A comprehensive resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages in the K-12 classroom. Offers downloadable instructional materials, a space to connect with other internationally-minded educators and receive relevant news.


PBS Wide Angle

WIDE ANGLE's documentaries and Web episodes are valuable resources for teachers and students. Offers lesson plans and activities for middle school and high school teachers. All episodes may be taped and used for educational purposes for one year from the original date of broadcast. This site offers lesson plans by topic that relate to the standards.


Peace Corps World Wise Schools

An  innovative education program that seeks to engage learners in an inquiry about the world, themselves, and others in order to broaden perspectives, promote cultural awareness, appreciate global connections, and encourage service. This site offers resources for students and teachers in the form of videos, transcripts, and lesson plans.


State Department for Kids

Here are some resources to help you share the exciting world of foreign affairs with your children and students. On this site, students can “meet” diplomats’ kids and exchange students, play games, find an interactive timeline of U.S. diplomatic history, and follow the travels of Secretary Rice. Teachers will find lesson plans and many social studies resources.


Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change’s professional development workshops, publications, parent-empowerment program, and catalog of innovative K-12 resources serve as a lifeline for teachers, other school staff and parents.


The American Forum for Global Education

This site offers a teacher’s resource database, myriad culture-specific and culture-general activities for several subjects, countries, and grades, publications and links.


The Diversity Dictionary

Texas A&M has put together this comprehensive Diversity Dictionary intended to be used as an educational tool, recognizing there are many applicable terms and other terms which are not represented.


Time for Kids 


United Nations Cyber School Bus

The UN Cyberschoolbus captures the growing potential of online educational tools. Resources on this site include lesson plans, interactive country-specific data and info, quizzes, games, a list of books and resources, an “Ask an Ambassador” section, an animated interactive “digital adventure” about the world of work, and a gallery of children’s art from around the world.


United States Institute of Peace

Educational materials and exercises that provide students the opportunity to "role-play" the concerns of stakeholders interested in a given scenario. This section includes simulations on conflicts in Africa, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Northern Ireland.


World Affairs Council Global Classroom

Global Classroom offers a variety of curriculum materials developed for teachers by teachers. Examples of downloadable materials are Exploring Contemporary Africa: Lessons on South Africa, and Beyond Islam: Understanding the Muslim World. 

Professional Development


Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Foreign Language Association of North Carolina

International Affairs Council


National Education Association (NEA)

National Humanities Center Teacher Professional Development Program

NC Public Schools Professional Development Courses & Resources 

North CarolinaCenter for the Advancement of Teaching

North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources

North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network

North Carolina Museum of History

North Carolina Partnership for Improving Mathematics & Science 

North Carolina Science Teachers Association

North Carolina Teacher Academy

North Carolina Zoo

UNC-TV TeacherLine

UNC World View 


Teaching Jobs


Education Jobs

On this site you will find over 10,000 education job opportunities listed nationally which include direct links to school districts and contact information. You will also find information on best practices in interviewing and writing resumes.


NC Department of Public Instruction Employment Source

This site offers various ways to search for public school teaching positions within North Carolina.


Troops to Teachers

You are already their hero – become their teacher! Helping military personnel interested in becoming public school teachers.