Whether you teach math or language arts, Curriki offers thousands of free resources to help with lesson planning. Here are Curriki’s ten most popular resources this year. I encourage you to check them out!
1. Grammar Collection by Rob Lucas – This is an extremely rich resource offering a complete unit on teaching grammar in a fun way. Inclusion of a version of Mad Libs and a project requiring students to collaborate in a small group presentation offers as much creativity for teaching grammar as possible. A humorous poem in worksheet form makes the lesson engaging and interesting. A scoring guide for the presentation makes the unit meaningful and understandable to students.
2. Developing Biology by Rob Lucas – This collection contains a wide variety of activities, labs, slide shows and worksheets on the topics of Cells, Cellular Transport, DNA, Photosynthesis & Respiration, Mitosis & Meiosis, Genetics, Evolution, and Classification. Much of the material is suitable for both middle school and high school students, although some of the pieces (such as the Photosynthesis PowerPoint presentation) have complex material better suited for more advanced biology classes.
3. Physics by Khan Academy – This collection contains about 100 videos, covering all topics in a complete high school or college course in Physics. Many of the videos demonstrate solutions to sample problems. This is excellent primary material for long distance learning, or rich supplementary material for any physics course.
4. Math eTextbooks – Free mathematics textbooks ranging from calculus and statistics and probability, to geometry and trigonometry.
5. Teaching Fractions – This highly-rated collection of resources includes videos and lessons for teaching fractions.
6. Tuck Everlasting Novel Study by Holly Mercado – This resource provides an excellent 25 day unit on the novel Tuck Everlasting. With an emphasis on questioning, particularly question-answer relationships, the novel study materials guide students to develop critical thinking skills. All materials like question cards, game instructions, graphic organizers, rubrics, templates for character development, vocabulary development, etc., are included in this thorough, comprehensive, highly usable resource.
7. Grammar Lessons, Practice and Worksheets – This site offers general writing, research writing, and ELL resources. Each section is well developed and contains a wide variety of information and resources to help students become excellent writers.
9. Getting Started with Java Using Alice – This workshop engages students with little or no programming experience to learn basic Java programming concepts. Participants use Carnegie Mellon’s Alice* platform to do something fun – create animated stories, movies and games.
10. Word Search Games and Other Fun English language activities – This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.