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We’ve compiled a list of free online resources to help keep your teaching tools sharp and up-to-date. We’re always looking to improve our list. If you know of a website that we don’t have here, please let us know! Send an email to info@earlychildhoodteacher.org.

Free Lesson Plans, Units, Classroom Materials, Teacher Communities, and More!

Teachers Pay Teachers http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ – an open marketplace for educators where teachers buy, sell and share original teaching resources

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/ – an online tool for collecting and sharing images or resources that you can categorize onto “boards”; popular among teachers

PBS LearningMedia http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ – classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, etc.

Thinkfinity http://www.thinkfinity.org  – Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community

Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/grade-level-k-2 – George Lucas Educational Foundation’s evidence-based K-12 learning strategies that empower teachers to improve education

Curriki http://www.curriki.org – free learning resources for the world

Teachers Network http://teachersnetwork.org – free lesson plans, units, activities, articles, videos and more

SAS Curriculum Pathways https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/ – interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish (free for teachers)

Discovery Education http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/ – free programs and contests, interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, and videos

BrainPOP  http://www.brainpop.com – animated curricular content (animated lessons, videos, assessments, games, etc.)

Storyline Online http://storylineonline.net/ – free online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children’s books aloud

Starfall http://www.starfall.com/ – free online phonics/reading tool (and other items that are low-cost)

neoK12 http://www.neok12.com/ – collection of free online educational videos, lessons, quizzes, puzzles, and games

EducationWorld http://www.educationworld.com/ – free lesson plans and research materials

TeachersFirst http://www.teachersfirst.com – free lessons, units, and web resources with ideas and best practices for effective integration of technology as a tool for teaching and learning

Share My Lesson http://www.sharemylesson.com/ – an online community for downloading and sharing free teaching resources

BetterLesson http://betterlesson.com/ – lesson plans, classroom materials, and instructional resources from high-performing teachers

HotChalk’s Lesson Plans Page http://lessonplanspage.com/ – free lesson plans written by teachers

Scholastic.com http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/free-lesson-plans – free lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, and extension activities

Creativity Resources for Teachers (by the Denver Art Museum) http://creativity.denverartmuseum.org/for-teachers/resources/teachingresources/

Home Grown Books http://homegrownbooksnyc.com/ – creative and visually stimulating books designed for early readers.

PE Central Video Lessons for Preschoolers http://www.pecentral.org/mediacenter/preschoolmini.html – free mini videos for teaching various physical education techniques to preschoolers

State Resource Exchange Websites

Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) http://alex.state.al.us/index.php

Utah Education Network (UEN) http://www.uen.org/k12educator/corelessonplans.shtml

Free Clipart and Images

ClipArt ETC http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/

MyCuteGraphics http://mycutegraphics.com/

WP Clipart http://www.wpclipart.com/

Phillip Martin Clip Art http://buttons.phillipmartin.info/home.htm

openclipart http://openclipart.org/

clker http://www.clker.com

Creative Commons http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

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