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by Mary Ann Kelley

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Animals, Ethics, and Education

The Science Bank
Alternative to animal use in education

Science Museum Travel Passport Program
As a member of a science center or museum participating in the ASTC Travel Passport Program, you are eligible for benefits such as free general admission when you travel outside of your local area.

NASA's New Online Robotics Course

The Basic Cozy Spelling Course
This free, thirty lesson spelling course has been made available courtesy of Marie Rackham, author and producer of The Basic Cozy Grammar Course and several other language arts courses. The curriculum for the free spelling course was personally used by Marie in the public school system at the grade 7, 8, and 9 levels.

Kindness Unit (excerpted from The Organized Teacher's Guide to Building Character)
26 page unit on kindness, a book excerpt with graphic organizers, book recommendations, activities, and more

Free Supercharged Science Activity Manual and Video Collection
Ever felt challenged when it comes to teaching science? By special arrangement with Supercharged Science, we have a free collection of experiments and activities from a special science program (including videos and readings) for you to download. Aurora Lipper of Supercharged Science has been kind enough to write several very popular science articles on TheHomeSchoolMom and she has created a remarkable solution to the challenge that homeschoolers face when teaching science. Her K-12 e-Science online science curriculum is a totally fun and exciting curriculum that guides kids step-by-step through science lessons and activities using video instruction combined with lots of hands-on activities and experiments.

Free Christian History Timeline eChart
This "Christian History Time Line" eChart shows the years from Christ's birth until AD200, and includes important dates, events, people, and places. More samples (this is a selection from a book from Rose Publishing) are available with free registration.

Evaluate Schoolhouse Test
Create tests and quizzes with eight different question types: multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, short answer, list, order, true/false, long answer. The only limitation to the evaluation is that tests print with banners. Otherwise, the software is fully functional.

The Journey InsideSM
Take an interactive journey to learn about what is inside your computer.

Design and Discovery
Interest youth in design and engineering with this free curriculum; it provides a hands-on, inquiry-based experience with identifying and designing creative solutions to everyday problems.

Backyard Conservation
"Backyard Conservation" shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades. Backyard Conservation - cover. Download the publication in English.

WRAP KID'S CORNER: What you can do to prevent Air Pollution
Download Complete WRAP Kid's Handout (9.5MB) PDF

USDA Food Safety Mobile Coloring Book
Meet Thermy, BAC, and some other characters on these pages while you learn four important food safety steps: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Tell grown-ups to use Thermy, a food thermometer, when they cook! (PDF Only; 4MB)

George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book
From the Department of Agriculture with art work submissions by the National Park Service and the American Peanut Council.

Sustainable Agricultural Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth
Sustainable Agricultural Resources & Education (SARE) Program for K-12 Youth

Pi Poster

Live and Learn resources
Live and Learn Press offers many lapbook resources (called Learn 'N Folders) and their freebie page includes several PDF downloads for free, including an Apple Learn 'N Folder, How to Fold a ShutterFold Book, and an All About Me Folder. If you join their Yahoo group (the link is on the page), you also get folders for Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's Day and Fourth of July.

Free Lapbook Unit Study
Hands of a Child has some great lapbook learning resources, and each quarter the site offers a free resource. You will need to create a free account in order to download the quarterly unit.

Posters/Charts (PDF files)
Links to all pages that contain high-quality PDF files that print well as small one-page charts or as large posters.

Free educator guide for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Leader's Guide for EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed
This is a large file that may take several moments to download (or several minutes if you are on dial-up). The colorful guide will help you sort through some of the information from the movie about the origins of life from a Creationism and/or Intelligent Design perspective.

Science and Our Food Supply
Investigating Food Safety From Farm to TableFree curriculum kit for your Middle Level or your High School Classroom!

American Anti-Vivisection Society
This website provides students with an alternatives to dissecting animals. Many organizations now offer free loan programs through which teachers and students can borrow non-animal alternatives at no charge.

Ambleside Online
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own PNEU schools. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this information or join the support group.

A to Z Teacher Stuff: free downloads
Free downloads in a variety of topics. Each product in the store also has a free sample you can use to view pages from an item before you buy.

Partnerships for Endangered Species Recovery (Poster)
Offers a full size version of an artistic "Recovery Poster" in PDF.

Free Aviation Resources
Teaching resource materials offered directly by NCAE members.

America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty
From AmericanHeritage.org. A curriculum supplement written by teachers for Kindergarten-12th grade.

Homeschool Tracker Basic Edition
Homeschool Tracker is a free software program for homeschoolers to track assignments, grades, attendance, and more. It is fully customizable for your students, your resources, and your subjects. Click on Products then Free Planner for the free basic version

It's a Wild Ride
It's A Wild Ride takes you on a tour of an interdisciplinary math, science, and language arts project where students apply the laws of motion, use linear equations, and write technical reports as they design an ultimate roller coaster to save the local amusement park from bankruptcy. (The CD is 15 minutes in length.)

Water Resources Outreach Program
"Water-resources topics of all completed posters are drawn in a cartoon format by the same cartoonist. Posters are available in color or black and white. The back sides of the color poster JPEG files contain educational activities: one version for children in grades 3-5 and the other with activities for children in grades 6-8. The black-and-white posters are intended for coloring by children in grades K-5.

Free park day for active duty or active reserve military
Anheuser-Busch is honored to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place park.

Globalmania eBook
From Knowledge Quest, this eBook promises to teach world geography in just 7 months. I have used other KQ products and they are high quality. Globalmania makes use of an organized plan and online resources to help students master world geography. It also includes several quality world maps. The eBook is a PDF download that will require going through the checkout process but does not require any payment information. Checkout will show a $0 due and will process the order without payment.

Free Internet Safety Kit
Did you know that two in five online teens (42%) said they've posted information about themselves on the Internet so others can see it and contact them? And nearly half of the teen respondents (47%) to a 2005 survey by Teen Research Unlimited admitted that they've used code words to alert others online to a parent's immediate presence--an effort to disguise a conversation about which a guardian might not approve. More than one in four (28%) said they use such lingo daily.In an effort to protect children by informing parents, the Polly Klaas Foundation has created an Internet Safety Kit. When parents obtain the free Internet Safety Kit, they will be offered a free download of Wired with Wisdom ($19.95 value). Wired with Wisdom grew out of the real need many parents express to catch up with their technologically sophisticated children. In this swift-moving online age, parents often feel overwhelmed or under-qualified to address children's Internet habits.Together, the Internet Safety Kit and Wired With Wisdom provide busy parents practical, workable solutions to help manage their family's Internet safety, including email, personal websites, chat rooms, social networking and instant messaging as well as recognizing and avoiding online predators.

Free SAT exam school
"Our Online SAT school is the most comprehensive collection of Free SAT study resources on the web offering practice exams, study guides, flashcards, quizzes, cram sheets, articles, links and tips to help you succeed on the SAT exam!"

Freebies from Teacher Created Materials
Free monthly activities including calendars and teaching tips can be found at the TCM website. The best find is the free weekly lesson plans, activities, and brain teasers. All of the archives are posted as well, so there are hundreds of free printout resources!

Life Of the Forest Freebies
International Paper's complete "Life of the Forest" educational series includes 10 full-color full-size posters showing various important stages in the life of the forest, a matching set of 10 teaching guides with in-depth information pertaining to each poster and its subject matter, and a 16-page booklet featuring over-sized, full-color illustrations depicting the cycles and stages of forests. Perfect for kids!

Parties with Purpose
If you think your children are more self-focused than they should be, then this idea is for you. Watering Can Press is the company that publishes The Hero Book and The Giving Book, and they have developed party planning guides to accompany both books. You can download these free guides in PDF format.

NASA Teaching Materials
Extensive database of downloadable educational materials searchable by subject, grade level and product type

Textbook Revolution
"Textbook Revolution is the web's source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry's constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value... At Textbook Revolution, you'll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as e-books. Most books are aimed at undergraduates, but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing."

The Paperback Swap
Free book swap (paperback and hardback)

Create paper
Recently I needed a template for a specific kind of lined paper that would be dark enough for my daughter to see if another piece of paper was placed on top of it. I was getting frustrated pretty quickly, since despite my searches I wasn't finding anything. This site has an interactive PDF creator that will create just about any kind of paper you need.

Buying a Car lesson plans and worksheets
From lesson planet. This site comes with a ten day free trial.

Free Wordsearch Software Download
Download page for crossword, word search, math, map and bingo worksheet. Note that some are free programs and others are 30 day evaluation copies.

The Math Worksheet Site
TheMathWorksheetSite.com is an online math worksheet generator where "you can create an endless supply of math worksheets. The intuitive interface gives you the ability to customize each worksheet to target a student's specific needs...

Design and Discovery: Experiencing Engineering Through Design
"Looking for a way to get students interested in engineering? Design and Discovery is a free program that includes a complete, downloadable and reproducible curriculum as well as related resource materials and an implementation guide.

The OCTA-TETRA Construction Set
FREE geometric construction set instruction Booklet

Dover Teacher Sampler
Welcome Teachers! Sign up for the Dover Teacher's Sampler and each week we'll send you an email with fun and educational projects and activities -- puzzles and brain-teasers, science projects, stories and poems, nature illustrations, and much more. Dover's been publishing children's books for over 40 years and we have more than 2,000 titles for Pre-K to 12th grade. Sign up for your FREE weekly samples now. It's easy as 1, 2, 3:

MIT's Free OpenCourseWare Project
A free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century.

Free Publications from the US DOE
Order Free US Department of Education Publications

National Gallery of Art Loaner Program
Connect art and curriculum by borrowing free learning materials from the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education.

Free NASA Publications
Free Posters, Lithographs, Fact Sheets, Brochures and Interactive educational resources

Free Planet Protectors Club Kit
From the EPA

Schoolhouse Tech
Schoolhouse Tech sells software, but they have lots of free stuff on the site as well, including wordsearch software, mathfacts worksheet generator software, and articles.

National Parks Service
Curriculum based Programs in your park

10 Finger Breakout
Downloadable typing tutor game

Free Education Resources from the US Postal Service
The National Postal Museum offers a variety of materials and services for educators and students. School tours and Curriculum Guides

Make a Farm Printable
If the younger children in your house are getting stir-crazy, try this printable Foldup from Own and Mouse Software. You download and install the software, then print the pages and let the kids cut, fold, and tape. You can also download Make a Town.

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