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General Lesson Resources

by Mary Ann Kelley

Please visit the Help by Subject area for dozens of pages of links to lesson plans, educational websites, and other resources organized by subject. The links below take you to websites that also offer lesson plans and worksheets but you will have to do your own searching from their homepages for specific topics.

Lesson Pathways
Launched as a paid service, Lesson Pathways is now a free subscription. A Pathway is a unique learning unit that contains a prescreened selection of Internet resources, which together cover a particular topic. Each Pathway provides a multisensory learning experience, enabling children to learn from a variety of reading materials, hands-on projects, games, online activities, and videos. Many Pathways also include audio resources, e-books, and reference pages for those who want to delve even deeper into a topic. Pathway resources are prescreened to ensure that they are age-appropriate and informative, and each one is developed to appeal to various learning styles. provides unique Pathways in each of the core subjects: history, language arts, math, and science. Reading and phonics Pathways are provided for Years K through 2. You’ll also find a Guided Jo urney for each core subject in Years K through 5. Each core Guided Journey lists 36 Pathways–one for each week of learning. To understand how this works, consider a textbook that has 36 chapters. Each Pathway of a Guided Journey is like a chapter in a book. (Y,M)

Why start with a search engine, when you can find a pathfinder to fit your needs at 42eXplore? When learning something new, it’s nice to have more than one resource to explore. This web project provides “four to eXplore” for each topic. On each page you’ll find definitions, activities, the 4 good starting points, and many more links and resources for the thematic topic. Go to the About Site page for more information about the website. (Y, M, O, T)

Read Write Think Student Materials
The Student Materials are part of a larger project from NCTE, Marco Polo, and and International Reading Association. The larger site includes many lesson plans, easily sorted by topic and grade. The Student Materials include online tools that teach students concepts like acrostics, bio-cubes (for biographies), comic creators, drama maps, essay maps, and much more. Kids who don’t like the physical aspect of handwriting will enjoy using the tools on Read Write Think to show off their writing skills. (Y, M, O, T)

PBS TeacherSource
The site offers free lesson plans and activities (indexed by grade level and topic) that tie into PBS educational programming. You can subscribe to an email newsletter and get tips on upcoming PBS programs that might be of interest for your family. Check (T)

HotChalk Lesson Plans
Over 2,500 free lessons arranged by subject (T) is searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects. (T)

Education World
Free lesson plans by topic
Huge site from the Discovery Channel (Y, M, O, T)

Surfing the Net with Kids
Huge site with links to almost every conceivable topic (Y, M, O, T)
“Fun games…exciting exercises…involving interactive lessons to boost a child’s success in school. Just 15 minutes a day with Dositey programs or worksheets makes children eager to learn.” (Y, M, O, T)

Awesome Library
Huge site with links arranged by subject (T)

Scholastic Teachers
Free tools and resources (T)

This collection of teaching resources from the University of Wisconsin is one of the best organized I have encountered. The vast collection of resources are rated and can easily be searched and the results narrowed by grade level, resource type, subject, (Y, M, O, T)

Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site
Large collection of resources used by Mr. Donn in his classroom

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