Hands-on Materials

Arttango

Free art lessons for elementary ages. The lessons concentrate on the elements of art (such as line, shape, and color.) There are 30 lessons for each grade level, and a handy materials list for each year. 

The Student's Friend

This is a great free resource for world history. The main feature is a concise narrative of world history that can be downloaded or viewed online. It's a no-frills text with just a few maps and pictures, but loads of information. There are also lesson plans, ideas for projects and writing assignments, and rubrics to go with them. A truly useful place to begin planning a world history course for jr. high or high school students.

Generation Genius

A library of science videos (similar in style to Bill Nye) aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Each video has discussion questions, lesson plan, teacher guide, and instructions for experiments. Subscription price is pretty reasonable.

Aquila

A children's magazine, published in the UK and available world-wide. Each issue explores a topic, and includes interesting articles, colorful artwork, great information, and hands-on activities. Price is a bit high, but there's no advertising or "fluff", so it worth the investment.

National Constitution Center

This museum in Philadelphia has a great website with lots of educational resources. The interactive constitution lets you read articles and amendments alongside commentary from different historic and legal experts. There is also a collection of videos and lesson plans, and a few other interactive activities and games, plus primary source documents and even some craft ideas.

Curiosity Machine

This is a very inspiring, free science resource for elementary and junior high levels. Explore hands-on science challenges: watch videos and build your own version of the project. You can share your results with other users if you want. 

Prufrock Press

This company specializes in materials for gifted and twice-exceptional learners. There are curriculum materials for all major subjects, plus some great books on logic, social skills and growth mindset. The prices are a bit high, but it looks like quality material.

The Artful Parent

This blog has hundreds of great ideas for doing art with kids. There are a couple of books and online classes available for purchase, as well as some free printable resources. The suggestions of art supplies for different ages are particularly helpful.

Wildscreen Arkive

This site has an extensive collection of images and videos of wildlife. Look for species, places, or topics and find information and beautiful photos and videos to learn from. There are also some games and teaching resources, including worksheets, study units and craft activities.

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