Hands-on Materials

Discovering Plate Boundaries

This is a short study unit on plate tectonics from Rice University. The activities are based on several downloadable data maps, and are designed for classroom use. They could be used in co-op situations or adapted for home use. Even without the activities, there are quite a few good links and resources included in the materials. All free.

K5 Math

This math teaching consultancy company has a great website. There are quite a few sample activities available for free, and the ebooks are very reasonably priced. Most of the books and activities involve word problems, projects and journaling, so it is a different approach to math learning. There is also a great list of math related books for reading aloud.

Braining Camp

This resource provides virtual manipulatives and online lessons for math learning. The subscription price is reasonable, and there are some free lessons as well as a 30-day trial to check it out before you buy.

Food Timeline

This website doesn't look particularly impressive, but has an incredible amount of information and resources on the history of food. There are pages and pages of text information, recipes, teacher resources, and links to many more resources online. A great activity to add to any history study!

Unicorn Writing

This is a fun site from a British primary school teacher with some great writing resources. There are lesson ideas for different kinds of writing, which include free videos with suggestions for activities. (You can also purchase inexpensive resource packs to go with them.) There are also writing prompts and some teaching tips. A great place for help with elementary level writing skills!

Penn Museum

This website from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology has some great teacher resources. There are pdf's with activities, worksheets, and information. The site also has quite a bit of multimedia material related to the exhibits, which is useful even if you can't visit the museum.


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