Lesson Plan Resources

Gateways to Curricula Resources & Exemplars

MassONE is the Commonwealth's set of web-based tools for communication, collaboration, and curriculum planning, which are designed to support K-12 standards-based teaching and learning.

Midcontinent Research in Education and Learning (MCREL)
This is an extremely valuable and highly esteemed educational organization. At McREL, a staff of highly respected educators and researchers focuses on providing the highest quality, field-tested, research-based products and services available in PreK-16 education today. McREL is a nationally recognized, private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education for all through applied research, product development, and service. While many of their curriculum products are for sale, their free bank of exemplary lesson plans are available here.

The WebQuest Page
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web. By pointing to excellent examples and collecting materials developed to communicate the idea, all of us experimenting with WebQuests will be able to learn from each other. A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Click on the MATRIX OF EXAMPLES page to view EXEMPLARS.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
This is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning. Both Kathy and her site have been winning educational awards for years.

From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal for Engaged Learning & Literacy
Jamie McKenzie is a world renowned educator and lecturer. This site contains most of his articles and lectures have been an invaluable sources of thoughtful-and practical-inspiration for educators teaching the Net Generation. Subjects covered include: assessment, research, information and literacy, questioning, multimedia production and effectiveness, etc. His journal is required reading for all progressive educators.

Learning through the Library Best Practices Archive
The Learning through the Library Best Practices are brief snapshots of successful teaching-learning projects, units of study, and strategies in K-12 schools and school districts. These practices reflect the Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning and demonstrate strengths in some of the following areas:

  • integration of information literacy learning with various content area learning.
  • evidence of improved student performance.
  • use of technology as an effective teaching and learning tool.
  • support of school reform efforts and national curriculum standards.

MarcoPolo Education Foundation
MarcoPolo provides the highest quality educational resources, free to K-12 teachers and students. Developed by world-renowned organizations who are experts in their fields, these standards-based resources include lessons plans, student materials, reviewed Web resources, student interactives, and assessments. MarcoPolo content includes over 20,000 resources and 3693 lesson plans covering arts integration, economics, geography, the humanities, mathematics, reading, language arts and science.

ED's Oasis
Curriculum resources for networked educators. ED's Oasis is part of the Classroom Connect family of online education resources.

Make It Happen!
An inquiry-based approach to multidisciplinary projects.

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) Project
Gateway to Educational Materials-Consortium providing educators free, precise access to thousands of quality online educational resources. Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, conduct full-text, subject, keyword, or title searches, then select grade/education level and submit. Retrieved records link directly to online resources they describe-it's that easy!

High School Hub
The High School Hub is a noncommercial portal to excellent free online academic resources for high school students. It features interactive learning activities, an ongoing teen poetry contest, a reference collection, college information, and subject guides for English, mathematics, social studies, science, world languages, arts, health, and technology. The High School Hub is and will remain free to the public and free of advertisements.

The Creative Connections Project
The Creative Connections Project links US/world K-12 classrooms with partner classes from the Amazon Rain Forest, Africa, the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic and China through E-mail, the Internet, art exchanges, music exchanges and Study Partnerships. The project also offers free teaching resources.

American Field Guide
This site draws on the video libraries of local public television stations, bringing users searchable access to more than 1,000 online video clips comprising 150 hours of outdoors productions. The American Field Gudie site is designed to help users find online video effectively and quickly. It is also a resource for educators and students. Embedded within the site are lesson plans weaving segments of video together around specific topics of inquiry. Educators using national and state standards for science learning contributed the lessons.

ALFY's TLC is a free, one-stop resource for teachers. Lesson plans, thematic units, Internet activities, home page builder, links, and more are provided.

Artful Minds
ArtFul Minds is a dynamic, interactive Web site that provides educators with the resources needed to build a bridge to the learning environments of the 21st century. Prospective and practicing teachers will find theoretical information and practical applications about arts education, brain research, and technology use and integration. ArtFul Minds gives teachers the tools to increase cultural literacy, develop global citizenry, and create classroom environments that promote lifelong learning.

A personalized Internet-based service providing education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and others throughout the world.

Curriculum and Instruction
This Curriculum and Instruction site has 15,000 links organized by grade level and topic.

The Daybook
A teacher-created searchable database of online lesson plans. You can print out new lessons to use right away. Any teacher can submit lessons by filling out the online form. The Daybook currently features a selection of K-7 subjects, but the database is constantly being updated to cover all K-12 subject areas.

The World Wide Web Virtual Library
The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web.