Online Lessons and Resources


Use the ArtsEdge lesson finder to search for lesson plans and projects by keyword, grade band, arts area, and content area.


Explore the library of humanities lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level to find lessons on Art & Culture, History & Social Studies, and Literature & Language Arts.

Epic! (K-6)

Epic! is an eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books, now including thousands of read-to-me and Audio books as well. Most titles are available for free to teachers by setting up an educator account.


Illuminations is developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and includes standards-based lessons and activities for math instruction grades PK-12.

MENSA Lesson Plans

Recognizing the need that exists for quality lesson plans, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation has developed a series of lesson plans to serve the diverse gifted children population. These lessons allow for differentiation with minimum effort by the educator. The grade levels are fluid and are given primarily to identify reading level and correlate curriculum. We hope these lessons are a fun and easy way to help meet the needs of your gifted students.

National Geographic

Search by keyword, grade level, and subject area to find cross-disciplinary lessons that promote global citizenship and support a variety of curricular areas.


Newsela offers a wide variety of current events articles for students to read. Users can browse for articles by searching one of their eight categories and many articles come with ready made quizzes. What separates Newsela from other sites is the ability to set the articles to varying reading levels. Any article can be set for lexile levels ranging from a low of 530 up to 960 which is an invaluable feature in today's heterogeneous classrooms. The site is free to use but they do offer additional features for a fee.

ReadTheory (1-12)

This site is skills-focused and offers online reading comprehension activities and writing exercises for all levels. Improve students' reading ability and critical thinking skills using this interactive, educational tool in school or at home.


Search by keyword, grade level and learning objective for literacy-based lesson plans and interactives.


Search by grade level, theme, content or key word to find lessons, tools, and hot topics to extend your classroom science instruction.

Smithsonian Education

Search for lesson plans and resources by grade and subject or by state standards for all areas of the curriculum.

Smithsonian's History Explorer

Search by keyword, grade level, historical area, and curricular focus to find lesson plans, interactives and printables that support differentiated learning around history.

Success Beyond the Classroom

SBC provides innovative programs, conferences and competitions that inspire K-12 students to explore their potential with peers and talented community professionals.


TweenTribune is sponsored by the Smithsonian and provides a wealth of non-fiction articles with multiple reading levels available for each article. Use the tabs to select a grade-band indicating likely areas of interest: grades 9-12 (TeenTribune), grades 5-8 (TweenTribune) and grades K-4 (TTJunior). Then scroll through the available articles and select the desired lexile level.


With multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students’ critical thinking, or dip into our ever-growing collection of Wonders for content that relates to specific themes and student interests.

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Byrdseed is an excellent resource for differentiating instruction for all levels of learners and especially high-level learners. Check out the content-specific lessons or sign up for the monthly newsletter for ongoing ideas for differentiating instruction across the curriculum.

Gifted Exchange

The Gifted Exchange is a blog about gifted children, schooling, parenting, education news and changing American education for the better. This blog is supported by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

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