Parent & Teacher Resources

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General

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All materials and resources are available completely free of charge.

VITAL NY PBS LearningMedia

VITAL NY PBS LearningMedia is a free video on-demand service provided to all New York State learners. It is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! There are video resources from PBS, National Archives, Library of Congress, NOVA, American Experience, and many, many more.

Kids.gov

Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
Learn, watch videos, and play games related to topics such as Math, Reading & Writing, Science, Money, Jobs, Art, Exercise & Eating Healthy, Government, Social Studies, Music, and more.

History

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The site includes maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

CIA Kids’ Zone

The CIA is an independent US government agency that provides national security “intelligence” to key US leaders so they can make important, informed decisions. CIA employees gather intelligence (or information) in a variety of ways, not just by “spying” like you see in the movies or on TV (though we do some of that, too). On the following pages, you can read more about us, play some games, and help us solve some puzzles. Throughout this section, you’ll also see some top secret things you won’t find anywhere else.

US Census Bureau’s State Facts for Students

Find statistics on businesses, geography, population and transporation, history, and fun facts for each state in the United States.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus

The United Nations Cyberschoolbus offers informative and interactive educational materials to a global audience. Examples of resources available at Cyberschoolbus: InfoNation (collection of up-to-date information and statistics of countries around the world); Model UN Discussion Area; Health module (a place where classes can connect with experts from the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization about health concerns); Cities of Today, Cities of Tomorrow (the history of urban development and profiles of today's important cities and issues they face); and more.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Smithsonian IdeaLab’s Mr. President

Smithsonian Education's Mr. President presents facts about each of our nation’s presidents. It’s a great place for browsing, research, or homework help.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow - VITAL Collection

Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, "Jim Crow" came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States.

African/African American Culture - VITAL Collection

These videos provide examples of West African and African-American music, dance, and storytelling.

The Abolitionists - VITAL Collection

The videos in this collection feature historical reenactments and expert interviews that tell the story of some of the people and events that shaped the abolitionist movement, which sought the immediate emancipation of all enslaved people.

Civil Rights - VITAL Collection

Using archival news footage, primary sources, and interview segments filmed for Eyes on the Prize, this collection captures the voices, images, and events of the Civil Rights movement and the ongoing struggle for racial equality in America.

March on Washington - VITAL Collection

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and was commemorated by teachers and students across the country and around the world. Help your students appreciate the significance of this event – and its role in the larger Civil Rights Movement using this collection of digital content from PBS LearningMedia.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - VITAL Collection

The series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Using video clips, this collection of lesson plans address a wide range of themes of the African-American experience from 1500 to the present.

Freedom Riders - VITAL Collection

Learn about the Freedom Riders, a courageous band of African American and white civil rights activists who in 1961 rode together on buses throughout the American South to challenge segregation. These video segments document the events and accomplishments of the Freedom Rides, and introduce you to the real human stories of those who helped change our history.

Finding Your Roots - VITAL Collection

The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

The Women's Movement - VITAL Collection

The first wave of the women's feminist movement started in the 19th and early 20th century with leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fighting for legal rights for women such as the ability to vote and own property. The second wave of the women's movement, led by women such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinham, occurred in the 1960s and 70s and attempted to combat further social and political inequalities.  

First Ladies of the United States

Discover the different roles that First Ladies have played throughout history as policy advocates, diplomats, and public figures. Get to know First Ladies throughout the history of the United States including the work of First Lady Michelle Obama and her initiatives through featured images, background essays, videos, and lesson plans.

Women's Suffrage

Teachers may use these Library of Congress primary source documents to support teaching about women’s suffrage in the United States. The set provides evidence for a study of the chronology of the women’s suffrage movement. It can also be used to stimulate comparisons between the suffrage movement in the U.S. and in England. This set also supports the teaching of state’s voting history, especially for states with early voting rights for women. This primary source set documents evidence from popular culture, as well as the causes and effects of the women’s suffrage movement. This set includes images, song sheets, articles, statistical documents, political cartoons and sound files.

Why Should Women Vote? The Suffrage Question

In this activity, students will analyze documents pertaining to the woman suffrage movement as it intensified following passage of the 15th Amendment that guaranteed the right to vote in elections for African American males.

19th Amendment to the Constitution - Women's Right to Vote (1920)

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. This resource group includes 2 primary source images, a background essay and a transcript.

Science

The Why Files – The Science Behind the News

The Why Files is created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of National Institute for Science Education with support from the National Science Foundation. Each week, there is a new story on the science behind the news.

Science News for Kids

Science News for Kids offers timely, interesting news stories and features (atoms & forces, earth & sky, humands & health, life, tech & math and more), accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, and web resources. SNK is for students, parents and teachers.

NASA Kids’ Club

Learn about science-related topicssuch as weather and climate, air, ocean, fresh water, carbon's travels, energy, plants and animals, and technology. Also, explore "big questions" such as: What is global climate change? Why is carbon is important? What is the greenhouse effect is?
Climate Kids is produced by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology.

Smithsonian’s Virtual Dinosaur Exhibit

Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Dinosaur Collections.

ELA

Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips is a project developed as part of the Google Certified Teachers program. Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story.
The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.Google Lit Trips “3-dimensionalize” the reading experience by placing readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters.

Scholastic’s The Stacks for Kids

A section of Scholastic.com made solely for kid readers to connect with other kid readers, play games, read blogs, find new books and authors, and watch videos.

The Great Word Quest

An online reading experience for kids ages 6-8 years old created by PBS KIDS. Uses literacy-building activities from PBS KIDS programs such as WordGirl, Wild Kratts and more to help kids get excited to read!

Smithsonian's Symbols in a Story

Using an ancient myth and an interactive painting, learn about why symbols are used in a stories and how they can provide important details.

ReadWriteThink's Parent & Afterschool Resources

Find ways to introduce kids to reading and to encourage teens to write as well as age-appropriate book suggestions and rainy day activities. All materials and resources are created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school. ReadWriteThink's mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to high quality, free materials in reading and language arts.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. The website features reading news headlines, research-based articles, tips for parents and educators, video interviews with literacy experts and top children's book authors, a monthly e-newsletter, national and local resources, an online store, and much more.

Colorin Colorado

A bilingual web service provides information, activities, and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers.

Math

Figure This!

Helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges. Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. 
 
Funding for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education. Figure This! was created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in cooperation with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Widmeyer Communications, and the Learning First Alliance.

Get The Math

Find out how musicians use math in hip-hop music production. See how designers use math to create fashion that's stylish and affordable. Get an inside look at the math used to design video games.Get the Math is about algebra in the real world. See how professionals use math in music, fashion, videogames, restaurants, basketball, and special effects. Then take on interactive challenges related to those careers.

Engineer Girl

Designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. The EngineerGirl website was developed with advice and recommendations from girls from around the United States. Learn fun facts about women, engineers, and cool engineering achievements. Connect with real women who are working in the field of engineering - civil engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers, industrial engineers, electrical engineers, and so many more.

Health

Let’s Move! For Kids

Let’s Move! is dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation so that every child born today—grows up healthy. This is ambitious, but it can be done—so we're asking everyone to do their part, especially kids like you. By eating right and being active, you can be healthy and achieve your dreams.

Animals

National Georgraphic Kids – Animal Profiles

Learn about all kinds of animals (amphibians, birds, bugs, dinosaurs, fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles) and the habitats they live in (Antarctic, Arctic, Forest, Freshwater, Grassland, Mountain, Ocean and Desert).

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Cams

Watch live video of Great Blue Herons, Red-tailed Hawks, Dunrovin Ospreys, Hellgate Ospreys and American Kestrels from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird Cams.
All About Birds is created by the staff of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It’s all part of the Cornell Lab’s mission: to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The goal of their website is to be the best and most comprehensive resource for North American birds, bird watching, and bird conservation—accessible to everyone for free.

San Diego Zoo Kids

Explore lots of different animals and jobs at the San Diego Zoo, play games, watch animal cams and videos and LOTS more!

Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife from around the world. It is also a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Project Noah is a project of National Geographic.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s Animal Web Cams

The National Zoo is home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Take a virtual visit to the Zoo any day of the week by tuning into one of the live web cams, which feature many of the Zoo's animals - Amazon RiverCam, Asian Small-Clawed Otter Cam, Cheetah Cam, Clouded Leopards Cam, Fishing Cats Cam, Golden Lion Tamarin Cam, Gorilla Cam, Lion Cam, Microscope Cam, Naked Mole-Rat Cam, Octopus Cam, Orangutan Cam, Panda Cam, Sloth Bear Cam, Tiger Cam, and Tiger Cub Cam.