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Free Teacher Resources: Best Educational Websites

Updated on August 2, 2012

Teaching Resources

Teachers are forever trying to create lesson plans, worksheets, and come up with new and innovative ways to present material. With so many changes in technology, it is not necessary to spend late nights and long hours trying to reinvent the wheel.

Here are some of my favorite online teaching tools for the classroom. The best thing about them is that they are free and do not need a lot of new technology to use. A few of these resources are for students to use, but the majority of them are tools that will make the life of a teacher just a little bit easier!

Teaching Websites for All Subjects

  • Discovery's Puzzle Maker Puzzle maker is just plain fun. You can create your own word searches, crossword puzzles, math squares, cryptograms and more. This is great if you are looking to reinforce vocabulary words or math skills or just to give your students a fun break!
  • Rubistar If you are a teacher, then most likely you have spent some amount of time creating a rubric for one writing assignment or project in your time. This website provides teachers with a template and allows you to input the data that you want to evaluate.
  • Thinkfinity From math to science to history and even music, this site has it all. There are great interactive games for students as well as a plethora of lesson plans complete with additional resources and extensions. This is one that I personally will be going back to many times.
  • ABC Teach This site has both paid member services as well as a portion of free resources. There are resources for all subject areas and offer worksheets, printables, flashcards, and Promethean board lessons and activities.
  • Promethean Planet If you have access to white board technology, this is a fantastic resource. There is a wealth of white board lessons that can be filtered by content area as well as grade level. You will need to register, but it is free.


Sample cryptogram from Puzzle Maker.
Sample cryptogram from Puzzle Maker. | Source

Math Websites for Teachers

With the new Common Core State Standards and national assessment that is coming down the pike, students need as much exposure to technology as possible. If you are a teacher, then hopefully you already know that the test, which will be given to third grade students and older, will be completely computer based. This includes math and manipulating items to give proof of your answer. Here are some great math sites that will both help you create these experiences for your students as well as help you to create additional resources for them.

  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives This website is an absolute must use in every classroom. This site allows users to filter by both grade level and content strand. The online experiences available to kids range from counting money to recognizing and creating patterns to positive and negative integers. It is a fantastic resource for math manipulatives.
  • Illuminations Dynamic Paper This website is hosted by NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). The dynamic paper portion part of this site allows teachers to input numbers and create customized 'math paper.' Number lines, graph paper, tessellations and more are all available here. The bonus is that the site is also filled with amazing interactive games as well as lesson ideas.
  • Soft Schools Math Soft Schools is not exclusively a math website. They have resources for reading and writing as well but I was not as impressed with that portion of the site. However, the math games that are offered are wonderful. There are addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, place value, number sense, fractions, and more.
  • NCES Kids's Zone This website has a few resources for both teachers and students. You can create an online graph, practice probability and play some other math games.

Reading and Writing Websites for Teachers

  • Read Write and Think This site is fantastic for helping kids organize their thinking as they write. They can create poetry, comic strips, and play language based games. The interactive tools that are provided are even great for teachers to use as a model for their students.
  • Beth Newingham's Site If you teach reading and writing workshops or would like to start, Beth Newingham's site is a must have in your teaching tool kit. She provides amazing pictures, videos, downloadable pages for you to use in your classroom.


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I appreciate the share jainismus! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you enjoyed it shalycriston!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for the visit and share Paul. I hope that many others can benefit from this list as well.

    • jainismus profile image

      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub, the information is useful for many. Voted up and shared.

    • shalycriston profile image

      Shaly Criston 

      6 years ago from USA

      Awesome hub... Voted up :)

    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for posting these useful online resources. I used a cryptogram once (I think it was based on Caesar substitution) and the students loved it. Voted up as useful and sharing with followers.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      There really is so much out there, good and bad, and it's nice to have some quality resources at your fingertips. I hope that many teachers find these useful. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Robin Edmondson 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a fantastic resource for new teachers and veterans. It's amazing the amount of collaboration that can occur now via the internet. It's so advantageous for students and teachers!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mom, I hope others can use them. :)

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent resources here, Cara. I am sure they will be super helpful to all the other educators. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Rated up.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Good to hear missolive! Sometimes when you are trying to plan, you don't want to spend so much time 'searching' for resources. I like to have everything in one spot so that I can easily access them. Thanks for your visit!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Teaching is sharing isn't it teaches? I don't know how I would function if I didn't have the continuous support and sharing of my co-workers. Thanks so much for your visit!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Great resource. I'm happy to report most of these are already bookmarked on my classroom's computer. There is a wealth of information out there and this hub helps weed through the sites.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      When I was teaching young children, sites like these were always a great resource. It was wonderful when your co-workers would pass on valuable information like this to add to your curriculum. Fantastic job! Voted up and useful.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Fantastic EyesStrainghtAhead! I love hearing about parents getting a jump start on their children's learning. I do have another hub about free educational online games that you might find helpful as well. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

    • EyesStraightAhead profile image

      Shell Vera 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is great! I am going to use some of these resources with my daughter so she can get a jump on her schooling. While I don't teach within the school system, I do ensure my daughter is able to learn as much as possible so she is prepared school. I believe I will find ABC Teach to be extremely helpful. Thanks again for compiling this list.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Alissa, I appreciate the share with your husband. I hope that he finds them very useful, especially with all of the changes in education coming our way.

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      Alissa Roberts 

      6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Fantastic information for teachers! I will be sure to pass this hub along to my husband who teaches 4th grade. I believe he is teaching math and social studies this year so he will find these extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing these great websites - voted up, useful, and awesome!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Billy, I so appreciate you passing the information along to your fellow teacher friends. Thanks for your visit.

      Thanks K9! It is always a pleasure to hear your very encouraging comments. :)

      Haha that's funny clevercat. I'm glad that even 'non teachers' are finding it useful!

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      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I don't even teach, and I'm already stuck on the diamante poems at ReadWriteThink! Thank you for showing such great learning resources. Voted up and useful!

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      Tenured and first year teachers can find an astounding amount of consolidated resource material here! Your cryptogram is a fantastic tool in so many ways. It is really helpful that you not only provide direct links to some very cool teaching resource sites, but that you also offer a tid-bit of insight as to what each can offer. Another great hub with high quality content, Cara! Up in every way!


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My days in the classroom are gone, but I'm passing this along to teacher friends who will find it very useful. Good source of information!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Karen, I'm so glad that you found it useful. Substitute teaching can be challenging so the more resources you have, the better! Good luck to you. :)

      Sometimes finding those supplemental materials are the toughest ones to find. Hopefully teachers will find some great things here. Thanks for your comments!

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      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lots of great sites for teachers to access for complementary material and beefing up lesson plans. Very comprehensive.

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      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This is a hub full of great information for teachers, especially new teachers, or people like me who are just starting a career as a substitute teacher. Thanks so much. Voted up, useful and interesting!


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