FREE Online Educational Resources

This is a list of FREE online resources suggested by our membership. It is organized by subject matter and age level. Please feel free to contact us if you would like your online resource added to this page.

Extra-curricular

  • Chillola.com – Spanish for Kids. Free Spanish resources and instructions for children. Learn Spanish with fun games and activities.
  • Creative Movement – The Sam Houston State University Department of Dance will share their gifts with the community as part of a new, free “Creative Movement” class for Huntsville youth ages 3-8. The approximately 45 minute class will be formatted around the basic concepts of dance, with more emphasis placed on moving and exploring movement. Students will learn everyday movement—skipping, leaping, galloping, for example, and how to use those movements creatively rather than specific positions as in ballet.

General

The following links are websites that offer a variety of different subject matter, worksheets, and online activities for a range of ages/grade levels. Some may also offer ideas, printables and resources for parent teachers, such as lesson plans, calendars, etc…

  • CK-12 – CK-12 Foundation (intended for Kinder – 12th grade) is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. CK-12 is using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the “FlexBook.” With these free, common core aligned digital textbooks, CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational STEM content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning through the FlexBook Platform™.
  • The Crafty Classroom – a website entirely dedicated to crafts you can use in your classroom! Their crafts go alongside themes and literature resources you’re already using in your classroom. New crafts are added weekly.
  • Donna Young
  • EasyTestMaker
  • Enchanted Learning
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) – A K-12 resource website, FREE offers more than 1500 federally supported teaching and learning resources.
  • Freeology
  • Learning Page – The site offers free units to that cover several subjects, printable books, monthly sets, copy sheets and more.
  • Mensa for Kids
  • MIT OpenCourseWare – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 2000 undergraduate and graduate level courses online for free, covering subjects such as architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts, social studies, science, and many other academic courses. View their Most Visited Courses to see what people like the most.
  • Notebooking Printables
  • P2PU – Learn anything with your peers. At P2PU (Peer to Peer University) people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback. A “grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements, P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Read a bit more about them here.
  • Super Teacher Worksheets
  • The Teacher’s Corner

Math

PRESCHOOL/EARLY ELEMENTARY MATH

  • Free Printable Kindergarten Math Coloring Worksheets – These are very basic number recognition worksheets. Children see an object(s) to match the number they are learning. Then, students can trace or practice writing the number themselves. There are 3 number/printable themes – Farm, Spring and Ocean.
  • Math Worksheets Land – Tons of printable math worksheets for all grade levels.

ELEMENTARY MATH

  • Arcademic Skill Builders – Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
  • Calculation Nation – The games of Calculation Nation are organized around content from the upper elementary and middle grades math curriculum. By becoming a citizen of Calculation Nation, your child or student will play online math strategy games that allow them to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area — all while having fun.
  • FreeRice.com’s Basic Math Practice – Practice Basic Math. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • FreeRice.com’s Multiplication Table Practice – Practice basic multiplication facts. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • Illuminations – Resources for teaching Math. Funded through a grant sponsored by Verizon this site offers more than 600 online resources (lessons, activities and games) for free!
  • Khan Academy – Practice math at your own pace with Khan Academy’s adaptive assessment exercises. Each problem is randomly generated, so you never run out of practice material. If you need a hint, every single problem can be broken down, step-by-step, with one click. If you need more help, you can always watch a related video.
  • Math Drills Lite – A free iPhone, iTouch or iPad app that allows a single student to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Explore solutions to problems using number lines, wooden blocks, facts and hints. Solve nine-times problems using your fingers!
  • Math Drills – Includes over 11,000 free high-quality printable math worksheets with answer keys.
  • Math Fact Cafe – Free math worksheets for elementary school and home use. This includes generators for math drills, flashcards, time, money, and more!
  • Math Worksheets for Kids – This is a collection of over 100 printable kids math worksheets designed to help preschoolers and above learn everything from early math skills (like numbers and patterns) to their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.
  • Math Worksheets Land – Tons of printable math worksheets for all grade levels.
  • Sumdog – Sumdog’s math games are always free to play. They cover 100 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels. Most are multiplayer, so you can play against thousands of students worldwide. Because the games are so engaging, students can finally enjoy developing their mental math skills.
  • XtraMath – A free web-based math fact fluency program that is designed to help students master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Read a review of XtraMath here.

INTERMEDIATE MATH

  • Calculation Nation – The games of Calculation Nation are organized around content from the upper elementary and middle grades math curriculum. By becoming a citizen of Calculation Nation, your child or student will play online math strategy games that allow them to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area — all while having fun.
  • Illuminations – Resources for teaching Math. Funded through a grant sponsored by Verizon this site offers more than 600 online resources (lessons, activities and games) for free!
  • Math Worksheets Land – Tons of printable math worksheets for all grade levels.
  • PatrickJMT – Just Math Tutorials; PatrickJMT offers FREE, useful math videos. If your child learns better through video demonstrations this guy is really helpful.

ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY, ALGEBRA II

  • Algebra Tiles Template – a template to print out and make your own Algebra Tiles – make one set red and one set another color.
  • Algebra Tiles to solve Equations – This link reviews how to use Algebra Tiles to solve equations.
  • Algebra Tiles – Another link to play with Algebra Tiles.
  • Calculation Nation – The games of Calculation Nation are organized around content from the upper elementary and middle grades math curriculum. By becoming a citizen of Calculation Nation, your child or student will play online math strategy games that allow them to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area — all while having fun.
  • Illuminations – Resources for teaching Math. Funded through a grant sponsored by Verizon this site offers more than 600 online resources (lessons, activities and games) for free!
  • IXL – Algebra practice and games.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives – A computer-based mathematical manipulatives and interactive learning tool for elementary and middle school levels. This link will allow you to play with the Algebra Tiles online to help you solve your problems. Scroll down and click on the Algebra Tiles link. You might want to play with several of the online manipulatives at this link to help you solve several problems.
  • Math Worksheets Land – Tons of printable math worksheets for all grade levels.
  • PatrickJMT – Just Math Tutorials; PatrickJMT offers FREE, useful math videos. If your child learns better through video demonstrations this guy is really helpful. His tutorials in Algebra alone are abundant, but he also hits several other upper level maths.

Language Arts

PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Alphabet Coloring Book – The Alphabet Soup’s Alphabet Coloring Book has a page of images to color for every letter of the alphabet! Just click on the picture, print it out and color away! Combine this with My A Book – Letter A Coloring Book below to make a complete Alphabet Book with cover pages for each letter/sound.
  • Alphabet Preschool Activities and Crafts – Come and have fun with the alphabet for older toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and adaptable for first grade (ages 18+ months to 6). Visit a letter in the Alphabet Activity Index to find activities that include easy instructions and a list of materials needed. The lesson plans and activities may feature crafts, printable activities, worksheets, suggested children’s literature and related early childhood resources for each letter.
  • Alphabet Printable Activities – Alphabet printable materials is an extension of Preschool Alphabet Activities and Crafts. You will find free coloring pages, color posters, flash cards, mini books and activity worksheets to present the alphabet, reinforce letter recognition and writing skills. These are suitable for older toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Many of the printable materials feature school compatible Standard Block Print or D’Nealian Modern Block Print handwriting guidelines, links to related lesson plans, crafts and related resources.
  • Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes Coloring Pages – Familiarize your children with Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes while they color. Here you can choose from 48 different rhymes; each page includes the rhyme itself as well as an illustration for your child to color.
  • My A Book – Letter A Coloring Book – This is the starting point for an entire Alphabet Coloring Book, complete with letter recognition and letter recognition assigned to an object, like A = Apple (the 2nd page). Students start with this cover page and color the picture, adding the following pages and then binding them together to make a book.
  • Printable Alphabet Letters – excellent worksheets for preschool and kindergarten kids to learn to recognize and print the letters of the alphabet. The alphabet printables and worksheets currently available on this site are alphabet letters dot-to-dot printables, alphabet coloring pages, and preschool letter tracing worksheets. Most of the worksheets have the uppercase and lowercase versions of each letter available in order to help improve letter recognition.
  • Read to Succeed – Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.
  • Starfall – Starfall.com teaches children to read with phonics using a systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice. Perfect for Preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
  • Tracing Preschool Printables and Worksheets – Preschool printables, including tracing worksheets, for children to learn to trace and print letters, numbers, shapes, and their name. Use the shape tracing printables as a precursor to printing letters and numbers. The number and alphabet letter printables are both preschool printables but are also appropriate for kindergarten kids to practice printing skills by tracing letters, tracing numbers, tracing the alphabet and tracing their own name.
  • YoungMind Handwriting Lessons – Handwriting Worksheets, Paper, Tips, & Fonts. This handwriting section of the Donna Young website has several small handwriting sets and one large handwriting set printables. This section also contains notebook filler and handwriting paper in several sizes, types and letter animations.

ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Arcademic Skill Builders – Arcademic Skill Builders are online educational video games that offer a powerful approach to learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills.
  • English for Everyone – Includes hundreds of quality, printable English worksheets for K-12. They offer a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of ability levels.
  • FreeRice.com’s English Grammar Practice – Practice English Grammar. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • Book Adventure: Free Reading Program – Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
  • Handwriting Worksheet Maker – Make full-page custom handwriting worksheets in seconds! Make stunning PRINT, D’Nealian and Cursive Style handwriting practice worksheets using basic Print Style Letters. Type your content and change letter size, color and line color.
  • FreeRice.com’s English Vocabulary Practice – Practice English Vocabulary. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • Nursery Rhyme Quiz Coloring Pages – These Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme pages are great for coloring and include a multiple choice option to identify the main character on each page. The words to the rhyme have been removed and only the primary character remains. Hint: The answers are on other pages of this site where the words to each rhyme are printed along with the character drawing, and each makes a great coloring and learning activity !
  • Read to Succeed – Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.
  • Spelling City – Spelling & Vocabulary Website with over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions. A REAL person says each word and sentence. There are free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists (must register to save lists, but registration is free), teacher training videos, free printable handwriting worksheets, free teaching resources with lists and lesson plans, 25 games to practice spelling online or to print and use for learning alphabetical order, unscramble, parts of speech, hangmouse (like hangman, but with a mouse), crossword puzzles, word search, and vocabulary tests. There is also a free forum to gather more information and a newsletter that comes directly to your inbox. Read a review of the spelling portion of this website, Taking Spelling Online.
  • Starfall – Starfall.com teaches children to read with phonics using a systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice. Perfect for Preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
  • The Teacher’s Corner Printable Worksheets – Several completely free worksheet generators to use to make your own worksheets quickly and easily. There are also pre made lists available to use if needed. Customize your own subject matter to make completely unique puzzles, from crossword puzzles, word search makers, cloze sentence, money worksheets, brain teasers and even sudoku puzzles.

JUNIOR HIGH LANGUAGE ARTS

  • English for Everyone – Includes hundreds of quality, printable English worksheets for K-12. They offer a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of ability levels.
  • FreeRice.com’s English Grammar Practice – Practice English Grammar. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • FreeRice.com’s English Vocabulary Practice – Practice English Vocabulary. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • The Glencoe Literature Library – This website is attached to a brick and mortar library system, but is absolutely beneficial to anyone who has access to the novels listed in their collection. Site visitors can click on any title (the list includes around 70 titles and continues to grow) in the library listing for a brief description of the novel or play of choice, a list of its related readings, and a link to its individual study guide. The Study Guide is a wealth of information and activities, including background information and reproducible activity pages for students. To view the guides, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or later.
  • Read to Succeed – Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.
  • The Teacher’s Corner Printable Worksheets – Several completely free worksheet generators to use to make your own worksheets quickly and easily. There are also pre made lists available to use if needed. Customize your own subject matter to make completely unique puzzles, from crossword puzzles, word search makers, cloze sentence, money worksheets, brain teasers and even sudoku puzzles. These worksheet generators are great to use for Homeschool Coop classes as a source of review. Cindy Hughes has used them in the 2012-2013 Texas History course as a way for students to weekly review Vocabulary Words for the next week’s quiz. One different puzzle/worksheet a day makes for a very quick and efficient way to retain their TX History words.

HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS

  • EasyBib – This is a free, automatic bibliography and citation maker. Save time by creating a Works Cited instantly in MLA, APA, or Chicago!
  • English for Everyone – Includes hundreds of quality, printable English worksheets for K-12. They offer a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of ability levels.
  • FreeRice.com’s English Grammar Practice – Practice English Grammar. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • FreeRice.com’s English Vocabulary Practice – Practice English Vocabulary. For each answer you get right FreeRice.com donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
  • The Glencoe Literature Library – This website is attached to a brick and mortar library system, but is absolutely beneficial to anyone who has access to the novels listed in their collection. Site visitors can click on any title (the list includes around 70 titles and continues to grow) in the library listing for a brief description of the novel or play of choice, a list of its related readings, and a link to its individual study guide. The Study Guide is a wealth of information and activities, including background information and reproducible activity pages for students. To view the guides, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or later.
  • The Purdue OWL: Research and Citation Resources

Science

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE

  • All About Birds – Covers 585 species of birds, gives quick run-downs of four keys (Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior, Habitat) for bird identification, offers a large collection of beautiful photos of birds in different places/poses, and offers a video to correspond with each bird – you can even listen to their call/song.
  • Kids Astronomy – An absolutely free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space.
  • Philosophy K-6 – This is basically a complete science curriculum for K-6. Please note: The site does sell some materials for the labs, but most things can be gathered around the house or purchased from the local craft store. Occasionally, supplies may need to be obtained through a resource like homesciencetools.com. As students progress through specific grades the activities can be customized to meet their needs and/or equipment available.
  • Weather Unit for Ages 3-9 – This mega 40 page weather unit is free and covers various topics like water cycles, seasons, temperature differences, weather graphing, hot/cold, hibernation, clouds, wind, disaster preparedness, etc…

MIDDLE SCHOOL/INTERMEDIATE SCIENCE

  • Philosophy K-6 – This is basically a complete science curriculum for K-6. Please note: The site does sell some materials for the labs, but most things can be gathered around the house or purchased from the local craft store. Occasionally, supplies may need to be obtained through a resource like homesciencetools.com. As students progress through specific grades the activities can be customized to meet their needs and/or equipment available.

Technology

ELEMENTARY COMPUTER SCIENCE

  • Scratch – Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. Young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER CODING/PROGRAMMING:

  • Code Year – According to Code Year, anyone can learn the basics of computer programming in just one year. Code Year encourages people to make a New Year’s resolution to learn enough code to build their own apps and websites. Code Year lessons are presented in an interactive format that doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re learning code. It’s certainly the opposite of listening to lectures and reading dry books on programming. Budding programmers start off with JavaScript and move quickly through the subsequent lessons.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 2000 undergraduate and graduate level courses online for free, covering subjects such as architecture and planning, engineering, humanities, arts, social studies, science, and many other academic courses. View their Most Visited Courses to see what people like the most.
  • P2PU – Learn anything with your peers. At P2PU (Peer to Peer University) people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback. A “grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements, P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Read a bit more about them here.
  • W3Schools Online Web Tutorials – The largest site on the Internet for Web developers, W3Schools will teach you how to make a website with free tutorials in all web development technologies.