Teacher Resources

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We now have streaming movies through K12 Swank for Wayne Hills High School! What this means is we have about 200 films that you can stream, and share with your classes (you send them a link, they can watch the film on their computer).

So how do you get started?

Go to https://digitalcampus.swankmp.net/admin/whhs378978 (this is our special Wayne Hills link)

If you no longer have your login and password that I sent via email, please email me and I can give it to you.

Once you log in, you can search through the movies for the ones you are looking for, or just scroll through them alphabetically.

Stress Reduction

Teen Stress Reduction- Fro https://www.stressedteens.com (which offers trainings in mindfulness for parents and professionals- these cost money)- they have created a FREE "Covid 19 Tool Kit" which includes Self-Care Coloring Pages, Take in the Good Downloads, Blogs, Podcasts, Free Audio Mindfulness Practices, Videos, Trainings, New Daily Take 5 Positive Coping Skills

Teachers, How Can We Care for Our Mental Health Right Now?- the ideas are simple, but important. This is a friendly reminder that YOU need to be able to cope in order to help our students cope. Take your own brain breaks when you need them.


Academy4sc.com- 100% free to use, it has videos (all cartoons) on sociology, psychology, philosophy, history and economics that come with lesson plans, ideas for thinking through the concepts in more detail, and more. The site consistently is updated with new material as well.

Ken Burns Films from PBS- you can search by era, film, or subject. Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than forty years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students, and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources.

Big History Project- combining history and science, it's got all sorts of useful resources. It was developed to be an all-encompassing "course", but you can take a look at the individual units, and pull out what works for you. There are videos, infographic, articles, lesson plans, and more. And it's 100% free, which is fantastic. From their website: BHP delivers a big picture look at the world, examining science and history from the last 13.8 billion years. Students will have a better understanding of how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in.

iCivics.org: They have a section for high school, and an additional one for AP U.S. Government & Politics that includes study guides, lesson plans, and tutoring videos (just scroll towards the bottom of the page, and you'll see tabs for upper elementary, middle school, high school, and AP). Everything on the site is free through August 2020.

From the National Constitution Center, pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about the Constitution: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/in-the-classroom. The National Constitution Center unites America’s leading scholars from diverse legal and philosophical perspectives to explore the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Since its launch in 2015, this nonpartisan tool has allowed learners of all ages to engage with the text of the Constitution, discover how experts agree and disagree about its history and meaning, and explore arguments on all sides of the constitutional debates at the center of American life.

Academy 4 SC 100% free to use- It has sociology-based, psychology-based, and philosophy-based videos (all cartoons) that come with lesson plans, ideas for thinking through the concepts in more detail, and more.

Virtual Tours of National Parks:

Nueremberg Museum if you are covering WWII: https://museums.nuernberg.de/documentation-center/national-socialism/the-beginnings-of-the-nazi-dictatorship/

Primary Sources- National Archives:

Ted Talks on Civil Rights


One of my former students helped to create this curated list of resources of all things music for her Music Education class (she's a senior at Gettysburg). It is extremely comprehensive, and may be of use for anyone looking for a break, or for music/vocal/instrumental teaching: http://www.findingmusicresources.com


Positive Physics - This is an online physics/chemistry site and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. They have added CHEMISTRY to Positive Physics, and you can create an account use Units 101-113. Chemistry units are FREE through July 2021!

LabXChange.org- LabXchange is a free resource for remote and hybrid learning from Harvard University. They offer high-quality digital content in the sciences, including lab simulations, videos, and customized learning narratives.

Bitescis: You can search it by topic, so Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, and it includes standards, lesson plans, and more. The "about us" section describes the website as: Every BiteScis lesson has two components: A “Bite” and an activity. The Bite is a brief (1–3 page) write-up that makes areas of active science research accessible to a student audience. Bites are available separated from a lesson plan so they can be used in a variety of ways. As parts of our lesson plans, the Bites may be integrated into an activity or serve as a launching pad. The activities themselves vary from a traditional “wet lab” to an old-fashioned minds-on Q&A with everything in between. All BiteScis lessons come with extensive educator documents with background, standards alignments, learning objectives, teaching tips, and of course, the answers.

NASA has created a NASA at Home webpage: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome. They have podcasts, videos, virtual tours, a "be a scientist" section and more! Some of the stuff is for younger kids, but a lot of it can be applied to teens (and adults).

The Museum of Science in Boston has a digital museum that they just launched. Here's an article with an overview of the MOS's new offerings: https://needham.wickedlocal.com/news/20200331/strongmuseum-of-science-boston-introduces-online-initiativestrong/3. But to summarize, The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, has launched a new digital museum experience, MOS at Home. With multiple live presentations throughout the day, creative engineering projects, podcasts, kid-friendly activities and more, the museum is inviting the community to visit remotely at http://mos.org/MOSatHome for new content every day.

Virtual Field Trip: a site through Arizona State University, where you can do things like interactive labs, and take virtual field trips Shark Bay Australia to learn about microorganisms. It's free to create an account.

Chemistry- Collisions is a system of digital games, grounded in the rules of chemistry, that can be used to introduce, teach, and review key concepts in chemistry. You can create a free teacher account https://www.playmadagames.com/subscribe/ and then give your class a code. Foreign Language and ESL

World Languages

Fluent Key, which is offering a month free of Fluent Key Pro using the code StaySafe at https://fluentkey.com/plans.

Here is a description of what they are: FluentKey helps language teachers make listening fun and meaningful by turning real-life videos into an interactive game. We have hundreds of authentic videos in the world’s most popular languages. It’s easy to find the right video for your students and turn it into a dynamic lesson using powerful tools like captions, quizzes, and arcade-style games. Supercharge student engagement and learning while saving time and making your life easier. Made for teachers, by teachers

Flash Academy- It has free resources for ESL students, which might be of use to you! It is based out of the UK, so I would recommend going through the options to make sure they work for the US (I noticed one of the lessons was related to UK culture, so it's interesting, but might not be relevant).

Lingvist- Online language learning platform Lingvist is offering all of its tools free of charge until July 31. Educators, parents and tutors can access the vocabulary, statistical learning tracking, course creation tools and a blended learning guide free, for teaching Spanish, French, German and Russian. https://lingvist.com/classroom

Rosetta Stone- I had sent info on getting this through your public library for free, but they are now offering it free for three months to students/staff as well. Longstanding language learning platform Rosetta Stone is offering more than three months of free language learning to all K12 students worldwide. Rosetta Stone has more than 20 languages to choose from. https://www.rosettastone.com/freeforstudents

BrainPOP: BrainPOP Jr.® (K-3 for those of you with little ones), BrainPOP® (which can be used for grades 4-12), BrainPOP Jr. (for K-3 for those of you with little ones), BrainPOP Español™, and BrainPOP ELL™. Brainpop is FREE to students, staff, and schools while they are shut down. Just go here, fill out the form, they will send you instructions, and you can create accounts).

Amaze.com is totally free, and has some really good videos (all cartoon based). AMAZE aims to provide adolescents around the globe with medically accurate, age-appropriate, affirming, and honest sex education. I was really impressed with the straightforward nature of the site, and the accurate information provided (and I should add- there are levels to it, so you can see if it's appropriate for younger kids, middle school, or teens).

Carone Learning is providing free courses in Health & Personal Wellness, Fitness Fundamentals 1, and Nutrition- you just need to go to to their homepage and fill out the Course Request Form. The content is free through June 30th.

Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Health and Phys Ed

www.weareteachers.com/virtual-pe-classes has a smorgasbord of resources for K-12 Phys Ed, so you can go through and see what looks useful to you!

Some ideas if you have your own younger kids who need yoga (this tells stories that kids know through Yoga- like Frozen and Star Wars):


Special Education:

  • Accessibyte makes fun, funky, fully accessible apps for users who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, dyslexic, or have other reading difficulties. We just want kids (and adults) to have fun options when it comes to assistive technology. FREE while online learning is going on.

  • Prodigy- a Math game that works with the student, and adjusts to their level. FREE (also has paid premium membership options). To watch a video on how it works, go to: https://youtu.be/A0CtplncQnU

  • Arcademics- Games for students to use to practice math, language arts, spelling, money, and more.

  • Brainbox- A collection of educational app games (compatible with phones and Chromebooks)- specifically, Magic Spell for Schools- a spelling game app for pupils, their school and parents. Magic Spell for School is designed by teachers to make spelling fun for all pupils. Swipe your way through your school spelling adventure to earn hobs and build your wizard inventory.

  • BrainPOP: BrainPOP Jr.® (K-3 for those of you with little ones), BrainPOP® (which can be used for grades 4-12), BrainPOP Jr. (for K-3 for those of you with little ones), BrainPOP Español™, and BrainPOP ELL™. Brainpop is FREE to students, staff, and schools while they are shut down. Just go here, fill out the form, they will send you instructions, and you can create accounts).

  • Free Comics & Graphic Novel E-Books for Children and Teens in New Jersey

In response to COVID-19 and library closures, the NJ State Library has partnered with BiblioBoard to launch a free e-book library of 172 graphic novels and comics available for children and teens in New Jersey.

  • no library card is required

  • no hold queues

  • if you are physically located in the state of New Jersey, you're in!

This collection uses geolocation to provide access to any youth physically located in the state of New Jersey. The library includes a limited collection of simultaneous use e-books from leading children’s comics and graphic novel publishers and the San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel Archive from their Graphic Novel Writing Contests.

Visit https://njsl-vlcc.biblioboard.com/ to start reading!

  • EPIC- Free access to online eBooks and Audiobooks. The link to sign up is: https://www.getepic.com/learn/freeremotestudentaccess (FREE THROUGH JUNE 30th) They give you options when you create your account for Independent Reading, Research Projects, and Tools for Literacy Centers. You can explore the books by grade-level appropriateness (again, these are meant for elementary K-5, but that reading level may work for some of your students). There's even a "read to me" option where students can listen to the words while the text is highlighted so they can follow along.

  • Discovery Education through Classlink- go to your ClassLink page and click on Discovery Education. They have a ton of videos and articles that can be REALLY helpful- there's a whole option for Career and Job Skills, as well as traditional stuff on Math, Reading, etc.


https://afsaef.org/- The AFSA Education Foundation is a nonprofit focused on educating consumers of all ages on personal finance concepts and responsible money management. They offer a free personal finance course, MoneySKILL, that is accessible entirely online for students in middle school and above. The course is fully customizable and includes 37 modules available in English and Spanish that address topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, and more. You can visit the website to view a demo and complete a brief registration form to access the full course content (again, it's free!)

EDUardo Business Simulation: EDUardo provides free ready-to-use educational content for disrupted universities and schools- when you go to their home page, you can click on the link to take advantage of this. During the business simulation, participants can learn how to analyze the basic elements of business operation by managing their own virtual company in a round-based environment. EDUardo offers a great number of possible focus topics, such as entrepreneurship, business development, communication skills, adaptive skills, management, and strategic thinking. You can contact them for a free 90 day account.

St. Louis Fed.org- Hundreds of resources that can be used to teach economics and personal finance. All of the resources are free, including an online learning management system stocked with over 400 resources for teachers to use in an online or blended classroom setting to teach economics and personal finance.

https://www.econlowdown.org: Econ Lowdown is a FREE platform with online courses and videos for K-12 and college classrooms (it's also run by the St. Louis Fed).

All Subjects

CommonLit.org: FREE- full articles with assessments, project ideas, discussion ideas, leveled reading, supplemental reading materials for novels, and more. Also has history, STEM, and science articles. Click HERE to see a video on signing up and adding your Google Classroom.

You can assign thematic units, or individual items. You can also connect your Google Classroom so you can keep track of assessment scores, etc. Here's how to assign things and link them to Google Classroom: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gmHyjpdK-SDdTW4GtNlsNpcCl1tinVSL/view

DISCOVERY EDUCATION- EXPANDED- Discovery Education is expanding their content through June 30th as a result of all the homeschooling going on. To get there, just log in through ClassLinks, and then click "EXPLORE) see attached Discovery 1 and Discover 2 screenshots). They always have good information, for ALL subjects, including lesson plans and ideas.

AP classes- Fiveable

Fiveable is a free social learning platform for high school students and teachers focused on Advanced Placement test preparation. It offers live streams, trivia battles and Q&A forums for students to connect with teachers across 15 AP subjects within English, STEM, history and social sciences. https://fiveable.me/

Goose Chase:

The basic version is great (I used it in my old school), but they are now offering Educator Plus upgrades at no cost to all educators to stay in effect until the end of the school year. GooseChase is a scavenger hunt app designed for educating kids and teens using technology (they can take photos, videos, use Google Forms, etc.- things like "play a major chord on the piano" or "demonstrate 10 pushups"). https://www.goosechase.com/edu is the website, and if you want to do the upgrade, click here to complete your registration and your account will be upgraded within 24-48 hours. The beauty is there are examples of games that have already been made, which you can just copy, or amend to your class: https://www.goosechase.com/edu/game-library

Breakout.edu- This gives fun breakout games that involve solving problems. They have some free ones on this page, and they are broken down by grade level.

Canva has a whole education side for FREE. You can create a free account, share it with your students, and have them create infographics, posters, and presentations.

Google Arts and Culture : There are a TON of virtual galleries and museum tours here, everything from Natural History Museums (dinosaurs!) to experiments in technology to the American Jazz Museum. It also has categories under https://artsandculture.google.com/explore with historical events and art movements.

There are more at https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Storyboard That is allowing free use of their products through June 30th. I emailed all teachers the link to get set up (if you can't find it, email me). You can view pre-made lesson plans and ideas at: https://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/education/teacher-resources

Ted Talks for Students (this was compiled by Weareteachers.com- there are a variety of topics on here, but one that I found particularly interesting was on how boredom actually stimulates new ideas)

Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour.

Wings Over The Rockies: an Air and Space Museum whose mission is "to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future."- their Youtube channel has episodes from their PBS series about all sorts of aviation topics (they have a really cool one about the Apollo missions)



Poh-Shen Loh, an associate professor of math at Carnegie Mellon University—and also national coach of the U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad team—is hosting YouTube Live sessions to teach math skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Davis has a bunch of resources for the K-12 Curriculum- https://c-stem.ucdavis.edu/teachers-administrators/distance-learning/

Collaborating with our partners, the UC Davis C-STEM Center is stepping up to this unprecedented challenge and committing to helping K-12 schools across the country with this difficult transition by providing many of our resources free of charge to schools and districts. All K-12 teachers and students affected by closures can get free access to RoboBlockly, C-STEM Studio, and Ch Professional for learning math and CS with robotics.


Folger- Shakespeare Audio: Folger has made seven audiobooks of Shakespeare's plays available for free through July 1st to help students:

www.TeenBookCloud.com: The login for our school is waynehills with the password login, and is good through August 31. They also have Ebooks, National Geographic Videos, audio books, quizzes and educator resources.

Free Audiobooks

Audible (part of Amazon) has released a number of FREE audiobooks for kids in preschool through high school. Some of them are classics, while others are just fun reads, and others are in different foreign languages. You can go here, and there's no need to sign up or anything: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

New York Times

The New York Times just announced free access for high school students from now through July 6th. Below is the information on their FAQ page- you can directly sign up at nytimes.com/highschoolaccess and submit a list of your students' emails to give them access.

Use this link to take you to a whole page of resources.

AudioSync Beginning April 29th, 2021, this "summer" program will offer two thematically paired audiobooks every week, at no cost, to every registered listener Instructions on how to add the AudioSync library to your Sora/Overdrive app are here

Resources that cost money:

Inspark : The description on their website reads: Inspark Smart Courses include textbook replacements, labs, lessons, simulations, and projects. See how active learning can promote a virtuous circle of student curiosity, discovery, and exploration. Adopt or adapt, it's up to you.