Nonprofit and Informal Educator Resources 

This page is dedicated to providing helpful links for nonprofit organizations that offer educational programs to K-12 students. This site is focused on helping informal educators by providing resources that assist you with academics, social emotional development and college & career readiness for your K-12 programs.

Helpful Links 

College and Career Career-Based Intervention Resources

Lesson Planet

https://www.lessonplanet.com/lesson-plans/college-and-career-readiness/all

Prepare your students for life after after school. Whether this means going off to a university or starting out at a new job or vocation, you’ll find what you need to support your instruction and build your students’ skill sets.

Social Emotional Development 

Edutopia Activities to Build Social Emotional Development

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/sel-for-elementary-school-randy-taran

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and happiness/wellness skills have great implications for helping the next generation. Elementary-age students deserve this information, too. Here are some suggestions for you to use to build those skills.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Science Snacks

https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/

Science Snacks are hands on, teacher tested, and use cheap, available materials. Satisfy your curiosity without ever getting full.

NASA – For Educators

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

Lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games, posters, and more for teachers and students in grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and higher education.

Steve Spangler – Science Experiment Archives

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

A terrific variety of fun, hands-on and simple experiments to do as a demonstration or with a group of students to raise the fun-factor and teach scientific principles.

ZOOM Science Experiments – Focus on Engineering Design

http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/

A long list of hands-on science and engineering activities appropriate especially for students grades 2-10.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

http://www.nctm.org/crcc/

Classroom Resources Collaboration Center – NCTM is excited to offer a featured resource in your grade band this month to help you make the most of your NCTM membership. As we launch our new Classroom Resource Collaboration Center, we’ll keep members informed through Summing Up and social media.

Literacy

Word Hippo

 http://wordhippo.com/

An all-in-one reference tool, Word Hippo does the following: defines a word, provides a meaning, provides a word that is opposite, pronounces a word, provides rhyming words, places the word in many different contexts, and translates the word.

Reading Rockets

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/25-activities-reading-and-writing-fun

From the US Dept. of Education – 25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun

 

Scholastic Reading Activities

 http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/student-activities

Engaging literacy activities designed for web and whiteboard across all grade levels and subjects.

Technology Tools 

New PBS Learning Media Student Portal & Productivity Tools

http://pbslm.lunchbox.pbs.org/student-experience/

A student learning portal and a suite of productivity tools for teachers.

 

Multiple Subjects

Free Rice

 http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/5673

At Free Rice, students can practice matching words to the correct definition, and donate rice at the same time. For each correct answer, the United Nations World Food Programme donates 10 grains of rice to a country in need. Free Rice includes subject area lists in Geography, Science, Math, and others. It is leveled so students can play at just the right level of challenge for them.

This space might also contain a variety of video. Those will be integrated in the list of links via an embed code.

Articles on Informal Learning 

Using Informal Education 

 http://infed.org/archives/usinginformaleducation/jeffsandsmith1.htm