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Top 10 Free Homeschool Resources from Discovery Education

This year we subscribed to Discovery Educations Streaming Plus  (over 4,000 full length videos), through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. I’m please with the videos even though we have lousy Internet connection and a lot of lag time. The videos are worth it. Many have a left flavor but I watch them with my children and point out the left turns.Through this paid subscription I found many free resources through Discovery Education.

This week I’m preparing a family trip to Chattanooga Aquarium and found ExploretheBlue.com. Finding this helpful information caused me to look for more. Below is a list of the Top Ten free resources.

Top 10 Free Resources from Discovery Education

  1. Explore the Blue – includes  cross- curricular lesson plans (Science, Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Health/Physical Education) that will enhance our aquarium visit or any study on water. The lesson plans feature videos and multimedia tools on conservation, aquatic habitats, the importance of boating and fishing to societies and economies.
  2. Worksheets to Go – great worksheets and activities for teachers to use. Sorted by subject and topic.
  3. Puzzlemaker - create your own puzzles. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more—using your own word lists.
  4. Kathy Schrock’s guide for Educators – Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning
  5. Discovery Education Lesson Plans – – lesson plans for all different subjects written by teachers for teachers. Here you will find hundreds of original lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. Use them as they are or modify them to create your own.
  6. NASA at 50 NASA at 50 highlights key innovations and milestones in chemistry, physics, engineering, and space exploration from NASA’s fifty-year history. Each clip serves as a gateway for further learning in science and history and promotes critical thinking and inquiry as essential components of scientific literacy.
  7.  Web 20.10  – Access great content on Internet Safety, Media Literacy and links to Web 2.0 Tool. The site is rich with little flash videos detailing the explanation and use of Web 2.0 Tools in the classroom. This is a great resource for new teachers and veterans to learn about Web 2.0 tools.
  8. New Teacher Survival Central -  – Includes Tech Tools for teachers and students, New teacher blogs, classroom tools, and curriculum resources, Tips/tricks on: Classroom Environment, Classroom Management, Parent Communication, Cool tips on Green Screens and more!
  9. Science Fair Central – Great ideas how to create, launch and facilitate a Science Fair, including tips and ideas for student projects.
  10. Science of Everyday Life – Everywhere you look, there are wonders both big and small just waiting to be explored. Uncover the magic all around us and tap the innovator within us…in the Science of Everyday Life. What a great way to connect science to students’ lives and experiences by connecting science to everyday things.
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