Jamie Goodwin

8 Free Teaching Resources

Teacher plans her lesson with free teaching resources

“Don’t reinvent the wheel!” You’ve probably heard this again and again throughout your college and teaching career. When you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, there are so many resources available to you so you don’t have to spend hours upon hours coming up with all new material. Check out these 8 free teaching resources to find things that you can use in your classroom.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is a website where over 3 million educators share their ideas. There are lots of lesson helps that you can purchase from other educators, but there’s also lots of free teaching resources, too. The free resources cover a variety of subjects for preschool through high school. Not only can you get lesson plans, but you can also find clipart, games, fonts, charts, worksheets, and more that you can use in your classroom.

Teacher Created Resources

Teacher Created Resources is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers. The website offers over 400 free lesson plans for pre-kindergarten through middle school. You can search by keyword, subject, or grade to find lessons that you need.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education has lesson plans, worksheets, brain boosters, learning adventures, videos, interactive games, and other programs for teachers to use. The lessons cover science, English, mathematics, and social studies for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Promethean Planet

Promethean Planet is “The World’s Largest Interactive Whiteboard Community.” They have games, homework assignments, lesson plans, projects, assessments, simulations, worksheets, handouts, and more. The free teaching resources cover kindergarten through 12th grade with various subjects to choose from. Promethean Planet also partners with Twinkl, Royal Shakespeare, and other educational websites to bring lots of options for teachers to use in one place.

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education launched a program called Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, or FREE. The site provides month-by-month resources and ideas for teachers. It also has a list of other free government resources for teachers to use, such as:


The website for FREE also links to Edsitement. This is a website that has numerous free lesson plans on art and culture, foreign languages, history and social studies, literature, and language arts. There are lesson ideas for every grade level from kindergarten through high school.


The Scholastic website has lots of great resources for educators. Some of them cost money, but there is a wide variety of free teaching resources, too. This includes activities, lesson plans, clipart, graphic organizers, daily starters, and planning calendars.

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning is a great store to purchase a wide range of helpful resources for elementary school teachers. Their website also contains free resources for teachers to use, such as:

  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • Calendars
  • Templates
  • Clipart
  • Classroom activities
  • Craft ideas
  • Writing practice templates
  • Flashcards

There are lots of great resources at your disposal, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for your classroom. What other free teaching resources have you used? Share them in the comments below.


  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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