The Ultimate Guide to Early Education Lesson Plans

Posted April 4, 2013 | By csponline

The hardest part of teaching is often the planning that goes on outside the classroom. New teachers face the daunting task of establishing a vetted repertoire of lesson plans. Seasoned teachers often wish to reinvigorate their day-to-day by incorporating new activities. All teachers are affected by common core standards and changing curriculum requirements, which often necessitate covering new concepts in the classroom.

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to online lesson plans. Listed alphabetically, you can find valuable free and paid teacher resources, including lesson plans, printable classroom materials, worksheets, interactive activities, discussion boards and more.

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A to Z teacher stuff


A to Z Teacher Stuff

Free lesson plans sorted by grade and subject. Site is currently in transition but all materials can still be found. Some lesson plans link to other sites.


abc teach

ABC Teach

Six thousand-plus free printables and education clip art. Members section includes tools to generate customizable materials.




ALEX – Alabama Learning Exchange

Find, create and share lesson plans for free. Online lesson plans are searchable by grade and subject.



American Heart Association Lesson Plans

American Heart Association Lesson Plans

Elementary lesson plans from the American Heart Association.




Arts Edge

ArtsEdge – The Kennedy Center

Free fine arts lesson plans that are searchable by grade or subject.






Free art lesson plans by grade; must sign up for free membership to access materials.




Can Teach

Teacher blog with lesson plan resources by grade.



Character Education Partnership Lesson Plans

Free lesson plans for character-building activities.





It’s a wiki for curriculum. Free lesson plan database, searchable by grade or subject and state standards.



Discovery Education


Disovery Education

Free K-5 teacher resources in science, technology, social studies, math and language arts from The Discovery Channel.



Disney Go Books

Free printable discussion plans that coincide with high-interest Disney character books for young readers. Books must be purchased separately.






Free humanities lesson plans sorted by grade. Some activities come with ready-made worksheets.



Education World


Free lesson plans, worksheets and activities sorted by grade and subject.





Free coloring pages for virtually any subject.





eGFI – Go For It!

58 free lesson plans for K-5.


EZ School

EZ School

Over 2900 free printable worksheets.



Funding Factory


Funding Factory

Over 1130 free lesson plans for all ages sorted by subject.



History Explorer – The Smithsonian Institute 

Free history lesson plans developed by The Smithsonian Institute. Searchable by grade level and topic.






A good site for hands-on building activities.




Games, lesson plans and community. Features high-interest characters from Dreamworks Studios. Lesson plans are sorted by subject.


K3 Teacher Resources

Find and review lesson plans from other teachers and submit your own. Membership is free.



k12 reader


K12 Reader

Reading Instruction resources for teachers and parents.

K-6 elementary education lesson plans. Plans are downloadable as PDF files. This site might not be the most beautiful, but the lesson plans are quality.

Kids Activity Blog

Activity inspiration for kids of all ages.



Learning Reviews

Learning Reviews

135 links to resource pages, rated by users.



Lesson Planet

Lesson Planet

400,000+ online lesson planning resources reviewed and rated by a team of credentialed teachers. Search engine for lesson plans where you can filter by grade level.

Hot Chalk Lesson Plans

Lots of free lesson plans, but some broken links.



Living Monetessori

Living Montessori Now

Inspiration for Montessori activities in class and at home.



Making Learning Fun

Making Learning Fun

Fun theme-based children’s activities.



Free Math Worksheets

Math Drills

Free and customizable math worksheets for all grades K-12.



Mr. Printables

Mr. Printables

Free printable arts and crafts.



Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives

Teacher blog with lists of other handy blogs!


National Council of Teachers of English

National Council of Teachers of English

Free reading and language lesson plans, interactives, activities and more. Sorted by grade.



National Education Association

National Education Association

Good list of free lesson plans with searchable database..



No Time for Flash Cards

No Time for Flash Cards

Resouce for parents and teachers filled with fun activities for young children.




OFCN Academy Curriculum Exchange

An open community where teachers can share curricula and lesson plans.


PBS Teachers

PBS Teachers

Thousands of free teacher resources, including current event lesson plans, interatives and videos, from PBS.




Elementary Lesson Plan Pinboards

A listing of all pin boards for elementary school teachers.

Preschool Lesson Plan Pinboards

A listing of all pin boards for preschool teachers.




Blog with resources for Pre-K teachers, including activities and printables.



Pro TeachersProTeacher

Community board for teachers. Share and fine lesson plans, advice and more.


computerQueen Anne’s County Public Schools

Teaching technology to grades K-5.



Read Write Think

Read Write Think

Hundreds of standards-based lesson plans written and reviewed by educators.



Thousands of free lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides and extension activities from Scholastic.


School Express

School Express

17,000+ free worksheets, math activities and funtime games.



Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson

A space for educators to share free K-12 learning materials, including activities, worksheets and lesson plans. Over 260,992 free teaching resources.



Soft Schools

Soft Schools

Free math and language arts games and worksheets for preschool through middle school students.



Spelling City

Spelling City

Language arts lessons on popular topics covered from elementary through high school, including word lists, articles, videos, research and a members-only message board.


Standards Toolbox

Standards Toolbox

Comprehensive Standards Toolbox for Teachers, Parents and Administrators.


Teachers Notebook

Teachers Notebook

Teaching resources, tips, original clip art and daily giveaways. Educators can also buy and sell resouces.





Over 30,000 lesson plans and 8,000+ free printable worksheets. Experts available to answer your questions on the message board. Free and paid memberships available.



The Teacher's Corner

The Teacher’s Corner

Free lesson plans for all subjects, grades K-5. Printable worksheets, season color pages, bulletin board resources and more.

4633 free lesson plans.



Teachers First

Teachers First

A free collection of lessons, units and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering materials in a user-friend, ad-free format.


Teachers pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers

Free membership provides access to free and paid resources. Pay per resource or upload and sell your own!



teacher vision

Teacher Vision

Lesson plans, printables and more. Free trial membership. Over 22,000 resources for PK-12 teachers. Yearly paid membership required after trial period.


Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas

Free membership provides access to thousands of lesson ideas and resources. Note: site is UK-based, so British spelling is featured on resources.




Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania

Elementary lesson plans developed by educators. Free and sorted by topic.



Turtle Diary

Turtle Diary

A re-imagination of learning. Games, worksheets, puzzles, experiments, stories and crafts for kids grades PK-2.


Utah Education Network

Utah Education Network

Free K-12 lesson plans sorted by subject and grade level.


The Water Project

Water Crisis Lesson Plans – The Water Project

Free lesson plans related to water conservation and the importance of water to life on Earth.



Worksheet Works

Worksheet Works

Customizable worksheets made to your specifications. Free PDF worksheets you can easily create to fit specific needs.



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