You will find a variety of resources to use in your classroom that will help prepare Florida students for college and career readiness.
The resources are here as a convenience to you. Inclusion of any organization does not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by the department.
If you have any suggestions on other valuable resources available, please submit your request through this form. Requests will be reviewed three times per year by department staff.
Access Courses for Students with Significant Cognitive DisabilitiesAccess Courses to support the teaching and learning of Access Points for Math and Science are now available! - The Department of Education has developed 26 new K-12 mathematics and science courses for exceptional education students with significant cognitive disabilities instructed in the Access Points.
Steps to Find Access Courses
You can search for all the new Access Courses simply by typing the word "access" as a keyword and selecting "Submit"
Click or copy and paste this link into your browser for an example of an Access Course: http://www.floridastandards.org/Courses/PublicPreviewCourse1743.aspx
Algebra Nation makes learning in Florida a dynamic, multidimensional social process - inclusive, non-linear, hands-on, energizing, effective and fun. The University of Florida and Study Edge pledge to help students unlock the door to success by giving them access to some of the state's best math teachers and a host of highly effective online learning resources through unique Algebra Nation features. UF professors, master teachers and Study Edge experts have dissected the material tested on the End-of-Course exam and aligned Algebra Nation with the latest state standards. To learn more visit http://algebranation.com/about/about-algebra-nation/, and read about UF highlighting Algebra Nation.
Our mission at ReadWorks.org is to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in reading comprehension and we do so by providing teachers across the United States with research-based reading comprehension curriculum and guidance, directly, online, for free, to be shared broadly.
CPALMS is a state wide infrastructure project to build information systems and tools to support the implementation of the Florida Standards. The project is led by the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University (FSU). CPALMS is collaboration between K-12 teachers, researchers, the Florida Department of Education, universities, district curriculum specialists, and many others.
C-Span has a free resource for teachers to use in the classroom. they also offer a video library containing over 170,000 hours of shareable video that has aired on C-SPAN since 1987. Visit the following link to view the video library website.
eco-Volunteer Science Program Lesson PlansThanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation, Volunteer USA announces a unique science-focused education course for middle school students in Florida. The “green” program is tailored for middle school students to promote an interest in science and to inspire the spirit of volunteerism in state parks. Partners include the Florida Parks Service, Friends of Florida State Park and the Department of Education. Below are links to the FREE eco-VolunteerUSA program lesson plans.
- Food Webs Do Talk (PDF, 63KB)
- Impact on the Little House (PDF, 78KB)
- Scientific Investigation (PDF, 74KB)
- What Limits Your Species (PDF, 54KB)
- eco-Volunteer Science Program Student Certificate (PDF, 862KB)
To register for free classroom or home school materials, including lesson plans and posters, teachers should e-mail Christine.Small@volunteerusafund.org.
Florida Engineering Society
The Florida Engineering Society (FES) has created this site to bring engineering into the classroom. It is a tool for both Engineers and Educators.
Florida Virtual Curriculum Marketplace
The Florida Department of Education, in partnership with Learning.com, has created the Florida VCM, an open repository of free and fee-based educational resources. The Florida VCM helps teachers use a single login to find, organize, use, and assign educational content. Learn all about the FVCM.
In the Grass, On the Reef
WFSU has created a blog called “In the Grass, On the Reef” featuring two marine biologists from FSU Coastal and Marine Lab as well as artists and musicians who work in and around the Gulf of Mexico. Oil is moving towards our shores and marshes; this blog is our attempt to document why this ecosystem is so important. The latest blog entry comes from a nature photographer John Spohrer. To access this blog and video visit WFSU: In the Grass, On the Reef - Conversation with nature photographer John Spohrer.
Provides a large searchable database of lesson plans for teachers and tools for creating worksheets for use in their classrooms.
Offers free, interactive resources online featuring Latin & Greek root-based activities at grade levels. Includes ESL/LEP/ELL lesson plans with audio, 390 word lists for required reading, daily puzzles, SAT and ACT test prep and assessment, worksheets, and 80+ calendar/themed content features. Vocabulary from 135 novels, with additional word puzzles, assist teachers and students. All features are printable and answers can be emailed. Also, read our monthly newsletters at http://www.myvocabulary.com/dir-general-latest_news
SummerReads: accessible and engaging texts for summer reading
Help your students avoid the “summer slump”. The SummerReads project offers free, engaging texts for at-risk readers.
ScienceMathMaster is a professional development for high school Biology and Geometry teachers composed of face-to-face professional development workshops and online science and math resources for teachers, including modules, videos, coursework examples, demonstration and curriculum tools. SM2 is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and brought to you by The University of Tampa in partnership with the Florida Independent College Fund. The new Equipment Locker, along with other online tools developed by SM2, will be used by teachers across the Sunshine State to improve classroom practices, offering students increased enrichment to boost achievement in Biology and Geometry. The Equipment Locker will serve as a virtual resource center for teachers to access lesson plans, activities and tools that will expand and enrich the learning experience of Florida's students. The Equipment Locker is just one piece of the SM2 initiative geared toward providing professional development to teachers in a free, easily accessible, online format available at any time.
- Get to know ScienceMathMaster
- ScienceMathMaster Toolkit
- ScienceMathMaster Section
- Independent College Fund eLibrary
For news and updates about SM2, follow the Florida Independent College Fund on Twitter: @FICF4HigherEd
As the warm weather approaches, our students will spend much of their free time around the water. One of Florida's favorite past times, playing in the pool, can be very dangerous if parents and adults are not alert. To encourage water safety in your classroom, you are invited to take advantage of free tools and resources - such as video games, mini beach balls, tattoos, stickers and coloring posters aimed at water safety - offered by Poolsafely.gov. Click on the order form above.