If you are a homeschool teacher, you know that a little creativity can go a long way. Hands-on activities, activities that get your students outdoors, and activities that incorporate items you have around the house or your homeschool classroom are ideal. One of the most important things to remember about lesson planning is that your students' attention wavers, but you can capture it as long as you keep them engaged. So how do you wrangle a curious young mind? Keep it occupied.

But we know that sometimes, homeschool teachers may just be fresh out of ideas. If that sounds like you, check out these sites full of free lesson plans, which we have organized by subject.

Math

  • Home School Math: Scroll toward the center of this page to find math lessons appropriate for grades K-4.
  • Math Warehouse: These are fractions lesson plans for grades K-3.
  • Teachnology: These free math lesson plans cover a huge variety of math topics and concepts, including calculator use.
  • Discovery Free Math Lesson Plans: This library of lesson plans can be used for grades K-12.
  • Share My Lesson: We find the lesson plans on this site to be both fun and creative.

Science

  • How to Smile: Click on one of these science topics and then choose an activity to find a detailed lesson plan on how to complete the science project, including printable worksheets.
  • Smithsonian Education: Download free lesson plans on science and technology. Learn about topics from archaeology to podcasting.
  • Jumpstart Lesson Plans: These lessons plans include some hands-on science activities.
  • Science Kids: These free lesson plans cover a few different science topics. Click an image to access the plans.
  • Science Lesson Plans for Teachers: These lesson plans cover a variety of subjects and are provided by the U.S. government.

English

  • Common Sense for Common Core: Scholastic has provided language arts lessons plans that meet Common Core standards.
  • Read Write Think: There are hundreds of free English lesson plans listed here for grades K-12.
  • Language Arts Lesson Plans: This list is presented by Black Hills State University, and there are some excellent resources here.
  • Achieve the Core: Here, you can find hundreds of English lesson plans for grades K-12, many of which meet Common Core standards.
  • Better Lesson: A well-organized site with lessons divided by both subject and grade level

History

  • Storyboard That: These history lesson plans incorporate the use of digital storytelling technology.
  • Black History Month Lessons: The NEA presents lesson plans relevant specifically to Black History Month.
  • Mr. Donn's Archaeology: Mr. Donn collects a list of archaeology-related history lesson plans.
  • History Lesson Plans: The Ohio State University has collected a series of lesson plans with related activities here.
  • Teaching American History: This page contains lesson plans specifically on the subject of the relations between America and Winston Churchill.