Open Educational Resources


There are many resources available online for educators to use in the classroom or for distance learning. These resources cover a wide variety of subject areas and grade levels, and include many different resource types, including lessons, assessments, online textbooks, and various types of multimedia educational resources. In this entry, we will look at a few of the places where educators can find online resources that can help them provide high quality educational content.

Teachers Pay Teachers offers free and paid educational resources created by educators. On the Teachers Pay Teachers marketplace, you can find lessons, worksheets, assessments, projects, and other resource types for a variety of subject areas and levels.

CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization that offers a variety of free reading passages for grades 3-12, along with teacher guides and assessments to help educators implement these passages in lessons.

OER Commons provides free teaching and learning materials for various educational areas and at various levels. These resources include lessons, assessments, courses, textbooks, and various other resource types covering a variety of educational standards.

Open Up Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides free online math and ELA curricula. Math curricula include a G6-8 curriculum and a high school curriculum. ELA curricula include a K-8 language arts curriculum and a K-5 reading and writing curriculum. Curricula include teacher guides, student workbooks, and supporting materials.

Great Minds provides online math, ELA, science, and history curricula spanning GK-12. These curricula include a variety of print and digital resources including instruction, assessments, and other resources.

UnboundEd provides free online ELA and math curricula. The ELA curriculum spans Pre-K through G12. The math curriculum spans Pre-K through high school math. The curricula include instruction, assessments, and other resources, such as scaffolding tips.

Match Fishtank provides free online ELA, math, science, and social studies curricula. The ELA curriculum spans K-12. The math curriculum covers G3 through high school math. The science and social studies curriculum covers G1-5. These curricula include informational texts, project-based learning, and discussion.

CK-12 provides free online textbooks, called “flexbooks,” in a number of subject areas, including math, ELA, science, and social studies, at a variety of levels. Flexbooks include instruction and practice that students can work through, as well as teacher-facing versions that can be used to assign work and track student progress.

Wisewire is a learning design company that offers access to a wide variety of educational resources, including lessons, activities, online textbooks, assessments, as well as “playlists” that integrate various educational and multimedia resources. On Wisewire’s marketplace, you can find ELA/reading, mathematics, science, and social studies resources for K-12 and higher education. 

Wisewire’s playlists align to Common Core State Standards. In addition to including a variety of helpful educational resources, they can also be used as a resource for students who need remediation in a particular skill. For example, if a grade 7 student is having trouble with CCSS Reading: Literature standard .7, the student might benefit from this Grade 6 Playlist: Compare & Contras: Read & Listen, aligned to CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.7:

This playlist includes instruction and multimedia resources to help guide students in comparing and contrasting reading literature with listening to or viewing an audio or visual version. It also includes teaching notes and tools for instructors, as well as an assessment.

Educators can also create their own assessment items on Wisewire’s marketplace:

Here, you can use Wisewire’s item templates to create your own assessment items, including tech-enhanced items, which you can deploy directly to students. Pending review, you can also make items you create available to other educators, either for free or for sale.