Free Online Resources For Grade 7-12 Classes (2024)

Created by an educationcurriculum consultant (30+ years in the classroom), Canada

Online resources are a vital part of learning as students navigate an increasingly connected world. In addition, many of us are still teaching from home due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few resources to get teachers started. When making this list, preference was given to free, government-based, teacher-developed resources. Selection criteria included:

  • developed with full teacher partnership, review, and/or input to align closely with curriculum for all grades, and meet high educational and pedagogical standards;
  • developed by a non-profit, government-based organization to make sure there are strict protocols in place around privacy, confidentiality, educational alignment;
  • absolutely free with no strings attached, so teachers don’t have to pay to get full access to materials.

Online Resources For Literacy and Numeracy For Middle And High School Students

Continuing to build literacy while teaching at home is key to maintaining strong educational outcomes. Student Sustained Silent Reading (SSSR) (or whatever the equivalent title is for various provinces/schools) is an important literacy routine that’s often done daily. To help with this, here are some links to support keeping literacy happening as part of students’ daily practice at home.

The following public libraries currently have their online overdrive service available, although this may change as the situation progresses. As long as this service is available, ebooks and audiobooks can help provide elementary students with ongoing access to reading. Here are some links, listed by province, to age-appropriate reading materials.


Alberta-Public- School-Library

British Columbia

BC Teens



New Brunswick

New Brunswick-Teens

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Kids & Teens



Prince Edward Island







Readworks is an impressive free resource that focuses on improving literacy using high-impact instructional materials and tools. There is a teacher guide section with remote learning resources for educators. This includes tips for how to use the site for remote learning. It is well organized and easy for students to use from home.

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IXL is a Math and English Language Arts Practice site used by many teachers. A note on their site says, “IXL is here to support you during school closures. Get resources for at‑home learning now!” It is for educators and families, which means that students have the opportunity to have learning reinforced at home.

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Math Is Fun

Math Is Fun has age-appropriate lessons set up for teachers to get students working right away. Teachers can access or create math worksheets for all grades. This site is well laid-out and easy to use. They note that the worksheet variation number is not printed with the worksheet on purpose so others cannot simply look up the answers. They suggest to teachers to bookmark the worksheet or print the answers straight away.

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Kids Boost Immunity

Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) has over 60 lessons and quizzes for grades 7-12. These pertain to critical thinking and evaluating information, social studies, science, and health. This program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada with teachers and health experts co-developing content. Recent lessons are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A unique feature of KBI is that learning is paired with global citizenship; students earn vaccines for children in need by answering questions. There are research and inquiry activities along with worksheets, marking criteria, and other teacher support materials. It is easy to use and includes tutorials and videos.

Math Topics on Ted Talks are thought provoking and probably most suited for high school students (grades 9-12).

Math Planet offers high school math courses in pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry. Their “aim is to spread mathematical knowledge all over the world completely free of charge.”

The Physics Classroom is a free resource for physics teachers and students if used interactively online. Started over twenty years ago as a small venture with a few lessons, it is now a fascinating and sophisticated site.

Online Research Resources

Tween Tribune is a resource developed by the Smithsonian Institution. This is described as consisting of “daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens that includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science.” The information is organized by age group, including Grades 7-8 Grades 9-12. Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens looks like a great place to have the kids do some exploring, with many activities and games. To use Tween Tribune, teachers can sign up to get access to resources. If students want to take the quizzes, they can sign up for a free account. This site is great to introduce a topic, as a starting place for research, or just for kids to explore.

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TheKahn Academy is one of the most comprehensive educational sites out there, and it is completely free. Their mission is to provide world-class education for anyone, anywhere. You can sign up as a teacher, learner, or parent. It offers lessons for all school ages and even very young kids aged 2 to 7. The content is organized by grades and courses.

Online Platforms For Working With Students

For some districts in some provinces, Google Suite for Education is the platform available for use. Google Suite has a number of tools that teachers may be familiar with using in the classroom, and it’s easily adaptable to use from home. Google has docs, sheets, slides, etc. and it allows as many or few students as needed to participate. There is a Google Meet option that works well for remote teaching to work together as a class or with small groups of students. Teachers can lead students in discussion just as they would in the actual classroom, and answer questions, etc.

Microsoft Teams is an online platform that has been purchased for use by some school district/school boards. Until now, schools and individual teachers in those districts had the option to decide whether to use it. However, now that remote teaching and learning is needed, more teachers may want to become trained in using this platform if it is available to them through their school district school board. Microsoft Teams offers all the Microsoft Office Suite as well as meeting options. For learning how to use it there is IT support, a teacher guide as well as professional development training which includes step-by-step videos.

Hopefully these e-learning resources are helpful in supporting teachers to transition into remote teaching practice. As other online resources become tried and tested, we will also share these.

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Is Khan Academy totally free? ›

Trusted content. Created by experts, Khan Academy's library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It's all free for learners and teachers.

Which app is totally free for learning? ›

Zearn. Bottom Line: It's a great balance of online lessons, in-person instruction, and instructional resources, all for free.

Where do most teachers get the content for their lesson plans? ›

Top 12 Lesson-Planning Resources for Teachers
  • Grades Pre-K–8. ...
  • Learning for Justice. Grades K–12. ...
  • National Geographic Education. Pre-K–post-secondary. ...
  • Open Educational Resources Commons. Pre-K–Adult. ...
  • PBS LearningMedia. Grades Pre-K–12. ...
  • ReadWriteThink. Grades K–12. ...
  • Scholastic Education. ...
  • Smithsonian's History Explorer.

How much does Khan Academy cost? ›

Learning at Khan Academy is always free! All of Khan Academy's library of trusted, standards-aligned videos, articles, practice questions, and lessons are completely free for anyone who wants to use them. We do not require contracts, have no spam, and no ads.

What are the negatives of Khan Academy? ›

With Khan Academy, students don't experience the nuances and complexities of a classroom environment. They don't receive feedback from the teacher or fellow students, nor do they get any personalized guidance. Another issue with Khan Academy is that it often does not align with the curriculum of a given school.

What are the disadvantages of Khan Academy? ›

#1 Weakness:

From an objective standpoint, Khan Academy's worst feature is how easy it is to "memorize your way to mastery." While this can lead to students completing Khan Academy courses at an incredibly fast rate, the students are less inclined to learn the content.

Are free online courses actually free? ›

MOOCs are free, but they may charge for certain features, like certificates of completion. For example, while edX users can audit courses for free, verified track participants pay about $50 to $300 per course.

Which is the best free learning platform? ›

While Coursera, edX, Udemy, Google and Great Learning offers loads of free online courses with certificates, do have a look at Alison, NPTEL and others. Most of the courses on these other platforms offer free online courses for immediate upskilling.

Which is the best free learning app for students? ›

15 Free Educational Apps for Students
  • 1) Khan Academy.
  • 2) Quizlet.
  • 3) Duolingo.
  • 4) Read Along.
  • 5) SoloLearn.
  • 6) NASA.
  • 7) Google Earth.
  • 8) Memrise.

What is the first thing that a teacher must do before preparing lesson plans? ›

(1) Outline learning objectives

The first step is to determine what you want students to learn and be able to do at the end of class. To help you specify your objectives for student learning, answer the following questions: What is the topic of the lesson?

What are the three types of lesson plans? ›

5 Common Types of Lesson Plans
  • Daily Lesson Plan. Teachers prepare this type of lesson plan to cover the learning objective for a specific day. ...
  • Weekly Lesson Plan. ...
  • A Whole Unit Lesson Plan. ...
  • Subject Specific Lesson Plan. ...
  • Grade-Specific Lesson Plan.
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Do teachers still write lesson plans? ›

While turning in lesson plans isn't required in most schools, planning one's lessons should be an expectation in all schools. Being prepared is essential for success. But that doesn't mean it's helpful for administrators to require teachers to turn in lesson plans. Organizing oneself for the work ahead is one thing.

What is the age limit for Khan Academy? ›

Students age 13 and up can create their own Khan Academy accounts. If a student is under 13, however, we take extra precautions by preventing them from creating accounts on their own.

Why is Khan Academy free? ›

We are a nonprofit because we believe in a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Instead of ads or subscriptions, we are supported by individual contributions from people like you.

Can you get a high school diploma from Khan Academy? ›

Khan Academy is not an accredited school and work done on the site does not count towards a diploma or degree program. Khan Academy is best used as a supplement to your normal schooling, whether that is homeschooling or a traditional school.

How can Khan Academy be free? ›

We are a nonprofit because we believe in a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Instead of ads or subscriptions, we are supported by individual contributions from people like you.

Is Khan Academy actually useful? ›

Multiple Studies Show Khan Academy Drives Learning Gains: Evidence for Our Platform's Effectiveness. By Phil Grimaldi, senior efficacy and research scientist at Khan Academy. The evidence is clear—Khan Academy works. Study after study confirms that using Khan Academy leads to better math …

Who pays for Khan Academy? ›

Khan Academy is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit (nonprofit) organization. Khan Academy materials are available for free at The organization is supported through the generosity of donors and grants. We believe that everyone should have the right to access a world-class education for free.

Does Khan Academy worth it? ›

Khan Academy is great to introduce, practice, and review content. Though math is the most comprehensively covered subject, teachers focusing on science, computing, history, or economics can teach or supplement full courses with Khan Academy.

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