Top 10 Interactive Units

Plan your year with these top ten online activities

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Plan your year ahead with these teacher-tested multimedia units including audio and online publishing resources for students, plus lesson plans and free printables for you.


New for 2014! Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage

140204_rt_ruby_bridges.jpg?1405956669Grades PreK8
On November 14, 1960, first-grade student Ruby Bridges became the first African American child to integrate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Use Scholastic's Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage interactive media, including a slide show, an interactive issue of Scholastic News, and a student video, to help students learn about 1960s America and Ruby Bridges' bravery.

Get started with the Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage Teacher's Guides and Lesson Plans.


1. Story Starters

Grades K–6
These interactive writing prompts will spark your students’ imagination to begin their own adventure, fantasy, or science fiction stories.

Be sure to check out the Story Starters Teacher's Guide before getting started.


Online Activity: Clifford Interactive Storybooks2. Clifford Interactive Storybooks

Grades PreK–2
Students practice phonics skills as they listen and read along with Clifford. Students can also select words to include in their own Clifford Interactive Storybook.

Check out the Clifford Interactive Storybooks Teacher's Guide before getting started.


3. The First Thanksgiving

Grades PreK–12
Take a voyage on the Mayflower, experience daily life in the early settlement of the Pilgrims, explore timelines, read interviews, and much more.

Before getting started, be sure to check out the First Thanksgiving Teacher's Guide.


4. Study Jams

Grades 3–6
Students will expand their math skills and science knowledge with videos, music, and interactive quizzes to test their knowledge.


Online Activity: Black History in America5. Culture and Change: Black History in America

Grades 3–12
An interactive unit in which students study the civil rights movement and the concept of racism, explore the history of jazz music, meet famous African Americans, and more.

Get the Culture and Change: Black History in America Teacher's Guide before getting started.


6. Weather Watch

Grades K–8
With Weather Watch, students come face to face with extreme weather conditions, track daily weather patterns, and build an operational weather station, all before collecting and comparing data to write reports from the eye of the storm.

Get started with the Weather Watch Teacher's Guide.


7. Building Language for Literacy

Grades PreK–K
Students develop language skills with Nina the Naming Newt, Reggie the Rhyming Rhino, and Leo the Letter-Loving Lobster as they explore a firehouse, a supermarket, and a zoo.

Get started with the Building Language for Literacy Teacher's Guide.


8. Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Grades K–8
Find out what it means to come to the United States as an immigrant from the early 20th century through the early 21st century with the Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today interactive unit.

Check out the Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today Teacher's Guide before getting started.


9. Flashlight Readers

Grades 3–8
Join the free club for kids who love books! With Flashlight Readers, students can get exclusive author info, including photos, audio, and notes from the authors themselves, and play fun learning games that take them into their favorite books.

Get the Flashlight Readers Teacher's Guide before gettings started.


10. The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery

Grades 4–12
Travel back to the year 1860 and follow a young slave as he flees a Kentucky plantation for Canada along the Underground Railroad in The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery unit that includes audio and photo resources.

Get started with The Underground Railroad: Escape From Slavery Teacher's Guide.

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  • Subjects:
    American Civil War, Alphabet Recognition, Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition, Pilgrims, Literacy, Literature, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Word Recognition, Literature Appreciation, Research Skills, Writing, Creative Writing, Descriptive Essay, Expository Writing, Narrative Writing, Nonfiction Writing, Poetry Writing, Writing Process, Early Reading, Weather, Immigration, Spanish, Thanksgiving
  • Skills:
    Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Print Awareness, Online Sources, Science, Social Studies, Research Skills, Descriptive Writing, Expository Writing, Narrative Writing, Poetry Writing