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10 Great Free Websites for Middle School

Middle school is an opportune time to expand students' horizons, and plant the seeds for critical thinking skills and content knowledge that'll propel them to success through high school and beyond. On this list, we've narrowed down the huge market of edtech out there for grades 6-8 to ten great choices free across just about every subject area. You'll find tools for literacy, math, science, social studies, arts, and creation. Each pick and this list is both highly-rated and deep, offering resources and experiences that can go the distance in your classroom.

Looking for more resources for the middle school classroom? Be sure to check out 10 Great Games for Middle School.

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Impressive cross-curricular resource helps put the A in STEAM

Bottom line: A useful and engaging resource for integrating the arts into a variety of other subject areas.

ReadWorks Digital

Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings

Bottom line: An effective digital reinvention of the trusted ReadWorks platform that makes it simple to distribute and track high-quality reading assignments.


Let students do the writing to make grammar lessons more meaningful

Bottom line: Excellent opportunities for grammar and writing practice; teachers may need to tailor lessons to best fit into their own curriculum.


Crop, customize, and remix online videos for your classroom

Bottom line: If you're using online video in your classroom, you'll want to look into EDpuzzle as a way to layer in more learning opportunities while students watch.

PenPal Schools

Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe

Bottom line: A thoughtful, ready-to-go platform that builds global awareness and collaboration skills by facilitating authentic, cross-cultural PBL experiences.


Design, build, and share new things offline and online

Bottom line: DIY motivates kids to tackle a wide range of problems with independent and scientific thinking.


Quirky, funny videos give thoughtful answers to kids' sex-ed questions

Bottom line: An appealingly down-to-earth way to help kids face tough questions about navigating the challenges of puberty.

Facing History and Ourselves

A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism

Bottom line: These valuable materials empower students to understand and address difficult ethical choices -- past and present.


Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government

Bottom line: This excellent addition to a civics classroom simplifies complex topics.

Get the Math

Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video

Bottom line: Fantastic proof that algebra is used to solve real problems in kid-approved professions -- basketball, music, and fashion.

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