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These features originally appeared on the FREE.ED.gov features blog. The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics.
- MLK Day: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Understand the Significance
- New Year’s: 6 Ways Kids Can Learn About Cultural Diversity and Traditions
- Wintertime: 10 Ways to Move and Learn More
- Presidents Day: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Honor Washington, Lincoln, and More
- African-American History: 10 Fun Ways to Cultivate Greater Appreciation
- Radiation in the World Around You: 5 Facts About Radiation in Your Everyday Life
- Women's History Month: 15 Ways to Celebrate Women and Their Contributions to History
- Earth Day: 9 Ways to Promote Environmental Consciousness
- Literacy: 7 Ways to Promote Reading and Writing Skills
- Financial Literacy: 8 Ways to Promote Money Management Awareness
- National Poetry Month: 30 Ways to Celebrate—A Poem a Day and More
- May Is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month: 12 Ways to Enrich Kids' Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Helping Kids Understand Diversity and Equality
- Physical Fitness and Sports: 14 Ways for Kids to Increase Physical Fitness and Awarenes
- World War Cemeteries and Monuments: 5 Ways to Help Older Kids Understand the Significance
- Civic Hacking: 4 Ways Kids Can Learn How Programming Can Benefit the Community
- Summer Learning Day: 4 Ways to Stay Engaged
- The Solar System: 5 Ways Kids Can Learn More
- Flag Week: 8 Ways Kids Can Learn More About Our Nation’s History and Government
- Safety: 11 Ways to Help Kids Stay Safe
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 6 Ways to Commemorate
- Summer: 7 Ways to Keep Bugs From Bugging Your Kids
- Summer: 8 Ways to Enjoy and Learn More About the Great Outdoors With Kids
- UV Safety: 12 Ways to Remain Safe From the UV Rays of the Sun
- National Hispanic Heritage Month: 5 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Culture
- Fall: 6 Ways to Celebrate the Changing Season
- Constitution Day: 9 Ways for Kids to Learn About Our Nation’s History
- National Energy Awareness Month: 6 Ways to Learn About Energy and Conservation
- Cybersecurity: 7 Ways to Keep Kids Safe Online
- Native American Heritage Month: 6 Ways to Learn More About American Indian Culture
- Veterans Day: 6 Ways to Commemorate and Honor Veterans
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) offered a way to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations. FREE was maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.
FREE was conceived in 1997 by a federal working group in response to a memo from the President. The site was launched a year later. It was redesigned and re-launched for the first time in November 2006, again in June 2013, and again in September 2014.
Technology has made it increasingly easier to find information from government agencies or with custom search tools, like Kids.gov. The FREE.ED.gov site was retired in June 2015.
The U.S. Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans. This site contains links to learning resources created and maintained by other public and private organizations. This information is provided for the visitor’s convenience and is included here as an example of the many resources that educators may find helpful and use at their option. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links to items does not reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or materials provided.
Last Modified: 06/19/2015