Links For Educators


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English as a Second Language

American English Pronunciation Practice
http://www.manythings.org/pp/
visitors can step through 24 audio-enabled exercises  to practice both listening and  speaking skills. Turn up your speakers for this one. The Flash  player is required.

Accelerated Reader

Laura Candler
http://www.lauracandler.com
Go to her homepage.  Scroll down the page and select "The File Cabinet."  At the File Cabinet site, select "Accelerated Reader" from the second row of drawers.  She provides resources and tests that have been created at her school.


Art

Drawing Political Cartoon

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curriculum.cfm?curriculum_id=226&mode=full

The purpose of using political cartoons is to develop both factual knowledge and interpretive skills. Students must have background information before they can analyze a political cartoon or drawing, so it is easiest to teach this skill using a current event. Once the students have mastered the analysis of current events, they should able to approach similar tasks with historical cartoons and drawings.

Art and Life of William H. Johnson: A Guide for Teachers

http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/education/guides/whj/main.html

We hope this guide will lead your students to an appreciation and understanding of the art and career of William H. Johnson through stimulating discussions of his art and the times in which he lived.

Language Arts

McGraw Hill Word Lists for Grades K-6

http://www.hcde.org/schools/mhrk6.htm

 McGraw-Hill Reading Word Lists are available for Kindergarten through 6th Grade. This includes:
decodable words, vocabulary words, and spelling words.

The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=351

This unit of study is designed for grades 6 through 8. It works well for both social studies and language arts. In this lesson, students will * Discuss the meaning of symbols associated with the statue * Compare Bartholdi's original vision of the statue to its meaning for Americans today * Learn how the American public in the 1870s and 1880s was persuaded to contribute to a pedestal fund for the Statue of Liberty * Analyze two primary historical documents: a political cartoon and a magazine article on the fundraising effort, both from 1885 * Read and analyze Emma Lazarus' sonnet, "The New Colossus" * Learn about public attitudes toward immigration in the last decades of the nineteenth century * Write a persuasive letter to a specific nineteenth-century audience to gain support for bringing the statue to America.

American Folklore

http://www.americanfolklore.net

This folklore site contains retellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, Tall Tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each of the 50 states. Read about famous characters such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Jesse James, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone and many more.
 

All Quiet on the Western Front

http://www.bwdd.com/allquiet/

Read all about this anti-war novel, which was banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.
 

Connect the Dots Alphabet Game

http://www.kidport.com/Grade1/LanguageArts/Workbook/Lang1_ConnectDots.htm

Students connect the dots in the correct order and an animal is revealed.  Each game has a different animal.

Dositey.com

http://www.dositey.com/index.html

Dive into a huge collection of math and language arts activities, learning games, open-ended questions and printable worksheets!  Young students will find resources  to help them tell time, learn how to add and subtract, practice common phonics structures, write a book review, use uppercase and lowercase letters and much more.

The Children's Literature Web Guide

http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html

This is a great web site for students to use to find their favorite authors on the web. It also has great information about new children's literature and resources for teachers to use that literature.
 

Poetry 4 Kids

http://www.poetry4kids.com

Dexter McDwyer, a published poet maintains this website of humorous poems for students. The site contains Dexterís top 40 poems and he changes the poems throughout the year. The poetry is fun and enjoyable.

Dr. Seuss's Seussville

http://www.randomhouse.com/seussville/

This site sponsored by Dr. Seuss's official publisher has lots more fun and exciting activities for you to use with your students.

The Official Eric Carle Web Site

http://www.eric-carle.com/

This is a fun and exciting site for teachers and students who love Eric Carle. The site has some on-line activities relating to Eric Carle's newest books. From this site you can e-mail Eric Carle and read a biography of the author's life.

IPL: The Author Page

http://www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/

Read biographies on all your favorite authors and the childhood memories that inspired them to become authors. From here you can e-mail some of the authors and receive responses via the Internet.

Judy Blume's Web Site

http://www.judyblume.com/

Students can read a biography of Judy Blume and find out about her latest books. She also gives some writing tips. This site is a good encourager for students in writing and for budding authors. Students can e-mail Judy Blume from this site and get a great response via e-mail.

Welcome to Jan Brett's Home Page

http://www.janbrett.com/

This is a great site for young children. Jan Brett has artwork for students to print and color. There are a wide range of projects that a student can use independently or a teacher can use as a classroom activity. There is an illustrated Jan Brett alphabet that students who are learning their letters and sounds can use. Also, you can e-mail a Jan Brett postcard to anyone from this web site.

Patricia Polacco

http://www.patriciapolacco.com

For any students interested in Patricia Polacco stories or how she illustrates her books, this is a great site. This site is sponsored by the author and contains some illustrations for students to color, tour Patricia Polacco's home, and check out upcoming stories.

S.C.O.R.E. CyberGuides

http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html

This will be one of your most useful web sites ever! This site has taken the literature we use in our classroom and created interactive web activities that correlate with the literature and the new California State Standards. The activities are easy for students to understand and promote higher level thinking skills.

Shakespeare, Chill with Will

http://library.advanced.org/19539/front.htm

This web site is designed to get students interested in William Shakespeare and his works. You can take a virtual tour of William Shakespeare's home in Strattford and of his treasured Globe Theatre. You can also read about Shakespeare's famous quotes, including his humor and insults.

The Electric Postcard

http://postcards.www.media.mit.edu/Postcards/

On this exciting site your students can write a post card to anyone electronically, choosing from over 100 different graphics for the picture. Students just choose a graphic for their card, include an e-mail address, and write to anyone on the Internet. It is a great way to foster student writing and it is fun for the students to send and receive the postcards.

ALSC: The Randolph Caldecott Medal

http://www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html

Go to this site to learn about current Caldecott Medal winners and see a small preview of the books. The Caldecott award is given yearly to an illustrator of a children's book. You can also view a list of Caldecott Medal winners from 1938 to present.

Homophone Zone

http://www.cooper.com/homophonezone/

The English language is quirky. Take homophones, words that are pronounced alike but have different meanings or spellings: basil and basal, duel and dual, hair and hare, made and maid, odd and awed, rain and reign, weather and whether, yak and yack. Some consider homophones to be the prime numbers of the English language, since they can't be predicted by any rules of grammar. Plus, they're the basis for puns and other forms of literary humor.

WordCentral.com Dictionary

http://www.wordcentral.com/

This site will knock your socks off! Students can look up words on this site, encode text to change vowels, send encoded text to friends via email, check out the daily buzz word and try to find its meaning, and even build their own dictionary on the web. Students can spend hours here building important vocabulary and decoding skills.

Idioms

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/6720/

An exhaustive list of idioms, organized by subject/theme. Students can even take online quizzes on the idioms.

Funbrain.com Grammar Gorillas

http://www.funbrain.com/grammar/index.html

Identify parts of speech interactively.

Poetry 180
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/
Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States, has selected 180 excellent poems at this site for kids to read every day of the school year! "They are intended to be listened to," Collins says, "and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers... I hope Poetry 180 becomes an important and enriching part of the school day." Don't miss a single entry!
 

English Online

http://eleaston.com/

Now here is a site you could spend the rest of the week on and still not discover all the exciting and useful resources for you and your students. Lots of links for online quizzes, super resources for grammar, and not only for English! A must see site.

How to Write a Cinquain

http://jfg.girlscouts.org/how/make/cinquain.htm

What's a cinquain? It is a form of poetry, written using a recipe. The words you choose and the form they take on paper are an important part of the writing. This is a site from the Girl Scouts of America that gives a simple recipe for the cinquain.

RhymeZone rhyming dictionary and thesaurus

http://www.rhymezone.com/

Among other things, you can type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more.

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

http://www2.wcoil.com/~ellerbee/childlit.html

The purpose of this database is to generate a tailored reading list of quality children's literature based on parameters specified by you.

Charlotte's Web

http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/charlotte/index.htm

A website from a 2nd grade class based on their activities after reading Charlotte's Web.

Spelling Ticklers

http://www.coedu.usf.edu/~morris/speltic.html

Lots of ideas for practicing spelling words.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

http://www.carolhurst.com/

Reviews and teaching ideas for kids' books. A nice list of links to children's literature authors. A good place to identify books to go along with a teaching theme.

Aaron Shepard's Reader's Theater Page

http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/

On this page, children's author Aaron Shepard offers his resources for reader's theater. Among other things, get some FREE reader's theater scripts!

NoodleTools

http://www.noodletools.com/

Check out the NoodleBib link to easily create bibliographic citations!

Thesaurus.com

http://www.thesaurus.com/

A very handy online thesaurus!

How to Cite Works (elementary students)

http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/elem/howto/citeintro.html

Formats for giving credit to authors and creators (based on MLA style).

How to Cite Works (upper elementary/secondary students)

http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/tutorials/cited/citesources.html

Formats for giving credit to authors and creators (based on MLA style).

Rubistar

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/

Create rubrics interactively online for your project based learning activities.

Everyday Spelling

http://www.everydayspelling.com/

Everyday Spelling provides a wealth of activities and printable materials that can be used in any K-8 spelling program.

Spell Check

http://www.funbrain.com/spell/index.html

Do your students need some spelling practice? Place a check next to the incorrectly spelled word and then type in the correct spelling.

Comprehensive Word Lists: A Reason for Spelling

http://www.areasonfor.com/spelling/wordlists/

These lists are based on words that cause spelling difficulty in writing and reading. Studies used to develop these lists include The Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary and The American Heritage Word Frequency Book.

 

National Spelling Bee

http://www.spellingbee.com/

Are your students top-notch spellers? This is a source for champion speller biographies, schedules, and competition details.

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Social Studies

National Geographic Lesson Plans and Activities

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/education/ideas.html

The National Geographic Society’s Geography Education Program works with educators all over the country to produce lessons, units, and activities designed to bring good geography into the classroom.

Alterna Time: Timelines
http://www.bigchalk.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WOPortal.woa/wa/HWCDA/file?flt=CAB&fileid=254472

If you like history, you'll love this site! Did you know that the mercury thermometer, the elevater, the steam engine and bifocals were invented while Benjamin Franklin was alive (1706-1790)?
 

Drawing Political Cartoons

http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teaching_materials/curricula/curriculum.cfm?curriculum_id=226&mode=full

This unit is designed for grades 10 to 12. It is a great way to show students how art is used to impact our political opinions. The purpose of using political cartoons is to develop both factual knowledge and interpretive skills. Students must have background information before they can analyze a political cartoon or drawing, so it is easiest to teach this skill using a current event. Once the students have mastered the analysis of current events, they should able to approach similar tasks with historical cartoons and drawings.

All Quiet on the Western Front

http://www.bwdd.com/allquiet/

Read all about this anti-war novel, which was banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.
 

Animation Project

http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Animation/animation.html

See animation of everything from the formation of states and counties across the United States to the aging of the population or the conquests of Alexander the Great.  Apparently, this webmaster has a lot of time on his hands!

Ordinary People, Ordinary Places: The Civil Rights Movement

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=353

For grades 9 through 12-- Learn about the Civil Rights Movement at a site set up by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=266

Learn about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at a site set up for grades 3 through 5. It was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Economic Freedom, Political Freedom: Their Meaning, Their Results

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM35&page=teacher

This site is a lesson plan for grades 9 through 12. Its objectives are * Analyze the concepts of economic freedom and political freedom. * Identify ways to measure economic freedom and political freedom. * Explore the relation between measures of economic freedom, political freedom and social well-being and between measures of economic freedom and political freedom.

One Country / Two Systems

http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM136&page=teacher

This lesson plan is designed for grades 9 through 12. It has been one and a half years since British rule ended in Hong Kong and control of the city was returned to China. Under the Joint Declaration, Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy from China for fifty years as a Special Autonomous Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China under the principles of "One Country/Two Systems" and "Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong." In this lesson, you will visit web sites that will help you compare and evaluate the economic and political systems of China and Hong Kong.

Why Do We Have an American flag?

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/13/gk2/eurounion.html

This lesson is designed for grades k through 2. Most students can recognize their country’s flag, but have they ever thought about how it was designed and what it represents? It’s important that they start thinking about the ways in which people have joined together to form nations, states, and other unions. Learning about national flags will help them in this process. They’ll consider how a flag represents a country’s people and resources and why a flag can evoke emotions.

 

Great Barrier Reef Virtual Tour

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/reef/reef1_flash.html

Take a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the last reefs in near pristine condition.
 

Center for Technology and Teacher Education

http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/teacherlink/social/

This is a superb site for web based activities that support social studies and social education. The site takes an event and uses primary resources for the web to enable students to view the event from all the different perspectives. The lessons are thoroughly explained and well thought out. The topics are geared for students in the upper middle school to high school level.
 
 

AFRO-Americ@:Kids Zone

http://www.afroam.org/children/children.html

This web site would be great for K-8. It explores the African Continent in a fun and interactive way for students. Some examples of things students can do are to read African myths and fables, brain teasers on African animals, black Americans, play games relating to Kwanzaa and use this site as a learning tool about the geography, countries, and people plus tons more!

The CIA Factbook

http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

An incredible collection of country statistics from virtually every country in the world. This is a great site for students to get data for graphing and statistical comparison. Also contains a nice collection of maps, and a very updated list of all Chiefs of State.

A Look at the Population Density of the United States

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/01/g912/density.html

This lesson is designed for grades 9 through 12. “Population density” is the term that describes the number of individuals occupying an area in relation to the size of that area. The population density is derived by dividing the number of people by the area they occupy. This lesson focuses on the spatial distribution of the population density of the United States at different levels of scale. Geographers can “see the world in spatial terms” by using different scales of analysis (local, state or province, national, and global). Geographers use maps as tools to discern patterns and to understand why things are where they are. Students will create maps showing the population density of the U.S. at different scales. This will enable students to organize spatial information in categories, analyze the information, and draw conclusions.

The American Legion-The Pledge of Allegiance

http://www.legion.org/americanism/pledge.htm

Very simple site that outlines the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, line by line.

National Portrait Gallery: Hall of Presidents

http://www.npg.si.edu/col/pres/index.htm

Great student tool on the presidents. It has a picture of each president and a short description of all of the presidents.

The History of Inventions

http://www.cbc4kids.ca/general/the-lab/history-of-invention/default.html

A timeline of the history of inventions. Your students will love this site-it is full of very interesting facts!

White House for Kids

http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/

Kids of all ages love this site! Kids can learn about the history and location of the White House. They can read and see pictures of past and present White House kids and pets. Kids can explore current information about the president, first lady, vice-president and his wife and send an e-mail to the White House.

National Geographic Online

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

This site is as wonderful and diverse as National Geographic magazines. Students can travel to other lands, space, or under the ocean. The pictures and information that a student can find at this site is unparalleled.

The Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/

The Library of Congress presents information about and materials from its collections over the Internet. Its online information and services include the following: schedules of exhibits and events, a menu or services provided, a substantial digital library of various text and media, an online catalog system, information on Congress and the government, as well as related links to WWW sites.

Grolier's Online The American Presidency

http://www.grolier.com/presidents/preshome.html

This is a fabulous and exciting site for anyone interested in the Presidents at any grade level. The site includes three different encyclopedia's worth of information, each written at a different grade level. Current presidential information, trading cards on each president, historical presidential election results, and links to presidential libraries and parks are also available. This is a one-stop site to all the information a student or teacher will need.

Welcome to Susan B. Anthony House

http://www.susanbanthonyhouse.org/

This is a fun web site about the life of Susan B. Anthony and her home which is a national landmark. Students can read about Anthony and her part in the Women's Rights Movement. At this site, you can also take a cyber visit to her home!

American Memory

http://rs6.loc.gov/

This web site sponsored by the Library of Congress is a fun site for students to explore. Students can look up any date and find an important thing in history that happened on that date. It is a fun thing to do for birthdays, holidays, or anniversaries.

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

http://sunsite.unc.edu/expo/1492.exhibit/Intro.html

From the Library of Congress, this site is a feature-packed enriching lesson on the voyage of Columbus and the impacts of the discovery of the New World. It offers maps and other historical documents.

Anne Frank Online

http://www.annefrank.com/

This site has some great information about Anne Frank. You can see pictures of her life and read excerpts from her diary. There is also a special education page to help with teaching the lessons of Anne Frank in the classroom. There are also some great resources on the Holocaust.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://www.seattletimes.com/mlk/

This is a great site about the famous civil rights leader. There are some fabulous links, lesson plans, on-line interactive quizzes, and background information. This would be a great site for your students to just explore.

Greek Mythology

http://www.mythweb.com

This fully illustrated Encyclopedia of the Greek Gods give the information about their mythological lives and the stories behind the legends. There are also great pictures of each of the Gods.

Maya Adventure

http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/ma/

Explore the Mayan Ruins and create a scrapbook and journal of your adventure. There are some fun and interactive activities at this web site.

Life in the Middle Ages

http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/ma/mahome.htm

Learn about castles and cathedrals, feasting and jousting, and what the daily lives of knights, peasants, doctors, ladies, and kings were like.

PBS Online

http://www.pbs.org

Access the resource of PBS through the Internet. The site has vast resources in science and social studies with lesson plans for teachers and activities for students on PBS Kids. If you or your school own any of the PBS made videos you can access supplementary information to go along with the videos.

The First Americans

http://www.germantown.k12.il.us/html/intro.html

This is a great resource site on Native American culture and life. The site was designed by a group of 3rd grade students.

Declare the Causes: The Declaration of Independence

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=282

This lesson is designed for grades 3 to 5. Students have been known to complain at times. (So have their teachers.) Even the Founding Fathers of our country indulged in gripe sessions. In fact, a list of grievances comprises the longest section of the Declaration of Independence; however, the source of the document's power is its firm philosophic foundation. You can capitalize on the propensity to complain to increase student awareness of the precedents behind the Declaration of Independence. Help your students see the development of the Declaration as both an historical process and a writing process through role play, creative writing, an introduction to some important documents and a review of historic events.

The First Amendment: What's Fair in a Free Country

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=339

This unit of study is designed for grades 3 through 5. Young people have a profound sense of the importance of fairness. "It's not fair" is often used as a one-size-fits-all argument when a child feels victimized. In situations where the child has an interest in protecting his or her actions, "It's a free country!" is often the argument of choice. On the other hand, children are very sensitive about speech and policies they consider to have a negative effect on their well-being. Almost every day on the playground, the difficult issues surrounding our right to free speech and our responsibility to avoid harming someone else with our speech are debated with as much emotion — if not as much impact — as they have been in the courts, legislatures, and meeting halls of this land. Balancing rights and responsibilities is difficult, even for the Supreme Court. This lesson demonstrates to students that freedom of speech is an ongoing process.

Displaying the Flag
http://www.teachercreated.com/pdfs/free/02083596.pdf

This site gives the rules for displaying the American flag.
 

Oh, Say, Can You See What the Star-Spangled Banner Means?

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=298

This unit of study is designed for grades 3 through 5. Prior to 1814, other American symbols were more prominent than the American flag. Early American gold coins, for example, featured the eagle and the "Liberty Cap." While the Liberty Cap is scarcely recognized today, the American flag has grown in importance. The flag became "the primary symbol of American patriotism" after Francis Scott Key's poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry stirred a powerful sentiment in the American people. Using archival documents and images, students will associate Key's words with historic events and recognize the sentiment those words inspired. In the second part of the unit, students will review the symbols within the flag and look at some historic images of the flag that have become part of our national consciousness.

The Statue of of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=313

This unit of study is designed for grades 3 through 5. After completing the lessons in this unit, students will be able to: * Identify symbols used to depict Americans' shared values, principles and beliefs, and explain their meaning. * List specific symbols in the design of the Statue of Liberty. * Use a symbol to communicate an idea.

The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=351

This unit of study is designed for grades 6 through 8. It works well for both social studies and language arts. In this lesson, students will * Discuss the meaning of symbols associated with the statue * Compare Bartholdi's original vision of the statue to its meaning for Americans today * Learn how the American public in the 1870s and 1880s was persuaded to contribute to a pedestal fund for the Statue of Liberty * Analyze two primary historical documents: a political cartoon and a magazine article on the fundraising effort, both from 1885 * Read and analyze Emma Lazarus' sonnet, "The New Colossus" * Learn about public attitudes toward immigration in the last decades of the nineteenth century * Write a persuasive letter to a specific nineteenth-century audience to gain support for bringing the statue to America.

The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make a More Perfect Union?

http://www.edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=233

This unit of study is designed for grades 3 to 5 but primarily for grade 5. After completing the lessons in this unit, students will be able to: * Explain the purposes of the U.S. Constitution as identified in the Preamble to the Constitution. * Identify fundamental values and principles as they are expressed in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

 

The 20th Century

http://wire.ap.org/APpackages/20thcentury/

The 20th century is presented in words, pictures and video clips by the Associated Press.

The History Place

http://www.historyplace.com

Explore American history through photographs, speeches, personal biographies, and facts at this web site. The site has brought together an exciting collection of history resources. This is a great place for you to have students start independent research.

ODYSSEY/Egypt

http://www.emory.edu/CARLOS/ODYSSEY/EGYPT/homepg.html

Journey back into Ancient Egypt through this site while you explore daily Egyptian life, mythology, the people, and the ways we learn about the Egyptian life through archaeology, hieroglyphics, and burials.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation History

http://www.history.org

Utilize the resources of Colonial Williamsburg from your classroom. The site has great resources for teachers and students and contains electronic field trips back in time.

50 States.com

http://50states.com

Find everything you need to know about the 50 states. A fabulous resource for anyone working on state reports in the classroom.
   

Roman Open Air Museum

http://www.villa-rustica.de/intro/indexe.html

This web site provides a virtual tour of a Roman villa in Germany.  For those studying ancient history, it is a great site to help students 'see' life in ancient Rome.

 

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Science

Periodic Table
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/chemistry.htm#ppt
To access this site, click on the link "Periodic Table."  This is a Powerpoint presentation .

American Museum of Natural History Presents Ology

http://www.ology.amnh.org

Hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, this amazing science destination is home to extinct dinosaurs, tours of our solar system and detailed explorations of DNA. Collect and trade 85+ Ology cards, connect with Museum OLogists (scientists), learn how to draw your favorite dinosaurs, construct a flipbook of the moon, then download star maps and go stargazing. Set aside at least an hour to enjoy everything Ology has to offer!

Hurray for Health

http://pbskids.org/arthur/grownups/health_tips/index.html

Fire up your printer and prepare to output a set of fun activity sheets based on four health themes: Eat Well, Stay Fit; Open Wide; Dealing with Feelings; and Head Lice Advice. These units encourage kids to eat right and stay healthy, take care of their teeth, learn to label their feelings and express them in appropriate ways and more. Best of all, each theme is connected to an episode of the popular PBS series Arthur.  
 
   
Splitting the Atom
 http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?Grade=9-12&BenchmarkID=10&DocID=40

This lesson is designed for grades 9 through 12. The purpose is to use the Internet to research the history of the splitting of the atom. To use that research to prepare a presentation on an aspect of that topic.

Great Barrier Reef Virtual Tour

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/reef/reef1_flash.html

Take a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the last reefs in near pristine condition.

Alien Empire: Enter the Hive

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/alienempire/multimedia/hive.html

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a honeybee? Enter a virtual hive and explore its alien empire -- online. Learn all about pollination, larvae, storing honey and beehives. Amazing graphics, sound effects and music will keep you buzzing from dawn to dusk!

A Walk Through Time

http://physics.nist.gov/GenInt/Time/revol.html

With this fascinating time line, you can trace the development of timepieces, from sundials to mechanical clocks to pendulums and finally quartz clocks. Check it out!

Galileo: The Pendulum Clock

http://es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/Things/pendulum.html

What does a clock have to do with physics? Was Galileo really the first person to discover the relationship of a simple pendulum to timekeeping? Find out by reading this informative site on the famous scientist and his clock.

Build a Sundial
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/earth/sundial/Sundial-ConstructSimple.html
A simple but fascinating activity, perfect for curious kids of all ages, it also includes a set of questions for you to think about as you observe your ancient timepiece.

Biological Rhythms

http://www.bigchalk.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WOPortal.woa/wa/HWCDA/file?tg=SCIENC&fileid=211152&flt=CAB

Circadian rhythms control the sleep-wake cycle and influence your system in a number of important ways. What does this have to do with napping, jet lag or traffic accidents? Find out here.

BrainPop

http://www.brainpop.com/

This is the best site! The site is filled with short educational videos (cartoons) on science, technology, and heath topics. The videos are engaging, interesting, and packed full of difficult concepts told in a simple and easy to understand way. There are also interactive quizzes for students to take after viewing each of the videos.

School Science Fairs Home Page

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/scifair.html

This is a good place for students or teachers to find a list of experiment ideas to be further developed for a science fair project in the K-12 classroom.

The Weather Channel

http://www.weather.com

Get your local weather forecast or the forecast for almost anywhere in the world in addition to information on averages and records. This is a good site for students to get comparitive weather data for classroom activities.

Star Child: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html

This is an exciting and interactive web site. Students can explore the solar system, universe, and all of space. They can also interact with the web site through some fun games and activities. Great link page to other fun and exciting sites on the web.

Discover Our Earth
http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu/education/index.html
Cornell University's newest educational Web site is home to a wide range of information related to the earth sciences, accompanied by images, graphs, maps and awesome movies. Plus, you'll find two Java-based, interactive data-analysis and mapping tools that connect kids to a variety of data sets used by research scientists. A teachers and students section contains relevant learning activities and classroom-ready themes.

Science Made Simple
http://www.sciencemadesimple.com
Why is the sky blue? How do airplanes fly? Why do I breathe?  You'll find answers to these and many other questions at Science Made Simple. Easy experiments are also available to explain how static electricity works and why leaves change colors in the fall. A subscription-based newsletter contains dozens of fresh answers each month.

Envirolink Home Page

http://www.envirolink.org/

This site has up to date environmental and science information for teachers and students. It also has fabulous links to science lesson plans and other exciting science web sites.

Online Photoperiod Calculator

http://www.netti.fi/~jjlammi/sun.php3

Have the website automatically calculate daylength, sunrise, sunset, and many other factors based on your input-a city name or a location defined by latitude and longitude. This is a wonderful way for students to examine daylengths as a function of location or time of year.

Virtual Galapagos

http://www.terraquest.com/galapagos/

Explore the Galapagos Islands with Terra Quest. Terra Quest went on an expedition to the Galapagos and archived all their information for future use. You can read daily logs from the adventurers, view wildlife, check out geological information, and more.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

http://sln.fi.edu/

The Franklin Institute Science Museum brings the vast exhibits, resources, and fun of their museum right to your desktop for you and your students to enjoy.

Ontario Science Centre

http://www.osc.on.ca/

The Ontario Science Centre web site gives you a virtual tour of their exhibits, online science experiments at the Interactive Zone, a list of Web Connections, and several educational programs that have been tested by educators.

Cosmic Quest @ The Childrenís Museum of Indianapolis

http://www.childrensmuseum.org/cosmicquest/fieldguide/planets.html

Take a tour of the solar system. Learn about the planets, space exploration, and the leading astronomers who have allowed us the window into space.

Virtual Solar System
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/solarsystem/index.html
National Geographic makes it easy to program a spectacular flyby tour of any planet or moon in its orbit,               observe sun and extraterrestrial weather patterns and much more.  The 3D version requires a special                      plug-in, but it's worth the time to set it up.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

http://www.seds.org/

This site is specifically designed to encourage students to become interested in space exploration. Students can check out hundreds of pictures from outer space and find out about current events in space exploration such as shuttle launches.

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database

http://www.seaworld.org/

In addition to the animal informational resources available at this site, teachers visiting this site can find several classroom activities and entire units of study that you can use in the classroom. Students can take animal quizzes and explore hundreds of fascinating pictures.

The Wright Brothers

http://www.hfmgv.org/histories/wright/wrights.html

This is a great site to read some biographical information on the Wright Brothers plus read about their inventions and first flight. There are also some great links to other sites about the Wright Brothers and their inventions.

National Park Service Place on the Web

http://www.nps.gov/

The National Park Service maintains this web site. This site links to all of the national parks and contains valuable science and social studies information about the parks. You can learn about the history and cultural information that shapes this nation through the national parks and monuments.

MTPE - For Kids Only

http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/

This web site sponsored by NASA contains valuable information on Earth Sciences for teachers and students. Students can interact with the site to watch Pangea form into the current continents, learn about weather patterns and tropical storms, and link to other exciting Earth Science sites. Teachers can also find guides for teaching Earth Science units.

Environmental Education for Kids

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/

This fascinating site gives kids valuable information on the Earth and the plants and animals that inhabit all of the Earth. Kids can also explore careers in the environment and test their knowledge with the Riddler!

American Museum of Natural History

http://www.amnh.org/

This exciting site contains fabulous graphics of past and present exhibits at the Museum of Natural History. Each exhibit has a list of activities and links relating to the topic. There is also a special place for kids and educators. For any natural history topic you will teach in your class, this site is a must!

Interactive Frog Dissection

http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/frog/

This is an exciting site. It uses multimedia and other technologies to allow students to virtually dissect a frog by following the step-by-step instructions.

National Wildlife Federation

http://www.nwf.org/

This site offers information on almost every imaginable environmental topic. Resources include lesson plans and activities just for kids on the site.

Chem4Kids.com

http://www.chem4kids.com/index.html

Check out this site made especially for kids to help explain chemistry. There is an entire section on matter written for children.

Geology of the Grand Canyon

http://www.kaibab.org/geology/gc_geol.htm#how

Read about how the Grand Canyon was formed by erosion and check out the great clickable map that shows the different layers of the canyon.

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Mathematics

Dositey.com

http://www.dositey.com/index.html

Dive into a huge collection of math and language arts activities, learning games, open-ended questions and printable worksheets!  Young students will find resources  to help them tell time, learn how to add and subtract, practice common phonics structures, write a book review, use uppercase and lowercase letters and much more.

Harcourt Brace Math Glossary

http://www.hbschool.com/glossary/math/index.html

This is a good resource for students and teachers. This site is an animated glossary of mathematical terms students should be familiar with sorted by grade levels 1-8.

History of Mathematics

http://www-groups.dcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/~history/

Students can explore this site to learn about famous mathematicians from the past and current mathematicians leading the field today!

Accessing and Investigating Data Using the World Wide Web Part 1: National Population Projections

http://illuminations.nctm.org/lessonplans/3-5/data1/index.html

This lesson is designed for grades 3 to 5. In this activity, students will examine the United States Census Bureau website to investigate population projections from 1990-2100. Using the five provided pyramids, students will analyze the data to determine how the population is distributed over time, and explain what factors might contribute to these trends.

 

Appetizers and Lessons for Math and Reason

http://www.cam.org/~aselby/lesson.html

This useful site features activities teachers can use to introduce a mathematical concept or to fill up those last five minutes of the lesson when everything else has been done. There are a lot of great activities here.

Brain Teasers

http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/

These brainteaser activities are geared for grades 3-7 and can be used as lesson openers or as a way to integrate math into other areas of the curriculum. One new teaser is presented each week and you can search through all of the archives.

Flashcards for Kids

http://www.edu4kids.com/math/

This site has online flash cards featuring addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Math .com

http://www.math.com/

The site provides homework help, practice activities, online calculators and games in all aspects of math.

All About Counting

http://www.aaamath.com/cnt.html

There are counting activities for students and each activity has an interactive online component. There are also some great lesson plans for teachers on how to teach counting and other important math concepts.

Math Word Problems for Children

http://www.mathstories.com/

Great real world math problems that are interesting and engaging for students. There are over 4,000 problems listed including math stories based on Harry Potter and other favorite pieces of literature.

AAA Math

http://aaamath.com/

Great online resources for reinforcing math facts and concepts.

Interactive Tangram

http://www.tangram.i-p.com/

Students can solve the tangram puzzle online, and print out many different tangram shapes to solve offline.

Online Games and Activities

http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/Games.html

From the National Center of Educational Statistics, create graphs online, color online, and roll dice to investigate probablility.

Tables and Graphs

http://pittsford.monroe.edu/jefferson/calfieri/graphs/LineGraphQuiz.html

This website has information on the various types of tables and graphs as well as graphics and quizzes to help you understand these ideas better.

NCTM Standards Home Page

http://standards.nctm.org/

All the standards, very well explained and links to resources including interactive lessons linked to specific standards.

NCTM Illuminations

http://illuminations.nctm.org/index2.html

Internet resources to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. Check out the iMath Investigations link for some really cool interactive math games/puzzles, and the Selected Web Resources (SWR) link for some EXCELLENT web resources, all reviewed and organized by grade level and theme.

Aplusmath.com

http://www.aplusmath.com/

This web site was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. One of the things students can do here is create and print out their own flashcards.

Algebra Wizard

http://algebrawizard.com/news.html

Sign up to receive a free email newletter with ideas to help students excel in Algebra.  The website features lessons to learn or refresh old skills, calculators that show you how to solve problems step-by-step, and interactive worksheets to test your skills.

Algebra Help

http://www.algebrahelp.com/

This is an online source for help with algebra.

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Worksheet Links

RHL School - Free Teacher Resources

http://www.rhlschool.com/index.shtml

A supply of free quality worksheets for teaching, reinforcement, and review. Many of these worksheets can serve as the basis for lessons.

WorksheetMaker + - x /

http://www.fifeschools.com/math/arithmetic/Worksheet.html

Make your own math worksheets online. You can specify many parameters such as the number of digits and whether you want carrying/borrowing etc.

Improving Education Inc. Home Page

http://www.onlineworksheets.org/

Math and language arts worksheets.

PuzzleMaker.com

http://www.puzzlemaker.com

Great for generating crossword puzzles and much more.

SuperKids Educational Tools

http://www.superkids.com

Generate math worksheets, play hangman online (choose from many themes), make word scramblers and hidden word puzzles and more on this easy to use site.

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Fine Arts/Holidays

DataDragon.com

http://www.datadragon.com/education/instruments/

Learn about different instrument families. Experience pictures, explanations and even sounds for instruments in the string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion families.

American's Shrine to Music Museum

http://www.usd.edu/smm/galleries.html

The Museum's eight galleries, which feature more than 750 musical instruments, are designed to help visitors discover the wonder of musical instruments as examples of inventive workmanship, objects of refined beauty, and artifacts representative of the central position that music has played in all of the world's cultures.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Museums

http://www.icom.org/vlmp/

Often in teaching art or art history it is difficult and expensive to find replications of famous pieces of art. This site will allow you to visit the museums where the art is housed and show your students the original pieces of art. Most museums will have accompanying information on all of the art pieces.

Musical Instrument Encyclopedia

http://www.lehigh.edu/zoellner/encyclopedia.html

Here you can play sound clips of many musical instruments, and even take a musical quiz!

Monet at Giverny

http://www.mmfa.qc.ca/visite-vr/anglais/index.html

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts housed a Monet exhibit in 1999. To commemorate the event they created a virtual tour of the exhibits for students and adults alike to visit the exhibit. Using a mouse students walk around the gardens to view the exhibit location, learn interesting facts about Monet and his work, and view the Monet paintings on display.

Draw and Color with Uncle Fred

http://www.unclefred.com

From Fred Lasswell, the comic strip creator of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Very simple online step by step instructions for drawing many generic cartoon characters. The students view the instructions online, and draw with traditional media (paper and pencil!!) This would be a good site to show the class for a whole group lesson, with the teacher moving through the steps while the students follow along.

An American Thanksgiving for Kids and Families

http://www.night.net/thanksgiving/

A fun site for students to explore to learn about the first Thanksgiving and continuing American traditions. There are fun and interactive Thanksgiving games for the students to play on and off the computer. Great ideas for teachers to use in the classroom too!

Torah Tots - Chanuka

http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/chanuka/chanuk.htm

This site provides children with music, games, history, and coloring pages about the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. Students can explore this site to learn about the beginnings of the holiday and how it is still celebrated today. The site also teaches students how to play spin the dreidel and lets them play the game right at the site.

Merry Christmas from Santa at the North Pole

http://www.merry-christmas.com/kids_zone.htm

This is a fun site for students to explore and learn. The site has coloring activities, music, recipes, stories, games, and letters to Santa. Your students can e-mail their Christmas wish list to Santa and receive an answer back via e-mail!

Torah Tots - Passover

http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/pesach/pesgames.htm

This is another great site for students during Passover. This site gives the complete story of the holiday along with fun activities and coloring pages.

ArtsEdNet

http://www.artsednet.getty.edu/

This art site from the Getty Institute for the Arts features lesson plans and curricular ideas, image galleries, and links to other WWW art sites.

National Museum of American Art

http://www.nmaa.si.edu/

From the Smithsonian, the National Museum of American Art offers many online exhibition tours, including an impressive tour of the Ashcan artist and The White House Collection of American Crafts.

Independence Day on the Net

http://www.holidays.net/independence/

Listen to patriotic music, read about our national holiday, find arts and crafts projects, and watch an Internet firework display!

Classical Net: Quick Composers Guide

http://www.classical.net/music/rep/lists/index.html

This site contains biographical information on many of the great composers. The site is organized by time period so that you can access a group of composers from the same time. The biographies are well written and linked well when two composers interact or have things in common.

Crayola

http://www.crayola.com/

This exciting site lets students tour the Crayola factory, play online games with crayons, coloring pages, crafts, stories, and poetry. There is also a great database full of fun arts and crafts activities for students and teachers that require little more than a set of crayons, paper, glue, and scissors.

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Teacher Resources

Teaching Resources for Grade 5

http://www.lauracandler.com/

A fifth grade teacher has posted nearly everything she has ever created for teaching her fifth grade class, including Accelerated Reading tests.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
http://www.teachercreated.com/pdfs/free/02083655.pdf

This site includes suggestions for conducting conferences, a parent pre-questionnaire, student questionnaire and student self-evaluation forms.
 

TeacherWeb.com

http://teacherweb.com/

This site provides space for teachers to create and maintain their own web pages for posting information such as homework, etc.
   

Teacher Created Materials Web Site

http://www.teachercreated.com/

At this site you can find links to web sites under the activities menu relating to current holidays along with free activity pages to go with the holiday and web site. You can also find great Internet Resources and products from this site.

Harcourt Brace School Publishers: Learning Site

http://www.harcourtschool.com

Whether or not you are using the Harcourt Brace series of books, this site is a fabulous resource. You can match your grade level and topic to find interactive activities and resources for your students in all subject areas and grade levels.

CEC-Lesson Plans

http://www.col-ed.org/cur/

A large collection of lesson plans for the K-12 curriculum in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and miscellaneous. There are some quick and creative ideas here.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/

A collection of thousands of web sites in all subject areas for teachers and students to use. This is a great place to begin an Internet search for a certain topic area for lesson plans or a teacher demonstration.

Discovery Channel School

http://discoveryschool.com/

This is a great resource for information in the arts, science, social studies, current events, and lesson plans. From this site you can gather information on thousands of topics that your students will find fun and exciting. This is also a great site with many jump points to other exciting sites.

AskEric Virtual Library

http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/

Thousands of lesson plans, information on current conferences, educational research, and educational resources all at your finger tips for FREE!

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

http://www.ed.gov/free/

The federal government has produced a database of thousands of activities created for the classroom from all of their departments. You can access information from the Department of Energy to the State Department and use any activities or lesson plans that they have created for the classroom.

Billy Bear's Playground

http://www.billybear4kids.com/

This site has adorable clipart, fonts, screen savers, and wallpaper for your computer. It also launches to some holiday sites for your students.

ClipArt Connection

http://www.clipartconnection.com/index.html

Search this database for FREE Clip Art.

Pics4Learning

http://www.pics4learning.com

Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

School Related Web Graphic Images at Hoxie High School

http://www.hoxie.org/clipart/CLIP00.HTM

This is an amazing site with great clip art. All of the clip art is school related but it is not organized well. You need to flip through the 60+ pages of graphics one by one. If you have a slow Internet connection this site would take too long to use but if you have a little time the graphics are great.

Scholastic Inc.

http://www.scholastic.com/

This site has some fun activities and lesson plans for the classroom, but the real benefit of this site is that it has the official Baby-sitter's club, Animorphs, Goosebumps, Clifford, and Dear America Web Sites. Your students can visit these sites to learn about up and coming books and to read about their favorite authors. From some of the sites they can find either the e-mail or snail mail addresses of their favorite authors. This site is a great way to get students interested in reading and writing.

Sites for Teachers

http://www.sitesforteachers.com/

A huge list of mostly good sites for teachers.

Eduscapes

http://www.eduscapes.com

Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson designed this website to share their own love of learning with others. As authors and educators, they work with teachers, parents, and children around the world to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning environments. LOTS of GREAT links out to resource sites for students, with themes matching up very well with what is going on in classrooms.

Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library

http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/

Blue Web'n is a searchable database of over 1000 outstanding Internet learning sites categorized by subject area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools). Blue Web'n does not attempt to catalog all educational sites, but only the most useful sites -- especially online activities targeted at learners.

Busy Teacher's K-12 Website

http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/busyt

This is a very big information site. There are hundreds of organized links to sites on all topics of study. There is also a database of thousands of lesson plans ready to be implemented in your classroom.

LessonPlanz.com

http://www.lessonplanz.com

Teachers submit their lesson plans to this site under the different curricular categories. After you've used a lesson you can go back and rate the lesson for future users. Also, if you have a great lesson that you would like to share, you can post it on the site.

A to Z Teacher Stuff

http://atozteacherstuff.com/

Created for teachers by a teacher--This site was designed to help teachers find online lesson plans and resources more quickly and easily. Online since 1997, the site has grown to more than 1000 pages!

The Lesson Plans Page - Over 1,500 FREE Lesson Plans!

http://www.LessonPlansPage.com/

The Lesson Plans Page is a collection of over 1,000 lesson plans, primarily at the elementary level, that were developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students, and faculty at The University of Missouri.

Teachnet.Com

http://www.teachnet.com/

This is a good site that has a variety of resources for teachers and a Brainstorm activity for the day. You can search by topic or just look at the ideas they are presenting for that day or week.

SmarterKids.com

http://www.smarterkids.com/

This site is an Amazon.com site for teachers. They sell all types of teacher supplies online. A lot of supplies, books, games, and activities are heavily discounted. This is a great site to check out before heading to the teacher supply store.

Special Education Resources on the Internet

http://www.hood.edu/seri/serihome.htm

This is a great site for teachers of special education, gifted and talented, or for any teacher interested in learning more about a certain area.

Gaggle.net

http://www.gaggle.net/

Free email for you and every student in your classroom. As the teacher you can monitor student emails and have them filtered by Gaggle to keep out inappropriate emails.

E-Pals

http://www.epals.com

Link up with classrooms from around the world and work on collaborative projects, study other cultures, or help your students find pen pals.

The Global Schoolhouse

http://www.gsh.org/

Global SchoolNet is the leader in collaborative learning. We continue to provide online opportunities for teachers to collaborate, communicate, and celebrate shared learning experiences.

Webquests

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquest.html

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

SEIRïTEC Classroom Resources

http://www.serve.org/seir-tec/teacher.html

A selection of resources collected for the k-12 classroom teacher, including online journals, web resources, and thematic projects and units from the SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium.

Houghton Mifflin Education Place

http://www.eduplace.com/

Resources for elementary-school teachers, students, and parents. Includes Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies Centers, Intervention, Professional Development, searchable activity database, educational games, and textbook support. Check on the "Monthly Themes" internet resources-a relatively small list, but some great quality reaources.

Acceptable Use Policies

http://www.netc.org/tech_plans/aup.html

Appropriate use of the Internet by teachers and students is a concern of many educators. In conjunction with a technology plan, school and district planners frequently develop an acceptable use policy (AUP), which addresses how students, staff, and community members use the Internet. Here are a few selected acceptable use policies, articles, publications, and online links.

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Student Resources

Enchanted Learning

http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/Home.html

An absolutely wonderful site for teachers and kids. A great place for primary students to do research on many topics.

Kidport

http://www.kidport.com/

Kidport is a free Internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. Lots of great reference material and many, many online quizzes for students to take with immediate feedback. Links to lots of common thematic unit material.

Play I Spy

http://www.scholastic.com/ispy/play/index.htm

A link from the Scholastic, Inc. website. Students can practice their attribute skills playing I Spy online.

The Alphabet Superhighway

http://www.ash.udel.edu/ash/index.html

Check out the Reading Center under the Traveling Tutor link for some good online books, and the Challenge Chaser link for online activities.

IPL Youth Division

http://www.ipl.org/youth/

This is a fabulous launch site for you and your students. There are vast resources ranging from reading, science, social studies, fine arts, and holidays. This is a public library at your fingertips on the web!

Los Angeles Times Learning and Education

http://www.latimes.com/news/learning/launch/

This site is fabulous and is continually being updated every week. Each week nine new links are added to this site on a new subject area. The subject areas relate to language arts, social studies, science, math, fine arts, and holidays. The sites are also categorized by levels 1, 2, and 3. This is a great place for students to begin research or for a teacher to use as a demonstration tool in the class.

Kids Castle Home

http://www.kidscastle.si.edu/home.html

Kids' Castle is a magazine for kids created by the Smithsonian Institute. The on-line magazine features articles written to interest students on sports, history, the arts, travel, science, and air and space. All of the articles have exciting pictures and the students can post questions on the site and receive answers from all over the world.

PBS Kids

http://pbskids.org/index_sonified.html

A fun site for kids to use interactively-based mostly on characters from PBS shows (Arthur, etc.)

TimeForKids

http://www.timeforkids.com

This site will get your students excited about reading and learning about current events. Time for Kids is a magazine published weekly for students to read in the classroom. Your students can go to the site and read all the current articles from the magazine each week and see the vivid and exciting pictures. Students can also search the archives to go back and read past articles.

World Magazine

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/world/index.html

This site is an on-line version of the popular kid's magazine World from National Geographic. Your students can explore current and past articles on-line. Students can also learn amazing facts about hundreds of topics.

Google

http://www.google.com/

When your students are searching the web for any topic they should always begin their search at Yahooligans. This search engine has tested all of the sites for children's eyes and most of their sites are child friendly and easy for all students to read and use.

Yahooligans

http://www.yahooligans.com/

When your students are searching the web for any topic they should always begin their search at Yahooligans. This search engine has tested all of the sites for children's eyes and most of their sites are child friendly and easy for all students to read and use.

Kids@nationalgeographic.com

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html

Your students will love this site. It is filled with fun and engaging articles and pictures. Check out the Creature Feature with your students where they can learn about different animals and can send a postcard to a friend through the Internet with a picture of the animal.

FunBrain

http://www.funbrain.com

FunBrain is designed for K-8 students and contains games and activities in all of the subject areas. Teachers can also post their own quiz for students to take online!

Internet Search Tools-Quick Reference Guide

http://www.itrc.ucf.edu/conferences/pres/srchtool.html

Great little chart on the basics of Boolean searching, and how it works with different search engines. You can also see a simple breakdown of which search engines work best depending on the scope and content of information you are looking for.

The Amazing Picture Machine

http://www.ncrtec.org/picture.htm

A really amazing site for getting graphics from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL). If you back out to the main NCREL site, there are some other great resources too.

Ask Jeeves for Kids

http://www.ajkids.com/

Just type in a question and click Ask! That is what it says on the opening page of Ask Jeeves for Kids. Students donít need to come up with key words in fragmented sentences, they can type completed sentences to find their answer.

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Terra Nova (TCAP)


Test Taking Strategies

  http://www.state.tn.us/education/tsteststrategies.htm
Test Taking Strategies are provided by the Tennessee State Department of
Education to help students, teachers, and parents. Here
are some math and language sites to help prepare for TCAP. Check them
out for some online help as well as plenty of printables.
 

http://getsmarter.org/iln/index.html
Get Smarter offers a free site that gives K-12 math and science
achievement test practice. It is worth visiting.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/revisewise/getset/index.shtml
Do you want a spot to work on activities, take a test and see how you
have improved? This could be the site you need! This site comes
from the BBC, but children in the UK are learning the same things we
are.

http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/palmasola/wordprobsindex.htm
The Math Lab is put together by the Florida Department of Education.
These sites give great practice for grades 3, 4, and 5 in all
areas of math. Just find the section of math you want to address and
print the worksheet!

http://www.learningshortcuts.com/new1ReviewsA.html
The Mental Edge provides TCAP formatted tests to better prepare your
students for grades three through six.

http://www.stfx.ca/special/mathproblems/grade7.html
Word problems are always hard for students. Here is some help for Fifth
Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade, and Eighth Grade.

http://regentsprep.org/Regents/math/math-a.cfm#a5
Check out New York's math page that prepares for their high stakes
testing. There are some great practice sheets to use. You
will choose topic, subtopics, then the actual objective.

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/proofread/index.html
Power Proofreading from Houghton Mifflin covers English topics for
grades 2 - 8. You do need Shockwave for this program.

http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/palmasola/rcompindex.htm
You will really use this site if you spend time searching the reading
section.  It is from the same site as the Math Lab listed
above. There is an incredible amount of information to be found.

http://internet4classrooms.com/TCAP.htm

This site includes links to state sites related to the TCAP and links to sites that provide practice activities for specific Terra Nova skills.
Jefferson County has put together a very good set of links that help teachers sort out Terra Nova skills and how to address them in the classroom.  Some of them are the same links provided in the Internet4classrooms site but others are not.
Perhaps the most important step in correcting reading difficulties in children is identifying those difficulties so that interventions may be developed and administered. To that end, a committee of elementary teachers from across Tennessee reviewed and reported on more than thirty assessment programs. Those reviews, which are not arranged in any particular order, are contained on this site.
Tennessee Curriculum Standards that have been aligned with standardized tests and are assessed through either TCAP or Gateway.

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Gateway

 

Alebra I Resources for Gateway Test Prep

http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/SCS/subject-areas/gtwy_alg1_resources/ga1b.html

Links to a variety of sources that address Gateway standards for algebra
 
 

Tennessee Curriculum Standards aligned to Gateway

http://www.state.tn.us/education/ci/cicurassessedstandards.htm

Tennessee Curriculum Standards that have been aligned with standardized tests and are assessed through either TCAP or Gateway.
   

CESME

http://cesme.utm.edu/resources/teachres2.htm

The CESME site hosted by UTM has several links that no longer work.  However, one can download Gateway biology and algebra sample items using Acrobat Reader.

Algebra Wizard

http://algebrawizard.com/news.html

Sign up to receive a free email newletter with ideas to help students excel in Algebra.

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Search Engines and Websites


This is an excellent site for student searches. It is broken down by subjects, so students can narrow searches even more.

http://vivisimo.com/

We need to find
ways to make lesson planning employing technology as easy (or easier)
than paper and pen lesson planning. Vivisimo seems to be part of the
solution for doing just that. Give this great search engine a try, push
it with any topic that you can think of.  The sites are clustered
in topical directories!

 

This is a site that lists ³safe² search engines for children to use.


 

Eduhound is another search site that is great. It also has an online newsletter you can subscribe

to and receive on a weekly basis.They also have a link for a spotlighted website which includes

a review of the site. Good for teachers and students.


 

http://www.kidsclick.org/

Another great search engine for kids. Links to online encyclopedias, etc. Cool thing about this site - with a click of the mouse the kids can see the categories displayed in Dewey Decimal!


 

http://www.webrary.org/kids/jkidslinks.html

Thousands of links that are ³kid approved²! Links are divided by category to help limit the search. Spend some time browsing to find lots of neat sites to use with your students.


 

http://www.wordcentral.com/

This is a searchable online dictionary. The student can type in the word, and it will give them the definition and part of speech.They can also build their own online dictionary.


 

http://www.funbrain.com/

This is a great site for use at school and at home. Kids can play games and print out results for you. The online Quiz Lab is great to use for quick quizzes. Funbrain emails you the results of your classes tests!
 

http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/

This site is great for creating different types of word and number puzzles online.The teacher creates and prints the puzzles.There is also an option for teachers to save their puzzles online. Students can use the site to create puzzles of their own. Great site!


 

http://school.discovery.com/

Discovery School - This is another great home/school site. They post a Brain Booster each day that is very good. Explore this site for all of its possibilities!


 

http://learningnetwork.com/

Learning Network website is another home/school site. It is excellent for students to use to find information from reference sources. It includes online atlas, encyclopedia, almanac, and dictionary. The student section has a Homework helper link and a link to Funbrain¹s Quiz Lab.


 

http://50states.com/

This is a great site for getting information about US states and territories. Students can download pictures of flags, birds, flowers, and listen to individual state songs.Facts concerning statehood, population, etc. are given as well. Great for Social Studies projects!


 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

This website from Enchanted Learning Software is great to use for researching animals.(I used it extensively when creating my webquest!)It also has a ³Zoom School² link that has Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts activities.It includes a picture dictionary and preschool activities.


 

http://kids.discovery.com/KIDS/home.html

This site has links to the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel websites. Lots of neat stuff for kids to explore through this site.


 

http://www.teachnet.com/

Another good site with tons of neat stuff! I downloaded powerpoint games based on ³Who Wants to Be a Millionaire², ³Hollywood Squares², and ³The Weakest Link.²


 

http://www.schoolexpress.com/

Great teacher site just packed full of stuff - from A to Z. You can choose lesson plans, worksheets, and even make awards to print off for your students.The Math Online feature allows you to make math activities for the children to complete and have graded online.There are also several interactive online games the kids really like to play.


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Sites Kids Really Like


This site from the National Geographic people is updated regularly with good information for kids. The GeoBee Challenge is a game that allows students to answer geography questions. At the end they are told which questions they missed and they can go back and keep trying until they get the right answers. The Amazing Facts section is always filled with far-out facts that kids love! Browse through the site. I know you¹ll find things your kids can do!


 

Time for Kids is a current events website that kids can easily use and understand. They will be able to learn more about what is happening in the world on a daily basis. Students are also given an opportunity to send in their comments about what they¹ve read.


 

http://www.kidconcoctions.com/menu.htm
This fun site offers a set of free recipes that use common household items to quickly and inexpensively duplicate popular toy store offerings while teaching the basics of science, art and math. Some of the site's most popular concoctions and  contraptions include: Sparkle Bottle, Bathtub Finger Paints and Gooey Gunk. Yucky fun!

http://www.pbs.org/kids/

This site has a really neat Did You Know? section for kids to learn interesting facts about different subjects. The President for a Day link has been really interesting lately!


 

http://billnye.com/flash_go.html

This is the Bill Nye, the Science Guy website. They have daily science demonstrations children can view.


 

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

This site is loaded with Math games for kids. Most require a page to be printed and tried out.


 

http://www.kidsdomain.com/kids.html

Kids Domain is a site loaded with games - online and downloadable (for Mac and PC).There is a sports link and a contests link.Kids love this site!


 

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi

This is the site for the Library of Congress. It has some really cool stuff on it. The kids can read about famous Americans, jump back in time, or explore the states.A great site!


 

http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/

This World Almanac for Kids site is loaded with factual information. The ³Explore² button has information on animals, states, religions, and just about everything else you can imagine. I use this site to develop web guides for the students.


 

http://www.howstuffworks.com/index.htm

How Stuff Works website.It has a ton of stuff about different topics which changes on a regular basis. Check back frequently for all kinds of interesting information. 


 

http://www.weeklyreader.com/

Weekly Reader Galaxy is the name of this website. It is basically an online version of the traditional Weekly Reader magazine. There are weekly student polls in which kids enjoy participating. Good informational site for students.


 

http://www.thecolorsite.com/

This site provides animated coloring pages and fun games for children.


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Webquest Sites


There are also more webquests on the Shelby County Schools site under Teacher Resources. These are also by grade and subject. The K-1 link has downloadable templates that are fabulous with younger children!


 

Matrix of Example Webquests - these are listed by grade and subject matter. Webquests are fun for kids to do. Check some of these out - I¹m sure you can find some!


 

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Good Teacher Sites


Ask Eric is a Teacher site good for finding lesson plans of different types. Teachers can also submit interesting lesson plans.


 

This site, Education World, is primarily a teacher site. I¹m including it because it is full of lesson plans and other relevant information.They also feature a ³Site Review² that is an excellent way to find websites for students. Visit this site when you have time to browse!


 

This is the Troll Book website. It has Educator, Parent and Kids links. You can order online. Parents can get tips and find activities that promote reading with their children. The Kids page has links for games and activities. The best thing on their site is the Meet the Author section.


 

http://www.scholastic.com/index.asp

Scholastic Book website - similar to Troll with Teacher, Parent, and Kid links.It also has games and activities for students to do.An author link is also available on this site.
 

http://www.learningcompanyschool.com/

This is the Learning Company (the software people) - another Teacher site. You can subscribe to the Classroom Flyer which is an electronic newsletter that is super! I get it everyday, but you have the option for a weekly edition. The site has web links, lesson plans, features, and tips & tricks. An excellent resource for teachers to use to help find websites for students.


 

http://www.aplusmath.com/

This site features links to create flashcards, play in the game room, use the homework helper, and create math worksheets. It has interactive addition and multiplication tables that allow students to type in the numbers they would like to add or multiply and it shows them how to find the answer on the table. The games are also fun to play.


 

http://abcteach.com/index.html

Another good site with a hodgepodge of stuff! Easy to find what you¹re looking for, though. Good stuff for students, teachers, and parents.


 

http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/

At this site, specifically check out the Educational Tools link. Kids can play hangman, checkers, etc. online. Teachers can create Math worksheets. There is also a Vocabulary Builder link.


 

http://www.ed.gov/free/

There are lots of free stuff - broken down by subject matter - listed at this site.You can use this to find information about any topic you might be teaching.


 

http://explorer.scrtec.org/explorer/

Good searchable site.You can find downloadable (ADF format) files on any topic (mostly Math) to use.


 

http://www.teachervision.com/

This site has links for lesson plans on every subject you can imagine! It also has a link to ideas for class management and report card comments. Browse through all the many links that change from time to time at this site!


 

http://www.techlearning.com/

This is the Technology & Learning website. Lots of interesting articles which change frequently. There are usually good ideas for integrating technology into subject matter.


 

http://www.teachertools.org/index.html

This is primarily a teacher site. It has lots of downloadable ideas.


 

http://www.edhelper.com/

This site has thousands of links! You can make your own or print worksheets and puzzles on the site. It is well worth the time to browse this site!


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Home/School Sites

( Sites kids can use with family or alone!)



http://www.figurethis.org/index40.htm

Figure This - Math Challenge for Families This site provides quick problem solving challenges for students. Hints are provided for students if they need them. This is a great site for those students who need an extra challenge!


 
 

http://www.figurethis.org/challenges/toc.htm

Here's a chance to share your love of math with your family! This set of 80 learning activities features fun, real-world math topics, including organizing data, estimating the outcome of a sports event, visualizing designs and much more. Each exercise takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will challenge your clan to stretch their math skills in new ways.
 
 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/snapdragon/yesflash/time-1.htm

Set the Clock is a web site set up to teach young children how to tell time to the hour. The child is told to set the clock and the alarm goes off when the clock has been set correctly. The dragon animation is cute.
 

http://www.usmint.gov/kids/

This is the U.S. Mint site for kids. It has information on money - especially the new state quarters. On the Teacher link, there are lesson plans and projects that relate to money and the mint.


 

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/index.html

The Kids Place link at this site - Education Place - offers games, activities and resources in Math, Reading, Social Studies, and Science. There is a GeoNet game and Brain teasers that are appropriate for students.


 

http://www.kiddyhouse.com/

This site has a Teacher¹s Corner, Parent¹s Corner, and Kid¹s Corner.Good tips for parents - it even recommends books to share with their children. The Kid¹s Corner has information on a variety of topics of interest to kids.

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Free Stuff


Hewlett Packard often gives away paper or software in an effort to get you to use up your print cartridges.  The current offer of free greeting card paper is valid until March 5, 2002.  Their freebies always take about 6 weeks to arrive so they come to you just about the time you have forgotten completely about requesting them.
 
 

Video Placement Worldwide

http://www.vpw.com

VPW Classroom Information Network offers free sponsored educational videos and print materials to teachers.  They are made available by corporations, trade associations and information agencies interested in sharing their resources in support of education.

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Character Counts

Character Counts

http://www.charactercounts.org/

CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of schools, communities and nonprofit organizations working to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The site includes links to "Free Teaching Tools."

Polk County Character Counts

http://polk.ga.net/Westside/Charactered.html

The traits are linked to book lists that parents and teachers may feel free to use.   Teachers can use oral reading to focus on and emphasize positive character traits.

Good Character.com

http://www.goodcharacter.com/

If you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, this is where to start.
But if your character education program is cruising, and you just want some additional ideas and materials, this is also where to start.
This content-rich website is loaded with free resources to help you do the job!

Teach with Movies

http://www.teachwithmovies.org/

Introduce children to major events of history; great achievements of civilization; extraordinary men and women who have shaped our world;  works of music, dance, drama, literature and the visual arts; and ethical, social, and cultural issues facing children as they mature.  Correlated with Character Counts program


Technology

The Internet Archive

http://www.archive.org/index.html

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Animated Beginning Typing

http://www.ProgramFiles.com/index.asp?ID=446

Animated Beginning Typing for Windows v1.1 is designed for young typists, and teaches proper typing technique for the letter keys. Sound effects and animation are used to make learning to type fun (and funny). Help is given with an animated tutorial, a screen to show proper fingering, and an on-screen keyboard which highlights the
correct key when needed. There are three games in the program.  This site also provides links to many other keyboarding tutorials.  Some are free and some are for sale.