Educational Resources Lab

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Curriculum Links

The Arts

Teacher Resources Art

 

ArtsEdge - ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts.  Also included are arts activities, articles on arts education, and additional links to arts education sites.

Michigan Humanities Council - Arts and Humanities Touring Program - The Michigan Humanities Council connects people and communities by fostering and supporting quality cultural programs, and supports a variety of activities that bring communities, students and scholars together.

Kinder Art - Lesson plans/projects for K-12 and information about art education.

Teacher Resources - Music

The National Association for Music Education - Mission: To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Provides links to articles, information, lessons and National Standards for Music Education.

The New York Philharmonic KidZone - an interactive site provides information and music fun for kids of all ages. Choose to learn about famous composers, identify instruments and their sounds, meet contemporary players and soloists, or play games which involve searching the various pages of the site for trivia and facts, drag and drop measures of music to compose your own minuets,  orchestrate, or change the instrumentation to familiar pieces, then listen to see how it changes compared to the original version.

Songs for Teaching - contains thousands of pages -many with lyrics, sound clips, and teaching suggestions along with practical suggestions based on the latest in brain-based learning, pointers and extension activities using children's music.

 

Museums and Collections

Art Institute of Chicago - Special exhibits, collections with interactivity, teacher resources to order.

The Louvre - History, collections, and virtual tour available (link is to English site).

National Gallery of Art - Collections, online tour, and NGAKids.

National Museum of Women in the Arts - Collections, frequently asked questions, and biographies of some of the artists.


Children's/YA Literature

Comprehensive Sites

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site - This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.

Children's Book Council - The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books since 1945. The CBC sponsors Young People's Poetry Week and National Children's Book Week each year. Site contains articles, links to author sites, and announcements of new books published.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) - a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this site provides a collection of links to children's and young adult books, bibliographies, authors and illustrators, and resources for teachers and librarians.

International Children's Digital Library - The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world

Reader's Advisory

Amelia Bloomer Project - The Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (ALA) selects annual lists of titles for young people, including biographies of women who shattered the limitations placed on women, fantasies featuring girls taking charge despite obstacles, and contemporary and historical fiction focusing on the fight for equality and rights that many take for granted.

Bloomfield Township Public Library: Read, Watch, Listen lists - Youth librarians' recommended reading lists including titles for Pre-K-8 children, genre and topical bibliographies.

Guys Read - Find a Book

GUYS READ is a web-based nonprofit literacy initiative for boys founded by Jon Scieszka. It is a sponsored program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. It presents reading suggestions and enables searches for books guys might like to read. Appealing graphics and neat suggestions for starting your own "Guys Read" site.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. It is an educational service of public television station WETA in Washington, D.C.  It provides a wealth of information about reading and links for teachers, librarians, parents, and kids who are looking for books.  You can find themed bibliographies and reviews, practice-based videos, and a database searchable by topic/genre/age/reading level and keyword.

Scholastic Book Wizard - If you need to quickly asses the reading level, interest level or lexile of a specific children's book, the Scholastic Book wizard allows you to search by title and retrieve information.


We Need Diverse Books - The website of a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.


Counseling

Associations

American Counseling Association - Resources for consumers, students and counselors.

American School Counselor Association - Information on roles, certification, publications, and ethical challenges.

Content Sites

Occupational Outlook Handbook - "Describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations." Can search by occupation, occupational groups, or view an alphabetical listing.


Early Childhood
Teacher Resources

Gayle's Preschool Rainbow - Preschool education activities, early childhood education lesson plans, ideas for teachers that enrich classroom curriculum are arranged by theme, also easy at home fun learning games.

Organizations & Journals

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Week of the Young Child information, legislative trends, research and reports, and position statements.

Sites for Children & Adults

Sesame Street - Simple games, music, and drawing activities. Some advertising.


English/Language Arts

Teacher Resources

 

Aaron Shepard’s Readers Theater RT Page - created and hosted by children's book author Aaron Shepard. Find a wealth resources for reader’s theater including background information,free scripts from Reader’s Theater Editions, worksheets for scripting, tips and much more.

Calisphere - A World of Primary Sources and More  - More than 150,000 digitized items  including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and more. Sets supporting the California Content Standards in History-Social Sciences, English-Language Arts, and Visual Arts for use in K-12 classrooms. Information / links about teaching and learning with primary sources,  sample lesson plans, primary source analysis sheets, and more.

Core Standards for English/Language Arts - Link to the Common Core State Standards Initiative 

The OWL at Purdue  -  find help with grammar, style, formatting and help with writing tasks. Included are APA and MLA formatting and style guides, links to the writing lab resources, tutorials, and a wealth of materials related to the writing process across disciplines and purposes. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) website is divided into four major sections: handouts and materials, Internet resources, workshops and presentations, and Writing Lab and OWL information.    

 

read-write-think -a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation. Provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.

Reading Rockets  - Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle 

Visible Thinking - lists the various learning routines and explains goals and strategies for including them in your lessons.

Professional Organizations


International Literacy Association (ILA) - Includes news, meetings and events, selections from print journals such as The Reading Teacher, Reading Online, an electronic journal of research and practice for K-12 teachers, and Children'sTeachers' and Young Adults' Choices reading suggestion lists.


Michigan Reading Association - Provides literacy resources to teachers, parents and universities, and convenes an annual conference in Michigan with inspirational speakers, educators, authors and more.


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) - Spotlight on related news, conventions, position statements, resources for new teachers, and teaching ideas can be found at this site. Journals show table of contents for current issue and selections from previous issues.

Content Sites

Giggle Poetry - Poems, activities, and contests available for elementary students plus some tips for teachers at this site.

Poets.org - From the Academy of American Poets, this site features biographies, clips of poets reading their poems, information about National Poetry Month (April), a poetry map listing poets, organizations, bookstores and events by state, and lesson plan ideas for teachers. Grades 8-12.

Poetry 180   - Poetry 180 presents more than 180 poems suitable for reading and sharing, in printer friendly style, with advice about how to read a poem aloud and suggestions about good times and places for sharing poetry on a daily basis.

RPO: Representative Poetry Online - Poets and poetry searchable by name, first line, and a keyword. Grades 9-12.

Shakespeare for Kids - From the Folger Shakespeare Library, this site provides word games, facts, coloring pages, and more to engage students Grades 5 and up.

 


ESL/ELL
Teacher Resources

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sources (OSERS) - Links to informational publications, reports, and nationals studies and provides links to other disability-related materials

National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education Through Technology, Media and Materials (NCIP) - Links to special education and technology resources and articles on technology and special education. Funded through 1998.

Organizations

Council for Exceptional Children - Membership and publication information, career connections, online version of CEC Today (newsletter).

 

National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education - Links to information on a variety of positions serving those with special needs, employment resources, and research.

 

Disabilities

Inclusion - Produced by The Renaissance Group, includes information about IDEA, teaching strategies, preparing for inclusion, and more.

 

Internet Special Education Resources - a nationwide directory of professionals, organizations, and schools that serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. Includes a directory and links to training programs, job opportunities, assistive technology and special need software.


Learning Disabilities Online - Information about different learning disabilities, conference schedule, and kid's page. Teacher page includes strategies, bulletin board for exchanging ideas, frequently asked questions, and book recommendations.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) - A "national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals." Includes printable publications, news, and frequently asked questions.   ***On September 30, 2013, however, our funding from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education ended.  This rich website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.***


Second Language Learners

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) - Bibliography of 40 Spanish/English Bilingual books recommended and reviewed by the Library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dave's ESL Cafe -  a virtual community of teachers and learners with job forums, chat rooms, language help and many links to more ESL resources.

English Language Listening Lab Online (ELLLO) - is a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers, targeting specific skills, needs and interests. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3.

EnglishClub - Resources for both students and teachers for the study of grammar, spelling, pronunciation and usage, playing games, chatting and interacting with other English language learners. English Club is written mainly in British English, taking The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English as a reference, but has pages about other varieties of English such as American or Canadian. As a reference for American English, Webster's New World College Dictionary is used.

ESL Gold - Over a thousand pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All materials are organized by skill and level, thematically organized into categories such as "Speaking," "Reading," "Listening," and "Writing."


EverythingESL.net - Lesson plans, teaching tips, classroom activities, discussion topics, and resource information.

Interesting Things for ESL students - For people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL), this site contains many activities including quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, and anagrams.


Gifted and Talented

General Teacher Resources

Davidson Institute- comprehensive site which includes resources, links, and full-text articles related to working with gifted students

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page - offers resources, articles, books and links for Parents, for Educators, Counselors, Administrators and other Professionals, and for Kids & Teens.

Te Kete Ipurangi - a news page for the gifted and talented community at the Online Learning Centre - a part of New Zealand's bilingual education portal. This site provides a gateway to useful education-related content, information and materials relevant to the education of gifted and talented students.

Professional Organizations and Information

Council for Exceptional Children -  Largest professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Michigan Department of Education Talent Development

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) -  Nonprofit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders united to address the unique needs of gifted and talented youth.


Health/Physical Education

Teacher Resources

Common Sense Media Cyberbullying Toolkit - Use this kit to stop cyberbullies in their tracks. It has the materials you need to show students how to stand up when they see digital harassment happening and to help you create a positive school culture where kids can thrive – both online and off.

answer sex ed, honestly   -   A website focused on providing high quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals.  Download the National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12, which provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum,core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12 or browse the strategic plan of Answer.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center - Information on food and nutrition topics, plus bibliographies of additional resources and information on borrowing books, videos and curricula.

P.E. Central - Resources include: Lesson plan ideas for PE and Health, Pre-K-12, links and information on topics like Adaptive PE, research article annotations plus information about PE journals, and lists of web sites containing even more resources.

Associations

Society of Health and Physical Educators - SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity, dance, school health and sport.  SHAPE America's mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, activity, dance and sport.

Content Sites

 

Remember Got Milk? Take a look at Milk Life - A Movement created to show how starting mornings with milk can help power the potential of every day.  Recipes, Food/Nutrition facts, videos and more.

KidsHealth - Articles for kids and teens on emotional and physical health.

Television

PBS Learning Media - Health and Physical Education - Use the left hand column to browse Health and Physical Education topics by subject and/or by grade.


Information Literacy

The Big6 -  The Big6 is an information literacy model developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.  It integrates problem-solving, search strategies and use of skills and technology tools to find, use, apply, and evaluate information. This model is used widely in K-12 schools, and lessons provided at this site are aligned with national standards.

 

IMSA's 21st Century Information Fluency Project - 

The 21st Century Information Fluency Project (21CIF) began in 2001 when the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy received funds from the US Department of Education to research and develop training in the largely unexplored field of online information literacy. It immediately became clear that the largest needs in this area were for professional development and resources to help educators and students improve their ability to locate, evaluate and use digital information more effectively, efficiently and ethically. That has always been, and remains today, the mission of 21CIF.  In 2009, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and the authors of 21CIF agreed to transform this project into a business. All the products and services that were available when this was grant funded remain available today, the vast majority of them for free. Financial support for 21CIF comes through online course fees, face to face workshop fees and product licensing.

Noodle Tools: 21st Century Literacies - this page from the Educators Network provides "Tools for Reading the World", listing links to information and plans for teaching language literacy, visual literacy, historical literacy, cultural literacy, information literacy, political and news media literacy, science literacy and mathematical literacy. 

Resources for School Librarians -  provides links to lesson plans and thematic units for information skills instruction. This site is maintained by Linda Bertland, retired school librarian. She also includes a bibliography of books and resources.


Lesson Plans and Education Websites
Lesson Plans (Multiple Subjects)

Classroom Zoom - A supply of lessons, hundreds of interactive whiteboard activities, and easy-to-use tools to customize your own math worksheets, language arts activities, crossword puzzles, social studies lessons, and more. Although there is a cost for full access, there are many free lessons and activities as well, searchable by grade level and subject area

Education Place - From Houghton Mifflin, includes "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.

Education World  - Links to lesson plans, articles on topics in education, and more content area sites.

EDSITEment  - “The best of the humanities on the web from the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Lesson plans, learning activities, and peer-reviewed websites.

HotChalk's Lesson Plan Page - over 3,000 free lesson plans across the content areas, organized by subject area, grade range and lesson topics, with links to discussion forums, worksheets, experiments and other resources for teachers.

InfoMine - Large resource comprising lesson plan sites, online reference sources, directories of U.S. schools, plus additional educational links.

LessonPlanz - Searchable directory of lesson plans for all subjects grades K-12. Also allows browsing and offers worksheets and web-quests.

MiddleWeb - Comprehensive resource for middle school teachers includes links to many articles related to teaching middle school as well as lesson plans.

PBS TeacherSource - Over 3000 lesson plans and activities. Searchable by subject and by standard.

Teach-nology Drama, Theater Lesson Plans - Links to lesson plans units plus more drama links.

Teachers FIrst - TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our robust search tools.

Teacher Resources

Awesome Library - Links to sites organized by area of interest. Some lesson plans.

DiscoveryEducation.com - Lesson plans K-12, puzzlemaker, clip art, and sites for students.

Kids Discover - Free lesson plans and activities to go along with every issue of the magazine Kids Discover.

Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) - McREL nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve education through applied research and development. K-12 standards, links by subject, and some activities.       

New York Times Learning Network - News summaries, news quiz, lesson plans grades 3-12, and web tours.

Visible Thinking/CoreRoutines:  Visible Thinking is a framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development. It emphasizes several ways of making students' thinking visible to themselves and one another, so that they can improve it.

Education Associations

The Association for Curriculum and Development (ASCD) - Tables of contents plus some full-text articles from Educational Leadership, online job bank, and education news are some of this site’s features.

National Education Association (NEA) - Among the features of this site are education news, classroom tips, and information on Read Across America.

Phi Delta Kappa - This site offers tables of contents and some full-text articles from Kappan magazine and other information of interest to educators.


Libraries/Museums
Libraries

Internet Public Library - Links to web reference sources, newspapers, magazines and serials, plus Teen and Youth sections.

Resources for School Librarians - Links to resources for curricular areas, program administration, publisher, policies and procedures, continuing education and employment, and additional web reference sources.

Library of Congress - Access to the collection, exhibits, legislative information, America's Library, American Memory, and more.

Local Libraries/Area Education Agency

Kresge Library at Oakland University
Rochester Hills Public Library
Auburn Hills Public Library
University of Michigan Library
Michigan Public Libraries list

Museums and More

MuseumSpot - Directory of aquariums, museums and zoos. Search by type, alphabet, review score, or geography.

Smithsonian - Libraries and archives, online collections, and museums and research centers.


Mathematics

Teacher Resources 

Core Standards for Mathematical Practice - Link to the Common Core State Standards Initiative

Illuminations - From NCTM, a guide to Internet resources.

The Math Forum - Math resources by subject (including lesson plans), articles and links on issues in math education, and key issues in math.

Mathematics Lessons That Are Fun! Fun! Fun! - Online lessons and activities for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Descriptions at the bottom of the page describe the specific mathematics area plus appropriate grade levels.

Mathwire.com - Standards-Based Math Activities is designed to provide activities and appropriate worksheets for teachers to use in their classrooms. All activities and worksheets support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM Standards.

Teacher2Teacher - Part of the Math Forum, discussion of math education with other teachers plus archived discussion and FAQ. 


Organizations 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, career opportunities, and activities for students.


Content Sites

A Maths Dictionary for Kids by Jenny Eather - An animated, interactive dictionary of math terms and concepts which includes definitions, examples, activities, practice and calculators.

 

Ask Dr. Math - A question and answer service for students and teachers. Contains searchable archives. FAQ explains common rules and formulas as well as classic problems.

Math and Science Gateway - Links to math and science resources primarily for students/teachers grades 9-12, but a few links could be used with younger students.

Math League Help Topics - Part of the Math League pages, this is a resources for students in grades four though eight. It serves as an online textbook with explanations of fractions, metric units, and many other topics.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - supported by the National Science Foundation, this site contains a library of virtual manipulatives and interactive activities which teach mathematical concepts K-12. 

Vi Hart Videos - Vi Hart creates short, engaging fast-paced videos which use everyday objects, food and doodles to demonstrate math concepts such as pi, Fibonacci numbers, mobius strips, binary numbers and patterns,measuring angles, and much more.  She hosts her own Youtube channel and is now also a part of the Khan Academy team


Professional Organizations

Children's and Young Adult Librarianship:

The Association for Library Service to Children - provides many practical and excellent resources to support children's librarians and educators in their work and also to guide children and their families and caregivers to the best resources available in print, non-print, and emerging formats. Find links to bibliographies, notable books for children, children’s literature web sites, great sites for kids, and more. The ALSC also administers major literary awards such as the Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert and others.

Young Adult Library Services Association - advocates, promotes and strengthens service to young adults and supports those who provide service to this population. Find links to bibliographies of recommended books for teens and young adults, great graphic novels, books for the college bound and book awards such as the Alex Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the Michael L. Printz Award.

Early Childhood Education:

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Week of the Young Child information, legislative trends, research and reports, and position statements.

Guidance:

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA)  - advocates for and provides professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills, and resources to promote student success.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - represents and supports school psychologists with links to programs, publications, awards, scholarships and materials.

Health:

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHERD) - "AAHPERD is an alliance of six national associations and six district associations and is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well-being of the American public."

Mathematics:

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, career opportunities, and activities for students.

Music:

National Association for Music Education (NAME) - Mission: To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Provides links to articles, information, lessons and National Standards for Music Education.

Reading/English:

International Reading Association (IRA) - Includes news, meetings and events, selections from print journals such as The Reading Teacher, Reading Online, an electronic journal of research and practice for K-12 teachers, and Children'sTeachers' and Young Adults' Choices reading suggestion lists.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) - Spotlight on related news, conventions, position statements, resources for new teachers, listservs, and teaching ideas can be found at this site. Journals show table of contents for current issue and selections from previous issues.

Science:

Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) - The MSTA mission is to stimulate, support, and provide leadership for the improvement of science education throughout Michigan.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - Web sites, professional development opportunities, some journal articles, and more recommended resources.

Social Studies:

American Anthropological Association (AAA) - links on main page plus Anthropology Education Commission Page for K-12

National Council for the Social Studies - (NCSS) Lists national standards, includes "media watch" section, and contains abstracts for articles in current publications.

National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) - Lists National Geography Standards and includes some online resources.

National Council for History Education (NCHE) - Publishes an online newsletter, provides resources, and includes some history links.

Special Needs Students:

Council for Exceptional Children - Membership and publication information, career connections, online version of CEC Today (newsletter).  


National Association for the Education of Young Children
 (NAEYC) - Week of the Young Child information, legislative trends, research and reports, and position statements.


Science

Teacher Resources

 

comPadre! - The comPADRE Pathway, a part of the National Science Digital Library, is a growing network of educational resource collections supporting teachers and students in Physics and Astronomy. 

 

Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library - Free lesson plans written by teachers for teachers. Written for elementary, middle and high school students 

Frank Potter's Science Gems - It takes a few clicks, but there are science lesson plans here for grades K-12 for physical, earth, and life sciences.

 

Hotchalk Lesson Plans Page for Science - Sort by grade and subject. Guide for writing and submitting lesson plans.

 

Literary Science 1: K-5 Mentor Texts: - Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)  offers a bibliography  which suggests children's literature titles that can be used as mentor texts for the Next Generation Science Standards across these four broad areas: Life Science, Earth & Space Science, Physical Science and Engineering & Technology.  This page also has a link to a bibliography of "50 Books about Science and Scientists".


NSTA Learning Center – Search tool to filter by subject, grade level or by state standards with lesson plans.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children - Selected by a panel from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Science NetLinks - From the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lesson plans and online resources based on Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

Science Spot - Sampling of science activities aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards for Science (middle school level). Prentice Hall Science series. Also includes lesson plans submitted by teachers.

Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) - is a free on-line science learning environment for students in grades 4-12, supported by the National Science Foundation. Project topics include genetically modified foods and earthquake prediction.


 

Organizations

Michigan Science Teachers Association - The MSTA mission is to stimulate, support, and provide leadership for the improvement of science education throughout Michigan.

National Science Teachers Association - Web sites, professional development opportunities, some journal articles, and more recommended resources.

Content Sites

Educational Materials - Science Education - Created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, this site provides powerful teaching tools for use in high schools, colleges, and universities across the country, free of charge. 

Environmental Kids Club - Global warming, Earth Day, and recycling are only some of the topics addressed in this website that contains coloring pages, puzzles, games, and stories. Gr. 4-8.

Imagine the Universe - "This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe." News, special features, and many explanatory articles. Includes math and science lesson plans.

Interactives: Rock Cycle -  an interactive site where students can learn all about the formation and types of rocks, identifying them and how they change. Includes short animations which show geological changes over time and describes the processes that cause these changes.  Short, multiple-choice quizzes allow students to check for understanding as they progress through each section of  the site.

The Nine Planets - "An overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system."

Physics Central - From the American Physical Society - physics in the news, a physics expert who answers questions, subject access to previous questions and answers, plus links to more physics resources for beginners (all ages), general (high school) and advanced (beyond high school).

Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Awards - Fifty web sites, five in each of ten categories including archeology, astronomy, earth, mathematics, and physics.

Sparticl - Sparticl is a new web and mobile service for teens, a collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. Sparticl includes answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities, all curated by a team of experts. But it's also a place where teens play a critical part – ranking content, sharing it, and recommending new content, all the while earning points and badges. Sparticl is created by the award-winning National Productions division of Twin Cities Public Television, and is made possible with the generous support of 3M.

Star Child - Two levels of information for elementary students about the solar system, the universe and "space stuff." Includes links to other astronomy sites for kids.

U.S. Geological Survey - Articles on biology, geology, hydrology, and geography, sites for kids, plus lessons and activities for grades K-12.

Visual Elements - Flash version gives pictorial representation of the Periodic Table. HTML version also available. A description, history, chemical data, and uses given for each element. Information on the table as a whole is presented plus more links to other chemistry sites.

Volcano World - Comprehensive information source about volcanoes. Includes quizzes, project ideas, and virtual field trips as well as some lesson ideas.

What's It Like Where You Live? - Designed for grades 4+, this site from the Missouri Botanical Gardens gives comprehensive information on biomes and ecosystems of the world.


Museums and Science Centers


Exploratorium
 - The Learning Studio has fun activities, links to ten cool sites (selected monthly), and interactive exhibits. This is only one of the informative and entertaining sections at this site.

Field Museum - Online exhibits include Sue, the world’s largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex, the butterfly collection, and the man-eating lions of Tsavo.

National Museum of Natural History - Through Educational Resources, find several electronic field trips plus additional information for students and teachers.

Science Museum of Minnesota - Online activities include going back to the time of the dinosaurs, looking at windmills and whirligigs, and monarch butterfly migration.


Social Sciences

Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers - from Dr. Marty Levine, California State University, Northridge

Notable Social Studies Trade Books - from National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council

Teacher Resources from the National Council for the Social Studies

Organizations

American Anthropological Association - links on main page plus Anthropology Education Commission Page for K-12

National Council for the Social Studies - Lists national standards, includes "media watch" section, and contains abstracts for articles in current publications.

National Council for Geographic Education - Lists National Geography Standards and includes some online resources.

National Council for History Education - Publishes an online newsletter, provides resources, and includes some history links.


Museums, Television

American Memory - A gateway to primary resources and historical collections from the Library of Congress.

Calisphere - A World of Primary Sources and More - More than 150,000 digitized items  including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and more. Sets supporting the California Content Standards in History-Social Sciences, English-Language Arts, and Visual Arts for use in K-12 classrooms. Information / links about teaching and learning with primary sources,  sample lesson plans, primary source analysis sheets, and more.

National Archives - Primary source documents, the Federal Register, and the Digital Classroom.

Public Broadcasting System - A source for many social science topics.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Site - offers virtual tours complete with lesson plans associated with the exhibits for grades 4-12, a timeline with representative exhibits, and alphabetical access to exhibits.


General Social Studies/Social Sciences Sites
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Annotated links to sites for students and teachers.


MiddleWeb  Resources
 - Geared toward middle school students and their teachers. Sites are annotated.

American History

Comprehensive Sites:

History Matters - Designed for use in a U.S. History survey course. Among the many resources on this site are links to primary resources and their evaluation, the citation and evaluation of web sites, lesson plans, and annotated links to hundreds of additional historical sites.

Index of Resources for U.S. History - A comprehensive "megasite" for United States History.


Civil War:

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War - Allows students to view and use primary resources (especially newspapers of the time) to better understand the conflict from both sides. Lesson plans for grades 7-12 included.


1900s +

New Deal Network - Images, articles, speeches, and letters are only some of the available materials at this site from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

Groups/Time Periods

Black History - Black history teaching resources on the Smithsonian Education site.

World History

Comprehensive sites:

Histor eSearch - This site, intended for high school and college students, provides many links to sites related to ancient world history, medieval history, and Latin American history plus several more topic areas.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project - Each sourcebook is a gateway to hundreds, even thousands of resources-texts, images, and additional links. Among the numerous topics for which a sourcebook exists are: African, Ancient, Jewish, Modern, and women's history. Searchable.


Ancient World 

Exploring Ancient World Cultures - Contains brief articles about the ancient culture (Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Islam, Medieval Europe) plus chronology, essays, images, additional links, and texts. Can be searched. 

Just for kids, Antiquity on the Web - Primarily on Greece and Rome the sites linked to here are for

elementary students.


Middle Ages

Middle Ages - From Annenberg/CPB, this companion site to their materials, which can be used independently, provides a good introduction to medieval life. Grades 4-8.

Modern History 

Modern History A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust - "An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature."

Geography 

50 States - Statistical information plus state bird, state song and more. Maps included as well as links to each state's official page.

National Geographic Society - Online adventures, lesson plans and printable maps.

State Facts for Students - created by the U.S Census Bureau, this site allows users to click on their state and learn many fun, fast facts. Also available is a teacher guide with lesson ideas for using this site with students. 


United Nations Cyber School Bus - Find a flag identification game, United Nations information, and member nation statistics. Also includes curriculum ideas for teachers.

The World Factbook - Country information including political parties, geographical information, and population.

Civics

Background Notes -  U.S. Department of State publications which include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of countries, independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

Ben's Guide to Government - Information and activities for teachers, parents, and students K-12 (with grade ranges K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) about our government and how it works.

Democracy Web - an online study guide and interactive world map based on Freedom House's Freedom in the World reports, which allows secondary students to use comparative studies to better understand the American form of Government and compare levels of freedom and civil rights across nations.


Project Vote Smart - Information on candidates, issues, and election results. Middle school/Secondary.


Special Needs Learners
Teacher Resources

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sources (OSERS) - Links to informational publications, reports, and nationals studies and provides links to other disability-related materials

National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education Through Technology, Media, and Materials (NCIP) - Links to special education and technology resources and articles on technology and special education. Funded through 1998.

Organizations

Council for Exceptional Children - Membership and publication information, career connections, online version of CEC Today (newsletter). 

 

Disabilities

Kids Together - volunteer organization since 1995 which promotes inclusive communities through sharing information and resources

 

Internet Special Education Resources - a nationwide directory of professionals, organizations, and schools that serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. Includes a directory and links to training programs, job opportunities, assistive technology and special need software.


Learning Disabilities Online - Information about different learning disabilities, conference schedule, and kid's page. Teacher page includes strategies, bulletin board for exchanging ideas, frequently asked questions, and book recommendations.


Second Language Learners

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) - Bibliography of 50 Spanish/English Bilingual books recommended and reviewed by the Library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dave's ESL Cafe -  a virtual community of teachers and learners with job forums, chat rooms, language help and many links to more ESL resources.

ELLLO - (English Language Listening Lab Online) is a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers, targeting specific skills, needs and interests. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3.

EnglishClub - Resources for both students and teachers for the study of grammar, spelling, pronunciation and usage, playing games, chatting and interacting with other English language learners. English Club is written mainly in British English, taking The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English as a reference, but has pages about other varieties of English such as American or Canadian. As a reference for American English, Webster's New World College Dictionary is used.

ESL Gold - Over a thousand pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All materials are organized by skill and level, thematically organized into categories such as "Speaking," "Reading," "Listening," and "Writing."

EverythingESL.net - Lesson plans, teaching tips, classroom activities, discussion topics, and resource information.

Interesting Things for ESL Students - Ror people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL), this site contains many activities including quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, and anagrams.


Web Tools and Tech Resources
E-Journal
 
From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal -  Jamie McKenzie, editor of this e-zine published since 1991 advocates for "professional development along with networks to support student exploration and reasoning." Many articles on the subject of technology in the classroom from current and past issues available. Searchable with subject index. 


Evaluating Web Resources

Urban Legends on the Internet - Truth about current urban legends including netlore. Categories provided to aid searching.

Search Tools

Google - Search engine now with subject directory feature.

Librarian's Index to the Internet - Subject directory evaluated, annotated, and compiled by public librarians.

Teaching with the Internet

Common Sense Media Cyberbullying Toolkit - Use this kit to stop cyberbullies in their tracks. It has the materials you need to show students how to stand up when they see digital harassment happening and to help you create a positive school culture where kids can thrive – both online and off.

Technology in the Classroom - From Education World, includes links to even more resources for: ethics & etiquette, evaluating technology, treasure hunts and web-quests, and virtual field trips.

The 10 Stages of Working the Web for Education - Article written by Tom March presents both the why and the how of using the Web in the classroom as well as links to web sites that illustrate the points of the article.

Webquest Page - "A resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web." Definitions, additional links, plus examples.

Welcome to Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything! - Provides links to apps, web sites rubrics, lesson plans, and a multitude of technology resources and support sites for educators and librarians. Especially useful, is the Critical Evaluation of Information page which lists tools and surveys for evaluating various types of technology applications and web sites.

Free Technology for Teachers - An award winning blog/website designed to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Creating Web Pages

Weebly.com

Where to find Royalty Free Music & Images

Every Stock Photo - A search engine for public domain and Creative Commons licensed pictures that pulls images from multiple sources on the web. 

Flickr:  The Commons - A collection of public images that have been contributed by 70 libraries and museums around the world.

Free Tiiu Pix - A website designed by an educator with free images & resources for both teacher & student use.

Morgue Files - High resolution, free reference image stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs.

National Gallery of Art - More than 25,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.

Pixabay - A keyword searchable website to find and download quality public domain images.