Resources

News Sites

Science Sites

Math

  • Math Sites
    - This page has lots of links to fun games that will help students work on math skills
  • Scott Foresman
    - check with your principal for username and password
  • NCTM Illuminations
    The Illuminations Web site was developed by NCTM to help educators implement the NCTM Standards. Browse the site for lesson plans, classroom videos, and a wide range of tools and resources.
  • Math Explorations
    This site is for serious math hobbyists only! If you or your star pupil hungers for some really challenging math problems, this extensive collection is a valuable resource.
  • Math.com
    This site has organized online math resources for students, teachers, and parents. Find links to homework help, free math lessons, family math projects, and solutions for everyday math problems. Review Basic Math, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Statistics.
  • Math Problems & Puzzles
    The Math Forum scouts sites to make it easy for teachers to find the resources available for their own purposes. This site contains a large collection of links to puzzles and problems.
  • Hotmath
    Math Homework Help Math Homework Help
  • Count On.org
    This site is packed with useful math games, puzzles, and information.
    Numberland provides poems and facts about numbers and has special appeal for young learners. Older students will enjoy the site's games and activities.
  • SpeedMath Deluxe
    This math game asks you to make equations out of four numbers. The computer supplies the numbers and you supply the operation. Don't forget the order of operations!
  • A+ Math
    Try the math games at this site to improve math skills. Students can use the Homework Helper to check their work.
  • Count Us In
    These primary math games include several on counting, patterns, sorting and grouping, length, and volume.
  • FunBrain Math Games
    Pick a game and test your skills. Try Soccer Shootout and Fresh Baked Fractions. Operation Order uses algebra to build a pyramid, and a correct answer in Change Maker adds money to your piggy bank.

Physical Education

Search Engines and Directories

Lesson Plan Collections

  • The Educator's Reference Desk
    - This site contains the thousands of lesson plans for every subject that were once posted at AskERIC (closed December, 2003).
  • Cool Teaching Lessons and Units
    - There are many resources here, including a large number of links to WebQuests and information about WebQuests.
  • The Gateway to Educational Materials
    - The Gateway to Educational Materials Project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is "the key to one-stop, any-stop access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet."
  • The Lesson Plans Page
    - This is the home of the largest collection of lesson plans on the Internet.
  • The New York Times Learning Network
    - The New York Times posts a lesson plan daily; the plans are archived and searchable. Each plan is complete and ready to teach, even including links to national and state standards.
  • TeachersFirst.com
    - Find the subject and grade level you're searching for, then click in the appropriate box for web resources and lesson plans to match your needs.

Web Tools

  • BackFlip
    - This free online tool allows you save your bookmarks so that you can access them from wherever you are.
  • Rubistar
    - Create your own rubrics (scoring tools) for Oral Projects, Multimedia, Research & Writing, or Work Skills quickly and easily.
  • TrackStar
    - TrackStar is a tool that allows teachers to create directed web surfing activities.
  • Landmarks for Schools
    - David Warlick's site for teachers includes a Citation Machine, a Rubric Builder, and a Permission Request form.
  • Quia!
    - This learning game collection provides a fun way to help students review a wide variety of topics. Visitors can create their own java-enabled flashcard drills, matching games, concentration, and word search puzzles using a simple editing tool. Try Quia free for 30 days; join for a nominal annual fee.

Art

  • The Drawing Board
    Edbydesign lets kids use their creativity to draw and color an online masterpiece. The Tracer allows them to copy Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Take a look at Eye Bogglers, a unique collection of visual tricks.
  • Learn To Draw: A Project for Kids
    Follow step-by-step figures to draw cute bears, frogs, birds, cats, lions, and lizards. Special lessons focus on drawing eyes and hands. Learn to use grid paper to draw proportional figures. Kids will enjoy the mystery drawing lesson; as they draw each step they'll try to guess the final result.
  • Kids Draw
    Try these simple steps to drawing a dinosaur, dog, chick, princess, or a leprechaun!
  • Rainforest Drawing Lessons
    Students can create a beautiful mural as they learn to draw foliage, primates, insects, and flowers.

Music

  • NIEHS Kids' Pages - Sing-Along Songs (Midis and Lyrics)
    - The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences put together this collection of lyrics and midi sound-tracks that you can download and share with your students.
  • Mama Lisa¹s World
    -a collection of children¹s songs and poems, organized by country. Readers are invited to submit their own songs and can enjoy the lyrics of previous contributions.

ELA/Reading

History/Social Studies Sites

  • Whitehousekids.gov
    - an educational opportunity for young Americans to learn about the White House and the President through fun and exciting features.
  • Animated Atlas
    - portrays history quickly by animating maps and geographic features.
  • AMERICAN MEMORY
    - from the Library of Congress - Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
  • HyperHistory
    - scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps.
  • Library of Congress
    - The Learning Page...especially for teachers
  • The GeoNet Game
    Questions in the GeoNet game are organized into six groups, following the National Geography Standards. This is a great place to build an understanding of geographical concepts in a global context.
  • Geosense
    Play alone or against an online opponent. Use your mouse to click on
    cities around the world and gain points for correct answers.
  • States Web Games
    Learn the locations, capitals, abbreviations and over 500 important facts about the United States. Try to drag each state to its location on the map; enter the postal abbreviation for each state; click on the correct state for each capital; and pick the state that goes with the clue, by region.
  • Geography Quizzes
    Scroll down the list and check your knowledge of Places in the News, Country Capitals, Historical Geography, and Rivers and Lakes.
  • Flag Tag
    Choose a level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) and then let the computer pick random countries. Identify and click the correct flag.
  • Visible Earth
    Explore this NASA Web site to view amazing satellite images of earth.
  • Maps and Map Skills
    Download map resources of continents and countries.
  • Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection
    View maps of countries, states, oceans, or national parks! Access world maps, city maps, and historical maps.
  • Map Machine
    This site displays a map of anywhere in the world. You can view the map topographically, according to earthquake fault lines or mineral resources, and choose many other views.
  • National Atlas of the United States
    Follow the directions to map information about biology, boundaries, environment, geology, people, transportation, and water.

Language Arts Sites

  • Between the Lions: Games
    Can you scoop letters from your soup to make a word? There are lots of phonics games to play using Shockwave. (primary)
  • Online Practice Reading Tests
    These reading tests for grades 1-8 use multiple choice, short-answer, and long-answer questions. Test tips for students and how to score are included.
  • It's Fun To Read
    Click All About Me for some interactive reading about Who Am I? What Is My Pet? And Where Do I Sleep? Have some fun with Bird Riddles and Tongue Twisters. (primary)
  • Reading Comprehension
    These stories and follow-up questions teach main idea, inference, and word meanings from context. (intermediate)
  • The Reading Zone (For ELL Students)
    The glasses icon indicates easy, intermediate, and advanced reading comprehension activities available to guests. Use the Dolch Word List, or try Reading a Map, Candy Labels, Reading Envelopes, Learn About Dolphins, Aesop's Fables, and U.S. Presidents Chart Study.
  • Workout Room: Writing Prompts
    These writing prompts, organized by grade level, encourage students to use their spelling and proofreading skills.
  • Bright Ideas for Writing
    Try some writing topics that include photos for added inspiration.
  • Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works!
    Teachers share their best experiences with classroom journals in this article that includes several writing prompts.
  • Story Starters
    Here are 50 ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Click Writing Process at the bottom of the page for help with brainstorming, graphic organizers, the first draft, revising, editing, and the final copy.

Testing

Search Engines for Students

Use These Search Engines To Find The Best Educational, Age-Appropriate Web Sites For K-8 Students
  • KidsClick!
    "Created by a bunch of librarians." Sites are annotated with reading levels. Selection Policy and search strategy hints are given.
  • Awesome Library
    Over 17,000 reviewed resources, selected for teachers, kids, teens, parents, and librarians
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet
    Over 8,500 sites selected by librarians, with selection criteria
  • Ask Jeeves for Kids
    Searches database of selected sites
  • Berit's Best Sites for Children
    Recommended web sites are reviewed and given ratings, now with search capabilities
  • Education World
    A search engine for educational Web sites only; now over 500,000 sites
  • Cybersleuth-Kids
    An Internet search guide for the K-12 student
  • SuperKids
    Browse by keyword or subject
  • MarcoPolo
    Provides standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom, developed by the nation's content experts
  • Yahooligans
    Browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids, approved by educators