- A+ Click - Students grades K-12 can take online math practice tests at this site.
- ALA Youth Media Awards - Want to know more about the best books of the year? Check out these annual awards given to best children’s books and media.
- Annenberg Media Lerner - Videos, interactives, workshops, and distance learning are all available on this site.
- Book Adventure - Free reading motivational program for kids K-8. Over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice tests and win points.
- Children’s Writing and Publishing - Professor Kay Vandergrift lists websites and descriptions of websites that allow students to post their work online.
- Curriki - Curriki’s mission is to provide free, high-quality curricula and education resources to teachers, students and parents around the world.
- DeweyBrowse.org - Need some informational text and have a nonfiction book? Websites are assigned a dewey number as if they were a library material. Simply match your book to the website.
- Discovery Education - Discovery Education has so much to offer teachers: lesson plans, videos, puzzlemakers, science fair ideas, contests, grants, science help and more.
- Free Reading.net - Open source provider of many kinds of free reading resource materials for preK-Grade 6.
- Great Websites for Kids - Sponsored by ALA, this site suggests websites on authors, booklists and activities for kids and those who work with them.
- Library of Congress - The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
- NASA - Enhance the study of science and technology by employing the diverse resources available from NASA. These include video e-Clips, podcasts, NASA television, live space station video, and blogs.
- National Council for the Social Studies - From online resources to lesson plans, the NCSS website provides all teachers will material to support the social studies curriculum.
- National Geographic Kids’ Creature Feature - Free informational text for emergent readers about animals kids love.
- National Science Teachers Association - From outstanding trade books to grants, NSTA provides resources to support the science curriculum.
- No Red Ink - A fun way to practice and master grammar and writing skills.
- On Common Core - A series of webinars on Common Core sponsored by SLJ.
- PBS Teachers - This site contains standards-based resources in the arts, health and fitness, mathematics, reading/language arts, science/technology, and social studies.
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Partnership for the 21st Century offers educators information, resources, and tools to understand, identify and integrate the 21st century skills of creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving skills and communication and collaboration skills.
- Primary Access - PrimaryAccess is a suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and other online tools.
- Professor Garfield - Full of games, drawing videos, creating your own comics, this site may be my new favorite.
- Read Write Think - Search for lesson ideas, web materials, student activities, and accompanying language arts standards.
- Reading Rockets - Sponsored by the PBS television show, this website offers free video of favorite children’s authors, articles about reading and booklists by theme.
- Readworks.org - Lesson plans, activities sheet- everything you need to teach LA standards.
- SearchLit - Free website that offers a variety of resources for reading. Extensive online database of eBooks and a large library of lesson plans.
- Smithsonian Education - The section for Educators includes a browsable lesson plan area (searchable by subject, keyword or grade level) and IdeaLabs, student interactive tutorials that enhance the use of the site.
- Some of the Best Books of the Year - Links to great literature sites and support sites collected by Deborah B. Ford, author and consultant of all things library and literature.
- SomeSchoolGames.com - Interactive games you can use with your IWB.
- Starfall - Starfall is a free website to motivate children to read with phonics. Perfect for young readers, special education or ELL. Practice reading stories and watch videos.
- Stone Soup Magazine - The magazine by kids for kids. Publish your student’s work in this national magazine. In addition, contributors of stories, poems and book reviews are paid $40 each; illustrators are paid $25 per illustration.
- Study Zone Test Prep-Elementary - Use this site to find standards based lesson plans and practice tests to prepare your students for standardized testing.
- Sumdog - Free math games makes learning fun and easy.
- The Uncommon Corps - Champions of nonfiction blog about how to use nonfiction in teaching the common core. Included are reviews of new nonfiction.
- Thinkfinity - Thousands of lesson plans that align with national standards are available to teachers at this site.
- Time for Kids - Get the latest online news- kids’ style. Great source of informational text. Lots of photos and videos as well.
- 21classes.com - Blogging site specifically designed for educators.
- AASL Lesson Plan Database - Aligned with 21st Century Learner Standards and the Common Core, these lesson plans are searchable by grade, subject, and degree of collaboration.
- ATN Reading Lists - This wiki posts lists of read alikes, lists of books by genre or subject and also character traits, among many other lists.
- Blogger.com - Free blogging site. Choose educator.
- Classroom 2.0 - Join this network of educators interested in using 2.0 technology to share ideas and learn from others.
- Edublogs - Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts- all free.
- Good Reads - This social networking site allows you to keep track of what you have read, make suggestions for others and start an online book club.
- How School Library Staff Can Impact Student Achievement - Supplement to Deborah B. Ford’s BER seminar of the same name. Contains links for teachers and librarians to work together to increase student achievement.
- Interactive Whiteboard 101 - Resources and activities for using your IWB for literacy instruction.
- Libraries Matter- Deborah B. Ford Blog - Personal blog of Deborah B. Ford, award-winning international speaker, librarian and author.
- Mary Lange’s bookmarks on Delicious - Delicious is a site for bookmarking your favorite sites. My colleague, Mary Lange, has marked some excellent sites for you to use.
- National Archives for Educators and Students - Search for lesson plans connected to real documents in our history.
- PB Works for Classroom Teachers - Show off student work, connect with your parents, allow students to work collaboratively and allow students to build their own digital portfolios on this free wiki for teachers.
- Pinterest - Save websites and ideas all on one page or follow the pins of others- from interactive whiteboard ideas to lesson plans!
- Promethean Planet - From ready-made flipcharts to the latest in IWB teaching ideas, you’ll find them here at Promethean Planet.
- SMART Exchange - Lesson plans and resources for educators with a SMART board.
- School Library Journal - The leading print magazine for school and public libraries. Support material on website includes webinars, newsletters and blogs.
- SimpleK12 - From free workbooks to online professional development, Simple K12 has hundreds of ideas for the implementation of technology in your 2.0 classroom or library.
- Teachers.net - Find out what other teachers are doing and use their free resources.
- The Whiteboard Blog - A blog for educators by a technology teacher
- Wikispaces - This easy-to-use website allows anyone to write, edit and share content, depending on the permissions granted by the wiki owner.
- WordPress.com - Even corporations use WordPress for their blogging. Some knowledge of html will be helpful.
When was the last time you guys looked at the online National Archives collections? There are some amazing primary sources for all levels and they have even made some easy search databases for teachers/students.
Seriously, just go look around for a bit.
Bio.com On this Day (http://www.biography.com/on-this-day)
Bureau of Labor Statistic (http://www.bls.gov/)
Census Data (http://www.census.gov/#)
Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/)
Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice (http://www.nonviolenceandsocialjustice.org/)
Central Intelligence Agency (cia.gov)
Classroom Organization Tips (clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com)
Classroom Posters (blockposters.com)
Cooper Center (http://www.coopercenter.org/)
Cracking the Codes (http://crackingthecodes.org/)
Digital Public Library of America (dp.la)
Facing History and Ourselves (facinghistory.org/resources/strategies)
Fifty Core Documents that tell America’s History (http://teachingamericanhistory.org/50docs/)
Gallup Polls (http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx)
General Social Survey (http://www3.norc.org/gss+website/)
History.com This Day in History (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history)
History In An Hour (historyinanhour.org)
Live Binders (livebinders.com)
Making Whiteness Visible (http://world-trust.org/mirrors-of-privilege-making-whiteness-visible/)
The MicroAgressions Project (http://www.microaggressions.com/)
Miller Center (http://millercenter.org/)
My Fake Wall (myfakewall.com)
National Council for History Education (http://www.nche.net/)
National History Education Clearinghouse (teachinghistory.org)
National Opinion Research Center (http://www.norc.org/Pages/default.aspx)
Networking for Professionals (linkedin.com)
Pew Research Center (http://www.pewresearch.org/)
(Finding) Primary Sources (http://www.archives.gov/education/research/primary-sources.html)
Race: The Power of An Illusion (PBS) (http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_03-godeeper.htm)
The Race Card Project (http://theracecardproject.com/)
Racial Equity Tools (http://racialequitytools.org/home)
Reading Like A Historian (sheg.stanford.edu)
Rethinking Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml)
Rural Poverty Portal (http://www.ruralpovertyportal.org/)
Smithsonian Source (http://www.smithsoniansource.org/tea/viewdetails.aspx)
Teaching American History (http://teachingamericanhistory.org/)
Teaching Channel (http://www.teachingchannel.org)
Teaching For Change (http://www.teachingforchange.org/)
Teaching Tolerance (http://teachingtolerance.org)
TED - Education (ed.ted.com)
Today’s Meet (todaysmeet.com)
Zinn Education Project (http://zinnedproject.org/)
I’m positive there are things I don’t know about! Please message me with suggestions or reblog with added sources! :)
I’ve included some fake newspaper clippings in the anticipation guide for The Outsiders.
I forgot about this, so I’m reblogging it.
Would be great for your class Wincherella