Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standard Initiative
Teaching the Common Core - from Gildern Lehrman
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium - The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.
Preparing Students for College, Career, and Citizenship: A California Guide to Align Civic Education and the Common Core State Standards
Linking the Common Core State Standards for Reading,. Classroom Instruction
Trickle or Tsunami?: Getting Involved with the Common Core Standards
Common Core State Standards: Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects
Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics
Whole Brain Teaching - At the root of Whole Brain Teaching is a large amount of highly structured, educational tomfoolery. Students learn the most when they are having fun. Whole Brain Teaching classrooms are full of task-focused laughter. Humor and games are used to increase the number of times students repeat core information and practice basic skills. Our classes are highly disciplined and tightly organized because students have more fun following our rules, than ignoring them.
Education World - This is a great place to start looking for lesson plans on the web. Recent articles, web site reviews, and technology in the classroom are also highlighted.
Teachers.Net – Teacher discussion boards and chatrooms. Lesson plans, project ideas and teaching tools. Searchable teacher job listings and career resources.
Teachers.Net Gazette – The Teachers.Net Gazette features education news, commentary, teaching tips, lessons, pedagogy, classroom crafts, recipes, inspiration, humor, and free printables for the classroom.
Teachers.Net Lesson Bank – The Teachers.Net Lesson Bank is your opportunity to share your most precious asset - your teaching ideas and lesson plans! Now your genius and creativity can be used to touch lives around the world, and to help teachers reach students in ways they had never imagined before!
Teachnology's Lesson Plans Center - Over 30,000 free lesson plans for teachers.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day – Larry's great blog is updated daily and has wonderful ideas for teachers of all disciplines
Busters! - You're supposed to meet your mom at 5:00 and
it's now 5:30... and there isn't any reason, or at least not one that you're
So then.... you have to make an Excuse!
What are excuses?
Why do we give them?
Which ones do we tend to give over and over? Does this tell us something about ourselves? What happens when we give them?
'Excuse Busters!' will explore all these questions and more. What will you come out knowing at the end of this assignment? More about yourself and a plan to help you get where you're going- without excuses!
Welcome to the Web – By working your way through this web site and taking part in the exciting challenges and activities, you will learn all about the Internet. Good luck!
Interesting Facts - Interesting, Amazing and Fun Facts
Building on Biographies: Bringing Real-Life Stories Into Your Curriculum!
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
First-Day-of-School Icebreakers - Help Students and Teachers Warm Up!
Internet Archive: Way Back Machine – Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.
Discovery School - Associated with TLC and Discovery, this site links to pages that also include lesson plans with their videos. I have used the TLC videos and they are quite effective.
Teachers Helping Teachers - This site is designed by Dr. Scott Mandel. His site is full of great lesson ideas from all subjects.
Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites – Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites is an attempt to provide a “one-stop educational links shopping” experience for students, teachers, administrators & parents. Originally started as a school library web site it is constantly being revised with up-to-date links for all grade levels.
Graphic Organizers - Here you will find 58 graphic organizers. They are PDF files. You will need an Adobe Reader to view and print them. If you do not have a Reader, you may download one here for free. Note: Some of the graphic organizers may be filled out (and then printed).
More Grahpic Organizers - Planning charts, sequence charts, four column charts, idea wheels, ladders, persuasion maps.... These are just some of the numerous graphic organizers available to you here.
PowerPoint Games – These games were created in PowerPoint. Download the templates and modify the games to fit your curriculum needs.
PowerPoint Activities – The following links include templates and examples of Jeopardy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Hollywood Squares games and other lesson ideas that were created using PowerPoint.
Stick It To ‘Em: Velcro Learning for Middle Years – How Does Talking Improve Student Learning? When students are talking, more oxygen gets sent to the brain. If we don’t have our students actively engaged or talking about their learning, the brain becomes deprived of oxygen and it goes to sleep. A yawn is the brains way of giving itself oxygen. Talking also stimulates the frontal lobe of the brain where most of the learning takes place. If your students are yawning, get them talking!
PBS Teachers - PBS Teachers contains over 3000 free lesson plans and activities that you can search by subject, grade level, keyword, or format. Subjects are Arts & Literature, Health & Fitness, Math, Science, Social Studies, Pre K-2, and Library Media. Some lessons align with National Standards, some are accompanied by video clips.
AwesomeStories - AwesomeStories.com uniquely uses the Internet to link its story content to hundreds of thousands of the world's best on-line primary sources. Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see relevant maps, pictures, artifacts, manuscripts and documents, IN CONTEXT, within each story. Take advantage of human-based searches for a safe, fast and fun way to learn the real story behind historic events, famous people, heroic exploits, legends, disasters, movies, plus topics of current and general interest.
What Pupils Tell Us About Teachers and Lessons
Best of the Icebreakers from Education World
A Kid's Guide to Famous U.S. Landmarks
Critical Thinking and Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Taxonomy - This is a great way to get your students to ask higher-level thinking questions as well as learning how to ask them yourself.
Applying Bloom's Taxonomy
Bloom's Critical Thinking Questioning Strategies
Costa's Levels of Questions
Costa's Levels of Inquiry
Examples of Costa's Levels of Questions
Strategies for Reading Comprehension - ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. You will be invited to think about how a social studies skills framework might help you choose the right strategies for your lessons.
The World Heritage - This amazing site has panoramic pictures and interactive virtual reality movies for all sites registered as World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). It is a must see!
Links for K-12 Teachers - Helping Teachers use the Internet Effectively
Crossword Puzzles and Games - Create your own on-line crossword puzzles for free!
Templates for Teachers - printable welcome letters to parents, seating charts, award certificates, and much more.
Teacher Tools & Templates
Internt Tools Which Make a Teachers Life Easier
Free Stuff for Educators
Songs for Teaching - Using Music to Promote Learning
America Taking Action - A National Network of School Web Sites
Middle Web Curriculum and Resources - Web Sites for middle school teachers of all disciplines
FunBrain - On this site students can take quizzes on all kinds of subjects. You can also create your own quizzes. The world history quiz mirrors the 7th grade curriculum.
Quia.com is another site to make quizzes with. Games include hangman presidential quiz.
The New York Times Learning Network
Education Index® - an annotated guide to the best education-related sites on the Web. They're sorted by subject and lifestage, so you can find what you're looking for quickly and easily.
PBS.org - The PBS site has lots of great links including PBS programs and lesson plans.
No Dentist Left Behind - A must read for all teachers
FreeFoto - Free Pictures
Animated State Flags
Animated World Flags
Learn Spanish with Pictures
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Social Studies Sites
LAUSD History Social-Science – A great resource for model lessons in world and U.S. history
SCORE History - This site has links related to the teaching of history in California. A must see.
Mr. Donn's History Lessons and Activities - This site is so amazing. Don and Lin Donn do a wonderful service to all history teachers with this site. It could take you weeks just to go through the whole thing.
Constitutional Rigths Foundation – Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. The website is loaded with great, free resources for social studies teachers to use in their classrooms.
Center for Civic Education – The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation that is “dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles." It offers free information and resources to that end.
iCivics - iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.
Mr. Dowling's Electronic Passport - Browse the world in a Virtual Classroom
Mr. Roughton's Classroom 2.0 - History Unit Guides with great ideas on how to use media in your classroom
History for Music Lovers - Video mini-lessons set to popular music: for example, the French Revolution to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Chinese Dynasties to Madonna's "Vogue."
World History For Us All – World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools. It offers a treasury of teaching units, lesson plans, and resources.
Picturing America – Picturing America, an exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.
Mr. Langhorst's Web Classroom - An eighth grade teacher at South Valley Junior High School in Liberty, Missouri, is using podcastes to enrich his social studies curriculum and to help prepare his students for exams. "StudyCasts", audio reviews (podcastes) help his students prepare for upcoming unit tests. He also uses his "Speaking of History" podcasts as a tool to share with his students) interviews he's conducted with historians, museum directors, and tour guides from historic sites.
History is Elementary – A site for history teachers and anyone who enjoys reading about history and history education.
Teaching the Civil War with Technology
EyeWitness to History - History through the eyes who live it
Benchmarks of Historical Thinking – What should students know after 12 years of studying history in school? What should they be able to do with their knowledge? Surely they should have more than an accumulation of memorized facts to show for years of study. The Benchmarks Project combines the research of historians and educators with the experience and skills of classroom teachers to create practical ways of encouraging historical thinking in realistic classroom settings.
Kidipede - History for Kids - Homework Help for Middle School
California History-Social Science Course Models - Includes model lessons and standards. Very helpful to teachers incorporating California standards into their curriculum.
SOAPSTone: A Strategy for Reading and Writing
Digital History - ...a deep and well-done site "developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges"; it includes a textbook, essays, multimedia presentations, a database of links, classroom handouts, and much more to make history come alive for students.
The TimeMaps – Atlas of World History is a FREE teaching resource that tells the story of human history through on interactive map.
HistoryWiz for students, teachers and lovers of history - A great site full of multimedia exhibits
Planning Constitution Day - Education World has gathered resources that should help you figure out just how you might recognize Constitution Day. Below you will find links to dozens of lesson ideas and other resources that should provide the tools you will need to recognize Constitution Day this year and in years to come.
The Constitution at Play – Welcome to the all-new, updated Justice by the People program. Featuring new lessons and printables throughout, Justice by the People continues to help you build your students’ language arts skills and further their understanding of civics and social studies. This national standards–based program, generously sponsored by the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, brings to life topics ranging from the Constitution to the Jury System in a fun, multimedia learning experience.
Social Studies for Kids
Massachusetts Historical Society - The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is an independent research library and manuscript repository. Its holdings encompass millions of rare and unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of American history, many of them irreplaceable national treasures. A few examples include correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, such as her famous "Remember the ladies"; several imprints of the Declaration of Independence; and Thomas Jefferson's architectural drawings. It is a great place to visit if you are ever in the Boston area.
Reading Like a Historian - The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents modified for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.
Teaching With Documents - Document Based Question / Constructed Response Question
Using Primary Source Documents in the Classroom – Suggestions for using primary sources were compiled from the National Digital Library's Educators' Forum
Teaching with Primary Sources – Using the rich online sources of the Library of Congress to help students learn about congress, representative democracy, and citizen participation
NARA Digital Classroom - Teaching With Documents – Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for reasearch with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.
National Archives Teachers' Resources
Primary Source Tool Box - Primary Sources can be valuable teaching tools. These articles and other materials focus on the benefits of teaching with documents.
Teachable Documents and Online Exhibitions - The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Links to Primary and Fundamental Documents – This page contains links to a growing number of documents, dating back almost 3800 years to the time of Hammurabi, that have been among the cornerstones of human civilzation. They have influenced our perceptions and practice of statecraft, diplomacy, and the rights and responsibilities of communities, and of individuals. Their influence has persisted, often over centuries, as part of the conditions in which we live now and envision the future.
DESCRIBE: A Strategy for Making Text-Based Primary Sources More Accessible - Integrating primary sources into the K-12 curriculum provides students with exciting learning opportunities and benefits. Using primary sources, however, also presents challenges, especially for students with disabilities. In order to address these challenges and make primary sources more accessible to all students, teachers need effective and powerful instructional strategies.
Reading Like a Historian – The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents modified for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.
The Library of Congress for Teachers – 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. Ready-to-use materials that bring the Library’s primary sources into the classroom.
Teaching American History – Free seminars and Summer Institutes for Social Studies Teachers
Calisphere - Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations.
Interactives – Become a document detective! Use your sleuthing skills to figure out when and where an historical event took place by examining some primary sources and using an educated guess to pinpoint them on a map and timeline. Then, test your document expertise and analytical skills by answering questions about them.
Geography Links and Lesson
Mr. Donn's World Geography Page - A must see for geography teachers.
Maps and Geography Lesson Plans – Geology.com is a collection of map and geography resources. This collection of map and geography resources includes state and world maps, satellite images, lesson plans, classroom activities, projects and much more.
Xpeditions - National Geographic - Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life.
Geography Teaching Ideas - Links to some wonderful Geography toys and games, recommended books about Geography, and some links to other useful Geography sites.
Online Map Games - Fun online interactive map games from Maps.com
Archival Maps – Most of the old maps in Archival Maps' collections are scanned from the archives of the Library Of Congress. These reproductions of antique maps are made from the highest quality paper and best inks available.
Journey of Mankind – Peopling the World
All About the United States - Reinforce state facts with these free interactive online games from Sheppard Software.
Google Earth Lessons
Geography A-Z Activity - Education World presents three fun printable geography features for your students. These work sheet series will challenge students to learn about geography as they explore famous places around the world one letter at a time, learn about Europe's most famous landmarks, and track Mrs. Waffenschmidt to all corners of the Earth. Click each headline below to see our three different Geography A to Z features.
A World of Learning: Geography Activities for Geography Week
Geography Awareness Week
GeoNet Game - Students can practice their geography knowledge on this interactive game. Choose from the United States or the World Map to start, then select from a variety of knowledge categories for each division.
The Five Themes of Geography
Latitude and Longitude
U.S.A. Atlas: Maps and Geography of the United States
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
I Know That – Tons of different kinds of map games that are informative and fun.
Placespotting – Students are shown a spot on the map, and given a series of riddles to help them determine what it is.
Mapping Our World – A series of animated and audio lesson on maps, and the accuracy and inaccuracy of their projections affect our view of the world.
D-Maps - To date, d-maps.com contains 32510 maps, each one proposed in 6 graphic formats
Free outline maps of the world
Free Blank Outline Maps of the Countries and Continents of the World
Prentice Hall's Online Map Bank
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook - An index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes. Since it had grown too large for many users to manage, as of October 10 1998, it has been extensively reorganized. For teachers who wish to refer students to the Sourcebook, this page is the best starting point.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
ClassZone - Creating America: Beginnings through World War I - Want to become an American history expert? With all the exciting resources, activities, and links right at your fingertips, you're well on your way! Click on one of the chapters below to begin your exploration. It's that easy!
Historical Tect Archive - The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects. A Must see for primary source documents.
Interactive Timeline Creator
Popular Songs in American History
You’re Sure to Ratify These Lessons! - Lessons for Teaching about the U.S. Constitution
I Love That Teaching Idea - Social Studies
Establishing Borders - The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48
Letters from the Japanese American Internment
Winning the Vote - How Americans elect their president
Ancient Mesopotamia Teacher Resource Center
Fabulous Fun with the Greek Myths - Take a class voyage into the world of the Greek mythology's rich and powerful stories
about the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages - Twelve Activities Take Students Back in Time!
Kids in the Castle - Lessons, Activities, and Virtual Tours!
Days and Days of Knights - A Unit on the Middle Ages
Mapmaking with Lewis and Clark
National Geographic Education Guide
The History Place - A magazine of the past that's filled with pictures, helpful historical timelines, and homework help. Don't forget to click the picture of the week.
George Washington Lives! -- On the Internet!
Explore the Civil War - Links to many Civil War web pages and activities
Holocaust Unit - Many links and activities relating the the Holocaust
Teaching the Holocaust
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Language Arts Sites
SCORE Language Arts - Online resources for the language arts teacher with activities aligned with the California state standards.
VocabSushi is the premier Website for anyone looking to learn vocabulary and have fun doing it. It is ideal for students studying for standardized tests, and is also perfect for anyone looking to expand his or her vocabulary to communicate more precisely.
Reading Comprehension and Test Preparation - These interactive activities will help you read and understand English and prepare for reading exams.
Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images, and more!
Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun - Crosswords, WordSearch, Hangman, Quiz, MatchGame
Vocabulary, Free Word Puzzles and Activities
BBC - Skillswise - Games - Great word games to use with your students
SuperKids Vocabulary Builder - Word of the Day
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SCORE Science - Online resources for the science teacher with lesson plans and activities aligned with California state standards.
The Teaching Sourcebook for Teaching Science - Strategies, Activities, and Internet Resources
Seeing in the Dark - A companion site to a PBS television documentary, this site includes information, videos, classroom and family activities, and much more in the area of astronomy
Amazing Space - Capture the cosmos by delving into our storehouse of goodies on galaxies, black holes, comets, the solar system and more…
Hubble Telescope - A must see for some amazing pictures.
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Geography4Kids! - If you are looking for physical geography or earth science basics, stay on this site. This site offers and introduction to the earth sciences that include topics on the Earth's structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere (for a start).
Teen Health - This site answers questions about numerous teen issues.
Science & Nature - Human Body & Mind - Numerous topics for science and health teachers
Don't Buy It - Get Media Smart - Buying smart - See through the sales pitch. Take the junk food quiz as well.
Search engine lesson
Posters with Word
A long list of computer lesson plans
More computer lesson plans
Internet Scavenger Hunts
Hotmath.com - Math Homework Help - View step-by-step answers to math homework problems from your textbook. Hotmath is the leader in math help for pre-algebra through calculus.
Illuminations - Activities, Lessons, Standards, Web Links. Illuminations is designed to: Provide Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.
AAA Math - AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Math.com - The World of Math Online
Math in Daily Life
Create a Haunted House.....if you dare! - Follow the directions to sharpen your graphing skills, create a cool haunted house and then morph it using math.
Mathwire.com - Field-tested math activities and worksheets which support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics
Visual Fractions – Fractions are better understood when seen.
Who Wants Pizza? A Fun Way to Learn About Fractions
Education World The Math Machine – Links to more than 50 online games that will help you teach and reinforce important math skills.
Figure This! - Math Challenges for Families
FunBrain - Kids Center - Lots of math games plus other subjects
BBC - Skillswise - Games - Great math games to use with your students.
A+Math - This web site was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively.
Math Advantage - for students in K-12
Play Kids Games - online math games
Math's Mavens Mysteries - Calling all math detectives! Mysteries are popping all over town, and our chief sleuth needs your help to crack each case.
Cool Math 4 Kids - Math games, puzzles, and lessons
Math Cats - Fun Math for Kids
SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator - Create your own multiplication math facts worksheets. Use them in the classroom for practice or timed drills, or at home.
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AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination
AVID Middle School Website
AVID Tips for Schools
How to Write Cornell Notes
Costa's and Bloom's
Costa's Levels of Inquiry
Examples of Costa's Levels of Questions
Developing Questions for Critical Thinking
Depth and Complexity Posters Menu
Themes and Big Ideas
GATE Teachers Chatboard
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