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U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the newly remodeled
and updated Federal Resources
for Education Excellence (FREE) website. It now provides
richer, more expansive resources to teachers and students alike. There
are over 1500 resources to take advantage of at FREE, ranging from primary
historical documents, lesson plans, science visualizations, math simulations
and online challenges, paintings, photos, mapping tools, and more. This
easily accessible information is provided by federal organizations and
agencies such as the Library of Congress, National Archives, NEH, National
Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian, NSF, and NASA.
visit to Copyright
This website explains
copyright law changes for educators according to the TEACH Act of 2002
Big6 has become a creative gateway
for tools and resources for teaching about information literacy. The
site includs examples of lessons, activities, organizers, and forms.
For an overview visit the Big6 home page. For a structured guide to
using this research model see your Information
is a great website that allows you to create rubrics from scratch or
modify some pre-made ones.
Webquests Webquests are a really good lesson plan or curriculum
unit that utilizes resources from the Internet. Webquests are just a
little more complicated than a lesson plan or unit plan. Webquests strive
to get kids thinking at a higher level by asking students an essential
question, providing opportunities for kids to explore further, and then
getting kids to apply their knowledge with a hands-on activity.
Schrock's Guide for Educators is the mother lode for forms,
rubrics, assessment strategies, learning activities, and instructional
resources. "Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized
list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth.
It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning."
Helping teachers use the Internet effectively
Check out a selection of free, cross-curricular thinking games, quizzes
and logic puzzles on the fee-based, question-and-answer site.
An elaborate database containing treasure hunts, curriculum tools, Web
projects, research tools and a great how-to section.
for Kids are animated talking picture books just for children
and are offered in 3 different languages, including English, Spanish
and Chinese. They can be used for language learning or just for fun.
There are also online educational games for USAFE’s youngest customers
– check it out now!
The Discovery Channel
Essay Writing contributed by David Aaron
The word "essay" comes from the French essai, a try or attempt. The essay is an attempt to communicate information, opinion, or feeling, and usually it presents an argument about a topic.
Essay Writing Resources
This module introduces you to the process of essay writing - from analysing the question through to the final redrafting and editing.
Writing Essay Exams
Details how to create a well written answer to an essay question.
How to write an essay
Strategies for writing assessed essays in the first year and in the second year of an English course.
Writing Tips: Essay Builder
Explores the parts and provides step-by-step directions for writing essays.
CollegeBoard.com: College Essays - Writing Tips Includes, Sample College Essay Questions, Recipe for a Draft, and Three Steps to a Great College Essay.
Essays and Other Writing Activities for Early Writers For early writers, these one-page printouts - with writing prompts - should be enough writing space for a short essay. For more advanced writers, extra pieces of lined paper will be necessary to finish an essay.
Book Reports contributed by David Aaron
Book Report Now!
Five fast and easy steps to finding a book and writing a great book report.
Includes information on different types of book reports as well as templates for selected books.
abcteach: Book Report Forms
These printable forms guide students through the writing of book reports.
Better Book Reports-25 Ideas!
Tired of the same old book report formats? Spice up those old book reports with some new ideas.
More Ideas Than You'll Ever Use for Book Reports Features several hundred creative ideas for book reports.
Book Report Sandwich
Here's a great way to gather all the ingredients you'll need to write a tasty book report.
Book Report Rubric
Use with any multimedia book review.
Trail Sled Dog Race 2006
It’s unlike any other event in the world. A race over 1,150 miles
of the most extreme and beautiful terrain known to man: across mountain
ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept
coastline. Add sub-zero temperatures and blinding winds, and you’ve
got the makings of a legendary adventure. That’s the Iditarod.
The Iditarod National Historic Trail commemorates a 2,200 mile system
of winter trails that first connected prehistoric Native Alaskan villages,
later became a major route for the settlement of Gold Rush-era Alaska,
and continues to play a vital role in modern-day Alaska.
Iditarod - Education Expedition The Iditarod Education
Expedition is an activity center designed for students, teachers, and
parents who wish to learn more about the Iditarod Trail race and have
lots of fun too.
Activities Across the Grades!
Education World offers activities that will have your students "teeming"
to learn about this exciting competition! Included: Activities in which
students create a musher picture dictionary, create charts of Iditarod
supplies, and much more!
Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race, An Interactive Unit Study
by Sue Smith maginations, dreams, and creativity exbound while your
students are learning history, geography, math, science, animal care
Storytelling, Books, & Writing
- Online streaming
video website featuring famous actors reading children's
books aloud. It is really great.
- From our college Dinah Teague in Iceland BookAdventure
book finder for kids. Students put in info on their grade
and interests and the site generates a fantastic list for the kids.
- Publish students' creative holiday stories or book reviews online!
- Book Hooks
Publish book reviews online.
This site, a great resource to publish student work, contains over
40,000 stories from kids.
Here is a safe online outlet to publish your students' written work.
- Voices of Tomorrow
is a free international online magazine where student
journalists from around the world can publish. Students are invited
to share their opinions on this e-zine. Check on the about us link
then on the "How to Contribute" to see the submissions guidelines.
You can also "read" the issue page by page just like a print
Poetry & Biography
The Biography Maker
Language Arts Professional Resources
Lexile Framework for Reading
Each year, millions of U.S. students receive Lexile measures
at school. Today, Lexiles are the most widely adopted reading measures
in use. Tens of thousands of books and tens of millions of articles
have Lexile measures. In addition, all major standardized tests and
many popular instructional reading programs can report student reading
scores in Lexiles. As a result, Lexile measures tie day-to-day work
in the classroom to critical high-stakes tests. This provides interim
assessment and encouragement while using the same consistent measurement
to easily track progress, all without additional testing.
The Web Teacher
Features K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans,
WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and
The Literature Network
Offers searchable online literature for the student, educator.
Blue Book of Grammar &
Features grammar rules, exercises, tests, and answers.
Lesson plans abound at this comprehensive literacy center.
TeacherSource: Arts & Literature
Includes lesson plans, online activities, classroom resources, and professional
development projects for Art, Language Arts, and English teachers.
The Lesson Plans
Page: Language Arts Lesson Plans Contains grade-leveled
language arts lesson plans, ideas, thematic units, and much more --
Database of Award-Winning
The ReadWriteThink staff has created an excellent group of literacy
activities and lessons incorporating Flash. The interactive Flash tools
give students the opportunity to use technology while developing literacy
The 2007 national theme, 'From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in
the Americas,' is dedicated to the struggles of peoples of African descent
to achieve freedom and equality in the Americas during the age of emancipation.
African American World | PBS
Presents the broad range of the black experience in the United States,
from the Harlem Renaissance to the ongoing debate over affirmative action.
African American Odyssey
This Library of Congress site showcases the library's collection of
rare books, government documents, manuscripts, musical scores, plays,
films and recordings related to the African American experience.
African American Heritage Teacher Toolkit for Grades K-12 A selective
guide to links, lesson plans, books, CDs, videos, posters and more.
Our Shared History, African American Heritage A comprehensive project
of The National Park Service to preserve and interpret African American
The African Presence in the Americas: 1492-1992 Designed to introduce
you to the dynamics and dimensions of the 500 year history of African
people in the Americas. Four broad themes have been selected for exploration:
Migration, Work, Culture, and Resistance.
Contributed by D.A.
and other historic films which can be seen online
Google has digitized 103 historic films from the National Archives and
made them available on the Web. The pilot project, which may be expanded,
includes such gems as newsreels from World Wars I and II, video of the
moon landing and Depression-era films about the national parks and public
works projects. MSNBC/The Hollywood (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11604245/)
Since 1994, the Center for History
and New Media at George Mason University has used digital
media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate
multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation
in presenting and preserving the past. We sponsor more than a dozen
digital history projects and offer free tools and resources for historians.
More than 10 million digitized historical artifacts are
available on the Library of Congress'
web site ranging from ancient manuscripts to Civil War
maps, from classic blues recordings to Coca-Cola commercials, from Dust
Bowl photographs to Thomas Edison's first films. These unique primary
sources are the raw materials of history, and bring students into close
personal contact with the people, places, and events of our nation's
past. K-12 classroom teachers are provided with tools to bring these
collections to life on the Library's Teachers page at: http://www.loc.gov/teachers.
Over 70 original lesson plans, all created and field-tested by master
teachers, provide easy ways to integrate primary sources into the curriculum.
Interactive activities, historical and cultural timelines, and online
feature presentations bring the expertise of the Library's curatorial
experts to bear on key historical issues, and provide accessible introductions
to major periods in our nation's growth. Meanwhile, the Library offers
in-person workshops, videoconferencing, and other professional development
opportunities to help teachers build their skills and discover new ways
to bring the power of primary sources to their students.
All the materials on the Library of Congress' Teachers page are free
to all, with no subscription or login required, and new materials are
added on a regular basis.
U.S. Historical Documents.
This excellent site parovides a chronology of US historical documents
with over 100 fascinating primary source materials.
digital movie generator
This site lets students "create" thier own shor Ken Burns
style movie, using images and soundtracks from the Ken Burns films.
Maps in K-12 Classrooms This resource for K-12 teachers
and students developed by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History
of Cartography at the Newberry Library is designed to bring historically
significant map documents into your classroom. Inside are high quality
images of historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions
of American history.
Among the myriad of websites out there is an interesting one that I
visit frequently at: www.findagrave.com
Find a Grave This
site contains photos of the individuals, their graves, birth and death
dates, and short biographies. People are also allowed to submit short
tributes to those individuals who inspired them, etc. This is where
it gets interesting. The site does not want negative comments submitted
on those people many deem infamous or controversial. In such cases where
too many people tried to submit such comments, the tributes or what
the site calls "virtual flowers" has been disabled so nothing
can be submitted. Among the people in this category are the obvious
such as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, etc. Others include Nathan Bedford
Forrest, "Col." Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's greedy manager),
and Joe McCarthy. Ironically of our Presidents, only one has had his
"virtual flowers" disabled and it's not Nixon. It is Lyndon
Johnson, presumably due to his role in the Vietnam War.
This is a streaming media site so it doesn't lend itself to having a
lab full of students all go to the site at the same time. There is an
extensive catalog of short video and audio files. IF you find a particularly
useful clip, they can be ordered from the site. For each video, there
is a list of web resouces. There is also a teacher section of resources.
The videos run from 8 to 20 minutes.
Education Guide Maintained for grades K to 12 by the National
Geographic Society (NGS), this site features a variety of educational
resources related to geography.
USGS Geography The
mission of the Geography Discipline is to meet the Nation's need for
basic geospatial data, ensuring access to and advancing the application
of these data and other related earth science. Provides map data, mapping
tools and mapping activities for students in grades K-12.
Geography Knowledge Interactive quizzes gives students
a fun way to learn geography.
GENI: Geography Lesson Plans
A collection of geography lessons with grade level indicated
in parenthesis; however, most lessons are adaptable to nearly any grade
world atlas of facts flags and maps including every continent, country,
dependency, exotic destination, island, major city, ocean, province,
state & territory on the planet!
The US Constitution
With Documents: Observing Constitution Day NARA encourages
teachers and students at all levels to learn more about our Constitution
Center Dedicated to honoring the U.S. Constitution through
interactive multimedia exhibits, photographs, film, sculpture, text,
Constitution Web Portal An extensive and categorized collection
of links and resources for teachers and students in grades 4-12.
Constitution This Interactive Constitution is based on
The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda
Education The gateway to Smithsonian educational resources
Nye Labs Your favorite science guy
Earth and Sky
3 D Insects Welcome to the world of virtual insects!
and Science A repository of jokes, some of them funny even
to non-scientists. Sometimes you can hook kids through their funny bones.
More Science Websites from the DoDDSE January
This site has web interactive lessons, visual lessons, and science imaging
for earth and space science.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
This site has hundreds of links to other sites pertaining to earth and
space science. This is a great site to integrate science and social
Great on-line activities for students.
A ‘cool’ site to learn about infrared light and astronomy.
Activities and information are available for kindergarteners through
Solve your math problem
"We are delighted to announce that the NEA
Jazz in the Schools curriculum is now available. NEA Jazz
in the Schools is a web-based curriculum.. The five-unit, multimedia
curriculum is designed for high-school social studies, U.S. history,
and music teachers, to help their students explore jazz as an indigenous
American art form and as a means to understand American history. A free
multimedia toolkit containing a modified version of the curriculum,
designed primarily for high schools without adequate web access, can
be ordered on the website.
NEA Jazz in the Schools provides five flexible units, each of which
can be taught in a day or expanded into a more comprehensive series
Each unit includes a short introductory video; a lesson essay; links
to a wealth of multimedia resources (musical excerpts, period photographs,
and additional sources of information); a teacher's guide with teacher
tips, cross-curricular activities, and assessment methods; and student
activities.. The units meet lesson objectives and national curriculum
standards in five subject areas: U.S. history, social studies, arts
education/music, civics and government, and geography.
The five units of NEA Jazz in the Schools are The Advent of Jazz: The
Dawn of the Twentieth Century; The Jazz Age and the Swing Era; Bebop
and Modernism; From the New Frontier to the New Millennium; and Jazz:
An American Story.
If you have any questions or would like further information on the
program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org."