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AASL American Association of School Librarians
ACCESS EXCELLENCE - Biology Teachers
AECT Association for Educational Communications & Technology
ALA American Library Association
ASCD Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Council of Great City Schools
Education Week
Education Resources Information Center
ETS Research - reports feature:Order in the Classroom: Violence, Discipline, and Student Achievement Does It Compute? The Relationship Between Educational Technology & Student Achievement in mathematics and Reinventing Assessment
NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals
NEA National Education Association
NCES - National Center for Educational Statistics - NCES has produced a 100-page publication entitled "Technology @ Your Fingertips: A Guide to Implementing Technology Solutions for Education Agencies and Institutions." It is designed to help educators define their needs and technical requirements, implement and maintain the technology, and provide effective training for staff.
NCSS National Council for the Social Studies
NCTE National Council of Teachers of English
NIFL - National Institute For Literacy
NSTA National Science Teachers Association
PBS Learning Center - comprehensive site for preK-12 educators that offers more than 1,000 free lesson plans, teacher guides and online activities.
PBS Teacher Source - New!
PETERSON'S - Education and Career Center
Project MUSE - John's Hopkins University Press - full text of the Press's 40+ scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
SAT Online Course - Source for Free Practice Tests!
ART [CLICK for ART Books, supporting links, bios, and LESSON PLANS]
ARTSEDGE - To support the arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum and to ensure every American child a high-quality arts education. Focuses on the national art education standards and provides K-12 teachers with curriculum materials, programs, strategies, and other information relating to the arts and to national education goals. Subject Area Resources includes units, lesson plans, book reviews and activities for integrating the arts across the curriculum and for integrating any subject area into arts disciplines.

ART LESSONS - Early childhood through High School - Extensive
The ArtRoom - Elementary Projects, learn to think like an artist, books, exhibits.
See also MUSEUMS
DiscoverySchool Clip Art Gallery - very useful graphics.

ENGLISH - LANGUAGE ARTS [See also - Lesson Plans]

Language Arts Website - A Learning Site for Middle School Students: Grammar, Spelling, Literature, Poetry, Quotes, Reading, Lesson Plans, collection of interesting sites.
ECLE - Enriching a Child's Literacy Environment.
The Moonlit Road - Ghost stories and strange folktales of the American South, told by the region's most celebrated storytellers.
National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement
The Academy of American Poets - Listening Booth, browse poet links, awards & prizes, conferences/festivals/retreats,  arts advocacy/governmental organizations,  indices & general resources,  journals & 'zines,  libraries & catalogs,  literary organizations online,  poetry exhibits & specialized resources,   publishers and  text databases.
Poetic Express Student Zone: This site is for classrooms, students, and growing fine poetry. Tomorrow's Poets. Students are listed by name, age, grade, and Country or Regional location.
PSB Lesson Plan #2 - Interactive Poetry - Grades 9-12
PBS Poetry Lesson Plan 1: Using a Poetry Slam to Teach the Mechanics of Poetry
Favorite Poem Project - collections demonstrateing the significance of the American relationship to the ancient art of poetry, part of our nation's rich cultural inheritance. The project now seeks to bring that inheritance to young  people by providing much-needed materials that offer a new way to teach and study poetry. The project is now working to develop teaching materials for distribution in American schools.
Alliteration Lesson Plans and Resources - Upper Elem. Grades and Grades 7-12
Are We Speaking The Same Language? Poetry Lesson Plans - Grade 5
The F. Scott Fitzgerald Centennial Homepage - All inclusive site: quotations, bibliographies, writings, pictures, voice and film clips, and so much more.
Robert Frost - The Complete Works to December 1920
Treasures@Sea (Franklin Institute) - Exploring the Ocean through literature- book, writing and interactive activities; Lesson Plans, Curriculum Standards and Booklist.  Also see our Nature Book Section and Nature Links.
Aesop Fables Online Collection -  includes a total of 655+ Fables (translated in English), indexed in table format, with morals listed.  Included are Real Audio narrations, Classic Images, Random Images, Random Fables.  Recently added are 127 Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen with 209 Grimms Fairy Tales.
Chaucer - Extensive collection of links, aides to understanding Chaucer, bibliography, Life and Times, Medieval Sites.


USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) NATIONAL MAPPING PROGRAM TEACHING PACKETS - educational resources in a variety of media explaining the mapping sciences and earth resources in html and pdf formats.

DISCOVERY SCHOOL A-TO-Z GEOGRAPHY ENCYCLOPEDIA - Free.  Browse or search the thousands of articles, maps, pictures, flags, and videos filled with up-to-date information on the countries, lakes, cities, and rivers of the world. Reviewed for educational relevance by practicing K-12 classroom teachers.
Florida Geographic Alliance is a professional organization affiliated with the National Geographic Society - extensive collection of lesson plans submitted by teachers.
The 50 States - Grade level 2 - Twelve Lesson Plans - Language Arts based activities to use in teaching about momuments and georgraphical features of United States. .pdf format. Requires Adobe Reader.
GLOBAL LEARN - Live, interactive expeditions for students around the world.
Earth Science Lessons - Grades 5-8 Lesson Plans and Worksheets - (Scott Johnson, a member of the VolcanoWorld development team - uses VolcanoWorld in his 5/6th grade classroom.)
Exploring Volcanoes - High School Level
STATELY LEARN - Basic facts about all 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia. Comparison of Size and Population, Stately Dates: The Dates Each State Entered the Union; Chart of Knowledge: Capitals, Largest Cities, Birds, and Flowers.
MAPS! MAPS! MAPS! What Do Maps Show (grades 5-8) 
GravityBox WorldView - database of statistics for all the countries of the world

If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States by David J. Smith (Ages 8 and up) [America, with all its diversity, is not easily defined. If America Were a Village takes a snapshot - past, present and future - to help define America for children. The book shrinks down America to a village of 100. The metaphor helps children easily understand American ethnic origins, religions, family profiles, occupations, wealth, belongings and more. Shelagh Armstrong's expansive illustrations imagine America as a classic, vibrant small town. Who are the people living in this vast and varied nation? Where did they come from? What are they like today? How do they compare with people in other countries? The book's simple statistical analysis provides a new way of learning about where people live in America, the state of their health, the shapes and sizes of families, what they use and more - forming a concise picture of a country.]

If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People - Second Edition (Ages 8 and up) [There are currently more than six billion people on the planet! This enormous number can be difficult to grasp, especially for a child. But what if we imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people? In a time when parents and educators are looking to help children gain a better understanding of the world's peoples and their ways of life, If the World Were a Village offers a unique and objective resource. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. The shrunk-down statistics -- some surprising, some shocking -- and David Smith's tips on building "world-mindedness" will encourage readers to embrace the bigger picture and help them to establish their own place in the global village. If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.]

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. Includes games. All branches of government. Excellent site.

PBS - Lewis and Clark Classroom Resources
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (Ken Burns 1997 Video)
More Lewis and Clark
[Find some terrific books in HISTORY Section]

Wright Brothers Photographs 1900-1911
Wright Brothers Timeline - Quiz - Slideshow
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Centennial Celebration of Powered Flight
"To Fly Is Everything" - virtual museum covering the Invention of the Airplane
WRIGHT EXPERIENCE - Wright Experience is researching, reconstructing, testing, analyzing, and documenting authentic full-scale reproductions of the Wright Brothers' developmental aircraft and engines.
Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company - a virtual museum of pioneer aviation.

DISCOVERY SCHOOL A-TO-Z HISTORY ENCYCLOPEDIA - Free.  Browse or search. Reviewed for educational relevance by practicing K-12 classroom teachers.
Civics Online - K-12 primary sources and interactive activities. Excellent Site.
American Civilization Lesson Plans and Units - K-6 lesson plans and units created by teachers throughout the country using the Core Knowledge Sequence.
PHILADELPHIA: Background to Philadelphia, Historic Philadelphia, Philadelphia Firsts 1681-1899
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Lesson Plan on Benjamin Franklin - Grades 6-8
U.S. Westward Expansion
The American Civil War Lesson Plans| Resources | Books | Lesson Plans | Handouts | Web Based Activities Literacy | Worksheets.
Civil War Lesson Plan - Grade Level 2. (7 Lessons) .pdf format. Adobe Reader required.
FDR and THE NEW DEAL - powerpoint presentation
THE NEW DEAL - extensive site with photos, articles, speeches, essays, and lesson plans
WPA Life Histories About the Federal Writers' Project
Immigration in American Memory - 1865 to 1920
Civil War Lesson Plans - Objectives, Recommended Books, Additional Materials,  Integrating Reading and Writing Enrichment Activities.
Civil War Gazette - 8th grade students research and write a single edition of a Civil War era newspaper focusing on a particular battle.  
Civil Rights Lesson Plan - Grade 2 Level: All Men and Women are Created Equal. Extensive plan and in .pdf format. Adobe Reader required.
THE MOUNTAIN CITY ELEMENTARY WEBSITE - American History,  World  History, World Geography - Lesson Plans, Activities and Quizzes.
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY- NHD is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme.
HISTORY Channel - ON AIR - IN Classroom
The Age of Exploration - K- 12 Resources | Books | Lesson Plans | Handouts | Web Based Activities
American History - Extensive and thorough - Excellent First Stop
American History - National Archives and Records Administration - American Originals Part I Part II
Famous Americans' PORTRAIT GALLERY and Biographies
SIGNERS of the Constitution and biographies
Time Line of The Civil War - 1861 | 1862 | 1863 | 1864 | 1865 | and Photographs
K-16 American History Curriculum
COLLECTION OF HISTORY LINKS [VAST] 1000-1399 Time Period | 1400-1699 Time Period | 1700-1899 Time Period | Costume | American Civil War Era | American West
Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century - reference for historical trends, systems of government, events, cities population and urban growth, wars, specific events, world governments, disasters, nobel prizes and olympic games.
A "Revolting" Alphabet - The students will collect descriptive words and terms related to the American Revolution through the use of the Internet and, in the process, review concepts and terms introduced in the social studies unit.
LINKS TO THE PAST - National Park Service
National History Day - Promoting the study of history in schools.
HISTORY: American Memory - Historical Collection - Library of Congress
HISTORY: The Constitution Community - Lessons according to historical era. Example: Revolution/Expansion and Reform/Civil War/Industrial U.S.
HISTORY: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
HYPER HISTORY - 3000 years of world history online
HISTORY - HUGE collection. The WWW-VL History Index offers about 4000 connections arranged alphabetically by subject and name.
HOLOCAUST: Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation - chronicle, firsthand accounts of Holocaust survivors and eyewitnesses, liberators and rescuers. HOLOCAUST: A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust. Timeline, Arts, People, Activities, Resources. Extensive. 
HISTORY: KOSOVO: A Bitter Struggle in a Land of Strife
WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, GRANDMA - An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II
American Folklife Center and Teacher Educational Resource Links
Interpreting the Declaration of Independence by Translation
Disasters: The Great Chicago Fire

K-12 - KidsConnect on the web - the question/answering service for kids! Collection of sites for K-12 students together with educational editorial. Resources for English, math, science, social studies, art, music, technology, foreign language, reference center, current events, virtual field trips and expeditions, and more, organized by grade level. - everything from adding and multiplying fractions (Pre-Algebra) to quadratic equations (Algebra I & II) to derivatives (Calculus).
Play Math Journey! Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and rounding.
Ask Dr. Math - All Levels
Ask Dr. Math - Elementary Level - from addition to word problems.
EDHELPER - Over 6,000 lesson plans, 1,000 webquests, and up-to-date educational news! All Grade Levels.
KITE - Kindergarten Integrated Thematic Experiences
SuperKids - automatically create worksheets for math, vocabulary builders, even hangman. Collection of easy-to-use educational resources for home or classroom.
PBS TeacherSource - K-12 - 1,400 lesson plans based on state curriculum standards - Literature Arts, Health and Fitness, Math, Science and Technology, Social Studies.
STUDYWEB -  categories sorted according to grade level for teachers looking for lesson plan and curriculum ideas. The information for each topic also notes the presence of downloadable or printable images for use as visual aids of school reports or projects.
Lesson Plan on Benjamin Franklin - Grades 6-8
Lesson Plans by Subject (Ask ERIC)
LITERATURE - Lesson Plans Grades 5-12.  Classics: Catch 22, Lord of the Flies, Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, 1984, Crime and Punishment, etc.
Lesson Plans - All Subjects (Encarta Schoolhouse)
DiscoverySchool - Lesson Plans Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12:   Astronomy/Space,  Earth Science,  Economics,  Geography, Health,  History, Ancient History, U.S. History, World History,  Life Science,  Animals, Ecology, Human Body,  The Microscopic World, Plants,  Literature, Physical Science,Technology, Weather.
EducationalWorld - All Grade Levels.  All Subjects. Online resource guide for educators to find the lesson plans and research materials.
Lesson Plans - Teachers Guide to the Professional Cartoonists Index includes a dozen lesson plans for using newspaper editorial cartoons in the classroom to teach everything from metaphor and irony to art and current events. This is the largest cartoon site on the web with daily updating cartoons from 120 participating cartoonists from around the world.
Lesson Plans - The Gateway provides the key to one-stop, any-stop access to high quality Internet lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources. offers teachers FREE access to lesson plans, printable worksheets, over 150,000 reviewed web sites, rubrics, and educational games.
Education Week Lesson Plan Directory - Arts and Humanities, Classroom Learning Games, Education Technology, Gifted and Talented, History, Interdisciplinary, Math, PreSchool, Themes, Science and more.
Chalkboard - lesson plans, related links for science, language, k–12, math, special education
Frank Potter's Science Gems - More than 14,000 Science Resources sorted by Category, Subcategory, and Grade Level
TeachNet - Teacher Developed Projects and Classroom Projects
Fun-Attic Game and Activity Guide - Unique games, physical education lesson plans, and activities for all levels of play, including the disabled. Free game list and newsletter.
abcteach - Printable activity sheets and project helpers 
K12.Ed.Art Arts & Crafts Curricula In K-12 Education
K12.Ed.Business Business Education Curricula In Grades K-12
K12.Ed.Health-Pe Health And Physical Education Curricula In Grades K-12
K12.Ed.Math Mathematics Curriculum In K-12 Education.(moderated)
K12.Ed.Science Science Curriculum In K-12 Education
K12.Ed.Soc-Studies Social Studies And History Curriculum In K-12 Education
K12.Ed.Tag K-12 Education For Gifted And Talented Students
K12.Ed.Tech Industrial Arts & Vocational Education In Grades K-12
Additional Lists about Education
National Library of Education
Library Spot
MATH ARCHIVES - Extensive - Topic/Tools/Links
A+Math - Interactive - game room to test your math skills, Flashcards! Math Word Find puzzle. Create and print your own set of flashcards online! Create Worksheets.Homework Help.
MATH WORKSHEETS: Online [self-graded] and Printable Worksheets - Five Levels
ESTIMATION: Lesson Plans Grades 3-5
MATHTYPE - interactive math lessons with immediate feedback. Each of lesson is a comprehensive learning module designed for grades 5 through 8. 
MATH: MATH FORUM - Math Resources by Subject/Grade
MATH: MATH LEAGUE - Math League specializes in math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school.
MATH LESSON PLANS - Links to: lesson plans, online board games, puzzles, problem sites, links to activities, organizations and applications.
Math Doctors - Ask Dr. Math
CoolMath4Kids! - Amusement park of math fun!
PBS Math Line
NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
ENC - Eisenhower National Clearinghouse - Mathematics and Science Education
Multiplication - ACTIVITIES - Teacher designed activities to use in the classroom and at home to teach the times tables; Games, WORKSHEETS, pre and post tests, flash cards, and quizzes to use with your students.
Time Table Rhyme - Multiplication Tables Test Sheet
Math is Fun - Link is to the ANGLE page. Very helpful and visual examples of angles. The entire site is a bonanza.
Links to Natural History Museums and Resources Around the World
Franklin Institute Science Museum
Smithsonian Education - Teaching Resources, Educational Development for teachers.
National Liberty Museum - Philadelphia, PA - Created to celebrate our nation's heritage of freedom and the wonderful diverse society it has produced. Honoring Heroes | Presenting Peaceful Ways to Resolve Conflict | Exploring the Concept of Freedom | Comparing Liberty to Glass (collection) |
MUSIC [CLICK for MUSIC Books, supporting links, bios, and LESSON PLANS]
ArtsEdge - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts - Arts and Education through technology.

Music Teacher's Resource Site - Extensive links and lesson plans

K12.Ed.Music Music And Performing Arts Curriculum In K-12 Education
Old Piano Tunes - view the words to sing along and also see the chords if you want to play the songs (and read about who wrote the songs).
VOW - Voices of the World. An arts education and outreach initiative.
The Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund is a non-profit philanthropy dedicated to encouraging the love of learning by means of the arts.
Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University
KIDiddles: Your online children's music source with the lyrics to 500+ kids' songs and finger plays (and growing daily). Album reviews, artist interviews, news from the world of children's music, and more! Solve puzzles for prizes, nominate a child as KIDiddles Kid of the Month. Have some fun, and keep on singing!
Music Makes You Smarter
MENC Music Educators National Conference
MTNA Music Teachers National Association

Thematic Units: Amphibians & Reptiles

Tree Measurement Lesson Plan - Activity is used to help understand vertical and horizontal measurement of large objects. Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6

Delaware Valley Reading Association (DVRA) - professional organization committed to the promotion of literacy in the home, school, and community.

READPRO - The Reading Professional's E-Mail Mailing List - ARCHIVES
This online discussion forum is devoted to issues facing reading professionals of all types, including reading specialists, elementary or secondary classroom teachers, college professors, librarians or researchers. The emphasis is on practical applications and problem solving, rather than lengthy philosophical debates. Topics may include (but not limited to): methods of teaching the language arts; collaborative learning activities; Whole Language; phonics instruction; children's literature; web resources for the language arts; reading assessment; conferences and meetings on reading-related subjects, and many others.
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Reading Online -An electronic journal of the International Reading Association
Adult Literacy and Technology - includes materials for teachers, lesson plans, grant information, discussion groups.
Reading - International Reading Association
Reading - Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement.
The Virtual Reference Desk (Ask-An-Expert links for K-12 educators) Loaded.
FILM - Family Intergenerational-Interaction Literacy Model
IRA International Reading Association
Reading Online (ROL) is a peer-reviewed journal of the International Reading Association. The journal focuses on literacy practice and research in K-12 classrooms. A special mission of the journal is to support professionals as they integrate technology in the classroom, preparing students for a future in which literacy's meaning will continue to evolve and expand.

Periodic Table of the Elements
CHALKBORED - Resources for high school chemistry: worksheets, labs, handouts, and PowerPoint lessons.
FIRST - "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". A non-profit organization whose mission is to generate an interest in science and engineering among today's youth. Currently, their primary means of accomplishing this goal is through an annual robot competitions, which began in 1992.
Solar System Simulator - NASA/JPL/Caltech spyglass on the cosmos. Select from the options to have the simulator create a color image of your favorite planet or satellite!
Education World - Elementary K-8: - Earth Science, Habitats ,Human Body, Physical Science, Space Science; Secondary 9-12: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental. Great Scientists: Chemistry, Earth & Space, Life Science, Physical Science. Includes lesson plans, teaching themes, national and state standards. - Nutrition - click on the Educators link for links to lesson plans, teachers guide, a nutrition center and other subjects promoting nutrition.Very easy to navigate and it should engage children to explore the world of nutrition.
Education World - PE/Health - contains links to health lesson plans, tools, teaching themes, national and state standards regarding health education and current health Do's and Don'ts. The site was not age or grade specific.
Eureka! - Science Curiosities relevant to elementary school curriculum
SCIENCE: NASA - EARTH SCIENCE ENTERPRISE - Teaches how NASA studies the Earth. Topics: El Nino, hurricanes, plate tectonics and atmosphere.
SCIENCE: ESSC - Earth System Science Community Curriculum Testbed - Earth System Science Community
Center for Insect Science Education Outreach - Insects in Elementary Education. Integrated education materials that foster the use of live insects as teaching models.
"Cool Science for Curious Kids." - Five leading children's museums have collaborated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to produce "Cool Science for Curious Kids." This Web site adapts proven activities to an online format. It uses animation and sound to encourage kids to explore science.
SCIENCE LEARNING NETWORK - explores how telecomputing can support inquiry based science education
One Sky - Many Voices - Inquiry Based Science Programs for the Intereactive Study of Current Science
The Globe Program is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.
Science Project - Ideas
SCIENCE: The Heart: An Online Exploration - Developed by the Franklin Institute
Space Shuttle
Science and Mathematics - A collection of links
The National Science Foundation NSF supports research, education, and infrastructure to
advance the state of knowledge about Earth, including its atmosphere, continents, oceans, interior, and the processes the modify them as well as link them together. Look here for Grants, physical, geo and behavioral sciences.
Science Lesson Plans - Lots of Dinosaurs, farm animals, sealife, wildlife

Electronic Journal of Science Education - Information and research to science educators K-16
DASH - Developmental Approaches in Science and Health
PBS Science Line

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

"The greatest pedagogical error is to throw answers, like stones,
at the minds who have not yet asked the question."

"If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education." —Thomas Jefferson

Last update on: July 23, 2011