General Teacher/Student Resources
- Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker: Online tools for creating various types of word and number puzzles for students to do
- QuizStar: free site to make quizzes. Students can do them online. The quizzes are automatically graded, and students view results online. You can attach multimedia files to the quizzes.
- EducationOasis.com: tips, graphic organizers
- EducationNation.com: news, forums
- WikiSpaces: Make a wiki with writing, words, sounds, pictures.
- CyberSleuth Kids: links, list of subject areas
- SchoolTube: educational videos
- MySpellIt: “Words You Should Know,” commonly misspelled words, word lists, and exercises to go with words
- WordCentral: an online student thesaurus, has a spelling robot.
- SparkNotes Classics: the actual text on the left side of the page, and the same story in modern language on the right side (I didn’t like the ads and pictures with them, on the home page and beside the texts.)
- Success for All: for reading
- ReadWriteThink: make word maps
- Inkspot: writing resources
- Webster online: talking dictionary
- Visual thesaurus
- American Rhetoric: text, audio, video speeches of historical figures and on current events
- History.com/speeches: collection of audio and video speeches, by theme and period
- The Guardian has a collection of speeches from world figures, as well as transcripts and commentary.
- StoryCorps.org: collection of interviews; resources for helping students with interviews; animated audiovisual recordings
- Teacher Vision: lesson plans, graphic organizers, section on adaptations and modifications
- Teachers.net: Lesson plans and ideas from teachers; search by grade level or subject area, chatboards for teachers
- EDinformatics: directories; activities, resources, technology, lesson plans, databases, software, applications; much information
- CyberSleuth Kids: links, list of subject areas
- Lesson Plan Central: Classroom Clipart, worksheets and reproducibles, Power Point templates, video clips, Cool Tools, an encyclopedia, categories to look at, and a place to submit lesson plans, info, lesson plans, webquests, clip art
- Teachers First: Classroom Planning Calendar, activities, reading, downloads, Power Points, research, smart board lessons, information, blogs, games, a weekly poll, lessons, units and web resources, and lists featured sites and a section called Classroom Ready to Go.
- The Gateway: lesson plans, search by topic, subject, grade level; information, theme focus for each week, links
- Discovery Education: quizzes, lesson plans, useful for parents and students, also
- Math League: math contests, grades 4-12
- MathFax: math contests, grades 3-12
- Math.com: the math world online
- Metric Conversion Tools: online calculators for metric conversion
- Math Fact Cafe: Create worksheets, print site-created worksheets
- Virtual Manipulatives from McGraw Hill
- Met Museum: click on the Collections tab, then “The Collection Online” to see many of the works of art
- Google Art Project: collection of images from museums around the world; create your own collection with the portfolio feature and share with students
- The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive: biographical and historical resources; section on famous curves
- Recordings from the Library of Congress (disclaimer – some language is offensive now)
- HP Trust: Click on Services, then “Our Present Past”, Table of Contents, then the map on the top left. Choose the municipality you want to see. This is the book Our Present Past, with historical places in Lancaster County.
- Apples4theTeacher.com: This site has info and printables for each U.S. state.
ExplorePAHistory.com–This site is packed with dozens of stories about Pennsylvania (arranged by topic), lesson plans for teachers (organized by historical time periods), and information about historical sites to visit.
Pennsylvania Study Project–Overview of various aspects of PA history, government, landmarks, and more. Includes free printables and links to study resources.
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commision–Comprehensive coverage of PA history, with separate categories for people, places, events, and things. Covers background of ethnic and religious groups that are an important part of Pennsylvania’s history. Also offers a thorough Overview of Pennsylvania History (subdivided into five time periods).
History.com–Videos, photo galleries, and interactive activities related to PA history.
Pennsylvania History Timeline–A detailed chronological timeline of important events and milestones in PA history.
WorldAtlas.com–Full-color printable maps of Pennsylvania; county maps, outline maps, historical maps, and more.
List of National Historic Landmarks in Pennsylvania–Lists ninety-eight historic landmarks in Pennsylvania with thumbnail images; Philadelphia’s historic landmarks are listed separately.
State Study Notebooking Pages–44-page set of reproducible notebooking pages, including ideas, directions, and state facts.
Pennsylvania Lapbook–Free resource with instructions, templates, and an extensive compilation of information about Pennsylvania.
Free pages for individual topics:
● Ben Franklin notebooking pages
● Betsy Ross notebooking page
● Liberty Bell notebooking pages with copywork
● The Philadelphia Convention notebooking page
● Pennsylvania worksheet
● “Where liberty dwells…” by Benjamin Franklin (copywork)
● “Early to bed…” by Benjamin Franklin (copywork)
“Tell a story with a map
Many of us have used Google Maps to find directions to dinner, but have you tried using one to tell a story? Have your class use MyMaps (now a part of Google Drive!) for storytelling. They can drop pins in the different locations a character visits and add in videos, images or text to talk about plot or character development.”
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/ (biomes and habitats)
www.nationalzoo.si.edu live cams, downloadable activities, guides, links to wildlife documentaries from the National Zoo
Here is an interesting online app for memorizing scripture (and for typing). http://scripturetyper.com/
www.studylight.org. many resources; free
Freeware and Webware
Calc101.com – http://www.calc101.com step by step derivatives and integrals, each step explained; long multiplication, division of polynomials
Dataplot – http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/software/dataplot/homepage.htm statistical software, especially for linear and multilinear regression, nonlinear modeling, related diagnostics; from National Institue of Standards and Technology
Fractint – http://www.nahee.com/spanky/www/fractint/fractint.html generates pretty fractals, deep zooming
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – http://www.nctm.org has math standards, for pedagogical reform
http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira (NCTE and IRA standards for English Language Arts)
http://www.thinkfinity.org (has lesson plans and standard alignment)
Learning Support/Special Needs
http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/teaching_techniques/mod_checklists.html tells of modifications, many articles on ways to help or understand those with learning disabilities or special needs
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Dictionary.html choose a topic, shows pictures and their names, word used in a sentence; many topics Can do other languages – choose language, click on letter, shows pictures, English and Spanish words (or whatever language) (nice for ELL students, or foreign language students, or to challenge students)
www.learnersdictionary.com – dictionary, good for ELL
www.edhelper.com must be a member for $19.99/year to access most of the site, but it has some good stuff. Enter word lists (spelling, vocab, words that start with ‘th’, etc.), and it makes puzzles, worksheets with the list. In the Special Education section the teacher can personalize reading comprehension, find books for reluctant readers. There are daily life skills and basic things theme units. You can enter words, choose a font, color, and border color and it will make Word Wall words.
www.readplease.com ReadPlease 2003 is a free version, with no expiration This site turns text into speech, so struggling readers can listen. It reads anything on your screen.
Virtual Field Trips
bsu.edu/eft/home2/00front.htm Archived virtual field trips, such as visiting the Grand Canyon and the Grand Tetons, walk in history; from Ball State U
jannalaughon.com/eFieldTrips.html List of electronic trips; national parks, history
scholastic.com/livewebcasts/webcast_tips.htm variety of trips – Ellis Island, American Museum of Natural History, etc.
These videos, etc., are pulled from the submitted media forms. I don’t think they are listed in the curriculum, as they are from former teachers, but I thought listing them might give some ideas of possible media to use.
“The Miracles of Love, Volume 1” – shows the story of John the Baptist
“Truce in the Forest” – goes with Bible unit on Christmas peace; shows real example of peace at Christmas during a war; does have violence, which was discussed, focus on peace (is shown in 9th)
“Why Study Spanish?” – exposes students to different times/avenues/jobs where foreign language is helpful
“Destinos 1 & 2 – language learning videos that have a storyline and introduce vocabulary slowly
“What is a Flower?” – parts of the flower, functions, pollination, bee-producing honey
“Flowers to Seeds”
“All About Stars” – study on constellations and stars
“Energy: Potential and Kinetic”, “Energy”
“Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution” – studying creation vs. evolution
“Volcano Watchers” – about two scientists who’ve studied volcanoes
“Seeing in the Dark” – scene selections; shows dimensions of universe; types and varieties of telescopes; beauty of night sky
5th Language Arts
“Charley Chapters in Noun Town” – nouns, common, proper, and singular
“Brian’s Song” – after reading the play
“Grammar Rock” – reinforce parts of speech
10th – 12th Literature
“The Scarlet Letter” – watch after reading the book
“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” – to end the mystery unit
“Learning for Life: Kids and Learning Differences” – reinforcement for stories about people with differences
“Charly” – based on a story in Lit book (section to skip)
“Lessons of the Holocaust”, “The Life of Anne Frank” – go with The Diary of Anne Frank
“Laos: Business with a Difference” – by Global Disciples, to show how Christians need to learn to transcend communication and cultural differences to share the Gospel in other countries
“Race” – a film from Discovery Ed to show studies and statistics on bias
“I’m Normal, You’re Weird: Understanding Other Cultures” – for discussion concerning differences between cultures
“To Kill a Mockingbird” – after reading the book
“Romeo and Juliet” – after reading the play, to help solidify the plot and expand understanding of the story and the times
“Charles Dickens: A Tale of Ambition and Genius” – biography information of Dickens
“Fresh Water: Planet Earth” – follow up on study of world geography
“World Studies video program: Foundations of Geography”
5th Social Studies
“Colonial Life in the South” – shows aspects of social and economic life of the southern colonies
“William Penn and Pennsylvania”, “Colonial Life in the Middle Colonies” – for Middle Colonies
“Al Rober’s New England Thanksgiving 1830’s” – shows Thanksgiving preparations through living history characters in the 1830’s
“The Midnight Ride/The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, “Green Mountain Boys”, “The Second Continental Congress”, “General George Washington” – events leading up to the Revolutionary War
“Follow the Drinking Gourd”, “Secret Train to Freedom”
“The Pioneer Spirit: Wagon Trains and the Oregon Trail”
“US History: 1800-1860”
Our Musical Heritage Series: Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Japan, India, Russian (6) videos; present people from these countries playing instruments from their lands in a cultural setting; shows how music is performed in other countries; there is a component of dance that should be checked on
“Beethoven Lives Upstairs” – insights into his life and struggles
(This document has ideas for teaching the Economics standards, then “kid definitions” that Michelle Weaver developed.)
Use the books Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie de Paola and A Symphony for the Sheep by C. M. Millen for exposure to economic concepts. Economic terms from these books are “natural resource”, “producer”
If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss would cover the concepts of: scarcity, resources, wants, needs, choice, consumers, demand, price, shortage, supply, goods, services, and the role of producers. You could integrate the research standards with this! http://library.thinkquest.org/J003238/ has animal information. There is a zoo map at www.lincolnzoo.org/resources/dyn/files/262853/fn/2010+LCA+Map+Final.pdf
www.econedlink.org has lesson plans, interactive tools and data resources for Economics
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CONTRIBUTOR: Arlene Birt
CONTRIBUTOR: Betty Yoder