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Preschoolers' Manifesto

 

The 25 Best Art Materials for Kids! "The 25 Best Art Materials for Kids! Including The Artful Parent's top 10 can't-live-without, all-time favorites." From Artful Parent. List includes things you know about and things you haven't thought of yet. This site has plenty of other good things as well.

 

40 Best Online Libraries for Counselors "Counselors might work in schools, clinics or in private settings, and they might specialize in specific fields such as student, family or addiction counseling. But, they all look to use resources in their studies and in practice. The following 40 best online libraries for counselors can provide those resources, with free downloads of journal articles and books or tools to help build a counseling library of your choosing." From The Counseling Courier - "Blogging about counseling, therapy, psychology, and coaching". Thanks Lindsey Webster and Madison.

 

40 iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities Parents of children with reading disabilities, and educators who work with learning disabled students, are always looking for new tools to help the kids meet their potential and work through their disability. This is a list of 40 iPad apps designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. The apps are sorted into Helps, Fundamentals, Reading, Writing, and Spelling. This article is posted at Educator Technology and Mobile Learning, where there are a lot more articles like this one.

 

5 Minute English is a very technical site, oriented toward ESL teachers - their content is way above average ESL learners. Very valuable for the lesson examples (which teachers could model). Grammar section is full of technical terms, the pronunciation section minutely goes over phonemes.

 

8th Grade Introduction to Poetry Using Music and Film (from Curriki) It says 8th grade but the Educational Level states "Grades 6-8 / Ages 11-13". "This lesson plan introduces a poetry unit using music and film to get students thinking about the definition of poetry and how it fits into their lives. The end of the lesson introduces the concept of Found Poetry." This is a .docx file that you download. You must login first. That's OK, you really should join Curriki and take advantage of tons of free lesson plans and ideas. If we keep getting good poetry "stuff" there's going to be a Poetry section pretty soon.

 

80+ Free STEM Curated Collections You Can Use Today from Curriki! Lesson plans and more! Scientific Method lessons, all sorts of biology plans and activities, videos, earth science, cardiovascular, dinosaurs, astronomy, math activities, etc. "These new collections are available to you for FREE and we simply ask that you share Curriki with your colleagues so they can take advantage of these time-saving, best-of-the-best lessons and activities." So, we're sharing. "Stay tuned for new resources in the humanities, arts and health areas." OK!

 

A0KTeacher Stuff This Good Site has a large amount of "stuff." The home page has two columns. The column on the left concentrates on history mainly Texas and Southwest history, but there is more further down. The right column has their Teacher Freebies and Educational Material (lesson plans), Coloring Pages, and more miscellaneous good stuff

 

A to Z Teacher Stuff From the site: " A to Z Teacher Stuff is teacher-created, and designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. We offer lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more."

 

abcteach From the site: "This is the place for kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers. Free Printables: 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets." They also have a members-only section, membership $35/yr US.

 

Spinning gold starActivity Village  Here's a site from the UK that will help out parents and teachers. "Welcome to Activity Village, where you will find coloring pages, home school resources, educational resources, kids crafts, puzzles, printables, Sudoku for kids and much, much more ... Click on the menu bars above to explore over 3000 pages of activities to help you keep your kids busy!"  Tons of coloring pages! The site has a popup to start, x it out or just subscribe.

 

After School Mathematics "The After School Math website is a full-featured math website for grades 5-8 created by after school staff and credentialed teachers. The site consists of 10 thematic activity modules, each with at least four activities. These content standard aligned activities are fun, hands-on, and provide opportunities for small group interaction, cooperation, and student leadership." Go for it!

 

Afterschool Training Toolkit "Use these research-based practices, sample lessons, video examples, and resources to support academic enrichment in afterschool." Valuable helps for literacy, math, science, arts, technology, homework, AND professional development for anyone doing organized after school programs for kids. From the National Center for Quality Afterschool. WGBH Boston, the revered PBS station, is also involved in this. This is a pretty useful site for grownups.

 

All About Money is a good, long listing of 40 money learning activities, both online and printable, with lesson plans, too. Broken into sections: Identifying Money, Counting Money, Using and Spending Money, Earning Money, Saving Money, and Additional Resources. Kudos to Interbank FX LLC of Salt Lake City, Utah for putting this together. Special thanks to Cara Chandler at Arroyo Vista Charter School in Chula Vista, California, and her 5th graders, especially Kyle!, for the email re: this site! You guys find the coolest things! Keep 'em coming!

 

All Science Fair Projects Here's a site that has searched for and categorized all kinds of science fair project links, and offers it to you free! 10 different topic sections, subcategories, lots of projects under each heading. Look for ideas here!

 

DownloadAmerican Sign Language Learning Aid Link goes to the program page. Download the program here. This is the Windows version, there are others. "A set of programs designed to help the beginner ASL student learn ASL. It is composed of two parts: ASLLA-Dictionary and ASLLA-Fingerspeller. ASLLA-Dict allows the student to look up English->ASL sign. ASLLA-Fspell allows the beginner to practice seeing fingerspelling." Thanks to Andy Uehara, who wrote these programs and is deaf, if that matters to you. Cool. A short manual and other info may be found inside the unzipped program folder. Found it on Sourceforge.

 

Ancient Mesopotamia for Teachers Lesson Plans & Activities from Mr. Donn.org Oodles of pre-made lesson plans about ancient Mesopotamia, with links to other "ancient" lesson plan sources and even K-12 Social Studies units.

 

Apples4theteacher.com - A Primary Website " We are adding more educational resources for teachers and kids (preK-grade 6) every day. Excuse our 'dust' as we move into high gear! Our site includes interactive learning games, quizzes, and worksheet generator tools by subject (creative arts, foreign languages, language arts, math, science, social studies), articles, literacy coloring pages and more."

 

Arbor Day Foundation Youth Education Learn about trees here! Lesson plans, activities to download, online games for older kids, lots more.

 

ARKive Education This is the ed section of the wonderful Arkive site. "Our FREE education resources for 5-18 year olds can be used to teach a range of curriculum subjects including science, geography, English and art. Packed full of links to our amazing wildlife photos, videos and fact files, each education resource includes classroom presentations, activities and teachers’ notes." Divided by ages into five sections, the page also has "fun stuff" and videos.

 

Artists Helping Children "Children & Art Resources for the Budding Child Artist" Tons and tons of arts and crafts resources for kids! There should be something in here for whatever you have in mind.

 

BBC Skillwise "Improve your English and maths with Skillswise. Factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help improve your skills." From one central location, you can access all the BBC Schools quizzes! Also has a Tutor Center with lesson plans, tracking sheets, and more. Links to a Games page with 50 MORE math(s) and literacy activities. Thank you, BBC

 

Basic Venn Diagrams Here's a quick introduction and suggestions for lessons, for lower grades. Venn diagrams are a quick graphic way to teach basic elements of logic. A good grounding in principles of logic is essential to developing critical thinking skills.

 

Biology Corner (updated review!) is a resource site for biology and other science teachers. It has lesson plans, web lessons, web quests, images, and quizzes. "The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics. Biology is the study of life and living organisms, from the smallest bacteria to giant sequoias. Biologists use observation and experimentation to gain an understanding about the natural world." It's a gold mine for science teachers! Take a look at the first page and you'll be hooked!

 

BooBah from the UK. This site is for preschool folks. Lots of color and sound. Good fine motor skills training, using a mouse. Windows users will need to teach the difference between left and right clicking, though. Educational Freeeware has an excellent writeup on them here, with screenshots.

 

BrainCake Welcome to the Girls' Math & Science Partnership, a program of Carnegie Science Center. Based in Pittsburgh, "BrainCake is an online sisterhood for girls 11 – 17 and stakeholders focused on girls’ inclusion in the areas of math, science, technology, and engineering. BrainCake.org features forums, programs, scholarships, virtual mentoring, girl blogs, podcasts, homework help, research and resources in a framework that integrates pop culture, science, and learning."

 

Download Brain Workshop logoBrain Workshop "What if a simple mental exercise could improve your memory and intelligence? A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows that a particular memory task called Dual N-Back may actually improve working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence. This finding is important because fluid intelligence was previously thought to be unchangeable. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the dual n-back task also enhances focus and attention and may help improve the symptoms of ADHD/ADD. The game involves remembering a sequence of spoken letters and a sequence of positions of a square at the same time. Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. Easy download, easy install. Another SourceForge discovery.

 

Buddy bench at Roundtown Elementary to help foster friendships. How a second-grader came up with the idea for his school. "The way the buddy bench works is if students feel lonely on the playground without anything to do, they can go to the buddy bench, and another student will come to the bench and ask if they want to play or talk." Wonderful and inspiring.

 

Building A Classroom Community and Bully-Free Zone A great set of lessons from PBS. "For grades 3-7. Almost all children, at some point in their childhood, will experience or be affected by bullying behaviors. For the safety and welfare of ALL children in a positive learning environment, it is essential for teachers to establish a learning community void of bullying behaviors and to facilitate a sense of community in the classroom. This includes teaching children skills to deal with bullies, as well as promoting positive social skills such as cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution."

 

Bullying from BrainPOP Junior. This is a good free video lesson aimed at K-3 kids. Covers bullying and what they can do about it.

 

BULLYING: THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO from Miss O and Friends is for teens & tweens, with advice from girls of that age. Worth reading.

 

Cal Ripken. Sr. Foundation  This site is a curriculum guide for middle school.  It uses baseball and softball based activities/lesson plans to cover health, mathematics, and physics.  All activities are PDF file downloads.  There is quite a lot of good "stuff" in here! Thanks, Shelly.

 

Camp H - Building Camp for Girls. It's an innovative after-school and summer design and build camp for 9- to 12-year-old girls, offering girls practical creative and problem-solving skills. "I want to teach them how to weld, to work on projects that don’t feel artsy and craftsy... to balance the creative and the artistic side... to use hand and power tools, basic electrical equipment and automotive instruments to fix the things that need repair, installation, and maintenance in our everyday lives. Coupled with core-subject math and science concepts, we will tinker, experiment, build, and repair.” Camp H is one of three programs that together make up Project H . Studio H is an in-school design/build class for 8th-11th grade students that sparks community development through real-world, built projects. Workshop H, creative "boot-camp" training customized for teachers, leaders, and organizations, is outside the scope of GSFK. Project H's Toolbox section holds their entire FREE five years of lesson plans, activities, project briefs, and resources used in the Studio H and Camp H programs. Credit to Kristin Hohenadel for her Slate article describing Camp H. Kudos to Emily Pilloton for starting this whole thing!

 

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site - Reviews and teaching ideas for kids' books. A collection of reviews of great books for kids, and classroom activities and lesson plans for teachers about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.

 

The Cask of Amontillado "A lesson plan for grades 9–10 English Language Arts and English Language Development. The short story "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe is an effective venue for teaching English I literary terms. The following lesson plan is designed to engage the reader in a deeper than superficial reading of the text. It is also designed to elicit discussion and written critical-thinking responses. This lesson assumes that the literary terms have already been introduced. However, if they have not, the teacher may use this lesson to introduce these terms in the context of the literature." From Learn NC.

 

Charlotte Holter's portaportal is a very good portal with many links to various elementary/middle school subjects and activities! We could just sit and look at this site. Love that green background - which doesn't look so hot here but Really Works on her site! Excellent use of Javascript puts everything on one page. Just click on the arrows next to the subjects. Very eclectic, there are Vikings, nanotechnology, bridges, Romans, flight, rainforests, lighthouses, math, mammals, and marbles, to name some!

 

Chegg Homework Help - free material from this commercial site. "Chegg is one of the leading providers of homework help for college and high school students. Get homework help and answers to your toughest questions in math, calculus, algebra, physics, chemistry, science, accounting, English and more. Master your homework assignments with our step-by-step solutions to more than 3000 textbooks. If we don't support your textbook, don't worry! You can ask a homework question and get an answer in as little as two hours... our free members can still view 2 step-by-step solutions from any book and in any subject they’d like. Additionally, we have a number of free offerings such as access to our glossary of over 1,000 common tough definitions and a GPA Calculator. As it turns out, 80% of our users stick with the free products and find it suits them well." They offer a free trial period. Answers to questions and help with textbook answers are excellent. There you have it! Thanks to Heather at Chegg Homework Help for her emails.

 

Chemistry for Grades 11-12 from Curriki. "This course contains resources, including slideshows, reviews, labs, worksheets, activities, quizzes, and diagnostics, for high school chemistry students. Units include Lab Setup and Safety; Nomenclature; Chemical Reactions and Balancing; Metric Systems & Conversions; Periodic Table and Trends; Atomic Structure; Nuclear Chemistry; Acids, Bases, & Salts; Bonding; Percent Composition; Solutions, Molarity, and Concentrations; Stoichiometry; Energy; Gas Laws; Reaction Rates and Equilibrium; Electron Configuration; and Redox Reactions." Starts with a diagnostic test (.doc file) to measure prior knowledge. The whole course is right there - no downloads, no pdf files, just click on the folder.

 

Chemistry from Curriki. This is a high school-level chem course from South Africa, for grades 10 - 12. Comes in PDF files organized in five folders. Covers most chem topics, as well as earth science, chemical industry, and gold mining (hey, it's South Africa.) Click the page's Information tab to learn more. Part of reviewer Comments: "This FHSST (Free High School Science Texts) Chemistry textbook contains a full course of material in the form of a 23-chapter textbook to be used in grades 10 through 12. The text can be freely modified and distributed, so long as no one attempts to limit its later distribution. The collection covers three main topics (Matter and Materials, Chemical Change, Chemical Systems) and then within those topics, they are broken down into G10, G11, and G12 chapters. The material is also available in folders organized by grade level. Each chapter is available for download as a .pdf document. Throughout each clear and comprehensive chapter are embedded activities, worked examples and exercises for exploration and assessment." Not aligned to US state standards but still very good.

 

Free Chemistry Resources from high school chemistry teacher Mister Guch. "This site is for you, the high school chemistry teacher. Whether you’re a new teacher or have “been there and done that”, I hope that these resources can make your job just a little bit easier." Free worksheets, free labs, free curriculum books, his actual homework assignments, more.

 

The Children's Literature Web Guide from the University of Calgary. "The Children's Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults." Lots of websites, discussion boards, book awards, best sellers, teaching ideas. Nice to look at and well organized.

 

Choosy Kids "The mission of Choosy Kids, LLC is to promote the development of healthy preferences. We are committed to providing products and services that promote healthy decision making and healthy, active lifestyles. We recognize that the first five years of life lay the foundation for learning and behavior preferences that may last a life- time; therefore we focus primarily on young children and the adults who make decisions on their behalf." All kinds of good things and activities for children and parents. We love their music and videos!

 

Christmas Around the World - Christmas Cultures from whychristmas.com. "Find out about Christmas Traditions around the world and how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and cultures." There's a list of 60 countries to click on!

 

Classroom Resources from the National Science Foundation. "...a diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly find resources in your interest area, and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities."

 

Coloring for kids Free, printable coloring book pages ! You can choose from 1000's of printable coloring pages. Coloring pages for children of all ages with drawings to print and color. A large selection of colorings so your children can find their favorite cartoons . More than 10,000 printable coloring sheets.

 

Columbia Education Center (of Portland, OR) Teacher-submitted lesson plans. Text files so you can Save or Print with no hassles. Anywhere from 50 to 90 plans per category. Lesson Plans are broken out into these categories: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Miscellaneous. "These lesson plans were created by teachers for use in their own classrooms. We hope that you'll find some of these useful in your classroom as well."

 

Common Core State Standards Initiative At last count (11/2010), 39 states and the District of Columbia have adopted these standards. The standards are in two areas: English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Learn more at the site. We're not being judgmental, oh no.

 

Common Errors in English Usage "The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak." You should read over the intro page at least once before going on to the list of errors. The errors list page is alphabetized and very comprehensive. A very useful tool and an aid to better American English. We should all thank Professor Paul Brians of WSU Pullman.

 

Computer Lab Favorites from Scholastic.com! "Here are all the quick, compelling one-session activities you need to incorporate interactive learning and technology into your curriculum. Each activity requires no prep and can be completed in 15-30 minutes... Use these 50+ activities in the computer lab." The ones we played are good! Tabbed by subject!

 

Conversation Pieces: Building Bright Ideas "My site targets students in grades 2-8, and it includes almost 200 book recommendations, and some of those include online book quizzes (over 90), discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and writing activities. I offer writing contests for students, and am adding a new section with Daily Writing Prompts. The site also includes independent study project ideas, online vocabulary quizzes, and a math problem of the week. Students can earn virtual badges in the Hall of Fame for Book Quizzes, Math Problems, and Vocabulary Quizzes when they earn high scores in those areas. Teachers and homeschooling parents can incorporate many of these activities into existing literacy and math programs, or use them to facilitate book clubs or enrichment activities." Wow! Yes, all that and more is in here! What a treasure for teachers!

 

Cool School Now an online game! "Part computer game, part educational classroom tool, COOL SCHOOL: Where Peace Rules! is a whimsical interactive game where children, ages five to seven (grades K-2), journey to the fanciful world of Cool School, where everything -- from erasers to desks to books to basketballs -- are alive and full of personality. Here, in a vibrant and fun setting, children are taught invaluable social, communication, and problem-solving skills that promote conflict resolution through negotiation, compromise, cooperation, and reconciliation." Lots more at their web page. We played this and it was great. The download version is not available anymore - if you still have yours, make a backup!

 

Crafts and Activities for Chinese New Year from Enchanted Learning is a page with both crafts and printables, plus information about the holiday. EL's usual excellent work here.

 

Critical Thinking Concise Youtube video explains this "critical" concept. Skill at critical thinking is essential to good citizenship in a democracy, to science, to technology, and therefore to civilization! Teachers - please watch this video and think about it.

 

Spinning Gold StarCurriki The Global Education & Learning Community. Go there and get plenty of lesson plans/activities/PPT's/ideas! "At Curriki, the sole mission is to educate. By building a world class learning environment that is community developed and supported, and publishing it for free on the Web, Curriki works to ensure that anyone, from anywhere can participate. This is about No Child, Parent or Teacher Held Back. This is about delivering access to free, quality curricula so that kids can go as fast as they can." These people are going at light speed. You truly owe it to yourself to investigate this site.

 

Cyberbullying Free from Brainpop. Good video on this subject with advice for kids.

 

CyberGuides From the site: "CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Content Standards."

 

Netherlands flagCyberkidz "is an educational platform for boys and girls in the age of 4 till 12 years. By playing the educational games, children will practise subjects they learn in elementary school (PK-5)." The games are sorted by year from age 4 to 12, using a sliding bar. There are dozens of fun, playable games in every curriculum category, with new ones being added. This is an excellent site from the Netherlands.

 

DNA Interactive Amazing! Stupendous! Colossal! And other wow-type adjectives! This site for secondary and up students and teachers covers everything about DNA. Many videos, animations, and interactive games to play. There are 15 lesson plans ready for download, too. Really, this site could be used to help teach classes in genetics and human origins. Then there's the opportunity for educators to join the site community and create their own lessons and web pages for teaching the material.

 

Daily Writing Prompt "This free resource provides consistent and meaningful "time on task". Students respond easily to our delightful menu of topics. Carefully crafted prompts appeal to a wide range of age, interests, and ability levels." Featuring The Daily Ten writing prompts, prompts by genre, ESL/TOEFL Prompts, story starters, grammar guides, punctuation rules, some good links, and more!

 

Daily Writing Prompts from The Teacher's Corner "Creative Writing Prompts for every day of the year." These good prompts are organized by month. Check out January to see what's so great about these prompts!

 

Gold StarDavidson Institute for Talent Development Got gifted kids? These good people, the original Math Blasters, want to help. "Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly gifted young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference."

 

December Holidays section of Apples4theTeacher. This covers classroom activities and games for: Hanukkah, Winter, Christmas Fun, Religious Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. Good collection in one place.

 

Design Squad Nation from WGBH Boston! "Design Squad Nation is a digital hub for kids, tweens and teens that promotes the message: You are creative and can solve problems. You can make things that help people. You can dream big. Design Squad Nation features include webisodes, hands-on DIY projects, team challenges, contests and an engaged online community. We also have resources, guides and training for parents, educators and engineers..." Featuring FIDGiT a fast-paced action thinking game that you can add onto! "DESIGNiT, BUILDiT, FIDGiT is an exciting puzzle game where you solve challenges and save tiny creatures called Fidgits! Think fast and manipulate blocks, springs, funnels, and other objects to bring the Fidgits home safely.

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GSFK thanks Abbie Steinbacher, Online Community Manager, Children's Programming: Design Squad Nation at WGBH for her email about Design Squad Nation.

 

Developing Biology From Curriki. "This course contains resources for teaching high school biology, from Developing Curriculum, Inc. It includes activities, labs, slide shows and worksheets on the topics of: Microscopes; Biochemistry; Cells; Cellular Transport; DNA; Photosynthesis and Respiration; Mitosis and Meiosis; Genetics; and Evolution." Lots of PowerPoints and .doc files, but it's all good information. Good resources for a teacher who knows the subject but is in a hurry to get something together.

 

Diagramming Sentences Once upon a time, all grade school students were taught this. Like Latin, it's coming back into style in the educational community. Benefits include a better understanding of sentence structure, better parsing, better writing, and better public speaking. This page contains a decent Power Point about diagramming.

 

Discovery Education from the Discovery Channel. Featuring Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators, Puzzlemaker for printable crossword puzzles, clip art, Lesson Plan Library, Brain Boosters, Learning Adventures, Science Fair Central, lots more! You need to visit this site if you haven't already.

 

DocsTeach.org - A Great Resource for Social Studies Teachers, as featured in Educational Freeware. DocsTeach has their own site, but this links to Educational Freeware because (1) you really should read EF's one page writeup and review; and (2) you really need to get familiar with all the downloads and online resources that EF has links to! Short version: Docs Teach offers online access to primary historical documents chosen for their value to Social Studies teachers. Go read EF's thorough review. Then go to DocsTeach and see for yourself.

 

Dolch Word Lists from Jan Brett. "11 full-sized, printable lists with Jan Brett artwork." Great Jan Brett art, 20 words per page.

 

Dolch words page from Education Oasis. "Dolch "Basic Sight Words" are the 220 most frequently occurring words in children's books, excluding nouns. Because many of the words do not follow decoding rules, they cannot be sounded out. Thus, they are learned by sight. Dolch sight words comprise 52-75 percent of all words found in children's books." These can be printed out for your use.

 

Gold StarDonorsChoose Teachers, ask and you may receive! Sort of like grants, without the paperwork! "Here, teachers submit ideas for materials or experiences that their student need to learn." Individual or corporate donors then "choose a project and make it a classroom reality." NOT a government or NGO grant site! Teachers and donors, click on Help to submit a request or to contribute. Now with a video starring Michelle Obama, Colbert, and Oprah! This site works

 

Dove® Movement for Self-Esteem is the successor to the Dove® Campaign for Real Beauty. Dove® is partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Girls Inc.®. "Dove® is committed to building positive self-esteem and inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential—but we need your help. We're building a movement in which women everywhere have the tools to take action and inspire each other and the girls in their lives. It could be as simple as sending a word of encouragement to a girl in your life or supporting self-esteem education in your town. From mentoring the next generation to celebrating real beauty in ourselves and others, we can open a world of possibilities for women and girls everywhere... Dove® supports partnerships with after-school programs, self-esteem-building events and educational resources. Dove® also supports a partnership with Alliance for Women in Media."

 

ESL/TOEFL pages from the British Council and the BBC. Excellent source for plans and ideas for teaching English as a foreign/second/new language. Good source for grammar basics, too.

 

South Africa flagE-Classroom This fine South African site has bunches of free elementary school .pdf worksheets to download. These fun and entertaining sheets are well illustrated and are grouped by subject. Oh, they also have printable Literacy Lesson Plans! This site is updated at least monthly.

 

e-Learning for Kids This is wonderful! "e-Learning for Kids is a global nonprofit foundation dedicated to free and fun online learning for kids of all ages. (math, science, reading, health and life skills and computers, )... Children from 5-12 build and improve basic skills with the best quality e-learning courseware. Parents and educators have a pre-screened source of articles, research, and related links. People in the business of education contribute their expertise." Dozens of online learning games in math, language arts, science, computer, health & life skills (lots), and learning English. Found this at The Bishops School hotlist site.

 

Union Jack Early Learning "This page features early learning websites for young toddlers and pre-schoolers. Fun ways to introduce your toddler to their abc, 123, shapes and colours with great games, downloads and flash cards." Also sites for older children. There are some wonderful things on here, many of which were new to us! Part of allkids, a fine learning & shopping site from the UK.

 

Earth Systems Science Curriculum Five units and 34 individual detailed lesson plans for earth science, ready to go! Could be modified for different ages. "...a multitude of hands-on investigative units and activities..." Scroll your mouse over "Earth Systems Science Curriculum" on the site to learn more. Check out the printable lesson plans, of course! Another fine example of what you can find at Curriki!

 

Echos d’école is a great site from France. It has at least 93 educational games split into ages 3 and over and ages 8 and over. Games cover 11 different curriculum areas and were fun to play. There are games for iPhones and iPads as well. In English, Spanish, and French. Money is in euros which was refreshing - and the arithmetic is the same everywhere. This is our third site from La Belle France, they are all excellent - maybe France is a gold mine of good sites! Thanks to Michel for the email about this site. Merci.

 

Education Oasis An oasis for teachers thirsty for ideas! Lesson plans organized by subject, printables, subject resources such as links to sites, help for new teachers and for classroom management, ideas and tips, discussion groups, bulletin boards, book reviews, lists of sites, Dolch words, and more.

 

Downloads Educational-freeware Check this site out!!  "Welcome to www.educational-freeware.com! This site is dedicated to listings, descriptions and reviews of the best free educational software for kids and adults. Some of the software is web based (see the online section), and some is Windows software that you can download (see the downloadable section).  Many of the software titles are multilingual. In order to see what titles run in your language, you can list the software by language." There's more good ed software here than you can shake a stick at!

 

Edu Gain "Learn Smart" Here's an international site (free registration) that emphasizes mathematics. Their essay on opening children's minds to mathematics is a good read on its own. The site has two sections; Math Olympiad (Higher Order Thinking Questions), and General Math (online and printables drills). Not a site for slackers, kids will have to work and think here. Thanks, Anamika Sinha, for the email about Edu Gain!

 

Edutopia What Works In Public Education. The George Lucas Educational Foundation. As mentioned on NPR. Read about their Core Concepts, read the blogs and the special reports, watch the videos, join groups. We think this site is probably the wave of the future.

 

Elementary Math Games Here's a good list of about 30 math ed links from Brazil! You may choose English or Brazilian Portuguese. These links are broken out by area of study. There is some nice stuff in here, and there's also a commentary on teaching math. Kudos to Ms. Erin Jones for emailing us about this, and thank you, Erin, for saying nice things about all our dog photos!

 

Spinning gold starEnchanted Learning  (The ZOOM sites people.) Amazing site! So much to see and do, so much to print off! You could probably run an elementary classroom and fulfill all state standards using this site's online lessons and its printable activities, if not for NCLB demands. Subscribers get tons of even more goodies to use.

 

Engineer Girl lets middle school girls find out more about careers in engineering. "Turn imagination into reality with a future in engineering! Engineering careers, women engineers, what to take in high school to get ready (hint: math & science), essay contest, Ask an Engineer, more. From The National Academy of Sciences.

 

Engineer Your Life "Welcome to Engineer Your Life, a guide to engineering careers for high school girls! Imagine what life would be like without pollution controls to preserve the environment, life-saving medical equipment, or low-cost building materials for fighting global poverty. All this takes engineering. In very real and concrete ways, women who become engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet. Dream Big. Love what you do. Become an engineer." Videos of successful women engineers of various ethnic backgrounds expose girls to all they could do and be in the field. From The National Academy of Sciences. Thank you Shelly.

 

Evolution Teachers' Guide covers learning about evolution and teaching it. It's part of History of life on Earth - The Online Exhibits  from UC Berkeley, fabulous huge site about life on Earth. Using the scientific method to understand and teach evolution is well worth your time to read.

 

Experiland "Welcome to our lab, fellow scientist! CAUTION: This website might be addictive! Fun Science projects for kids!Great care has been put into our science projects to provide the young student of today with the basic knowledge of the scientific principles of our world. Try not to have fun - We dare you!" LOTS of science experiments & projects, indexed by grade or by subject. Chemistry, earth science, weather, life science, electricity & magnetism, and physics!

 

Exploring Planets in the Classroom hands-on science activities This Hawaiian site has hands-on activities and lesson plans! Now with volcano activities!

 

FaceChipz Ok, we haven't ever done a social networking site for kids before. They have a good reputation and they definitely fill a need. Here's an excerpt from their pitch: "FaceChipz.com has all the features of a real social network – but with one big difference: kids can ONLY communicate with others they’ve physically exchanged FaceChipz tokens with – NO strangers allowed! No one can arbitrarily contact them. No one can search for them. It’s the social network they collect, but doesn’t collect them." We understand that the Chipz are now available at Toys R Us.

 

(The) Fallacy Files This site's goal is to enumerate and explain all the fallacies of logic there are! There are plenty, this site has job security. Besides a taxonomy, there are explanations, examples, a glossary of terms, and (importantly in an election year) "How to Read a Poll."

 

Flag of CanadaFamous Canadians "The infographic is a virtual Canadian Hall of Fame and showcases influential Canadians who have contributed to scientific and social development, economic security and prosperity, and the creative arts. The infographic was designed to show visitors that Canada is home to great people who were visionaries and history-makers." This very informative page is from CanadaFaq, a site devoted to "Everything You Need to Know About Canada"; geography, history, people, finance, education, economy, immigrating, jobs, etc. Kudos to Vera Johnes at CanadaFaq, for the email telling us about this fine web site.

 

Figure This! You should really try this site out! En ingles y tambien en el espanol. "Welcome to the Figure This! Web site! Helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges. Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families." say to follow, engaging site with 80 printable math activities for you to try. Uses .pdf files. From NCTM and others.

 

Financial Literacy For Kids and Teens! Here are links to 28 financial education sites for kids, tweens, teens, and teachers! Some have lesson plans, too. Earning, saving, investing, bonds, the stock market, stock portfolios, borrowing and interest, what banks do, checking accounts, the Fed, currency exchange rates, recessions, inflation, the history of money, and more!

 

Flashcard Exchange "Flashcards: 5,706,693 - The world's largest flashcard library." Covers K-12, higher ed, technology, medical, misc, science, languages, more. Basically, this site is flashcard heaven. Page after page of lists of flashcards. At random, we checked out the Dolch words flash cards under Early Education. The site has 17 pages of Dolch word lists. Each list has oodles of flashcards. Whoah. There were four pages of Word Wall word lists. We saw lists of phonics and pronoun flashcards, too. We picked high school geometry at random and found five pages of lists of flashcards people have made. Definitely where you want to go if you're into flash cards.

 

Flight site from NASA, for kids, with lesson plans for teachers. What is Aeronautics, History of Flight, Dynamics of Flight, Airplanes, Engines, and Fun & Games, including a learning game about the Wright brothers!

 

Free Earth Day Printable found on Pinterest. "Get kids thinking globally. Writing down a commitment makes us more likely to follow through with it."

 

Free Language Arts Curriki Curated Resources! Here are 32 (it lists 33, but #2 and #14 are duplicates) separate collections of language arts lesson plans for middle school, high school, and ESL use. Not 32 lessons but 32 groups of lessons. Some could be adapted for upper elementary. Everything from parts of speech to Shakespeare. Lesson plans, lessons ready-to-go, rubrics, worksheets, videos, and more.

 

Free Mathematics Books 258 math books available online for reading or downloading. We're talking high school to university-level mathematics here. "Here is an alphabetical list of online mathematics books, textbooks, monographs, lecture notes, and other mathematics related documents freely available on the web. I tried to select only the works in book formats, "real" books that are mainly in PDF format...The list is updated almost on a daily basis.."

 

New SiteTeam Stop Signs

FREE Team Stop Signs from Laura Candler, as posted in TeachersPayTeachers®. Many rave reviews for this idea! "The team stop sign is a management tool that I created years ago help manage the noise level during cooperative learning activities. Print them out on card stock, cut out, and laminate. If a team becomes noisy or off-task, place a stop sign in the middle of the team. Ask team members to be quiet for one minute and think about how they can work more effectively and quietly. This strategy is simple, but it’s effective for bringing down the noise level in your room and helping your students to refocus on the assignment. They can also be used when doing math and literacy centers."

 

Free Worksheets for Kids from K-5 Learning. This is a commercial site with a good reputation. They offer quit a bit of free material. "Our website has free resources for preschool through grade 5 kids... We have:
Mastering these worksheets would give students a solid foundation to build on. Thanks to Joy at K-5 Learning for her email.

 

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Frogland (AllAboutFrogs.org) Name says it all! Fun site with real facts about, and pix of, all sorts of frogs & toads. This very busy site will keep your kids very busy! Games, coloring, pix, facts and more facts, printables, stories, myths, more fun than a barrel of bullfrogs! Teachers' Corner has suggestions, links, and lesson plan outlines for class projects!

 

 

Fun with Fractions from Curriki is a three-week, 13 lesson unit introducing fractions, complete with lesson plans. "This unit will introduce the concept of fractions with activities and lessons that cater to visual, auditory, and tactile learning styles. Students will create fractions with a variety of manipulatives, solve problems with fractions, play games with fractions, and explore fractions in their everyday lives. The unit will also integrate language arts, as students write fraction stories and read literature related to fractions. Students will gain an understanding of basic fractions, including 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, and whole. Students will learn key vocabulary words: whole, fraction, numerator, and denominator. Students will understand how fractions relate to their everyday lives."

 

Spinning gold star Fund for Teachers "Believing the teacher knows best how they can make a better impact in their classroom, Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference.

Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is as unique as the teacher who designed it, and since 2001, more than 4,400 teachers have been awarded $15.9 million in Fund for Teachers grants-up to $5,000 for individuals, or $10,000 for teams. Fund for Teachers fellowships have taken place in 120 countries on every continent, empowering teachers to explore countless ideas, terrains, and cultures." If this goes on, we'll have to gives these types of sites their own section - Teacher Gifts or something.

 

Gambassa "Tools for Modernized Education. Designed to Work Together™" FREE for educators and students! "With the Gambassa educational platform you can instantly manage everything you need for the modern classroom: You can create virtual classrooms, ebooks, e-workbooks, online courses, as well as, adapt and leverage content created by others." The rest of their pitch is on their first page. Here's an example of a student made presentation. This has possibilities for teachers.

 

Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge How to build an around the year program to educate kids in nutrition, health and physical education before, during, and after school. Includes ideas, activities, and how to set up challenges for kids. This is from Action for Healthy Kids of Skokie, Illinois, USA. We need this sort of site. Thanks for another one, Shelly.

 

Games for the Brain. "Play neverending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking." Around 40 games, some old, some newer, and the site is available in many languages. Easy to play, good for your mind.

 

Gardening - Classroom Projects from Kids Gardening. Here are 26 gardening projects for school kids, with lesson layouts and notes. Nice for cross-curriculum springtime activities.

 

DownloadsGeoGebra "GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for learning and teaching. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA." Math teachers only - please read on: "GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins arithmetic, geometry, algebra and calculus. On the one hand, GeoGebra is an interactive geometry system. You can do constructions with points, vectors, segments, lines, conic sections as well as functions and change them dynamically afterwards. On the other hand, equations and coordinates can be entered directly. Thus, GeoGebra has the ability to deal with variables for numbers, vectors and points, finds derivatives and integrals of functions and offers commands like Root or Extremum. These two views are characteristic of GeoGebra: an expression in the algebra view corresponds to an object in the graphics view and vice versa." It's easier to play with this program than it is to read the above! This is wonderful free software with its own wiki and support groups.

 

Gifted Education - A Resource Guide for Teachers From the BC Ministry of Education. Defining, detecting, strategies, process, lots more. A basic "how to" with resources in depth! A good quality ed resource.

 

spinning gold starGirl Rising Find out where this is playing and go see it! Watch the trailer on the site. Watch the teaser on YouTube. "Educate Girls and you will Change the World."

 

Spinning gold star Gold Star Registry "Gold Star Registry is a FREE, online teacher registry that allows teachers to obtain much-needed student and classroom materials without dipping into their own personal funds... Just like a bridal or a baby registry, a teacher creates a registry "wish list" online from over 6,000 items. Anyone in the community can then go online and help the teacher receive exactly what he or she needs to help their students." This was on CBS News.

 

Google Earth Resources from the Springfield School District in Oregon. Tutorials and lesson ideas for teachers who want to use Google Earth in class. Google Earth is free and it's a very powerful tool for teaching geography, history, and current events. Nicely laid out site, too.

Guide to Grammar and Writing from Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut (This site is) For teachers and senior high and college students. Learn ALL about grammar here. (This is an) Excellent resource. Teachers and pre-service undergrads, if you need a little brush-up prior to teaching grammar, here's the place (to get it.)

 

Have Fun Teaching We really like this site. They simply have a TON of materials! Worksheets, coloring pages, flashcards, reproducibles, CDs, DVDs, music, songs, videos, activities, teacher tools, lesson plans! Had about 40 seven year olds singing their Planet Song yesterday! Download their music via iTunes, Amazon, more. Thanks Trish.

 

Hidden Messages in Spirituals Lesson Plan unit from the NYS Core Curriculum - Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, 6 - 12. Covers:

Reading: Craft and Structure (meaning of words).

Writing:

This could also be used for history!

This is a complete lesson plan with pdf printables and a video. You can also download Hidden Messages in Spirituals (608.2 KB) Lesson Plan (PDF).

 

New SiteHigh Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker Published article by Bertie Kingore, Ph.D. The objective is to help explain the differences between high achievers, gifted learners, and creative learners, to classroom teachers and parents. This is done by using cartoons to show examples of behavior: Response to an Assignment and Response to a Question. There's also a good sized table of comparisons between the three types, and discussion. This a useful article that definitely fills a need. Stereotypical examples were used of necessity to illustrate the ideas presented here. We all must keep in mind that individual learners may exhibit combinations of these traits. Real life instances may be more like a Venn diagram of the three types presented.

 

Hillbilly Housewife has weekly menus, inexpensive recipes, planners, and advice for people on a budget. "The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch. The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen. The ingredients are affordable and readily available in most areas. " This is timeless advice for parents on a budget, and it's free.

 

The History and Future of Everything -- Time a video from Kurzgesagt "Videos about Science, made with Love. We are a team of Information Designers and Motion Designers that specialize in the art of explaining stuff." This video gives kids a better understanding of time and history in proportion. Fine graphics, nice music, wonderful narration. They have (as of now) five more videos, from evolution to the stock market.

 

History-Social Science Course Models from the California Dept. of Education. Model lessons (lesson plan ideas) by grade level K - 12. Maybe 100 or so that cover various social science topics. Free registration is encouraged, but you access lessons without it.

 

Spinning gold starHoagies' Gifted Education Page The "all things gifted" page. This jewel of a site is trying to pull together all sorts of activities, ideas, and resources for gifted kids, parents, and teachers. As we all know, public schools always cut gifted funding first, so a site like this one can help a lot. They've tried to post something for every gifted kid, so there's a huge variety here.

 

Gonfalon di Venezia Downloads Horazio's freeware  Here is a real potpourri of good download ed games, by a guy from Venice, Italy named Horazio. Among them is TurboFarm, for 5 - 7 year olds, which is an animal names matching game. There are also some excellent interactive map games to help kids learn the names of states or regions. Examples are Liberty Map to teach the names of US states, another for Greater London, one for Italy, etc. There are also games to learn Japanese characters, vector math plotters, calorie counters, and more. Your choice of English, Italian, and Spanish (one game also has Korean.) "Grazie Horazio"

 

HOT X: Algebra Exposed! Danica McKellar is back! This time she explains algebra to girls. Is she qualified? Here's her chops: "Best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing, Danica McKellar is also a three-time New York Times bestselling author, internationally-recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA with a degree in Mathematics, Danica has been honored in Britain's esteemed Journal of Physics and the New York Times for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a ground-breaking mathematical physics theorem which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem)." So yeah, she's qualified. What we like about this book, and all her math books for tween and teen girls is - she's been there & done that - she explains things in a special girl-to-girl BFF way, without dumbing down the math. Teen girls and co-eds use this book and it really helps!

 

How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code This informative article from Lifehacker lists and discusses 10 free or inexpensive programs that will introduce kids to coding by letting them code. Scratch is on this list (hurray)! We've used Scratch with kids and they liked to play with it. Fun and colorful, Scratch is an MIT effort. Stykz "the first multi-platform stick figure animation program in the world" is another fun coding program, maybe for older kids. You'll want to read "What We've Learned About Teaching Kids to Code" near the bottom of the article.

 

How To Save Money With Coupons has links to 15 sites, .pdf files, and PowerPoints on the subject. Could be used in FACS ("Home Ec") classes or as a supplement. Also of use to teachers and parents. Thanks to Susan Bowen for the email suggesting this site.

 

I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) "is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. IMIL seeks to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day. Take a journey through IMIL by reviewing the research, video clip, testimonials, and Choosy Kids, LLC for further information."

 

I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate A Spoken Word video from Suli Breaks, British recording artist. Over half a million people worldwide have viewed this video. Looks like maybe half of them left comments! A protest against standardized, one-size-fits-all education systems. It's a pretty gripping video. (Warning: This video will make you THINK!) Also an advocacy of finding a career that you enjoy, following your dream instead of being a wage slave. Don't want to put any more words in his mouth, out of respect. GSFK agrees with the plug: You Have To Watch This!! Choose your own POV and discuss this with other viewers.

 

If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford. "Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a girl's life, the toys marketed to her are usually things that don't encourage her to enter those fields. GoldieBlox intends to change that by teaching them while they are young that these fields can be fun — and apparently epic, by the looks of this super-genius 2-minute video. Watch and learn." OK, yes it's an ad for educational toys, and an internet hit. However, if these or similar toys, or becoming a Maker like young Sylvia, can up the percentage of little girls who grow up to be engineers, mathematicians, scientists, or technologists - then it's surely worth it.

 

Imaginon Fun and Games This is from ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Charlotte has a deserved reputation as a regional cultural center) Among other wonderful things, they put on a lot of well done plays for children's theatre! The part we really liked was the many interactive web activities for kids, all thematic units based on various plays based on classic kid lit books like "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie". There are activities in here that cover A Rat's Life (biology, history) and Medieval Life, Laura Ingalls Wilder, lots more. Teachers, you should really pore over this listing of links!

 

Informal Geometry by MathMastery Inc. Video clips and interactive, downloadable Flash videos cover Geometry in 13 progressive units from intro to perimeters up through volume. Also covers using a compass and a protractor. Elementary kids who know their times tables could use this easily. Another fine example of what you can find at Curriki!

 

Institute for Inquiry from the Exploratorium in San Francisco. "...developing innovation and leadership in science education." Offers workshops and a large library for inquiry-based teaching and learning.

 

Interactive Science Simulations from PhET/U of Colorado, Boulder! There are dozens of these great interactive simulations to download, embed, or play online! You can even contribute your own! Click on any one of these and a menu pops up with more info, including the option to sort by grade levels. Science teachers, you must see this site!

 

Introductory Physics I from Curriki. Uses flash videos for the lesson and pdf files for questions. "Welcome to the NROC Introductory Physics course. This course is divided into two semesters and is designed to acquaint you with topics in classical and modern physics. The first semester discusses topics in Newtonian mechanics including: kinematics, laws of motion, work and energy, systems of particles, momentum, circular motion, oscillations, and gravitation. The first semester concludes with topics in fluid mechanics, thermal physics, and kinetic theory. The second semester discusses the topics of electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The course emphasizes problem solving, and there are numerous interactive examples throughout. You will also gain laboratory experience through interactive lab simulations and wet labs."

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins "A thematic exploration of the historical fiction novel--Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell." A really thorough interactive online thematic unit, with activities about the island, the people, village, sea life. Includes a good teacher's unit with a nice page of lesson ideas. Well done, good art. Created by elementary teachers in California. Part of the HUGE SCORE History/Social Science sites. "Over 5000 websites aligned to California's History/Social Science Curriculum."

 

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