Free Web Resources for Teachers Complied by: ED526: Telecommunications in the 21st Century Fall 2005 www.americanteacher.com This site has claims to have 280,000 lesson plans for teachers! There are many resources, free for teachers, available from this site! http://www.justfreestuff.com/teacher.html This site is a hotlist of free teacher goodies! You can find things such as “Freebies from your Congress”, free posters, bookmarks, books, educational guides, etc. http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/ More free stuff for teachers! There is a directory of links for teachers. Links include: “Teacher Tips”, “Printables and Worksheets”, “Themes”, etc. Check it out! Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/ This site will create ten different kinds of puzzles for you, including mazes, cryptograms, crosswords, word searches, and math squares. You just need to type in the title, the words, the phrase, or whatever other information you want included, and the site will do the rest. This would be nice to include in newsletters or as a fun activity that reinforces whatever topic you are teaching. Freeology http://www.freeology.com/ This site will create graphic organizers for you. It also contains useful links to quotes, reference sites, journal topics, games, and other helpful resources for your classroom. http://www.teachers.net/ This is an excellent resource for all teachers. There are free lesson plans, printables, message boards to share ideas, mailrings, forums for all genres of teachers, etc. For the lesson plans, you can search for a specific topic, browse the given topics, submit your own lesson plan to share with others, or request a lesson plan that you would like to have. Lesson plans are divided by grade, subject, and program (i.e. special education). http://www.edhelper.com/ Ed Helper can be utilized for free (you can use more of the website by joining however). This website is very helpful for building tests, quizzes, puzzles, charts, review sheets, graphic organizers, gradebooks, timelines, graphs, etc. You can print out entire themed units, lesson plans, daily writing prompts, and a whole lot more. This is a very useful site. http://www.teachers-pet.org/ Free software is included with this website. Such software include: single and double-sided flashcard maker, multiple choice maker, multiple choice maker, and many different types of language arts programs (vowel remover, word maker, etc.). This site also includes a “Useful Links” page with links to sites such as: dictionaries, reference sites, English sites, news, etc. http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/ This site includes information for almost every subject area. The sections include Arts and Literature, Health and Fitness, Math, Science, Social Studies, Pre K – 2, and Library Media. Each section provides lesson plans and activities that can be narrowed down by grade levels and topic. Many of the activities in the Social Studies section require and encourage the use of technology for the completion of the lesson or activity. http://freebies.about.com/od/teacherfreebies/ This site provides an extensive list of links for “free materials, resources and services for educators.” The list includes resources that teachers from any subject area may be able to use in their classrooms. For example, the company Bic is offering free products each month to the first 20,000 teachers that register in 2005. http://www.ed.gov/free/index.html This is a site provided by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides resources “educational excellence” that can be used in almost any content area. Once you choose a content area it will help you narrow down topics within the content area. Good luck! http://www.mrgym.com/ This is a great site. On this site you will find a variety of physical education games, cooperative games and activities, sports games, lead up activities. You will find ideas on physical education assessment, field day ideas, cheap or free physical education equipment. There is also a “Questions and Answers” where you can get help from other educators. http://www.labelsforeducation.com/default.aspx “Labels for Education” This site explains how a school can obtain free supplies for the classroom, playground, or physical education classes by collecting soup can labels. http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/math.htm This is a website created by PBS. The link allows you to choose the grade level and the specific content area of the course. You will get a certain number of “hits” and there will be different types of problem solving problems to choose from. These questions, or problems that PBS makes available range from lab work, mini- lessons, and problem sets. http://site4.pdf995.com/download.html Free PDF converter/writer. There are free downloads so you make a document into a PDF, great for posting on your teacher website, easily accessible for anyone with a computer. http://sciencespot.net/index.html This is a great site for science teachers. Everything is broken down into specific science areas, which saves a lot of time when searching for ideas. Rather than searching through “science” for biology topics, I can search for “biology” ideas. This site has a lot of neat ideas, which I might try in my classroom. I also checked out the “idea factory” section, which was also interesting. It listed some neat ideas for the first and last days of school, etc. One in particular that I like is the following: “Letters of Experience”. At the end of the year, I am going to have my 8th graders write letters to the 7th graders (who will be coming to my 8th grade class). The topics of the letter will be something like “How to survive Miss Schantz’s science class”. Then, the following school year, I will have the “new” 8th graders read letters from the pervious year. I think it would make the kids feel at home, knowing that their friends made it through physical science…and are handing down some tips to do so! This site has a lot of free clip arts sites as well. And these sites are broken down into general sites as well as science clip art sites. I think this is a great site for science teachers. It seems as though I can find just about anything on this site….lesson plans, clip art, ideas for science fairs, and links to other interesting sites. Clip art and bookmarks http://www.ssdesign.com/librarypr/toolbox.html Library and book specific clip art for communications. Printable bookmarks for student use. Research worksheets http://www.rhlschool.com/research.htm Printable worksheets provide research practice activities for elementary students. Integrating research strategies Research activities http://www.2learn.ca/research/integrateresstrategies.html This site is loaded with activities for all levels. Book Reviews http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/featuredtitles.html Search book reviews by author, title, or reading level. http://www.bookhive.org/books/ Book reviews for children from birth through age 12, their parents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians. http://friend.ly.net/users/jorban/main.html Feature exciting things to do from some of the best children's activity books published today. Also, issues of “The Scoop” an online publication that reviews books.
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