Website Directory for Educators
A Beginning . . .
Formatted and Compiled by
Dr. Lois R. Christensen
Florida Gulf Coast University
WEBSITE L A R I DESCRIP TION 2
Website Directory for Educators
Formatted and Compiled by
Dr. Loi s R. Chri stensen
Florida Gulf Coast University
For PT3 – Spring 2003
The Website Directory for Educators has been created as part of a P T3 technology project. It features, at the current time, about a hundred
websites devot ed to educational use.
For a long time, I have been keeping track of new websites on sticky notes that I stick on the frame around my computer monit or screen. This is
both unattractive and inefficient. Or sometimes I mak e a note of them in some materi al that I’m using and then forget where I have written them.
Rarely do they ever find their way to “My Favorites” for appropriate filing in folders. And even when they do and I look the m up, I can’t always
remember from the URL just what the site contained that I found interesting at the time I filed it. So I decided to put my information together in a
table format that would give me some quick information at a glance and help me find what I needed, when I needed it. The Web site Directory for
Educators is the result.
I offer it to any and all students and teachers and hope that you may find it useful. Make it your own by adding whatever we bsites are meaningful to
The directory has been formatted in table form in Microsoft Word to enable students and teachers to easily download it and use it as a basis for
continued development. To use the directory:
1. Access the directory at http://courses.fgcu.edu/~190 . This is a WebBoar d addr ess. Log in as a guest, then click on WebSite Directory for
Educators in the left-hand menu. The link for the directory will appear in the right-hand column.
2. Access the directory by clicking on it and then save it to your home comput er.
3. When the directory has been saved on your computer, all you need to do is click on any of the websites for immediate access.
4. The directory has been organized in alphabetical arrangement disregarding http://www. Whenever you find a new website that you want to add,
simply find the correct spot in the alphabetical listing, insert a new row, and type in your information. The table format w ill allow the directory to
grow and grow to meet your needs.
5. When you find favorite ones, highlight them in a special color so they are easy to find.
This is an exciting time to be an educator – have fun searching the web and making teaching more and more exciting!
L = Lesson Plans
A = Activities
R = Resources (Print ables, Worksheets, etc.)
I = Information – General /Subject Area Info/Links to Relat ed Sites
WEBSITE L A R I DESCRIPTION
http://www.aaamath.com/mea. html Great site for K-8 math. The site features numerous charts of measurement (metric, mass, length,
X X X volume, time and temperature). Following are excellent many quick math references by grade and
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concept area. Embedded are games for students to increase proficiency.
http://abc.com X Current events from ABC
http://agrability.sdstate.edu/B NG4H. Site featuring activities to help mak e children aware of the nature of specific disabilities. Several
html X X disabilities are addressed.
http://www.ajkids.com/ Ask Jeeves for Kids. Kids type in a question and get an answer. Also sections for Fun and Games,
X X X News Resources, and Study Tools in subject areas. Clip art, dictionary, thesaurus, almanac
http://www.alphabet -soup.net Great early childhood site. Excellent thematic lessons and activities for 3-5 year-olds. Recipes for
X X X X crafts, etc. Activities for each letter of the alphabet. Parent/teacher tips. Personalized letters for every
occasion; i.e., the tooth fairy, birthday letters.
http://www.apple.com/educ ation Sponsored by Apple, this site promotes imovies, and other apple applications. However, it has an
excellent section that describes popular teaching methods. There are many links to other sources
X X more fully explaining these methods. Included are advanced organizers, brainstorming, cooperative
learning, demonstrations, dialogue journals, discovery learning, dis cussions, hands-on learning,
multiple activities, multi-media instruction, peer tutoring, project-based learning, questioning
techniques, simulations and games, thematic approac h, tutorial programs, whole language approach.
Be sure to follow the embedded links.
http://artsedge.kennedy- Curricula, lesson plans with an arts emphasis, activities, curriculum links, Get Publi shed, Idea
center.org/teaching_materials/artsed X X X Exchange. Covers many aspects of the arts in grades K-12.
http://www.askeric.org Department of Education database of thousands of articles of educational significance. Major topics
X include counseling, educ ational levels, educational management, educational technology, evaluation,
family life, general educ ation, librarianship, specific populations, subjects, teaching, and a reference
http://www.at ozteacherstuff.com Thematic lesson plans, lesson plans by grade level, printable worksheets, tips, educational articles on
X X X current topics, resources, a teacher chat (appears to be well -monitored), electronic links. Great site.
http://www.bankstreetbooks.com Teacher resourc es, especially lists of suitable books by theme and age. Includes lesson plans that
X X X integrate children’s literature into all aspects of curricular instruction. The lesson plans often feature an
integration of subject areas and also list the books referenced in the lesson plan.
http://www.bigchalk.com Teaching and learning with phot ography sponsored by Polaroid; featured lesson plans, current events,
X X X time management strategies (“seize the day”), homework central – research help for students.
http://www.bjup.com X Christian resources for education.
http://www.bogglesworld.com PreK-12 ESOL activities. Games and activities for vocabulary, fluency, writing, understanding English,
X X X X science, etc.
http://www.book web.org/booksense/ Access to best-seller Children’s Book Lists (mainly through Barnes and Noble)
bestsellers/ X X
http://www.c3.lanl.gov/ mega- Los Alamos National Laboratory’s MegaMathematics. Lots of lessons, activities, etc.
math/welcome.html X X X X
http://www.carolina.com Carolina world class support for science and math. Science and math pages, curriculum information,
X X X classroom activities, teacher resources, homeschool resources. Excellent activities for science and
math. A novel feature is “Ask Our Professor” where students can pose a science or math question that
will be answered by e-mail in two days!
http://www.cdc.gov/od/ ads/fry.htm X X The Fry Readability Scale
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http://www.cec.sped.org X Website for the Council for Exceptional Children.
http://www.classroom.com Funding resources, education news, library search for easy find web resources to accompany your
X X curriculum, discussion board to connect to teachers around the world, free membership for other
services, link to the Quest Channel, newsletter regarding use of technology in the curriculum
http://www.cnn.com Current events from CNN. Features an education page with news for kids, Links to partner resources
X X though Harcourt.
http://www.crayola.com/educators/in X X X Creative lesson plans and art activities.
http://www.creativeteachingsite.com “If you’re not having fun, you’re not being the best teacher you can be.” Articles, information, and ideas
X X X for creative teaching. Free newsletter. Information is in three categories: teaching style, creative
teaching, and teaching ideas.
http://www.dhc.net/~artgeek Art education activities for elementary age kids. Projects are organized first by continent or prehistory,
X X then by category, and finally by activity. Principles of art are included along with specific activities t o
teach the concepts.
http://www.discoveryschool.com Pages for teachers, parents, students, mathematics. Clip art gallery, video clips. Products also
X X X X available. Lesson plans, teaching tools, puzzlemaker, numerous activities, links, featured topics,
current events, brain boosters. Very broad and useful site.
http://www.earlychildhood.com Discount school supplies. Loads of printable activities and crafts for early childhood. Monthly featured
X X X curriculum activities for infants, toddlers, pre -school, and school -age children. Ask the Experts on a
number of child related topics. Also a reading center and related topics links.
http://www.edgate.com Information for educators, students, and parents. Free servic es for lesson plans; learning how to post
X X X homework assignments on SchoolNotes.com; research cent er for students; FunBrain games; special
features for parents including management skills, Parent’s Toolbox and more.
http://www.ed.gov X U.S. Department of Education website. Also includes a link to the No Child Left Behind website.
http://www.edhelper.com 11443 lesson plans, 5000 worksheet generators, 1296 webquests, 1600 word and critical thinking
X X X problems; writing lesson plans, math lesson plans, technology lesson plans, science lesson plans, tons
http://www.education.com/home/inde Free registration. Free newsletter. 700 lesson plans in 20 subject areas. The teac her page includes
x.jsp X X X lesson plans, encyclopedia articles, clip art, and writing guides. There are also pages for families, kids,
teens, college, adults, and administrators. Great info on Multiple Intelligenc es on the Teacher page.
http://www.educationplanet.com Searchable database of over 100,000 educ ational websites for K-12 teac hers. The lesson plan
X X X X directors includes 20,000 online lessons, activities, and thematic units. There are pages for teachers,
students, parents. Lots of seasonal entries, featured books, featured maps, featured video, featured
http://www.eduhound.com Eduhound – E verything for Education K-12 features a pre-screened directory of 20, 000 links in over 50
X X categories; Eduhound in Spanish features links in 14 categories; Eduhound HotList – make your own
free web pages; and Awesome Clip Art for kids. Free newsletter in text or html format.
http://www.eduplace.com K-8 resource sponsored by Houghton-Mifflin. Information on “No Child Left Behind;” interesting place
X X X for kids to speak up to a posed question on a current topic; monthly themes with writing prompts,
activities, and Internet resources; activity search; graphic organizers ; and edugames.
http://www.edweek.org X Hot topics in education as reported by Education Week.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com Great stuff for kids and teachers. Sections on dinosaurs, multicultural educational activities, games,
X X X X jokes, quizzes, label-me printouts, flag coloring pages, crafts, geography pages, K-3 themes, pre-
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school activities, animal printouts, science pages and activities, biomes, bir ds, butterflies, rainforests,
sharks, whales, the oceans, plants, inventors and inventions, explorers, music, and more.
http://www.english-to-go.com Sponsored by Reut ers. This is a commercial site for “Instant Lessons” focusing on teaching English
X communication in a global society. There are some good sample lessons on the site.
http://www.epa.gov/teachers Lessons and activities based on environmental issues. Numerous community service projects.
X X X Information on links, grants, awards, student jobs and opportunities, workshops and conferences
http://www.eschoolnews.com Current news articles on everything from curriculum to technology. Great for keeping up -to-date on
X X current issues. Among the many features of this web site is the “Site of the Week” – for ex ample the
“National Scienc e Library. Each site is fully explained and the URL is given.
http://www. familyeducation.com Sponsored by Sylvan Learning System. Excellent information for parents and teachers. There also is
X a selection of newsletters that appear to be free.
http://www. funderstanding.com Great links to information on a number of educational topics; e.g., learning theory, education history,
X X emotional intelligence, education reform, multiple intelligences. The site is devoted to information on
actively engaging children in learning.
http://www. funschool.com Games and activities; print ables and downloads; helpdesk; several online games for elementary
X X children
http://www. funway2learn.com Educational materials for preschoolers. There is also a Game Gallery, and many links to interesting
X X and informational sites for kids.
http://www.grades123.com X Lakeshore Learning Materials on-line catalog.
http://home.about.com/ “What You Need to Know About ” – huge searchable database of general categories. Primarily for
teacher pers onal us e. Education section with information adult and continuing education, colleges and
X X X X universities, and Primary/Secondary including creative writing for teens, preschool/ daycare, elementary
education, family crafts, home schooling, private schools, secondary school educators, special
education. Links to lesson plans, activities, etc.
http://home.att.net/~kids-world/ Activities related to the environment, rain forests, endangered species and our universe. Kid-friendly,
X X X X links to lesson plans, activities, and printables.
http://www.ideapractices.org/resourc Excellent links to a myriad of topics associated wit h IDEA.
http://www.inclusion.org Website of the Inclusion Net work devoted to helping people understand inclusion of people with
X disabilities into mainstream society.
http://www.infoplease.com Almanacs, atlas, 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, dictionary. Teacher page includes
X X X X lesson planning, teacher tools, classroom management, e-cards, quizzes, current events. Parent page
includes categories titled Your Little Kids, Your Kids, Your Teens, and Parent Centers – expert advice,
what works, homework help, fund raising, etc.
http://www.iste.org International Society for Tec hnology in Education site. ISTE standards, teacher res ources,
X X professional development, and research projects. Many articles and resources are free. Membership
is available for advanced special services.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo X X Science – Galileo – Journey to Jupiter. Featured articles on this mission.
http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/DEP T/Mult Annotated bibliography of multicultural issues in mathematics education. This site includes excellent
icultural/MEBib94.html X materials focusing on how learners from different ethnic and cultural groups have dealt wit h the subject
of mathematics. It contains an extensive listing of relevant materials.
http://www.k-6educators.about.com Lesson plans by subject area. Also featured are links to many topical areas such as: assessment,
becoming a teacher, classroom management, comput ers – technology, educational games, finding
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X X X freebies, gifted and talented, help for parents, help for teachers, homework helpers, how to find a job,
how to substitute, multicultural education, new teachers, pen pals, professional development, reference
desk, special education, library.
http://k12.bellsouth.com This site is focused on supporting technology in the curriculum. There is an Online Curriculum section
X X X featuring lesson plans in the menu under Resources.
http://www.karscot.com/kidlinks.html Cool, safe links for kids, parents and teachers. Spons ored by Karscot Distribut ors of British Columbia,
X X Canada. Over 1500 original lesson plans; links to alternative sources of news; links to articles on the
arts, astronomy and space, and biology.
http://www.kidzone.ws Fun stuff for early childhood children. Features include crafts for kids; coloring pages; greeting cards
X (lots of printable ones, including bookmarks, etc.); more Internet sites for teachers; activities for basic
concepts. Lots of printable materials.
http://www.kinderkorner.com X X X Units and activities plus on-line shopping for early childhood.
http://www.lams.losalamos.k12.nm.u Lots of how-tos for developing WebQuests. Links to developing higher order thinking skills through
s/technology/WebQuest/developing. X X X X webquests, resources for developing webquests, webquest development rubric, lots of samples – by
htm students, for students.
http://www.learningpage.com Free membership. This site contains downloadable worksheets, theme sheets, clip art, lists of books
X X (many also in Spanish).
http://www.lee.k12.fl.us X Site featuring the School District of Lee County. Broad array of information about Lee County schools.
http://www.lessonplanspage.com Searchable database of 2000 lesson plans. 5000 math printables. Seasonal lesson plans. Link to
X X X X www.Americ anTeacher.com has links to more than 200,000 lesson plans and resources. Included also
are safe research sites for kids.
http://www.lessonplanz.com Searchable database of 2500 lesson plans organized by grade, subject, theme, etc. Seasonal
X X X X activities, worksheets, teacher tips, teacher chat board, songs and poems, etc.
http://www.lifeskills4kids.com Some free lesson plans, but most of the site is commercial. There is also a good section on Life Skills
Knowledge Base – newsletter with some interesting topics.
http://www.mapquest.com X X Driving directions; trip planner.
http://mathforum.org/ From Drexel University. Large searchable dat abase featuring math resources by subject, math
X X X X education information, key issues in math. Much more – great site.
http://www.mathsisfun.com/maths_li A website from Southwestern E ngland. There are numerous electronic resourc es alphabetized by
nks.html X X X match concept. There are also activities for various concepts. While there is some good information
on this site, it is not a good site for students. A comment section appears not to be carefully monitored.
http://mentor.coe.uwf.edu/sid/Analysi Support for Instructional Designers. “Teach Me – Show Me – Guide Me” – How to write instructional
s/GoalAnalysisTeachMe.htm X goals.
http://www.mcrel.org/about/net work. This site provides links to each of th e 10 federally funded Regional Education Laboratories. At Web
asp sites for the individual laboratories you will find an abundance of curriculum-related information. Each
Regional Laboratory has a special focus:
Appalachian Region (AEL) – rural education; Western Region (W estEd) – assessment and
X X X X accountability; Central Region (Mc REL) – curriculum learning, and instruction; Midwestern Region
(NCRE L) – technology; Northwestern Region (NWRE L) – school change process; Pacific Region
(PREL) – language and cultural diversity; Northeastern Region (LAB) – language and cultural diversity;
Mid-Atlantic Region (LSS) – urban education; Southeastern Region (SERVE ) – early childhood
education; Southwestern Region (SEDL) – language and cultural diversity
http://www.mcrel.org/resources/plus.i Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning – quality research articles and links to information
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ndex.asp X X X X on a wide variety of education topics. Excellent for policy reviews, and reviews of literature. The site is
very large and searchable under specific subject areas. Maintained by a federally funded Regional
http://www.microsoft.com/education Broad searchable database of lesson plans that include technology. Searchable database for
X X technology support for any MicroSoft program (250,000 articles).
http://www.msnbc.com X Site for current news coverage
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/html.f/reso Math, science, and technology education office at the University of Illinois – Champagne/Urbana.
urce.xml X X X Innovative, standards-based, technology-intensive mathematics and science instruction at K-16 levels.
Links to sample lessons.
http://www.ncss.org/ resources Site of the National Council for the Social Studies. Resources are centered around ten themes of the
X X curriculum standards for social studies. Also included are sections on Teachable Moments, What’s
Worth Watching on TV, Notable Social Studies Trade Books, and an Arc hive Section of Past Projects,
http://www.nevada.edu/%7Estrudler/ University of Nevada WebQuest site. The site contains a searchable database of webquests arranged
wq.html X X X by subject area and level (element ary, middle, high, post secondary/adult).
http://www.new-teac her.com A resourc e site for education students, student teachers, first-year teachers, and anyone who wants to
X be a teacher. Articles, and specific information related to a variety of education-related topics and
http://www.nytimes.com/learning New York Times Learning Net work Grades for 3-12. The site has sections for Student Connections,
Teacher Connections, and Parent Connections. For teachers there is a daily lesson plan, lesson plan
X X X X archives, this day in history, featured crossword puzzles, education news, and teacher res ourc es. The
student section features news of the day, news quiz, word of the day, test prep question of the day,
science Q & A. The parent section feat ures conversation starters, family movie guide, and discussion
http://www.odyssey.on.ca/~elaine.co Rubrics for EVE RY THING!
xon/rubrics.htm X X
http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/?> The Teachers Helping Teachers website. Tons of tips for teachers, lesson plans (including some
X X X focused on classroom management), resources. The site also includes some featured topics such as
stress reduction, and a forum for teacher-to-teacher sharing.
http://www.parentsunitedtogether.co Website devoted to keeping parents informed on issues relat ed to children with disabilities. Featured
m X are current legislation, resources, school information, discipline, etc.
http://kids.patentcafe.com X How to become an inventor. Neat activities. Membership is $29.95 per year.
http://www.pbs.org/teachersource 3500 lesson plans in arts and literature, health and fitness, math, science and technology, social
X X X studies, early childhood, and library media. The site also features selected articles and lessons on
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu Essentially a digital library for the study of history and the humanities. Suitable for middle school and
X X above. Broad variety of topics, many phot ographs and images.
http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/hscho Webquest of the Great Depression
ol/webq/webq1/webquest.htm X X X
http://www.project-approach.com A site devoted to the project-approach to learning. There are some excellent examples of project
X X based learning here. PK-5
http://www.proteacher.com Teacher chat board; lesson plans, ideas for themes, centers, graphic organizers, technology integrated
lessons. Other sections include information on class room management, child development, shared
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X X X X leadership, reading and language arts, humanities (art and drama), social studies, mathematics, and
science and technology. K-6
http://www.puzzlemaker.com On the DiscoverySchool.com website. This site makes a variety of puzzles from your curriculum
X X content information.
http://www.reading. org X Site of the International Reading Association. The “Focus on Topics in Reading” provides numerous
articles on literacy issues of concern. Current information on upcoming conferences.
http://www.sciencekit.com X Science supplies for K-12 science teac hers. Select from over 15,000 items.
http://school.discovery.com/clipart/ X X Clip Art on the Discovery WebSite
http://school.discovery.com/schrockg On the discovery.com page, this is Kathy Schrock’s guide to webquests. It includes background,
uide/ webquest/webquest.html X X X X templates, and fine examples of webquests.
http://www.sesameworkshop.org X X X Interactive website from Sesame Street. There are interactive games, stories, coloring pages, etc.
http://www.sitesforteachers.com Links to 808 site s for teachers – all having some connection with re ading. Everything from
X lesson plans to worksheets to games and crafts. This may be the only database you need for
Internet site s.
http://www.smarterkids.com X Shop online for Great Toys for Young Minds. Infant to age 12.
http://www.solarviews.com/ss.html The solar system in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German. Great information on various
X aspects of the solar system. Best for grades 5-12.
http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQues Spartanburg District Schools WebQuests. This site contains background on webquests, directions for
ts.html X X X X developing webquests, and a large number o f excellent examples of webquests for various grade
levels and subject areas. Most webquests include embedded rubrics.
http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov.planets/index. The Planets
http://www.studyspanish.com X Learn Spanish – free online tutorial. Free membership for teachers. Also products for purchase.
http://www.studyworksonline.com X X X Math and science lessons and activities. Featured lessons based on real -life situations. Middle and
http://www.tampareads.com Tampa’s Reading Key Program website. While the full program requires members hip, there are
X X X sample materials on this page in four categories – alphabet worksheets, phonics worksheets, reading
wall power, and voc abulary building worksheets. Also included are reading vocabulary word lists by
grade levels 1 – 4.
http://www.teachers desk.com Lots of lesson plans (you can even submit your own), Internet sites, educational news, homework help,
X X X X downloads and gameware.
http://www.teachers.net K-12 resources – lesson plans, chat boards, featured gaz ette columns (e.g., Harry Wong and others
X X X X with additional articles either on the subject or by the featured author), free printables.
http://www.teachervision.com Great site as a teacher helper. Included are dealing with war, seasonal activities; patriotic print ables,
X X X X lesson plans, graphic organizers, calendars, worksheet library, map library, quiz library, resources by
subject area, classroom management information, e-cards, professional development,
http://www.teachingk -8.com The website for the magazine Teaching PreK-8, published by the same company that does Highlights
X X X X for Children. Lesson plans by the mont h with activities for each, teacher resources, author interviews,
http://www.tesol.org/index.html Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Langu ages home site. Information on standards and other
X related topics.
http://www.theeducationcenter.com/c The Mailbox Bookbag site. Requires subscription to The Mailbox Bookbag. Use children’s literature to
gi- X teach basic skills. Every issue is packed with fun-filled thematic units, inspiring special features, and
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bin/tec/D.jsp?NAME=Bookbag_Hom creative chapter book and novel activities designed to integrate skills instruction. $39.95 per year for six
http://www.thehistorychannel.com Featured articles with free teacher guide downloads available. Also featured are This Day in History
X X (including what happened on your birthday), speeches, discussions, classroom, travel, and history quiz
sections. Great links, often include sound. Save Our History, This Week in History, Hometown History,
Speech Archive, National History Day Awards, Ideas from Teachers, Ellis Island, Current E vents
Topics – all featured on the “Classroom” page.
http://www.timeforkids.com Time Magazine for Kids online. Reproducibles, standards, archives, kids site are featured. Great
X X articles, often with printable guides are available; for example: Tips for Parents on how to deal with
children’s fears of war and terrorism; Women’s History Month articles, games, interviews, and cartoons.
http://webby.umeedu.maine.edu/coe A site of about 50 webquests for various grade levels and subject areas.
hd/edt 525.html X X
http://webquest.sdsu.edu Broad webquest site with training materials on how to develop a webquest, webquest taskonomy and
X X X X examples of eac h, how to use a webquest, templates, rubrics, workshops. Specially featured is a
matrix of examples (excellent collection) organized by subject area for PK -2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and Adult.
http://www.yahooligans.com Terrific site for kids. Categories include games, animals, e-cards, movies, jokes, science, reference,
X X X Ask Earl, news, sports, astrology, cool sites. There are informational and fun short videos included.
Lots of fun and good information here.
http://www.zerotothree. org Excellent resource for parents and professionals of early childhood. The “Parenting A -Z” section offers
X a variety of articles on major topics arranged in alpha order. Professionals will find excellent
resources. Also included are: “Tip of the Week” and policy issues for educators.