Free Online Resources for Educators

*Free Websites for Educators

Lists of Educational Websites

Kathy Schrock Guide for educators – a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum

Sites for teachers – hundreds of educational websites  

Awesome Library - organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources

Education World

Educational Hot Links for Middle School People



Blogs – Start a blog for free

Classroom blogs – designed specifically for classroom use

Bookmarking/Organization/Social Tools

Library Thing – Find read-alikes and summaries of books, tag and organize book collections

Delicious – bookmark the web.  Search the large collection of bookmarked sites and add to yours.

Diigo – collect, highlight then remember.  Bookmarking with more features

Book Sites

Google Books

Teen Reads

Suzy Red (Books Give Kids Wings)

Guys Read



Daily, Weekly, Monthly Celebrations


Citation machine

Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker (MLA if free)

Noodle Bibs – free citation machine

Zotero - is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Citation Maker

Character Education

Character Education


Classroom Management

Classroom management

Course Management

Moodle - a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.

Collaborative tools/Wikis

Google Docs – good for internal collaboration but also use forms for surveys

Copyright/Fair Use

U.S. Copyright Office

Taking the mystery out of copyright (presentation for students)

Ten Myths About Copyright Explained

Copyright Website

Copyright lesson plan (8th grade)

Teacher’s Guide to Fair Use and Copyright

Teacher’s Permission to Use Form

Student’s Permission to Use Form

Copyright Powerpoint

Free Copyright Presentations in Powerpoint format


National Essential Skills (ELA, Math, Science and Soc St.)


Cyberguide Ratings

Cyberguide ratings for content evaluation

Cyberguide ratings for web site design

English/Language Arts

Grammar and Writing

Grammar and Punctuation:  The Blue Book

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Strunks’s Elements of Style


Purdue Online Writing Lab

Web English Teacher - Reading and Writing Non-Fiction


The English Teacher – teaching resources


Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations




Literature Lessons

American Literature Online (Ockerbloom) - Provides hundreds of works of American literature.

Harvard Classics - "The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume '5-foot shelf of books' and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century." Provides books by title or author.


Literature (in English) by Genre




Encyclopedia Mythica

Greek Mythology




Sparknotes: Mythology


Theoi Greek Mythology



Scholastic - Study the genre of poetry by taking part in step-by-step workshops with favorite authors


Poetry Generator - Choose your poetry form and add words to make the poem your own.


Acrostic Poem Maker


List of epics



Glossary of Poetic Terms


Elements of Poetry – definitions, exercises, and examples in poems




Book Adventure – Reading motivation

International Reading Association

Lexile Framework for Reading – measures reading ability and text complexity



Storyline Online – picture books are read with lessons and activities


The Odyssey


Reading Machine – 30 interactive reading games


Book Report Rubric


Book Report Templates


Literary Terms




Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club - Lots of teacher resources and word games to develop vocabulary and spelling

Ebooks (free)

Project Gutenberg – offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.

Free book spot


Get free ebooks

Free e-books

Free ebooks

Online Books Page – over 1 million free books online


Audio Books for free


Free books



Snopes – fact check

Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book - provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers



Homework Help from textbooks

Class Zone

Holt Mathematics




Dance mat Typing



Kids Stuff/Learning Games

Cybersleuth – an internet search guide for students K-12

Fun Brain – learning games


Yucky Stuff





Kids Click – research a variety of topics


Learning Projects

Think Quest- A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects



Waco-McLennan County Library

Baylor University Library

McLennan Community College Library

Library Websites

Online tour of the Dewey Decimal System


Resources for school libraries



Mash up

Yahoo Pipes – aggregate and mashup content on the web. 



Cool Math –

AAA Math-               

Free Math worksheets -

Algebra -

Glencoe textbook –

Holt textbook online learning –

NCTM’s Illuminations Math Site-resources for teaching math

Math Goodies – free math help portal featuring interactive lessons, worksheets, and homework help

Dr. Math – homework help


Math Nook – games

Math Forum – website for Math teachers

Math – world of math online


Aplus Math – interactive math problems


Frank Potter’s Science Gems – Mathematics – annotated list of math sites by topic and grade level


History of Mathematics Archive – biographies of over 10000 mathematicians

Interactive Mathematics Online


Johnnie’s Math Page – a collection of K-8 interactive math activities


Mathwire – activities an worksheets for teachers



ChannelOne – current events

Class Timer - timer               

Retro Junk – old movies, TV shows, commercials.  Hey!  I remember that!



Movies Online




Online Note Cards

Templates for online notecards (open the template and make a copy on your desktop)


Online Tools and Web Application Index



Copyright-Free, Open Source, and CC-licensed Photos  

Open Photo

Flickr Image Search

Wikipedia Commons - database of 10,970,893 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.


 Stock.xchng – free stock photo site


My Podcast – start you own free podcasts



Prezi – Online presentation slideshow tool.  Free for students and teachers



Presentation and meeting tools for feedback – set up a room to communicate with your audience


Poll Everywhere – Poll your audience.  Can be used on your phone, web or twitter.  Data gathered is displayed in graph form in real time



Quick video and image tools

Animoto – tool for quick videos, slideshows, displays and fun.   Turn you videos, photos and music into a fun display.   Features based on account type. 


Jing – add visuals to your website or emails.  Take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor.



Internet Public Library

Research Help

Google Scholar- Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Tek Mom – research tools on the web


Cybersleuth for Kids – internet search guide for K-12 students


Kids Click – web search site


Big 6 – Research Skills




RubiStar – create rubrics for project-based activities

Rubrics for Teachers



Discovery Education


Science Fair ideas


FOSSWeb - is the official site for the inquiry-based FOSS (FULL OPTION SCIENCE SYSTEM) science curriculum. A place for support, resources, and fun activities.   click on middle school     username:  librarian                   password:  librarian

Science Presentations – K-12

CELLS alive! -  animated and interactive plant and animal cells

National Geographic

How Stuff Works

Science Dictionary


The Internet Encyclopedia of Science :  free scientific encyclopedia

Extreme Science – world records in natural science, challenges, lessons, etc.


Mad Science – answers to science questions


Science Learning Network – news, museums, and resources


Scientific American- 60 sec. science podcasts, expert articles


National Geographic – articles, videos


New Scientist – articles and resources



Animal Planet – resources on pets, wildlife, animal causes, and more


Wonderful World of Insects


Animal Fact Guide




*Pop-up Periodical Table


WebElements : periodic table. Click on any element to get more information, or get more information on topics such as isotopes, bond enthalpies, and more.


Chemistry Guide – tools for chemistry teachers, databases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.


The Atoms Family - teaches chemistry to students with monsters. Mummies, vampires, and more teach about energy, light, atoms, and conservation


The Comic Book Periodic Table of Elements : Superheroes and cartoon characters are used to teach all about the periodic table



Human Body

Inner Body – guide to human anatomy


Neuroscience for Kids - how the brain works

Atlas of the Human Body : This free tool is provided by the American Medical Association to help educate patients. However, science teachers can use it to show students various systems such as nervous or endocrine.




NASA – images, videos, and podcasts, information on missions, solar system, the Earth and more



Sky and Telescope magazine – tools for science teachers



NASA TV : The eleventh most visited channel on YouTube, there are hundreds of historic videos to view.       

Windows to the Universe : Get pictures and guides for all segments of space including the Earth, solar system, and beyond. There are also guides for life, geology, and physics.



Earth Science

 Earth History Resources : graphic images designed for use in the development of either an online internet or interactive multimedia project related to Earth History. These images consist of photographs of dioramas, fossils and models, and computer generated images and drawings.


Exploring Earth : Eight units cover everything from the history of the Earth to space.


National Ocean Services : resources for science teachers from this site for students from grades three through twelve. There are charts, tutorials, and even a lesson plan library.


Archaeological Adventure : Accompany scientists as they go on digs with the help of this science website. There is also information on past digs.


Voyage to the Deep : The Alvin explored hydrothermal vent sites in the Sea of Cortes and invites you to join along. You can also learn more about geology, sea creatures, and chemistry.


Hurricane: Storm Science: View a hurricane from the inside, learn about instruments, and get interviews with survivors.


 Earthquakes for Kids : Students can learn all about the science behind earthquakes on this site.


The Disaster Area : FEMA site to teaches kids all about disasters from floods to volcanoes and more.



Animated Engines – Great site!


Building Big (bridges, tunnels, domes, dams, and skyscrapers)

Simple Machines – several powerpoint presentations




 Smithsonian Institute : a resource library for science, art, technology, history, and language.


American Museum of Natural History : news. Podcasts, resources, exhibit information, and more.


The Franklin Institute : Located in Philadelphia, they have resources for scientific learning.


Museum of Science and Industry : current exhibits, videos, games, and how-to’s.


National Air and Space Museum : This top science website offers a variety of free educational programs for school groups and organized youth groups. There are also classroom activities, including electronic field trips.


 The Museum of Unnatural Mystery : Not a traditional museum, there are still resources for science teachers here. Choose from the stranger topics such as cryptozoology or UFO mysteries.


National Zoo : Part of the Smithsonian, live animal cams, photo galleries, and information on the animals.


 San Diego Zoo : live cams to view the animals, curriculum, classroom kits, and activities.


Social Studies

History Sites

History Fair 2012

Theme : Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History
Fair Dates : February 9-10, 2012


Primary Source Documents

Library of Congress

American Memory Project of the Library of Congress


Our Documents


National Park Service: Treasures of the Nation


Avalon Project from Yale University Law School – primary source digital documents from ancient time to the present pertaining to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government


AMDOCS: Documents for the study of American History


Famous Trials in History – UMKC School of Law


Internet Archive of Texts and Documents: United States


American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank Database – index to 5000+ full text audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events


Battle Lines – letters from America’s Wars


National Archives: Digital Classroom


Milestone Documents in American History (Salem Press)


                Remote Access Login     Password:  umsindians

U.S. History Net -

Secondary Source Documents

*Best History websites - Over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, and more.

History Channel


European University Institute, Florence, Italy

 The Census Bureau              

Central Intelligence Agency with facts about countries of the world 2002 Fact Book

*The History Net - Where History Lives on the Web

The White House - historical info plus modern

Smithsonian Institution

Teaching and Learning resources from federal agencies

World History information for kids



Brad Bowerman's Geography World - tons of good stuff

Geography Sites

Mapquest - world atlas with printable maps or map your trip

National Geographic Society - Maps, searchable lesson plans interactive sites


Central and South America - resources for language, history, and geography classes


Country Studies (Library of Congress)


National Geographic Countries of the World


World Travel Guide




Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum in Waco


Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association


Handbook of Texas Online

Texas State Historical Association


Texas History Online (great site – check out links)


Portal to Texas History (UNT)


Texas History (links to great websites and primary source documents)

Texas Treasures – online exhibit of historical documents and artifacts


Texas Music History Online


Texas Military History Online


*7th Grade Texas History – Georgetown ISD




Google Analytics

Statcounter - invisible web tracker, highly configurable hit counter and real-time detailed web stats.


One Stat Free - free counter and the traffic statistics gathered from each web site we track


Poll Daddy – survey software


Survey Monkey - conduct, manage and analyze research


Zoomerang  - software for surveys and polls


Teacher Tools

Free worksheets

Thinkfinity - thousands of standards-based lesson plans from leading educational organizations.


Cyberbee – Rich internet resources, lessons and projects for educators. Lessons are created around national standards and tested by teachers. All content is free with proper attribution. Lessons can be found under Curriculum Ideas.


Internet 4 Classrooms – helping teachers to use the internet effectively


Discovery School – free teaching resources

Classsroom 2.0


Personal Education Press


ABC Teach


Education World Teacher Tools and Templates


Free teacher lesson plans


Free teacher worksheets


Teacher Planet


Discovery School Puzzlemaker

Utah Education Network - provides free web tools and services, such as lesson plans, videos, curriculum resources, student interactives and professional development   

Free printables for teachers






Tubechop – an easy way to chop pertinent sections from a YouTube video.




Stream TV



Weebly – web page creation tool.  Not HTML needed.  Can include documents links, forms, etc.


Google sites – free website hosting


Wordpress – free website hosting and professional looking blog


Page Flakes – classroom websites

Top Search Engines

                Altavista               Bing       Dogpile                 Go          Google                 Hobot                   Lycos

Mamma               Yahoo

Top Search Engines for Kids

                KidsClick               Fact monster

*Compiled by Barbara Myers, Librarian

University Middle School

Waco, Texas