*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
Educational Hot Links for Middle School People
Blogs – Start a blog for free
Classroom blogs – designed specifically for classroom use
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
Suzy Red (Books Give Kids Wings)
Daily, Weekly, Monthly Celebrations
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.
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.
Google Docs – good for internal collaboration but also use forms for surveys
U.S. Copyright Office
Taking the mystery out of copyright (presentation for students)
Ten Myths About Copyright Explained
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
Free Copyright Presentations in Powerpoint format
National Essential Skills (ELA, Math, Science and Soc St.)
Cyberguide ratings for content evaluation
Cyberguide ratings for web site design
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
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
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
Reading Machine – 30 interactive reading games
Book Report Rubric
Book Report Templates
Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club - Lots of teacher resources and word games to develop vocabulary and spelling
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
Online Books Page – over 1 million free books online
Audio Books for free
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.
Homework Help from textbooks
Dance mat Typing
Kids Stuff/Learning Games
Cybersleuth – an internet search guide for students K-12
Fun Brain – learning games
Kids Click – research a variety of topics
Think Quest- A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects
Waco-McLennan County Library
Baylor University Library
McLennan Community College Library
Online tour of the Dewey Decimal System
Resources for school libraries
Yahoo Pipes – aggregate and mashup content on the web.
Cool Math – http://www.coolmath.com
AAA Math- http://www.aaamath.com/
Free Math worksheets - http://www.math-drills.com/
Algebra - http://algebasics.co
Glencoe textbook – http://www.glencoe.com
Holt textbook online learning – http://go.hrw.com/gopages/ma-msm.html
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!
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
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
TodaysMeet.com – 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
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
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.
http://www.fossweb.com click on middle school username: librarian password: librarian
Science Presentations – K-12
CELLS alive! - animated and interactive plant and animal cells
How Stuff Works
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
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. http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
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 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.
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
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 - http://www.historynet.com
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.
*World Wide Web Virtual Library - GREAT SITE! WWW-VL HISTORY CENTRAL CATALOGUE
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
Teaching and Learning resources from federal agencies
World History information for kids
Brad Bowerman's Geography World - tons of good stuff
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
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
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
Personal Education Press
Education World Teacher Tools and Templates
Free teacher lesson plans
Free teacher worksheets
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.
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
Top Search Engines for Kids
KidsClick Fact monster
*Compiled by Barbara Myers, Librarian
University Middle School