As I continue to scour the web for the best resources for teachers and parents I have begun to put together a list of sites that I feel are excellent in terms of content and material. I will periodically share these as a webliography; here is the first! Please feel free to leave comments as I truly value the opinions of other educators!
1. ABC Teach
Information: Huge source of printable worksheets and activities. Many are free but you can also become a member for a small amount to gain access to additional resources. You can also create your own worksheets which is really cool. Over 35,000 pages of printable worksheets, with more materials added each week. Broad range of subjects and levels. New materials added weekly to reflect current events and seasonal topics. Also includes an extensive educational clip art collection.
Information: Extensive list of websites pertaining to teacher resources. Claim that these are the “best” sites. Quite extensive list of a broad range of websites (26 pages worth). I did not have time to go through most of them but on first glance this site seems to be very helpful.
3. Lesson Plans Page
Information: Website with access to over 4,000 free lesson plans. To find lesson plans that match your criteria, you can select a subject, recent additions, or seasonal lessons or search for specific topics. Also have a parent site, HotChalk.com for free online teacher tools and thousands of additional teacher resources. Includes teacher discussion forums to communicate with other educators. Very professional-looking, easy to navigate website.
Information: Extensive list of the “best on the web” for teachers. Includes links to sites for lesson plans, resources, materials, printables and exclusive savings for teachers. The sites seem pretty good, but this site itself is not the most professional and a bit harder to navigate than others I have seen.
Information: This is a link to the National Science Teachers Association website. It include valuable resources for educators of science, including professional development, products, publications, and more. Very professional and comprehensive website.
Information: This is actually a website maintained by the CIA for teachers and students. It includes specific lesson plans for teachers, as well as a great Kids’ page that includes games, activities and information. It is broken up between grade levels which is very helpful. Definitely a site worth checking out.
Information: This is Scholastic’s website which contains resources for teachers and parents, as well as activities for kids. There are lesson plans, tools, printables, and much more. There is also specific help/resources for new teachers which is great. This is a must see site that is really beneficial to educators and parents alike.
Information: A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.
Information: This is another very extensive collection of resources for teachers. Lesson plans, activities, printables, and more. This site also includes webquest examples/templates which is great. There are several free resources but you can become a member for access to much more.
10. NASA Space Place
Information: This is NASA’s “Space Place” which includes lots of activities, games, and projects for kids. A great place to direct kids to explore. There is also a “Teacher’s Corner” that contains resources for teachers: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/educators/.
11. Yahoo Kids
Information: This is Yahoo’s site for kids. In addition to tons of multimedia “fun” stuff, it does contain a “Study Zone” with reference materials, homework help, and more. There is also a Parent’s Area which provides information on internet safety, book and movie reviews, and more.
12. How Stuff Works
Information: This is a really cool site for kids to explore that basically describes how nearly anything you can think of actually works. There are tons of categories from animals to food to geography and much more. It includes information, videos, quizzes and more. A great site for kids and adults too!
Information: This is Smithsonian Magazine’s website that includes fabulous resources on science, nature, geography and more. Beautiful pictures and cool videos make the site very engaging. There is a page with puzzles and games. This site is geared more for older students and teachers collecting information.
Information: This is an extensive site featuring teacher resources. Broken down into specific grades/age groups which makes it really easy to navigate. Features an online teacher community to share ideas and resources. Lesson plans, ideas, activities, and more are included in this great site.
15. Do 2 Learn
Information: This is a website featuring activities, songs, print resources, and information for special needs children. Nicely broken down which makes things easy to find. Lots of great tools and information.
Information: This is the TeacherVision page dedicated to special needs children. Includes curriculum strategies and classroom management for students with different learning needs. Also has resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively, including teaching students with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Giftedness, and Handicaps. Resources to help figure out ways to create an inclusive classroom, adapt and supplement your classroom materials, make assessment accommodations, and other useful tips.
Information: This is the section of a website featuring links for teaching that focuses on the exceptional child. Outstanding collection of resources and links to websites that is broken down to specific types of disabilities which makes it very easy to locate exactly what you are looking for. The site focuses on technology resources and even includes some tutorials on specific software.
18. Education World
Information: This is a site focusing on Assistive Technology for children with special needs. Includes articles, information and resources to assist educators in providing the best environment for special needs students.