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A Tip about what to do next:
Be sure to check these out yourself before having
your students use them. Remember...
- Not all information on the Internet is filtered for
accuracy or appropriateness for a K-12 audience.
- Some sites get busy as the
day goes on, so you may wish to check their availability at different times
of the day.
- Also some on-line projects require pre-registration for your
class to participate.
Here's an example of the use of a Scavenger Hunt
to support teaching and learning, suggested by a teacher named George Davis:
In my classes, I use Internet Scavenger Hunts as a way of allowing my
students to problem-solve; improve their reading and comprehension skills; and
learn how to search for various items on the Internet, using more than
just Yahoo! As a result, the students' reading comprehension has increased, and overall,
their problem-solving skills have improved. To find some scavenger hunts that
are suitable for your class, use Alta Vista to search for them. One of the
most famous hunts is "CyberSurfari"--a yearly Internet event with individual
and group prizes. I recommend hunts as a fun way to actively engage students
in information gathering.
Next, ask yourself these questions:
- How do these resources accommodate different strategies for
- Are they accessible for students with physical or learning disabilities?
- Do they work?
- Do they fit into your time frame,
both for development and within your class schedule?
- How do they add value to your lesson?
- How does the method of instruction in the lesson support
both the content to be covered and your own teaching style?
- How is the
learning environment enriched with information, guidance, and support?
- How did the lesson support your students in pursuing goals that they feel
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These resources are especially applicable for Texas
- Armadillo's WWW
Texas Studies Information and Instructional Resources. A great resource for
finding out about general Texas information, Texas history and social
studies, Texas maps and travel, weather and environment, and much, much more.
Note: this was last updated in October 1998.
The Texas Education Network's purpose is to provide the most useful,
up-to-date resources for the education community, including teachers,
administrators, parents and students. Tenet contains resources for
educators, K-12 schools on the Web, and technical
support for Texas teachers. Two content-specific sites that are housed at
TENET are listed below:
- Mathematics TEKS Toolkit:
Mathematics Center for Educator Development The Mathematics TEKS Toolkit
is intended to provide resources for implementing the mathematics Texas
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and for improving mathematics programs
- Science TEKS Toolkit
The purpose of the Science TEKS Toolkit is to provide the science education
community with resources for implementing the Texas Essential Knowledge
and Skills (TEKS) for science.
- Social Studies
Funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and maintained by Educational Service
Center Region VI in Huntsville and its partner universities, the Social
Studies Center provides professional development in curriculum and
assessment, as well as resources aligned with the TEKS, for social studies
- Technology Applications:
Center for Educator Development
Sponsored by the Texas Center for
Educational Technology (TCET), this site contains resources for instruction,
assessment, professional development, and program development, along with
links to the TEKS, all twenty ESCs, and the Texas Education agency (TEA). If
you go to the Instruction index page,
you will find samples and examples of teaching and learning projects and
lesson plans using technology.
- Texas Reading
This site, funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) contains information,
research, best practices, and products that address reading and literacy.
However, there are no lesson plans on this site.
- Utopia for Educators
A resource from the University of Texas at Austin. Contains a searchable
database of lessons.
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Here are some useful resources that you may wish to
explore for enriching children's online experiences as they
investigate different topics.
Annenberg/CPB Exhibits are interactive extensions of a concept or theme
explored in one of our video resources. Teachers! you can learn more about
the video resources that inspired our exhibits and visit a related teacher
professional development workshop or course available for free from
- Ask Jeeves for Kids
This is a search engine for kids. Students type a question on any subject and
click "ask". Then the Web site gives them a list of sites that may have the
answer to their question.
- Classroom 101
Classroom 101 is Youth and Children Net/Streetcats Foundation's Web site with
exciting, educational projects to do for your class this term. You'll find
great homework, study and class resources and ideas for special projects and
assignments. There is also an associated Student Study Center. Be sure to also
see the Kid Surf and High School Central sites too.
- Gander Academy's
Created at Gander Academy in Newfoundland, this site contains links to
carefully filtered, child-safe sites suitable for primary school activities.
Rather than using a search engine, children can search this directory for
information related to ecosystems, rainforests, space, endangered species,
world nations, language arts sites, and many, many more.
This is a safe Internet portal for children, parents, and teachers,
created and maintained by a teacher at a model technology school
in Illinois. There are a myriad of subject areas addressed, including
museums, sports, history, animals, countries, health, science, holidays, and
the like. It is
incredibly easy for children to use and is safe, as all sites are checked on
a regular basis to make sure they are still "live" and have no inappropriate
links. There are hundreds of pages for children to choose from.
Sponsored by the University of Michigan, the Internet Public Library's
Kidspace area has many activities for young students, including ask a
question, culture quest, science fair, story hour, and many others.
Taylor Road Middle School's
This Web site was built by a middle school in the
Atlanta, Georgia suburbs. Students can find resources in a variety of
academic subject areas.
This is a child-safe search engine. Topics are organized into foreign
countries and their holidays; arts and entertainment; computers and games;
academic subjects; science and nature; and sports and recreation.
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As part of our effort to support digital
equity, only free lesson banks and online resources are listed
- Blue Web'n
Blue Web'n is an online library of 1700+ outstanding Internet sites
categorized by subject, grade level, and format (lessons, activities,
projects, resources, references, & tools). You can search by grade level
(Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific
sub-categories (Subject Area).
- Challenge County
This Web site is funded by the Technology Literacy Grant Consortium.
Its purpose is to consolidate resources to help teachers integrate
technology into Language Arts and Mathematics.
Chico High School Library, Chico, California
Helpful Bookmarks From The Chico High School Library: A Good Ideas School
Library Selected By The California School Library Association.
An excellent high school library site with links to just about any curriculum
This Web site has hundreds of lesson plans written by teachers in all
- The Educational
This large site contains a wealth of information for teachers and students.
Teachers section you'll find some good links such as different teaching
styles and focus, resources and tools for digital equity, and a database of
educational resources, organized by subject.
This is a wonderful site for preK-3 students that features early childhood
education themes, activities, crafts, rhymes, quizzes, holidays, flags, animal
pictures, and a varied assortment of resources and activities for young
- Houghton Mifflin's
Education Place provides free K-8 resources for teachers, students, and parents.
Check out their Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies Centers, searchable
activity database, educational games, collaborative projects, textbook support, online
store, and more!
LessonPlanz.com is searchable directory of free online lesson plans and
lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects. Its
A to Z Teacher Stuff
page contains a searchable database of 269 original lesson plans submitted by teachers.
- LETSNet: from Michigan State
University College of Education and Ameritech
LETSNet is a dynamic
on-line environment where teachers can develop their understandings of the
Web and find ways to effectively use - or make sense of - the World-Wide Web
in their classrooms. Resources are organized around classroom teachers'
stories, including lesson plans, curriculum standards and guides, pointers to
e-mail discussion lists, and many other Internet and Web materials.
MaMaMedia's Web page.
This is a "kid-friendly", high-end Web site that may not be accessible for
learners with disabilities. Membership is free. There's an area for
"grownups" and teachers too, but beware of all the advertising.
- Marshall Elementary
School, Lewisburg, Tennessee
This is Hazel Jobe's excellent website.
Check "Sites and Suggestions" in the Internet Integration section - this is a
list compiled from many teachers who found these sites particularly useful -
with lesson ideas, class projects, and suggestions for integrating them into
The National Geographic Society’s Education Program works with
educators all over the country to produce lessons, units, and activities
designed to bring geography into the classroom. There is a searchable
database of online resources by subject, resource type, or grade.
National Geographic's Xpeditions
This is an extensive lesson plan bank. The lesson plans on this site were
written by educators and have been tested in the classroom.
Together, they address all of the U.S. National Geography Standards,
the five geography skills, and the main geographic perspectives.
Second Grade Treasure Trove
The Second Grade Treasure Trove is a Canadian Web site with activities that
students can engage in, both in the classroom and at home. The
"Click-and-go" activities were created to introduce K-3 students,
teachers and parents to grade-level appropriate Internet sites and enhance
- Sites for Teachers
A very comprehensive site with hundreds of lesson plans on all subjects.
Teachers Network.org maintains a searchable database of curriculum and lesson
plans, plus other resources for teachers. For example, there are currently
over 300 language arts lessons and resources.
Registration is required, but it is free.
Teaching With The Web
This is a wonderful list of sites divided by grade levels and sorted by
themes, put together by the staff at the Educational Technology Center at
Kennesaw State University in Georgia. They originally started with sites for
grades 3-5 (their largest section), then added K-2, 6-8, and 9-12. The site
is well-maintained and is updated frequently.
The ThinkQuest Library is a free educational resource featuring
5,500+ websites created by students around the world as part of a competition.
For more information, see the Library FAQ.
The Viking Treasure Chest of Technology Resources
The newly released North Canton City School District in Ohio has developed
this collection of Internet resources that align to and support the Ohio
Academic Content Standards. The idea is to have excellent Web sites linked
to each objective in all of the standards. The Treasure Chest is arranged by
subject area and then by grade level. For each objective in the standards,
there are resource entries, wach with a title, a description, and a link to
the Internet resource.
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