Useful Links

‚ÄčBlack History Biographies

Individuals are broken down into subgroups (i.e. famous Harlem residents, famous black activists, African-American expatriates, Apollo legends, and famous black inventors).

http://www.biography.com/people/groups/black-history/

 Black History (History Channel)
Biographies, articles, and videos are used in the site for in-depth instruction.
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history-month

Black History records
This site is slightly more involved. It has tons of info, but is provided by the National Archives.
http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/black-history.html

 Black History facts
Encyclopedia Britannica information
http://www.britannica.com/blackhistory

 Black History information
Scholastic Teacher information
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/

 Black History Biographies
Huge list of notable African-Americans in alphabetical order.
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmbios1.html

Breaking Racial Barriers
A few biographies to go with the portraits in the Harmon foundation collection.
http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/harmon/ http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/harmon/

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.
https://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/faces.html

Reading

Starfall
Reading fun for K-1 students!
http://www.starfall.com/
 Classic Fairy Tales
Animation is used to retell Grimm, Andersen, and other classic fairy tales. Includes games and print-out coloring pages.
http://www.classicfairytales.com/en/main

 PBS Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sesame Street, and Jay Jay the Jet Plane provide lots of interactive fun.
http://pbskids.org

 International Children's Digital Library
Access hundreds of children's books from around the world.
http://www.icdlbooks.org

 American Library Association
American Library Association's listing of Newbery Award winning "chapter" books for young people.
http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/newberymedal/newberywinners/medalwinners.htm

 Storyplace: The Children's Digital Library
This website contains thematic stories and online activities that can be completed. Mainly for lower grades.
http://www.storyplace.org/

 Whootie Owl
Read, listen to, talk about, and illustrate online stories from around the world.
http://www.storiestogrowby.com/

 Tumble Book Library
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books), TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers.
http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/auto_login.asp?U=dodge&P=books

 Child Reading Tips
Lots of good resources to help your students.
http://www.child-reading-tips.com/

 Book Adventure
Sylvan Learning sponsors this free site for students. Students can take a quiz on a book that they have read.
http://www.bookadventure.com

 Children's Storybooks Online
Electronic library full of all kinds of great tales about animals, adventures, and even the alphabet.
http://www.magickeys.com/books/index.html

 Scrambled Stories
Audio stories. Leveled K - 2 and 3 - 5, students can hear, read, and choose the words of stories they are already familiar with. Grammar help is also given.
http://www.iknowthat.com/com/L3?Area=L2_LanguageArts

 Arthur's Scrambled Stories
Audio stories. Read the story and place the text in the correct order. Needs Shockwave. Grades 1 - 3. When the activity is completed, the computer reads the story with fluency.
http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/storyscramble/index.html

 Ticket to Read
Ticket to Read website
http://www.tickettoread.com

 Lil' Fingers
Audio stories. Young Children Grades PreK - 1.
http://www.lil-fingers.com

 Welcome to Bedtime Story!
A website of bedtime stories that are whimsical and fun for the students to read.
http://the-office.com/bedtime-story/

 About School
Online ebooks for grades 1 - 3
http://www.aboutschool.com/bcjoey.htm

 Disney Books
Online Disney ebooks
http://disney.go.com/books/index

 Bab Books
Online ebooks and resources for grades 2 and 3.
http://http://www.sundhagen.com/babbooks/

 Aesop's Fables
Read only. Grades 3 - 5.
http://www.aesopfables.com

 Kid Space
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections.
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/browse/rzn5000

 Grandpa Tucker
Rhymes and tales
http://www.grandpatucker.com/

Book Pop
Audio stories. BookPop & Art icons work. Grades 2 - 5.
http://www.bookpop.com/digital_books.htm

Room 108 - Stories created, illustrated and animated by students
Audio stories. Also Dolch word stories. Grades 1 - 5.
http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/108b.html

Free Books
1,000+ free books, MP3 audio books.
http://www.free-books.org/children.php

Highlights for Kids
For Grades 2 - 3, this website provides stories to read. It also allows you to play games, make projects, and share your work. Recent back issues of Highlights is also available.
http://www.highlightskids.com/

Mighty Book
For Grades Pre-K to 2. Children love these books. They’re beautifully illustrated, Flash animated, and words highlight as they’re spoken or sung to make it easier for kids to follow along. Let your kids sample these books free. They’ll want more. And more is what they’ll get when you subscribe: 200 great story books, 30 toe-tapping story songs, and 5 new books or songs every month!
http://www.mightybook.com/MightyBook_free/Free_Stories_and_Songs.html

BBC Cbeebies Story Time
Audio stories for Grades Pre-K - 5.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/

Wacky Word Tales
This website, geared for Grades 3 and up, is written by students - for students!
http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Captain Underpants comics
Create your own Captain Underpants comic and read others that have been created. Grades 3 -5
http://www.scholastic.com/captainunderpants/comic.htm

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
This site provides links to many of Andersen's fairy tales. Grades 3 - 5
http://hca.gilead.org.il/

Suessville
This cute website is a must-see for all fans of Dr. Suess. It provides many stories that can be read online as well as fun activities and games based on many of Dr. Suess' stories.
http://www.seussville.com/

American Folklore
Geared more toward 4th and 5th grades, this site "contains retellings of folktales, myths, legends, fairy tales, superstitions, weatherlore, and ghost stories from all over the Americas."
http://www.americanfolklore.net/

Bartleby
The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.
http://bartleby.com/

Reading Street (Pearson Successnet)
This is the official site to login for Reading Street's Pearson Successnet website.
https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/snpapp/login/login.jsp

Mrs.P.com
An award-winning FREE interactive digital storybook destination. Classic children’s stories brought to life by TV star Kathy Kinney as Mrs. P. Site includes the "Magic Library", the "Be-A-Famous-Author" Contest, Interactive Games, and other Fun Activities.
http://www.mrsp.com/

Pottermore
What is Pottermore?
Explore the Harry Potter stories in a whole new way and discover exclusive new writing from J.K. Rowling. The first story in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is now ready for you to explore – but that’s just the beginning of the Pottermore journey…
http://www.pottermore.com/

Math

Basket Math Interactive
A fun site for learning math skills.
http://www.scienceacademy.com

Math Cats
Explore math concepts with lots of activities.
http://www.mathcats.com

Funbrain
Games for students and resources for parents and teachers
http://www.funbrain.com

Harcourt
Math games for students by grade level.
http://www.harcourtschool.com/menus/preview/harcourt_math/activities.html

Math Games
Factors and Least Common Multiple
http://www.matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/frames_asid_202_g_3_t_1.html

A+ Math
Online and printable activities by skill and grade level
http://www.aplusmath.com

Puzzles In Education
This site provides many puzzles that can be printed out for students to use during math lessons. Included in these puzzles are tangrams, logic puzzles, and grids.
http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlesInEducation/PuzzlesInEducation.htm

Math Playground
Welcome to Math Playground, an action-packed site for elementary and middle school students. Play a math game, solve a logic puzzle, and have some fun!
http://www.mathplayground.com/

Math Playground Math Videos
From the Math Playground website, this section covers numbers and their properties, arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportion, measurement and data, algebra and pre-algebra, and geometry.
http://www.mathplayground.com/mathvideos.html

Language Arts

Kids Poetry Page
Click and drag words onto a refrigerator and create your own poetry!
http://www.magneticpoetry.com/kidspoetry/playonline.cfm

Word Central
Learn a new word every day!
http://www.wordcentral.com/

FunBrian.com Word Activitise
Fun word activities that include spelling, grammar, and sign language!
http://www.funbrain.com/words.html

Fun With Words
Fun activities with words and letters.
http://www.fun-with-words.com/

Rhymezone
This link allows you to search for words that rhyme (helps with poetry), find synonyms and definitions, and read items like Mother Goose rhymes and historical documents.
http://www.rhymezone.com/

Giggle Poetry
Includes poems, tongue twisters, fill-in-the-blanks poems, and other activities. Learn how to write nursery rhymes, limericks, list poems, and more! Fill-in-the-blank poems, poetry theater, and more! You and your friends can perform poetry plays with these popular and funny poems.
http://www.gigglepoetry.com

BrainyQuote
Quotes provided by famous individuals from all parts of life.
http://www.brainyquote.com

Science

Environmental Kids Club
Learn about plants, animals, forests, oceans, prairies, air, water, and recycling!
http://www.epa.gov/kids/index.htm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Kid's Corner
Learn how loss of habitat and ecosystems can lead to a decline in biodiversity, and how the Endangered Species Act helps conserve endangered and threatened species. Endangered means there is still time!
http://endangered.fws.gov/kids/#top

Kids Do Ecology
Learn about biomes, marine animals, and conservation projects.
http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/nceas-web/kids/index.html

Sun Clock and World Time Zone Maps
An interactive site demonstrating periods of sunlight on Earth.
http://www.worldtimezone.com/datetime.htm

CoolFood Kidz
Learn about the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise, and hygiene at this interactive, colorful site.
http://www.coolfoodplanet.org/gb/kidz/index.htm

Ology
From the American Museum of Natural History for grades 4-7: The basic concepts in the areas of astronomy, biodiversity, physical science, genetics, and paleontology are presented in an entertaining way.
http://www.ology.amnh.org

USDA for Kids
Multiple sites related to agriculture, nutrition, and conservation.
http://www.usda.gov/news/usdakids/index.html

Kids Do Ecology
Learn about biomes, marine animals, conservation projects, and various environmental links.
http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/nceas-web/kids/index.html

National Biological Information Infrastructure
A website with many links to environmental information for every state in the nation.
http://www.nbii.gov/geographic/us/al-nbii.html

EcoWorld: Nature and Technology in Harmony
News articles and links to environmental topics
http://ww.ecoworld.com/default.cfm

National Audubon Society
This website features information about birds and much more!
http://www.audubon.org/

Seasons
This website features illustrations that are used to explain the seasons.
http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/time/seasons.html

Ace on the Case: Secrets at Sea
Fun online investigative game exploring topics in Ocean Science. Learn about oceanography, marine animals, and water pollution as you collect clues to solve a mystery.
http://www.secretsatsea.org/

Animal Planet
Animal-related family programming
http://animal.discovery.com/

Weather Channel
Weather-related programming and meteorology specials
http://www.theweatherchannelkids.com/

How Stuff Works
When your students want to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms or any number of other questions they can come up with on a daily basis, head on over to How Stuff Works. The articles break down subjects like autos, culture, entertainment, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes and videos also round out your student's learning experience.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/

San Diego Zoo Webcams
This site provides facts and information about the animals in the San Diego Zoo, programs they provide, and webcams that allow you to watch the panda cage, the polar bear pen, the elephant pen, the ape cage, and the condor cage.
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/videos/

Weather Wiz Kids
Designed by meteorologist Crystal Wicker (WXIN-FOX59 in Indianapolis, Indiana), this website is "especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children."
http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

Exploring Weather

"Exploring Weather is a comprehensive website that explores all of the different types of weather from hurricanes to winter storms." These topics include the following:
•Hurricanes
•Tornadoes
•Thunderstorms
•Floods
•Winter Storms
•Clouds
•Wind
•Floods
•Optical Illusions (ex. rainbows)
•Forecasting

http://www.exploringweather.com/

Social Studies

America's Story
The Library of Congress offers information on the 50 states, period music, archival pictures, and fascinating trivia. For grades 4 and up.
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi

Hymns and Carols of Christmas
Find out what inspired the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and other Christmas songs.
http://www.hymnsandcarolsof christmas.com/santa/rudolph.htm

History Channel
A description of the first Thanksgiving is provided, including the actual menu.
http://historychannel.com/exhibits/thanksgiving/

"You Are the Historian"
Source of history for students, teacher, and families. You are able to explore 17th century life in America - including the first Thankgiving!! Click on the Online Learning Center for "You Are the Historian".
http://www.plimoth.org/education

Virtual Marching Tour of the Revolutionary War
A summary of the major battles of the Revolutionary War.
http://ushistory.org/march/index.html

Presidents of the United States
Information about the presidents, as well as the first ladies, pets, and political parties.
http://www.presidentusa.net/

Early America
Learn about famous early Americans and their contributions to the United States.
http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/index.html

First Americans
Information is provided on the following Native American tribes: Dine, Muscogee, Tlingit, Lakota, and Iroquois. Icons will lead to descriptions of housing, clothes, food, leaders, land, and history.
http://www.u.arizona.edu/ic/kmartin/School

Battle of Breed's Hill and Bunker Hill
A summary of the Revolutionary War battles plus links to additional information.
http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/MilSci/BTSI/Hill

National Archives Experience
Here you can view, read, and download The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and access links to other documents important to our nation as well as information concerning the Founding Fathers.
http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/charters.html

Color Landform Atlas of the United States
Maps of every state including relief maps, county maps, and satellite imagery
http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

Plimoth Plantation
Learn about the lives of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, the Wampanaog, through various topics: stories, homework help, coloring pages, riddles, recipes, and object of the month. (No, Plimoth is not a spelling error. Check out the website!)
http://www.plimoth.org/learn/education/kids/

Presidents of the United States
Learn about the U.S. presidents and the White House from the actual White House website!
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/

America's Story from America's Library
Join America at play and discover who played Jackie Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story. Play the Dynamic Presidents game and learn more about Thomas Jefferson. Students can jump to the past and discover Colonial America, then travel to the present. The site is offered through the Library of Congress and uses primary resources to expose the fun in history.
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/?CFID=3889844&CFTOKEN=74411538

Ben's Guide to the U. S. Government for Kids
Benjamin Franklin introduces students to the American government. He illustrates how laws are made, explains the branches of government, and much more.
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/?CFID=3889844&CFTOKEN=74411538

Library of Congress
Search the Library of Congress catalogs, connect with the US copyright office, get tour information, or ask a librarian a question.
http://www.loc.gov/index.html

Smithsonian Institute
Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Institute or find information on it's many divisions, events, and new exhibits.
http://www.si.edu/

National Museum of American History
Website for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Explore facts and information about the collections displayed at the museum including an interactive display for the American flag that flew over Fort McHenry (the same flag that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner).
http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/

Walt Disney Family Museum
Online museum on the history of Disney includes a main collection, special exhibits, and education section with activities.
http://disney.go.com/disneyatoz/familymuseum/index.html

From Revolution to Reconstruction
This site provides several links to biographies (extensive and literary) of important individuals from the Revolutionary War to Reconstruction.
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/index.htm

The White House
This is the official website for The White House. Find facts and information about previous presidents, create a petition, and view videos.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

History Net
The HistoryNet.com is brought to you by the Weider History Group, the world’s largest publisher of history magazines. History.Net contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.
If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives; you are bound to find something to pique your interest.
http://www.historynet.com/

All About Explorers
Everything you've ever wanted to know about every explorer who ever lived...and more!
http://allaboutexplorers.com/

50.states.com
This fabulous website provides all the information your students will need when discussing the 50 states. Information includes (but is not limited to) state capitols, birds, citizens, flags, flowers, and maps.
http://www.50states.com/

Kids.gov
This is the U.S. government's offcial web portal for kids. The age of the intended student can also be changed to teens or adults. According to the website, this is a site to visit so you can have "a safe place to learn and play."
http://kids.usa.gov/

Homework Help

Homework
Free homework help from subject specialists!
http://aplsnew-web.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew/patrons/homework/index.html

Fact Monster - Help Desk

This is the homework help section of Fact Monster. Provides help with academics as well as research.
http://www.factmonster.com/homework/

Fact Hound
Created for Grades K-12, you are able to click on any grade level and different subjects will appear.
http://www.facthound.com/

Homework Spot
This website gives you access to tons of information subdivided by school level (elementary, middle, and high) as well as by theme. It provides great links to articles, factual trivia, reference materials, and assistance on writing a variety of papers.
http://www.homeworkspot.com/

Homework Help Online
This website provides assistance with homework, standardized test prep, and career resources.
http://lhh.tutor.com/default.aspx?ProgramGUID=9a1970d7-0dee-4ef2-ac3b-8a0a6ccc09ef

Reference

World Almanac for Kids
A website filled with all kinds of information including: animals, environment, inventions, nations, populations, U.S. presidents, religion, space, sports, states and a U.S. history timeline.
http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com

KidsClick!
A great website created by librarians! This site lists over 5,000 websites for children.
http://www.KidsClick.org

Kids Search Engines
This site lists search engines, directories, and guides for younger students.
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/links/Kids_Search_Engines/

FirstGov for Kids
A great site developed by the Federal Consumer Information Center, this site contains an abundance of information.
http://www.kids.gov/

Internet Public Library
A wide array of resources and opportunities are available at this site.
http://www.ipl.org

Kids Search Tools
This site contains search boxes to children's search engines and reference sources.
http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm

Kids Search Engines
Targeting younger students, this site lists search engines, directories, and guides and includes all the favorites.
http://http://searchenginewatch.com/links/Kids_Search_Engines/

Merriam Webster
Merriam Webster dictionary and thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Encyclopedia Britannica
Website for Encyclopedia Britannica
http://www.britannica.com/

Xpeditions - National Geographic
This site will help you locate a map for many different countries. Various map elements are available to be added to the map of your choice.
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/outline-map/?ar_a=1

Fact Monster
An encyclopedia, dictionary, and almanac geared for kids - produced by Information Please. This site also provides news stories and a homework help section.
http://www.factmonster.com/

Find Articles
Full-text news articles and features are provided from over 300 publications. Keyword searches and refining searches are provided by subject or magazine.
http://findarticles.com/

Kids Online Resources
Another great safe resource for kids, teachers, and parents. Many excellent resources are available here that cover a wide range of topics.
http://www.kidsolr.com/

Information (Infoplease)
This site provides reference materials such as an almanac, an atlas, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and a thesaurus.
http://www.infoplease.com/

Dictionary/Thesaurus
Online dictionary and thesaurus
http://dictionary.reference.com/

s9 Biographical Dictionary
This site contains a biographical dictionary coverin 33,000 notable men and women.
http://www.s9.com/

Word Central
This site allows you to build your own dictionary as well as use their own thesaurus. Vocabulary games are also provided.
http://www.wordcentral.com/

Automatic Bibliography Citation Maker
Need to cite your work? Just plug the information in here and it will put it together in the proper way for whatever type you need.
http://easybib.com/#sourceList

Science Fair Ideas

Science Buddies
Use the Topic Selection Wizard or browse the Project Ideas Index for ideas on what to do for your science fair project.
http://easybib.com/#sourceList

All Science Fair Projects
Search ideas, browse topics, explore links, or use a keyword to locate your science fair project topic.
http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/

Super Science Fair Project Ideas, Topics, & Experiments
This site has it all - steps for how to do a science fair project, experiments, and even how to find science fair materials and topics.
http://www.super-science-fair-projects.com/

Science Fair Projects
Find science fair topics that will last from now till you graduate from high school. This site provides project ideas for grades K-7 and 8-12.
http://www.terimore.com/

Science Fair Projects World
We have a Large collection of Hundreds of Free Illustrated Science Fair Projects Ideas and Science Project Experiments for Elementary School, Middle School & High School. All the projects are Illustrated with high-quality dagrams and easy to follow instructions.
http://www.sciencefair-projects.org/

Science Fair Central
Sponsored by Discovery Education, this site helps you get started, provides project ideas, and a look at science fair presentations.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

Cool Science Fair Projects
This site gives you project ideas, presentation tips, and input on how to write a great research report.
http://www.cool-science-projects.com/index.html

Science Fair Project Resource Guide
This guide provides all you need to take a science fair project from start to finish.
http://www.ipl.org/div/projectguide/

How Products Are Made
This website provides information on how a variety of things are made. Items are put in alphabetical order so it's very easy to find them.
http://www.madehow.com/

Author Websites
Index of Authors and Illustrators
Alphabetized list of great authors and illustrators and links to their websites.
http://people.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/authors.html

Tedd Arnold
At his website, Tedd Arnold answers questions from other kids and posts your illustrations in the art gallery. You can also look at works in progress, access step by step drawing instructions and invite the illustrator to come to your school!
http://www.teddarnoldbooks.com/

Jan Brett
Participate in contests, listen to her speak, and watch Jan Brett video descriptions of some of her stories. She also has coloring pages, games, and activities that center around lower grade levels.
http://www.janbrett.com/index.html

Eric Carle
Send snail mail, read answers to kid's questions, and find out about craft activities that help you create illustrations like Eric Carle.
http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

Shel Silverstein
This website provides fun activities for students, fills you in on any new books that are coming out, gives you a list of Shel's published books, and gives a biography of Shel's life. There is also a great section with ideas for teachers and parents.
http://shelsilverstein.com/html/home.html

Jean Craighead George
Read answers to letters from children, access great biographical information in the form of text, audio, video, and photographs.
http://www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com/

Magic Tree House Series
This website is from Random House. It gives students access to related fictional books and non-fictional websites as well as new research guides to help plan an entire unit. This is a great example of how to link trade books and the Internet together for students.
http://www.magictreehouse.com/#

Laura Numeroff's Website
Go to this website to see all the exciting things that Laura Numeroff is doing and the many books that she has written.
http://www.lauranumeroff.com/

Chris Van Allsburg
Join Fritz the little white dog to find out more about the award-winning author of Jumanji and The Polar Express. An amazing interactive site with many book-related activities, games, video clips, and a scavenger hunt!
http://www.chrisvanallsburg.com

Dave Pilkey
Great fun wondering through this site created by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey who wrote The Paperboy, Kat Kong, and Dogzilla.
http://www.pilkey.com/

Diane deGroat's Official Site
The official website of author/illustrator Diane deGroat who has published 130 books for children. This website tells about her, her books, school visits, and how you can purchase Diane's original art. All information is approved by Diane. FAQs answer all of the actual questions Diane has answered during her school visits. Teachers and librarians will enjoy "Fun Stuff" which includes the following in various subject areas: coloring pages, word searches, connect the dots, mazes, and even a Gilbert paper doll with clothes.
http://www.dianedegroat.com/

Kevin Henkes
The author of such wonderful stories as Chrysanthemum and Owen, Kevin Henkes provides a complete listing of his picture books, mouse books and novels, plus provides excerpts and information on his upcoming books. The go-to bar will take you to individual titles, where you can get additional information about the book and characters. Fun and games are included for some books.
http://www.kevinhenkes.com/

Berenstain Bears
The "official" Berenstain bear website. Watch videos, complete online activities, and listen to stories being read. This website has many fun-filled activities to complete for the Berestain bear fan!
https://www.berenstainbears.com/

Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"
For the students that love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, this site has information about the books and the author, interviews with the author, and videos to watch. Not kept as up to date as possible, but it does provide pertinent information.
http://www.wimpykid.com/

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco has created a fantastic website! She has reviews of all of her books. She also has a section for kids and a section for teachers.
http://www.patriciapolacco.com/

Magazines

National Geographic Kids
This is the website for the magazine.
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

Time for Kids
This includes links to current event articles about politics, science, and kids views. Links are also provided to the latest online issues of World Report and News Scoop and special issues (Kid friendly).
http://www.timeforkids.com/

Smithsonian Magazine
This site includes What's New, email message topics, facts & photos and feature articles about science, animals, personalities, sports, the arts, worldwide, history, air and space.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/?source=kidscastle.si.edu

Teacher Resources

National Committee for Research and Technology in Educational Communities
This website provides phenomenal articles for how to link technology and education. Included in the articles are "Teaching Elementary Students How to Study", "Interventions to Improve Fluency in Early Readers", and "Positive Classroom Behavior Plans That Work."
http://www.ncrtec.org/

Free Education Clip Art from Teachnet.com
Download free educational clip art from Teachnet.com. Images are categorized into animals, food, holidays and seasonal, school mascots, school, recreation, miscellaneous, and headers.
http://teachnet.com/how-to/clipart/

Discovery Education Clip Art
While the main page does advertise for an Image Gallery that can be purchased, all of the links to the right are active and will lead to free clip art.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/index.html

TeacherFiles.com Educational Clip Art
Explore this collection of clip art that has been gathered from copyright free sites all over the Web. Images are categorized for easy browsing.
http://www.teacherfiles.com/clip_art.htm

Helping Reluctant Readers
Good ideas to help reluctant readers.
http://www.child-reading-tips.com/

Book Resources
Activities and suggestions to help readers.
http://resourceroom.net/comprehension/hilow.asp

Baldwin County Public School
This website does have several good links.
http://www.bcbe.org

PowerPoint Gameshow Templates
This website provides templates for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Hollywood Squares, and Jeopardy. It also provides samples that have already been created for reference.
http://teach.fcps.net/trt10/PowerPoint.htm

MCPSS website
This is the main website for Mobile County Public School System.
http://www.mcpss.com

Reading Genie
Reading Genie, Dr. Bruce Murray, provides links to discussion topics on how to help your students become better readers.
http://www.auburn.edu/~murraba/

Copyright Website
Have questions about what you can and cannot use under copyright? This is the site for you. This includes information on what is available in the public domain and what is permitted under the Fair Use Act of 2007. Joining this website is free.
http://www.benedict.com/

Cyberbee
CyberBee has been providing rich Internet resources, lessons and projects to educators for over 14 years. Lessons are created around national standards and tested by teachers. All content is free with proper attribution.
http://www.cyberbee.com/

Technology and Learning Magazine
This website provides help with grades K - 12. It also provides helps teachers learn to use the Internet effectively.
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/

A to Z Teacher Themes
This site provides you with links to various themes including Martin Luther King Jr., Chrismas, Dinosaurs, and Dr. Suess.
http://themes.atozteacherstuff.com/

Children's LiteratureWeb Guide
This site provides Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.
http://people.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html

Site of the Week
This great website gives a link and description of a new fantastic website each week.
http://gws.ala.org/

Scholastic for Teachers
This website provides all the teacher resources Scholastic has to provide.
http://www.scholastic.com/home

Tutorials for Computer Presentations
If you need online tutorials for different computer programs, this site will be helpful. It includes PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Word.
http://www.actden.com/

Read, Write, Think
This site provides a weath of resources and online professional development.
http://www.readwritethink.org/

Themes and Topics - PowerPoints
Power Points based on themes. Include 100 Days of School, holidays, and author power points.
http://www.pppst.com/themes.html

Technology Literacy K-12
Tons of activities that provide your students with practice using various forms of technology.
http://jc-schools.net/curr/CR015795.HTM

I Know That
Choose lessons from a variety of grade levels and subjects.
  http://www.iknowthat.com/com

Word Meaning
Provide your students with multiple resources to increase their vocabulary skills.
http://www.gamequarium.org/dir/Readquarium/Vocabulary/Word_Meaning/

AR Book Finder
This site allows you to locate AR books. You can use a simple search with keywords or a more advance search using author, title, and ISBN. It also provides a word count for the book. This would be useful with our Principal of the Day contest!
http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx

Rennaissance Learning: Accelerated Reading
Students login to take reading comprehension test on books read.
https://hosted244.renlearn.com/46345/

Walke's Web (All Levels)
This is the main portal for Walke's Web. All grade levels can be accessed from this point.
http://classroom.jc-schools.net/waltkek/

Clip Art For Teachers
This clipart was created by a professional and (now quite famous!) published artist, Phillip Martin. He's placed over 1,500 hand-drawn, colored, original cartoon drawings freely online for non-profit use.
http://www.pppst.com/clipart.html

Glogster Interactive Posters
Glogster EDU Premium is a collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom.
http://edu.glogster.com/ http://edu.glogster.com/

Dolch Words
This site has tons of activities to assist students in learning their Dolch words including games, puzzles, and print-outs.
http://www.mrsperkins.com/

School Tube
This site has free online educational videos. Search like you would YouTube.
http://www.schooltube.com/

EField Trips
This site gives you a wealth of links to various efield trips as well as several virtual tours.
http://teachercenter.cciu.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=1054

Free Government Educational Resources
This site has thousands of items (animations, documents, photographs, and videos) that are free for educators to use since the fall under the category of public domain.
http://www.free.ed.gov/

MyTestbook.com
This free website allows you to create Reading, Math, Language Arts, and Science test. You do have to register for the website, but it is absolutely free. All math tests are based on NCTM standards.
http://mytestbook.com/Default.aspx

Geography - Maps & Clip Art
Clip Art Usage Policy:


Any clip art featured on the pages linked below may be used (without) our written approval on any web site, intranet site or within a document or publication. If you use the clip art we ask for, and would appreciate, a link (of any kind) back to us, and in that regard we would prefer: clipart provided by: www.worldatlas.com
http://www.worldatlas.com/clipart.htm

Google Earth Lesson Ideas
Like Google Earth but are unsure how to use it in the classroom? This site provides QuickTime tutorials as well as lessons for you and your students.
http://www.gelessons.com/lessons/

Awesome Clip Art For Educators
This free site gives you access to various fonts, coloring pages, and crossword puzzle makers.
http://www.awesomeclipartforeducators.com/

Discovery Education Free Teacher Resources
This site gives you resources, worksheets, and lesson plans for all grade levels. It also gives you direct access to Discovery Education Streaming.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/

PD 360
This is the world’s first and largest online, on-demand professional development platform for educators.
http://www.pd360.com/pd360.cfm?

Teachers' Domain

Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.

http://www.teachersdomain.org/

Teacher Tube
After beta testing for almost two months, TeacherTube officially launched on March 6, 2007. Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.
http://www.teachertube.com/

WebQuest.org
You've arrived at the most complete and current source of information about the WebQuest Model. Whether you're an education student new to the topic or an experienced teacher educator looking for materials, you'll find something here to meet your needs.
http://webquest.org/

eLearning Courses
This site would be great to use with a SMART board. It allows you to pick a grade level and subject. Each subject has a multitude of games to play online.
http://www.e-learningforkids.org/index.html

Kindergarten Resource
This site is by a Kindergarten teacher for Kindergarten teachers. It provides lessons in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
http://sites.google.com/site/teachnic2/allaboutme

Do We Really Know Dewey?

This is a great site to use to help your students understand the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
http://library.thinkquest.org/5002/

ALA/ALSC Great Websites For Kid
s
The American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children compiled a large list of websites suitable for all grades. The links are subdivided by topics.
http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm

Khan Academy
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
http://www.khanacademy.org/

Wonderopolis
Where the wonders of learning never cease. This very thought provoking and cool site is very student friendly!
http://wonderopolis.org/

Dr. Seuss: Read Across America Celebration
Whyville
What is Whyville?

According to the site, "Researchers have identified the middle school years as a time when children, especially girls, lose their interest in math and science. Studies suggest that exposure to engaging educational and in particular scientific activities during this critical period can substantially influence future academic and career choices. We launched Whyville as a virtual city, which engages young people in constructive educational activities while promoting socially responsible behavior. It is an outgrowth of the company's extensive research and practical experience related to learner-centered, hands-on, inquiry-based education.
Inside Whyville, citizens learn about art history, science, journalism, civics, economics, and really so, so much more. Whyville works directly with the Getty, NASA, the School Nutrition Association, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (to name just a few) to bring engaging educational content to kids."
http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice

Kids Know It Network
According to the website, Kids Know It Network's "Mission Is To Provide The Highest Quality Educational Activities, Products, Movies, Music, Games, Articles, Text Books, Learning Programs, Lesson Plans, Worksheets, And Distribute Them Completly Free of Charge".
http://www.kidsknowit.com/

FreeTypingGame.net
FreeTypingGame.Net is the premiere site to play free typing games, lessons and tests. Our Typing Tutor is the best way to learn to type. No downloads, installations or registration required.
http://www.freetypinggame.net/default.asp

Keyboarding Games for Kids
From the site "Learning typing is the focus of these keyboarding games. Learning keyboarding skills is vital for today’s learners and tomorrow’s earners. These free typing games are a great way to build typing skills. Keyboarding games teach important skills through a variety of online typing lessons and typing games..... oh yeah, they're fun!"
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

Power Typing

PowerTyping is an online free typing tutor for Qwerty - US standard 101 keyboard and Dvorak keyboard - the US alternative ANSI standard keyboard.
The typing tutor offers:
1.free online typing lessons for QWERTY and Dvorak
2.typing practice where one can enter and practice own text
3.various practice stories used in a form of typing tests
4.typing games
http://www.powertyping.com/

Animoto
"Create extraordinary videos of your life!

Welcome to the most beautiful way to share your photos & videos online. Easy as pie."

Animoto costs nothing for 30 second videos. Each plan after that costs money. For $30/year, the Plus plan allows you to build full length videos and have access to 600+ songs to add to your video. At $349/year, the Pro plan also allows you to build full length videos with over 1,000 songs available to use. However, the Pro plan creates videos in High Definition.
http://animoto.com/

SMART Board Resources

Witchita Public Schools White Board Templates
Access several templates and tutorials on the SMART board. Scroll down for links. *Some links have been disabled, so make sure to check.*
http://rmtc.fsdb.k12.fl.us/tutorials/whiteboards.html

SMART Interactive Solutions
This is the main website for any downloads for your SMART resources and professional development workshops offered by SMART Technologies.
http://www.smarttech.com/

CoachHal.me
This website provides TONS of SMART board training webcasts that you can watch and use to effectively use the SMART board.
http://coachhal.me/

SMARTer SMART boards
This site provides you with many links to various SMART board activities.
http://www.bristolvaschools.org/mwarren/SBActivities.htm

SMART Board
This site provides links to a multitude of SMART board resources. Most of them have been vetted by educators.
http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/smartboard.htm

Math and Science SMART Board Activities from Scholastic
Scholastic provides these free math and science SMART board activities.
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=190

Technology Tips for Classroom Teachers
This site has TONS of SMART board activities that are all clearly marked with a bright yellow box.
http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/stuff.html

Teachers Love SMART Boards
On this website, you will find many SMART board games as well as sound files.
http://www.teacherslovesmartboards.com/games_for_smart_boards/

The Teacher's Guide
Many SMART board templates are on this site for Reading, Math, and Grammar.
http://www.theteachersguide.com/SmartBoards.htm

SMART Board Resources
This site has many interactive games for Reading, Math, Grammar, Science, Social Studies, and Music.
http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/smartboard/smartboard.htm

SMART Board Goodies
This site provides several math and reading games that are SMART board friendly.
http://smartboardgoodies.com/

National Gallery of Art for Kids
This interactive site has several great activities that the students can use on the SMART board. Mrs. Smith, our art teacher, highly recommends this site for students to visit to learn about art strategies and activities.
http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm

Interactive Sites for Education
This is an excellent site that provides SMART board activities. They are sorted into subjects and then subdivided into topics. This site is recommended by several of MCPSS technology teachers.
http://interactivesites.weebly.com/

ABCya
"ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.

Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children's Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!" (from ABCya.com)
http://www.abcya.com/

Cookie
According to the website, "At cookie, child experts and educators design interactive online games for kids. Our learning games for kids help in building skills needed for success in school. While playing our fun educational games, kids learn to read with phonics, build skills in math, language, social studies, science and much more. Our educational videos encourage children to keep learning, even after school hours."
http://www.cookie.com/

Search Engines

Google
This is the most popular internet search engine. It allows you to locate images, videos, and other information.
http://www.google.com

Search Tools for Students
This website is a search engine geared for students.
http://www.tekmom.com/search/

Infosearch
This site links you to several minor search engines like Google as well as a few metasearch engines like IX Quick.
http://infopeople.org/search/chart

Mamma Search Engine
The "mother" of all search engines
http://www.mamma.com/

Libraries

Library of Congress
Information retained by the Library of Congress
http://catalog.loc.gov/

New York Public Library
The New York Public Library's website allows you to search the catalog, ask a librarian a question, and do research on various databases.
http://www.nypl.org/

Internet Public Library
This website provides easy search windows that allow for student friendly research.
http://www.ipl.org/

The WWW Virtual Library
This database is very easy to use. Topics are subdivided into categories or you can type what you're searching for in the search window.
http://vlib.org/

For Parents

Family Fun
This site provides tons of cool arts and crafts projects.
http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/

Enchanted Learning
While some features of this site are locked unless you purchase a membership, there are loads of free activities and projects that are accessible for the classroom and home.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

Scholastic for Kids
Games, reading, new adventures, and favorite characters are available in fun games and activities.
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/index.asp

Net Smartz
This website, created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, provides parents with tips on internet safety.
http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

Primary Games
This site proves educational games for primary age children. (K-5)
http://primarygames.com/

Reading Rockets
This site provides articles about strategies to help struggling readers.
http://www.readingrockets.org/

Dolch (Sight) Words
This site has many links to Dolch word lists.
http://www.mrsperkins.com/

WatchKnow Video
This site gives you access to 31,980 free educational videos.
http://www.watchknowlearn.org/default.aspx

Spatulatta
Get into cooking on this kid-friendly cooking website with lots of videos and recipes.
http://www.spatulatta.com/

 Everything You Need to Teach Themes
This link takes you to Scholastic's page of links for themes. Included in this page are:
•Black History Month
•Health and Nutrition
•Chinese New Year
•Martin Luther King Jr.
•Penguins
•Valentine's Day
•Winter
•Clifford the Big Red Dog
•Winter Holidays
•Writing Resources
•World War II
•Weather
•Native American Heritage
•Independent Reading
•Community
•Veteran's Day
•Reader's Theater

And so many more! All of that is just page 1 - and there are 5 pages!
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-themes/everything-you-need

Online News Websites

Fox News Network
http://www.foxnews.com/

MSNBC
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

CNN
http://www.cnn.com/

ABC News
http://abcnews.go.com/

CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/

BBC Newsround
Student friendly
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/

USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/

 The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

The Drudge Report
http://www.drudgereport.com/

DOGO News
http://www.dogonews.com/

GOGO News
http://www.gogonews.com/

IndyKids! News
http://indykids.net/main/

Scholastic News Online
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/scholasticnews/index.html

Youngzine
http://www.youngzine.com/

Math in Focus Resources

Think Central •Access to virtual manipulatives
•Student and teacher book
•Interactive Whiteboard lesson (some chapters are available)
•Examview for additional tests or test review
•Transition Guides (Grades 2-5)
•For assistance with your login, contact smjordan@mcpss.com

https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com

Live Binders (Grades 3-5)

Your 3-ring binder for the web
•Collect your resources
•Organize them neatly and easily
•Make an impression
•Search for a binder
•Type in MCPSS

http://www.livebinders.com/

 Flip Books - Math Resources

This page contains materials developed by Alabama as well as other states/organizations that may prove valuable as Alabama teachers implement the new mathematics standards.
•Scroll down to find Flip Books for all grade levels
•Provides standard information
•Examples of problems
•Misconceptions students might have

http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs/node/76

K-5 Math Teaching Resources

"This site provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Our math printables are suitable for use in math centers, small group or whole class settings. Instructions for each activity are presented in large print on a task card in child-friendly language to enable students to work on tasks independently after a brief introduction to the task."
•Includes names of stories that correspond to the math lessons
•Provides activities to match the stories

http://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/

Thinking Blocks

Model Your Math Problems! "Model drawing is a powerful reasoning and organizational tool that every student should experience. Thinking Blocks makes it possible for teachers and homeschooling parents to easily integrate model drawing with the math program of their choice."
•Website provides bar models
•Is available in and iPad app

http://www.thinkingblocks.com