Lesson Plan Sites
Discovery School - Part of the Discovery Education family, this part of the site gives over five hundred original lesson plans, all written by teachers for teachers. Use the pull down menus below to browse subject and grade.
EdHelper.com - This site boasts a collection of lesson plans, Web Quests, and many other educational tools. Some things are free, but most require a membership fee.
I Love That Teaching Idea! - This website offers hundreds of brief activity ideas, many submitted by teachers, for elementary students (K-6). Ideas are grouped into categories such as Bulletin Boards, Classroom Management, First Day, and Learning Centers.
The Learning Page - The Learning Page offers a vast array of professionally produced instructional materials for elementary teachers. Lesson plans, activities and worksheets are available. Most of the resources are for preschool to 3rd grade.
PBS TeacherSource - The definitive source for materials to accompany PBS programs, this site offers over 4500 lesson plans and activity sheets. Free registration permits you to personalize your “Teacher Source” to provide you with quick access to your most relevant content for subject, grade level, and location.
Teachnet.com - The Teachnet.com Web site is full of simple solutions for the everyday classroom. Instead of simply giving you lesson plans, the site gives you lesson plan ideas. Additional features include terrific advice about everything from decorating bulletin boards to increasing attendance to great five-minute activities for transitional moments during the day.
Teachnology - A dream come true, this website has something for every teacher’s needs. The vast amount of information is organized so that everything can be found quickly and easily. Click on Web Tools for Educators and you will find tools to create anything from bus passes to student contracts. Teachers can even create their own free Web site. Check out "Ideas that Worked" to find projects, Ice breakers, counseling strategies and more! Teach-nology also provides excellent technology tutorials. Sign up for its newsletter and receive free weekly teaching tips. Must pay a membership fee to access materials from this site.
Thinkfinity - Over 55,000 resources including lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools, reference materials, and Web pages are accessible and searchable from this site.
4Teachers - A website for teachers to use to integrate technology into their classrooms. Resources such as Quizstar, Rubistar, Lesson Plans and Webquests can be found at this invaluable site.
Landmarks for School - Although there are many time-saving features to the site, teachers especially appreciate the templates for making rubrics. Web pages, and writing letters asking permission to use information on a Web site. Links to Web sites have descriptions of the site, ideas for using it in the classroom, and, with the click of a mouse, the Web site is linked to a template that can be used to create a lesson. After free registration, these lessons can be stored at the site and then linked to a classroom Web page for easy access by students.
Language Arts Websites
Aesop’s Fables: Online Collection - A treasure trove of fables makes this a great spot to visit during the study of Aesop. The collection has more than 625 of his tales as well as a variety of audioversions with which children can read along. Great highlights include background information on the life and times of Aesop, a selected group of 180 easy reading fables, and more than 120 easy fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson.
Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site - If you need some inspiration on how to make better use of classroom books, this site can help. A collection of book reviews, ways to use the books in the classroom, activities, and professional topics are just a few of the aspects of this website.
The Children’s Book Council Online - Looking for an author’s web page? Trying to find some good “new"books? Here is the site for you!
Cite Your Sources - Here’s a handy guide to creating footnotes, end notes, and parenthetical references, also in question and answer format. It introduces students to MLA, Chicago, APA and Turabian style sheets.
S.C.O.R.E. Cyberguides - Cyberguides are supplementary, standards based, web delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Divided by grade level, these guides provide ideas for using literature in the classroom. A number of literature titles can be used to make strong history connections for young people, as well.
Social Studies Websites
The History Place- The History Place is a must-bookmark site for all history and social studies teachers. There are a variety of featured exhibits on topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln to the Irish Potato Famine.
National Geographic Education - Click the orange tab at the top of the page that says Lesson Plans and connect to a few hundred lesson plans related to geography.
Xpeditions Atlas - Here are over 1800 printable, black and white maps for students and teachers. Just select a continent, country, and a state or province, and a map will be displayed onscreen!
Bridge - This truly amazing website has collected the best online resources for marine science. Materials are organized into the following categories: ocean science topics, resources, data port, elementary grades, and communications.
Exploratorium - After one visit to this website, you will understand why just about every educational list ranks this URL as one of the best around. Exhibits and activities change as the museum changes. All are engaging, fun, and challenging for children.
ENature - What’s the difference between the Yellow MudTurtle and its cousin the common mud turtle? Find the answer at ENature, your online guide to more than 4,800 North American plants and Animals.
How Stuff Works - In language we can all understand, with clear diagrams to supplement text, this website explains both natural phenomena and human inventions.
Science Net Links Lesson Plans - Find lessons from animal diversity to hurricanes for grades 9-12 here! An orderly index will allow you to choose exactly what you need quickly and efficiently!
Kidzone Math - It’s “just the facts, ma’am” at this useful site, which offers online games and downloadable worksheets on the basics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Have a collection of the worksheets on hand to fill a few minutes of time - and provide valuable practice for standardized tests.
Laura Chandler’s Math File Cabinet - Laura Chandler is one of many math instructors who share materials with other teachers via the Web. However, her site is a stand out because it is so comprehensive. Many of her lessons take a fresh take on basic concepts; check out the inventive “Mr.Gallon” unit, which brings much needed life to studying measurement.
Math.com - This great site is easy to navigate with a wealth of math-related materials and resources. Kids can access a range of mathematical tools; take advantage of the excellent test prep, study tips or homework help, or hone their math skills with challenging puzzles, games, and one-minute interactive drills.