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Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Aids
- Active Learning Practice for Schools — Harvard University provides “regions” to help teachers explore active learning, as well as curriculum planning and reflection tools, profiles of practice, and discussion forums.
- Alternative Assessment and Electronic Portfolios — Professor Helen Barrett of the University of Alaska provides a useful set of links on alternative assessment.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development — This professional organization provides selected articles from their journal Educational Leadership, brief overviews of numerous issues in education, and much more.
- Authentic Assessment Toolbox — Jon Mueller of North Central College provides this “how-to text” on authentic assessment.
- Best of History Websites — Annotated links to more than 1,000 sites useful to history teachers.
- Bringing History Home — This site created through a Teaching American History grant collaboration between the University of Iowa and Washington (Iowa) Community Schools, offers classroom-proven curriculum units for grades K-5.
- Blue Web'N — Access to online lessons and units, evaluated and rated by the editors of the site. Provided by Pacific Bell and San Diego State University.
- Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools — This site presents advocacy tools, examples of best practice, and other resources for promoting the civic mission of the public schools.
- Center for Excellence in Teaching: Teaching and Learning — Though intended for faculty and TAs at the University of Southern California, this site provides many useful aids to K-12 teachers.
- Cyberschoolbus — The United Nations provides lessons and background papers on such topics as racial discrimination, child soldiers, and World Health Day. UN ambassadors answer users’ questions.
- Developing Educational Standards — Maintained by the Wappingers Central (NY) School District, this site is an excellent starting point for information on standards in all subject areas.
- Digital Classroom — Primary sources, instructional units, and links to other sites, from the National Archives.
- Edsitement — Lesson plans and links to humanities web sites vetted by educational professionals. A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Education World — Weekly lesson plans and background information, often with seasonal themes (e.g., features in early September look at back-to-school issues and Constitution Day). Also, book and web site reviews and features on administration and financial planning.
- Edutopia — The George Lucas Educational Foundation provides this broad-based site on improving education. Included are articles, interviews, case studies of successful schools, and professional development modules.
- ERIC Digests — The full text of 3,000 digests—short reports on topics of interest to educators-created by the ERIC system before its 2003 demise.
- Freedom: A History of Us — Lessons, primary sources, games, and images support the PBS series based on Joy Hakim's popular history books for young people.
- FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence — Links to hundreds of education resources from or supported by the U.S. government.
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills — This site from the GEM Exchange and National Education Association links to more than 50,000 educational resources on the Web. Searchable and browsable by subject and keyword.
- Getting Results — Developed with National Science Foundation support, this site presents a professional development course on effective teaching. Intended for community college instructors, it would be useful for high school teachers as well.
- Graphic Organizers — This site provides 58 templates for graphic organizers useful in instruction.
- History Matters — A “gateway” site for history teachers, with lesson plans, articles, primary sources, a collection of syllabi, links, and more.
- Instructional Strategies Online — The Saskatoon Public Schools present an overview of teaching methods that will be especially useful to new teachers.
- Knowledge Loom: What Works — Billed as a “database of best practices resources,” this site provides resources, research, success stories, and dialogues about best practices related to an array of topics. From the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University.
- Learner.org — The Annenberg Foundation presents a variety of useful resources, including teacher workshops on civics and using primary sources and instructional units on current issues, literature, and more.
- Lesson Plans Library — The Discovery Channel provides this database of hundreds of lesson plans in all subject areas.
- McRel Lesson Plans — A compendium of lesson plans and other teaching resources linked to standards. From MidContinent Research in Education and Learning.
- National Council for the Social Studies — Links to social studies resources, as well as information about the organization. Useful site for social studies professionals.
- New York Times Learning Network — News and lesson plans on current events.
- No Child Left Behind — The U.S. Department of Education provides detailed information about the important federal law.
- PBS Teachers — Teacher’s guides for PBS programs, as well as online lesson plans, professional development courses, blogs, and links to sites with additional background information.
- Regional Educational Laboratory Program — The ten regional labs funded by the U.S. Department of Education provide a wealth of resources on education-related topics.
- Resources for What You’re Teaching Now — Scholastic provides links, lessons, ideas, contests, and more.
- Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence: Tools for Teaching and Learning — This center at Penn State University provides tools for planning and assessing learning experiences.
- The Smithsonian Institution — An online tour of the Smithsonian, with information about exhibits, events, and education programs.
- Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook — Teacher Magazine provides links and articles on a wide array of topics of interest to teachers.
- Teacher's Corner — Thematic units, seasonal activities, education news, and other teacher resources.
- Teachers Network — This nonprofit organization provides lesson plans in all curricular areas, teacher research, video clips, and articles of interest to K-12 educators. Many resources are especially targeted at new teachers.
- Teaching History with Technology — Tips and links to help teachers incorporate technology into their courses.
- Thinkport — Thinkport offers free access to video clips, lesson plans, interactive field trips covering multiple topics and subject areas, as well as innovative online tools and teacher support materials. From Maryland Public Television and Johns Hopkins’ Center for Technology in Education.
- Verizon Thinkfinity — Formerly the Marco Polo site, Thinkfinity provides professional development activities and free lesson plans. From the Verizon Foundation.
- WebQuest Page — A format for Web-based research projects developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University. Information on developing WebQuests and links to completed WebQuests.
- Yale/New Haven Teacher Institute Curriculum Units — Extensive curriculum units developed by participants in Yale/New Haven summer institutes since 1978.