Ireland Elementary

Math

AAA Math Graphs.  Retrieved on September 7, 2008 from http://www.aaamath.com/gra.html

Targeted grade level:  K-8 

Rating:  4

Kids love graphs and this site offers many resources.  Simply sort by subject and grade level.  They also have a Spanish version.

A to Z Teacher Stuff.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Lesson_Plans/Mathematics/_Grades_6-8/index.shtml .

Targeted grade level:  K-5

Rating:  5

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.

Adapting Reading and Math Materials in the Inclusive Classroom.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.teachervision.fen.com/reading/mathematics/6715.html.

Targeted grade level:  PreK-6

Rating:  5

Teachers have access to make adaptations for disabled students in the inclusion classroom.  The writers created an acronym for the word “flexible” to introduce the following principal topics regarding adaptation: feasible, lively, elimination, explicit, intentional, beneficial, limelight, and evaluated.

APlus Math.  Retrieved September 11, 2008, from

http://www.aplusmath.com/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

This website contains lots of activities for students to practice math skills. These activities include flashcards, games, and math word find puzzles to help with vocabulary. You are also able to create and print out your own flashcards and math word finds.

Arem, Cynthia, Ph. D. (2002). Reading a Math Textbook. Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://wc.pima.edu/~carem/Mathtext.html

Targeted grade level: 3 - 12

Rating:  2

This math site is about how reading a math book is different than reading other books and gives tips to understanding a math text.  There are web pages available to help with study and test-taking skills.  I think this site would be more for upper grades or parents who are seeking ways to help their child in 3rd - 6th grade when they use math textbooks.  There are some connections to websites to help with math and science skills and a workbook to help with math anxiety.

Ask Dr. Math. Retrieved September 3, 2008, from http://mathforum.org/dr.math/dr-math.html.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

Math Forum is a question and answer service for math students.  They fill out a web form and the questions are picked up by volunteers.  Because the site gets many questions a day, there is not a response to  all questions submitted.  Some questions are put in an archive to help others.  Students are not told answers, but are guided in getting the answer.  In addition, there are many links to help teachers and parents with ideas and resources for teaching math.  The available links seem to be endless with a wealth of assistance in all areas of math.

Best Practices:  Integrating Math and Language Arts.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://teacher.scholastic.com/reading/bestpractices/math.htm

    

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

There are a variety of video clips featuring Marilyn Burns about using literature in Mathematics instruction.  There are also lesson ideas, including detailed lesson plans that are downloadable.  Also available on this site is an extensive bibliography of wonderful children’s books, at all levels, to teach math concepts. 

Bitesize.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/maths/.

Targeted grade level:  K-5

Rating:  5

This site has different activities, along with quizzes, that are geared toward numbers, shape, space and measures, and handling data. This is a computer passed program so the children get to interact with technology.

CEC Lesson Plans.  Retrieved September 9, 2008 from http://www.col-ed.org/cur

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This web site is simpler to manipulate and navigate than the ones previously reviewed.  It does not have all the calculators and online games as the previous sites.  However, the lesson plans provided are broken down into the following grade levels.  Elementary K-5, Intermediate 6-8, and High School 9-12.  After you enter these links the lesson plans are broken down further by individual concepts that follow Math standards.  In viewing the lesson plans, they are very much hands on activities which is needed at all grade levels. 

Children’s Literature.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://sci.tamucc.edu/~eyoung/literature.html .

Targeted grade level: Pre-K-12

Rating: 5

This site provides a listing of books that help teach math concepts. It is broken down by concepts. Once you click on a concept, each book is listed as well as what skill it can help teach. A link is provided if you wish to purchase the book.

Cool Math 4 kids.  Retrieved September 3, 2008, from http://www.coolmath.com.

Targeted grade level:  PreK-12

Rating:  5

Cool  Math  has it all for kids, teachers, and parents.  It is set up to be fun for kids with games and puzzles.  There is a help and practice for parents and kids to work together.  Math lessons and practices include addition, subtraction, times tables, fractions, decimals, algebra, and more. ‘Little links’ area will give 3 to 5 year olds some exciting games.  The teacher’s place at Cool Math is filled with ideas, education, and resources. 

Count On.  Retrieved September 6, 2008 from http://www.mathsyear2000.org.

Targeted grade level:  K-5 

Rating:  5

This site is geared towards younger children.  It has colorful characters to capture their attention.  Resources include games, activities, and math mysteries that challenge children.

Cranston, Lisa.  Going on a Shape Hunt:  Integrating Math and Literacy.  Retrieved August 30, 2008, from http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=776 .

Targeted grade level:  K-2

Rating:  5+++

This site uses read alouds to incorporate literacy into math lessons.  It provides enough lessons for three to four days and is extremely detailed and easy to follow.  It also provides the teacher with the standards covered by the lesson.  Educators may also go to the Read Write Think homepage and find lessons in every subject area which are linked to literacy activities.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence.  Retrieved September 9, 2008 from http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=33 .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  4

The site has a wide arrangement of different web sites that have to do with algebra, geometry, data analysis, number and operations which are great to use in a classroom.

Fun Brain.  Retrieved September 3, 2008 from http://funbrain.com.

Targeted grade level:  1-8 

Rating:  5

Math arcade games can be accessed from this site.  The best part is that you can enter information, and it creates a personalized curriculum guide for teachers.  When you are in a pinch, this site can probably help.

Healing Math Learners.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.newhorizons.org/trans/gagnon.htm

Targeted grade level:  PreK-6

Rating:  5

Gagnon wrote: “Math literacy must be elevated to the status of language literacy by showing each other and our children real world applications and working with adult learners in math the way we enroll newcomers in English classes.”  He believes that educators should focus on how children are thinking and learning math.  He offers suggestions on how to increase the success of math learners.

Helping English language learners in the math classroom.   Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/subject/help_ELL_math.phtml.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This website was developed for teachers that have English language learners in their classroom.  These strategies can be used in any classroom.  Students who are struggling with vocabulary often benefit from the strategies that work with ELL learners. 

Illuminations.  Retrieved September 9, 2008 from, http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lessons.aspx .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating:5

Illuminations is a math lesson plan database with lessons from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. You can choose lessons based on the standard and/or grade level. Some lessons also have online activities. Many are multiple part lessons that the teacher guides the students through an activity and then the students creates their own activity using what they have learned.

Instructor Web (2002-2008).  Retrieved September 11, 2008 from http://www.instructorweb.com/math.asp

Targeted grade level:  PK-12

Rating:  5+

This site offers an abundance of Math lesson plans, hands on teaching activities, teaching pintables, web site tools, rubrics and thematic units revolving around math.  The topics and categories include basic math, counting, identification, fractions, measurement, money, time, calendars, decimals, addition, subtraction and much more.  It is categorized by PK-K, 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 grades.  This site has an interactive component that would work great with a smart TV or projector.

Internet 4 Classrooms.  Retrieved September 3, 2008 from http://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help:htm.

Targeted grade level:  K-8 

Rating:  4

If you are not that great at math, this site can help.  It covers all math strands.  It generates worksheets and offers assessment assistance for classroom teachers.

Kasman, Alex.  Mathematical Fiction.  Retrieved September 9, 2008 from http://math.cofc.edu/faculty/kasman/MATHFICT/default.html .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

This site is a database of fiction books which include mathematical skills and concepts.  They are sorted by author, title, or publication date.  You may also browse by genre, topic, motif, etc.  It is a great resource for teachers looking for a read aloud on a certain math skill.

Learning Math Step by Step.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.kidsnumbers.com.

Targeted grade level:  K-7

Rating:  5

This site provides free math foundation programs that focus on building skills.  It contains many fun and challenging games designed to strengthen every math skill.  It is a place where students can practice all aspects of math from addition and up.  Teachers can generate free worksheets that are customized.  It has a link to the Kids Know It Network which provides songs for math skills and more.

Literacy Matters (2008).  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from,

http://www.literacymatters.org/content/math.htm

Targeted grade level: K- 12

Rating: 3

This website will help math teachers integrate literacy strategies into their content area teaching.  From this site you will be connected with sites that contain information about researched-based instructional strategies, lesson plans, activities, resources, and teaching materials.

Literacy skills for the math classroom.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://www.literacymatters.org/content/math.htm

 

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

This website provides many links to other websites that help build literacy across the various content areas.  The links include professional development articles along with lesson plans.

Literacy Techniques in Math Content.  Retrieved August 30, 2008, from http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/jep/resources/literarytechniques.pdf .

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating: 3

This site does not provide lessons, but it does give three pages of activities to help relate math to literacy.  It names the activity, gives the purpose of the activity, and provides the applications for each activity.  Examples include “Nine Square” and “Save the Last Word for Me”.

Mainstay Math LLX:Your Source for Math Literacy.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.mainstaymath.com/index.htm

Targeted grade level:  PreK-8

Rating:  5

Mainstay Math, LLC provides math kits and services for teachers and students for improving math achievement. The kits contain manipulative, math literature, record sheets and access to web sites and games that make learning fun.  There are also assessments to keep track of the progress of the students. Each kit also contains a writing prompt for student reflections.

Math (2000-2008).  Math.com @ The World of Math Online.  Retrieved 

September 9, 2008 from http://www.math.com/teachers.html

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5+

This math web site has almost everything in resources about math.  The lesson plans are broken down in categories by grade levels.  They combine principles with technology that allows quick guides for the user.  This site covers primary math, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.  One thing I really liked was the 24/7 live online tutoring for teachers and students.  Another perk to this program is the ability to generate and customize your own worksheets.

Math and Literacy Resources for K-Grade 3.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://homepage.mac.com/dcps/als/math-literacy/index.html

Targeted grade level:  K-3

Rating:  5

    

This resource provides links to dozens of sites that incorporate math and literacy strategies in the form of games and activities.  Many are appropriate for independent practice and many can be used for direct instruction.  Links are organized by grade level and by subject area.  They are all attractive and interesting for children. 

Math and Literature Idea Bank.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from

http://www.mathcats.com/grownupcats/ideabankmathandliterature.html

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

    

This site has lesson plans and literature links for dozens of children’s books.  There are links to national standards and a bibliography of resources with links as well as approaches to math instruction.  Plans and activities are organized by math concept and grade level.   This is an easy to use, colorful site. 

Math and Reading Help. Retrieved September 12, 2008 from  http://math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org

Targeted grade level:  3-8

Rating:  5

Offers help in children’s math grades 3-8.  Gives tips on what to expect in your child’s math class.  Games the entire family can play to incorporate practicing.  Also includes how-to’s and tips for parents.  The site also includes a lot of articles to help students. 

Mathematics (2008).  Mathematics @ About.com.  Retrieved September 10, 2008 from http://math.about.com/od/1/u/SubjectsAndTopics.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site offers an abundance of comprehensive resources for tutorials, help guides, puzzles and lessons categorized by levels K-12 in the following mathematic subjects:  Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Business Math and Calculus.  It also offers a variety of math formulas and calculators for understanding the concepts.  The worksheets are in PDF format and come with solutions for ease in the teachers use. 

Math for America (2008). Retrieved September 14, 2008, from

http://www.mathforamerica.org/teacher-resources/games?gclid=CPXzps-e3JUCFQKHxwodHgk6Wg

Targeted grade level: k - 12

Rating: 2

This site gives you links to math-related activities and lesson plans.  You can find games, activities, and rubrics.  It takes you to sites such as AIMS and BrainPop.

Math Forum.  Retrieved September 6, 2008 from http://mathforum.org/dr.math/dr-math.html/.

Targeted grade level:  elementary - college 

Rating:  4

If you want to tie literature to math, this site can help.  It list books pertaining to math.  It also offers tutorial help in letter form.  Students can submit questions in letter form, and they are answered in letter form.

Math is Fun.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.mathsisfun.com/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

The main content of the site is aimed at basic math skills; however, you will find some more complex stuff, and some easier bits. This is a great interactive site that will give you lots of ideas to incorporate math in different content areas.

Mathwire.  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from http://www.mathwire.com/literature/literature.html .

Targeted grade level: 1-6

Rating: 5

Mathwire is a site that provides lessons and downloadable extras, such as workmats, to help teach math concepts using literature. It also features books periodically on concepts that students struggle in. You can search based on concept area and it even provides seasonal books to teach math concepts.

Max’s Math Adventures: Scholastic. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://teacher.scholastic.com/max/index.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-2

Rating:  4

This site uses skills such as counting to 100, time, and money through word problems that are followed by an activity sheet that can be printed out. The word problems are labeled by level of difficulty. This would be great to work on in a whole group or in cooperative groups.

Microsoft Education (2008).  Lesson Plans @ Microsoft Education.  Retrieved September 10, 2008 from http://www.microsoft.com/Education/lessonplans.mspx

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5+

If you want to teach mathematics concepts with hands on activities and an abundance of resources, this is the site for you.  Again, the lesson plans are hands on; it features interactive practices with challenging games.  This site is based on thousands of teachers who share classroom resources and teaching tips, thus making it practical in the fact you know it works. 

Mr. Nussbaum.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.mrnussbaum.com/mathcode.htm .

Targeted grade level: 3-6

Rating: 5

Mr. Nussbaum is an interactive site that uses creative games to sharpen students skills in basic math concepts. For a minimal, yearly fee, the teacher can create an online classroom that the students can access and then set-up tournaments for certain games that the students can compete in or even challenge another classroom around the world.

Multimedia Math Glossary: Harcourt. Retrieved September 11, 2008, from 

http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math2/indexk.html

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  4

This site has a huge list in alphabetical order of Math Vocabulary that contains the definition and a colorful illustration.  This would be a good tool to use for introducing or looking up Math vocabulary in a whole group setting.

Reading Expeditions.  Retrieved August 30, 2008, from  http://www.ngsp.com/Resources/TeacherResourceDownloads/ReadingExpeditions/tabid/67/Default.aspx .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating: 5

This site provides several detailed lesson plans linking math to literacy and to science.  Each lesson includes the national standards, the objectives being taught in math, science, and reading, and any activity masters that are needed for the lesson.  The teacher only has to print out the lesson they want and everything is ready to go!  The site also includes science and social studies lesson plans.

Reading Strategies for Math Teachers.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from

http://sharepoint.chiles.leon.k12.fl.us/lcsreadingstrategies/Reading%20Strategies%20for%20Math%20Teachers/Forms/AllItems.aspx

    

Targeted grade level:  7-12

Rating:  4

This site has a document library that could be used as worksheets, but would be a great tool to utilize as question frames.  These documents are broken down by reading skill to be used with the text book or authentic literature in math.  There are also links to professional articles, activities for vocabulary, question stems correlated to Bloom’s Taxonomy, lesson plan templates and much more. There are strategies for solving problems and graphic organizers that would help transfer reading skills and strategies into math.  

Reading Strategies in Action.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from

http://www.marion.k12.ky.us/Strategies/Math/math/monitor.htm

    

Targeted grade level:  7-12

Rating:  4

Available on this site are video clips of teachers using the various reading strategies in math lessons.  There are also downloadable files of templates, graphic organizers and student pages that use a variety of reading strategies including the reciprocal teaching method as well as links for each individual strategy instruction along with a rationale.

Smart Books. Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://www.ksu.ksu.edu/smartbooks/gradeindex.html

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

This site contains a list of lesson plans that use literature to introduce math concepts. There are a lot of lessons on this site. They are listed by grade level and skill so it is easy to navigate through the site and find a lesson to use in your class.

Songs for Teaching:  Using Music to Promote Learning.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.songsforteaching.com/mathsongs.htm.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating: 5

This site is an excellent resource for songs to teach math skills and concepts!  You can download the songs, print off the lyrics, and sing your way into mastering math skills!

Standards-based Math Activities.  Retrieved September 3, 2008, from http://www.mathwire.com

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  5

Math Wire provides strategies that support active student participation in math lessons and allows the teacher to monitor and assess by visual glance.  Lots of resources are available on this site.  It provides pictures of what the activity should look like in action.  There is activity after activity that is organized by the NCTM standards.  Teachers may download any of the activities for free use in their classrooms.

Teaching contextual vocabulary.  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from http://www.learninghaven.com/la/vocabulary/teaching_vocabulary.htm. 

Targeted grade level:  1-12

Rating:  4

This website includes information on teaching vocabulary in a contextual setting.  The use of word walls, vocabulary boxes and notebooks is included. 

Teaching Math to Young Children.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from  http://www.garlikov.com/math/teachingmath.html

Targeted grade level:  1-6

Rating:  3

Provides different essays on teaching different aspects of math.  Focuses on word problemsand using the Socratic Method.

Teaching Mathematics with Children’s Literature.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://fcit.usf.edu/math/resource/bib.html

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

Thompson developed bibliographies that contain ideas activities for using children’s literature to teach mathematics. There are over 100 books provided in this collection.  The topics include numbers and operations, measurement, geometry and spatial sense, algebraic thinking, and data analysis and problem solving.

TeAchnology. Retrieved September 14, 2008, from

http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/math/

Targeted grade level: K - 12

Rating:4

This site has math lessons using literature books that connect to the lesson objectives.  The lesson also tells the teacher how the book is connected to the lesson.  The site gives demos to help explain how to use a graphic in the lesson.  There are printables, but you may have to subscribe to get all of them. There are rubrics for different subjects.   You can pull lessons up by subject and theme.  There were some interesting extra activities with the lessons like “Can Plants Tell Time?”  I think this is a site I will visit to investigate further.

The Math Forum.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from  http://mathforum.org/teachers/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

Site went from K all the way to college level.  Focused primarily on teachers.  Different links to helpful information for teachers. 

The Mathematics and Reading Connection.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.ericdigests.org/2000-1/math.html.

Targeted grade level:  K-10

Rating:  4

Bickmore-Brand identified seven strategies of learning language that can be applied to learning math.  The seven strategies involve placing numbers into meaning context to increase understanding in children.  There is a link to resources for literacy instruction and lesson plans.

Vocabulary word puzzles for mathematics.  Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://www.vocabulary.com/mathpuzzles.html.

Targeted grade level:  6-9

Rating:  2

This website has several different activities that can be completed to build comprehension through vocabulary games.  Activities include crosswords, word finds and definition matches.  There is also a link to interactive puzzles.  There is a word bank with over 350 words. 

World Maths Day.  Retrieved September 4, 2008, from http://www.worldmathsday.com.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

                                                           

Students from across the globe log on to this site and try to answer as many math questions correctly as they can.   They play against each other on-line and on a certain day the winners are revealed.  The questions are appropriately leveled for different ages and abilities.  Students are matched up appropriately.  World Math Day is promoting math all around the world.  Students increase their math skills while having fun playing with children from all around the world.  

Youngs, E. Mathematics and Children’s Literature. Retrieved September 13,

2008, from http://sci.tamucc.edu/~eyoung/literature.html

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  4

This site contains a list of books that can be used to teach Math through literature. The books are listed under the Math Skill. After clicking on the skill, you will find a list of books, their author, and grade level. There is also a link to Teacher Resources for teaching Math through literature.

Language Arts

100 Best Books. Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

Here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association in 1999 as great reading for children and young people. To help make these books more useful, we have added book and author links to any TeachersFirst resources and lesson ideas. 

ABC Teach.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://www.abcteach.com/ .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating:4

This site offers various reading resources such as comprehension passages, thematic units, flash cards and word walls. Some areas can be accessed for free but there is also a membership that can be attained to personalize some of the resources.

Absolutely Whootie:  Stories to Grow By. Retrieved September 12, 2008 from http://www.storiestogrowby.com/ .

Targeted grade level:  1-6

Rating:  5

Offers folk stories and fairy tales.  Targets a younger age group. 

Annenberg Media.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from http://www.learner.org.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

Writers will like this site.  It offers many programs dealing with writing.  There are videos of different strategies being taught for visual learners like myself.

Between the Lions (2008).  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://pbskids.org/lions/games

Targeted grade level:  Preschool - 3rd

Rating:3

PBS “Between the Lions” has literacy games, read aloud books, and video clips, as well as, books about teaching reading, and a Teacher’s Toolkit.  The site is divided by skills, subject, and curriculum.  Lessons include making sentences, reading rules, and text comprehension.  There is a TV Guide for Channel 36 that features videos to work on letter sounds. One of the games I played taught superlatives with pictures (ex. cold, colder, coldest).  One video story could be used for a character/problem/solution lesson, while another could be used to teach adjectives.  I was impressed because it was easy to access and use without asking for any information from me. 

Big Ideas in Beginning Reading.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://reading.uoregon.edu/index.php .

Targeted grade level: K-3

Rating: 4

This site covers the five main ideas of early literacy: phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency with text, vocabulary, and comprehension. Then it offers video clips of teaching examples of each big idea and major theories behind early literacy. This would be a good resource for a new teacher or reading specialist.

Bitesize.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  4

This site has different activities along with quizzes that are geared toward reading, writing, and spelling and grammar. This is a computer passed program so the children get to interact with technology.

Carl, Cherry.  Carl’s Corner.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.carlscorner.us.com/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-2

Rating:  5

This website provides prepared activities in a variety of categories such as alphabet, phonics, reading, intervention, etc.  Teachers click on a category and then choose their area of interest.  The site is extremely user friendly and she keeps it updated regularly.  If there is something specific that you need in a particular area (such as phonemic awareness), and you can’t find anything, she will find or create something for you.

Curriculum and Instruction. Retrieved September 10, 2008, from  http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/SCAindex.htm .

Targeted grade level:  K-5

Rating:  5

This site is full of great information for teachers and parents. It has Presentations and Publications ,Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment Programs, Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network, Training/Technical Assistance ProjectsProfessional Development and Interventions for Struggling Readers.

Curtis, M. E., and Longo, A. M. Teaching vocabulary to adolescents to improve comprehension.  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from http://www.readingonline.org/articles/art_index.asp?HREF=/articles/curtis/index.html .

Targeted grade level:  3-12

Rating:  5

This website is a link to a very informative article on developing vocabulary in the classroom. Lesson ideas as well as grading rubric and information were included in the article. The article gave very clear ideas of what should be done in the classroom to build vocabulary. 

Discipline Associates.  Retrieved September 11, 2008 from www.disciplineassociates.com

Targeted grade level:  8-12

Rank:  5

This site offered mock situations which a teacher might encounter.  Also teaching tip of the week and teaching mistake of the week. 

Dolch Sight Words. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.createdbyteachers.com/sightfreemain.html

Targeted grade level:  K-3

Rating:  4

This site contains free material to use with Dolch Sight Words. Some of the material includes 3x5 cards, checklists and take home cards that can be printed out. There are also Word searches of the Dolch Sight Words available to print out.  All words are leveled from Preprimer to 3rd grade.

English -Zone.  Retrieved September 3, 2008 from http://english-zone.com/index.php

Targeted grade level:  K-12 

Rating:  5

This site offers writing and language help.  Some of the categories include vocabulary, study skills, idioms, grammar, and parts of speech.  Just about anything that you need, you can find here.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=78

Targeted grade level:  3-6

Rating:  3

The site has a wide arrangement of different types of Literature, Poetry and Readings that are great to use in a classroom. It also holds resources for parents to help their children to become better readers, and monitor their improvement and performance.

Fiction Teachers.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://fictionteachers.com/index.html .

Targeted grade level: 3-6

Rating: 4

Fiction Teachers provides lessons on writing fiction and poetry. It also provides reader’s theater scripts and extension lesson plans. There is a link to purchase books written by the author’s of many lessons and books found on the site.

Florida Center for Reading Research (2006 – 2008).  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from http://www.fcrr.org/index.html

Targeted grade level:  PK-12

Rating:  5+++

This reading site is a must for all reading teachers.  All curriculum, instruction and assessment programs in this site will use proven research in reading growth, reading instruction and assessment to allow the teacher to improve literacy in any classroom from PK – 12th grade.  This site also offers differentiated reading instruction for small groups and extensive interventions for struggling readers.  Center activities are already made for immediate use and covers phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. 

Free Reading.  Retrieved September 2, 2008, from http://www.freereading.net.

Targeted grade level:  K-3

Rating:  3

Find literacy activities for the following:  phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and writing.  These activities involve using different modalities.  It may be games, fiction/non-fiction books, charts, graphic organizers, and free printable worksheets for every activity.  There is also an intervention program for K-1 which takes 30 minutes a day for 40 weeks.

GLAD Strategies.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.lausd.net/Malabar_EL/gladstrategies/gladstrategies.htm.

Targeted grade level:  1-6

Rating:  3

The saying a picture paints a thousand words fits this site.  It provides some visuals to help understand what GLAD strategies are all about.  The examples are from a school site that practices the GLAD strategies.  For those educators that are visual learners, this site answers questions as to what it should look like. 

Hot chalk’s (2008).  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LA.htm

Targeted grade level: PreK-HS

Rating: 3

This site has over 3,500 free lesson plans in varied subjects.  One lesson in language arts related to reading used punctuation marks in oral reading.  Its’ objective is to improve fluency and expression in oral reading.  The lessons are printable.

Kid Writing: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Journals, and Writing Workshop.  Retrieved September 7, 2008 from http://kidwriting.homestead.com/.

Targeted grade level: Kindergarten

Rating: 5

The Kid Writing website provides research on connecting literacy and writing at the kindergarten level.  There is a link to research conducted by Gardner that demonstrates how the Kid Writing program increases writing literacy skills.  This site also offers ideas about kid reading and writing for kids and by kids. It offers a place to share your Kid Writing successes, and also invites teachers to share their research on Kid Writing and reading achievement.

Kindergarten and Preschool Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Phonemic or Phonological Awareness and Predictable Charts.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://www.kinderplans.com/content.cfm?pageid=43

Targeted grade level:  Pre-K, Kindergarten

Rating:  5

This site offers a wide variety of information and examples of good reading strategies and components of a balance literacy classroom.  Geared specifically for Kinder and Pre-K teachers, there are links to many websites, lesson plans and ideas, thematic units, learning center activities, descriptions of the various components of reading instruction, songs, games and  more.  There is background information on vocabulary as well as phonemic awareness instruction and its importance which is vital to reading success for all children. 

Literactive:  Teaching Children to Read.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp

Targeted grade level:  K-1

Rating:  5

This website has e-books, e-poetry, ESL, guided reading, online games, phonemic awareness activities, etc.  It is a completely interactive website which is terrific for use on the Smartboard.  Teachers have access to blackline masters and downloadable activities.  You must register, but the site is free.

Making the Connection: Reading and Writing Together.  Retrieved September 7, 2008, from http://www.geocities.com/lorimayo_99/ej.html.

Targeted grade level:  9-12

Rating:  4

Mayo presents strategies that she used with high school students on how to connect reading with writing. She shares how she found short reading passages, articles and other passages that were of interest to her students as inspiration for writing.  She also provides short examples of some of her students writing successes.

Masters, J. Sit on it – sight word vocabulary.  Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://lessonplans.teacherlingo.com/archive/2008/03/24/Sit-on-It-_2D00_-Sight-Word-Vocabulary.aspx. 

Targeted grade level:  K-2

Rating:  3

This is great lesson plan for a primary age teacher who is working with a small group of students or an individual student on building their sight word vocabulary.  The lesson is limited to four sight words but the lesson can be adapted to other sight words.

Poetry 4 Kids.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.poetry4kids.com/index.php .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  5

You will find lots of funny poems and poetry books for children, games, contests, lessons, discussion forums, and journals, plus a rhyming dictionary, streaming audio, school visit information and more.

Poetry Splatter.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from  http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/gamestation/poetrysplatter/default.mspx .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  5

A great interactive game, children can to practice their vocabulary and rhyming skills. Using the Poetry Splatter is easy. Just choose a poem title from the list. When you see your poem, you will have to fill in the blanks with words that are splattered onto the screen. Have some fun creating silly poems!

Proposal to Use Photography as a Connection to Reading and Writing.  Retrieved September 7, 2008, from http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/literacy/zehnder.htm.

Targeted grade level:  8

Rating:  5

Zehnder provides a unique way to use photography to teach the writing process and to teach eighth grade students how to make connections in reading and writing.  This is her way to motivate students to create their own photographs and use them to follow the writing process. Students also learn reading skills such as making connections, main idea, drawing conclusions, and making inferences.

ProQuest K-12.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from www.bigchalk.com

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

This site was geared more towards students.  It offered help with homework as well as book reviews. 

Reader’s Theater Scripts and Plays.  Retrieved August 29, 2008, from

http://www.teachingheart.net/readerstheater.htm .

Targeted grade level:  K-3

Rating:  5

This site has over 60 works of literature adapted to be used in Reader’s Theater for the young reader.  There are also helpful tips for getting started, advice on costuming, and a how-to guide for the educator.

Reading Activities. Retrieved September 11, 2008, from http://www.education.com/activity/all-grades/reading.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site provides reading and writing activities for all ages.  It gives excellent hands-on ideas that will ensure that reading and writing are fun.  The activities seem to be endless and cover all the areas of reading.  Every activity is given the grade level appropriateness, step by step instructions, and list all the materials needed.  I absolutely love this site.  It also list the most popular activities.

Reading and Language in the Classroom.  Retrieved September 7, 2008, from http://www.brainconnection.com/library/?main=eduhome/reading-language.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site has links to brain based research articles that explain the connection between reading and writing and phonemic awareness.  It includes information about research conducted on how to meet the needs of special needs learners.  There are brain facts, games, and links to other websites.

Reading a-z (2008).  Reading a-z @ Learning A-Z.com.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from http://www.readinga-z.com/

Targeted grade level:  PreK-11

Rating:  5+++

This site offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach guided reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet and vocabulary.  On top of those resources this site also offers professionally developed downloadable leveled books, lesson plans categorized from Ages 4-6, 6-7, 7-8, 8-9 and 9-11, worksheets and reading assessments.  The other beneficial components are ESOL, Spanish and special education resources.  Overall this site offers you almost everything you need to teach reading. 

Reading Book Units.  Retrieved September 3, 2008 from http://www.loveland.k12.oh.us/district/technology/ITech/LES/Reading/A.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-12 

Rating:  5

Thousands of children’s books are listed here.  Lesson plans and extension activities are offered for each.  This is a wealth of information.  Probably any book you choose to teach can be found here.

Reading Comprehension.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from

http://www.readinglady.com/index

Targeted grade level:  K-3

Rating:  4

Research is used and cited for the lessons and activities available on this site.  There are reading, writing and vocabulary lessons, plans, links and activities available.  There is information as well as practical ideas for using poetry, Readers Theater and author studies.  These components include descriptions of how these may be used in the classroom as well as links to author’s websites and downloadable scripts for Readers Theater.  There are also available assessments that could be used or adapted to meet a teacher’s individual needs. 

Reading Exercises. Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://depts.gallaudet.edu/englishworks/exercises/main/reading.html .

Targeted grade level:  3-6

Rating:  3

This site has Traditional Reading Practice (main idea, details, and inference) Adapted from Interesting Deaf Americans. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University. This is a great site with reading passages that also come with reading questions and vocabulary.

Reading Lady.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.readinglady.com/index.php?&MMN_position=1:1 .

Targeted grade level: K-5

Rating: 5

Reading Lady is a great source for lessons on teaching reading comprehension, poetry writing, author studies, and readers theater scripts. There are discussion rooms available for teachers to share ideas and seek answers to questions.

Reading Rockets.  Retrieved September 4, 2008, from http://www.readingrockets.net

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

Reading Rockets helps parents and teachers become aware of specific areas in which a child is having trouble while reading and begin to target ways to help.  It offers a wealth of reading strategies and techniques for teaching reading along with articles to support the research.  Reading Rocket provides book lists organized by themes for kids that tap into their interest levels.  There are videos for parent and teacher support.

Reading Strategies:  Scaffolding Students Interaction with Text.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from  http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ela/6-12/Reading/Reading%20Strategies/reading%20strategies%20index.htm

Targeted grade level:  7-12

Rating:  5

This site has many strategies available along with suggested activities and texts.  Strategies are arranged by use before, during and after the reading.  There are tips for differentiating instruction and targeted skills are highlighted.  Examples are given for most strategies and there are links to video resources, other reading strategies and tools for reading and writing. 

Read Write Think.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.readwritethink.org/index.asp .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

Need lesson Ideas? This is the site for you; it has lesson plans, standards, web resources and student materials that highlight on fluency, comprehension, and content reading.

Renz, Heather.  Book Projects.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from http://www2.redmond.K12.or.us/mccall/renz/bookprojects.htm.

Targeted grade level:  4th 

Rating:  5

This web site offers a variety of fun, hands-on book projects.  The site is created by a nationally award winning teacher who is phenomenal.  She freely shares a multitude of resources.  Many of the projects can be altered for a variety of age groups to enjoy.

School Express.  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from http://www.schoolexpress.com/ .

Targeted grade level: K-3

Rating Level: 5

School Express provides worksheets and online interactive sheets for many subjects. Its best feature is that with a membership you have access to thousands of printable guided reading materials that target the five areas of literacy.

S.C.O.R.E. resource bank: Journals. Retrieved September 11, 2008, from

http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/actbank/tjournal.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

This site called S.C.O.R.E. (Schools of California Online Resources for Educators) provides different formats for journaling.  There is an explanation on how to use these types of journals. Some of the types of journals that the site includes are the double entry journal and a metacognitive journal.

Screen Actor’s Guild.  BookPALS Storyline Online.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.storylineonline.net/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  5

This website has popular children’s literature being read aloud by members of the Screen Actor’s Guild.  The reader actually faces the camera and shares the pictures with the student on the screen.  The words being read are included beneath the picture so students can follow along.  The reader  models fluency, voice, etc.  Each story also has related activities available for the students to do, as well as a downloadable teacher’s guide.

Searchlight.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://searchlight.utexas.org/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

Instant access to select instructional materials developed by the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. What are my options for accessing these resources? Take an online course, search the database of reading topics, or browse through a collection of resources. A primary goal of Searchlight is to enable users to access scientifically based reading instructional (SBRI) materials topically and across grade levels.

SQ3R and reading comprehension.  Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://www.isbe.state.il.us/ils/ela/stage_I/1BI.pdf.

Targeted grade level:  3-12

Rating:  5

This website has an activity that builds comprehension through a reading strategy.  The website includes a student task sheet along with a grading rubric.

Starfall. Retrieved on September 12, 2008, from

http://www.starfall.com/

Targeted grade level:  K-2

Rating:  5

This site can be used as a fun way for students to practice Reading and Writing. It contains four different levels that start with letter sounds to beginning reading. It was designed for 1st grade but can be used for PK, K, and 2nd grade.

Strategies for Reading Comprehension.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from http://www.readingquest.org/strat/

    

Targeted grade level:  7-12

Rating:  5

This site contains an extensive guide to using reading strategies.  There are descriptions, instruction, printable to use with students, on the overhead, charts and graphic organizers.  There are strategies for use before, during and after the reading.  The site is very easy to use and is arranged much like a bibliography. 

Student Center Activities.  Retrieved September 8, 2008 from http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/studentCenterActivities2005.htm .

Targeted grade level:  K-1

Rating:  5

This website has hundreds of already prepared literacy center/small group activities that you can just download and print off.  All required blackline masters are included.  Teachers may download the entire file and just print off the activities they want to use, or they can print off the entire file—which is enough to completely fill a three inch three ring binder!

Student Materials Index.  Retrieved  September 8, 2008 from

http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp

    

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site offers a wealth of ideas, activities and lessons for Language arts teachers at all levels.  Graphic organizers, technology links and printable charts, graphs and maps are organized by grade level.  There are a number of available tools, such as a puzzle maker, templates and interactive games links that give teachers options for creating their own graphic organizers, tailored to their specific needs.  The game links would also make excellent independent activities for centers.

Suessville. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.seussville.com/

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  3

This site contains resources for Dr. Seuss’ Books and upcoming events such as “Read across America”.  There are games, a story maker, and activities that can be printed out.

Teach a child to Read.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from  http://www.succeedtoread.com/.

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:5

This site offers help to teach kids how to read.  Offers links to auditory skills, learning to read, teaching alphabet sounds and how to rhyme.

Teacher Reading Resources (1996-2008).  Teacher Reading Resources @

Scholastic Inc.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/teach.jsp

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site is supported by Gay Su Pinnell and many of us use her research based programs in our classrooms.  This site has up to date research and best practices for teachers and enabling readers.  The Lesson Plans are leveled by grades PK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Another great perk is this site has computer lab and interactive games you can use immediately during an assignment. 

Teacher Vision (2008).  Retrieved September 14, 2008, from

http://www.teachervision.fen.com/reading-and-language-arts/games/5831.html

Targeted grade level: K - 12

Rating: 2

There are online games in Language Arts that will take you to Funbrain.com.  You can click on subject and then grade level.  This is a link you would have to subscribe to so you would have access to the printables.  You can only view 3 free items before they ask you to subscribe.  It looks like it would be a good site for printables if you wanted to subscribe.  They have graphic organizers and slideshows.

The Reading-Spelling Connection: Krashen Looks at a Century of Spelling Research.  Retrieved September 7, 2008, from http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/spelling-krashen.html.

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  4

Krashen provides examples that support his theory that too much emphasis is placed on spelling.  His belief is that spelling will naturally develop the more that students are exposed to reading in the early years. He also believes that older writers should be taught to use dictionaries and spell checkers.

The Stacks. Retrieved September 2, 2008, from http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/books.

Targeted grade level:  2-7

Rating:  5

This site has cool summaries on books with excerpts that make you want to run to the library and check it out. Listen to authors talk about their book and entice you to take a reading adventure.  Watch a video clip of a selected book while the author narrates you through the journey.  There are many genres to pick from as well as games, teacher support, and parent tips.  The navigation through the site is kid friendly with high interest activities.

The Teacher Corner (1998-2008).  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/lesson-plans/reading/activities/index.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This reading site offers and abundance of resources for the teacher to use in the classroom.  It offers lesson plans for levels K-12, reading activities that are sorted by grade, a multitude of reading comprehension skills and top reading interventions for the teacher.  This site offers teacher collaboration of activities and tips of strategies that work and is updated daily. 

Tools For Educators.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.toolsforeducators.com/spelling/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

Tools for Educators offers free reading worksheet generators, printables makers, a free spelling worksheet maker, spelling test creator, and reading sheet wizard to use as resources for lessons, lesson plans and printable materials for classes.

Treasures: Comprehension Lessons. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://treasures.macmillanmh.com/texas/teachers/building-reading-writing-skills/additional-comprehension-lessons-for-florida

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

This site has a list of comprehension lessons that can be used for mini lessons in the classroom. There are many types of Reading Comprehension lessons included on this McGraw-Hill website and they are available to print. These lessons are designed to support the Reading textbooks. Be sure to read the terms of use at the bottom of the page.

Vocabulary building cards.  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from http://www.isbe.state.il.us/ils/ela/stage_I/1AI.pdf

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating:  5

This is lesson plan that can be used weekly to help students build their vocabulary by finding words that they are unsure of in various forms of written media.  The lesson plan includes a rubric for grading along with an example to show students. 

Writing to Learn.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http:// www.literacymatters.org/content/readandwrite/writing.htm.

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This website provides many links to other websites that help build literacy across the various content areas.  The links include lesson plans as well as ideas for including journaling in the classrooms. 

Science

100 Best Books.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

Here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association in 1999 as great reading for children and young people. To help make these books more useful, we have added book and author links to any TeachersFirst resources and lesson ideas.

A to Z Teacher.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Lesson_Plans/Science/Grades_3-5/index.shtml .

Targeted grade level:  K-5

Rating:  5

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.

AIMS Education Foundation Online. Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://www.aimsedu.org/Documents/overview.html

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  4

This site has free teacher resources that include AIMS news, free activities and support files for lessons in Math and Science. In the free activities’ link there are lessons for Science Investigations and Experiments to use for research of a topic. Most of these investigations/experiments are easy to follow and they are able to be printed out.

An Annotated Bibliography:Connecting Elementary Science and Literacy.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://cse.edc.org/products/scienceliteracy/matrixhome.asp.

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

This site offers a collection of bibliographies for elementary teachers to connect science and literacy.  It provides a guide for the following skills: engage and explore, design and conduct scientific investigation, analyze and interpret data, and present findings and understandings.  There are also resources for writing, reading, speaking and listening for each of the four stages.  This site provides specific resources that can be used to help develop students’ literacy skills. 

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://beyondpenguins.nsdl.org/issue/dept.php?date=August2008&departmentid=literacy.

Targeted grade level:  K-5

Rating:  5

Teachers will find resources that integrating reading and writing with science.  Students will read science articles that will help them practice comprehension strategies.  There are links to lesson plans and activities as well as references to books that will assist students with developing science and literacy concepts.

Biology Corner.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://www.biologycorner.com/index.php .

Targeted grade level: 5-12

Rating: 5

Biology corner provides lesson plans, labs, and customizable worksheets to use in the classroom. One great feature is the webquests and miniquests section that has students research and answer questions about science by visiting certain sites and reading the material.

Bitesize.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating: 4

This site has different activities along with quizzes that are geared toward Living things, Materials, and Physical Process. This is a computer passed program so the children get to interact with technology.

Boyle, Kevin.  Science Lesson Plans that Teach Literacy K-2.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://web2.airmail.net/kboyle/ .

Targeted grade level:  K-2

Rating:  4

This site provides simple lesson plans for science experiments which include literacy activities.  It also provides a list of manipulatives suggested for science learning centers.  His goal is to incorporate reading and writing with the purpose of inquiry into science instruction.

BrainPop (1999-2008).  BrainPop @ FWD Media, Inc.  Retrieved September 6, 2008 from http://www.brainpop.com/science/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5+++

This website is one of the most abundantly packed ideas, lesson plans, interactive videos, activities and games, I have come across.  Students can view videos, interactive experiments, interactive games, timeline, etc.  Also, students can ask homework questions for help.  This is not only a Science website but, offers Math, English, Health, Technology, Arts and Music.  There is also a Spanish component to this program. 

Building a scientific vocabulary.  Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://www.csun.edu/~vceed002/books/sourcebook/chapters/1-vocabulary/index.html.

Targeted grade level:  6-12

Rating:  4

This website is a link to a wealth of knowledge regarding building a scientific vocabulary as well as other skills that are essential in the science classroom.  There are many areas that can be accessed from this website.  Reading strategies are included on this website as well as note taking skills. 

Connecting Elementary Science and Literacy.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from  http://cse.edc.org/products/scienceliteracy/matrixhome.asp .

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  5

This annotated bibliography is a professional development resource for elementary teachers. Organized and presented as a 3 x 4 matrix, the bibliography helps teachers think about science and literacy connections. It provides a guide for the teaching of particular skills at appropriate times.

Developing science literacy through vocabulary. Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://www.educationaltools.org/fl_shop/pdf/vocab.pdf.

Targeted grade level:  4-6

Rating:  4

This website is a link to a workbook that can be used in a science classroom to help build vocabulary and literacy skills.  The workbook covers the four strands of science that are taught in most classrooms. There are summaries of the big topics in each strand that act as a review for the students.  These reviews are followed by several activities that build vocabulary knowledge.

Discovery School: Kathy Schrock’s Guide For Educators.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/sci-tech/scigs.html .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating: 5

Schrock’s Guide can be used to find websites that are content rich to aid in the teaching of science concepts. Teachers can search based on the branches of science. There are links to many national science groups, NASA, and online interactive sites.

Education.com (February 20, 2007).  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.education.com/activity/all-grades/science/

Targeted grade level: Preschool - HS

Rating: 2

Education.com is for teachers and parents.  You can access some activities and experiments without  charge.  Activities are categorized by grade level.  Many activities could be sent home to be done with parents for enrichment and then students could demonstrate to the class.  If you are looking for experiments for a Science Fair be careful you do not choose a demonstration.  You are able to print the lessons it lets you view.

Education World Science Lesson Archives.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/science.shtml .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site has a variety of science activities for all grade levels.  The lesson plans are user friendly, and the activities sound engaging for the students.  Most of them can be done with materials that are easily acquired.  Lesson plans incorporate reading and writing activities for the students.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=42&toplvl=41 .

Targeted grade level:  3-6

Rating:  3

The site has a wide arrangement of different web sites that direct you in the way that will best help your subject that has to do with life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Space Science that are great to use in a classroom.

Improving Reading Skills in Science.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/improving-reading-skills-in-science .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

Texts in science challenge students with technical vocabulary, detailed concepts and relationships and multi-step processes and cycles. Learn effective strategies fro helping students with each of these issues. Effective reading and science teachers integrate the acquisition of skills with the understanding of content. Science teachers can build on this to help their students become more proficient readers.

Integrating Reading Strategies into Content Areas: Handheld Lesson Plans with a Purpose.  Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://ctomasino.home.comcast.net/

~ctomasino/articles/readingandhandhelds.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

This site assists teachers with integrating technology into learning using a handheld computer.  Teachers learn how to integrate research-based reading and learning strategies when teaching science and social studies.  There are links to articles and resources regarding the success in using this tool.

Internet 4 Classrooms.  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from http://www.internet4classrooms.com/science_elem.htm .

Grade Level: K-8

Rating: 5

Provides links to websites that student and teachers can use to teach and learn about science concepts. You can search based on topic or by grade-level. It is based on the Tennessee standards for science.

Jefferson Lab. Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://education.jlab.org/reading/index.html

Targeted grade level: 4 - 12

Rating: 4

When you open this site you have science passages to choose from, but they do not give you a grade level.  The online passages would be fun  for students and  teach context.  The Teacher Resources have hands-on activities in science for the students and have reading passages to go along with the activities.  You can download the activities in PDF format.  There is a Student Zone that has a glossary of science terms and homework helps.  The game section is easy to access containing games in science, reading, and math.  They do not categorize subjects by grade.  The neatest aspect of this site was the videos of experiments you could show to your class.

Kids Astronomy.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.kidsastronomy.com

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  5

This is an astronomy website that is packed with games, activities, fun facts, and resources to help teachers.  It is an absolutely free astronomy resource designed to teach children about outer space.   Kids will love the exploration while they discover new and exciting aspects of space.

Kids’ Planet. Retrieved September 11, 2008, from

http://www.kidsplanet.org/

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  4

This site is a good resource to have when studying about protecting wildlife and the environment. It includes facts, suggested activities for reading and writing about the topic.  It also has curriculum that can be used in the classroom about endangered animals.

Lesson Plans (2008).  Lesson Plans @ Discovery Education.  Retrieved September 6, 2008 from http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/?pID

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5+++

This site has resources broken down into the following grade levels K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  All lesson plans do have a VHS and DVD title that can go with materials to be used in the lesson. What I really liked about this site is a teacher can customize and create her own materials.  Not many sites offer this component.  Another plus for the site is its friendliness in access to what one might be looking for in curriculum. 

Literacy Matters: Science.  Retrieved September 7, 2008, from http://www.literacymatters.org/content/science.htm.

Targeted grade level:  6-12

Rating:  5

This site offers resources and strategies for reading and writing in the science classroom.  There are links to literature, student activities, lesson plans and on-line professional development.  It focuses on adolescent learners to improve literacy development.  A list of websites is provided that focus on connecting science instruction with reading and writing skills.

Literacy skills for the science classroom.  Retrieved on  September 13, 2008 from http://www.literacymatters.org/content/science.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This website provides many links to other websites that help to build literacy across various content areas.  The links include professional development articles along with lesson ideas. 

Literature for Science and Mathematics.  Retrieved September 14, 2008, from http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/ll/ap/searchlist.asp .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating: 4

This is a database provided by the California Department of Education to search for book titles that aid in the teaching of science and math concepts. You can search by author/ title or even input criteria such as grade level and/ or topic.

Lundstrom, Meg. Link Science and Literacy. Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/Mar05_scienceandliteracy.htm .

Targeted grade level:  K-8

Rating:  3

This site contains an article discussing the importance of building literacy through science.  Four different activities are presented for teachers to try with their students.

Nasa Kid’s Club. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

This is a site has information to share with your class about Space and Space travel. There are games, stories and a picture dictionary categorized by grades. There are lots of topics to read and write about Space.

National Geographic for Kids. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site has lots of items to use. It contains information on animals, news stories, activities, and games. The colorful photos and information can be great resources for research on animals.

National Science Teachers Association.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from  http://www.nsta.org

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

This site offered articles and materials targeted for specific age groups.  It even offered college links. 

Palincsar, Annemarie S. Reading in Science: why, what, and how.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://www.umich.edu/~govrel/adoles_lit/Palincsar.pdf

Targeted grade level: 3-12

Rating: 2

This site visits educator’s concerns about whether to use a textbook in science or  not.  The writer describes how using a text in science can advance student’s general literacy skills.  He writes about the role of a science book in acquiring scientific knowledge, advancing scientific literacy, learning from informational text, metacognition in reading a text, and promoting general literacy skills.  He also writes what makes a good science text and how to use the text.  The writer concludes that understanding any subject requires reading, writing, and oral language.

Promoting Understanding.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from

http://www.jackson.k12.ky.us/readingstrategies/m3c.htm

    

Targeted grade level:  6-10

Rating:  4

This site offers short video clips of “Best Practice” lessons for grades 6-10+.  There are links to research based descriptions of the objectives of the lessons such as using context clues, making predictions and summarizing.  There are also links to research based descriptors of the various strategies (such as graphic organizers) as well as the purpose of these strategies (such as activating prior knowledge).  In addition to the clips of the lessons there are also short clips with teacher and student comments after the lessons. 

Radar’s Biology4kids!  Retrieved September 11, 2008, from http://www.biology4kids.com.

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating:  5

This site gives basic biology information about life science topics.  The topics consist of cell structure, cell function, microorganisms, and animal systems.  Every topic has a section with activities like fun quizzes, slideshows, and videos.  It also provides a wallpaper section of beautiful plants and animals to customize your desktop.  There are free links provided to check other free science sites.

Read Alouds.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://www.esiponline.org/classroom/foundations/reading/readalouds.html.

Targeted grade level:  5-6

Rating:  4

The benefits of read alouds are explained at this site.  Students learn to make connections between their own knowledge and science.  There is a link to an annotated list of books for science read alouds in a variety of genres.

Reading in the sciences.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from

http://www.justreadnow.com/content/science/index.htm. 

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

This website describes the shared goals of reading and science.  While the website does not have lesson plan ideas, the research that this provided is very helpful. 

Reading Skills for Using a Science Book.  Retrieved September 8, 2008 from

http://www.rit.edu/~comets/teachingcurrlmreadingstrategies.htm#readingskills

    

Targeted grade level:  5-12

Rating:  4

This site is organized by reading skills, comprehension skills and vocabulary skills necessary to read science text.  A number of strategies are offered in each of these three categories.  One section focuses on the different writing patterns found in science text including classification, comparison and cause and effect.  Descriptions of each type of writing are given and graphic organizers are available for use with each type of writing.  One very interesting feature offered is examples of each type of writing along with a student activity. Some of the activities are great, some are just fill in the blank worksheets, but the practice with a variety of writing styles would be very beneficial for students.  There are links to other sites offering support in writing and there is a wonderful bibliography of science related novels that are grade appropriate.  The information on this site is useful at all grade levels.  

Reading Strategies that Assist Content Area Reading.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from

http://www.sarasota.k12.fl.us/sarasota/interdiscrdg.htm#Other%20Activities%20for%20the%20Readin

         

Targeted grade level:  3-8

Rating:  4

This website can actually be used for all content areas.  Interdisciplinary reading is broken down into a number of components with strategies for teaching each.  These strategies include vocabulary development, content area vocabulary, semantic feature analysis and dictionary use.  Strategies for use before, during and after the reading are explained in detail with printable graphic organizers and frames that are ready to use or be adapted to any content area.  There are also question stems for all levels of questioning during and after the reading. 

Resource Index.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/resource_index.cfm

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

    

This site offers many links to science resources organized by science topic and grade level.  Linked sites range from interactive sites to museums to industry sites.  At most sites there are lesson plans, activities and resources available. Many sites have short video clips as illustrations of the targeted skill.  

Salt Lake City School District. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.slc.k12.ut.us/staff/larmad/science/Pages/Reading%20Strategies/before_reading_strategies.htm

Targeted grade level:  All

Rating: 2

This site uses reading strategies with science reading material.  The same strategies we use with reading  are focused on using science content.  The site has suggestions for before, during, and after strategies to use in reading about science.  Some examples are KWL Chart, two column notes, and reciprocal teaching.  It looks like this is Utah’s version of Texas TEKS.

Science Education.  Retrieved on September 14, 2008 from http://title3.sde.state.ok.us/science/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

This website was put up by the state of Oklahoma to help the teachers in that state develop the vocabulary of the students.  The vocabulary list that is provided for all grade levels is not an all inclusive list, but just a start for the teachers.  The website also includes links to graphic organizers that can be used in the classroom to build the vocabulary of the students.

Science IQ.  Retrieved September 7, 2008 from http://www.scienceiq.com.

Targeted grade level:  junior high - adult 

Rating:  5

This site offers help with all branches of science.  It is definitely for the science fanatic.  It gives information and list further reading recommendations.

Science Lessons (2004-2008).  Science Lessons @ Reach Out Michigan.  

Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/agesubject/subject.html

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

As a first grade teacher, I was drawn to the idea of learning in this site.  It not only has  an abundance of resources for the teacher in lesson plans and active links.  This site offers hands on experiments for all students grade level K-12.  Their lesson plans revolve around the philosophy that students develop their own ideas and with the resources this sight has to offer they do this by observing, predicting and testing predictions.  Note:  If you access this site in the next few days, they are going to undergo reconstruction in some parts.

Science Netlinks.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from

http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/matrix.cfm .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

Wow!  This site has over a hundred science lessons broken down by grade level and topic.  Many of the lessons include links to other sites, activity masters, video clips, etc. 

Science News for Kids.  Retrieved September 5, 2008, from http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org.

Targeted grade level:  3-8

Rating:  5

Science News for Kids includes an article archive that holds fascinating articles with amazing photos.  The categories range from space, weather, animals, environment and more.  The web site is devoted to science news for children and offers timely items of interest to kids as well as an opportunity to comment and grade the subject matter.  Kids can get ideas for science projects, work puzzles, and play games.  It includes a resource for teachers on how to use Science News for Kids.

Science Teacher.  Retrieved September 12, 2008 from http://www.science-teacher.com

Targeted grade level:  4-8

Rating:  4

Provides lesson plans, worksheets and activities.

Science Topics.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.softschools.com/science/ .

Targeted grade level:  PreK-8

Rating:  3

 

Anything that you need that has to do with Science, Rocks, Human body, Simple Machines, this site has the games and word scrambles that will help the children not only learn vocabulary and problem solve but they will have a comprehension of the lesson being taught.

Strategies for Effective Use of Science Reading Materials.   Retrieved  September 1, 2008 from http://www.slc.k12.ut.us/staff/larmad/science/Pages/Reading%20Strategies/reading_strategies.htm

    

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating:  5

This website offers a variety of strategies following the reciprocal teaching model.  The strategies are organized by:   Before, During and After the reading.  There are many ways for students to demonstrate their understanding which make excellent assessment tools for teachers.  There are graphic organizers, lesson plan templates, rubrics and web resources available.  The site is easy to navigate and the resources are downloadable and ready to use.  I particularly liked the cautionary introduction to teachers that emphasizes the importance of modeling the strategies numerous times before holding students accountable for using them independently. 

Teach Net.  Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://www.teachnet.com/lessons/science/index.html.

Targeted grade level:  2-5 

Rating:  5

Teachers will love this site.  It offers lesson plans that incorporate hands on activities.  It also links to other sites to order science material. 

Teacher Created Resources (2008).  Retrieved September 6, 2008 from http://www.teachercreated.com/lessons/

Targeted grade level:  PK-8

Rating:  5

This site can be quickly and easily accessed.  Another plus for this site as a science resource is that it has over 400 lesson plans that can be accessed by a keyword, subject and grade level.  As a teacher and always having a limited amount of time, not only was the easy access a plus, but the activity downloads provided all resources pertaining to the activities. 

Teachnology (1998-2008).  Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://wwwteach-nology.com/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site is very easy and accessible to use.  The following multitude of resources allows teachers to improve the education within their classroom by providing over 28,000 lesson plans from K -12 grades.  These lesson plans provide hands on and interactive concepts.  It also provides thousands of printable worksheets, teaching tips, games and downloads to other sites for support.  There are also pre-formatted rubrics available.

Technology Assisting Literacy Knowledge.  Science-Based Literacy Activities.  Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://teach.fcps.net/talk/content.asp?contentName=Science .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This site provides about twenty literacy based science activities.  Each activity is coded for the grade level, the software application used, and the content area.  The teacher simply clicks on the lesson they want and it downloads to their computer!  Some lessons link to other sites, while others include powerpoint presentations.

The Adventures of Science Bob. Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.sciencebob.com.

Targeted grade level:  1-6

Rating:  5

Science Bob helps kids explore the scientific world through his website.  It consist of experiments, science fair help, fascinating science facts, and much more.  This site links to many cool sites for space/planet, animal/nature, earth/weather, and physical science.  The links are interesting with neat pictures.  There is a teacher zone that is complete with available resources.  Kids can ask Science Bob a science question and some will be posted on the Ask Question section of the site. 

The Magic School Bus at PBS. Retrieved September 11, 2008, from

http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

This site is good to extend science lessons in class. There are games and resources for Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science. This site also lists the different episodes of The Magic School Bus and books that can be used for integrating literature into lessons.

The Science Spot.  Retrieved September 12, 2008, from http://sciencespot.net/index.html .

Targeted grade level: 5-8

Rating: 4

The Science Spot is a resource for science activities and lessons. It has links to daily science questions, science projects, and even class starters meant to challenge the students at the beginning of class. It also has information about starting a school garden project.

Topmarks Education.  Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx.

Targeted grade level:  K-5 

Rating:  5

This site is from the United Kingdom.  It has illustrated stories for younger children.  It also features a white board for interactive use.  Even though it is math, there is a great deal of reading involved. 

Weather Wiz Kids.  Retrieved September 11, 2008, from http://www.weatherwizkids.com/index.htm.

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  5

Meteorologist Crystal Wicker created the website to allow kids to learn more about the fascinating world of weather.  Crystal provides a kid friendly explanation of every possible type of weather condition.  It gives teachers and parents the right tools they need to explain different types of weather to children.   It also contains directions for many fun hands-on activities.  This site helps with vocabulary by providing a section on ‘Weather Words’.  Additional weather links are given to help kids learn all they can about weather.

Social Studies

American History Idol Curriculum Units.  Retrieved August 31, 2008, from http://www.literacymatters.org/content/biographies/ahi.htm .

Targeted grade level:  4-5

Rating:  5

This site uses current interest in the “American Idol” series to generate interest in historical figures such as Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, and Jane Addams.  It incorporates the use of expository text and builds skills in gathering, organizing, and presenting information.

America’s Library.  Retrieved September 14, 2008, from http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi .

Targeted grade level: 4-8

Rating: 5

America’s Library presents America’s Story is a site provided by the Library of Congress that provides an interactive link to American History. There are readings about famous Americans, timelines, the states, pastimes, and even clips of old radio programs and sound clips. There are also many trivia games to challenge the students knowledge of American facts.

BrainPop (2008). Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://www.brainpop.com/

Targeted grade level: 2 - HS

Rating: 3

This site has videos in categories of Culture, Economics, Famous Historical Figures, U.S. Government and Law, Geography, U.S. History, and World History.  These videos are about people, ideas, holidays, and include related topics.  The videos are not divided by grade levels.   These videos keep their explanations simple but would be interesting to most grade levels.  Dialogue comes in Spanish also.  The draw back is that only some videos are free. Prices range from $995 for a school, classroom $195, and $99 for a family per year.  It would be worth looking at considering how much single videos cost.

Center for Civic Education (2008). Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://www.civiced.org/index.php?page=constitution_day

Targeted grade level:  K - HS

Rating:   3

Schools are required to do lessons about the Constitution in September.  This site gives free printable lessons on a difficult subject.  Activities and information are grade specific.  Some grade lessons have audio for the teacher’s lesson giving objectives and procedures.  There are also some lessons in audio of the printable materials.

Children’s Literature with Social Studies Themes.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.udel.edu/dssep/literature.html .

Targeted grade level: K-6

Rating: 4

Children’s Literature is a listing of children’s books that present social studies topics and themes. It is separated into Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced categories. It covers the topics of history, geography, economics and civics.

Content Area Literacy.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/content_area_literacy/.

Targeted grade level:  3-6

Rating:  5

This site provides fourteen strategies for teaching students how to improve their social studies skills.  Some of the topics provided are reading comprehension strategies, now to take notes, graphic organizers, previewing text and reading to learn. 

C-Span Classroom. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/

Targeted grade level:  5-12

Rating:  3

This site has resources that can be used for teaching Civics and U.S. government. There are clips available that have discussion questions included. Clips have keywords and ratings. Registration is required before you can begin.

Developing Content Literacy for Social Studies Teachers.  Retrieved September 7, 2008, from http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/subject/dev_content_literacy_ss.phtml.

Targeted grade level:  6-9

Rating:  4

This site offers time-saving tips for developing continent literacy in social studies.  Teachers will discover ways to increase their own knowledge which will help them to improve their students’ knowledge and skills. There are links to reliable websites to enhance the social studies curriculum.

Ed Helper.  Retrieved September 3, 2008, from http://www.edhelper.com/ .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating: 5

Ed Helper provides many reading comprehension passages in social studies and other subject areas. There are also thematic state and country units and maps for classroom reproduction. Some areas can be accessed for free, but most require a fee that is inexpensive for a yearly membership.

Education Place: Graphic Organizers. Retrieved September 13,

2008, from http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/index.jsp

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

This site has many different templates of graphic organizers that can be used for a Social Studies’ lesson. The graphic organizers are available to be printed out and are in Spanish as well.

Elia, A. Vocabulary charts.  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/teach/images/vocabcharts. pdf.

Targeted grade level:  4th and 7th

Rating:  3

This is lesson plan that provides a list of vocabulary words and a graphic organizer to be used to increase the vocabulary of the students.  The lesson has a technology link with the students using the internet to find definitions of the words that are provided.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=178 .

Targeted grade level:  K-4

Rating:  4

The site has a wide arrangement of different web sites that direct you in the way that will best help your subject that has to do with Government, Famous People, Wars, Ethnic Groups that are great to use in a classroom.

Hammer, J. Artifact bingo.  Retrieved September 14, 208 from http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/teach/images/artifactbingo.pdf.

Targeted grade level:  7

Rating:  3

This is a great lesson plan for developing vocabulary in a social studies classroom.  The lesson has been developed for class that is studying archeology in a 7th grade classroom.  The lesson could be adapted to other areas of instruction. 

Hot chalk’s (2008). Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LA.htm

Targeted grade level: PreK-HS

Rating: 3

Reading and social studies can be integrated with many of these available lessons.  One lesson uses books about different communities to teach compare/contrast skills.  Thematic units are available tying in reading and writing activities.  This site provides a search engine to find topics on their site and other educational sites.  The lessons are printable.

Jones, Raymond C. (2008). ReadingQuest.org: Making Sense in Social Studies. Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://www.readingquest.org/strat/storymaps.html

Targeted grade level: 2 - 12

Rating: 3

This site uses story/history maps to improve comprehension in history lessons and social studies.  It tells you how the frames and  maps work, as well as, the printables to use.  I printed a history  frame and story pyramid.  The story pyramid asks for describing words of the story elements.  The maps helped me to see how I can better teach reading through social studies.  The site also provided a guide for cross-disciplinary application using setting, characters, plot, events, resolution, and theme.

Kids House (2004-2008).  Kids House @ Texas House of Representatives.  

Retrieved September 2, 2008 from http://kids.house.state.tx.us

Targeted grade level:  1-8

Rating:  4

This site provides a connection with the Texas state government in providing

resources in order for them to be active citizens and voters in the future.  The current information about state government, elected state officials and state laws, including how these laws are written is a big plus.  Another feature, was a video tour of the state capitol and other various links for teacher and students to other related sites.  It allows students that you are teaching to work on age appropriate activities.  These interactive activities provide the students with the tools to become future active citizens in our state government.

Kids in the House.  Retrieved September 7, 2008 from http://clerkkids.house/gov

Targeted grade level:  3-6 

Rating:  5

This government sponsored site is very interactive.  It explains in “kid language” how laws are made, the duties of the U.S. Clerk, and other government functions.  Also included are puzzles, booklets, and challenge questions. 

Kids’ Music Town. Retrieved September 13, 2008, from

http://kidsmusictown.com/childrenssongslyrics/educational-learning/socialstudies/

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  4

This site has songs that can be used along with a Social Studies lesson. The songs are categorized by location. Some of the songs have discussion questions and suggested activities to use.  This is a good way to integrate songs into your Social Studies lesson.

Know it All: Reading Skills.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from

http://www.nwlg.org/pages/resources/knowitall/studyskills/reading.htm

    

Targeted grade level:  7-12

Rating:  4

This site is aimed at middle school and high school students with a variety of links to pages on study skills, how we learn and many more.  These references are brief and in an easy to read format.  There are also links to sites that are content area specific with study aids.

KOL Homework Help Jr. (2008). Retrieved September 14, 2008, from

http://kids.aol.com/homework-help/junior/social-studies

Targeted grade level: K - 4

Rating: 3

This site provides sites to study social studies through reading.  You can find information on African Americans, Cultures, Presidents, All About Me, and Scientists, etc.  You will find some games for your students in these areas.  The information I read was easy to read.  Through the readings that you find students have a variety of stories they may relate to.  The drawback is that you have to click on several choices to get what you want, but you may be taken to websites you would have never visited before.

Language Strategies for Social Science/History.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from

http://www.stanford.edu/group/step/new-step-website/resources/LanguageSite/History_Strategies.html

    

Targeted grade level:  9-12

Rating:  4

A variety of strategies compiled from various author’s can be found on this site as well as links to other sites.  Descriptions and instructions for these strategies are clear and concise.  Some strategies have graphic organizers and charts available for download.  These strategies can be used with Social Studies or History texts as well as other reading material and web resources.

Lesson Planz.  Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://lessonplanz.com/lessons_plans/social_studies/index.shtml.

Targeted grade level:  pre-school - 12th 

Rating:  5

This site is very helpful.  Besides offering numerous lesson ideas, it also has differentiated learning activities.  Another bonus is word wall cards.

Literacy Matters:  Social Studies.  Retrieved September 8, 2008 from

http://www.literacymatters.org/content/socialstudies.htm

    

Targeted grade level:  6-8

Rating:  4

This site offers many links for individual strategy instruction.  Many of these linked sites have downloadable and printable materials.  This is an easy to navigate site and each area is specific, with links for teaching the use of double-entry journals, how to read a text book, study strategies and many more.  There are also links to journal articles for professional reading and the National Council of Social Studies for reference to national standards.

Literacy skills for the social studies classroom.  Retrieved September 13, 2008 from http://www.literacymatters.org/content/socialstudies.htm

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  5

This website provides many links to other websites that help to build literacy across the various content areas.  The links includes professional development was well as lesson plan ideas.

Marcopolo Worldcom (2008).  Marcopolo Worldcom @ Thinkfinity.  Retrieved September 2, 2008 from http://marcopolo.mci.com/EducatorHome.aspx

Targeted grade level:  PreK-Adult

Rating:  5+++

This website has a wealth of information in improving student achievement in learning social studies and many other areas.  With its easy search for lesson plans, interactive resources, other online resources as well as providing fee professional development tutorials.  This is a true site to be treasured.  This site allows you to search their archives from PK- Adult Education as well as vocational education.  This resource allows the teacher to target learning that is relevant to the age of students in your classroom.  All the lesson plans are hands on, interactive and some have power points and games to help with comprehension and mastery of the content area. 

National Endowment for the Humanities.  Retrieved September 5, 2008 from http://edsitement.neh/gov/tab_lessons.asp?subject.

Targeted grade level:  K-12 

Rating:  4

Just about anything that deals with U.S. and world history can be found at this site.  It list most major events in history and from there, a list of possible teaching ideas.

National Geographic Kids.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from

http://kids.nation, algeographic.com/Stories/ .

Targeted grade level:  PreK-6

Rating:  5

This link takes you to the kids section of the National Geographic website.  Students may read stories on a variety of social studies topics, play games, watch videos, do hands-on activities, etc. 

PBS Teachers.  Retrieved September 7, 2008 from http://www.pbs.org/teachers/socialstudies

Targeted grade level:  pre K - 12

Rating:  4

PBS is known for its educational value.  This site has a lot of media literacy.  Its big draw is the current events.  Anything that is in the news can be found here.

Pro Teacher.  Retrieved September 1, 2008 from http://www.proteacher.com/090000.shtml.

Targeted grade level:  K-12 

Rating:  5

This site is very useful.  Many crafts and games dealing with social studies are listed.  In addition, theme and bulletin board ideas are shown.  This site is very creative. 

Reading Improvement: Focus Social Studies.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/reading-improvement-focus-social-studies .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

This is a great article that focuses the difficulties of reading Social Studies materials. They give great strategies that work and simple examples that can be used in the class room.

Reading Quest.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.readingquest.org/strat/ .

Targeted grade level:  3-6

Rating:  3

Great strategies for Social Studies like, reading comprehension, brainstorming, buddies, contrast, and vocabulary in a Science unit. This site will help the children make sense in Social Studies.

Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://www.world-affairs.org/globalclassroom/curriculum/ReadingToLearn2.pdf.

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating:  5

This site offers students strategies for what to do before, during, and after reading.  Lessons are included that demonstrate how each strategies is used with the social studies curriculum.  Extension and assessment activities are also included.

Reel American History. Retrieved September 12, 2008 from www.lehigh.edu

Targeted grade level:  7-12

Rating:  5

This site was very good.  It focused on teaching history with film.  There were links for students, teachers.  The site provided a list of films to use in your lessons and to do projects over.  The site also included a list of resources.  Great site.

Smithsonian Education.  Retrieved September 9, 2008, from

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/history_culture.html .

Targeted grade level:  PreK-12

Rating:  5

The Smithsonian offers lesson plans on many historical topics, and each lesson includes any necessary reading material in a downloadable file.  Each lesson link includes a description of the activity and the grade levels it is appropriate for, as well as some really catchy titles!

Social Studies (1995-2008).  Social Studies @ PBS.  Retrieved September 4, 2008 from http://www.pbs.org/teachers/socialstudies/

Targeted grade level:  PreK-12

Rating:  5

This website offers many daily lesson plans for Social Studies.  They are interactive as well as hands on projects.  It also offers worksheets, puzzles, etc in conjunction with Ed Helper.com.  This site also has a component for teachers to collaborate with one another as well as professional development opportunities for educators. 

Social Studies for Kids. Retrieved September 9, 2008, from http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/gamesingeneral.htm.

Targeted grade level:  PreK-6

Rating:  5

This site host many activities and readings on current events, culture, holidays, timelines, maps and much more.  It is a fun way to learn using fun facts and games.  It is easy for kids to navigate their way through all areas this site has to offer.  There are many links for each area that support the subject.  The book reviews are for fiction and non fiction.  The suggested books range from age 4 and up.

Social Studies Skills Tutor.  Retrieved September 13, 2008, from http://www.phschool.com/curriculum_support/ss_skills_tutor/content/pop.html.

Targeted grade level:  3-6

Rating:  5 

This is an interactive site that students can use to practice map skills and critical thinking and reading skills.   These links include identifying main idea, sequencing, cause and effect, drawing inferences and conclusions, problem solving and synthesizing information. 

Strategies for Reading Comprehension.  Retrieved August 31, 2008 from http://www.readingquest.org/strat/ .

Targeted grade level:  2-12

Rating:  4

This is an alphabetized list of comprehension strategies to use with your students, along with downloadable instructions for each strategy.  Some include worksheets, charts, or blackline masters to download as well.

Strategies in Action:  Being a Strategic Teacher of Social Studies.  Retrieved August 29, 2008, from http://knowledgeloom.org/external.jsp?url=http://www.tki.org.nz/r/socialscience/curriculum/SSOL/resources/strategies/a-z_e.php .

Targeted grade level:  K-12 (with some adaptations for lower grade levels)

Rating:  4

This site has an alphabetized list of activities to assist in effectively teaching social studies.  It has a wide variety of topics/lessons/activities such as concept maps, ABC Brainstorm, Mubbles, attribute webs, etc.  Some activities were familiar, but many were new and worth trying out.

Texas Beyond History-The Virtual Museum of Texas’ Cultural Heritage.  Retrieved September 11, 2008, from http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating:  5

This site has numerous topics to explore with photos, games, activities and other links.  Students can travel through time with Dr. Dirt, the armadillo archeologist.  They can click the cursor over a certain place on the Texas map and visit an exhibit.   This site is a public education service of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Parks and Wildlife – Outdoor kids.  Retrieved September 11, 2008, from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/kids.

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  5

This site helps children learn about Texas through games and activities.  It contains pictures and information about Texas Symbols and regions.  There is also a section for parents and teachers which include lesson plans, activities, and information about numerous topics relating to Texas.  Educators may request “Loaner Trunks” that include posters, videos, CDs and other items relating to certain topics.

The Educator’s Reference Desk.  Retrieved September 14, 2008, from http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Social_Studies .

Targeted grade level: K-12

Rating:4

Educator’s Reference Desk is an online searchable database to find social studies, geography, and history lesson plans. The topics range from anthropology to holidays to US and world history.

The Official Flat Stanley Project. Retrieved September 12, 2008, from

http://www.flatstanleyproject.net/

Targeted grade level:  K-8

Rating:  4

This site contains information on how to register and get started on a pen pal project called The Flat Stanley Project. There is a picture gallery, a Flat Stanley template. This project also includes information on the curriculum to be used.

The New York Times learning Network. Retrieved September 12, 2008 from www.nytimes.com/learning/ .

Targeted grade level:  3-12

Rating:  4

Site is geared towards grades 3-12 teachers.  It provides daily lesson plans for grades 6-12.  Uses articles from the New York Times to incorporate current events.

The perfect tool to improve vocabulary.  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from http://www.vocabularya-z.com/

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  3

This website is service that is available a reasonable cost for teachers to build vocabulary across many different content areas.  The service includes vocabulary list, activities and lesson plan instructions.  The website claims that the strategies that are taught are in accordance with NCLB. 

The Teachers Corner.  Retrieved September 10, 2008, from http://www.theteacherscorner.net/thematicunits/reading.htm .

Targeted grade level:  K-12

Rating:  3

Teacher’s corner teaches teachers to use the latest media technology in the classroom. It has printable worksheets that will focuses on Social Studies concepts. There is also a lesson plan assistant that will help you capture anything on you PC screen and make lessons fun and exciting.

Thirteen Online (2008).  Thirteen Online Social Studies Lesson Plans @  Educational Broadcasting Corporation.  Retrieved September 4, 2008 from

http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/lessons/index_soc.html/

Targeted grade level:  4-12

Rating:  5

This site offers original lesson plans that are developed by Thirteen Ed Online Master Teachers.  They have built web based activities that uses a multitude of resources.  Another outstanding thing about this website is that each month new lesson plans are created based upon PBS and other web resources.  This web site offers resources for Educators, Students and Parent.       

Time for Kids. Retrieved September 6, 2008, from http://www.timeforkids.com.

Targeted grade level:  K-6

Rating:  5

Here is a site to help kids stay current with events.  From politics to entertainment, kids will know what’s going on in the world around them. It includes fast facts along with a cover story from a magazine issue.   The teacher resources include a Teacher’s Guide with tips before reading, during, and after.  There is a section that gives you ideas for a lot of different graphic organizers as well as homework helper and much more. Mini lessons and worksheets are provided.

Vocabulary lesson plans.  Retrieved September 14, 2008 from http://www.vocabulary-lesson-plans.com/social-studies vocabulary.html.

Targeted grade level:  6-12

Rating:  4

This website builds vocabulary using Latin root words.  The lesson plans include the root word that is being focused on, words to build the students prior knowledge,

White House Kids. Retrieved September 11, 2008, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids.

Targeted grade level:  2-6

Rating:  5

This site is an educational opportunity for kids to learn about the White House and the President through fun and exciting features.  You will view photos and stories about the Bush family.  There is a parent and teacher guide on how to use this site and how to contact the President.  It also includes lessons and suggestions for extension activities.

Tennessee’s Academic Vocabulary

http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/index.html

 

Academic Vocabulary Sheet for notebook

http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/notebook-vocab.pdf

 

Grade level vocabulary lists already in the systems???

http://www.u-46.org/roadmap/dyncat.cfm?catid=246

 

 

Games already created in Power Point—all you have to do is add words and definitions..

http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/vocab/wordo.html

 

Free Software using vocabulary for Flash Cards,  Games, Tests

http://quizlet.com/demo/

 

fifth grade teacher in Oceanside Unified School District

http://mrssacosta.com/academic_vocabulary.cfm

 

 

Math websites for middle school kids…

http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/fil/pages/list5thgradmr15.html

 

Blog between teachers –Secondary Vocabulary Development

http://forpd.ucf.edu/literacyblog/?p=130

 

Games

http://www.academiclanguage.org/Games.html

http://academicenglishcafe.com/learningenglishvocabulary.aspx

http://academicenglishcafe.com/LanguageLearningGames.aspx

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