These web sites are a great resource for lesson plans, tools, and suggestions of all variety.

Teachers First

This is my favorite teacher site. I get a weekly email filled with wonderful sites to check out. If you have ever gotten an email from me telling you about a site chances are I got it from Teachers First. I highly recommend that you sign up for their email.

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level search, keyword search, or extensive menus.

Thinkfinity is the cornerstone of Verizon Foundation's literacy, education and technology initiatives. Our goal is to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond by providing high-quality content and extensive professional development training.
This free, comprehensive digital learning platform is built upon the merger of two acclaimed programs Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network.

National Content Partners

Thinkfinity draws upon the strength of our content partners, who produce a wealth of discipline-specific, standards-based educational resources. They are:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Council for Economic Education
  • International Reading Association
  • National Center for Family Literacy
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Geographic Society
  • ProLiteracy
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Educational Resources makes it easy for educators to enhance their classroom instruction with lesson plans, interactive activities and other online resources. also provides a wealth of educational and literacy resources for students, parents and after-school programs.

CEC Lesson Plans

Columbia Education Center in Portland Oregon offers lesson plans created and contributed by teachers who have used them successfully in their classrooms and web-based teaching resources created as part of the ECHO projects abroad.

Educator's Desk Reference

This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world. These lesson plans are also included in GEM, which links to over 40,000 online education resources. Search the Lesson Plan Collection!

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This site is a treasure trove of information and ideas. It includes sections on lesson plans, professional development, technology integration, administrators desk, school issues and other resources.

Education World's Work Sheet Library includes hundreds of free printables for use across the grades and across the curriculum. You will find a sampling of our printables. Visit our Work Sheet Library for a complete selection.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
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Fuel the Brain

Educators put in a great deal of time and money finding classroom resources. We hope to make things easier by providing a variety of quality resources organized in one place! Please visit often as we are continually adding new materials.

A-Z Teacher Stuff

button_AtoZ2.gifA 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.

Hot Chalk Lesson Plan Page

hotchalk-logo.jpgWe now have over 4,000 free lesson plans! To find lesson plans that match your criteria, begin by selecting a subject, recent additions, or seasonal lessons in the box below, or search for specific topics. Visit our parent site, for free online teacher tools and thousands of additional teacher resources!
You can participate in discussions with other educators in our Teacher Discussion Forums. You may also like our Science Experiments and Math Worksheets sections! Don't forget to bookmark this site and sign up for our newsletter!

Class Zone

This is your gateway to the authors, literature, grammar, math, world languages, science, and accompanying skills featured in your grade appropriate curriculums. Follow a few simple steps to find online resources full of information, guides, projects, assessments, and other interactive activities. You start by identifying the subject area you are searching for, then add in your state. A list of possible curricula are provided. Click on the textbook that your school uses and the site takes you to a wealth of information and activities.

Although this site is originally intended for McDougall Littell, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt book users, many of the various publishers include the same state recommended core works in their anthologies. Many of the teacher and student tools are only accessible to McDougall Littell/ Houghton/Mifflin Harcourt users; however there is an abundance of materials that do not require a log in. It is worth exploring! (Information taken from Teachers First)

Discovery School Lesson Plan Library

Discovery_logo.jpgFree lesson plans written by teachers for teachers. Like you. Classroom Resources has hundreds of original lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students. Borrow them as-is or use them to spark your own lesson plans.

Simple k12 Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips challenge and expose students to new types of technology. It is a great way to spark their interest and motivate their learning in a specific content area. Virtual field trips can offer students more opportunities because you can take them to places they wouldn't normally be able to go to otherwise - like inside a volcano or ocean floor! In addition, virtual field trips may even boost students' reading comprehension skills and will expose them to different cultures and environments.

While virtual field trips offer a great learning opportunity, they can be hard to organize and time consuming. Take advantage of our free virtual field trips and engage your students even more!

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In today’s complex world, children’s futures are determined by their ability to master the basics of reading, science, math and computers. Yet costs, class sizes and other issues often prevent children access to quality online learning that can support and reinforce these essential skills. Our vision is to be the source for childhood learning on the Internet – available from anywhere and without charge. Established in late 2004, e-Learning for Kids is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the Internet for children ages 5 - 12. We offer free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding; and we’re building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education.Parents get more engaged in their kids’ educatioEducators and experts champion e-learning and contribute their knowledge on how kids can learn better. Commercial education and game developers contribute to the next generation. Corporations and associations channel their social responsibility efforts. People with a passion for childhood education make a difference. Our all-volunteer staff consists of committed education and e-learning experts and business professionals from around the world. Team members develop and source e-learning courseware, marshal resources for educational content, collaborate with other educational foundations, reach out to corporations and associations for funding and sponsorships, and build awareness among schools and the media.

Teacher Planet

Free access to over 10,000 theme based resources including lesson plans, templates, rubrics, worksheets and more. You will also find certificates, awards, and worksheets,


Interactive Web Sites

Interactive Web Sites provides standards-based cross curricular web resources designed to enhance online to enhance online learning opportunities. These sites interact with the user usually through either a text-based or graphical user interface. Choose from the links to explore a collection of interactive resources.


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Online Basic Skill Games

Although this site bills itself as a site with games it is way more than that. I gives you links to multiple web sites. Many are games but most are iBasicskills1.gifnteractive in some manner.

This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don’t typically review “hotlists” this one really has something to offer anyone teaching elementary or middle school. Each subject area has several topics. Each topic has countless links for more information and/or activities. Language Arts topics include Letter Fun, Working with Words, Go Grammar, Spell It, and Read It. Science highlights Animals, Plants, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Weather, and Space. Math includes everything from Money to Probability to Graphing to Patterns (and more). At the Social Studies link you will find Maps, 50 States, U.S. Presidents, History, The World, and Flags. The link to interactive websites includes activities for grades pre-K -12
Information copied from Teachers First

button_big_clipart.gifPhillip Martin Clip Art

Phillip Martin makes my favorite clip art to use in class web sites and he gives it to schools for free. He has a large selection ranging from classroom subjects, holidays, people, world religion, seasons and certificates. Many categories contain sub categories. This site is a true treasure for anyone wanting to make their web site or hand outs more interesting

Claroline- ELearning Environment

Claroline is an Open Source eLearning and eWorking platform allowing teachers to build effective online courses and to manage learning and collaborative activities on the web. Translated into 35 languages, Claroline has a large worldwide users’ and developers’ community.
Released under Open Source license, the Claroline platform allows hundreds of organizations from 93 countries to create and administer courses and collaboration spaces online. Each course space provides a list of tools enabling the teacher to :
  • Write a course description
  • Publish documents in any format (text, PDF, HTML, video...)
  • Administer public and private forums
  • Develop learning paths
  • Create groups of students
  • Prepare online exercises
  • Manage an agenda with tasks and deadlines
  • Publish announcements (also by e-mail)
  • Propose assignments to be handed in online
  • See the statistics of the users activity
  • Use the wiki to write collaborative documents
Adjustable to various training contexts, Claroline is not only used by schools and universities, but also by training centres, associations and companies. The platform is customizable and offers a flexible and custom-made working environment.

Teachers Pet

Launched in March of 2010 Teachers Pet is a resource site with a difference, offering you everything you need for your classroom, and best of all it is free. This site includes high quality, useful resources and houses them all under one roof. As well as the usual free printable Pdfs, Teachers Pet also houses free interactive resources for your computer and whiteboards, and music.

Seating Plan Creator

This site allows you to create seating charts with a few simple clicks. An advantage to this is that seats can be arranged anyway you want them to be. Click to add seats, remove seats, or rotate. Add students names, save your work, and print. *Hint: to make any changes you click on the color tab on the bottom of the name/desk - this makes that seat "active" and able to be moved however needed. (Information taken from Teachers First).