Useful Websites - Elementary

The ARMADA Project – Funded by the National Science Foundation, the ARMADA Project provides K-12 teachers an opportunity to actively participate in ocean, polar, and environmental science research and peer mentoring. Master Teachers develop ways to bring the fruits of their research experiences, including scientific data, methodologies, and technology into their classrooms. They share their experience by mentoring new teachers in their school district and by presenting their results at National Science Teachers Association National Conventions.

Children’s Literature – If you’re looking to venture beyond the Caldecott or Newbery winners in updating the prizewinning books in your library, you might enjoy this web listing with links to recent award-winning books from throughout the world, and in more specialized categories.

Classroom ClipArt – A searchable source for free clipart and photographs that can be used for educational purposes.

Computer Technology for Math Excellence – Computing Technology for Math Excellence is devoted to resources for teaching and learning mathematics (K-12 and calculus), technology integration, and the standards movement in education Resources include links to sites for basic skills mastery, problem solving and critical thinking, using data, homework assistance, games, simulations, virtual math manipulatives, project-based learning, field trips for math, standardized testing, and more. The site was developed for the state of Ohio, but is used across the country.

Discovery Education – This site for K-12 has a lot to offer. Items are grouped K-5, 6-8, 9-12. Categories within the program area include puzzlemaker, clip art gallery, lesson plan library, guide for educators, brain boosters, learning adventures, science fair central, curriculum center, on TV, young scientist challenge.

Education World – Education World® provides free, practical, original content online every day. Content includes lesson plans, a daily Quick-Tivity, teacher-tested projects and strategies, and interviews with national education experts. In addition, the site is home to an education-specific search engine that includes links to more than 500,000 recommended Web sites.

National Board Certification – National Board Certification (NBC) developed by teachers, with teachers, and for teachers, is a symbol of professional teaching excellence. It is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward great teachers – and make them better. NBC teachers successfully demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete. If, after reviewing this information, you decide that you would like to pursue this certification and we will put you in touch with a cohort group working towards it, and/or a mentor.

Exploratorium Learning Resources Collection – This site has images, videos, audio, web interactives & articles, hands-on activities, teaching tips
& correlations to national & state curriculum standards. Curriculum areas include earth & space
science, life sciences, physical sciences, and the nature of science. For grade 3 through college.

Grey Matters: From Molecules to Mind – This site raises awareness of current brain research. Developed at the University of California, San Diego, it explores recent development in brain research through presentations by leading
neuroscientists. View videos and explore additional learning resources. Covers such topics as
brain development, perception, addiction, stem cells and sleep. The video series can be viewed
in their entirety or as shorter clips for specific learning objectives in the classroom.

Guys Read – Guys Read is the website founded by Jon Scieszka, acclaimed author and former elementary
teacher. The site has terrific resources and is easy to navigate. This link takes you to guys’ picks
of favorite books at different grade levels.

IMAGES (Improving Measurement & Geometry in Elementary Schools) – This website contains information and resources to help teachers develop a deeper
understanding of geometry and measurement concepts and to assist in designing meaningful
instruction for elementary students. Instructional activities and lesson plans are included that
address five strands: visual and spatial reasoning, two and three dimensional geometry,
coordinate geometry, transformational geometry, and measurement. Math teachers throughout
K-12 will benefit from the content, which includes cognitive and development issues, teaching
strategies, assessment strategies, geometric and mathematical terms, a list of manipulatives to
teach geometry and measurement concepts, and software and video suggestions.

Intervention Central – Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote
positive classroom behaviors and effective learning for all children and youth. Check out
academic and behavioral intervention strategies, publications on effective teaching practices and
tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.

Kathy Schrockʼs Guide for Educators – 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.

Kidipede-History for Kids – This site offers resources and information on North America, China, India, West Asia, Greece,
Egypt, Africa, Rome, Islam, Germany, and the Middle Ages for students in grades 5-8. Itʼs a
good site for students who are doing research for a short class report or working on other
homework assignments. It is written in language that is appropriate for middle school students
and has lots of visuals to supplement the text. The resources focus mostly on the ancient world
and the middle ages and are written by a history professor and other scholars. A page for
teachers offers guides for each section of the site as well as other ideas for using the site in the
classroom. The content is organized into ten categories, listed in the left side menu. FYI – The site
has an unusually high level of advertising which can be distracting. There is an ad-free version for
a fee.

Library of Congress – home page – The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in
the world. Along with its collections of millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and
manuscripts, it contains millions of digital items that document American history and culture, as
well as plans and activities for using primary sources in the classroom.

Library of Congress – poetry & literature webcasts – The Library of Congress has compiled a remarkable collection of poetry audio and video
resources on the web. This site is worth bookmarking, since it includes many broadcasts not
readily accessible through search engines.

Mighty Mentors – An email-based, award-winning, peer support network for new and experienced teachers, Mighty
Mentors connects people to improve teaching and learning. Teachers can help other teachers
improve their teaching techniques, troubleshoot classroom problems, and more. Mighty Mentors
is a free public service from; there is no charge to participate.

NASA Education – NASA’s unique research and missions have allowed NASA Education to produce educational
materials (for kindergarten through college) that engage student interest in science, technology,
engineering and math. The materials have been reviewed to ensure that they meet the goals of
being educationally sound, scientifically accurate and matched to national education standards.
Online versions of the materials may be printed and copied as needed. Use the Browse by Type,
Grade Level or Subject buttons to see what is currently available.

Reading Rockets – Reading Rockets has video and audio interviews with many authors who are elementary school
favorites at this link.

Resource Round-Up – Scholastic has compiled a Resource Round-Up for teachers designing author studies, with
comprehensive links to materials throughout their site and beyond

RubiStar – RubiStar is a free tool, supported by the U.S. Dept. of Ed., that will help you create, save and edit
rubrics online. There are blank formats and sample descriptors for you to choose from. You can
use them as they are, edit them, or replace them completely. RibiStar can be accessed from
home or school.

Smithsonian Education – The world’s largest museum complex, The Smithsonian Institute, now has a website for teachers.
Smithsonian Education offers a wealth of resources and high quality lesson plans for grades K-12
in the areas of art and design, science and technology, history and culture and language arts. For
great resources, click on the Resource Library in the top navigation bar and search by resource
type, media type, keyword, grade level or subject area. The database of lesson plans can be
browsed by subject area or searched by grade level, subject, or keyword.

Songs for Teaching – Teachers can use music to teach content across the curriculum — to students of all ages. This
site contains thousands of pages — many with lyrics, sound clips, and teaching suggestions. The
top educational pros offer practical suggestions based on the latest in brain-based learning.
Teachers share their classroom pointers and extension activities using children’s music. Songs
from a wide variety of popular artists are presented by academic subject. – Soundzabound is the only royalty free music library which meets all of the licensing and
technology requirements needed for education.

Sponge Activities – The term SPONGES was originally coined and used by Madeline Hunter. A “sponge” is an
activity designed to produce learning during the times taken up by “administrivia.” These sponges
stem from her teaching philosophy that there should be no wasted moments in her classroom.
Therefore, she created these sponges to soak up every valuable moment. The concept of
sponges has changed names over time and place. Some teachers call them “bell work” or
‘vocabulary builders.’ Whatever we call them, they are worthwhile for many reasons. This site
provides links to many activities appropriate for many purposes.

WebQuests by Teachers – A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners
is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on using
information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the level of analysis,
synthesis and evaluation. This link will take you to a large collection of WebQuest links provided
by the Teacher Center of Broome County.