Handy Resources for Teaching K-12 Students

No student learns in a vacuum. The right lessons, the right approach, and the right parent/teacher involvement are key to teaching students the skills and information they need to succeed in the world. Fortunately, parents and teachers do not teach in a vacuum. A massive online community of educators and organizations has worked hard to produce materials for making goals, creating lessons, and finding new ways to engage kids. Whether you are homeschooling or teaching professionally, use these guides to help plan out the best education for your students.

General K-12 Education Resources

My Teacher Tools: The Archive section of this page lists Preparation Tools, Reference Tools, and Interactive Tools, all of which serve as excellent resources for teachers who work with younger children.

Berkely: K-12 Resources: The Classroom Activities and Lessons links are key interactive web resources for teaching kids. While the teacher resources are focused on California kids, much of the information is worth your while.

Edutopia: While the homepage of this site provides interesting news and classroom advice articles, you will eventually want to check out the “Browse by Grade Level” and “Classroom Guides” tabs, which store most of the useful information on this teacher-oriented site.

University of Washington: K-12 Resource Guide: This is a dedicated search engine for education topics. If you want to tackle a particular topic or lesson but have no web resources to start with, use this search to see if the University has any information for you.

EduHouse: For those who are not exactly sure what they are looking for, EduHound helps list out topics, sets, templates and more. This style of searching may work much better for you than nebulous search engines.

K12: K12 is a web-based education center specialized in online lessons, digital learning plans, and similar tools that combine the power of the Internet with key student lessons. Both teachers and parents can find lesson sets and lectures through this organization – which meets most state education standards.

Kindergarten/Young

Elementary Education Resources: Kindergarten: From general resources to special education, this simple list of links offers connections to activities and websites designed for very young students. It may require some sifting through unneeded sites, but the sheer volume and range of activities is unique.

Hummingbird Education Resources: Devoted to early childhood and Kindergarten education, this site is mostly a classroom store that offers an alphabetical list of resources you can purchase. Far beyond storybooks, the site has kits for many different activities as well.

Scholastic: The 10 Best Ways to Help Your Kindergartener to Succeed in School: While this article focuses on parents, teachers can benefit from reading it, too. The Milestones at the end of each point are especially handy.

Grades 1-3

Remedia Publications: This store provides eLearning and hardcopy resources for parents and students alike. Its modern approach and integration of the digital world into its products is especially welcome, and most materials are perfect for younger students.

Readwritethink: Resources for Grades 1-2: Interactive guidelines and lesson plans dominate this teacher-friendly site, making it easy to find reading comprehension materials and prepare them. There is also a section for parents.

FCRR: Student Center Activities, Grades 2-3: This is a Florida-based site that offers a number of PDFs for long term goals and lesson plans. This particular section focuses on language and reading, but the site also comes equipped with many other high quality resources.

FNER: Grade K-2: This is a blog-style resource that publishes articles, activities, and ideas for the classroom. It is worth a stop from week to week to look at the latest news.

Grades 4-6

The Critical Thinking Community: Elementary Educators Grades 4-6: The list of articles is useful for creating broad goals and classroom strategies, while a number of critical thinking handbooks are available for purchase based on grade.

Learner.org: Science K-6: This site focuses on videos and educational resources, helping teachers better incorporate multimedia into the classroom.

Promethean Planet: This is a vast resource and “whiteboard community” designed to refine a teacher’s knowledge base. From flashcards and lessons to advice and support, Promethean Planet makes educational shopping a worthwhile experience.

Readwritethink: Resources for Grades 5-6: Focusing on the transition from elementary to middle school, Readwritethink expands its capabilities and offers activity ideas for science, literature, history, and more.

Everyday Mathematics: Sixth Grade: Math can be one of the most difficult subjects to teach by the time students reach junior high. This selection of 10 units, backed by a variety of activities and lessons, helps parents and teachers deal with more complicated materials.

Grades 6-8

Livescribe Education: This blog-style site features news and resources for the teacher community. While much of it is human interest, there are still tidbits on teacher practices and advice on lessons that you can benefit from reading.

Scholastic: Grades 6-8: Scholastic is an excellent resource no matter what grades you are teaching, but since finding good lesson guides in junior high can often be a challenge, it may be most useful at this level. The only danger is becoming overwhelmed at the amount of information throughout the site, so take it slow.

Discovery Education: 6-8 Science: Make science classes more interesting by accessing these lesson plans and videos on different science and tech subjects. There are more than 300 lesson plans available, so get ready to look through them all!

PBS Teachers: Grade 6-8: Find lesson plans, better yourself as a teacher, look up discussion topics, and integrate TV episodes from PBS with your own materials. This site also includes several resource centers for particular topics, such as Science/Tech/Engineering/Math.

Edutopia: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades: Find the latest teaching theories and practices for junior high here. The last section on “Core Strategies” has useful links that deserve the attention of any teacher struggling with lesson plans.

High School

TeachersFirst: While TeachersFirst has resources for all grades, it is notable for its inclusion of multiple high school subjects and related materials. Scan the list and investigate different topics. The visual and performing arts section may be especially useful…although sifting through the resulting websites could take time.

USiouxFalls: High School Resources: The site may be a little dated, but the links it offers teachers form a very complete list of every high school subject and where you can find authoritative web materials.

Education Atlas: This resource is notable for its focus on ethics, psychology, and counseling, areas of teacher competence that are frequently neglected by other sites.

Teachers.net: High School Lesson Plans: The orginazation is a little random, but Teachers.net remains a strong site for lesson planning and many of the community-built ideas are easy to use or at least inspire.

USGS Resources for Secondary Grades: These science-based subjects cover a variety of environmental and geological topics, including journalism relevant to most classrooms. Few resources provide as many quality links in the area as USGS.

Economic Education Web: Economics can rival mathematics for some parents and teachers when it comes to passing along knowledge. Here is a list of resources for teaching high school economic concepts. A 6th to 8th grade list is also included.

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