Resources for PK-12 Teachers
Common Core Curriculum Resources
• Standards Insight (Iowa)
You will also want to click on File Resources and at least skim Appendix A, B, and C for literacy. (Appendix A talks about old and new Lexile ranges by grade; Appendix B talks about exemplar texts and performance tasks by grade; Appendix C talks about writing performance tasks by grade.)
• Unpacking ELA Standards (NC) by grade level
• Unpacking Math Standards (NC) by grade level
Incorporating Music into Core Subjects
Karen's Professional Books to Borrow
Integrating Technology into the Classroom
• Route 21: Partnership for 21st Century Skills Resources
Includes videos of teaching 21st century skills, resources for the classroom, and articles for professional learning.
This site features help for lesson plans, professional development, technology integration and more.
This blog features free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology. It is written by Richard Byrne.
Lots of already-created project-based units including technology for K-12 educators in various disciplines.
• Atomic Learning (Iowa AEA Online)
Under Spotlight, click on Effective Online Teaching and Learning. Other links under Spotlights and Workshops also deal with this topic.
iPads in the Classroom
• Apptivities - the application of apps!
• Essential iPad Websites Filled with Apps to Guide Your Instruction (See below.)
• Naomi's Website: Inspired Technology Leadership to Transform Teaching & Learning
• Teacher iPad Spectrum (See below.)
• 15 iPad Tips (See below.)
Although created for teacher librarians, this site showcases many practical uses for a variety of Web 2.0 tools. I especially like the page "Finding the Right Tool."
All of the Web 2.0 tools are shown here with a brief description and comments on each one.
These websites are free, user-friendly, and encourage 21st-century skills.
Reading and Technology
Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read --Kdgn.-Grade 3
• Prior Knowledge
Show a video clip on topic to build
background knowledge (Learn360 &
• Make a Picture or Visual Image
SNAP! images / digital video
-- AP Images
-- CultureGrams: Kids or States Edition
-- iClipArt for Schools (photos)
Earth & Space Science
-- Primary Source Documents (right)
& Guide (Borrow from Karen)
• Relationships between Text/Visual
Representation of Information
Graphic Organizers (Education Place)
Graphic Organizers (Super Teacher)
Cause & Effect Diagrams (SmartDraw)
Mind Map Tool (Bubbl.us)
Textbook Websites - Elementary
• UCSMP (Resource & Information Center)
• Everyday Math Videos (Prof Development)
General Teacher Resources
This site has a lot of different type of resources for teachers in K-12 in any discipline. Includes lots of forms, lesson plans, teaching ideas, and more.
Designed for teachers of PK-8th grade, this website gives links to various resources related to curriculum in the core areas. Students will like the various interactives which are under the Skillbuilders links at each grade level.
This link goes to the home page of the Iowa Core Curriculum with further links to the Common Core in literacy and math.
Find resources for PK-Adult created or reviewed by nine national education partners in all discipline areas. Includes lesson plans, interactives, activities, primary sources, worksheets and more.
Graphic Organizers on Computer
Primary Source Documents
The American Memory collection has thousands of primary source documents that document American history and culture available online for student and teacher use. Click teachers for access to lesson plans and other classroom resources.
This resource from the Library of Congress is American history for elementary and middle school students.
Click on Teachers' Resources for lesson plans and ideas for using this site.
The purpose of this website is to help users find primary (original) sources from many different websites.
100 milestone documents i U.S. History from 1776 to 1965.
Includes links to primary documents for U.S. History and World History.
Links to many different types of resources for educators, including primary source documents.
Provides resources for teaching American History.
Primary sources relating to American politics, diplomacy, and social history.
This collection has been created by Paula Goldstein of the Nassau BOCES. She states "this site is meant to provide students with resources to develop the skills needed to effective respond to DBQs."