Curriculum/Lesson Plan Support

Reading A -Z:   thousands of printable Leveled Readers, grades K-5 . Users may print some sample readers for free, but must register and pay a small fee to have access to all of their materials. This site also includes lesson plans, worksheets and assessments to teach guided reading, reading proficiency and more. To access the same leveled readers but as an e-book that are read on a computer, use RazKids.

Daily 5
(and Daily 5 "CAFE")  is management system or a curriculum framework for K-6 grade teachers focused on students working in small groups to develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently. The site contains information for K-8 grade teachers demonstrating how to set up small groups, how to teach various skills, and assess using  "pensives"  to monitor students progress. 

Starfall: A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.

PBS's "Teacher Line" -- graduate level online courses for teachers (for which you may receive graduate level units). Courses are offered in various all academic topics (such as "Math in Everyday Life K-5" and "Implementing Effective Writing Workshops") as well as Instructional Strategies (such as Inquiry Based Learning and Differentiated Instruction).

California Department of Education K-12 Recommended Literature Search (customized book lists)--Educators or parents may use this search tool to find appropriate books for their class or individual students. You may select by some or all of multiple criteria such as: curriculum connection, genre, grade level, culture, language, award, classification (ex. Easy Reader), book title or author, and keyword (ex weather).

Stephen Krashen--expert information/research about Literacy, Language Acquisition and behaviors that support Reading
Stephen Krashen's article in the School Library Journal entitled Meeting Reader Where they Are  (see also paper entitle
d Generalizations about Free Voluntary Reading).
Stephen Krashen's article in the School Library Journal  entitled  Free Reading

Kelly Booker's "Practical Strategies Using Picture Books to Inspire Readers and Writers in the Upper Primary Classroom" -- This twelve page article addresses engagement through read alouds, building reading communities, using picture books to link to curriculum and strengthening of vocabulary, and the importance of allowing children to choose their own books in a guided reading program (empowerment). 

American Library Association "Great Websites for Kids"

Electronic Books for students found on the Library's website (under e-Resources). Find here BookFlix electronic books for children grades
 K to 3rd -- excellent resource of ELL students and reluctant readers. Children can read/listen these books on a classroom computer using earphones or earbuds (or at home).  This page also contains a link to Overdrive downloadable books--ebooks for adults and juveniles (download to classroom computer, iPad or e-reader). Library card is required for both BookFlix and Overdrive.

Khan Academy: Watch and watch video of a teacher demonstating/teaching on a topic/skill of your choice. Khan Academy has a library of over 2,800 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 290 practice exercises.

Math and Science Nucleus: Math/Science Nucleus is a non-profit (501(c)3), educational and research organization composed of scientists, educators and community members founded in 1982. It serves as an online science resource center to assist school districts, teachers, and administrators around the world. The major goal is to develop problem solving capacity through science for the world's children.   They provide  free online reference science curriculum for elementary grades. Not only lesson plans but online animated storybooks and slideshows guide any educator to  integrate science content into children's lives.  Educators and parents may also use for free their copyrighted material  integrating Science, Math, and Technology Reference for grades K-12. You may also download kits for each grade or click on their catalog to view the materials by content. 

Thinkfinity: Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards. areas K-12 (research weblinks, activities, lesson plans).
Awesome Library for Teachers: Awesome library organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. You will find lesson plan ideas and materials (websites, powerpoints and more) for nearly every subject.

ArtsEdge: The Kennedy Center's free digital learning platform for arts education. Resources include lesson plans, guides, audio stories etc for most academic subjects, such as history, math, geography, and science. 
Best of History websites:Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources (lessson plans as well as indexes to research sites) online in a wide variety of categories. BOHWS has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students.Best of History Web Sites is ranked #1 by Google for "history web sites".
BBC's History For Kids: a wide selection of hands-on games and activities related to Ancient/World History
Art History on the Web: includes images and video from every period of history--all the way from Paleolithic art (ex. caves of Lascaux) to Contemporary art. Click here for a video tour of the caves of Lascaux (found on this site)
National Geographic's Earth's Habitats: lessons and resources about habitats and geography
California State Parks online--resources for teachers: This program utilizes videoconferencing technology and also green screen technology to connect students to places and information they otherwise would not be able to see, even if able to visit through a field trip. They literally bring the parks into the classroom for grades K-12.
Oakland Museum of Art--resources of teachers: Curriculum (materials) and images useful in teaching US and California History. There are also links to docent-led tours and exhibits geared to classrooms.
EDSITEment: National Endowment for the Humanites user-friendly and award-winning website with links to over 200 of the top humanities sites containing online lesson plans that integrate EDSITEment resources to promote active learning. Find information and lessons on topics from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology.
National Geographic Xpeditions: A vast number of hands-on lesson plans and activites on science and social studies related topics
ThinkQuest: A library of data and a learning platform supported by the Oracle foundation where teachers and students can not only do research but where they can also create learning projects, e.g. create websites on a topic
Neo K12 video clips: Educational video clips, lessons and games on most every subject
Subpages (1): Common Core Explained