Reference Desk - General Education Websites


Favorite Sites

  • eThemes - Are you looking for links and resources for a specific topic or grade level? If so, this is the site to visit! Browse over 400 topics using an alphabetical list or grade level categories!
  • HPR-TEC - - Choose the Assign-A-Day tool available at this website to create a class calendar of assignments and events. The site also offers options for online quizzes, rubric makers, and much more!
  • Education World - One of my favorite resources! Need to find a new idea or want to jazz up an old unit? Utilize the site search or browse their database with a wide range of topics.

Other Resources

Brian's Great Educational Websites - Search through over 45 school subjects and over 550 of the web's top educational sites, sign up for his newsletter, or go to the site map for a complete list of topics and Top Ten lists.

Busy Educator's Guide to the Internet - From lesson plans to current educational issues, cruise this site for the latest from A to Z! Can't find an old site or project? Look here first! - Browse their database of 16,000+ free worksheets and lessons for teaching English, but can be used in all subject areas depending on your students' needs! 

Discovery Channel School - Explore this site filled with great ideas for your classroom! Browse their K-12 lesson plan collections.

Ed Gate - One of the best sites for educators! Visit the Teacher's Place, Collaboration Station, Discovery Adventures, or any of the other areas for a wealth of information! - This site provides over 6000 lesson plans plus links to web quests and other resources! Don't miss the section for science!

Education Place - A site from Houghton Mifflin offering lots of ideas for teachers, kids, and parents. Check out EduGames, Science Center, or the Link Library for lots of areas to explore.

Eduscapes - One of the best resources for incorporating technology into your classroom! Be sure to check out 42eXplore and Lamb's Technology Integration Ideas!

Kid's Online Resources - A wealth of links and resources at a click of a mouse! Choose your topic and start your search for great resources!

Lesson Plan Page - Check out this easy-to-use site for hundreds of lesson plans sorted by grade level and content area.

Lesson PlanZ - A variety of lessons and resources for all subjects. Use their site search to find what you need quickly!

Ozline - This site is worth a few moments of your time if you are looking for webquests and tips on making your own online projects.

Puzzlemaker - The spot for cool puzzles!

Quia Online Games - A must visit for teachers and students! Create your own learning games or challenge your kids to try a few from their files! This site allows you to create a class page to showcase your creations and share information with your students.

Scholastic - Visit the Lesson Plans/Reproducibles page and use the pull down menus to find an assortment of resources for all subjects or find new online activities for your students.

Sites for Teachers - Spend some time cruising through this site with lots of links for teachers!

Smithsonian Education - A great resource for educators as well as students and their families! Use their easy search option to find lesson plans and other resources related to Art & Design, Science & Technology, History & Culture, or Language Arts.

Surfing The Net With Kids - One of my favorite sites for finding the best sites for kids! This easy-to-navigate site provides detailed descriptions to help you find just what you need. Sign up for their newsletter!

Teacher Files - From clip art to cool ideas, you are sure to find something to add pizzazz to your lessons.

Teacher's Domain - This is an excellent site for multimedia resources for your science classroom!  

Teacher's First - From classroom resources to excellent links, you will find the best online goodies on the net! - This site is a must stop for the Brainstorm of the Day, quick 5 minute activities, and an assortment of lesson plans! - The web portal for educators! Browse lesson plans, find teacher freebies, and more! Don't miss the Monthly Motivator!

The Teacher's Corner - From thematic units to lesson plan links, this site offers a wide range of resources for educators.

The Teacher's Guide - An assortment of lesson plans ideas and thematic units for math, science, art, social studies, language arts, and more!

Web For Teachers - A wealth of resources at the click of a button! Use TrackStar to make your own tracks or find ready-to-use tracks by using their search option. The site also allows educators to make rubrics and online quizzes!

ZOOM School - One of my favorite resources for kids of all ages! A great resource for educators on a variety of topics!




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