Teaching, Reading, Music & Photo Resources for Teachers

The links below will take you a variety of web sites designed for educators and classroom teachers. I have included lists of teaching resources, multi-media sites, some rubric related sites, downloadable graphic organizers, and a section on reading / writing resources.

 Best of History Web Sites
Links to over 1000 history web sites as well as lesson plans, teacher guides, activities & games

Center for History and the New Media
More than two dozen digital history projects, free tools & resources for historians
Great photo sharing tool - be sure to explore the Flickr tools listed below
Multimedia Presentation Resources for Teachers
Access to a wide range of copyright free resources
The online space for teachers integrating technology into the classroom


Teaching Resources

Bernie Poole's EdIndex
Links to thousands of K-12 sites, WebQuests, software, etc
Best Evidence
Reliable data on which educational programs are the most effective


Community of educators working together to develop educational materials that others can use for free
Education World: Where Educators Go To Learn
This site claim's to be the "Educator's Best Friend"

EduHound.com - Everything for Education K-12!
Tons of stuff here all of it in English & Spanish

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Has some great teaching tools and materials
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Offers high-quality educational material
Global Schoolhouse
The original virtual meeting place where educators can collaborate, interact and discover learning resources
Group Activities, Games and Icebreakers
The activities on this site can be used in almost any setting with a wide variety of different groups

lesson plans, worksheets, rubrics, educational games, teaching tips, advice from expert teachers & current education news
Technology Supporting McREL's Nine Strategies
Technology resources which can be used to support the nine instructional strategies
Technology Supporting Social Studies
International Society for Technology in Education's list of resources

Reading & Writing Tools

Children's Literature with Social Studies
Great resources for K6 teachers
Glossary of Instructional Strategies
Hundreds of effective strategies to try

The Historian's Toolbox
Six units leading kids through good history practices
Language Strategies for Social Science
Included here are strategies for integrating language and literacy learning into high school Social Science and History from Stanford University

Literacy in Social Studies
Some useful links and tutorials
ReadingQuest: Making Sense in Social Studies
A website designed for social studies teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom
Use these practice activities to help struggling readers with comprehension
Reading, Writing and Researching for History
Written for college kids but could be adapted for MS and HS use

Strategies in Action: Being a Strategic Teacher of Social Studies
Over 100 helpful ideas

Tools for Reading, Writing and Thinking
These tools should be used to help students engage in rigorous thinking, organize complex ideas, and scaffold their interactions with texts

Art, Sound, & Music Resources

Comic Life
Comic Life gives you a super-quick and easy way to create astounding comics, beautiful picture albums and enticing instruction booklets from existing photos
CopyrightFriendly Wiki
A ton of useful resources
Creative Commons
Creative Commons Google Image Search Tool
Digital Librarian: Images
Film Clips Online
Provides short video snippets and lesson plans from major Hollywood films free for educators
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr Bits
Huge list of Flickr related stuff!
Flickr Tools
Fun and handy things to do with Flickr
Flickr Toys
Magazine covers, trading cards, movie posters and much more!
History Image Bank
Images through history from Brooklyn College

Morgue File
Free image reference material
Music in American History
Library of Congress resources, lesson plans, & online music collections
Nations Illustrated
7,700 pictures from around the world
New York Public Library Photo Collection 
30,000 digitized images from books, magazines & newspapers also original photographs, prints and postcards
NYPL's Digital Gallery
Tons of historical documents!
Copyright-friendly images for educators
Easy to use digital library illustrating more than 200 years of history
Picsearch - The Search Engine for Pictures
Pictures of Places
A directory of links to websites providing pictures of geographical places and sights
Popular Songs in American History
Public Domain Music
Public Domain Pictures
Links to some forty odd sites
Public Domain Photo Database
Thousands of free to use images
More Public Domain Photos

Browse over 7800 royalty free photos
The alternative to Youtube designed for educators
Wikipedia: Public Domain Image Resources

Nice site with links AND helpful copyright info

Wikipedia Commons


Rubric Generators
24 rubrics templates that you can create on-line & print

General Rubric Resources
Good info about assessment & rubric creation along with samples and creation links
Creating Rubrics
Five part article on quality rubric creation
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Assessments & Rubrics
A great resource with lots of links
RubiStar: Create Your Rubrics Online
Probably one of the best places to go to create rubrics

Graphic Organizers

Schools of California
The Graphic Organizer Page