||Stuff Ya Gotta Try
Ya Gotta Try
Interesting things for Teachers on the World Wide Web
| Educational LA Stuff for Kids
StarFall FREE K-2 interactive books & word games
Roy the Zebra 1st Graders will love this one
BookPALS Storyline Online Listen to members of Screen Actor Guild read books
Printable Books for Kids A nice little collection for early el
Book Adventure Free - similar to Accelerated Reader
Mrs. P Interactive story teller
Play with Words
Voycabulary Viewing www pages thru this site will allow you to check dictionary & thesaurus info of words
Visual Dictionary Online From Merriam Webster
Magnetic Poetry Tiles Move the tiles - or make your own tiles!!
Fridge Magnet Poetry, Poems, Magnets Idea: sort by nouns, verbs, etc.
Bembo's Zoo Watch how the letters of the alphabet re-form into animals. How do they do that??
Scribble Goal: create as many words as you can in 5 minutes using the 10 scribble letters.
Building Language for Literacy Scholastic - PreK-K interactive
Make a Word Interactive - Make as many words as you can from the given word
Word Magnets Use phonics & sight words to create sentences
Zoom Playhouse 40+ complete play scripts - short and sweet!
Learning Vocabulary Fun My 5th graders LUV Hang Mouse!
Road Hog Spelling 3 letter words
Word Ahead HS vocab videos - good for SAT prep
BowWow Trivia Answer dog trivia questions to donate kibble
Lemons for Literacy Answer vocab questions to donatte money to teach people to read
ReviseWise English From the BBC - interactive site with Reading, Writing, Spelling & Grammar & games
Mr. Nussbaum LA Games
Mortifying Monday Gr 4-8 Choose your own adventure story From PBS Kids
Character Scrapbook Interactive reader's response
Left-Brained Poetry Prompts and Right-Brained Poetry Prompts
Read Write Think Interactive tools for reading & writing
Make Beliefs Comix Create your own comics!
bookr Create and share your own photobook using Flickr images
Magic Pen Story Starters
Daily Writing Prompt Upper el +
My StoryMaker Lower el - cannot save and continue another day
The House of Scary Words Make your own story!
Spin and Spell Choose a picture and spell the word. Grades 1-3
BigIQkids Vocab & Spelling Words Program Grades 1-5
Spelling Wizard Type in 10 words, then make a word search or word scramble
Spelling City Free register, upload spelling lists, send kids to practice
Spell It Right Spelling worksheets and more
| Educational Math Stuff for Kids
Tessellation Town Click & drag to create your own tessellations
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics Long name. Cool site. Interactive virtual manipulatives based on NCTM standards
NCTM Illuminations More Interactive Math Tools
Glencoe Virtual Manipulatives More Interactive Math Tools
Encyclogram Explore harmonograms, spirographs, and lissajous figures
The MegaPenny Project Visualizing HUGE numbers
CosmicZoom Based on book Powers of Ten -visualizing large numbers
ReviseWise Maths From the BBC - Numbers, Data Handling, Shape/Space/Measure, Mental Maths & Games
Count Us In Number concept games to download or play online. K-2
Mr. Nussbaum Math Games
(My kids love Math Fries and Decimal Place Value Pirates)
A Maths Dictionary for Kids Animated & interactive
Pattern Blocks Interactive
The Same Game Addicting strategy game
Splat Square Look for patterns on this 100 square (turn your sound off!)
CrickWeb A variety of Math games
Coin Combo Click on the falling coins to make the money amount.
The Counting Game Count by 1s, 2s, 3s and more
Math Playground PreK-8
Origami Now Step by step videos for creating fantastic origami art
NumberNut Memory game based on estimation & rounding numbers
Online Sudoku A new game every day!
Star Gazing Practice angle measurement from PBS
10 Frame - Practice for counting and addition
Buttons Fun logic game
Mancala Play against the computer
NEW! Hooda Math Games, videos, tutorials aligned with Common Core
NEW! Student Made MATH Movies Lots of how-to's done by kids :-)
Math Facts Practice
DrillFly Math drills. Anytime. Anywhere.
Math Run How fast are your math skills?
Multiflyer Online multiplication practice
Snakes and Ladders Game Addition skills from BBC
Count Hoot's Number Games Addition & Subtraction practice
Multiplication Station Timed game
Math Attack Practice multiplication in a gaming environment - free version or buy
Math Drill Assign math practice, then receive graded reports - FREE!
CarrotSticks Click on Classroom Setup': free for kids in-school
| Educational Science Stuff for Kids
Fantastic Contraption A fun physics puzzle game!
TinkerBall Create different ways to get the ball to its goal
How Stuff Works Hundreds of cool articles
JungleWalk Tons of audio, video, web sites for jungle lovers
Virtual Fish Tank Build-Your-Own-Fish online and release them into the Virtual FishTank(TM) exhibit at the Museum Of Science, Boston
Switcheroo Zoo Switch the animals' heads, legs and tails to make new creatures at this surrealistic virtual zoo
ReviseWise Science From the BBC - Living things, Materials, Physical Processes, Games
Playing with Time Slow time down in several examples and watch what happens!
Devices of Wonder Interactive site. Cool stuff from the last 4 centuries!
Biology in Motion Grades 7-12 A collection of learning activities, animations, and cartoons
exZooberance Animal pictures and facts
Edheads Interactive science activities. Click on Choose an Activity.
Peep Research Answers to all your 'Peep' questions! Use this site to intro Scientific Method ;-)
Zoobooks Click on Kids for interesting info on animals
Extreme Science Find the biggest, baddest, best in the world
Build a Solar System Make a scale model 5th/6th
Foss Human Body Human skeleton assembly kit
Planets, Moons, and Their Dark Sides
BBC School Science Clips Interactive Flash Science activities
Life Cycles of plants, frogs, humans
Learn to Be Healthy 1-6 FREE activities
The Amazing Food Detective (gr 4-6) Interactive games, lessons, activities - a complete unit
Knowledge Bears Info about animals, dinosaurs, geography, space, weather, and more. Good place to start research.
Science Clips from the BBC Choose an age level at the left Gr K-7
Planet Science Interactive activities, resources, lessons
WeatherMaker Interactive - how weather is made - from Scholastic
Energy Flows Interactive -put objects in sequence to let energy flow 3-6
Ology Interactive museum: archeology, astronomy, water, etc.
Science Splat From the BBC - online science quiz
Wild Weather Adventure Online weather game from NASA for up to 4 students
Classify This Put the bugs in the right classification
Build a Bridge Learn about suspension bridges from PBS
Science Labs Science interactives, lessons, & quizzes for 6th grade units
| Educational Social St Stuff for Kids
Fact Monster Atlas, encyclopedia, current events, daily facts and more
Ref Desk A collection of references: encyclopedias, newspapers, language translators and more
Net Detectives Interactive role playing
Kids NewsRoom This week's news written just for kids.
dMarie Time Capsule Plug in a date & find out what music, books, famous people were 'happening'
Place the State How well do you know your states??
Growth of a Nation Free 10 minute movie of the geographic history of the US.
BuzzTracker Shows relationship between news stories. Great for current events!
City Creator For the younger kids
Don't Gross Out the World Cute - International Dining Etiquette Quiz
Mr. Nussbaum Social Studies Games, maps, history
Interactive Lewis + Clark
History Mystery From Scholastic Gr 4-9
Lemonade Stand Great way to apply economics
Bayeux Tapestry Activities World History: Complete the tapestry, build a Norman ship, etc
Puzzled States US puzzle from Scholastic
The Road to Revolution - 1763 from PBS
Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration - music video remake. Who are these players?
SavingsQuest - Savings & budget game for kids
Geocaching (that's gee-oh-cash-ing)
Geocaching Got a GPS unit? This site will help YOU be the search engine!!
PodCacher A weekly podcast all about geocaching.
Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO) Discussion forum about geocaching in Michigan
EdCaching (Educational Geocaching) Check out the Links and Brainstorms links for ways to use geocaching in your classroom
Way Cool Maps
World Atlas.com Plug in a date & find out what music, books, famous people were 'happening'
Google Earth PC + MAC Free download of satellite images + local facts. Check out the minimum configurations before downloading
Google Earth in the Classroom Tips for using with kids
Earth Contest Free - Great way for students to USE Google Earth!
Google Earth Touring Directions for creating your own Google Earth tour.
Google Moon NOT a download - NASA images + Google maps = pay a visit to the Moon!
Google Mars NOT a download - NASA images + Google maps = pay a visit to Mars!
NASA World Wind PC only Free download lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Takes a LOT of memory - check out system requirements
Map Machine from National Geographic
InfoNation Compare countries
NationMaster and StateMaster Compare statistics for countries and states
Maps Outlines of states, countries, & continents
How Far Is It? Plug in 2 destinations and this site will figure the mileage & give you lat/long.
Maps Outlines of states, countries, & continents
Gmaps Pedometer Track your walks
TerraClues Interactive Scavenger Hunts using Google Maps
Map Maker Make your own map from National Atlas
Earth Album Google Earth + flickr = photos around the world
Google Earth file: Extent of sea ice downloads directly to Google Earth
Global Temperature Trends for Google Earth Download this set of .kmz files to get data on temperature trends
| Educational Fine Arts Stuff for Kids
Bomomo Art play
Pointilism Practice Page Interactive canvas - paint like Seurat or VanGogh!
Kaleidoscope Painter Click and move your mouse for stellar creations
Incredible Art Lessons For teachers - Art lesson plans by grade levels (Early Childhood to HS) with categories like Art History/games & ideas for subs & student teachers
The Artists Toolkit From The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Explore the tools that artists use - like line, color, & balance - to build words of art.
Destination Modern Art Interactive exploration for elementary students from the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Color in Motion Animated & interactive - wear your earphones!
ZeFrank Flowers Fun play area
TuxPaint Free download pc/Mac
ArtPad Cool online drawing
Mr. PicassoHead Use Picasso strategies with Mr. Potato Head techniques
Artsonia Students can have their own art gallery online. Tip: take dig pix of art works instead of scanning!
PlayMusic Fun, educational site - instruments, musicians, & more
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music fun games
A Little of Everything Stuff for Kids
Homework Spot K-12 articles, themes, field trips, references and more
Paper Toys Just print, cut, fold and glue!
Think Tanks Students (grades 3-8) develop a Research Organizer (a list of topics and subtopics) for reports and projects
SodaPlay Build your own or just sit back and wonder how they do that
Professor Garfield Click on Knowledge Box & choose a grade level & curriculum area K-6
Thinking Machine 4 Interactive Chess game
Little Animals Activity Center K-2 read-along stories, math practice, music games from the BBC
Kids Know It Network Games, activities, all FREE
Free Kibble Answer trivia questions to donatte kibble to animal shelters
Free Kibble Kat Answer trivia questions to donatte kibble to animal shelters
Kid Friendly Directories
Kid Friendly Search Engines
Boolify Teach kids how to use key words to search - also a great search engine
Ask for Kids (formerly Ask Jeeves for Kids)
NEW! Oolone Visual search engine
Kid Friendly Browsers
ZAC Browser Developed for autistic & special needs kids
| Communication Stuff
Teachers.Net Chatboards Great teacher resource for all grades, curricula, & interests
CreateSurvey Create your
Practice for Kids
| Teaching Stuff
School Sparks Free Kindergarten Reading Worksheets
Printable Books For emergent readers
Make your own minibooks Features minibooks for each letter of the alphabet.
Good Readers 1st Graders SHOW kids how to be Good Readers. A lovely video using REAL kids!
Intervention A for K-1 Reading intervention program for small groups of 1-6 K or 1st students
Free Reading.net Reading strategies for the young group
Into the Book Excellent reading strategies for K-3
Compact for Reading K-3 agreement for families + school to help teach reading Great resource! Free download
Novel Study Guides Grades 3-8
How to create a Talking Book Video with step by step directions for using PPT
Writing Prompts Enough for everyday this year and next!
Creative Writing Prompts More daily ideas
Young Writers Workshop Story starters and publishing kids' writing
Writing Rubric Very kid-friendly!
Picture Prompt Story Starters for Early El
Spell-A-Rama Download, print, laminate this set of cards and let 'em learn while they're playing!
Great things to DO with your word wall:
Word Wall Activity List
Even more activities
Noodle Tools: Bib & Quest Bibliography Composer & Search strategies
NoteStar Take notes from online sources. Source information for citations is automatically captured
School Sparks Free Kindergarten Math Worksheets
To Excel in the Classroom K-6 Excel projects
Math Quiz Generator Create your own worksheets
The Maths Teacher's Toolkit Demo math tools e.g. Place value calculator, Screen Calculator, 12 hour clock, Sequences, and more.
MathWire Creative themes to teach Math based on NCTM standards
Printable Graph Paper
Virtual Dice Click to 'throw' or create your own virtual 6, 8, 10, or 12-sided dice
TenMarks Free personalized math instruction - register free & set up your students
Live Science Movies, headlines, cool stuff. PREVIEW before sending kids here!
Visual Ranking Rank and put lists in order - free teacher tool
Seeing Reason Cause & effect - free teacher tool
Showing Evidence Analyzing & evaluating info - free teacher tool
eThemes Internet resources for Gr 1-12
GSN Projects Registry Find great online projects here, or create your own!
Time for Kids/Teachers Gr K-6
MythBusters: Results 5 Seasons worth of results
HSI: Historical Scene Investigation Upper El + MS - based on Crime Scene Investigations, uses primary & secondary docs to re-evaluate history
4 2 Explore Definitions, activities, the 4 good starting points, and many more links and resources for the thematic topic for over 200 themes.
Dipity Very cool timeline
Timelines.com View a variety of historical timelines
Personal Educational Press Free Create your own flashcards, game boards, quizzes via word lists
EclipseCrossword FREE download - create your own crossword puzzles with your words & clues
| More Teaching Stuff
Primary Interactive Whiteboard Resources LOTS of ideas and resources for getting the most out of your interactive whiteboard
SmartBoard web site resources
More SmartBoard web site resources
Graphic Organizers Lots of different kinds of organizers. Just click, print and use in your classroom as hard copies!
Bubbl.us FREE online brainstorming mind map
Study Stack FREE online flashcards - use theirs or create your own
Flashcard Exchange Create, study, print, download & share flashcards. FREE registration
Homeworkopoly Directions for creating a monopoly-like game to encourage homework
Teacher's Domain Public tv content for K-12 teachers
The Classroom Flyer $$$ A daily email newsletter that contains teaching resources and tools. Sign up for a level specific newsletter to come to your email box weekly, or view today's newsletter, or explore the archives.
Teach-nology Lesson Plans, worksheets, teacher resources, rubrics & Motivators
Rubistar Make your own Rubrics!
TWICE VideoConference field trip database
Read Around the Planet - Michigan clearinghouse for matching classrooms
Michigan Educator's Resources Michigan curriculum standards, benchmarks, aligned with resources plus lots more Michigan info
Parade of Games in PowerPoint
Pete's PowerPoint Station Free ppts , templates, clipart and more
PowerPoint Palooza Free ppt slideshows to use in your classes 9-12
Free PowerPoint templates (complete with sound!)
QR Codes in the Classroom Intro to QR codes
QR Codes At a Glance
Tag My Doc
QR Treasure Hunt Generator
QR Stuff code generator
Snap Maze code generator
QR Code Scanner for Desktop & Laptop
Make your Life Easier Stuff
Desktop note holder that is unobtrusive
MS Office Template Gallery Why re-create the wheel???
You Can Handle Them All Suggestions for handling over 100 different misbehaviors
Teacher's Pet Free MS Word download to help you create flashcards, word-jumbles, multiple-choice questions, vowel remover, and more. Great for LA classes!
Bookmarklets Cute little FREE java script you can drag to your browser toolbar. Click on one and you can place a bookmark in the middle of a web page, find out when the page was last updated, etc.
Mail2web Pick up your email from ANYWHERE!
Online Stopwatch Counts up and down. Free download.
NEW! Online Countdown Timers From seconds to hours
Random Number Generator Click Refresh and get a new number from 1-30
Create Your Own WordSearch
DropBox Access your files from anywhere. Make files public to share or private.
4Shared 10 gb of online storage for free!
Box.net Share large files online
Pixel2Life Collection of software tutorials (e.g. Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Gimp, MS Word, etc)
Easy Test Maker FREE online test generator to help you create your tests.
Classroom Architect Plan out your classroom floor plan without hauling desks around
Mailinator Free temporary email address for when you need an email address to register for a site
The Free Mac Classroom Free software for Mac computers
Kathy Schrock's Directions for determining Readability
Disney Surfswell Island K-6 Covers privacy, viruses, and netiquette
NetSmartKidz Internet safety thru songs, characters & interactive games
Safety Land Answer Internet safety questions to help a super hero catch a bad Internet character
Privacy Playground Gr 3-5 Cyberpigs help teach how to spot online marketing strategies, protect personal info, and avoid online predators
ConnectSafely Especially for kids who are involved in social networking
CyberSmart A complete K-8 Online Safety curriculum
NEW! Guide for Children and Kid Safety on the Web A collection of online safety resources suggested by Rachel
Online Bookmarking sites
Only2Clicks links appear as webpage thumbnails. Easy to use!
delicious Social bookmarking
diigo Another social bookmarking site - can highlight and make comments on pages
Make a classroom website
Web Worksheet Wizard Simple way to get info online - post an image, text, links for 1 year
Moodle Create an online classroom FREE!
Blogger Create a classroom blog or web page FREE!
ProtoPage Free personal start page
Pageflakes Free personal start page
Google Pages Easy free web page
Webster's Classroom Free classroom web site
Weebly Click & drag - easy!!!!
Yola Click & drag - easy!!!
LiveBinders Digital 3 ring binder that can hold web pages, docs, videos
Anti-Frustration with Technology Stuff
Wayback Machine Displays the Web as it looked on a given date. Locate old web pages here
Ad Aware Detect and remove spy ware - FREE!
Spybot Search and Destroy Stop transmitting information about your surfing behaviour to the 'Net
Old Version NOT the newest software - original versions of old standbys
TILT Teachers Improving Learning with Technology: Free how to videos
Zamzar Free online file conversion
Zamzar Button Add this link to your toolbar for a shortcut to online conversions (save a YouTube video to view at school!)
How to clear your browser cache Directions for any browser
Oo La La Stuff
Making Friends Paper Dolls Print, color, cut. Glue on student's digital picture for even more fun - then use as a story starter!
Papercraft Free downloads to print, cut & fold. Make animals, buildings, toys, origami, scenes from around the world.
Undercover Free PowerPoint template similar to Concentration, in which the students test their ability to identify an event, person, place, or any image as it is uncovered.
TuxPaint Free drawing program for kids with drawing and text tools, rubber stamps, and more.
OFSET: Organization for Free Software in Education and
The Hat Handy little utility that offers a fun & easy way to automatically determine a random order from a list of any amount of names
Easy Thumbnails pc only
FREE software for creating thumbnail pictures.
JigZone.com Free online jigsaw puzzles. Become a member (FREE) and use your own photos
EarthCam for Kids Cameras let you view activities around the world
Mondrimat Create virtual works of art. Based on the art of Piet Mondrian.
Web Picture Creator Free software for resizing images, making thumbnails, copying images and creating Internet photo albums.
Irfanview FREEware for Windows - photo editing, thumbnails, slideshow, effects & more
Picasa FREE find, edit, share pictures on your computer
Picasa in the Classroom suggestions for using Picasa with kids
The Futures Channel Math/Science movies connecting learning to the real world
Cute PDF Create and edit PDF files for free
Flickr Photo sharing - don't send students here unchaperoned!
Spell with Flickr Safe place to send kids who are looking for alphabet images
GIMP Free image editing similar to Photoshop pc/Mac
flauntR Free online photo editor. Add a border, and more
ClipArt Etc. Free clipart for teachers & students
Bookr Online photobook
Blabberize Upload an image, trace the mouth and record - what fun! BEWARE - some 'blabbers' may not be appropriate for students!
PicResize Free photo editing - blur, sharpen, resize, add text, crop, etc.
BigHugeLabs (flickr Toys) - fun things to do with your pictures
ScreenCast-o-Matic Create your own screencast videos quickly & easily with optional web cam pip
Mr. Needleman's Video in the Classroom Way cool samples
Bombay TV Create your own video with 70's East India movie clips
Animoto Upload your images and Animoto creates a cool music video FREE PREMIUM SERVICES TO EDUCATORS
My Learning Tube
Blogging is Elementary How to get started
Free Technology for Teachers Features educational web sites + applications for your classroom
iLearn Technology More ed'l web resources + uses
Make your own Blog
Kidblog Safe & simple blog creator for your students
Edublogs for teachers & students
Blogger Easy to use template
Blogger in the Classroom How to use a blog
Make your own Podcast
Podomatic free and simple
VoiceThread Add converstation to your images
What is Podcasting Everything you ever wanted to know about making your own podcast
Learning in Hand: Podcasting from Tony Vincent. Check out the Create Podcasts page
Audacity Free download for pc - audio editing software
Kid-Cast Podcasts for an by kids - a safe place to post your 'casts.
vozMe Type in text & voxMe converts to mp3
Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers Great chart that puts classroom copyright issues into perspective
Copyright for Kids Easy to navigate
Movie Licensing USA Keep it legal!
Copyright and You Very nicely put-together tutorial
A Fair(y) Use Tale Humorous movie that reviews copyright terms
Free Music Resources
ujam Make your own music
Creative Commons Search Click on Jamendo for music you can share, use, and remix
FreePlayMusic Free downloads can only be used in classroom - not re-published on Internet
Just for listening:
Pandora Free streaming music - select your artist or album and do some chair dancing!
NEW! Accuradio Free streaming music - does have a short 'radio-ad' every few songs
SoundSnap Looking for a sound snippet? You'll find it here!
Make your own Wiki
Wikispaces Free templates
PBWorks "Easy as making a peanutbutter sandwich"
Twiki Issues Suggestions to avoid tricky situations
||Stuff Ya Gotta Try