Teaching Aids and Devices

Area 3 History & Cultures Project
  • Created for teachers in Area 3 ("the greater [California] Sacramento Valley"), this site offers educational standards, lesson plans, and images for middle, high school, and university students. The "History Image Database" features posters and scanned photographs associated with U.S. history subjects; and the "Marchand Collection" includes lesson plans for Chinese-American history, World War II, Japanese internment, Watergate, women's rights, and many other subjects. From the University of California, Davis.

Boggle's World
  • A "resource site for teachers who teach elementary and middle school English, ESL [English as a second language] and EFL [English as a foreign language] to kids." It is full of crossword puzzles, flash cards, verbs, songs, work sheets, and more. There is section for Adults learning English. WebGuide has a collection of related, briefly, annotated links.

Kid's Cosmos
  • This site "is designed to make science, math, reading and writing fun as well as educational for kids." It provides activities, lesson plan ideas, news summaries, a nice selection of Web links, and information about the solar system and the universe. Includes a comparison of the geological features of Mars and Washington state. From a nonprofit organization of amateur astronomers in Spokane and eastern Washington.

Web English Teacher
  • This site specializes in presenting a broad variety of "K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities." Browse using the linked sidebar or via the subject-categorized site map.

Chemistry-Based QuickTime, Shockwave Flash, GIF Animations, and Streaming Audio
  • A collection of "animations [that] support the teaching of concepts in chemistry in freshman through graduate level courses." Concepts include chemiluminescence, electrophoresis, gas chromatography, spectroscopy, and more.

Endangered Species (EE-Link)
  • Information on endangered species around the world from Environmental Education Link (EE-Link). Those in the United States are listed by region, group, species or common name, or extinct status. There are also links to other sites dealing with laws, policies, images, and classroom activities.

English Exercises Online
  • Designed for students of English as a foreign language, this site provides online lessons and exercises covering vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and dictation. Also features interactive quizzes and exercises. Includes related links for English language learners. Searchable.

Exploring Planets in the Classroom: Hands-on Activities
  • This site presents more than 25 science activities with "classroom-ready pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets, geology, and space sciences." Related annotated links are also included.

Kentucky Geological Survey
  • A searchable site containing information about the state's fossils and prehistoric life, rocks and minerals, geology, coal, oil, gas, and water. There are educational earth science resources for grades K-12.

Life Has a History
  • This site "provides [K-12] students with an introduction to the history of life and how it results in the biodiversity of today. During this tour students learn about geologic time, fossils, ancestral relationships, cladograms, variation, natural selection, and extinction." Includes lesson plans for teachers. From the Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley.

A Lifetime of Color
  • An art education site that includes hands-on activities and techniques; galleries of student and professional work; information about art elements, principles, concepts, media, styles, and artists; an interactive art timeline and glossary; online games; teacher resources; and lesson plans for grades K-8. A good place to learn some basic techniques.

The Math Forum
  • For mathematicians, math teachers, math students, and parents. Resources are broken down by grade level and type of math. Includes resources for mathematics education, a searchable and browsable library, and "Teacher Exchange," where teachers can find or contribute lesson plans

Mathlets: Java Applets for Math Explorations
  • Covers concepts for precalculus, calculus, exponential functions and their derivatives, and calculator and graphing functions.

MathTools
  • This site offers hundreds of math lesson plans, learning activities, and stories for kindergarten through grade 7, and for algebra, geometry, calculus, and probability and statistics. Specific topics include estimation, fractions, fractals, tessellations, platonic solids, and much more. Requires registration (free) to post materials. Searchable and browsable.

Mega-Mathematics
  • This is Mega-Mathematics! is filled with elementary school lesson plans that teach unusual concepts in higher math: knot theory, map coloring, infinity, formal logic, etc. Each lesson includes background information, vocabulary, lesson, and evaluation activities.

National Geographic Education Guide
  • A searchable collection of National Geographic sites with lesson plans, projects, photographs, printer-friendly maps, and a Teacher Community.

Science NetLinks
  • Online "resources for K-12 science educators." Site features standards-based lesson plans; Web "tools," organized by theme and grade level; resources that support standards-based teaching and learning; and benchmarks, a set of science literacy goals. Searchable.

The Tower of English
  • This Internet resource guide is for students and teachers of English as a second language (ESL). There are about three dozen interest categories and several hundred Web sites in an A-Z list that use "endless games and fun activities to catch the interest and imagination of ESL students," while practicing the use of the English language. Many sites include interaction in foreign languages. Searchable.

Virtual Field Trips
  • Take a field trip without ever leaving the classroom. Each one covers a single topic including deserts, fierce creatures, hurricanes, natural wonders of the world, oceans, salt marshes, sharks, tornadoes, and volcanoes. "These sites have been arranged in sequential order to build a story for you to follow." They also include related vocabulary, concepts, and teacher's resources. Suitable for older elementary and middle school students. Created with TourMaker (for sale on site).

Virtual Science Center
  • The online presence of Chabot Space & Science Center, a joint powers agency that is also affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, includes the Virtual Science Center, featuring multiple and changing exhibits at Chabot; curriculum support materials for K-12 science teachers; a virtual planetarium offering quick information and links to data tables for various celestial topics; a collection of links to authoritative space science and technology Web sites around the world; and an online glossary for space science learners.

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