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This Web site has many resources for parents and teachers, including activities for core academic areas, theme units, reading comprehension, games and puzzles. Teacher resources include printable awards, mazes and recipes.

Achieve, Inc. Resource Center for Standards
Featuring a searchable database of state and international academic standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, organized conveniently by subject, state, grade level, topic, and keyword, this Web site allows for sophisticated searches and side-by-side comparisons of state standards. publishes the most up-to-date collection of reference works, as well as classic works of reference, fiction, nonfiction and verse all free of charge. In addition to basic reference works, such as dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations, the Web site includes the inaugural speeches of many U.S. presidents, the complete works of Shakespeare, and the 70-volume Harvard Classics and Shelf of Fiction. Many of the resources found here are supplemented by visual and audio multimedia elements, such as audio pronunciations of dictionary words and thousands of illustrations from maps and flags to detailed anatomical engravings.

Developing Educational Standards
This Web site allows you to search for educational standards by subject area or by state, and includes links to each of the State Education Departments.

Ed Pubs
This Web site is intended to help help you identify and order U.S. Department of Education products. All publications are provided at no cost to the general public by the U.S. Department of Education.

Education News
Updated daily, this site provides summaries and links to the top news articles and commentaries on education, from newspapers across the country and the world. A free online subscription allows you to receive a daily e-mail news update.

Education Week
This online edition of America's top educational newspaper features daily news and current and archived issues of Education Week and Teacher Magazine.

Education World
Education World features a search engine for educational Web sites only, news from USA TODAY, monthly site reviews, employment listings, and original content such as lesson plans, articles written by education experts, and information on how to make the best use of technology in the classroom.

Giggle Poetry
Giggle Poetry is a great Web site to get your children excited about learning poetry! Several funny poems are included for your children to read, rate and create their very own. With simple and easy directions children will learn that they can write poetry too!

GreatSchools is an objective source of school information on elementary, middle and high schools. A nonprofit organization, provides information about public, private and charter schools in all 50 states and detailed school profiles for California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Washington. has a free online guide for locating, comparing, and profiling, schools.

GreatTeacher provides free resources to the teaching community on the World Wide Web, including user friendly job classifieds, email ( and YourName@Your, discussion areas, interactive calendar, resource links, and other services.

Ivy's Dictionaries for Kids
This Web site provides links to reference Web sites such as FactMonster,, WordNet, Encarta, and Merriam-Webster. It also contains fun word tools, such as the Anagram Server, Tongue Twisters, the Visual Thesaurus, and many more.

Kids Domain
Kids Domain contains a wealth of literary games for young children to play and is appropriate for children six years of age or older. This site will give your students a fun, active, and engaging way to reinforce their grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills.
Designed to be used during literature circles or guided reading instruction, this site contains the newest books for children of different ages and trivia games/crossword puzzles that go along with the books highlighted on the site. This site is useful when planning pre/during/post reading exercises to build vocabulary and comprehension.

The Learning Curve
This site offers information on how we learn, learning theories, the history of learning, teaching, and exceptional learning.

The Learning Page
The Learning Page is a huge collection of instructional material for teachers to download and print for free. Lesson plans, books, worksheets and much more can be found on this site.

The Learning Space
This site's motto is "for teachers, created by teachers, and about teachers." It contains information about designing instruction, using technology in the classroom, setting up professional development plans and programs, and creating programs to increase students' connections globally. Maintained for Washington state, its links are available and applicable to other states and districts.

Media Literacy Clearinghouse
This Web site was designed for K-12 educators who want to learn more about media literacy and integrate it into classroom instruction.

Merriam-Webster OnLine
The Merriam-Webster Language Center provides a dictionary, thesaurus, and a variety of word games and products.

Museums Online
Museums Online provides links to museum Web sites and virtual exhibits, educational and entertaining games and activities, and extensive learning resources concerning topics typically promoted through art, science and history museums.

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
The National Institute for Literacy is administered by the Secretaries of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. Most of NIFL's funds support programs and services designed to improve the quality of literacy programs nationwide. The NIFL Web site features program details and a variety of publications that you can download for free, including The Report of the National Reading Panel and Put Reading First.

Pitsco's Launch to Educational Resources
This Web site is a collection of resources and links that provide teachers with materials for creating lessons, updating the curriculum, professional development, and using technology in the classroom.

Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. You can create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your own word lists. This is a great resource for helping students to prepare for spelling or vocabulary tests.

Reading A-Z
This Web site provides teachers with instructional reading materials for K-5. Some of these materials include leveled texts, poetry, handwriting pages, and letter flashcards.

Reading Lady
This Web site will help teachers design language arts instruction around the essential components of reading. Examples include comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and other strategies.

Starfall is a free Web site designed to teach children to read. Perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, it contains exciting interactive books and phonics games.

Teaching Diverse Learners
This Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory site is dedicated to teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and provides access to research-based information for application in the classroom.
A service of Merriam-Webster, offers children a student dictionary, the Daily Buzzword, homework help, and interactive word games. The Web site also includes lesson plans for parents and teachers.

Wrightslaw provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. This is also the home of The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter.

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

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