Welcome to the 2020 School Year

U of L Student Teacher Handbook    

STUDENT TEACHING HANDBOOK For the Clinical Practice Semester(s) Shaping Tomorrow: Ideas to Action



Links and Resources for Professional Semesters for Students,
Mentor Teachers and University Supervisors 


Web Resources Week 3  

Weekly Web Resources

Flocabulary  https://www.flocabulary.com                                                                         

With Flocabulary, every lesson is an opportunity to bring the
curriculum to life and reinforce core knowledge and skills.

School House Rock  http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/

Stanford History Education Group   Reading Like a Historian

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical

inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and

features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with

a range of reading skills.



Peardeck.com  Let’s Set Up Your Account at Pear Deck  https://app.peardeck.com

Pear Deck was founded by educators on a mission to help teachers engage

every student, every day. With solutions rooted in active learning and

formative assessment, we make it easy for you to connect with learners of

every age and ability. When that happens, more students participate and

learn, classroom community improves, and you’ll know you’re making a

difference.  Try it for FREE  https://app.peardeck.com › vocab › editor

WEBQUESTS on every topic.  What is a WEBQUEST 


A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the

information that learners work with comes from the web. These can be

created using various programs, including a simple word processing

document that includes links to websites.

WebQuests include project based learning, authentic tasks, higher

order thinking skills group participation where each member has a role or

task, technology based resources, a scoring guide or rubric and provides an

engaging way for students to learn.. Not every activity that states it is a

webquest contains all of these elements.

National Council for Social Studies Conference  https://www.socialstudies.org/conference

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Texas Council for the Social

Studies (TCSS), and National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) invite

you to attend the largest annual gathering of K-12 social studies classroom

teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and

specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international

educators, and social studies discipline leaders.

National Council for Teachers of English Conference  http://convention.ncte.org/

NCTE READWRITETHINK.org   http://www.readwritethink.org/

READWRITE THINK Classroom resources and Interactive resources


25 best Social Studies Resources

1. iCivics 

“iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in

civic life, and teachers the materials and support to achieve this goal. Our

free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, interactive digital tools,

and award-winning games.”

2. Teaching Tolerance

“Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving

intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our

nation’s children. We provide free educational materials to teachers and

other school practitioners in the U.S. and Canada.”

3. Library of Congress

“News, events, new content & more from the National Library of Congress &

specific subject areas — from legislature to poetry, from music to science,

from cataloging to copyright.”

4. National Archives

“Teach with documents using our online tool. Locate teachable primary

sources. Find new and favorite lesson plans, and create your own activities

for your students.”

5. Stanford History Education Group

“The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical

inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and

features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with

diverse reading skills and abilities.”

6. Historical Thinking Matters

A pick for best social studies websites “focused on key topics in U.S. history,

that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources

and how to critique and construct historical narratives.”

7. Classroom Law Project

“The Classroom Law Project brings vital and engaging civics and law-related

education programs into Oregon schools, teaching students at all grade levels

the values and skills essential to being a participating citizen in our


8. Center for History and New Media

“Improving teaching and learning about the past through innovative

digital resources, tools, and strategies.”

9. Teaching History

“Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access

resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.”

10. World History Matters

“A portal to world history websites including Women in World History,

World History Sources and more.”

11. Teaching American History

“The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University worked with the National

Endowment for the Humanities to develop web-based lesson plans for

U.S. history and American government teachers.”

12. California History-Social Science Project

“A statewide network of scholars and K-12 teachers, dedicated to providing

the highest quality history instruction, with a special focus on meeting

the needs of English learners, native speakers with low literacy, and students

from economically disadvantaged communities.”

13. Smithsonian Education

“The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) uses all

the Smithsonian offers to empower learners to explore their own interests

and collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. We create models and

methods that make the Smithsonian a learning laboratory for everyone.”

14. National Constitution Center

“The first and only institution in America established by Congress to

“disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a

non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding

of the Constitution among the American people.”

15. Hippocampus

“Free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos,

animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school

and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free

of charge.”

16. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of

American History

“A nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education.

The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and

students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features

more than 60,000 unique historical documents.”

17. Crash Course World History 

“Tons of awesome courses in one awesome YouTube channel- World History,

US History, Economics, U.S. Government and Politics.”

18. Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips

“Take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world’s

most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences —

no permission slips required.”

19. EdTechTeacher

“Our list of Best History Websites aims to provide quick, convenient,

and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide

range of categories and has been designed to benefit history teachers and

their students.”

 20. HipHughes History 

“HipHughes History has over 300 Instructional Videos for students of the

Social Studies, teachers flipping their class and life-long learners. So

whether you’re looking for a pedagogical ally, a non-biased explanation of 

that new Supreme Court case or you’re a kid who needs to study HHH has

your brain’s back!”

21. Big History Project

“By sharing the big picture and challenging middle and high school students

to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to inspire a

greater love of learning and help them better understand how we got here,

where we’re going, and how they fit in.”

22. Facing History and Ourselves

“Empowering teachers & students to think critically about history & to

understand the impact of their choices.”

23. The Howard Zinn Project

“Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book

A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable

lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.”

24. Horrible Histories BBC

A pick for best social studies websites where you can “watch episodes, play

games, and sing along to your favourite Horrible Histories songs!”

25. Digital History

“Enhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online

textbook, extensive reference resources, and interactive materials.”

Outstanding English Web Resources for Teachers.

Language Arts Resources

1. Teaching Tolerance  

Teaching Tolerance is “a place where educators who care about diversity,

equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support.”

This is my go-to spot any time I want to make my teaching more socially

aware. It is filled with well-crafted commentary about teaching social

justice, resources for teachers, and inspiration to fight the good fight.

See what I have written for them here.  

2. Goodreads  

With the slogan “Meet your next favorite book,” Goodreads is a bit of

technological wonder for readers. Organize shelves of books you have read,

and rate them for your friends to check out. Write reviews, share favorite

quotes or my favorite: have the site generate recommendations for you based

on things you have liked in the past. Great place to send kids in need of a

good book.

3. Turnitin  

So much more than just a place to catch cheaters, although it is very good at

that. When students submit papers via Turnitin, those papers are tested

against the internet as well as peer submissions past and present. Beyond

that, it offers all sorts of revision tools to help improve student writing.

4. Purdue OWL

Whether your students need clarification on grammar, style or proper

citations, this site can help. With printable and online practice and teacher

resources, the OWL does an admirable job of fulfilling its goal of assisting

students “in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level.”

5. UNC Writing Center

Handouts for virtually every writing issue your students could come across.

Videos too! This site offers easily accessible lists for when a student struggles

with a particular skill.  Just pull up this page and click away.

6. NoRedInk  

Let’s be honest: None of us really loves teaching grammar. In most

classrooms, there are huge differences in what students have already

mastered and what they still need to learn. Enter NoRedInk. Here students

get individualized instruction and practice with very little time and effort

from teachers. The site does all the hard work for you.

7. Kahoot  

I just started using this one, and it is awesome. I guess that is why their

slogan is “Making Learning Awesome.” Using Kahoot, it is simple to “create,

play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free!”

You make up questions, or find a game that already exists, and students

answer using their cellphones. With leaderboards and podium finishes,

students are totally engaged in what used to be boring reviews.

8. Educreations

This may be my favorite site for teaching students how to write and revise.

Using my iPad, I am able to narrate over and annotate a piece of sample

writing, explaining the revision process. For better understanding of how

this one works, check out one I use for teaching introductions here.  

9. Blogger 

“Publish your passions, your way.” I have used Blogger for years as the home

of both my class and personal blogs. Easy to set up. Easy to post. It allows you

to create a place where you can disseminate content to students, engage them

in conversation outside of class hours and supplement classroom instruction.

10. CrashCourse

I admit I long for a bromance with John Green. Everything that guy writes is

like kryptonite for a reluctant reader. Almost as good as his books are his

CrashCourse videos. With remarkable animation to support witty and

insightful overviews, his videos are a great asset in the classroom.  

11. The Literacy Shed

This makes the list of best websites for English teachers for its collection of

great visual content. Use it to find film, animation, photographs, and picture

books that add to literary themes.

12. English Grammar Online

This website is focused on teaching English as a foreign language, but the

free exercises, tests, vocab, and more could be useful in any classroom.

Web Resources  8-18-2019

Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading & Writing  (2019)



Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies  (2019)  ;

https://education.ky.gov/curriculum/standards/kyacadstand/ Documents/


KATC  TICK   Aligned to Kentucky Standards—Lesson Plans, PPT 

A repository of instructional lesson plans, activities, and resources for

teachers in Kentucky.  Search by content, level, subject

Example: To Kill A Mockingbird  192 Matches….

High School – Reading

This PowerPoint multiple choice game consisting of 25 interactive questions

is an excellent review of the key character and plot elements in the novel;

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Other keywords: American literature;


High School – Reading

To understand the character motivation in To Kill A Mockingbird one should;

have some background knowledge of slavery resulting in interactions;

between blacks and whites in the United States from 1865 until the 1930s;

(when this story took place). To Kill A Mockingbird explores the hypocritical …

Birds of Another Feather: A “To Kill A Mockingbird” Webquest

High School – Reading , Writing

To complete this webquest, students must have first completed the book

“To Kill A Mockingbird.” In this webquest, students will use resources

provided to research the different characters from the book. They will get in;

groups of three and rewrite a chapter, but from a different character’s


To Kill a Mockingbird Webquests and Newspapers

High School – Language Arts , Reading , Writing; Attached are two

assignments to do in conjunction with Harper Lee’s; To Kill a Mockingbird.

1) A group newspaper (rubric/assignment sheet ; attached) using

Microsoft Publisher 2) A discovery webquest and; essay drawing connections

between the Emmett Till Trial, the Children’s; March, the Scottsboro Trial,

and To Kill a Mockingbird. …

To Kill A Mockingbird 

High School – Reading

This BBC website offers “bitesize” information about the context, plot,

character, and themes of this novel by Harper Lee. As students read through;

the information, they are provided with interactive activities and tests which;

reinforce their understanding of the key elements of the novel.

To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective

High School – Reading , Writing

“This unit guides students on a journey through the Depression Era in the;

1930s. Activities familiarize the students with Southern experiences through;

the study of the novel and African American experiences through thep;

examination of primary sources.” Student writing activities include town;

poem, found poem, editorial, response to oral history …

Resources  http://kate.murraystate.edu/resources/

Professional development, tutorials, educational, and Kentucky resources;

for using technology.

How to add a timer to a ppt presentation   https://www.google.com/search?q=ppt+timers&rlz=1C1JZAP_enUS834US835&oq=ppt+timers&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4042j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Assorted Timers       https://thesoftwarepro.com/powerpoint-countdown-timer/

25 minute timer          https://www.online-stopwatch.com/timer/25minute/

Assorted timers         https://www.online-stopwatch.com/timer/25minute/

Here are some great pre-set timers ready to use. They range from a;

1 second timer – up to a year timer! It’s pointless – but you asked for it! 🙂
Remember! If the timer you want is not here — just make ANY timer you

want; above. Simple!

Twenty five minute timer with relaxing music 


 Also includes Game Show music

Electronic Five Minute Clock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTczn5RUgnk  From You Tube)

Google link to  PowerPoint Games    Newer versions include Pyramid,; Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, and Family Feud




http://gameshows.about.com/od/quizzestrivia   /fl/Game-Show-PowerPoint-Templates.htm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDC1mXh9NPE    directions for Jeopardy



Who Wants to Be a Millionaire      Family Feud



RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics.  



A family of useful tools to assist teachers: 

QuizStar;  Rubistar;  Arcademic Skill Builders;  PersuadeStar; 

Classroom Architect; Equity;  TrackStart;  Assign-A-Day;  CasaNotes;

PBL Checklists; Teacher Tacklebox;  WebPosterWizard; NoteStar;    

Think-Tank;  -KidsVid



No RedInk

NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum,

adaptive exercises, and actionable data. Sign up for FREE! Interested in 

NoRedInk ..

Grammar Challenges, Writing .

Select Curriculum-Writing-Grammar


Remind  (app)

Remind is a communication platform that helps every student succeed.

Whether you’re in the classroom, at home, or anywhere in between.

Remind makes it easy to stay connected to your school community. 

Send real-time messages to any phone.;

Real Time messaging with your class, group 0r individuals.



Looking for amazing Bell Ringers or Class Writing Prompts? Over 2400 +

Open ended, Higher Order Thinking activities arranged by Content Areas

Most Recent, Most Popular: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math ;

#2391- How Many Kinds of Tape Are there?

#2350 – What kind of Technology do Athletes Wear?

#2277– What is the Difference Between Wisdom and Knowledge?

#2262– Do you have Chutzpah?



(SORRY– Jun 12, 2018 – If you haven’t already heard, TodaysMeet  has closed its doors)

3 alternatives—haven’t tried—please send feedback if you try.

Backchat Channel     http://backchannelchat.com/  ;

Go Soapbox                https://www.gosoapbox.com/

Yo Teach                      https://palms.polyu.edu.hk:8448/   

National Geographic

Our Resource Library offers high-quality, standards-based, educational resources and activities. Many of our free maps, lesson plans, imagery, interactives, and reference materials have been curated into collections grounded in the bold and transformative approach that National Geographic takes around science and storytelling.


National Geographic Education

Searched for CIVILIZATION  

Many results: Key Components of Civilization



Activity Interactive US map—Place the State

Interactive U. S. Map



Sheppard  Software  

Other Activities:  By Content and By Grade/Age


Sheppard Software 

Other Activities:  By Content and By Grade/Age


Sheppard Software

Language Arts     


Sheppard  Software 

World Geography Games



BrainPop  is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12,  together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies,  English, math,engineering and technology, health , and arts and music.

Teachers can receive a 30 day free subscription with each separate emailaddress they use to register.   


English    https://www.brainpop.com/english/

Social Studies  https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/

Ancient Cultures Units    https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ancientcultures/


Teacher Resources


Vocab  New York Times Word of the Day


Example:  Expatiate  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/learning/30WODLN.html

Word Genius

 Daily words, definitions, quizzes


All Words



Looking for great Teacher Resources?

Visit    TeachersFirst           https://www.teachersfirst.com/index.cfm

Grades K-12  Classroom Architect        http://classroom.4teachers.org/     Thoughtful arrangement of the indoor and outdoor environments will support your learning goals for students.This tool provides an opportunity for experimentation with the layout of your classroom without any heavy lifting!                                

Design the layout of your classroom: select basic dimensions and then move desks, arrange tables, and add carpet with the drag-and-drop feature. You can also free-draw custom items not already listed on the site.

myHomework – myHomeworkapp


myHomework is a digital student planner to track homework, assignments, tests, and more. This site uses a visually appealing calendar display to add classes and homework. Enter class information including start and end times, classroom number, teacher information, and notes. Add individual homework assignments or upload a syllabus to input multiple assignments.


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