Welcome to the 2020 School Year
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STUDENT TEACHING HANDBOOK For the Clinical Practice Semester(s) Shaping Tomorrow: Ideas to Action
OEDCP –NTI Log
Links and Resources for Professional Semesters for Students,
Web Resources Week 3
Weekly Web Resources
With Flocabulary, every lesson is an opportunity to bring the
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.
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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
“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.”
“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
16. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of
“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.”
“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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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) ;
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….
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. …
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 …
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! 🙂
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
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;
NoRedInk builds stronger writers through interest-based curriculum,
adaptive exercises, and actionable data. Sign up for FREE! Interested in
Grammar Challenges, Writing .
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/
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
Other Activities: By Content and By Grade/Age
Other Activities: By Content and By Grade/Age
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.
Social Studies https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/
Ancient Cultures Units https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/ancientcultures/
Vocab New York Times Word of the Day
Example: Expatiate https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/learning/30WODLN.html
Daily words, definitions, quizzes
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 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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