The internet can be used to integrate technology into lessons, to teach research skills, and to motivate students to sharpen basic academic skills. My students enjoyed going to the NASCAR page to get information and pictures for writing essays about their favorite sport. Develop a class web page and teach students how to use HTML. You could team with another teacher and have students make friends via e-mail. How about creating a scavenger hunt in cyberspace? These pages present great ideas for students using the internet.

Remember to preview sites that you plan to use for teaching and student research.

A new site! Hands on Banking was developed to teach both the basics of good money management and the skills needed to create a brighter financial future. The lessons examine financial concepts and decision-making through illustration and real-life problems. The curriculum is relevant to participants’ lives, and designed to support their financial success. This fun and innovative program was developed by Wells Fargo as a free community service. It is intended for educational purposes only and contains no commercial content.

A new site! When it comes to learning about how to handle and manage money, any knowledge a student gains from a course on the subject isn’t worth much if there isn’t a way to turn what they learn into real actions that result in positive habits. That is what the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) does through its seven unit Student Guide and Instructor’s Manual. Did you know that the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® is a free public service provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education® NEFE®)? It’s true. NEFE provides this award-winning, noncommercial, and unbiased program free of charge to schools nationwide.

A new site! BUILDING WEALTH offers basic guidance to students, teachers, individuals and families. Through budgeting, saving, investing, and limiting the amount of debt you incur, it is possible to create personal wealth and reach your financial goals -- such as paying off debt, managing college expenses, buying a car or home, starting a business or simply saving for future goals.

A new site! The Citi Financial Education Curriculum & Facilitator's Guide offers basic lessons in personal finances.

A new site! Use the Federal Reserve System Publications Catalog to view, order and/or subscribe to public information materials for students, teachers and the general public.

Target the Problem! is a tool to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties. Be sure to try the Target the Problem activity. Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

Using research based instructional strategies is a great way to liven up lessons and help kids understand concepts. Using the strategies with students with disabilities helps teachers use different learning modalities to help reach them. Classroom Instruction that Works highlights research based instructional strategies. It's a great book. This site identifies and provides technology resources which can be used to support the nine instructional strategies. It summarizes each strategy and provides resources to use as you implement them.

A new site! The evidence is clear: strategy instruction can improve the reading comprehension of adolescent readers. Using strategies also makes students more aware of the processes they use when they read. Explicit strategy instruction is at the core of good comprehension instruction. Teachers should help students to understand why a strategy is useful, how it is used, and when it is appropriate. Teacher demonstration and modeling are critical factors for success, and student discussion following strategy instruction is also helpful.

The Glossary of Instructional Strategies lists 916 strategies to try.

This page integrates Blooms Taxonomy with appropriate instructional strategies. The Instructional Strategy Selection Chart shown on the page is a general guideline for selecting the learning strategy for changing the present behavior to the desired behavior.

star ReadPlease is a fabulous text reader for your students. It will read scanned, typed or copied text. It translates into four languages. It's FREE!

The Internet Public Library site. was started by the University of Michigan and provides links to online pages in numerous academic fields. It will probably get even more comprehensive because 14 other schools have signed on to join the project.

Sparknotes features study guides for novels and nonfiction. It has free reference guides to many other topics such as biology, math and physics. The guides have comprehensive information.

star4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering FREE online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students. The tools are the best part feature of 4Teachers.org! Some tools include PersuadeStar designed to help students in grades 5-12 write an online persuasive essay. Use the Classroom Architect to design a floor plan for your classroom. NoteStar is an Internet utility to assist in the preparation of research papers. Teachers and students can set up research projects with topics and sub-topics. Students may then take advantage of NoteStar's many features to collect and organize their notes and prepare their bibliography page. Construct online quizzes that can include multimedia with QuizStar. RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics. Includes a rubric tutorial and more! View thousands of online lessons or quickly create your own using TrackStar. There is much more at the site!

StudyBuddy.com, relies on technology from search engine Blinkx to retrieve query text and multimedia results from a database of 350,000 online journals, encyclopedias, and other sites that have been vetted for accuracy and age-appropriateness for children. StudyBuddy's creators see it as a virtual library that brings the best of the Web's educational and homework resources under one roof. Try it now!

How Stuff Works is a fun site that really looks at how many things work. Fascinating! Great for science reports.

Creative teachers can use music to teach content across the curriculum -- to students of all ages. A host of educational experts brings you tested ideas for using the magic of music in your lesson plans. Songs for Teaching contains thousands of pages for you to peruse -- many with lyrics, sound clips, and teaching suggestions. The top educational pros offer practical suggestions based on the latest in brain-based learning. Innovative teachers share their classroom pointers and extension activities using children's music. Songs from a wide variety of popular artists are presented by academic subject. See the categories below to find educational music and children's songs that complement your lesson plans.

Get through half the year with theses sponge activities.

Every week Wilbooks will donate at least 20,000 books to kindergarten through second grade children all across the country. The books are free and there is no charge for shipping and handling. All of the books being donated are printed in English. Applications can only be for one classroom and all applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis. So apply today to make your class eligible to receive Free Books from Wilbooks. Remember, these books are for kindergarten through second grade students.

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy maintains an online database of national Training Programs to assist educators, parents, students and others in gaining personal finance knowledge and skills. Major topics in the Jump$tart program include INCOME, MONEY MANAGEMENT, SAVING AND INVESTING, and SPENDING, including consumer credit. The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults. Jump$tart's purpose is to evaluate the financial literacy of young adults; develop, disseminate, and encourage the use of standards for grades K-12; and promote the teaching of personal finance. The Jump$tart Coalition believes that all young adults need to have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions. Some sample lesson plans include: A Gift for Mama: Lesson Plan, Auto Service Contracts, Basics of Saving and Investing, Bingo Brown and the Language of Love and many more!

Speegle is a new search engine that uses PanaVox technology to read search results aloud to users in one of three pre-programmed voices. Try it!

starThe Idea Box has activities to use with early childhood students, a newsletter, seasonal activities, recipies and crafts. Great site.

Brains.org is the parent organization for Layered Curriculum™ and Help4Teachers.com

BLS Career Information is a place where kids can find information on job opportunities related to the arts, math, science, physical education and outdoors, reading, and social studies. The site also offers resources for teachers, including a links to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Brainy Kids is a site operated by Dana offering children, parents and teachers selected science-related links to games, labs, science fair ideas, educational resources and lesson plans.

Earlychildhood.com has a craft of the month, children's book literacy, alternatives to time out and a section to share your ideas.

This page is intended to help teachers enhance their abilities as teachers and help them make teaching genuinely satisfying and enjoyable.

Don't know much about history? Don't know much biology? Then, welcome to the Primary Teacher's Toolbox! Here you will find more useful links than you can shake a stick at.

The Education Index, an annotated guide to the best education-related sites on the Web. They're sorted by subject and life stage.

British researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have created ScienceSigns, a Web-based glossary of technical sign language that contains nearly 2,500 video signs for use by hearing impaired students studying science and engineering.

Pratt's Early Childhood Education themes, songs, arts & crafts, literature, online activities, and more.

Kinderart is ... art education for kids of all ages ... and so much more.

Teaching Ideas for Early Childhood Special Educators has tons of thematic ideas and links!

ABC Order is a free online game for kids learning abc order to play online.

Dragon Tales inspires children to spread their wings and soar. Home to dragons, doodle fairies, and ordinary kids like Max and Emmy, the series which was developed with funding from the US Department of Education, addresses the challenges preschoolers face every day.

The National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education sponsors comprehensive and challenging research in order to help ensure that America's young children are successful in school and beyond -- and to enhance their quality of life and that of their families.

At home and at school MegaSkills is the best gift we can give our children.

"Taking the Bully by the Horns." instructs adults on how to prevent children from becoming a statistic on school grounds. The site also offers "Bully Advice" for kids & young teens.

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Teens and PreTeens love shiny red trucks. Dodge.

NASCAR is one of America's hottest sports and very popular with kids.

Kids' Money can help provide you with kids' money books, games, banks and activities. Almost every kid is looking for ways to make money. Some do odd jobs, others start their own businesses. Kids' Money will help them learn about money.

Child.net has everything for children, youth, parents, teachers and youth workers. Resources from the Streetcats Foundation for Youth and National Children's Coalition.

The Halifax Herald - Just 4 Kids has the links to take you where you want to go. Color pictures, play games, learn about frogs and dinosaurs -- you'll find all kinds of fun when you vvisit Just 4 Kids!

KidsCom is an educational and entertaining playground for kids 4 to 12. Chat, play games and find a Key Pal. Share your opinions, stories and video game tips and tricks.

Kidworld, from Tandem House ... by Kids & for kids! has contests and prizes!

Hotlist: Kids Did This! Hotlist of student-produced stuff: explore the topics that interest you.

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet , a science education site that uses a laugh and learn technique that makes learning fun. Yucky info about the human body, bugs, and much more on this safe, fun site for kids.

California Dreaming Kids is a great children's site offering a wide range of educational and creative activities for children. Free graphics, clip art, animations, software, poetry and more. Includes reviews of other exceptional sites. Kids love this.

starThe Fact Monster is the largest free reference site just for kids! Get homework help & find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education and health.

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Updated October 02, 2008.