Do you want some great, kid-friendly sites that are fun and educational? How about some helpful, professional websites?
Below is a list of some of my favorite websites. I have only posted websites I’ve used, support, and know are safe. This page will be dynamic. I will try to update and review regularly.
FYI: I am not a big fan of paid sites so all the websites are free or mostly free.
Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you’ll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities.
Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. I no longer use Animoto because the website is blocked by my district. Plus, I like using Media Maker or iMovie, but I still think Animoto is a great site.
Great website from the UK. This website provides educators and students with fun activities and games. My students love this site. They think it’s fun, the actors have accents, and they call math ‘maths’. In addition, they think it is cool that kids in other countries are expected to learn similar things.
- Please note: I have only used the science sections.
Read Ben’s Guide to U.S. government. This site allows you to learn about U.S. government and citizenship. You can play games too! This is one site I’ve used my entire teaching career.
- Great News: There is a new beta site!
Fun games, coloring book, puzzles, and word search!
Don’t pay for graphing software!
Create a Graph explains and illustrates the different types of graphs, and provides a step-by-step guide to creating examples for downloading and printing. This site is easy to for teachers, parents, & students to use and makes great looking, impressive graphs. One of my most used classroom tools.
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by leading the way in providing high quality, dynamic, digital content to school districts large and small, rural and suburban and everything in between. Another site I’ve used my entire career.
- Free Teacher Resources
- Lesson Plans
- Clip Art
- Science Fair Central
- Discovery Education Streaming (formally United Streaming)– This requires a subscription. Fortunately, my state pays for every teacher to have access.
The online tool from the US National Archives for teaching with documents. Create interactive lessons with primary sources to foster historical thinking.
DOGO News has short format articles for kids on current events,science, sports and more plus lots of pictures, videos and an interactive map! Another well used website and one of my students’ faves.
Create and share visual infographics.
Learn all about the Water Cycle.
Disasters come in many shapes and sizes. Most are related to the weather. Some are predictable — like a hurricane. Some, like an earthquake or tsunami, can surprise us. Visit this website to learn more about natural disasters.
Make online flashcards or use one of the pre-made sets.
Flipsnack is an application used to convert PDF files into a flipping book that is easy to use. Very cool way to a document.
I have used this a few times in my classroom. I like making my PDFs into an online book, but I haven’t really figured out how to use this website in the most efficient way… yet.
At Garbology, you’ll find an interactive online game that teaches about Garbology and answers the question, “Where should my waste go?” You’ll also find lessons and activities to extend your Garbology experience, from how to pack a waste-less lunch to getting the dirt on composting.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is 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 in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.
Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They are a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Discover more about Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle and his wrecked ship. Click on ‘Treasures of La Belle’ to see artifacts from the ship! If you teach Louisiana history, you are going to love this.
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching.
Archive of all my posts under the ‘Teacher Resources’ category.
Teacher resource page for the National Archives.
Learn a lot about astronomy, paleontology, and the definitions of other “ologies” on this site from the American Museum of Natural History.
The Public Broadcasting Service is an American broadcast television network. Not only do they provide great programming, but they provide amazing educational experiences. Take advantage.
Prezi is cloud-based, meaning you can present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips. Create or edit on the go, then auto-sync across all your devices with ease. I like using a Prezi when I do PD presentations.
Visit Primary Games. Play some fun games to learn different skills!
This site has over 60,000 free teaching resources, lesson plans and worksheets. Including free interactive whiteboard resources.
Quizlet’s flashcards, tests, and study games make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages.
Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction. This site includes a lot of good nonfiction text skills so you can use it for more subjects than just reading and language.
Some of my Favorites:
Create beautiful visual quotes as images.
Today’s news headlines in a kid-friendly format. Kids will experience the news from a variety of angles with articles, videos, book reviews,surveys, newsfeeds, and podcasts. The site includes interactive games about current events, geography, newsmakers, and more.
Lesson plans and resources for your SMART Board. You will need to create a profile to use this site.
Starfall is a free website that teaches children how to read and write in English. Designed for early learners, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. I do not use this site, but my lower elementary colleagues swear by it.
StudyJams! is a great tool to complement your existing lesson plans and teach students using material that’s grade-appropriate. Developed specifically for students in grades 3–6, the content covers more than 200 math and science for those grades.
Printable worksheets. You can even generate worksheets. I have only used their free worksheets, but I’ve liked what I’ve used. I am a big fan of free stuff. This is the only site I’ve ever considered paying a subscription fee.
Great website for all sorts for free resources like lesson plans, printable worksheets, bulletin board ideas, thematic units, and more.
Time for Kids offers news articles about many topics, including the country, the world, animals. and trends in schools. Also features games, polls, and a homework help section.
Wonderopolis is a whimsical, fun website providing “Wonders of the Day” such as “Do Rabbits Have Good Eyesight?” to “When is Technology Old?” This is one of my new favorite sites.
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.