For a more successful teaching environment, it’s beneficial for elementary teachers to share ideas and teaching methods. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible for educators to meet due to time constraints, lack of funds, and other limitations that prevent these necessary conferences that enrich the lives of students. Today’s teachers are faced with more and more responsibilities and in order to share ideas with their students they need to come up with smart solutions and time savers. Here you will find resources for creative lesson plans, activities, and web quests that elementary teachers can access online.
- Illuminations Math Resources: Online activities, lessons, and web links for a teaching math, including an algebraic thinking activity.
- Math is Fun: Categories include geometry, numbers, algebra, money, measurement, puzzles, worksheets, and more.
- Elementary Mathematics Resources: Here you will find mathematic resources for children grades K through 5.
- Elementary School Math Club: Interactive and fun activities to help elementary-aged children learn math.
- Visualization of Elementary Math: Visual multiplication table, elementary addition, and elementary fractions to help student understand math operations.
- Fun Mathematics Lessons: Math lessons relating to graphs, algebra, and counting when learning arithmetic operations.
- Math Tubs: Learn about shapes, patterns, classification, numeral recognition, counting, and more.
- PBS Teachers Math: Click on the grade-subject to find various math resources for grades Pre K through 12.
- Math Lesson Plans: List of lesson plans that provide a list of materials, attachments, and instructions on how to teach the lesson.
- K5learning: Math Enrichment via a personalized online home learning program.
- Video Instructional Development Source: MathVids is an interactive website for teachers helping to teach math to struggling learners.
- Electronic Zoo: The Electronic Zoo provides a wide range of resources to the study of the environment, the animal kingdom, and more.
- Educational Modules: Information and interactive activities for students studying planet exploration.
- NASA Science: Learn about various earth science concepts and complete interactive activities.
- WhaleNet: Classroom activities and lessons to teach elementary aged children about whales and their natural habit.
- MathMol Hypermedia: Online textbook for students grades 3 through 5 teach about water, energy, matter, atoms, and molecules.
- National Geographic Kids: Students can explore the various aspects of National Geographic with games and explorations.
- Exploring the Planets: Interesting information about the exploration of the red planet, Mars.
- Cool Science: Kids can explore biology; classify creatures, plant parts, and more.
- Environmental Kids Club: Students can study plants and animals, and learn about the environment.
- Kids’ Crossing: Activities and games relating to the earth, stuff in the sky, dangerous weather, and water.
- The Learning Page: Teach students about the Library of Congress through lesson plans and activities.
- History Matters: Teachers can help students learn about important documents throughout history with this online guide.
- National Initiative on American History: Resources for educators to teach students about American history and civics.
- Themed Resources for Educators: Classroom materials, lesson plans, presentations, and activities for a wide range of social studies themes.
- How to do History: Stories, puzzles, quizzes, activities, and oral history about events in our past.
- Science Resources for Primary Grades: Students grades K through 6 can learn about social studies topics, such as geography.
- Time for Kids: Explore places from around the world through this interactive website that marks landmarks, people, and geography.
- Elementary Economics Lessons: An introduction to money, goods and services, needs or wants, and how to spend, save, and share.
- Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government: Kids website to learning about the branches of government and how they work.
- Congress for Kids: Quizzes, and information on independence, constitution, and the legislative branch.
- Helping a Child Become a Reader: Information and advice on how to teach a child to read.
- International Reading Association: Group of literacy professionals determined to teach students how to read through an online community of teachers.
- Reading Rockets: Interactive tool used by educators and parents to teach children about the writing process.
- Capitalization and Punctuation: The Grammar Blaster interactive quiz allows you to answer questions online about capitalization and punctuation.
- Guide to Grammar and Style: Grammar tips from Jack Lynch from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: Teach about general writing, research, citation, and English as a second language.
- Phonics Inventory: Lesson plan for elementary-aged students about phonics as a way to teach spelling and reading.
- Spelling is Right: Students can learn how to spell through these free printable worksheets and information from an experienced English teacher.
- Strategies for Reading Comprehension: Activities and information on how to teach reading comprehension to students.
- Introduction to the Word Wall: Teachers resources to creating a word wall with a classroom.
- Visual Arts Lesson Plans: List of lesson plans related to visual art for elementary aged students.
- Arts Connected: Online tools for art teachers to teach students the various aspects of art, texts, video, and audio.
- The Themes: Includes more than 50 pieces of artwork from the Walker Art Center to encourage students to understand art.
- Resources for Teachers: Lesson plans for grades 1 through 8 with information on ceramics, portraits, and more.
- Color Theory Lesson Plan: Art teachers can incorporate this lesson plan about color theories to teach about mixing complimentary colors and shades.
- Crayola for Educators: Resources for educators, such as lesson plans, art techniques, guides, and color science.
- A Snowy Day Lesson Plan: Lesson plan art project requires no clean up or preparation.
- Asian Influences on European Art: Curricula, lesson plans, arts lessons and resources for students.
- Art of Origami: Learn the history of origami and how it relates to The Story of Sadako.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum: View the online galleries and exhibits of popular world collections and conservation.
- ProTeacher Community: Teacher discussions, blogs, chat, and social networking for elementary school teachers.
- Lesson Planning Resources: Information for educators on how to plan lesson plans and lesson plan ideas.
- Smart Board: Find smart interactive resources for educators to engage students by sharing information and learning activities.
- How to Forums: These discussion boards can be used by educators and students to share ideas.
- Lesson Planning Procedures: Information on how to write an effective lesson plans to teach students any topic.
Using the above listed tools, teachers can take advantage of the network of peers and information available online. Online resources such as these, paired with the insight and innovation of other elementary educators means that there are always new and exciting ways to teach that are just a click away. It’s not always feasible for elementary educators to meet face-to-face. This is where online web conferences for teachers come into play in order to share information, ideas, and activities. Web conferences can be informal with just a few participants or part of a larger, more organized conference. Either way, web conferences are a low cost way to open up new opportunities for elementary educators.
Author: James Parker Doyle