Hello, educator friends!
Finding the right teaching resources in the internet can be very challenging and time-consuming just because there are usually hundreds of them to choose from. The time spent searching for the most reliable websites is now added to the time we already spend planning our lessons, grading papers and entering grades online. But when we do find the right ones, we go back to them over and over again. They become like our trusted friends who are there when we need them. This is what I feel about my most favorite educational resources. They are my go-to sites whenever I need something – say an activity, a video, a worksheet, a Powerpoint lesson, or an interactive game for a particular lesson. So, if you have found your favorite sites, bookmark them. It can make your teaching life much easier.
Here is a list of what I consider as must-have educational resources for teachers:
1. Readwritethink.org – provides a great resource which you can filter by grade level, lesson, or resource type (student interactives or lesson plans). What I like most are the interactive games which you can use for your computer center or as a fun activity in a whole group setting.
2. Readworks.org – has a plethora of lesson plans arranged by skills and strategy units, comprehension units, novel study units, and reading passages. All you have to do is register and you will be able to access these materials for free! I like that they have short, leveled passages with question set, and suggested texts for specific reading skills. It saves me a lot of time thinking about what text to use for a reading skill or strategy I need to focus on my lesson.
3. Havefunteaching.com– provides an interesting set of worksheets, flashcards, games, songs, and videos that you can add to your list of teaching materials. They offer materials that you can purchase, but they also have a lot of really useful ones that you can download for free. Most of the phonics and vocabulary games that I use in my classroom are from this site.
4. Weareteachers.com– is a site for almost everything a teacher needs: classroom resources in different formats (printables, infographics, posters, etc.) classroom management tips, blogs and articles about education and technology. They have interesting posts that are worth your time, and they even include discounts and deals for teachers!
5. LearnZillion.com – offers a free collection of Math and Language Arts resources that are standards-aligned. Resources are carefully organized by core lessons, task, assessment, practice exercises, and video lesson. It has a Common Core navigator that is arranged by grade level.
Go ahead, update your resources with these really useful educational websites!