Teaching Resources

Here are some excellent resources for middle-level educators in language arts and social studies. I’ve also included some resources useful for all teachers. Annenberg Learning Center provides free videos for continuing education. The Internet Archive, Story Maps, and the Newberry Digital Collections all offer free services for teachers and students alike. Please leave a comment if any of the links are broken.


National Council of Teachers of English

National Council for the Social Studies

National Education Association

Newspapers.com (Access to millions of articles through 7 day free subscription. After 7 days, subscription is a bit expensive.)


ReadWriteThink – Classroom Resources


Georgia DOE Resources for ELA Educators

Georgia Geographic Alliance

Story Maps (Geography Resource)

Newberry Digital Collections for Classroom (Artwork, political cartoons, and whatnot)

Library of Congress: American Memory

Library of Congress: Teacher Section

Featured Exhibits of the U.S. National Archives

100 Milestone Documents from U.S. history

History Matters

U.S. National Archives: Teacher Section

PBS: The American Experience

Why did the South secede again?

U.S. National Archives: General Records

Poem: Casey at the Bat

Poem: The Hangman

Anne Frank House: Virtual Walkthrough

Extreme Sentence Surgeons – ELA mechanics game

Barebooks – Make your own book in class!

Intervention Central – Create your own writing exercises for students


Strategies for Effective Lesson Planning

Preparing for a Parent Teacher Conference

Understanding Georgia’s Common Core

Creating Concept Maps

Proper Citation/Bibliography Guidelines

Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Disabilities

Annenberg Learning Center

100  Free Classroom Rewards*

Internet Archive (More Free Resources)

Organizing Field Trips

Defense Against the Dark Arts – Information on GA Milestones high-stakes testing for educators

Making an Interactive Notebook

Teachers Pay Teachers – Free and paid resources for lesson plans and other classroom materials

Whole-Brain Teaching – Use movement to enhance your lesson

BookWizard – Find the right book for your lesson!

Project Lookup – Project-based learning resource

Newsela – Find reading-level appropriate texts

Explicit Instruction

Blendspace – Keep all your files in one place, no need to switch from PowerPoint to Word to Chrome, etc.!

Thrively – Keep track of student strengths

Symbaloo – Bookmark folder getting unwieldy? Symbaloo will keep all your helpful links in one place.


Technology Instructables (STEM) – Ideas and instructions for dozens of technology projects.

Webmaker – A host of digital tools for making presentations, developing apps, and learning about websites.

Scratch – Coding made simple (sort of).

Information is Beautiful – Data made visual.

Free Play Music – Free public domain music for your classroom projects.

Information Geographies – Thematic maps for social studies.

Periodic Table of Visualizations – How to make data visual.

Flocabulary.com – Sing your lesson

Mackinvia – Audiobook resource. Check it out. (Subscription Only)

Measuring Up Live – Create your own standard-centered test or quiz (Subscription Only)

USA Test Prep – Create standard-centered lessons (Subscription Only)

50 Random Teaching Technologies

Edgenuity – Still have no idea what this is for, but administrators and school data analysts love it (Subscription Only)

Plickers – Data-gathering tool for teachers

Screencast-o-Matic – Free/paid recorder that allows for asynchronous learning opportunities


SOLO 6 – Assistive Technology, typing (Fulton County Schools PowerPoint)

SOLO 6 – DraftBuilder Tutorial

SOLO 6 – Write: Out Loud Tutorial

SOLO 6 – CoWriter Tutorial

SEC Assessment Strategies – From Fulton County Schools

SEC Instructional Strategies – From Fulton County Schools

Marzano’s High-Yield Instructional Strategies

Adaptive Learning Strategies


Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Students at the Center – Hub

Getting Smart – Further resources for student-centered learning

Adaptive Learning Strategies


Behavior Queen – Let Amy show you how it’s  done.

Free/Inexpensive Rewards for Good Behavior

Class Dojo – Track and respond to a variety of target behaviors