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
FREE RESOURCES FOR SS AND LA EDUCATORS
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
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
FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL EDUCATORS
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
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
RESOURCES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS
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
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TOOLS
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