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Community Service

The League

Students are often recognized for their achievements on the field and in the classroom, but how often are they recognized for giving back? The LEAGUE is a school-based system that combines state standards-based lesson plans with community service events that teach students the value of giving and recognizes them for their efforts.   (Introduced in May 2008 Faculty Meeting)

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom

University of Maryland University College discusses Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web.

TeachLearning - The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use.

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers - This chart was designed to inform teachers of what they may do under the law.



Interesting Things for ESL Students - Word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, proverbs and much more.

ESL Magazine - The leading magazine for teachers of American English and ESL/EFL professionals worldwide.



Healthfinder® - Your free guide to reliable health information. A service of the U.S.Deaprtment of Health and Human Services


How to Create a Hotlist and/or WebQuest

Filamentality - Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank tool that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Internet, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into online learning activities. Support is built-in along the way through Mentality Tips. In the end, you'll create a web-based activity you can share with others even if you don't know anything about HTML or serving web pages.

TrackStar - TrackStar is your starting point for online lessons and activities. Simply collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by other educators. Search the database by subject, grade, or theme and standard for a quick and easy activity. There is a fun Track already made for each day of the year, too!


Lesson Plans, Activities and Worksheets

abcTeach - To be a user-friendly educational site that provides quality printable materials for immediate use by teachers, education majors, and parents.

edHelper - is dedicated to providing teachers a single shop for educational resources. edHelper was created by a team of teachers who have edhelped (!) in its development.

Enchanted Learning - Produces children's educational web sites which are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.

PBS Teachers - PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. They provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.

Read Write Think - Offers an array of lesson plans that span grade levels and subjects.

A&E Classroom - Teaching materials, tips, and resources from A&E's Classroom.

Discovery School Lesson Plan Library - Select a grade level and subject area to peruse these lesson plans.

SCORE Cyberguides - Lesson plans for books for all levels from K - 12 by the California Schools Online Resources for Education

Lesson Plans from Scholastic - There are many lesson plans from Scholastic Publishers. There are also Graphic Organizers for reading comprehension and records of books read.



The Big Myth

How do people from different cultures view themselves, the world and their origins?
The Big Myth is a new experimental learning module designed for use in the classrooms. It is a sociology textbook for the comparative study of world creation mythology. The myths are told using Flash animation and are accompanied by an overview of the culture, the pantheon of the gods and a series of exercises based on that culture. The Big Myth combines the Internet and Flash animation as a presentational medium with a highly progressive group learning method known as complex instruction. The Big Myth consists of the Mythology section, Links and Bibliography for further research, a Write Your Own Creation Myth section for students, the Teacher's Guide and a Discussion Forum where an off-line debate is held over the material.

Online Video Links:

Uncle Jay Explains - Listen to what Uncle Jay has to say about what's going on in the world.

MSNBC - Top video new clips straight from the news.

CNN - CNN is known for its timely reports and news coverage.  Click here to see some of the top video clips of the day.

WLIW21 - Instructional Television Services. South Middle Passcode - mKhJm7L85w


Political Cartoons

Newsday - Click here to view today's political cartoon.


Scholastic - Scholastic offers links to education materials, teacher resources, student activities and much more.

Teachers@Random - Teaching guides from Random House. This site has a monthly calendar which will help you to choose books related to seasonal events. There are also author biographies and lists of award winning books.

Social Responsibility

  • The nonprofit organization Action without Borders’ lists and describes organizations founded by kids, volunteer opportunities, project ideas, and news updates on international social issues.
  • Free the Children is an international organization of children helping children through education. Its Global Voices section provides lesson plans on social activism and information on holding a fundraiser, becoming a junior journalist, and starting a Youth in Action group.
  • Friendship through Education Consortium’s Web site Friendship through Education facilitates global youth communication and social commitment worldwide. The site provides safe opportunities for kids to exchange letters or e-mails, and to participate in joint projects to promote peace and understanding worldwide. For example, kids can make comfort quilts, design peace flags, post peace-themed poems, share art work, and more.
  • JustGive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to charities and worthy causes, offers Inspiring Kids Making a Difference which provides stories of dedicated young people who have established programs to help needy kids, animals, or the environment.
  • Purdue University’s Purple Wagon Web site provides a collection of activities, lesson plans, books, curriculum guides, and fact sheets for kids of all ages on war, terrorism, peacemaking, and social activism.
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Web site offers Teaching Tolerance a section with lesson plans and classroom activities on a range of social issues and a kid’s page with inspirational stories and interactive games. Visitors can add to the collaborative “One World Mural,” an online collection of images and writing by kids of all ages in the “Teacher’s Guide” section of its “Web Exclusives.”

~ American Library Association


Video Downloads

KeepVid - How to use:  1. Choose the site you want to download from; 2. Copy the link of the page with the video on it and paste it in the textbox above; 3. If you download an flv file, you need an FLV player.

Mac Update - Get Tube 2.1 here.




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