Web Sites for Lesson Plans

Educator's Reference Desk http://www.eduref.org/

"This new site includes the 2000 lesson plans, 3000 value-added pointers to education information & organizations, and 200 question archives you have been accessing at askeric.org for over 10 years." This is a great site for substantial lesson plans. All the lessons have been reviewed, evaluated, and edited. After selecting the "Lesson Plans" tab, you come to "Browse Lesson Plans by Subject." Below the subject headings is a generic search line.

Education World http://www.education-world.com

The initial screen provides a search box so you can immediately type in "lesson plans and history," OR if you start at the http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/ address, you will be at the screen for the newest lesson plans. As you scroll down the screen you will be able to choose a subject. Some of the topics have so much information and so many links that they would be useful for developing a theme or relating all subjects into one topic.

McREL: Educator Resources: Connections+ http://www.mcrel.org/resources/

Provides lesson plans, activities and curriculum resources linked with corresponding subject-area content standards. Additional links are provided to assist teachers. Just scroll down the screen and click on an appropriate topic. Sponsored by the Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory.

Columbia Education Center http://www.col-ed.org

On this page, under "Lesson Plans & Web Activites," (click on the green box), select "Teacher Developed Lesson Plans." Choose a broad category like "Language Arts" or "Social Studies" and you will get a long list of lesson plan titles to view. These lesson plans were designed by teachers, and their names and schools appear on their lesson plans.

New York Times Learning Network


Lesson plans based on stories and events in the newspaper. Usually compiled by someone affiliated with the New York Times and a teacher or educator from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. As you scroll down the page you come to the "Lesson Plan Archive" where you can select different subjects. Provides a link to "Interdisciplinary Connections" for ideas to connect this lesson plan or theme to other subjects. These lesson plans are for grades 6-12.

Internet School Library Media Center http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/index.html

This site has many links to other web sites, lesson plans, activities, journals, organizations, government agencies, and more information dealing with each subject heading. The site also contains a list of books online. It has links to "Reference Sources" like The Occupational Outlook Handbook, encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs, and mor. Just click on the subject you need.

Jan Brett Home Page http://www.janbrett.com

Jan Brett has created numerous activities and lesson plans to go along with her books. She has also designed an alphabet and set of numbers that you can print off for use in the classroom. There is an address to write to her to obtain a teacher's packet that can be used with her books, as well.

Educational Units and Lessons Plans http://www.coollessons.org

Click on "Cool teaching lessons and units". Then click on ready made units and lesson plans. Links to lots of sites for lesson plans on all subjects. Includes a wealth of other information including "Language arts," "Puzzles and games," and "Puzzle maker."

Children's Literature Web Guide http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/

David K. Brown has organized Internet resources for children's literature. His goal is to use electronic resources to further the reading of books. Even if you can not find lesson plans for a specific subject at this site, you should be able to find ways to use books across the curriculum.

Other Useful Sites:

Assignment Discovery and TLC Elementary School Lesson Plans (http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/) from the Discovery channel and TLC. Main page http://school.discovery.com.

Top 100 Sites for Teachers (http://teachers.net/lessons/)reranks hourly, sorts by subjects and general/miscellaneous. Also check their main page www.teachers.net for other resources, tools, chatrooms, etc.

Field Trips Learning Resources (http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/index.html)from Smithsonian Center for Education & Museum Studies. Has a tab for Lesson Plans.

AtoZ Teacher Stuff (http://lessonplanz.com/) Online lesson plans by grade levels and subjects, also includes themes and seasonal activities. See also www.atozteacherstuff.com same group.

WebQuest Page (http://webquest.sdsu.edu/)Designing WebQuests for students, reading and training materials.

Teachers.net Lesson Bank (http://teachers.net/lessons/) sharing of teaching ideas and lesson plans arranged by school and subject.

Resources for Math Teachers ENSI/SENSI (http://www.Indiana.edu/~ensiweb/home.html) Evolution and the Nature of Science Institute - biology and the modern scientific thinking, lessons, teaching units.

University of Illinois Collaborative Lesson Archive (http://faldo.atmos.uiuc.edu)

Scholastic (http://teacher.scholastic.com) (publishers) Teachers resources PreK-8.

edhelper (http://www.edhelper.com/) Lesson plans, exams, puzzles; subscription for some services.

CEC: Columbia Education Center Website (http://col-ed.org/) Lesson plans, web activities and links to other education sites.

LessonPlansPage.com over 2,000 free lessons, can be searched by subject and topic.

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ requires signup, advertising.

pecentral (http://www.pecentral.org) This is a good one for physical education majors - lots of lessons plans for them.

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