As class sizes keep growing, it becomes harder and harder to find the time to look for new elementary teaching materials, while still giving your kids the personalized attention they need (and deserve!).
After all, you can only be pulled in so many directions at once, right?
With that in mind, I put together this list of websites for elementary teachers, hoping that you’ll finally be able add something fresh and fun to your lesson plan.
Now, you don’t have to skim the results of hundreds of Google searches to find a handful of useable internet resources—I’ve already got 101 of ‘em!
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1. GoEd Online Elementary
GoEd Online is more than just a blog—it’s a one-stop shop for teaching materials! There are over 3,000 downloadable eBooks and games for elementary teachers, including resources for early childhood, English (ELA), math, science and social studies.
Click here to check out our elementary materials.
FunBrain has over 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.
3. e-Learning for Kids
At e-Learning for Kids, you can search through educational games by grade level or subject. There are materials for grades 1-6 in math, science and language arts.
4. Turtle Diary
Over 1,000 educational activities, games, animated lessons, printable worksheets, interactive storybooks and more.
Have your elementary students practice their math, science and language arts skills with games and interactive activities from FueltheBrain!
6. Free Rice
This website allows your students to review English vocabulary and grammar at varying levels of difficulty. For each correct answer, the website will donate one grain of rice. Have your students play Free Rice when they finish early and keep track of how much rice your students have contributed to combat hunger.
7. Mr. Nussbaum
Mr. Nussbaum is a website with tons of interactive games and activities for math, language arts, history, geography, science and more.
Free games for learning how to use money, tell time, count and read. Also, you’ll find mazes, memory games, puzzles, Sudoku and more!
9. Ask Kids
The Ask Jeeves search engine for kids.
KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians -- with kid-friendly results!
11.Librarians’ Internet Databse
Find websites you and your students can trust in this directory that has been compiled by librarians.
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TV Game Shows
With millions of YouTube videos, there’s bound to be something that’s relatable to your lesson. There are step-by-step tutorials, news clips, editorials, short documentaries and more. Recently, YouTube launched an education-specific version of the website called YouTube for Teachers.
TeacherTube is exactly what it sounds like—YouTube for teachers (not to be confused with the Youtube-specific version above!). The design of the website is getting a little outdated (it’s reminiscent of past versions of YouTube), but there are many educational videos to choose from.
The education section of Appolicious is a listing of thousands of educational applications with descriptions and reviews. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for something new, or just to check something out before you buy it.
Use IMDb, the internet movie database, to see if there are any movies that are relevant to the topic you’re teaching. If you find one, you can also check the rating to make sure it’s appropriate for your classroom, and read reviews to see what others have thought (and to see if it's historically or scientifically accurate!).
A colleague and fellow GoEd Online blogger (can you guess who?) got me hooked on using Pinterest! There’s no end to the great elementary teaching resources you can find on there. Educators from all over the world have created boards that are PACKED full of great stuff.
If you want to check out what we’ve found on Pinterest, follow us.
This social network is kind of like Pinterest for people who want to learn about different things. Users create and share collections of knowledge. It is still in its beta phase and requires an invite to get full access, but it’s very cool already! The “education” topic is full of great posts about using tech in the classroom, industry trends and shared resources.