Teacher's Loft

Classroom Activities
Browse the "Subject Area Links" page and "Games" for fun educational activities to supplement lesson plans.

Doing a Research Project?
Access the "Research Show Me How" page to get started on developing effective research strategies skills. The "Ultimate Databases" and "Subject Area Links" have multiple online resources to help your students find information. Don't forget to visit the "Cite It" page which provides helpful links to assist in teaching students about proper citation.

Lesson Plans & Resources
- Illinois Learning Standards
- I-SAIL- Illinois standards aligned instruction for libraries
- Microsoft Lesson Plans
Novel Guide - Chapter by chapter summary of approximately 75 of the most-studied novels; also includes character analysis and metaphor and theme analysis.
Literary Resources on the Net - Links to sites dealing especially with English and American literature.
Nova Teachers - On-line science videos from PBS.
Teacher Tube
Smart Exchange Lesson Plans
Teacher Resources on the Great Depression
Teacher Resources from the Library of Congress
Teachers Resources from the National Archives
Holocaust Education Resources for Teachers
Copyright and Fair Use
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (The Big Read)
The Harlem Renaissance Lesson Plan (PBS)
Walter Dean Myers Webcast
Introducing Walter Dean Myers – National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Christopher Myers Webcast
The Great Gatsby: Primary Sources from the Roaring Twenties Lesson Plan
Recreation Yesterday and Today Lesson Plan
Jazz on the Screen
Library Of Congress
National Archives and Records Administration
National Geographic
National Geographic Education
Smithsonian Education
History Channel
More Resources can be found under each individual "Subject Area Links"

- National Center on Response to Intervention
- RTI in Action

- Technology Curriculum Resources (District #205)
Big 6 Research Model - An information and technology literacy model and curriculum.
Trails - A web-based knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 6th and 9th grade standards.
Virtual Learning Resource Center - An index of thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals.
Inspired - Issue #6 - Inspiring innovation in education. Assistive technologies
Bad Apple - Evaluating web site authority
All About Explorers - A well designed spoof site to be used in web site evaluation lessons.
Smart Exchange

Technology Tools - For You or Your Students
- Prezi (Presentation Creator)
Emaze (Presentation Creator)
Haika Desk (Presentation Creator)
Thinglink (Presentation Creator)
Emaze (Presentation Creator)
Kizoa (Presentation and Video Creator)
Microsoft Sway (Presentations & Newsletters)
Educreations (Video Lessons)
Mindmeister (Mind Mapping)
bubbl.us (Brainstorm & Mind Mapping)
Glogster (Multimedia Poster)
Animoto (Video Maker)
EDpuzzle (Video Maker)
Screencastify (Video Recording)
TouchCast (Video)
Blendspace (Lesson/Blended Classroom)
eduClipper - Similar to Pinterest
QR Code Generator
Quizlet (Study creator)
Wordle (Word Cloud Creator)
WordSift (Word Cloud Creator)
Canva (Graphic Design Software)
Symbaloo (Bookmark)

LMS (Learning Management Systems)
Canvas by Instructure
CourseSites by Blackboard

Website Evaluation Tutorial
What makes a website “good” for research? Check out this handy tutorial, which includes 5 easy-to-remember criteria to use when you evaluate any website!

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