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Education World: Curriculum - Article about ten sites recommended for middle school teachers.

South Carolina Streamline  - Thousands of downloadable video clips available for South Carolina educators.  You can search the database according to subject area, grade level, and/or learning standard.  See Mrs. Lisenby for the district's passcode.

DISCUS - See Mrs. Lisenby for password and username information            

MiddleWeb -links to Middle school sites.

National Middle School Association - Provides resources and information for professionals, parents, and others interested in the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. NMSA is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to the growth of middle level education.

Copyright For Educators - Provides comprehensive information about fair use guidelines and copyright laws

Newsela - an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension using nonfiction.

Learnzillion - Thousands of resources to explain the Common Core Standards and equip students for success!

Landmarks for Schools - dedicated to the idea that the very nature of information is changing, practically before our eyes. It is changing in what it looks like, where we find it, what we look at to view it, what we can do with it, and how we communicate it. Here you will find information and tools designed to help us redefine literacy for the 21st Century.

Edutopia - what works in education; lots of information!

Writing Fix - Home of interactive writing prompts and picture book ideas to use in your classes!

Teachers First - Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers!

Cool Quotes - Need a quote?  got a quote?  This site is for you!
Fine Arts        

Art 21 - Art in the 21st Century from PBS.

Fine Art Online --Learn about fiber and graphics arts from Harcourt School.

Arts Ed Net --Site includes art lesson plans

Music Education Online --Includes information for band, chorus, and orchestra classes.

Web English Teacher - Drama teacher resources
Language Arts

Lesson Ideas in Language Arts - Plethora of ideas

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site -- Reviews, curriculum ideas, and activities. Reviews are organized by title, author, type of book, and grade level. Some featured books get "the full treatment" -- discussion points, activities, and related books and websites.

Academy of American Poets - English teachers can direct students to this major poetry site where students can listen to poems read by their authors and browse historic and thematic exhibits.

The Write Site - Where middle schoolers become journalists.

Big6 Information Literacy Model - Most widely known and widely-used approach in teaching information and technology skills throughout the world.

Online Teacher's Guides - Bibliography of online teacher guides and novel resources

American Folklore - This folklore site contains retellings of folktales, myths, legends, fairy tales, superstitions, weatherlore, and ghost stories from all over the Americas.
Math

The Annenberg Teachers' Lab - Experiment with new teaching and learning ideas in math and science -- and identify activities you can use in the classroom. This site features labs based on the professional development series and workshops broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project Channel. Each Lab combines online activities with background information and interactive polls or worksheets participants can use in their classrooms, plus links to related Web sites.

Projects, field trips, and lesson plans for math educators - Plenty of ideas on how to make learning math fun for your students

Cool Math - An Amusement Park of Math and More!

Hoodamath - Math games and tutorials that include resources to use with Promethean boards!
Science

MiddleSchoolScience.com:   A resource for every middle school science teacher! Lesson plans for Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science.

ScienceSpot.net:  The Science Spot is an excellent resource for educators and students. From the Science Classroom to the Kid Zone, everyone is sure to find something to make learning fun!

Middle School Science - Lesson plans and resources

National Science Teacher's Association - Articles, teacher resources, teacher chat

EdQuest Middle School Science - Outstanding science resources for educators, students, and parents

Science Teachers at Home with the Web - Article displays middle school science teachers' personal sites

National Science Digital Library - An online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - GREAT site for interactive activities for your Promethean boards!

Exploratorium - The museum of science, art, and human perception!
Social Studies

Reading Comprehension in the Social Studies -- This page at "ReadingQuest.org (University of Virginia) offers social studies and language arts teachers access to many strategies to help students comprehend non-fiction, fact-filled text.

Primary Source Material from the National Archive -- To encourage teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom, the Digital Classroom provides materials from the National Archives and methods for teaching with primary sources.
 
Library of Congress -- Want to teach your middle graders how to use primary sources in history and social studies?

Today in History -- Take a peek back in time with this History Channel feature, which brings you several historic events for each day of the year. Curious about your birthday or any other special date? Enter the month and date to jump to its unique history. (Surfin' with Kids review.)

PBS Teacher Source - Teaching ideas and materials for middle school social studies educator