Education Department


Middle School Literacy Project: Revealing Theories, Transforming Practices

Informing Theories and Effective Practices
Instructional Framework
Measure of Success

Internet Resources for Teachers
Photo Slideshow

State and National Academic Standards
Pennsylvania Department of Education
NCTE/IRA English Language Arts Standards
NCTM Mathematics Standards
NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
National Science Education Standards

Lesson Ideas for Books
Look for "Featured Books" with many activities and ideas for using books at all grade levels.
Has a great compilation of on-line resources including links to authors, book awards, and more. Check out the "Doucette Index: Teaching Ideas for Children's Books" for teaching ideas for literature based instruction.
This page contains links to many popular children's literature sites. There are also a limited number of lessons for some books. Look for "Novels" section. The bottom of this page has many links to skills and other important information including key points to remember when writing reading responses.
A join site by IRA and NCTE, two leading literacy organizations. Search for the National English Language Arts Standards as well a collection of lesson. The lessons may relate to the books you are looking for, but you will get ideas of how good literacy lessons look like.

Booklists and Professional Reviews
A mega site with links to many lists of notable and award winners.
American Library Association’s annual list of best young adult books.
Look for "All Reviewed Children’s Books".
NCSS annually publishes lists of notable trade books in social studies.
IRA annually publishes list of choice—children’s, young adults’ and teachers’—books.
NSTA annually publishes outstanding science trade books for children.
List of children’s literature in mathematics.

Mega Sites
A mega site of literacy educational resources from
Mega site with links to many other on-line resources.

Content Area Connections

"Internet Content for the Classroom is a nonprofit consortium of premier national and international education organizations and the MCI Foundation dedicated to providing the highest quality Internet content and professional development to teachers and students throughout the United States. First launched in 1997 as a collection of standards-based, discipline-specific educational Web sites for K-12 teachers."
Sponsored by Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.
"Community Learning Network, a site designed to help K-12 teachers integrate technology into the classroom. Here you’ll find over 5,800 annotated links to educational sites with free resources, all organized by theme pages and keyword search."
Hosted by Michigan State University School of Education.
A list of U.S. Government Web Sites for Kids.

"American Experience Online premiered in November of 1995 and has since won accolades from viewers and critics alike. To date, American Experience Online has produced over 85 feature sites. These sites complement the viewing experience by encouraging in-depth exploration of the issues surrounding each documentary subject beyond the television screen."
"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning."
"Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom."
"Xpeditions is home to the U.S. National Geography Standards—and to thousands of ideas, tools, and interactive adventures that bring them to life."
Hosted by National Council of Economics Education.
An official site of the US Census Bureau.
" Teachers can access a daily lesson plan for grades 6-12, written in partnership with The Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Each lesson plan and the article it references can be printed out for classroom use. Previous lessons are available in the archive and in thematic lesson plan units. Teachers can also use News Snapshot, aimed for grades 3-5, to explore current events through New York Times photos and related questions. The site additionally provides teachers with the latest education news from the newspaper."
Check out the "Classroom Features" for many other sites in social studies

A Chronology of US Historical Documents.
National Archives and Records Administration.
Primary Source Materials & Document Based Questions.
Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History.
Compiled from the National Digital Library's Educators' Forum held in July, 1995 by Library of Congress/American Memory.
"A listing of over 5500 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."
"The Our Documents initiative is a cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and USA Freedom Corps."

"The NCTM Illuminations Web site is designed to illuminate the new vision for school mathematics as presented in NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics."
"The mission of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC) is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning."
"Founded in 1965, TERC is a not-for-profit education research and development organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our mission is to improve mathematics, science and technology teaching and learning. TERC works at the edges of current theory and practice to: contribute to the understanding of learning and teaching; create curricula and other products; design and test exemplary models of professional development; develop applications of new technologies; support school reform through research and technical assistance."
"Science NetLinks' role is to provide a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans and reviewed Internet resources. SNL is a dynamic site with new content being added on a regular basis, so check back often."
An educational site of the U.S. Geological Survey (Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment).
An educational site of the Environmental Protection Agency.
"A middle school science teacher by the name of Tracy Trimpe has created this science extravaganza! Her Science lessons will immediately catch your eye, with lesson titles like the AtomsFamily, Bond with a Classmate, and Messing with Mixtures."
"Formal Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach promoting the science and majestic beauty of the universe for use in the classroom. The materials we develop for educators and learners of all ages are accurate, classroom-friendly, visually appealing, and carefully crafted to adhere to accepted educational standards."