This page includes a list of resources that I’ve found helpful. While some resources encourage having a paid account, there is plenty that you can do with a free account. I haven’t paid for anything yet, and I’ve found all of these resources extremely helpful. I hope that you do too!
RESOURCES FOR CREATING:
emaze is an amazing site where you can make presentations for you students. There are a variety of different templates to choose from, and a variety of different slide templates within each theme. The presentations look incredibly professional, and are very easy to make. With the free account you can make 12 presentations. There is special pricing for teachers if you are interested in upgrading.
Prezi is another presentation making website. These presentations are different from emaze presentations. Again the themes are premade, but the initial templates are also premade. It can be harder to add in slides. They are a good tool though, especially if you are looking for a presentation making site for students to use.
Zondle is a quiz making website. It’s free, but there are certain upgrades if you’re willing to pay a fee. What I love about this site is that there’s a lot of different question types you can add into your quizzes. There are many more features to this site also, but I’m still in the midst of exploring it and learning how to use it.
RESOURCES FOR ARTICLES:
ASCD (association for supervision and curriculum development)
ASCD is the one and only thing I have paid for so far, but really I think it’s worth it. I currently have a graduate student membership because that’s the point of life I’m at, but there are memberships for teachers too. It has tons of articles available on all sorts of different topics. You pay your fee once a year and fee prices vary. I think that my graduate student fee was around $35.00 which was definitely manageable. I’ve found that it’s a really valuable resource in the research that I’ve done so far, and it’s definitely a resource I plan on continuing to use in the future.
I love Edutopia. As a new teacher, I always want to be reading articles on different educational topics, but sometimes I find it really hard to find those articles. The internet is such a big place, and I’m still developing my toolbox of resources. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. I just discovered Edutopia recently, and it has everything. It has so many articles. The articles aren’t too long, aren’t too wordy, are so user friendly and easy to read. I’ve already read and bookmarked so many, and I can’t wait to keep building my article arsenal.
NewsELA is a great resource that I learned about while I was student teaching. It has hundreds and hundreds of articles on a variety of different topics that students can read. Teachers or students can choose the lexile level that students are at so they are reading something they are interested in but that is an appropriate level so they can understand what they’re reading. I can’t wait to put this resource to good use.
Litcharts is a great website to turn to when reading a novel in class. This website is similar to sparknotes in that it has many of the same elements. In fact, litcharts is created by the same people who created sparknotes! But I think that litcharts is much more user friendly. It breaks everything down into easy to understand chunks, it color codes different elements, and I’ve just found it really useful, especially for differentiation.
CommonLit is a great website although slightly limited. You can go into the site, pick a theme that you want your class literature to focus on, choose a discussion question and a grade level, and the website gives you appropriate texts to use. I think that’s great. What I don’t think is great is that there are a limited number of texts that are shown depending on the theme you choose. I do think it’s a great resource though, and if nothing else it would act as a great springboard to get you started if you’re looking for new texts to use in your classroom.
LitPick is an awesome site. I’ve only just started exploring it, having discovered a link to it in an old email, but I fell in love with it almost immediately. This site focused on young adult literature and has young adults read and review the books. I think this is so great because it engages students and it’s not an adult telling students why the book is or isn’t good. It’s someone their age which I think is just huge.
readworks.org is a great resource for non-fiction texts. It provides leveled texts for all grades as well as reading strategies, comprehension units, and units of study related to novels. It’s a great resource to use to help differentiate texts within the classroom.
Chompchomp is a great grammar resource. It has simple to understand definitions and examples for teachers to use, modify, and share with students. It takes a lot of the confusion out of grammar which I think is fabulous. The English language can be complicated enough without having to sort through complicated and confusing definitions.
Teachers Pay Teachers
It is free to sign up for Teachers Pay Teachers, and I am a lover of things that are free. Once in Teachers Pay Teachers, there are plenty of downloadable resources that are free; there are also lots of resources one can pay a fee to download and have. Some fees are as low as a dollar, some are higher. It all depends. It’s also all relatively affordable, and the resources are made by educators for educators. This is a great resource to have at hand.