Teacher Productivity

Sites on the WEB for Teachers
Carol LaRow

Please note:
  1. Links for K-4 at the very botom of this page.
    Please scroll to the bottom.
  2. Some of the sites have handouts in PDF format.
    Click on the links under the description to download handouts.

School Notes is a site that allows teachers to post assignments, notices, and due dates for students and parents online. The site provides a simple-to-use tool with a format that is easy to understand, even for beginning Internet users. No need to worry about HTML language or WEB page know-how. This is a free service that increases opportunities to be more involved in their children’s learning while promoting home/school communication. And, parents can sign up to be notified by email each time you add information to your postings.

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Schoolnotes Handout - Download PDF File


This site allows busy teachers to create quality rubrics from scratch. The site walks you through the necessary steps, provides you with templates to use, gives you sample rubrics based on themes you choose, and allows you to edit and change them. You can choose from the pre-made rubrics stored on the site or change categories, insert headings, and alter the content.You can save your rubric for later reference or print it out directly from the site. And, you can access and use rubrics created by other educators.

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php mmmmmmmmm Rubistar Handout - Download PDF File

Make Your Own Worksheets!

This site allows educators to make worksheets by filling out simple forms online. The forms are very easy to use, and the materials are generated instantly and can be printed directly from your computer. Your creations are exclusive to you, and you can save worksheets you create. Some of the worksheets you can create are: crossword puzzles, webquests, word scrambles, science labs, word searches, rubrics, "Today in History," an organizer for weekly assignments, and more. Try this site for easy-to-do worksheets you can print out and use! Don't miss the teachers' message boards.

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Additional features from Teachnology that teachers will find useful:

Rubric Makers Online For Different Topics: reading skills, class participation, homework, lab reports, math, oral expression, paragraph writing, persuasive essays, multimedia projects, and more. Just type online and print!



This site allows teachers to create calendars for their students. The calendar is an on-line-teacher-managed calendar, which allows teachers to communicate assignment dates and requirements to students and parents. Teachers create a calendar for each of their classes and add assignments for the students to view. Students view their teachers’ calendars online to see assignments for classes they might have missed, or to get an overview of the class. Calendars can also be printed and used as photocopy masters.

The Gateway to Educational Materials-

The Gateway project is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to the substantial, but uncatalogued, collections of educational materials found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Gateway is a free service, available to anyone with Internet access. The Gateway provides links to free Internet materials, partially free materials, and to resources that require a fee or registration to be used.

WEB Worksheet Wizard-

This web-based utility will allow you to create a lesson, worksheet or class page on the World Wide Web. All you need to use this utility is your browser and some time. Web Worksheet Wizard is for teachers only. You can do the following on this site:

* Create a unique web document
* Personalize article / page content
* Include an image
* Add hyperlinks to other sites on the web
* Include an e-mail link to allow others to contact you

There is also a “Project Poster” page for students to create quick and easy web pages.
Timeline Generator-

Create simple timelines quickly for any lesson. The site allows for "six event" timelines. Once the timeline is generated, it can be printed out, right from the browser, which allows for creating lessons more quickly. This is an easy-to-use timeline creator, and students can use it also.

This site allows you to generate tests, without the need to spend a lot of time formatting. You can mix different types of questions too - multiple choice, short answer, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank, all on the same test! You can customize font with bold, italics, font size, and style. And, the generator allows you to create different versions of the "same test" automatically by clicking on the "generate alternate versions." You can also print the test and answer key. Students may not take the tests online, but you can print the tests right from the browser.

Regents Exam Prep Center-

The goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. This project is supported by a federally-funded Title III Technology Literacy Challenge Grant. The site is well designed and includes outlines of important information, practice tests, old Regents Exams, teacher resources, interactive games, study strategies, exam overviews, practice essays, study cards, and much more.
Geometery, Algebra, Algebra 2, Trig


This site has general review/formula sheets, Regents reference sheets, study tips, teaching stragegies, A2T Student, A2T Teacher, and links to the State Education Department. The site also provides old Regents exams, lesson pages, and interactive student practice pages. New York State teachers have created a series of activities, complete with diagrams.  These activities can be incorporated into a lesson plan, modified to enhance an existing lesson, or act as a springboard for other activities.

  1. Algebra
  2. Geometery
  3. Algebra 2 and Trig
Filamentality -

Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank online tool that guides users through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet links, and turning them into learning activities. It combines the "filament" of the Web with a learner's "mentality." Support is built-in through tips that guide users along the way. The output is a Web-based activity teachers can create for their students, even if they don’t know anything about the WEB or using HTML.
FunBrain.com for K-8 Students

This site offers online resources for teachers of students grades K-8. The site is easy to use and is loaded with motivating activities for students. It also includes activities based on Standards, flash cards, curriculum guides, games to use an enrichment activities, gradebooks online, activities for parents to do with their children, and more.

This site is for the more advanced user. It assists instructors as they create webpages for their own schools and classrooms. Teachers can create links to sites on the WEB for students to use for research and learning. You can also access other educators’ tracks by using keywords and subject categories.
Discovery School's Worksheet Generator

This site allows for creating customized vocabulary or math worksheets. Templates are provided. There are eight vocabulary and four math templates; more are being added. You can also choose from among 300 ready made, teacher created worksheets. If you register for "Custom Classroom," you can store worksheets on the site and retreive them.
Free Teacher Tools

This site offers a variety of tools for your teacher toolbox. Create worksheets, forms, quizes, rubrics, graphic organizers, webquests, and more. Use the site to discover teacher portals, lesson plans, and other resources. There are lesson plans for students with special needs and assistive technology links. The site is a good jumping off point for other sites.
Math Fact Cafe

You can build your own math drill exercises for students, or choose from among the many pre-made ones. Many math topics are covered including fractions, decimals, money, and more. The site also offers flash cards and worksheets on telling time. It has a good help area to assist you. You can choose to print in different size font, from small to jumbo. Answer sheets can be created. You can print math sheets (grades 1-4) and flash cards (grades 1-3) at this site.
Teachers Net -

This site features lesson plans listed online for teacher use. Browse by category, search the lesson bank, or add your own lessons. There’s even an online chatroom, for collaborating with colleagues.

There is also a free widget and tool page which offers gadgets you can post on webpages and social media sites.

Casa Notes-

Casa Notes is a site that provides templates for teachers to quickly make, and customize, typical notes that are sent home to parents or given to the students. This is done by using templates and allowing the teachers to customize some of the content, choose color schemes, and add graphics. The notes can be printed on black-and-white or color printers. There are approximately 12 tremplates which include: progress and good work, Reminders, field trip permission slips, homework, and medication.
Connected Learning-

Search for lessons by curriculum area, grade level, New York State Standards, or search using keywords.
  3,300 videos
23,000 video clips
25,000 photographs, illustrations, and clip art
  5,000 print resources
  6,000 audio files

You can download parts of movies. You don't have to show or download entire movie!
Power Media Plus - (Schools Must Subscribe to this Service)

This site offers thousands of videos, video clips, audio files, audio books, music, photos, clip art images, print resources, podcasts, children's literature titles, and a collection of art. It houses 15,000 quiz questions and 1,000 premade quizzes for educators to use. It also offers a curriculum oriented audio library and media integration tools. It has thousands of streaming videos not found anywhere else.



This site offers teacher resources such as lesson plans, student "interactives," today in history, Standards alighment, discussion groups for teachers, a widget library for gathering information, and more. There are blogs and newletters also.


Hyper History Online: HyperHistory is an expanding scientific project presenting 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of synchronoptic lifelines, timelines, and maps. It contains over 2,000 files covering 3,000 years of history. This is a nice resource for student projects and history research.
WEB Gallery of Art: This site is a virtual museum with a searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque Periods. There are over 13,500 reproductions. Commentaries about the art, biographies of artists, guided tours, free postcard, and other services are available.

Note: There is an excellent navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, allowing for searches by text, artist index, author, time frame, and form.
Study Zone: This is a site for preparing for the New York State Assessment Test. The site was put together by teaching professionals to help students and teachers gain more information and preparation for the New York State tests. Each testing area provides lessons, practice activities, teacher resources, and some literature tie-in's. It is organized by Regents, interemediate, and elementary. For example, in the Intermediate Section, it has ELA 8, social studies 8, math 8, and science 8.
New York State Education Department-

This site offers information about New York State Regents exams. It is maintained by the Office of State Assessment (OSA). Materials and information are posted for testing schedules, NYS Testing Program, accommodations for testing, scoring information, etc. The site has tests for elementary, intermediate, and high school. Download sample tests, Regents Exams, component retests, Standards, and other publications.
Free Rice-

This site "gives back" as if offers reinforcement and education to everyone. It is a non-profit organization run by the United Nations World Food Program. They partner with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
    Free Rice has two goals:
        1. Provide education to everyone
        2. Help end World hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free

Take the vocabulary quizzes online, which automatically adjust to your ability level.Click on the "subjects" link at the top, right of the page to see a list of other subjects available.


K - 4 Sites
Fun School: This site offers a variety of learning games for younger children. Keep them interested and motivate as they learn basic skills! This award winning website offers more than 10,000 pages of topical content for children ages 3 - 11.

Count the Ants: This site helps younger students count and recognize numbers. Ants will march across the screen, and students are asked, "How many ants do you see?" They must click on the correct answer. They practice computer skills as they learn their numbers."


Learn Your Colors: This site offers a cute game for learning colors. Children are prompted to click on the colored squares. If they get the answer right, they see different animations on the screen and get a "hooray." They also see the words written on the screen and used in a sentence.


Alphabetize Your Letters: Young children learn the alphabet, predict patterns, learn math, colors, and geography. They get immediate feeback about the correctness of their answers. And, they practice using the mouse as they practice their letters.

Count the Wheels: This site provides pictures with different kinds of wheels. It prompts the children to find all the wheels on the objects the characters ask about. It then summarizes what the children have learned. This is good for Pre K and Kindergarten

Star Fall: This site helps children learn to read. It includes printed materials, phonics kits, and a download center. It's primarily designed for First Grade but can also be used for Pre K, Kindergarten, and Second Grade.

Monkey Business: Children learn to construct sentences by putting words and phrases in the correct order. If they are right, they can build bridges so the Spider Monkey can cross to the other side of different pits. Students must put words in sentence order to guarantee his safety. The monkey tells the students if they are correct and read the sentences aloud as each one is constructed by the child. This site is good for Grade 3.
Poetry Pickle: Children learn poetry concepts. They help the wizard find the dragon's lair using three potions. They learn rhyme, alliteration, and rhythm poetry. Good for Grade 3.
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