Mad River Elementary School Libraries

The mission of the library is to help staff and students reach curriculum goals and develop a life-long love of literature and books.


Teacher Resources

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Check these links for resources and other information to enhance lesson plans and create learning activities.


A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.


Download and print charts, calendars, planners, newsletters, name tags and many more items for your classroom at ABC Teach.


The Activity Idea Place started in 1998 as part of an Early Childhood Education project called the file box. They host over 3,400 activity ideas for Early Childhood Education professionals.


Alphabet Soup contains thematic units, holiday units, games and activities for kids; teacher and parent resources; crafts, humor and recipes for all! Includes plenty of free printable's!


Columbia Education Center

Columbia Education Center contains over 600 quality K-12 lesson plans.


Certificate Creator lets you create online certificates or search through their templates and print them out for your students.

Cyberbee Learning helps you to integrate the Internet into the classroom with excellent online resources. Resources include: curriculum ideas, research tools, treasure hunts, web quests, web links, articles, and more.

Discipline by Design offers a positive, well-managed classroom environment, with tips of eleven techniques to focus on a discipline program.


Discipline Strategies is a reference for handling over 117 misbehaviors at school and at home.


Dr. LeBeau's Home Page

Dr. LeBeau's Home Page is a resource for teachers, students, and curious adults.


Easy Test Maker is a free test making site for teachers. You can create multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, and true and false questions. You can also edit your test at any time.


Education Place is from Houghton Mifflin Publishers. It offers lots of teacher help.


Education World is the Educator's Best Friend. This resource includes: a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.


Educators for Social Responsibility

As a leading national center for teaching about conflict and social responsibility, Educators for Social Responsibility has been providing effective and credible resources for teaching important current issues for over 20 years. Their Online Teacher Center provides teaching resources on a range of issues related to international security, conflict resolution, peacemaking, violence prevention, and social responsibility.


The Educators Reference Desk has great links for educators in the areas of counseling, general education, librarianship, family life, teaching, technology, subject areas, and more. contains educational resources, lesson plans, clip art, worksheets, K-12, teacher web sites, homework, multimedia, technology tutorials, and an education newsletter. This is a slow loading site.


Elementary Education Resources

Elementary Education Resources is provided by They offer this list of helpful elementary education resources.


Enchanted Learning produces children's educational web sites and games which are designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment.


Fact Monster from Information Please covers all types of information.


The Florida Center for Reading Research is designed to conduct basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction. They are responsible for disseminating information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for preschool through 12th grade. There is sa wealth of information and materials to help teachers teach reading


The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence offers free resources from Federal agencies.


You will find links to government and other kids' sites at First Gov for Kids.


First-School features free fun preschool lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts,  worksheets, calendar of events and other resources for children of preschool age. 


Flashcard Exchange is the world's largest flashcard library.



4Teachers lets you e expand your curriculum with their timesaving educational resources that use technology to improve instruction across all content areas and grade levels. contains games with an educational background.


The Gateway to 21st Century Skills is your one-stop access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the internet.


At Global Schoolnet you will find online opportunities for teachers to collaborate including more than 750 online collaborative projects.


Good provides lessons and resources for teaching character education.


Find a wide variety of graphic organizers at with descriptions of each and tips on how and when to use them. You will also find samples along with strategies and links.


Graphic Organizers by SCORE

Graphic Organizers by SCORE contains a whole selection of various graphic organizers including an Inter-action Outline, and Anticipation/Reaction Guide, Chain of Events, Compare and Contrast, and the usual Venn diagrams.


I Love That Teaching Idea inspires teachers with practical, teacher-created ideas and resources that you can use in your classroom immediately.


The Idea contains kids crafts, games, recipes, activities and more.


Kathy Schrock's School contains a categorized list of sites for educators with over 800 links including search engines, web quests and slide shows for computer training.


K12 Station features a free library of over 20,000 web-based resources for K-12 students, teachers and families. Just click on a grade level and topic to view dozens of sites with tutorials, games, movies, simulations, primary source documents, and more!


Kerpoof is a free online multimedia software that allows children to explore their creativity by drawing, making animated movie, writing and illustrating stories, producing pictures and cards and more.


Kiddy is the resource center for kids and teachers. has free songs and nursery rhymes to listen to and download, Hundreds of free printable lyric sheets, activity sheets and sheet music. Free Christmas songbook.


KinderStart is the largest indexed directory and search engine focused on children zero to seven on the internet. Their mission is to provide parents, grandparents, foster parents and teachers with the most organized, and easiest to use index and search engine available.


The Knowledge Loom is a place for educators worldwide to do the following: review research that identifies promising practices related to various themes, view stories about the practices in real schools/districts, learn to replicate the success of these practices in your own organization, add your own stories and knowledge to the collections, and discover supporting organizations and resources, including annotated Web links.


Landmarks for Schools is 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.


Learning Page provides a huge collection of professionally produced instructional materials you can download and print. Lesson plans, books, worksheets, and much more can be found here.


Lesson is a searchable directory of free online lesson plans and lesson plan resources for all grades and subjects.




The Magic School Bus contains games, stories, printable's and videos.


MIKIDS.COM contains all kinds of computer lessons for grades K-8.


My Teacher Tools

My Teacher Tools is a comprehensive directory of Teaching Tools is a product of years of research by Rona Martin, classroom teacher and community volunteer.


National Geographic teachers provides many links to quality educational materials.


November Learning

November Learning is the home page of Alan November, a promoter of the effective use of information and communication technologies that support and enhance learning for children and communities.


ODE - Checklists

Provided by Kent State, ODE Checklists contains a list by grade level of academic content standards.


Ohio Department of


The Ohio Department of Education web site.


Ohio Resource Center

The Ohio Resource Center enhances teaching and learning by promoting standards-based best practices in mathematics, science, and reading for Ohio schools and universities. ORC serves as a trusted source of easily accessible, peer-reviewed, high-quality, and effective resources.


The Ohio Treasure Chest is an online collection of thousands of web sites which are high-quality, teacher-reviewed, interactive, and free. Each web site is aligned directly to the Ohio Academic Content Standards in math, science, language arts, and social studies, and ready for use in your classroom.


PBS Teacher Source offers: free resources for teaching and learning, local resources and services, professional development, and PBS video products.


Personal Educational Press

Personal Educational Press allow you to create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.

Preschool Express contains preschool activities and ideas for teachers, parents and grandparents.


Primary Games

Primary Games offers educational games for students to play.



Pro Teacher contains a directory that covers all of the major educational areas.


Puzzlemaker allows you to create your own puzzles and games for your class assignments.


Reach Every Child

Horace Mann and nationally recognized teacher, Alan Haskvitz, developed Reach Every Child. It contains educational resources for teachers and students. It also includes lesson plans to make reaching students and using technology easier.


Reading Is Fundamental is the nation's largest children's literacy organization. is a free program that uses step-by-step lessons to help teachers and parents to teach children to read, write and spell.


Room 108 is a primary education site for kids. There are lots of  free online games but all with an educational focus. There are over 400 pages of kids educational games, interactive writing, animated stories, songs, kids puzzles, art, math, science, social studies, distance learning and much more.


Rubistar allows you to create your own rubric or view examples of rubrics. There are also rubrics in Spanish.


Rubrics and Evaluation


At Rubrics and Evaluation Resources you can view general rubric templates as well as rubrics for multimedia projects. Other links will give you bookmark management tips, critical thinking resources, etc.


Disney has teamed with Common Sense Media to help children and "tweens" through the site Safety Tips safely navigate the Internet and other digital platforms and to get parents thinking about how media and technology fit into their family's life.


Scholastic has links appropriate for kids, teachers, and parents.

Sites for Teachers conains lesson plans, worksheerts, activitirs, clip art and more. t

Songs for Teaching allows creative teachers to use music to teach content across the curriculum - to students of all ages. They offer thousands of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions.


Smithsonian developed this site for educators. It provides lesson plans, resources, media catalog, field trips and more.


The Standards Locator provides a handy reference with national standards, or you can select your state for standards in each subject area.


Teacher is a source of free educational resources for teachers to use in their classrooms. The pages are full of resources, ideas, clip art, activities and lesson plans.


The Teachers offers printable worksheets covering puzzles, brain teasers, word searches, word scrambles, match-up worksheets, crossword puzzle maker, telling time worksheets, money worksheets and printable calendars.


Teachers connect, on Teachers.Net offers over 150 unique "channels" for teachers by grade level, curriculum, region, and dozens of special interest groups. provides lesson plans, how to projects, and power tools for education. You can also sign up for a weekly e-mail newsletter.


TeAchnology is a web portal for educators that includes reviews of sites, teacher worksheets, downloads, rubrics and other teacher tools. You can also request a teacher newsletter delivered by email.


For 11 years Mark Treadwell's Teachers @ work has been supplying educators around the world with free, high quality resources to make life easier in a digital world.


Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips offers unique teaching tips written in to Dr. Kathie Nunley's web site for educators.


Tech Trekers is a great site for teachers. It includes sites from early elementary to high school, free stuff for teachers, history, math, and science sites, simulation sites, scavenger hunts, thematic units, virtual field trips, web quests, Power Point ideas, rubrics, and web page tools. is the cornerstone of Verizon Foundation's literacy, education and technology initiatives. Their goal is to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond by providing high-quality content and extensive professional development training.


U.S. Department of Education

The United States Department of Education Webster offers information on government programs including "No Child Left Behind".


Virtual Tours is a collection of tours of the world, museums, exhibits, points of special interest and the U.S. Government.



At Warm-ups you will find a large list of improv games for your students to loosen up in any situation, work cooperatively, or use as icebreakers.


Web Poster Wizard is a FREE tool that allows educators to create a lesson, worksheet, or class page and immediately publish it online. Teachers can also set up classes and assign projects to students. Students complete the assignments by creating their own online projects or reports. Teachers and students can even add images and links to their pages.


Write Design is a great site that shows how to apply graphic organizers to the classroom.


Clip Art

Clipart, Pictures & Graphics (Pictures, Graphics)

Educational clipart & Links






A lifetime of color provides educators with a comprehensive resource of lesson plans, projects and techniques to use.


A. Pintura Art Detective is an interactive mystery that lets you solve an art mystery as well as learn about six famous artists.


Welcome to the Alphabet of Art. This site explains, in simple terms, the elements of visual design. Once you understand the Alphabet, you'll be able to "read" pictures and other works of visual art and understand why they work the way they do.


Art Cyclopedia lets you search over 80,000 images by 7,500 artists, browse by artist, movement, medium, nationality or name.


@rt Junction

At @art Junction you can check out art projects for the classroom, see how to "think like an artist," view art work created by children, learn about art history, review art books, and visit other art-related sites for children.


Crayola presents this educators web site. Check out Crafts Central, the Coloring Book, Story Time, Online Art, and the Game Room. There are separate areas for preschoolers, parents, and teachers.


On The Incredible @rt Department site you will find art lessons from grades Pre K-12. It also includes the art site of the week, art news, art stuff, and more.


The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.


View the wonderful exhibits at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibits include activities for children. Online teacher resources are listed and the museum lends slide packets, videos, and lesson plans at no charge.


Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.



Language Arts

Book Report Ideas

Book Report Ideas presents dozens of ideas for exciting, hands-on literary projects.


Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site contains a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.


The Children's Literature Web Guide contains Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.


The Database of Award Winning Children's Literature allows you to search for award-winning children's books (K-12) by age of reader, genre, time period, and more.


The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation is to excite and inspire the world's children to become members of the global community – children who understand the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online. They have over 324 free children's books online.


Linda's Links to Literature contains links to other reading resources. Some of these are free and you can also pay a fee to access others.


Poetry Spotlight

Developed by a teacher Poetry Spotlight has ideas for poetry lessons and much more.


Explore Reading Rockets: Launching to find out how you can launch a child into a bright future with reading strategies that work. opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to motivate children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, home school, and English language development.


ReadWriteThink is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation. They are working together to provide educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content.


Wacky Web Tales is a creative and interactive site are for kids, in grades 3 and above who love Mad Libs. Students can pick from one of over 20 different tales and fill in the requested parts of speech. They can then see how their answers were used to create a really wacky story.


Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, Web Quests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities.


Advanced Book Exchange allows you to request a book or out of print book, have them make a search, and receive a price quote.


The American Library Association offers this excellent web site. They include links to the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal and other literature sites.


Book Finder is a meta search engine for finding new, used, or out of print books.


Book Hive is provided by The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. It offers this excellent guide to children's literature and books.


On Librarians at Random you will find book talks, booklists, awards, information on authors, illustrators and more. It is a goldmine of information.


Library of Congress

At the Library of Congress you can look at U.S. history and culture, world culture and resources, legislative information, exhibitions, and more.


Nancy Kean's Book talks Quick & Simple is the place to be when you are looking for ready-to-use book talks, lists of recommended reading, book reviews by children or other information about children's literature. The site also contains lists of book talks from preschool through young adult.


Read Across America

Read Across America, from the National Education Association, contains activities promoting reading.


SOS for Information Literacy

SOS for Information Literacy is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource that includes lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching of information literacy. It is dedicated to helping educators find motivating ways of teaching information literacy skills to children.



The Student Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism is brought to you by Education World. It is an easy to read document that you could have kids read to help them understand the concept of plagiarism.




AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts.


A plus Math was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively.


A Maths Dictionary for Kids

A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an animated, interactive dictionary for students which explain over 600 common mathematical terms in simple language.


Cool math 4 Kids is an amusement park of math and more - especially designed for fun, fun, FUN.


Education World - Math Lessons

Education World hosts this section on math lesson plans.


This section of the Educators Reference Desk is devoted to math lesson plans.


Library of Congress

At the Library of Congress you can look at U.S. history and culture, world culture and resources, legislative information, exhibitions, and more.


Illuminations allows you to explore math and create interactive lessons. It is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


The goal of is to help elementary school children (Grades 1 through 6) boost their math problem solving and critical-thinking skills. has over 15,000 online and printable NCTM compliant math word problems for children to enjoy! contains math activities and games for teachers to use in their classroom. Design your own quizzes, worksheets, and flash cards.



Utah State University developed the National Library of Virtual Manipulative's. They have made dozens of free PreK-12 math manipulative's available online. These applications help students visualize complex relationships and increase their understanding of everything from addition to Venn diagrams and beyond.


Music is a children's online creative music environment for children of all ages. It's a place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.


Incompetech provides royalty free music collections at this site.


Instruments of the Orchestra is produced by the San Francisco Orchestra. It provides a great way for people of all ages to hear, learn, and have fun with music. Consider this site your premier web destination for learning about music.


The Music Sampler will take you on a tour of some of the more popular musical genres by first giving a general overview and then listing well-known musicians and a sound sample.


Patriotic Melodies is presented by The Library of Congress. It tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage.


Play Music was produced by the League of American Orchestras. It introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra.


The Science of Music exhibits will let students mess around with music in ways they probably haven’t before by using ordinary objects, hands, feet and more.



Songs for Teaching allows creative teachers to use music to teach content across the curriculum -- to students of all ages. They offer thousands of song lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions.



Songs 4 contains more than 125 free songs and poems to use with children.


Physical Education

Balance First TM helps you easily navigate and implement their content within your curriculum. The guide provides five standards-based lessons that will help students understand the concept of energy balance and how to easily apply it to their own lives, as well as suggestions for incorporating the My Pyramid DVD into the classroom.


Log It presents lesson ideas and other links for physical education and health.


Physical Education is the web site for physical educators who must know a little bit about everything related to sports, health, fitness and physical education...but don't have the time to stay up-to-date!

This is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information web site of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.



Sports Rules is intended to be a concise reference guide, containing easy to understand explanations of the rules and guidelines of many sports.


BJ's Science site offers science fair project ideas, science resources, study guides and strategies, web quests, and much more.


The Bugscope project is an educational outreach program for K-12 classrooms from the University of Illinois. The project provides a resource to classrooms so that they many remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to image "bugs" at high magnification.


Education World - Science

Education World hosts this section on science lesson plans.

The stories and activities that comprise each unit in Maggie's Earth Adventures are presented to introduce students to actual environmental issues and to motivate students to delve deeper into the issues presented.



Access Excellence of the National Health Museum produced Mystery Spot. Here you can find a series of science mysteries. You must listen to all the symptoms and advise a diagnosis.

National Geographic Education provides lesson plans, educational materials and interactive features here.
At Discovery Education's Planet Ocean web site you can find out how creatures like the tubeworm and blue whale survive in their underwater world and vote for their favorite Marine Megastars.
At the Ology web site, scientists from the American Museum of Natural History take students to the ology's, anthropology, biology, oceanology, archeology and more. They use games and activities to explain how the ology's work.
Science NetLinks offers an extensive collection of science web sites and lessons categorized by subject and grade levels. All Science NetLinks resources support standards-based teaching and learning, and are reviewed by the Science NetLinks Board of Reviewing Editors according to rigorous review criteria.
The Try Science project team at the New York Hall of Science provides project management, content and collaboration management, technical and graphics management, and writing, editing, and research management for this multi dimensional site.
Weather Eye provides all kinds of weather information including lesson plans, activities, and experiments.

Social Studies


Graphic Maps allows you to find outline maps of countries as well as images of flags, continents, globe, USA and more.


Geography Hotlists

Geography Hotlists is a treasure of geography links brought to you by the Franklin Institute. It includes time zones, flags of the world, cultural US history maps, rare maps, geographic dictionary, maps from around the world, teacher resources and much more.

History - It's Happening is an EBSCO Publishing database that contains primary source documents, speeches, and selected articles on notable figures from Canada and the US, historic video footage, web sites related to history, and teacher guides.



At the Library of Congress Learning Page you have a teacher's eye view of over 7 million historical documents, photographs, maps, films, and audio recordings. You will find lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using these collections in your classroom.

Monthly Holidays and Celebrations is from Sue LeBeau. It contains links to holidays for every month and almost every day of the year.
This new site from the National Archives offers documents that were an important part of our past. Classroom activities are also given.
This education resource from the Smithsonian is directed at teachers, parents, and students. Nearly 1,000 resources are offered including free lesson plans, field trips, and interactive learning labs, all searchable by grade level and subject.
Travel Pod offers a great geography game that works well using a SMART Board.

Special Education

About: Special Education offers this web site. It contains many links and articles regarding special education with new links and articles frequently being updated.


The Center for Implementing Technology in Education supports school districts in using technology to provide differentiating instruction through the Technology Implementation Partnership.


E-Ready provides teachers and other education professionals with information and resources about gifted students as well as teaching students with disabilities.


The Inclusive Schools Network, sponsored by the National Institute for Urban School Improvement, contains information about inclusion in the classroom.


The Inclusive Science and Special Education Needs offer the pages on this site that aim to facilitate the sharing of good practice and ideas relating science education for students with special education needs.


The Idea & Research for Inclusive Settings site was developed by Peabody University and Vanderbilt University with funding from the United States Office of Special Education Programs. It provides modules with specific information in differentiated instruction, classroom and behavior management, accommodations, collaboration, disabilities, diversity, and transition


Misunderstood Minds, from PBS, offers a variety of simulation activities that allow students to learn about disabilities in attention reading, math, and writing. It also contains other resources.



Project Inspire developed by Texas Woman's University has a wealth of information regarding adapted physical education. It provides concise fact sheets regarding typical behaviors associated with a number of disabilities, program modification suggestions, and internet links.


The RISE (Resources in Special Education) web site is designed to provide online resources, support, and answers to the questions, challenges, and issues teachers face when educating and working with students with special needs.