TEA STAAR Assessment Resources
ELPS - English Language Proficiency Standards
CCRS - Texas Collge and Career Readiness Standards
February Is African American History Month!
Click on the African American History Month link above to access six Web sites that focus on African-American History. This site includes Webquests, Hotlists, Subject Samplers and more.
FIELD TRIP RESOURCES
Williamson Museum Packet
CURRENT EVENTS/ON-LINE NEWS/TELEVISION
Austin American Statesman - The local source for news, sports, and entertainment.
CNN.com is among the world's leaders in online news and information delivery. Staffed 24 hours, seven days a week by a dedicated staff in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and in bureaus worldwide, CNN.com relies heavily on CNN's global team of almost 4,000 news professionals. CNN.com features the latest multimedia technologies, from live video streaming to audio packages to searchable archives of news features and background information. The site is updated continuously throughout the day.
CNN Student News - Educators use CNN Student News to introduce students to the news of the day. Video segments encourage student participation and provide a context for understanding the events. Educator materials include Ten Questions that check for understanding and generate discussion, a Friday Newsquiz and Learning Activities that are tied to national education standards.
C-SPAN in the Classroom - Free resources for teaching Civics and U.S. Government.
Discovery Channel -
The Discovery Channel delivers informative articles, online games, a chat room, online science games, live web cams, showcase of video clips, and a station guide.
History Channel -
Find out what happened in history on this day and any other date of your choosing. At The History Channel you will find historical information ranging from Great Speeches (in audio) to facts about This Day in History.
Newspapers in Education - Newspapers in
Education is created by the Austin American Statesman
and includes Geography in the News with Today in
History and Cartoons for the Classroom.
The New York Times - The New York Times for students with test prep
question of the day, word of the day, and daily news quiz.
PBS - The News Hour with Jim Lehrer - Lessons for students and resources for educators. For 30 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to MacNeil/Lehrer Productions for the solid, reliable reporting that has made the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer one of the most trusted news programs in television.
History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.
Star Tribune - educational site for students. News, sports and entertainment.
Time for students;
TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine packed with stories about world and national events, scientific discoveries, sports, entertainment, kids in the news and much more.
USA Today - Click on Education for daily lesson plans. Improving student performance through timely, relevant, and real-world resources.
Kids Post with excellent daily resources. Times have changed and news is no longer a lecture. It's a dialogue, a conversation, a fast-and-furious exchange among the millions around the world who choose to know.
Geonet game is an interactive game based on world
geography standards. Students can choose areas of the
world, categories of questions, and difficulty levels as
they earn points.
The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation -
The Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation uses humor and storytelling to help kids ages 8-13 learn about places and cultures around the world. This is an important first step toward building their global literacy.
Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection -
An image viewer that can decode JPEG and GIF images is needed to display these maps. Most of the images are JPEG images within the 200K to 300K range; however, some of the images are quite large.
Math and Maps - Rice University; Explains what maps are, how math is used to create them, and
provides related math problems for students to solve. Teaching notes included.
Virtual Earth (Windows) -
Build unique, valuable map resources and share them with other users in an e-mail message or through MSN Messenger. Send and save links to create your personal list of Windows Live Local favorites.
National Geographic Map Machine - The National Geographic online World Atlas. Satellite, street maps and more.
Texas A & M University Site - Scholastic Assistance for Global Education (SAGE) -
SAGE is a service provided to the educational community by the Center for International Business Studies in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Resources are aligned to the TEKS and are organized by course.
A & E in the Classroom -
The A&E Network has several hundred Teacher's Guides available to download. These guides are written by teachers and include National Standards correlations, as well as vocabulary words and discussion questions.
Each weekday morning the A&E Network offers commercial-free, copyright cleared educational programming. These programs cover a variety of topics suitable for grades 4 and higher.
Law Day Resources from the American Bar Association - Celebrate Law Day (May 1st) every year with programs focusing on our heritage of liberty under law and how the rule of law makes our democracy possible.
Best History Sites - Ranked #1 by Google for history web sites. Contains links to over 1000 history web sites as well as hundreds of quality K- 12 lesson plans and guides.
Big 6 - Information Skills for Student Achievement -
Big6 is the most widely-known and widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world. The Big6 is an information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools K through higher education.
Brain Connection -
BrainConnection.com is dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality information about how the brain works and how people learn. Many discoveries are being made in areas that relate to the human brain, including language, memory, behavior, and aging, as well as illness and injury.
Civic Education -
The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy.
Learning Toolbox - James Madison University Special Education Program - Tools and resources to help learning disabled students become better, more efficient learners.
Federal Resources for
Educational Excellence -
More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find.
The result of the work is this free website.
EdGate offers a suite of Web-based learning solutions that are secure, flexible, practical, user-friendly, and aligned to teaching standards. Our solutions are designed to help your district improve student performance and meet the requirements of NCLB through high-quality instructional content, test data analytics, assessment resources, and the country's most widely used parent-teacher-student communication tool.
Edsitement - National Endowment for the Humanities;
The Best of the Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the Verizon 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.
Federal Reserve Bank of the United States -
The Federal Reserve System is committed to economic and personal financial education. Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education. All of the Fed web sites, curriculum, newsletters, booklets and other resources are free.
the Internet's largest festival and event resource.
4 Teachers -
4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering FREE online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.
Colonial Williamsburg -
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. The Colonial Williamsburg story, “Becoming Americans,” tells how diverse peoples, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality. Americans cherish these values as a birthright, even when their promise remains unfulfilled.
History Net -
The HistoryNet.com is brought to you by the Weider History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. Their ten leading magazines provide the HistoryNet.com with a steady flow of high-quality editorial content and the authoritative input of editors who are among the leaders in their respective fields.
Internet in the Classroom - Virtual Field
Trips, lesson plans, etc. - Helping teachers use the Internet more effectively and efficiently.
The Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation - creates the opportunity for young people to understand the world and translate that understanding into positive action. This public non-profit foundation promotes education which teaches tolerance and respect for others, and encourages community service focusing on ending hunger.
Video on Demand -
Advancing Excellent Teaching in American Schools
Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.
The Lesson Plans Page -
The Lesson Plans Page is a collection of over 3,000 lesson plans from Preschool through High School and beyond, that were developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students and faculty at The University of Missouri, and more recently by the users of the website.
National Gallery of Art - Links art
to history and social studies.
A place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum. A fantastic source for primary source documents and historical artwork.
National Mock Election -
The National Student/Parent Mock Election makes students and parents aware of the power of their ballot by actively involving them in a full-fledged campaign and national election. In the last two presidential election years alone, over 10 million students, parents and teachers participated in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and 14 countries/territories around the world where Americans are based.
Subject Area Instructional Lessons Online - Our goal is to help classroom teachers integrate technology into their curriculum by identifying and providing interactive Internet resources addressing specific objectives.
A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of noncommercial television, the Internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services that inform, inspire and delight. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions and to an increasing number of digital multimedia households, PBS serves nearly 90 million people each week.
RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch. RubiStar provides generic rubrics that can simply be printed and used for many typical projects and research assignments. The unique thing about RubiStar, however, is that it provides these generic rubrics in a format that can be customized. The teacher can change almost all suggested text in the rubric to make it fit their own project.
Thoughtful Education Press (Silver and Strong) -
Over a period of 25 years Thoughtful Education Press has acquired an extensive library of sample LESSONS at all grade levels.
Each of the lessons has been designed using Thoughtful Education Press research-based teaching strategies and is free. You only need to register to receive a login and password.
Trackstar - TrackStar is your starting point for online lessons and activities. Simply collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by other educators. Search the database by subject, grade, or theme and standard for a quick and easy activity.
Reading Quest in Social Studies- ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. You will be invited to think about how a social studies skills framework might help you choose the right strategies for your lessons.
Teach Net - Lesson plans submitted by teachers for teachers.
Today's Teacher -
Providing the educational community a resource for curriculum integration, instructional technology, and classroom management in the elementary grades.
Law-Related Education - sponsored by the State Bar of Texas;
the Law-Related Education (LRE) Department of the State Bar serves as a catalyst to advance law related and civic education programs throughout the state by curriculum development, educator training, and grant administration. Working with the legal community, public and private school districts, universities, and Regional Educational Service Centers, the department administers numerous programs designed to improve the administration of justice and promote civic education and participation.
Excellent resources for teaching the Constitution (K-12).
Texas Beyond History - Texas Beyond History (TBH) is a public education service of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Its purpose is to interpret and share the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world. In this virtual museum you will find information on and images of many different aspects of the cultural legacy of Texas, a legacy spanning at least 13,500 years.
Tides - Stephen F. Austin University - Provides access to
Texas primary resource documents and museum objects with
Texas Online -
The online Handbook offers a full-text searchable version of the complete text of the six-volume print edition, all corrections incorporated in the second printing, and approximately 400 articles not included in the print edition due to space limitations. Subsequent developments will include additional corrections and updates, new articles, illustrations, and audio-video media.
WebQuests - Engaging, interactive lesson plans that integrate
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
Youth Leadership - The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) provides civic education classroom resources to teachers absolutely FREE OF CHARGE. There is no catch. YLI is a national civic education program designed to involve students in the American electoral and policymaking process. To achieve this goal, YLI offers technology-based civic education resources that foster long-term civic engagement.
RESEARCH SITES (LIBRARIES and MUSEUMS)
Unseen. Unforgotten. Discovery in news archives leads to publication of unseen images of civil rights movement in Birmingham. Dozens of never before released photos from the civil rights era that have recently come to light.
American Rhetoric -
Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
About - Museums - The most interesting museums in the world -
Connecting the dots.
The top-level domain, .museum ("dot-museum"), was created by and for the global museum community. It enables museums, museums associations and museum professionals to register .museum Web site and e-mail addresses. This, in turn, makes it easy for users to recognize genuine museum activity on the Internet.
Authentic History -
The Authentic History Center is comprised of images of artifacts and historic sounds from American popular culture.
It is intended to be an educational tool to teach students of history that the everyday objects in their lives often have genuine (authentic) historical value, and can sometimes reflect the social consciousness of the era in which they were produced.
African American Historical Figures - This site includes an interactive quiz to sharpen our knowledge of African American history and a number of resources to assist with the quiz.
Chicago's Field Museum -
The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections which have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase, and gifts to more than twenty million specimens. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes.
Texas Legislature Online - Live broadcasts of the House and Senate Chambers, Texas statutes and the Texas Constitution, Administrative Code and more.
Congress - Identify and contact elected leaders in Congress, the White House, and state legislatures, post letters online in Letters to Leaders and read what other Americans are saying to elected officials, have your representative's votes sent to you weekly via e-mail, and create and post Soapbox action alerts to enlist others on your issue.
Congress for Kids -
Learning about the federal government doesn't have to be boring. Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you. Although designed for students in grades fourth through high school, other students, teachers, parents, and interested citizens will find helpful, engaging activities, too.
The Cowgirl Museum -
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and documents the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West.
Cultural Resources from the National Park Service -
Do you want to LEARN more about America's cultural resources? And LEARN about everything the NPS is doing to protect them for future generations? Here are their key products, which may take the form of a distance learning program, a directory, a database, a case study, a lesson plan, a teacher's handbook, an illustrated guideline, or various other formats.
The U.S. Civil War Center -
The Center publishes the Civil War Book Review online and promotes use of research materials at LSU and elsewhere to further study of the Civil War. The Center is not a museum or library, but facilitates preservation of Civil War documents and artifacts by putting potential donors in touch with libraries, archives, and museums dedicated to preserving America’s cultural heritage.
Digital History - University of Houston Historical Database - Outstanding resources - Uses new technology to enhance teaching and research.
Our teaching resources are designed to help instructors at all levels bring the past to life and to help students understand that knowledge of the past is our best guide in making decisions that will determine our future.
World War II Propaganda Posters - Contains the most significant collection in the world of WWII posters;
guns, tanks, and bombs were the principal weapons of World War II, but there were other, more subtle forms of warfare as well. Words, posters, and films waged a constant battle for the hearts and minds of the American citizenry just as surely as military weapons engaged the enemy.
Georgetown Public Library -
The Georgetown Public Library houses and administers a collection of more than 80,000 items, including popular fiction and non-fiction for adults, youth, and children; classics; large-print materials; reference; books on cassette; videos; DVDs; music CDs; books on CD; literacy materials; books in Spanish; newspapers and magazines, to meet the life-long learning and reading interests of library users.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History -
The Institute maintains this website to serve as a portal for American history on the Web; to offer high-quality educational material for teachers, students, historians, and the public; and to provide up-to-the-minute information about the Institute's programs and activities.
Historical Text Archive -
The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects. This site is dynamic with regular additions to its contents and its link collection.
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of American History. This incredible site allows one to take a virtual tour of selected objects from the vast collection of the National Museum of American History.
Hyper History - Presents 3000 years of world history with a combination of colorful graphics, lifelines, timelines, and maps.
Texas House of Representatives for Kids - Designed specifically for Texas students in grades first through eighth.
Kids Net -
KIDSNET helps children, families and educators intelligently access the educational opportunities available from television, radio and multimedia sources. KIDSNET does this by encouraging media literacy in children and a commitment to educational excellence in broadcasters.
United States Library of Congress -
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts.
The LBJ Presidential Library - The Mission of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum is to preserve and protect the historical materials in the collections of the Johnson Library and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibitions and educational programs; and to advance the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum's standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world. Includes online resources and sound recordings of taped telephone conversations.
Lone Star Junction -
An online resource about Texas and its early history, is provided by and about Texas and Texans. You will find photographs of the Texas landscape, popular songs of Texas and the West, a searchable database of over 10,000 "Texians" that lived during the time of the Republic of Texas, full-text on-line editions of rare and classic books about Texas, and much more.
American Memory - the online resource compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. The program provides a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and cultural developments of the United States.
National Archives and Records Administration - The NARA mission is to ensure ready access to essential evidence. This site includes an Online Exhibit Hall, the Digital Classroom, and Events.
National Park Service -
Here you'll find curriculum, fun and games, a guide to park Junior Ranger programs and a host of other fun and educational media created by the National Park Service and our partners, including fantastic lesson plans.
Native Web -
NativeWeb is one of the oldest and most respected Internet sites for information about Indigenous Peoples around the world. The edited database contains thousands of resources in dozens of categories, searchable by nation, geographic locale and thematic content. NativeWeb provides an automated news digest, an announcement service, an events calendar, and a catalog of books and other media.
National Archives - To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, NARA invites you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."
President Abraham Lincoln - Letters, quotes, speeches.
Just who is America's sixteenth President, anyway? The intent is to reflect Abraham Lincoln in his historical context, rather than retrofit him to contemporary expectations. As author David Mearns said of Lincoln, "If he belongs to the ages it is because he belonged to his own age, his own fellows, his own environment ... if we would honor him, recognise and understand him we must return to his [age]."
Smithsonian Institution -
The Smithsonian Institution Archives is the institutional memory of a unique American cultural resource and a steward of the national collections.
Social Studies for Kids - History, geography, economics, government, cultures, for students, teachers, and parents
State of Texas Home Page -
is intended to serve as the official compilation of Texas government electronic resources, both at the state and local levels, and as an index of Texas governmental or taxing authority web sites and services. The site is organized by subject to provide a collection of links and portals designed to allow citizens, visitors, businesses, state government, and others to quickly and efficiently locate appropriate resources.
Texas Historical Commission -
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. THC staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.
The Southern Poverty Law Center -
Through its online well of resources and ideas, its expanding collection of print materials, its burgeoning outreach efforts, and its downloadable public service announcements, Tolerance.org promotes and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of life.
United Nations -
The interactive database, InfoNation, is accessed by thousands of users monthly who pull up accurate official and up-to-date information and statistics regarding the countries of the world.
Vote Smart - Provides current, non-partisan candidate and federal elections information.
The White House - Your guide to the Presidency and current administration; including, speeches, issues, the First Lady, the President, and news for kids.
Williamson County Historical Museum -
The Williamson County Historical Museum (WCHM) is a non-profit corporation established to collect, preserve, and exhibit documents and material objects relating to the history of Williamson County; to offer educational programs to students and the general public relating to Williamson County history; to guide the renovation and oversee the preservation of the Old Farmers State Bank Building, maintaining it as an historical museum open to the public; to generate through contributions, gifts, and special functions the funds necessary to support renovations, collections, exhibits, and programs.
Children's Book Council -
The Children's Book Council, Inc. is the nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books and related materials for children and young adults.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
- NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies) and CBC (Children’s Book Council) have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972. Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.
National Social Studies Supervisors Association - November 30, 2006 - This is not English, Ms. Teacher! This is Social Studies! -! Reading in the Content Area PowerPoint and handouts from NSSSA presentation by Laura Ewing, Pearland ISD; Nancy Hester, Georgetown ISD; Mary Smith, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; and Amy Thibaut, Spring Branch ISD.
Dictionary - Excellent dictionary and thesaurus.
Psychology Website - An excellent site for psychology.
Sociology Website - An excellent site for sociology.