Teaching Resources

teachers working on summer professional development

Eline Boghaert, John Yi and Donna Biddulph working on summer professional development.

Looking for some great online teaching resources?

Here is a listing of Teacher Prep alum highly recommended sites:

  • General Technology Resources Quizlet is a website of accessible educational quizzes from all subject areas, useful for teachers and students.
  • Classroom Dojo is an online resource for behavior management usable by teachers and students.
  • Socrative is a smart response system for students in the classroom presenting exercises and games usable through laptops, smart phones, and tablets. Also great for feedback (exit tickets) and class work (thesis statements/short answer).
  • LiveBinder is an online organizational tool for students’ educational resources and files.
  • Symbaloo is a customizable internet desktop to which any links can be added for easy organization and access.
  • Blendspace is a resource for teachers to create their own lesson plans quickly.
  • RubiStar is a resource to create grading rubrics for any purpose.
  • More tools for Creating Rubrics: http://www.teach-nology.com/, http://landmark-project.com/index.php, http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/assess.html
  • Prezi is a tool to create dynamic presentations with videos and images a fluid, engaging manner.
  • A list of ten online tools to create online quizzes and polls for students.
  • Cicero Systems, a division of the American Institute for History Education, is a guide to e-textbooks and digital technology for the classroom.
  • Wikipedia is the world’s largest free online encyclopedia, an excellent if not perfectly reliable source of educational material.
  • Wikisource, powered by Wikipedia, is a free online general content library with extensive access to scholarly texts and sources.
  • Google Scholar is a search engine for academic texts and journals of any subject, also useful for finding sources by citation.
  • Brightstorm on YouTube as a resource for review videos and homework help in every subject. Includes videos of classroom lessons in chemistry, precalculus, and physics, as well as videos that give examples of math problems and how to solve them.
  • PBS.org as a classroom resource.
  • ShareMyLesson as a resource for worksheets, graphic organizers, and other classroom materials.
  • Pinterest as a source of graphic organizers and other basic education tools that can be applied to high school.
  • Edmodo to foster communication between teachers and students and provide a base for all classroom activities.
  • The New York Times to inform students about the world and provide potential ideas for projects.
  • Newsela “Translates” current events into grade appropriate vocabulary and text.
  • Grade level reading ranges are identified by Lexile measures.  Descriptive information is appropriate for norm-referenced interpretations only.

English Resources

Recommended by Kara Dreher

  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab is a guide to any MLA formatting and citation for writing in English class.
  • NCTE Instructional Standards:a PDF containing the instructional standards as for English/Language Arts as laid out by the National Council of Teachers of English 
  • The International Literacy Day website provides resources for students, parents, and teachers to help them acknowledge the day, September 8, and the importance of literacy around the world. 
  • This activity from "Read, Write, Think" helps students and parents more actively engage in their reading habits. 
  • A Smart Board lesson on making inferences from texts.

Recommended by Cindy Assini

  • Grade level reading ranges are identified by Lexile measures.  Descriptive information is appropriate for norm-referenced interpretations only.
  • K-12 literacy and history lessons and questions sets (assessments) with Lexile reading levels appropriate for high school.

Recommended by Dana Sheridan, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University Library

  • Cotsen in the Classroom is for those interested in utilizing the Rare Books and Special Collectons Library in class and in a creative way (K-5).

Social Studies Resources

Recommended by Paul Bangiola

  • The National Council for the Social Studies website is a comprehensive guide to social studies programs and awards, with lessons available for teachers from kindergarten through college. 
  • PBS Learning Media has a search engine for multimedia collections of social studies lessons in video, image, and interactive links, easy to sort by specific subject area. 
  • National Geographic Education is an engaging assortment of maps, videos, current events, games, and teaching resources for K-12 geography students and teachers. 
  • Teachinghistory.org has teaching materials, lessons, and quizzes for elementary through high school social studies, as well as an interactive digital classroom.
  • The Library of Congress Teacher website provides classroom plans, activities, primary source guides and professional development resources for teachers K-12. 

Recommended by Rebecca Nyquist

  • The Natural History Museum website provides a number of web quests for students to engage in.
  • PBS: Reporting America at War has a host of information related to American wars: lessons, readings, pictures, films, and other resources for teachers, incorporating many sources. 
  • New York Times: The Learning Network provides lessons and activities for students and teachers, useful for gathering newspaper articles related to primary sources.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities provides lesson plans on Teachingamericanhistory.org including primary and secondary sources with an audio library.
  • The University of Maryland: Baltimore County Center for History Education provides easy-to-navigate lesson plans organized in chronological order. 
  • History Matters: Students as Historians is a guide of social studies projects done by high school students, useful for students to browse. 
  • An interactive slideshow presentation on the basics of Confucianism.
  • A PowerPoint presentation overview of the customs of India (downloadable).
  • Gun Control: A Political Case Study (downloadable PowerPoint presentation).

Recommended by Cindy Assini

  • Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.
  • Grade level reading ranges are identified by Lexile measures.  Descriptive information is appropriate for norm-referenced interpretations only.
  • K-12 literacy and history lessons and questions sets (assessments) with Lexile reading levels appropriate for high school.

Recommended by Medha Kirtane, Ridgewood High School, NJ - Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher award honoree

STEM Resources

Recommended by Kate Miller

  • University of Colorado Phet simulations for physics students. Simulations include topics such as Alpha Decay, Circuits, Lasers, Magnets, and the Solar System.
  • Recommended by Kathy Chesmel, Ph. D. - Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher award honoree
  • Engineering, Go For It!, an interactive website designed for students and teachers K-12, for fun project ideas and to teach students about the world of engineering.
  • Articles on HowStuffWorks as sources of information and topics to help students begin projects.
  • ck-12, an online resource which provides free STEM content such as textbooks, quizzes, and videos.
  • The National Science Teachers Association for its reliable reference material and help with classroom and lesson ideas.
  • Scientific American as a source of current events relating to STEM topics, and to provide students with a real-world application of classroom material.
  • Discovery.com as a classroom resource.
  • FRONTLINE by PBS as a source of online streaming video content for the classroom.

Recommended by Jeff King

Recommended by Matt DiDonato

  • The Physics Classroom, which provides online instructional content, multimedia physics studios, and guided practice with physics word problems.
  • Pretty Good Physics as a source of labs for first-year high school physics to AP level physics, and other physics-based classroom materials.
  • 123physics, which provides review questions, lessons, and videos for high school physics teachers and students.
  • Sciencemag.org, an online source of science news.
  • Discovery News: Space, a source of news about discoveries and current events relating to space.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day, which provides a different picture of the universe every day, with a description written by a professional astronomer.

Recommended by John Yi

  • BozemanScience, a website run by science teacher Paul Andersen, who has provided hundreds of science videos for students and teachers.
  • The New Jersey Department of Education’s webpage for Curriculum and Instruction in Science, which provides a list of teacher resources for classroom science curriculum and standards.
  • WebElements, which provides an online interactive version of the Periodic Table of Elements with links to information about each element.

Recommended by Anne Catena

Data Visualization, Online Modeling for STEM

World Languages Resources

Recommended by Zachary Flowerman  (Latin)

  • A Latin presentation about Julius Caesar.
  • Lacus Curtius: an excellent resource for photos and sources in Latin and English translation. 
  • The Perseus Digital Library is an enormous source of Greek and Latin works. 
  • Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography is an online version of a tenth century encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world. 
  • William Whitaker’s Words: an online Latin—English translator much more reliable than Google Translate.