shortcut to to main content
Guilderland Central School District masthead
click to visit Altamont Elementary home pageclick to visit Guilderland Elementary home pageclick to visit Lynnwood Elementary home pageclick to visit Pine Bush Elementary home pageclick to visit Westmere Elementary home pageclick to visit Farnsworth Middle School home pageclick to visit Guilderland High School home page

click to go to advanced search pageclick to go to A to Z Web site index pageEmpowering all students to succeed in the 21st century mission statement
Featured links heading

Staff resources 

Online resources 

Guilderland High School Study Group Database

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

Model Schools Training

Greater Capital Region Teacher Center


Check out helpful online resources for subject areas including: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, cooperative learning, and more! Click on an area of interest:

Language Arts online resources

Mathematics online resources

Science online resources

Social Studies online resources

Cooperative Learning online resources

Teacher Tools online resources

Technology online resources

Language Arts online resources

Bartleby.com
Columbia University runs this site as a type of public library of the Internet. They’ve archived the work of dozens of poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers. You can read complete texts here, free of charge! This is also the place to determine if you’ve been using the right fork for your salad. (Check out an online version of Emily Post’s Etiquette.)

Word Study sites
  www.literacyconnections.com. This site contains a wide range of activities for phonological awareness, word study, and sight word identification. It's also got some great ideas for all the aspects of reading.
  www.ohiorc.org. This site contains a wide range of resources for teaching reading.

[Top of page]


Mathematics online resources

Funbrain.com
There are very fun games here that cover all kinds of math concepts from basic operations to naming graph coordinates to writing numbers correctly on a check. Each game is leveled for Easy, Medium, Hard, or Super Brain challenges. This is a great alternative to traditional worksheets!

Cool Math
This site was developed for the pure enjoyment of math. The games do take some time to load, but they’re quite motivating.

Math for Kids
This provides students with step-by-step guidance in solving word problems. It’s also a great model for a student-created site.

Multiplication.com
This site is a reference for teachers as well as a spot for on-line practice of multiplication facts. Be sure to check out the vast number of games available.

Ask Dr. Math
Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions (the Dr. Math FAQ).

A+ Math
This site is useful for reinforcement of basic math skills. The self-checking feature provides immediate feedback. You can even print out worksheets or make your own flashcards.

Count On
This site is packed with math games, puzzles, and information. Numberland provides poems and facts about numbers and has special appeal for young learners. Also most appropriate for young learners are some great mathematical e-zines in the Maths MagNet section. The Matrix is a virtual museum of exhibits related to math and technology.

Math Advantage
Harcourt maintains this site to support its K-8 math series. The games provide practice in math skills by grade level and topic. Even kindergarten students can practice counting to 100, differentiating between shapes, and doing other interactive games. (You may want to plug in the headphones though!)

AAA Math
Basic skills, activities, and challenge games for K-8 students can be found on this site. You can explore by grade level or math topic. The clear and consistent structure of each section makes this an easy site to navigate.

The Maths File Game Show
Your hosts, Hypatia and Pythagoras, invite you to spin the wheel and play a math-related game. The games require Shockwave and take a bit of time to load, but the combination of humor and higher-level math practice should appeal to many intermediate grade students and teachers.

Escape from Knab
You have won a one-way ticket to the planet Knab! Unfortunately, to get back home you must earn $10,000 for a return ticket. This clever simulation requires students to make budgeting decisions for every month on Knab. This will appeal to Oregon Trail fans!

Figure This!
Definitely not for the average math student, this site provides “Mathematics Challenges for Families,” intended for middle-school students to tackle at home with their families. Each challenge features: a description of the important math involved, a note on where the math is used in the real world, a hint to get started, complete solutions, and more.

The Spider’s Apprentice
This site provides a guide to search engines, search strategies, the basics of how search engines work, and ratings of existing search engines. You can pick up useful tips and even search a variety of search engines through this site.

[Top of page]


Science online resources

Environmental Protection Agency (For Students and Teachers)
The page you’ll reach links you to 3 different sections of the EPA site. The Explorer’s Club is geared toward elementary level students. Kids can explore activities related to water, recycling, plants and animals. Older students can explore the EPA Student Center for more advanced, detail information. Teachers can explore the Environmental Information Center for information on things like curriculum resources, grants, and community service projects.

The Atoms Family
The Miami Museum of Science put this site together. Many of the activities are more appropriate for middle school students, but there are some for elementary. There is a fun one related to electrical safety in the home. To find it, access “Frankenstein’s Lightning Laboratory.”

The pH Factor
Check out this site as a possible extension or enrichment opportunity for chemistry investigations in the intermediate grades. The interactivity is appealing, but you’ll need time to “play.”

Dr. Chordate Sings!
You have GOT to check out the song lyrics at this site. When you get there, scroll until you find the link to “Biology Karaoke.” Gather your friends around the computer, and sing a song like “Water In”, sung to the tune of that classic ABBA song, “Waterloo.” Challenge your kids to make up their own lyrics and have a party!

Science Learning Network
The Science Learning Network (SLN) is an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education. In the “News and Links” section, be sure to explore the extensive collection of “Educational Hotlists.”

Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab
This is a very fun site! It’s full of free science experiments for home or school, marked as easy, intermediate, or advanced. Upper elementary and middle school kids would probably love to explore here. The language is clear, and there are hidden links and quick activities everywhere.

[Top of page]


Social Studies online resources

American Memory
This site provides access to millions of primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. This site should prove invaluable when creating DBQs.

History Central
If you’re a history buff, you could probably spend days glued to this site. Highlights include sections of primary source documents, vital statistics about all nations, “history maker” biographies, and year-by-year information for every year in the 20th century.

National Archives and Records Administration
For primary source documents, this is the place. Be sure to visit the “Online Exhibit Hall.”

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This is a very easy site to navigate, providing grade-appropriate information about aspects of U.S. government. The section for parents and teachers has links to government sites for kids and other curriculum resources.

Black History
Lots of Internet activities and treasure hunts designed for K-12 students. This site gives you activities at varying levels of skill in using the Internet.

Black History Month
Site containing activities for teachers to use with students during Black History Month. Click on the Free Resources link, then Black History. They also have resources on Hispanic Heritage and Women’s History. The Black History page has links to more than 70 biographies of famous blacks, as well as, a timeline of history and links to other related sites.

The Civil War
For upper elementary kids, this site is a great introduction into this pivotal time in American History. Lesson and project ideas along with a great list of resources.

History Channel
Tune in to this channel each day to see what happened on this day in the past. Conduct a search for specific historical information or find out what happened on the day you were born!

History Happens
This site provides you with clips and songs from their history music video line. Great resource for the classroom.

On This Day
Gives the day's highlights in history and birthdays of historical figures.

Our Timeline
Great interactive site that allows visitors to access timelines or create their own personalized timeline! Just click on the "Click Here" link at the bottom of the page to get started.

Poetry and Music of the War Between the States
Go to this site to read poetry and play the songs of the Civil War.

Today in History
Library of Congress’ day by day listing of historical events.

Geographia
This is a great site for information on the people, history, wildlife, and points of interest for countries and regions around the world.

The Legacies Project
The Legacies Project is a literacy and learning resources from the New York State Archives and the Verizon Foundation focusing on the history of the Chinese and Latino populations in the Capital District, Buffalo, Syracuse, Yonkers and New York City.

[Top of page]


Cooperative Learning online resources

Kagan Online Magazine
Spencer Kagan, a cooperative learning headliner, provides articles, tips and strategies through this free newsletter.

The Cooperative Learning Center at the University of Minnesota
This is the site of Roger and David Johnson, innovators in the field of cooperative learning.

The International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education
Use the “newsletters” section to gather more information about cooperative learning. The “resources” section provides links to other useful cooperative learning sites.

[Top of page]


Teacher Tools online resources

RUBISTAR
Sure, you want to use rubrics for evaluation of student work, but where do you find the time to create them? Use this site to create and edit existing rubrics for evaluating writing, multimedia projects, and group collaboration skills – just to name a few. This is a very easy tool to use.

[Top of page]


Technology online resources

Internet4Classrooms: Technology Tutorials Found on the Web
When you just can’t make it to one of the SUPERIOR technology training sessions offered by your trusty GuilderGEECKs, you might visit this site. Here you’ll find gazillions of links to on-line tutorials for all kinds of software applications (PowerPoint, Inspiration, PhotoShop – just to name a few!)

Web Teacher
This is a good Web tutorial, going from basic topics (navigation, searches, etc.) to more advanced topics (HTML, Applets, etc.)

The Spider’s Apprentice
This site provides a guide to search engines, search strategies, the basics of how search engines work, and ratings of existing search engines. You can pick up useful tips and even search a variety of search engines through this site.

Top of page

Staff Resources home