Links for Teachers


Awesome Stories

This is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose  is to provide original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way.

Online Opportunities for Young Writers

This is an outstanding collection of publications from Noodle Tools that accept student submissions, a great resource for young writers.


Calisphere is the University of California’s free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.

The Library of Congress

This portal provides access to a host of digital collections and other resources contained in the Library of Congress. It is the largest library in the world with public access to a tremendous aount of images, maps, with links to resources for kids and families, teachers, librarians, and more

Notable Trade Books in History Social Science

An outstanding resource of notable history social science trade books for Grades K-8 provided by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). These books have been selected and evaluated by a committee appointed by NCSS and this is a resource that has been available to the public since 1972. Lists from previous years are included.

Outstanding Science Trade Books (K-12)

A resource of outstanding science books selected by a book review panel from the National Science Teachers’ Association. Also an annual list, there are lists from previous years posted.

A Web site from the Academy of American Poets, this site features poems galore, resources for teens and children, suggestions for celebrating National Poetry Month in April, as well as Put a Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 29, 2010.

Poetry 180

“Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.”  – Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, and founder of this amazing Web site. The site features poems selected by Collins that are appropriate to share and read aloud with middle and high school students, one for each day of the school year. He says, “Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry 180 becomes an important and enriching part of the school day.”

Reading Is Fundamental

Whether or not your school participates in the RIF program, this Web site offers a host of great tools for teachers, parents, and children including tips and activity ideas to help motivate kids to read. The Web site is in English and Spanish. Included are read-along stories and songs, lesson plans, Web resources, activities, guides, bilingual activity books that can be downloaded, booklists, and much more.

Recommended Literature

A page of links to recommended literature, and literature for math and science, from the CA Department of Education. The recommendations are housed in a database which provides multiple criteria for searching.