Curriculum and Instruction

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In this section, you’ll find websites that can used in the classroom. Many of the sites are designed to be used by students and contain learning games. These sites could be used in the classroom as learning center areas.
EFL Club Resource Box
Easy sentences to hear and speak with a friend. Sentences are designed according to EL levels. Downloadable worksheets are included on the site.
EL Civics for ESL Students
Learn EL Civics with great pictures and easy words. Just click on a picture or a link to start a lesson. The following EL Civics units are now available: Statue of Liberty, Washington, D.C., American Bald Eagle, Gateway Arch, and more.
Game Goo
A site that offers primary students various educational activities to develop early reading and language arts skills. There are beginning, intermediate and advanced activities. Examples of topics include letter recognition, following directions, sentence word order, poetry, and more!
Glogster allows students to create personalized posters using their own original content. The site requires an account. There is a basic free account or an EDU premium account that is available for teachers and students.
Google Reader
This site provides access to thousands of books, old and new, that have been scanned and are available to read online or to download as .pdf documents. A Google or G-Mail account is required (free).
Idiom Connection
Learning idioms presents a host of difficulties to English learners, primarily because they don’t know the culture and history behind English idioms. This site contains many of the most commonly used idioms and their meaning in simple terms.
Language Guide English
An online picture dictionary with audio descriptions. It includes pictures of food, cars, people, animals and much more.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
Larry Ferlazzo is a middle school teacher who scours the web for the best websites and blogs of the day and posts them to his website. Great ideas and tips for student projects are included on this site.
Pic Lits
Piclits is a creative writing site that matches images with keywords in a drag and drop environment. Users can use their own words. Early writers find the right words to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture.
Use this site for students to create personalized speaking avatars. Students may record narratives and practice speaking. Avatars are customizable. Site is free for educators.
A website 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.