Teaching Tools


Book Clubs Grants New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Field Trips Graphics Professional Development
General Lesson Plans/Templates/Worksheets Software

Book Clubs

Scholastic Book and Software Clubs Includes Firefly, SeeSaw, Lucky, Arrow and TabTeen

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Field Trip Information

4-H Children's Garden at Michigan State UniversityIncludes information about becoming a Connected Classroom

Anchor Bay Aquarium

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Blue Water Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Cedar Pointe Amusement ParkThey have a lesson plan packet that includes science, math and language arts activities involving the park and its rides.

Charles Wright Museum of African American History

COSI Toledo

Cranbrook Museums

Culture and Entertainment in Detroit Links

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Science Center

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Zoological Institute Includes an interactive map and behind-the-scenes tour.Includes Belle Isle information.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Fisher Theatre, Masonic Temple, and Detroit Opera House

Gem Theatre

Henry Ford Estate: Fair Lane

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village Includes interactive maps of the Village and Museum and IMAX theater listings.

Holocaust Memorial Center

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Impression 5 Science Center (Lansing)

Lionel Trains Click on CENTRAL STATION--ABOUT LIONEL--VISITOR'S CENTER.There are also 3D tours available online.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Michigan Historical Center Includes the Michigan Historical Museum

Michigan State Capitol Building Includes a virtual tour

Minibeast Zooseum and Education Center (Lansing) of the Young Entomologists' Society

MISD Field Trip Destinations  Categorized lists of field trip sites from the Macomb Intermediate School District.

Olympia Entertainment Includes Fox Theatre, Cobo Hall, Joe Louis Arena, and Comerica Park

Palace of Auburn Hills

Pewabic Pottery

Plymouth Historical Museum

Port Huron Museum Includes Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Edison Depot Museum and Huron Lighthouse Museum

See How They Do It!List of Michigan businesses that offer tours

Toledo Firefighters Museum

Troy Museum and Historical Village Includes a schoolhouse, general store, print shop, house, gazebo, wagon shop, log cabin, and city hall.

University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History

University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Virtual Field Trips This site features "virtual field trips on nature topics with the goal of making the best use of the web in the classroom. These annotated field trips take students to some of the best web sites on each trip subject."

Virtual Sites HomepageIncludes virtual field trips and tours.

VisitDetroit.com Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

WSU Bonstelle and Hilberry Theatres

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AOL@School Provides "a variety of age-appropriate educational content, state-of-the-art communications features and special safety tools to make the Internet more powerful for teachers and students."
Blue Web'nLearning Sites Library

Brain Connection This site provides information about the brain and how people learn as well as teacher resources.

Education Planet: The K-12 Education Resource Guide and Portal

Education World: Where Educators Go to LearnThis is an excellent resource that includes a search engine for educational web sites, original content (lesson plans, technology integration, articles), site reviews, etc.

EduHound: Everything for Education K-12

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational ExcellenceHundreds of educational resources supported by the federal government

Kathy Schrock's Guide for EducatorsAnnotated list of Internet resources

Kid's Tools for Searching the Internet A good place to find sites for students

Macomb Intermediate School District

MEL EducationThe Michigan Electronic Library has an extensive list of Internet resources for educators including links to professional organizations, information for administrators, and Hot Topics in Education.

Michigan Department of Education  The State of Michigan Department of Education's official web site.

Michigan Department of Education: K-12 Curriculum and Standards  Links to the Michigan Curriculum Framework, grade level benchmarks, MI-CLIMB (Clarifying Language In Michigan Benchmarks), and other resources.

Michigan Teacher Network  Provides access to K-12 web sites that correlate with the Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Standards.


SCoPE (Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education) This site "provides a model K-12 local core curriculum with units of study clearly linked to Michigan's own content standards, benchmarks, and statewide assessments.The site also provides teachers with detailed plans for teaching lessons in each unit of study comprising the model K-12 local core curriculum."It was "produced by the subject area consultants of the Oakland intermediate school district in collaboration with local teachers and subject area experts".

Teach-Nology This web site has links to many free or cheap tools for educators with an emphasis on technology.

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Educational Technology Grant Programs  Annotated links from the US Department of Education.

eFunding Solutions  "Dedicated to helping educators locate every funding source available to them in the United States."

eSchool News  Information about grant sources, funding opportunities, and technology funding information updated daily.

Foundation Center  Nonprofit information clearinghouse offers grant writing advice and a database of funding sources.

Grant Center: Education World  Long list of annotated links to Internet resources.

Grant Sources for Educators: Kathy Schrock  Annotated list of web sites.

Grants and Funding: EduHound  Annotated list of web sites.

McREL: Funding and Related Resources  List of Internet resources

Michigan Department of Education: Grants

Michigan Nonprofit Association Resources include grant and funding opportunities and links to other sites.

SchoolGrants  Grant writing tips and opportunities for PK-12 educators.

techLEARNING: Grants, Contests & Awards   Includes a grants database for the field of educational technology.

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Classroom Clipart

Clipart Resources for Teachers

Discovery School's Clip Art Gallery

Multimedia Resources  Images and graphics for educational use from the Macomb Intermediate School District.

NOAA Photo Library  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has over 16,000 photos and slides available

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Lesson Plans, Templates and Worksheets

Core Knowledge Lesson Plans

Educator's Reference Desk  Search through over 2000 teacher-submitted lesson plans by subject, grade level and/or key word.

Easy Test Maker  After registering for this free service, you will be able to use their templates to create, save and print multiple choice, short answer, fill in the blank, and assorted other types of tests.

Free PowerPoint Templates for Teachers and Educators  Click on the template that you want to download it.  There are links to other PowerPoint resources.

Games That Teach  Links to online educational games and templates for creating your own.

Project Based Learning Checklists: Rubric Creator and RubiStar  These web sites help you create rubrics for a variety of projects.

Puzzlemaker   Make word puzzles, mazes and more

Teacher Tools and Templates   Education World is creating a library of templates that you can print or download for editing

Teaching Resources  Laura Candler, a 2000 Milken Educator, has made her extensive collection of blackline masters and activities available online.

Worksheet Generator  Create a worksheet using Discovery School's templates or print teacher-created worksheets from their library.

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New Teachers/Substitute Teachers

Classroom Management

Don't Waste a Minute!  Mini-lessons for gaps in the school day.

Lessons to Leave Behind When You Get Away  Five quick lesson plans to leave for a substitute with links to others.

New Teacher's Survival Guide  This site has a five-chapter guidebook and links to helpful resources.

Preservice Educators Community:  Education World  Includes teaching ideas, how to run a classroom, and educational issue articles

Substitute Survival: Mini-Lessons for Unexpected Moments

Substitute Survival: Tools You Can Use

Survival Guide for New Teachers    How new teachers can work effectively with veteran teachers, parents, principals, and teacher educators

What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching

You Can Handle Them All    Discipline and behavior management resource

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Professional Development

Education World: Professional Development Center  Links to courses, resource materials, financial assistance and articles for teachers and school administrators

Macomb Intermediate School District: Training Courses  Lists courses by month or subject

Michigan North Central Association  In addition to accreditation and school improvement resources and tools, this site includes an online training course at their Internet Training Center.  Although the course is designed for members of a site visitation team, it includes valuable information for schools entering the NCA process.  The main NCA-CASI web site also includes information about professional development opportunities.

Michigan Teacher Network: Professional Development Events  List of upcoming events in Michigan.

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REMC Association of Michigan Catalog  Click on SOFTWARE to see a list of vendors who are participating in the statewide Cooperative Acquisitions Project.

Here are some additional vendors that offer discounts on educational software:

Family Education Network: "Free" Software





Software Outlet.com

See Also Library and Technology

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