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VCLA Study Guide
This is a study guide to help you prepare for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment.

Virginia SOLs
This is the official web site for the Department of Education for the State of Virginia. It lists all of the required Standards of Learning for each grade level. It also links to specific lesson plan ideas for teaching these standards to every grade level.

Scholastic Teachers
Provides resources and tools, strategies and ideas, student activities, and information on books and authors.

Common Core Standards
This is a link to the new Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by many states. You can click on the PDF files to see the standards already developed or click on the Home page to see which states have formally adopted these standards.

Education World
If it's of interest to teachers, it can be found through Education World. Included at this site are articles discussing educational issues as well as lesson plan ideas.

Thinkfinity
Gateway to thousands of free lesson plans and curriculum resources in all subject areas for all grades from sources such as National Geographic Education, AAAS Science NetLinks, econedlink, readwritethink, ArtsEdge, Smithsonian’s History Explorer, Illuminations, EDSITEment, and Wonderopolis.

Education Planet
Education Planet connects to over 100,000 top educational sites which offer lesson plan ideas and give information about educator-approved supplies for classroom.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Ben's Guide provides connections to web sites prepared by various government agencies and organizations. Some of the organizations represented are: Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, Treasury Department, Health & Human Services Department, Education Department, U.S. Army and the Environmental Protection Agency. Topics covered include animals, arts and recreation, careers, environment, foreign affairs, geography, government and law, health and safety, history, and science.

A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Created by a teacher for teachers, this site claims more than 1 million visitors a month. It has lesson plan ideas, printables, articles, a teacher's store, a teacher's chat room, and links to more sites.

Let's Do Math
Cynthia Lanier, executive director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education at Rice University, provides a collection of math problems for grades K – 12.

The Math Forum Internet Mathematics Library
This is an excellent site with links to math lessons that begin on an elementary level and span through college and research areas of interest. It is a research and educational enterprise of Drexel University.

Figure This
Math challenges are provided for middle school students. These challenges include a description of the math process involved, note where this process is used in the real world, complete solutions to the problem and more.

The Learning Page
This is a site for teachers and parents of homeschoolers to download free worksheets, lesson plans, and activities. The curriculum is available for preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade students.

Kidspace
Kidspace is an internet resource with information and lists related to topics such as the world, health and nutrition, math, science, and reading. Add "Stateknow/" to the address to find out basic information about each state in the union.

abcteach
Provides free printable activity sheets and project helpers. Also has forums available for asking questions and sharing ideas.

The Lesson Plans Page
Has a collection of over 500 free lesson plans for teachers to use. Plans include math, science, social studies, music, language, and art.

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)
This site provides English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for English Language Learners (ELL) for PreKindergarten through Grade 12. It also includes Spanish Language Arts (SLA) standards.

Learning Resources
The Learning Resources site uses current news articles to promote literacy. Each week a new story is featured and accompanied by a comprehensive set of interactive activities that test the reader's comprehension.

Activities for ESL Students
This site provides a number of bilingual quizzes and activities.

Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM)
This is a rating scale which teachers can use to rate their students’ command of oral language.

SchoolTube
This site allows students and teachers to share their video content with others. The site is moderated by teachers.

TeacherTube
This site allows teachers to share video, audio, documents, blogs, and photos with others.