Resources for Teachers

Lesson Planning


Thinkfinity is a partnership among the leading national and international educational organizations and the Verizon Foundation. On this excellent site you will find complete lesson plans aligned to national standards. The partners are:

CommonLit is a literacy resource that pairs hundreds of free fiction and nonfiction passages with reading questions. Teachers can monitor students' progress, access related media, and download classroom guides. A "Guided Reading Mode" can also be enabled, prompting students to answer comprehension questions as they read.

Read Works contains lesson plans to improve student reading comprehension, aligned to the Common Core Standards. 

Enchanted Learning
Enchanted Learning is a website designed for PK-3 teachers.It provides searchable access to over 20,000 webpages on a wide variety of curriculum topics.It includes picture translation dictionaries for ELL students.

PBS Learning Media
PBS Learning is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You will find lots of videos and lesson plans aligned to Common Core Standards.

Zoom In is a resource for teaching American History through primary sources.

OpenEd offers access to more than 250,000 educational videos and games, aligned to the Common Core.


Fables to Grow On
A K-12 resource for character education, aligned to Common Core Standards.

Education World
Education World bills itself as "the educator's best friend". It contains lesson plans, links to professional development, and lots more!

Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute
The Yale-New Haven Teachers' Institute website features a searchable database of units created by New Haven teachers at the YNHTI summer workshops.

Rubistar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics.

HOTS Planning Tool
Here is a simple format to help you plan collaborative units with the arts essentialists and the library media specialist.

Technology Tips

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Every year, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) publishes a list of the 25 best web-based tools for teaching and learning.  Here is a link to this year's list, and then follow the links to see past years' lists.

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning
Every year, the American Association of School Librarias (AASL) publishes a list of the best apps for teaching and learning.  Here is a link to this year's list, and then follow the links to see past years' lists.

Free Technology for Teachers
This website/blog, created by Richard Byrne, is a great way to keep updated on the latest free online tools to support teaching and learning.  Subscribe to his blog to get daily updates. Check out these Google Tutorials!

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
Kathy Schrock is a leader in using technology in the classroom.  Her website serves as a portal to technology resource sites.

A webquest is an Internet based learning experience for students. Search for webquests on this site, or create your own using the online tools.

Research Support


ResearchITCT (formerly provides access to thousands of periodical articles and online resources, including educational journals. You can access this site from school computers, but if you're at home, you must enter a barcode from your public library card.

The Big6: Information Literacy Webpage
The Big6 is an information literacy model. Some people call it a metacognitive scaffold or an information problem solving strategy. Developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is the most widely known and widely used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world. 

Other Useful Sites

Connecticut Common Core Standards

Connecticut State Department of Education

Prepared by Beth Hart, Library Media Specialist
Worthington Hooker School, New Haven, CT