Monday, May 2, 2011

Free Teacher Resources

Free Teaching Resources: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th grade  

Free Reading Lessons and Assessments
Reading Assessments
Reading Teacher Handbook: Primary Students
Reading Teacher Handbook: Intermediate Students
Making The Most of Read Alouds
Mini Lessons Literature Circles
Reading Comprehension Building Literacy
Intermediate Literacy using Newspapers
Adult Literacy  

Free Reading Flashcards
Power Reading Vocabulary

Free Writing Lessons and Handbooks
Writing Prompts 
Teaching Writing Making Graphic Comics
Read and Response

Special Education Handbooks 
Writing and Spelling Handbook Primary

Writing and Spelling Handbook Intermediate
Special Needs Students Primary Handbook 

Free Teaching Resources: 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade

Gifted and Talented Teachers HANDBOOKS

High School Reading Entrance Test 
Reading Test Year 7

High School Math Entrance Test 
Math Test Year 7

General ability  Sample test 1

Free Federal Government Teaching Resources
Practice guides provide practical recommendations for educators to help them address the everyday challenges they face in their classrooms and schools. Developed by a panel of nationally recognized experts, practice guides consist of actionable recommendations, strategies for overcoming potential roadblocks, and an indication of the strength of evidence supporting each recommendation. IES practice guides are subjected to rigorous external peer review.

All Practice Guides (Count = 14)
Practice GuideRelease Date
Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade Adobe Acrobat File (6.06 MB)

This practice guide presents five recommendations intended to help educators improve students’ understanding of fractions. Recommendations include strategies to develop young children’s understanding of early fraction concepts and ideas for helping older children understand the meaning of fractions and the computations involved. The guide also highlights ways to build on students’ existing strategies to solve problems involving ratios, rates, and proportions.
September 2010
Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Adobe Acrobat File (5.27 MB)

Students who read with understanding at an early age gain access to a broader range of texts, knowledge, and educational opportunities, making early reading comprehension instruction particularly critical. This guide recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers.
September 2010
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making Adobe Acrobat File (1.77 MB)

This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.
September 2009
Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do Adobe Acrobat File (2.01 MB)

Access to higher education remains a challenge for many students who face academic and informational barriers to college entry. This guide targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.
September 2009
Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement Adobe Acrobat File(1.47 MB)

Out-of-school time programs can enhance academic achievement by helping students learn outside the classroom. The five recommendations in this guide are intended to help district and school administrators, out-of-school program providers, and educators design out-of-school time programs that will increase learning for students. The guide also describes the research supporting each recommendation, how to carry out each recommendation, and how to address roadblocks that might arise in implementing them. 
July 2009
Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools Adobe Acrobat File (2.02 MB)

Taking early action may be key to helping students struggling with mathematics. The eight recommendations in this guide are designed to help teachers, principals, and administrators use Response to Intervention for the early detection, prevention, and support of students struggling with mathematics.
April 2009
Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades Adobe Acrobat File (1.32 MB)

This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. Teachers and reading specialists can utilize these strategies to implement RtI and multi-tier intervention methods and frameworks at the classroom or school level. Recommendations cover how to screen students for reading problems, design a multi-tier intervention program, adjust instruction to help struggling readers, and monitor student progress. 
February 2009
Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom Adobe Acrobat File(1.51 MB)

Designed for elementary school educators and school- and district-level administrators, this guide offers prevention, implementation, and schoolwide strategies that can be used to reduce problematic behavior that interferes with the ability of students to attend to and engage fully in instructional activities.
September 2008
Dropout Prevention Adobe Acrobat File (2.06 MB)

Geared toward educators, administrators, and policymakers, this guide provides recommendations that focus on reducing high school dropout rates. Strategies presented include identifying and advocating for at-risk students, implementing programs to improve behavior and social skills, and keeping students engaged in the school environment.
August 2008
Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices Adobe Acrobat File (1.49 MB)

This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.
August 2008
Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools Adobe Acrobat File (1.32 MB)

This guide identifies practices that can improve the performance of chronically low-performing schools—a process commonly referred to as creating "turnaround schools." The four recommendations in this guide work together to help failing schools make adequate yearly progress.
May 2008
Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades Adobe Acrobat File (1.02 MB)

The target audience for this guide is a broad spectrum of school practitioners such as administrators, curriculum specialists, coaches, staff development specialists and teachers who face the challenge of providing effective literacy instruction for English language learners in the elementary grades. The guide also aims to reach district-level administrators who develop practice and policy options for their schools. 
December 2007
Encouraging Girls in Math and Science Adobe Acrobat File (1.18 MB)

The objective of this guide is to provide teachers with specific recommendations that can be carried out in the classroom without requiring systemic change. Other school personnel having direct contact with students, such as coaches, counselors, and principals, will also find the guide useful.
September 2007
Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning Adobe Acrobat File (0.95 MB)

This guide includes a set of concrete actions relating to the use of instructional and study time that are applicable to subjects that demand a great deal of content learning, including social studies, science, and mathematics. The guide was developed with some of the most important principles to emerge from research on learning and memory in mind.
September 2007


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