Creative Commons Resources – Elementary

Resource:  Free Reading – A free reading intervention site that I was able to reach through Curriki.  Free Reading has many lessons on phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and writing. There are also links to free printable literacy resources, literature links and videos.

Use:  I would use this for elementary reading/language arts. There are many specific lessons. One example would be to explain the author’s purpose in a reading selection.

NETS*S: 3 & 4

Free Reading


Resource:  Meet Me At The Corner, Virtual Fieldtrips for Kids – This was another site that I linked to from Curriki. This sight has dozens of educational video fieldtrips on everything from playing chess to the art of Falconry. It also includes follow-up questions which could be completed individually or in groups. There are also video book reviews.

Use:  I would use these videos for science, social studies, language arts, music, and cultural studies. This site shows kids how to video a book review and they can upload it to the site.

NETS*S:  1 & 2

Meet Me At The Corner Virtual Fieldtrips and Book Reviews


Resource:  Interactive Math Dictionary – This site was accessed through Curriki. It has definitions and interactive visuals for many math terms from line segment to order of operations to hypotenuse. There are also printable math charts as well.

Use:  I think this site would be useful to introduce a new math topic to the whole class or as a quick review. It would also be a good resource if I was doing a math journal with my class.

NETS*S:  4

Interactive Math Dictionary/Charts


Resource:  Spin Xpress – A site where you can create video through collaboration or search for creative commons media.

Use:  I think this site would be useful to search for overview videos for topics or quick review. I think you could find videos in just about any subject. A quick search revealed to me that I could find photos of national memorials, or a music video on cell biology by Untamed Science.

NETS*S:  1 &2

Spin Xpress

Resource:  My Science Box – a site with a creative commons attribution, non-commercial 2.5 license. This site has hands-on, K-12, classroom-tested science lesson plans developed by a former middle school teacher and contributed by others. The author is currently an assistant professor at Cal. State – Chico. The content is organized by grade level, concepts, and type of activity.

Use:  I would use the Terraqua Columns mini-ecosystem activity to help students make and record observations on soil and water quality. This could be recorded using technology. I would also use the Food Chain activity with printable food chain cards.

NETS*S:  4

My Science Box

Resource:  Wikimedia Commons – a database of freely usable media files. Includes a picture of the day, media of the day, and today in images section.

Use:  I would use the Pacific Northwest landforms gallery to have students select and research a landform of their choice. I would also use the media of the day feature at the beginning of the school day or as a science opener. I also would use this site to have students find images for state research projects.

NETS*S:  1, 2, 3

Wikimedia Commons


Resource:  Storybird – this is a site where you can use artist’s pictures to illustrate your stories. You can also collaborate on stories with family or friends. Artists can contribute pictures. You can read other’s stories. The stories are categorized from preschool to adult and by theme.

Use:  I would use this site to have small groups collaborate on writing a story and then share it with the class. I would either allow them to pick a theme or coordinate a theme with a broader classroom study such as animals.

NETS*S:  1,2



Resource: RESCu – This site was developed in the Rice University Elementary Science Lab. It is divided by Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. It is also organized by grade level from K-5.

Use:  I would use this site for supplementing elementary science units. For example, they have an excellent unit on weather, including how to make a windsock, literacy connections to this topic and a writing prompt. There is also an interactive review game.

NETS*S:  1,3



Resource:  ck-12 – Non-profit foundation creating STEM content lessons in multi-modalities.

Use:  There are many math lessons that I would use from this site depending on the grade level I was teaching. Under the primary math lessons, each lesson includes problems to read, related vocabulary, guided practice, independent practice and interactive practice. Sometimes there is a video to review the concept. I would use the whole number addition, subtraction, multiplication and mental math activities.



Resource:  You Tube

Use:  Enter my topic or subject and select the filter of creative commons. I would use this for introducing or reviewing math, science, language arts, and social studies topics. Some examples might be text structure: chronological order , non-fiction text features , addition , our community.

NETS*S: 1, 2

You Tube

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