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Career & Technology Education

cogs

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

Business Education Resources

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Aunt Edna's Kitchen...includes measurement conversions, spice descriptions, recipes, and food preparation links
  • Illinois Parents.org ..full-text materials on early childhood learning, children with special needs, teens, helping children learn at home, and lots more
  • Child Growth & Development ...articles from Kids Health
  • FabricLink ..." a forum for learning basic information concerning the production, characteristics, advantages and care of apparel, home fashion, and other textile products"
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center ...articles from the Consumer Information Center
  • FDA News ..."latest information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration"

School to Career Transitions

  • America's Job Bank ...a listing of available jobs, searchable by occupation and location; indudes links to employer web sites
  • JobSmart--Specific Career Information ...sites with information about planning a career; "some sites include personal stories from folks working in the field"
  • CareerBuilder.com ...search employment ads by newspaper, job category, and keyword; includes employer profiles
  • Job Interview Questions ...a variety of occupations and questions that might be encountered in an interview.

Teacher Resources

English Language Arts

read

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

Teacher Resources

  • Maryland Writing Project (still under construction)
  • readwritethink: our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Health & Physical Education

health-pe

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

  • Kids.gov: k-5: Learn tips on staying healthy and active.
  • Kids.gov: teens: Learn tips on staying healthy and active.
  • Teens Health: TeensHealth offers a safe, private place to get information about health, growth, and emotions. 
  • GirlsHealth: a site owned and maintained by the Office on Women's Health , aimed at providing health information for teen girls.
  • Learn to be Healthy: Teens: high school students can play cool health science education games and activities, explore interactive webquests, and learn ways to be healthy.
  • Kidnetic:  The cool site for kids and their parents to learn more about health, fitness and nutrition through fun games, recipes and articles.
  • Be Active: Fitness.gov: Be Active. Tips, Stories and Resources from the President's Council on Fitness.
  • Eat Healthy: Fitness.gov:  Eat Healthy. Tips, Stories and Resources from the President's Council on Fitness.
  • Let’s Move: Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
  • Bam! Body and Mind: An interactive site from the CDC where kids and teens can learn about health issues.
  • Fuel Up To Play 60: Fuel Up to Play 60 is a nationwide movement focused on fighting childhood obesity by empowering kids to take control of their own health.
  • Nourish Interactive: A fun site to learn about nutrition with interesting games for kids and interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and health educators.
  • Centers For Disease Control & Prevention ..."CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States"
  • Healthfinder ..."healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable consumer health and human services information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
  • National Health Information Center ..."The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers."
  • National Institutes of Health ... "Begun as a one-room Laboratory of Hygiene in 1887, the National Institutes of Health today is one of the world's foremost medical research centers, and the Federal focal point for medical research in the U.S."

Teacher Resources

  • Let’s Move: Teacher Resources: Program developed by First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
  • Fitness Videos for Kids: Inspiring kids to lead healthy lifestyles through imagination, education, and movement.
  • PE Central: PE Central is a web site that provides information about developmentally appropriate physical education practices and programs.
  • National Get Outdoors Day: National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
  • Nutrition Resource Lists: FNIC Resource Lists help nutrition professionals and consumers locate information and materials for specific food and nutrition topics. Compiled by Nutrition Information Specialists, the lists provide resources in a variety of formats including articles, pamphlets, books, audio-visuals, and website links. 
  • Nutrition.gov: Parents, Caretakers, and Teachers: U.S. federal guide offering access to all government web sites with reliable and accurate information on nutrition and dietary guidance.
  • We Can!: We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
  • Nourish Interactive: Teacher Resources: A fun site to learn about nutrition with interesting games for kids and interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and health educators.
  • My Plate:  My Plate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image – a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. To learn more about building a healthy plate, select a food group below.
  • My Plate Printables: Printable resources from My Plate
  • BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen: From the CDC
  • Teach PE: PE Lesson ideas and Worksheets- dozens of free worksheets to download and use in classrooms.
  • Activity Pyramid: Visual Infographic from Wellspan Health

Math

numbers

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

General Resources

Algebra

Geometry

Trigonometry

Calculus

Probability & Statistics

Teacher Resources

Science

atom

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

 

Teacher Resources

Social Studies

world map

 

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

Evaluating Primary Sources - Maryland Historical Society: "Since its founding in 1844, the society has been committed to publishing new scholarship on the state’s history and material culture."

Primary Source Analysis - Library of Congress: "The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world..."

Evaluating Web Sites

Historical Investigations

Research Papers

Teacher Resources

College, Career & Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Elementary Secondary

Developing Questions

Historical Investigations

Teaching with Primary Sources

Bringing History Home

Developing questions

Historical Investigations

Research Papers

Analyzing Sources (Teacher Guides) - Library of Congress

NHD/Library of Congress - Teaching Tools

Visual & Performing Arts

arts

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

Music

  • Museum of Making Music: A museum in honor of the music products industry, housed at the corporate headquarters of the National Association of Music Merchants.
  • Musical Instrument Museum:   The Museum of Musical Instruments (MoMI) gives people a unique opportunity to examine, explore, and experience the finest examples of 19th and 20th Century musical instruments.
  • National Music Museum: features world-renowned collections of musical instruments and related materials in a museum and research center located on the Campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.
  • EMP Museum: EMP Museum is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture.
  • Texas Music Museum: Collects artifacts concerning the diverse traditions of Texas music. Includes a list of exhibits and events.
  • International Bluegrass Music Museum: A museum dedicated to the history and conservation of Bluegrass music, located in Owensboro, Kentucky. 
  • Grammy Museum: Explores all forms of music and the history of the award. Includes exhibit photos, programs, and special events.
  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum: Dedicated to promoting and preserving the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Danish Music Museum: Cultural music museum located in Denmark.
  • Indian Music Experience: Rediscover various genres of Indian music at India's first experiential music museum and find your connection with music.
  • Asian Music Circuit: The Asian Music Circuit is the leading promoter of Asian music in the UK. It has established a privileged reputation for the variety and high caliber of its tours and concerts, and the quality and innovation of its education projects.
  • National Museum of African American Music: As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, honor the legacy and legends of this diverse music and detail the impact this music has on musicians and consumers around the world.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: As the only museum dedicated to all dimensions of African American music, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will showcase over 50 music genres created or impacted by African Americans, honor the legacy and legends of this diverse music and detail the impact this music has on musicians and consumers around the world.

American Music

  • Mama Lisa’s World: International Music and Culture: kids songs and nursery rhymes from across the globe!  Here you'll find the lyrics to children's songs from around the world in English and the original languages. Many songs include MP3's, Midi Tunes and Scores.
  • Songs For Teaching: children's Songs and Educational Music for preschool, elementary, middle and high school. Lyrics, mp3 downloads, DVDs and CDs.
  • National Anthems: Complete information on all national anthems, and anthems of other entities.
  • River of Song: Music Along the River: The Mississippi: River of Song is a Smithsonian Institution series for public television and radio that explores contemporary music along the Mississippi.
  • Rebel Music: One country at a time, the acclaimed documentary series, “Rebel Music,” illuminates and amplifies the untold stories of these fearless artists rising up against social and political barriers to forge a better future.
  • Holiday Music From Around the World:  A Singing Map featuring traditional holiday music from around the world.
  • The Look of The Listen: The Cover Art of Folkways Records, from the Smithsonian Institute.

World Music

  • The Street from the BBC:  An interactive site that explores the cultures of different families living on the same street.  Exploration of music included.
  • Worldbeats: Drums, Bones, Bodhrans and rare percussion instruments of the world.
  • Putumayo Kids: Celebrated children’s record label Putumayo Kids introduces children to other cultures through its best selling CD collections that entertain, educate and inspire curiosity about the world.
  • Holiday Music From Around the World: A Singing Map featuring traditional holiday music from around the world.
  • Mama Lisa’s World: International Music and Culture: kids songs and nursery rhymes from across the globe!  Here you'll find the lyrics to children's songs from around the world in English and the original languages. Many songs include MP3's, Midi Tunes and Scores.
  • Kid World Citizen: World Music and global instruments with activities to help kids learn about the world
  • National Anthems: Complete information on all national anthems, and anthems of other entities
  • World Music Composer: Interactive Game: Create your own tunes with musical samples from around the world.
  • Rebel Music: One country at a time, the acclaimed documentary series, “Rebel Music,” illuminates and amplifies the untold stories of these fearless artists rising up against social and political barriers to forge a better future.

Career & College Research

In State of Maryland

Out of State

Visual Arts

Art Search Engines and Search Sites:

  • Artcyclopedia:  an index of online museums and image archives: find where the works of over 8000 different fine artists can be viewed online.
  • Web Gallery of Art: Searchable fine arts image database (1000-1900) with artist biographies, commentaries, guided tours, period music, free postcard service.
  • Google Art Project: The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
  • Art Babble: a cloud based video hosting service for art content and has been called the "YouTube of the arts".

Museums

In State of Maryland

Out of State


College Programs in Fine Arts

In State of Maryland

Out of State

 

Dance

  • Dance Teacher Now...an index of past articles from the Dance Teacher Now
  • Free to Dance ..."dance timeline, essays on dance history and the African-American contribution to modern dance, biographies of notable dance personalities, links to relevant dance resources online, and more"
  • Sapphire Swan Dance Directory...links to three kinds of dance web sites: 1) sites that have good collections of links, usually in a specialized area of dance, 2) sites that include information about an area of dance, and 3) selected sites of dance organizations and individual dancers"
  • Broadway.com ... news about current shows
  • Musicals.Net...lyrics, songlists and synopsis of the top musical plays

Teacher Resources

Music

  • Musical Instrument Museum: Teacher Resources: Bring the world of music to the classroom! MIM's Educator Resources are meant to deepen and extend the learning that takes place on a field trip to the museum.
  • National Music Museum: Virtual Tour: features world-renowned collections of musical instruments and related materials in a museum and research center located on the Campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.
  • EMP Museum: Teacher Resources: EMP Museum is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture.
  • Grammy Museum: Teacher Resources: Explores all forms of music and the history of the award. Includes exhibit photos, programs, and special events.
  • Smithsonian Folkways: Teacher Resources: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. 
  • The Blues and Langston Hughes: Students learn the structure of the blues stanza, both in music and in the blues-based poems of Langston Hughes. This set of lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Teacher Resources:  Learn more about the early years of rock and roll in the 1950s and discover ways you can bring that history into your classroom, including lesson plans, listening guides, and exclusive content.
  • Musipedia: A search engine for tunes and musical themes and a collaborative music encyclopedia. Only the melody needs to be known to search Musipedia or the Web.
  • Noteflight: an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser.
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Teacher's First...advertising-free teacher resource web site offered as a service to teachers by The Source for Learning, a non-profit learning and technologies corporation.
  • Choralnet ...a site devoted to Chorus; resources and links, references, and professional development
  • Music Theory...lessons, tutorials and utilities

Visual Arts

Museums: Teacher Resources

In State of Maryland

Out of State

 

Online Teacher Lessons and Resources

  • Art Babble: Teacher Resources: a cloud based video hosting service for art content and has been called the "YouTube of the arts".  Educator resources.
  • Art Education 2.0: An online professional learning community of art educators.
  • Teacher Vision for Art Teachers: High school, middle school and elementary lesson plans online. 
  • The Incredible Art Department: a diverse range of subjects and topics of interest to art educators, general area teachers, students, parents, artists, and homeschoolers the world over
  • Art History Teaching Resources: a peer-populated platform for art history teachers. AHTR is home to a constantly evolving and collectively authored online repository of art history teaching content including, but not limited to, lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, image clusters, and classroom and museum activities. 
  • Student Art Guide:  free learning resources to help high school art students excel.
  • KinderArt: free art lesson plans, craft activities and fine arts lessons for all ages - from toddlers to teenagers and beyond.
  • ReadWriteThink: Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction (*search for art content)
  • Library of Congress: Art and Architecture: the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world.
  • PBS Learning Media: The Arts: Lessons complete with free media spanning multiple subjects for preschool through 12th grade.

World Languages

hello in different languages

Student Resources

BCPS Digital Content

Country Search Engines

Cultural Research

  • CIA World Fact Book...a repository of countries updated and sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Culture Crossing Guide..."The Culture Crossing mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding and awareness by inviting the global community to share their knowledge and experiences with others."
  • E-Conflict World Encyclopedia...country information from around the world for business, tourists, students, and teachers; includes background info, flags, current weather, and national anthems
  • embassy.org: The Electronic Embassy..."provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available"
  • U. S. State Department - Background Notes..."provides information on geographic entities and international organizations"
  • Universal Currency Converter..."perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates"

Language Specific Resources

Chinese

French

  • AP French Resources
  • French Language...a megasite of information and links on just about any aspect of the French language: grammar, pronunciation, translation, dialects, gestures, and much more
  • French TongueTwisters/virelangues...tongue twisters in French with English translations
  • French Embassy in the U. S....information on a various aspects of France: culture, tourism, education, news, trade, science, etc.; includes a special section for kids; the site is also available in French
  • French Culture ...history, collections, virtual tour, and news of the country of France; site is available in French, Spanish, English.
  • The Paris Pages ...cultural and tourist information about the "City of Lights;" site is available in French and English
  • WebMuseum, Paris...a tour of museums all over the world.

German

Italian
  • Italian Language...a megasite of information and links on just about any aspect of the Italian language: word of the day, dictionaries, grammar, translation, literature/authors, homework help, tests/quizzes, and lots more
  • Cyber Italian...beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of lessons, including activities and games
  • Tongue Twisters/scioglilingua...tongue twisters in Italian with English translations
  • Il Piccolo de Trieste... online version of the daily newspaper
  • La Stampa ... online version of the daily newspaper

Japanese

Spanish
  • Spanish Lesson Exercises..." a series of language exercises for the purpose of facilitating the learning and teaching of Spanish in the Internet environment"
  • Spanish Tongue Twisters/Trabalenguas...tongue twisters in Spanish with English translations
  • abc (in Spanish)...an online daily newspaper
  • CNNenEspañol (in Spanish)...the popular news service online in Spanish
  • El País (in Spanish)...a daily national newspaper of Spain, published in Madrid
  • el Periódico (in Spanish)...a daily newspaper of Spain, published in Barcelona

Latin

 

English as a Second Language

  • Dave's ESL Café...information and links to help ESL and EFL students and teachers with the study of English
  • The Internet TESL Journal..."Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links"
  • TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL Links..."Links of Interest to Students & Teachers of English as a Second Language"
  • TOEFL online...official website of the Test of English as a Foreign Language; includes testing locations and fees, test-taking tips, tutorials and practice questions, and more

Teacher Resources

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)...professional development program information, educational resource directory, national standards information, plus links to affiliated organizations, resources, and standards implementation
  • FL Teach...focuses on foreign language teaching methods, classroom activities, curricula, and syllabus design; contains an index to foreign language resources on the Net and provides access to specific teaching materials, such as handouts, lesson plans, syllabi, and software
  • The Instant Access Treasure Chest: The Foreign Language Teacher's Guide to Learning Disabilities...includes information about assistive technology, attention deficit disorder, auditory deficits, dyslexia, government resources, learning styles, and teaching students with disabilities
  • Language Learning & Technology...electronic journal that disseminates research results to foreign and second language educators in the U. S. and around the world on issues related to technology and language education
  • Ñandutí: Early Foreign Language Learning...provides information about early-start/long-sequence foreign language programs to parents, teachers, and administrators; focus is on foreign language learning in kindergarten through eighth grade

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