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ERC (Educational Resources Collection) Guide

A guide highlighting the resources provided in the ERC.

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The website listings below have been compiled by Janet Graham, ERC and Technical Services Coordinator, to assist with curriculum planning and other activities.

Children's and Young Adult Literature   |   Math and Science  |  Instructional Materials and More  |   Children's Websites  |  Learning Disabilities  |  State Education Data Profiles  |  School Psychology  |  Local Resources  |  Professional Organizations

Children's and Young Adult Literature


The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. It promotes the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
World’s leading organization of literacy professionals. Resources include lesson plans, reading lists and professional development.
More than 10 million primary sources online.
Promotes reading and writing for all learners through professional development and advocacy.
This website has links to “Literacy Corner” a resource for teachers of young children; and “Professional Development” for improving literacy teaching and learning.
Provides access to over 5,000 children’s picture books that can be used in designing curricular units for K-12 students. Brief abstracts, as well as keywords, aare included for each title.

Math and Science


Math help–K-12 activities.
“Games and activities designed to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematical concepts to students in kindergarten
to grade 4.” NCTM Bulletin
“Creates, collects, evaluates, and disseminates interactive Java-based software that helps elementary and middle grade students explore science and mathematics.” NCTM Bulletin
NCTM professional development resource. Videos, lessons, and questions “to guide teachers’ reflection in math related activities and teaching.” NCTM Bulletin

Instructional Materials and More


29,000 reviewed sources specifically designed for teachers, students, parents and librarians including lesson plans and fun game ideas.
Includes new teacher’s survival tips, mentoring, newsletter, blogs and more.
A private, non-profit organization: a group of scholars and educators who use the findings of linguistics and related sciences inidentifying and addressing language-related problems. This site offers lesson plans and supporting material with a focus on English as a second language.
“The Curriculum Archive is a central repository for free lessons and classroom projects.”
Offers lesson plans created and contributed by teachers who’ve used them successfully in their classrooms and web-based teaching resources created as part of the ECHO (Environmental, Cultural, and Historical Outlooks) projects abroad.
Sponsored by the Discovery channel this website has links to Lesson Plans Library, Teaching Tools, Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Educators, Curriculum Center and Teacher’s Store.
Links for lesson plans (relative to current events), school administrators, professional development, technology integration, and Education World at home.
“The Internet’s largest community of collaborative classrooms engaged in cross-cultural exchanges, project sharing and language learning. ePALS is also the leading provider of school-safe emailTM, eMentoring and web-browsing technology for the global educational market.
“More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE web site.”
This website contains current news articles with related lesson plans, as well as current news “conversation starters”, crossword puzzles, science Q&A, who’s who & what’s what and “on this day”
Sponsored by PBS this site touts education’s best resources by curricular subject, topic, grade level and standard; in-depth online professional development through PBS TeacherLine; details on PBS station outreach activities in your community; and much more.
“A puzzle-generation tool for teachers, students, and parents. This site allows you to create customized word searches and crossword or mathematics puzzles using your own word list.” NCTM News Bulletin
Partnered with the International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of Englishand Verizon Thinkfinity this website provides 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.
Create Rubrics for your project-based learning activities.
Current events and news for kid with games and quizzes, debate topics, and in-depth reports. Use our teacher and parent guides to help your with your lesson planning.
Verizon Thinkfinity is a website supported by the Verizon Foundationand its content partners—11 of the nation’s leading education and literacy organizations, including the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. It seeks to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond by providing thousands of free educational resources across seven disciplines.”

State Education Data Profiles