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NAGC recognizes that educators need rich content and accessible resources to provide the exemplary programming and instruction outlined in the Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards. To that end, we have collected and categorized some of our favorite online teaching resources with hopes that we'll get you thinking about (and sharing) new ideas in your classroom. Simply scroll down to explore them all, or use the links below to jump to your area of interest.



General Resources

The Educator's Reference Desk
This site is maintained by the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC and the Virtual Reference Desk. The Educator's Reference Desk brings you 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.

Gifted Education at the Education Atlas 
Explore a comprehensive set of resources and education sites categorized by topic, age, and andience, so you can find exactly what you're looking for quickly and easily.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of Federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find at the searchable, FREE website.

Free Online High School Courses and curriculum Materials
Access a listing of free, high quality, advanced content resources selected and compiled by a high school gifted teacher. These courses might prove particularly useful for gifted students in middle and high school in need of curriculum modification and differentiation.

PBS Teacher Source
This website is a fun place to find educational programming to support a unit or lesson but it is also a fabulous resource for sample lessons or units on a wide range of educational topics.

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English/Language Arts

StoryCorps
Modeled after the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s, Story Corps seeks to record oral-history interviews with everyday Americans across the country were recorded. At this site you can listen to people's stories and learn how to collect some of your own.

The Horn Book
This interactive website is based on the popular literary magazine about books for children and young adults. It includes reviews of children's books, articles, and interviews with authors and illustrators.

Read - Write - Think
This website, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association (IRA) is dedicated to providing teachers and students with high-quality practices and resources for instruction in reading and language arts. It includes free lessons, standards, and student materials.

The International Children's Digital Library
The ICDL is a five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a digital library of international children's books. The collection's focus is on identifying materials that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live.

Free Navigators Available online
High-Quality language arts materials are just a click away! These materials, developed at the Center for Gifted Studies at the College of William and Mary, include activities and questions for many popular tradebooks including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bud, Not Buddy, and many more.

The Library of Congress
Struggling to find information? Why not check out the Library of Congress? Aside from an extensive electronic repository, you will also discover lesson plans, a link to pending legislation, and exhibits designed with kids and families in mind. Be sure to check out the section especially for teachers.

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Mathematics

Figure This!
This fun, interactive site sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics features math challenges designed to get families working together to solve math-based problems. The teacher corner provides useful tools (both powerpoint slides and pdf documents) for introducing these activities as well as mathematical concepts to parents and kids.

Annenberg/CPB Teacher's Lab
The goal of the Teachers' Lab is to provide educators with a deeper understanding of commonly taught math and science concepts. Many of the Labs are based upon professional development workshops broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Channel.

Resource Guide to Mathematics Curriculum for High Ability Learners in Grades K-8
This guidebook is available free in PDF format from the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. The information contained in this document provides criteria for assessing the quality and usefulness of potential resources as well as descriptions of available online tools for educators.

Ask Dr. Math (Drexel University)
This website provides an archive of math questions, searchable and arranged by grade level. You can also submit your own questions.

Federal Statistics
Looking for facts and figures? This site provides links to government statistical agencies and also includes special webpages for kids in elementary through high school. The webpages include fun facts, games, project ideas, and career information.

NCES Students' Page
Discover how to administer surveys and use a graphing tool at the National Center for Educational Statistics site for kids. The target populations for this site are elementary and middle school students.

Geometry in the Real World: Students as Architects
View video clips and read and article about students' experiences with an architectural challenge: Design a 2,000-student high school to meet learning needs in 2050.
 Within six weeks, students must develop a site plan, a scale model, floor plans, a perspective drawing, a cost estimate, and a written proposal.

We All Use Math Every Day
This site contains Texas Instruments and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)-developed math education activities for teachers and students based on the "NUMB3RS" TV show. The activities are based on the mathematics presented in each episode and reflect real math problems experienced in FBI cases.

Standards for Mathematics from NCTM
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) provides expert guidance for the development of mathematics curriculum for students at all levels.

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Science

Internet Science and Technology Fair (Grades 3-12)
From October through February of each year, student teams apply technology to real-world problems when they participate in the ISTF. As a team, students use ISTF content guidelines that are based on national science content standards. They work with a practicing scientist or engineer who acts as the team's on-line technical advisor.

National Science Digital Library
NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized to support high-quality science education at all levels.

Annenberg/CPB Teacher's Lab
The goal of the Teachers' Lab is to provide educators with a deeper understanding of commonly taught math and science concepts. Many of the Labs are based upon professional development workshops broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Channel.

Using LEGO Robotics in a Project-Based Learning Environment
This article provides insight and guidance into incorporating generic robotic construction kits in school (K-12) environments. For many teachers, this requires a conceptual shift away from the idea of learning from technology, often found in traditional multimedia computer-assisted instruction, toward a viewpoint of learning with technology in a project-based learning environment.

The Inclusive Classroom: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students: Differentiating Mathematics and Science Instruction
This publication (pdf) provides strategies for addressing the learning needs of gifted students in heterogeneous classrooms. The highlighted approaches are grounded in the belief that opportunities for high-level mathematics and science learning must be available to all students.

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Social Studies

History Detectives
This website, designed to support the PBS "reality" program, provides tips from real historians on solving your own personal mysteries, as well as lesson plans, quizzes, puzzles, and video clips.

Veterans' History Project
The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service. Even though the Project's primary focus is on first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from 20th Century wars,  U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

The Library of Congress
Struggling to find information? Why not check out the Library of Congress? Aside from an extensive electronic repository, you will also discover lesson plans, a link to pending legislation, and exhibits designed with kids and families in mind. Be sure to check out the section especially for teachers.

Federal Statistics: Kids' Pages
Looking for facts and figures? This site provides links to government statistical agencies that provide special webpages for kids in elementary through high school. The webpages include fun facts, games, project ideas, and career information.

Focusing a lens on the partnership between social studies and gifted education
Read this article from the Apex Journal about the links between social studies and instruction for advanced learners.

Standards for Social Studies from NCSS
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) provides expert guidance for the development of social studies curriculum for students at all levels. (Scroll down to access them free online.)

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