Teacher Tools

  • Here you will find the toolbox of resources for your lesson planning and classroom instruction.  

    General Resources

    Literacy Focus Resources

    • The PWBHS Library Catalog is where you will look to find the print resources available to you at PWBHS.
    • Overdrive is the digital library collection of the Tuscaloosa City School System. There are over 5,000 digital books available to you for virtual check-out.
    • MyOn is a student-centered, personalized literacy platform that offers unlimited access to thousands of enhanced digital books. Teachers can assign books to entire classes, teach annotation on MyOn, and give students assessments.
    • Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.

     

    ELA Resources

    • ReadWorks  helps you to mprove your students’ reading comprehension. Access thousands of high-quality, free K-12 articles, and create online assignments with them for your students.
    • Norton Anthology StudySpace is a free student website helps students understand individual works and appreciate the places, sounds, and sights of literature. The site features a variety of review material, including: more than 50 multiple-choice reading comprehension quizzes on widely-taught individual works, bulleted summaries of the anthology introductions, timelines, literary places, author portrait galleries, audio recordings, and maps.
    • CommonLit.org delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12. Our resources are:flexible; research-based; aligned to the common core state standards;created by teachers, for teachers.
    • Kelly Gallagher Article of the Week is a tool to help build his students’ prior knowledge, he assigns them an Article of the Week every Monday morning. 
    • ThemeSpark is a collection of fast, easy K-12 teacher tools to improve student learning with curriculum. 

     

    Math Resources

    • CK-12 provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history.
    • KhanAcademy give students the chance to learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. 
    • SchoolYourself - Experience math in a completely new way with free interactive lessons from award-winning Harvard instructors.

       

    Social Studies Resources

    • Read Like A Historian - The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.
    • Crash Course in History - exciting and well-produced "crash course" videos on everything from history to science.
    • The National Archives - engage students with lesson plans and bring history to life with great resources like primary sources, photographs, videos and more from the official record keeper of the United States. 
    • History Reference Center is an EBSCO database that contains full text articles for more than 650 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books; for nearly 60 leading history periodicals; 58,000 historical documents; 43,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 12,000 historical photos and maps; and 87 hours of historical film and video.

     

    Science Resources

    • AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. 

     

    Fine Arts Resources

    • Digital Art Servedis an awesome gallery of curated work from leading creatives on online art collective Behance. Here you'll find all manner of projects, from mind-blowing 3D renders to intricate Photoshop and Illustrator illustrations. So, if it's digital art inspiration you're after, look no further.
    • Computer Arts is the world's leading design magazine and features inspirational design tutorials, tips, advice, interviews and much more. One of Creative Bloq's sister publications, Computer Arts is dedicated to making you a better digital artist and designer, posting regular pro skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects and more.
    • ArtsEdge:An offshoot of the Kennedy Center,  Arts Edge is a free digital resource to help students learn "in, through and about the arts." Educators can browse a plethora of lesson plans that help integrate art into more standard subjects like Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
    • MoMA Learning: MoMA Learning offers students and teachers tips, resources, and activities for engaging with modern art. The site can be browsed by "theme" or "artist" and features several tools for each category. 
    • Art 21: From PBS, this site provides in-depth video interviews with some of today's most world-renowned artists. While users can browse by artist, the video option also allows a deeper look into certain art themes. For example, the episode entitled "Change" looks specifically at artists who "act as agents of change" and create works in response to a world in flux.