Useful Resources for teachers

It's no secret that Ms. Murphy enjoys reading high quality books. She has always believed that books shape our lives and help us to become the people we grow into. This is why it is important to always fill your mind with useful, purposeful, and enjoyable learning through reading. Here is a terrific video that helps to explain the powerful influence books can have on your personal development.

Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers

How a teacher uses "Silent Signals" to guide her students without interrupting them. Silent Signals

Start a Book Club for Kids

A few reasons for starting a book club

  • Its fun
  • Gives kids a chance to relate with each other one-to-one and form new friendships
  • Introduces kids to concept of reading for pleasure
  • Broadens a readers perspective
  • Facilitates a development of communication skills
  • Allows students to voice their own opinions-to like or dislike without fear of being criticized for their viewpoints.
  • Offers a model of showing respect for differing views and opinions..
  • Encourages healthy debate
  • Leads to higher order thinking

Book Club Resources

Books: Discussion Guides/Teacher Guides

Lesson Plan websites (I have tons of them-just give me time to post them all).

Scholastic-a teachers best friend.
Thousands of free lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, and extension activities

Math Resources
There are 10 Standards. Five focus on Content: Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis. And five focus on Process: Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, and Representation.


What are Virtual Manipulatives and Why Should I Used them in my Classroom?
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Homework Help for kids, families, and teachers

Mr.Nussbaum is Ms. Murphy's very favorite website for practicing math, geography, and history skills. Warning! You will get hooked but you will sharpen your skills doing so.

great for math, science, and reading


Math and Literature Connections

Math Literature Connections- see a list of useful books blending mathematics and reading.

Mr. Nussbaum's Math Lab
Mr. Nussbaum is one of my all time favorites web sites. I dare you not to get hooked on math after playing these games.

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