™      Math and ELA Resources for the PSAE      

This page contains links to lessons and resources in English Language Arts  

and Mathematics for high school students and teachers organized by 

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May 12-13, 2010
April 26-27, 2011
May 10-11, 2011
April 24-25, 2012
May 8-9, 2012

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Staff Development




Web Help by Standard:

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12





Using Data



The Academic Standards

Performance Descriptors


Student Self Assessment checklist for writing assignments


A writing rubric for showing students how compositions should be evaluated



 Try an area calculator that gives you the formulas and solutions

Play Rock, Paper, Scissors against the computer.

ELA Internet Resources:

Math Resources


Illinois Learning Standards English Language Arts (click for most recent version)


ELA Standards: Applications of Learning, Solving Problems, Communicating, Using Technology, Working on Teams

Goal 1: Reading

Goal 2: Literature

Goal 3: Writing

Goal 4: Listening and Speaking Goal 5: Research



Reading Vocabulary    

Vocabulary Lesson Plans - Lesson plans

Vocabulary Worksheets - Teacher tools
Vocabulary quizzes and worksheets - Quizzes

Vocabulary Builder - Students

A Word A Day - Students

Word of the year  - Students

Etymology dictionary - Students

Dictionaries - Students

Thesaurus - Students

Word Games - Students

Vocabulary University - Leveled student resources


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Decoding and understanding words in context 


Cloze  - Teacher tools

Cloze - Student Quiz

Interactive Context Reading - Students

Context clues - Students

Using context clues to teach reading - Teacher tools

Context clues - Teacher tools
Using context clues - Lesson plan

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Reading Critically


Identifying basic ideas in reading selections.

Middle school reading links- Students

Topic Sentences  - Students

Research on Reading Comprehension - Teacher tools

Young adult reading process resources - Teacher tools
Print out a Main Idea Organizer - Students
Reading for the Main Idea - Students

Reading speed - Lesson plan


Finding Meaning in What You Read

Value and importance of reading - Lesson plan

Reading Lesson Plans - Lesson plans

Reading comprehension - Quizzes

Tips to Reading Critically - Students

Teen Book List - Teacher tools

How to Write a Book Report - Students

Critical Reading.com - Students

Reading tips: Inferences - Teacher tools
Inferencing and summarizing - Lesson plan


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Use our own dictionary and thesaurus courtesy of Merriam-Webster™, the vocabulary and dictionary authorities!










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Characteristics of the English Language


Oral Dialects
Amerispeak - Students
Regional dialect quiz - Quiz
Dialects facts and myths - Students
Regional dialectics - Teacher tools
Organization of dialect diversity - Teacher tool
Slang Site - Students
Super Dialects Lists - Teacher tools
Dialect in the Color Purple - Lesson plan
Slang - Lesson plan


How English developed/influenced by other languages

Foreign language influence on English - Teacher tool
Latin influence on English - Teacher tool
Language and place - Teacher tool (great background article)

Etymology resources Teacher tools

Middle School ELA resources - Teacher tools

Huge list of word origins Students

Learn root words Students

Word wizards – Join the Club Students

Roots and their families - Students
Etymologic - Quiz
Root words lesson plan - Lesson plan
Up from the roots - Lesson plan


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Reading Literature


Identifying Genres

Teacher Lesson Plan Search - Lesson plans
Children’s Literature Genres - Teacher tools
Science Fiction Genre - Teacher tools
Genre study Middle School - Lesson plan
Children’s Literature Associations - Teacher tools
American Library Association/Genres - Teacher tools
Children’s Book Authors - Students
Book Lists by Genre - Students
Literature on the Internet by Genre - Students

The Gutenberg Project: Classic Works in the Public Domain - Teacher tools

Literature quizzes - Quizzes
Literature quizzes - Quizzes

Identifying Theme in Literature  

What is theme? - Students
Children’s Literature - Teacher tools (directory)
Teaching with Harry Potter themes - Teacher tools
Literature webquests - Students
Connecting Students Through Themes - Teacher tools
Literature circles - Teacher tools
Literature Units - Teacher tools
Theme - Lesson plan

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Literary elements - Students
Elements of fiction - Students
Elements of a successful story  - Students
Children's Literature Web Guide (Canada) - Teacher tools

Read, Learn, Connect, American Library Association - Teacher tools

Children's Fiction Links Galore - Teacher tools
Elements of Fiction - Lesson plan
Understanding the elements of fiction - Lesson plan
Elements of Fiction - Lesson plan

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Poetry Lesson Plans for Busy Teachers - Lesson plan

Sidewalk Poetry - Lesson plan

More Poetry Plans from Teachers - Lesson plan

Magnetic Poetry, drag words to make your own poems Students

Kid-Friendly Poetry Sites - Students

Edward Lear - Students

The Art of Haiku - Students

Interactive Poetry - Students
Poetry quizzes - Quizzes
Poetry quizzes - Quizzes
Mrs. Dowling’s Imagery Page - Teacher tools
Visit this page for sensory inspiration Students
Tips on sensory writing - Lesson plan
Sensory inspiration - Lesson plan
Using senses for sensible writing - Students
Resources for young readers - Students
Literary Terms and Definitions - Students

Creative Writing for Teens - Students

Imagery quiz - Quiz


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Myths and Legends - Teacher tools
Bulfinch's Mythology complete text - Teacher tools
Mythology Links - Students
Geography of Mythology - Students
Egyptian Mythology - Students
Greek Mythology quiz - Quiz
Myths and Legends of Native Americans - Students
Greek mythology interactive voyage - Students
Greek mythology guide - Students

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Grammar and Language Structure Sites

Interactive Language and Grammar Games - Students
Ruth's Grammar Pages - Teacher tools
Interactive Language Practice - Quizzes
Links to grammar practice - Students
Grammar Practice  - Teacher tools
ELA Lesson Plans - Lesson plans
Grammar Lesson Plans - Lesson plans
Word power games - Students
Kid’s projects in Language Arts  - Teacher tools
Word Central! Kid friendly dictionary site - Students
Language Arts Fun     - Students
Using Weblogs in the classroom - Teacher tools

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Types of Writing

Types of Writing - Students
Forms of Writing - Students
Characteristics of Writing - Students
The Five Paragraph Essay - Students
Persuasive Essays - Students
Persuasive Essay Lesson Plan - Lesson Plan
Descriptive Essay - Teacher tools
Narrative Writing - Teacher tools
Narrative Writing for Kids - Students
The Topic Sentence - Students

Listening and Speaking Skills

Assessing listening and speaking skills - Teacher tools

Oral report lesson plan -Lesson plan

Delivering a persuasive speech - Lesson plan

Getting to know you (middle school speech) Lesson plan

Interviewing Skills - Teacher tools

Persuasive argument - Lesson plan

Effective speech writing - Teacher tools

All about public speaking (PBS) - Students

Ideas for enhancing oral reports - Students

Lesson Plans for English Teachers  -  Lesson plans 

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Structure and Meaning: Non-Fiction

General ELA Middle School links - Teacher tools
Reader's and Writer's Window - Students
Difference between Fiction and Non-fiction - Students
Basic Library Skills - Students
Middle School Language Arts - Students
Non-Fiction Universe - Teacher tools
Middle Grades Reading Network - Teacher tools
Strategic Reading - Teacher tools
Spotting a good newspaper story - Quiz activity
Reading for information - Lesson plan
Reading for meaning - Lesson plan


Math Resources


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General Lesson Plan Links  - Teacher tools
Ask Eric Database of Lessons- Lesson plans

Middle School Math - Teacher tools

Library of Math Manipulatives - Students

Standards directory.

Number, Number Systems and Number Relationships

Very basic counting skills - Students
Activities for number sense and operations - Students
Easy Lessons in number sense (some Spanish) - Students
Ask Dr. Math - Lesson plans
Teacher made tests in math and more - Teacher tools
Number Sense - Lesson plans
Education Planet, general math Teacher tools
Lesson Plans - Lesson plans
Using Calculators in the primary classroom - Teacher tools
Frank Potter's Math - Teacher tools

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Computation and Estimation

Computation for Kids - Students
Counting - Students
Comparing Numbers - Students
Interactive Arithmetic - Students
Everyday Arithmetic - Students
Estimation - Students
Teaching Basic Math - Teacher tools
Elementary School Math - Teacher tools
Estimation - Lesson plans
Interactive quizzes - Quizzes
Math Links - Everyone
Visual Fractions - Students

Practice your math facts here - just like flash cards.

Easy Moderate Difficult

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Measurement and Estimation

Measurement Worksheets - Teacher tools
How to Read a Ruler - Students
Measure It Game - Students
Telling Time - Students
Units of Measurement - Students
Measurement Game - Students
Measurement - Lesson plans and worksheets

Find measurements here, and view the formulas and solutions!


Enter Radius of Circle/Cylinder

Enter Height of Cylinder

(Make sure you entered the radius)

The calculation and answer is below:

Enter Measurments for Rectangle Area:


Free JavaScripts provided
by The JavaScript Source

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Math Reasoning and Connections

Math Reasoning Puzzles - Students (advanced)
Figuring Out Math Problems - Students
Math Practice - Concepts - Students
FunBrain Math Arcade - Students
Word Problems - Teacher tools
Quia Problem Solving - Students
Virtual Manipulatives - Teacher tools

 Find the greatest common factor and least common multiplier with this calculator:


First Number: Second Number:
Third Number (not required):

Greatest Common Factor (GCF):
Least Common Multiplier (LCM):

Free JavaScripts provided
by The JavaScript Source

Play Rock, Paper, Scissors! (click on your choice, the computer will respond)

Wins Losses Draws

Free JavaScripts provided
by The JavaScript Source

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Mathematical Problem Solving and Communications

Stuck on a Problem? - Students
Math for Kids Problem Solving - Students
Problem Solving Worksheets - Teacher tools
Strategies - Teacher tools
Brain Teasers - Students
Math Problem Solving Model - Teacher tools

Statistics and Data Analysis

Census: Statistics for Kids - Students

Baseball Statistics - Students

Easy Probability - Students

Data Analysis Learning Units - Teacher tools

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Probability and Predictions

Probability, statistics printables - Teacher tools

Probability lessons - Lesson plans

Probability games - Students

Probability game - Students

Algebra and Functions

All about patterns Annenburg Project - Teacher tools

Unit and Lessons on Patterns - Lesson plans

Patterns and Relations - Teacher tools

Patterns in math - Teacher tools
Patterns and Picture Books - Teacher tools
What comes next? - Students
Print your own graph paper - Students
Let a calendar teach algebra - Students
Easy Algebra Equations (interactive) - Students
Algebra Interactive - Quizzes


Intro to Geometry for young children - Teacher tools
Geometry Lessons - Lesson plans
Basic Understanding  - Teacher tools
More lessons - Lesson plans
Interactive Geometry - Teacher tools
Tesselations - Teacher tools
All About Measurement - Students
Illustrated lessons - Students
Fact Monster measurement quiz - Quiz
Metric measurement - Quizzes

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Animated Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem


Below is an animated proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. 

Starting with a right triangle and squares on each side, the middle size square 

is cut into congruent quadrilaterals (the cuts through the center and parallel to 

the sides of the biggest square). Then the quadrilaterals are hinged and rotated 

and shifted to the big square. Finally the smallest square is translated to cover 

the remaining middle part of the biggest square. A perfect fit! Thus the sum of 

the squares on the smaller two sides equals the square on the biggest side.


Afterward, the small square is translated back and the four quadrilaterals are directly translated back to their original position. The process is repeated forever.


This animated gif was supplied by Professor Mark Meyerson of the United States Naval Academy.   http://www.usna.edu/MathDept/website//


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