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Once you've identified resources that could be used in your classroom, it's time to evaluate those materials. Ask yourself:

  • Will the resources really help my students learn?
  • Is the resource a good use of instructional time?
  • Are the materials appropriate for my students?

Evaluation Tools

Thematic Units

Project Sites

Informational Sites

Activity Sites

Sponsored Sites

Evaluation Tools

Use evaluation tools to help you select quality resources.


Kathy Schrock's Evaluation Surveys

Ed's Oasis Online Evaluation Center

700+ Great Sites Selection Criteria

Informational Sites

Many informational sites are not written specifically for children. Will the content be motivating and interesting for your students? Is the scope and sequence of information logical and useful? Is the depth of the information appropriate for your children? Is the content appropriate for the reading level and maturation level of your students?

The Weird Guys Who Write Poems

World Wide Worlds

Cybrary of the Holocaust

Missouri Botanical Garden

Thematic Units

Examine the objectives and lessons in the thematic unit. Are they focused for your grade level? Do they use strategies that you would use?

Thematic Teaching/Learning Units

Thematic Units

Treasure Island 1

Treasure Island 2

Thematic Projects


Laura Ingalls Wilder,
Frontier Girl


Activity Sites

There are many activity sites on the Internet. Students can solve problems, play games, and explore issues. Do your students have the skills to use the activities? Are the directions clear? Can the activity be done in a timely fashion? Does the activity help a student apply or synthesize information or is it "just for fun"? Is the activity good use of instructional time?


United Nations CyberSchoolBus

Food Finder

Kid Foods Cyberclub

Project Sites

There are thousands of Internet-based projects that your class can join. Does the project fit your outcomes, depth, and timeline?

Insect Project

Science Fiction Writing Project

Sponsored Sites

Many sites have sponsors. Some of these sponsors are selling products through the website or require accompanying materials that must be purchased. Can the site be used without other materials? Can you repurpose the materials to serve your needs?


The Oregon Trail

Social Studies School Service