Online to Offline:
Improving Classroom Lessons
Compiled by Deborah Healey
This is a selection of websites for online or offline resources. They
a range of items, including lesson plans, online activities, web page
resources, and offline possibilities.
Lesson plan sites
Houghton Mifflin Education Place - In addition to support for Houghton
Mifflin textbooks, this site offers
plans for grades K-8 and graphic
organizers to print out.
- lesson plans by level
EverythingESL.net - Lesson
plans, mostly for primary and secondary students, by topic
- thousands of links to ESL/EFL lesson plans
People interested in zippy and zany zcribbling by Leslie Opp-Beckman -
an extensive list of links to writing resources and lesson plans,
poetry, stories, reports, and more.
Crossword puzzles to use
(see links to crossword puzzles for offline use in Handouts)
Dave’s ESL cafe by Dave Sperling -
quizzes and other activities. Some caution urged with the discussion
- the comments may not be suitable for younger children. Sample
Educational games at
Houghton Mifflin Education Place - for example, students can guess
definitions for obscure words or create their own definitions for
words of the week or create a "mad lib" to practice parts of speech
at Wacky Web
Practice Park from Harcourt School Publishers has more online
not specifically for ELT.
acquainted dialog by Vera Mello
Grammar quizzes at ITESL-J - for example, see two about Australia at http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/9801/mg-australia.html
. The HTML quizzes can be saved
to disk for use offline. You can select by skill and level. If you save
quizzes to disk a lot, please ask the authors for permission.
ITESL-J: Conversation Question Guide - suggestions for questions
to spark discussion or writing and handouts
for classroom use
the Terrible Teacher - error correction practice online
Mystery stories to read
online or offline - new ones daily and weekly
sounds for Haiku inspiration
your own pseudo-Haiku
How to create "sausage
poems" - good for low-intermediate and up.
Online movies about health, science, and technology at BrainPop.
Users can watch up to three movies per day for free. See the sample page
Global warming and
climate change - follow a team of researchers through the rain
in Costa Rica.
Collections of links that sort by topic
EL Easton - large compendium of
by topic. No explanation of what’s at each link, but there are a lot of
ESL Study Hall by
Meloni - links are described and organized by skill area
Study Lab by Michael Krauss - links organized by skill and level.
for secondary level and adult learners.
Harcourt School Publishers
math and reading activities. The samples are free; more activities are
available to those who buy Harcourt textbooks. A nice online math
for primary and middle school grades is the Animated
Math Glossary - print out some pages to use offline, as well.
Internet Public Library Youth
- more links for primary and secondary students and teachers. A good
for young children is UpToTen
- some games, songs, and activities to use online for free, as well as
pictures to color online or print to use offline; you can also order the
commercial versions to use offline.
Kids Domain - another
site for primary and secondary school teachers, with articles and lots
of software to download organized by age group and by topic.
sites selected by children’s librarians by topic. This says what grade
level each site is for and whether or not there are images. A good site
for those concerned about safe content.
Crossword puzzle makers
Word search makers, etc.
Boggle - print out the screen and see how many words students can
Download Activity Maker
Creates quizzes, word-search puzzles, crossword puzzles, scramble
"secret code" worksheets, riddle activities, and more.
Free for educational use. Creates word search puzzles.
by Yontong Kuo. Free. Use the 50 preloaded puzzles or create your own
using your own word list.
Use clip art for handouts, sounds and movies for web pages and
presentations. PowerPoint requires .wav format files for best results.
News sites such as CNN, MSNi, etc. usually have video clips
Microsoft’s Design Gallery Live
for clip art, sound, and video to use with Microsoft products.
Creating web pages for online or offline use
Use Netscape Composer - this is part of Netscape
Microsoft Word: select Save as HTML from a Word document. This creates
Download Half Baked Software’s Hot
Potatoes. Free for educational use. This creates multiple choice and
short answer, cloze, and scrambled sentence exercises and crossword
that can be run offline or online.
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Last updated 16 March 2002 by Deborah Healey, email@example.com