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Web Links - Special Education: Miscellaneous

Academic Activities Miscellaneous
Communications with School For Teachers                
RTI (Response to Interventions)  

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Academic Activities
General Activities
Do 2 Learn Disability information, printable activities, activity ideas .
DLTK’s Educational Activities for Children Various activities related to alphabet, numbers, colors, and other early concepts
education.com: Activity Ideas Activity ideas for kids; can sort by grade and topic/type of activity
education.com: Printables Printable worksheets and activities; can sort by grade and topic
Little Scholastic Ideas to create games to play with your child.
Nick Jr. Family section offers online games, printable activities, recipes, activity ideas, informational resources and much more.
readwritethink: Parent and Afterschool Resources Resources include parent tips, activities, games, printable resources, and more; sort by grade level
Sesame Street: Nature Explorer’s Journal Downloadable journal for young children to explore nature.
Sesame Street: Parents Collections of videos related to specific topics; activities and recipes for children; information on how to best use the Sesame Street website with children.
Language Arts Activities
ASL Alphabet Coloring Pages Printable coloring pages that include a letter, word, picture, and ASL hand symbol for each letter of the alphabet; also available as color print-outs
Book Pals Videos of various children’s stories read aloud, activity suggestions for parents/teachers.
Get Ready to Read! Activity ideas for teaching early literacy skills
Making the Most of Reading Tests Printable brochure about preparing students for reading tests
Next Steps Information about what to do if you have concerns about your young child’s literacy development.
Reading Rockets Information for parents related to children and literacy.
RTI (Response to Intervention)
The ABCs of RtI Printable parent guide to Response to Intervention; includes information, questions for parents to ask, and spaces to record student information
Family Guide to RtI Informational pamphlet about Response to Intervention.
Parent Guide for RTI Printable parent guide to Response to Intervention.
Response to Intervention Article explaining RtI and common terms.
General Misc.
Bed-wetting Information about bed-wetting.
KidsNeeds.com A variety of information related to the needs of children with disabilities
National Association for Gifted Children Information and resources for parents of gifted children.
PBS Parents Information, resources, links, and printable materials related to child development, education, health and much more.
Sesame Street Tool Kits Collections of videos, printables, activities, and information related to various topics including asthma, military families, healthy habits, self-confidence, and more
Sibling Support Project Support and networking for siblings of people with disabilities
Siblings of Kids with Special Needs Tips and related articles for supporting siblings of children with special needs
TCRC Local agency providing services for individuals with special needs
Toe Walking Information about toe walking in children.
Anesthesia Basics General information on anesthesia
Food Allergy Printables Printable tags, signs, and other labels to make others aware of kids' allergies
Preparing Your Child for Surgery Helpful hints for explaining surgery.
SafeKids: Parents Parent resources for keeping children safe, divided by age groups.
SafeKids: Safety Tip Sheets Printable safety checklists and informational brochures.
ableplay Purchase toys for children with special needs; includes toy ratings and ability to search for toys based on disability, needs, and age
Finding a Camp for Your Special Needs Child Information on types of camps, benefits of camp, and questions to ask when deciding to send your child to camp.
IRVSRA Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association; recreational programming for individuals in the Pekin and Fondulac Park Districts.
Special Olympics: Illinois

Information about Special Olympics in Illinois

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Toys 10 areas to consider when purchasing toys for children with special needs

Toys R Us Toy Guide

Toy guide for differently-abled kids; includes information about selecting appropriate toys for your child, safety tips, and toys available for purchase.

For Teachers

ATTO Assistive Technology training for professionals
BoardMaker Share Teacher-shared BoardMaker resources
Intervention Central Intervention and assessment resources for teachers
RTI Action Network General information on RTI
SafeKids: Educators Educator resources for teaching children about safety
Transitioning to Kindergarten Tool Kit Tool kit


Web Links - Special Education: Therapies

Central Illinois Easter Seals Information on services provided locally by Easter Seals
Central Illinois Riding Therapy (CIRT) Central Illinois Riding Therapy offers riding therapy for individuals with disabilities, as well as volunteer opportunities
Play Therapy Information about play therapy for children
Occupational Therapy Site for parents explaining occupational therapy
Physical Therapy Site for parents explaining physical therapy


 Web Links - Special Education: Disabilities

ADHD Learning Disabilities
Asperger's Syndrome Mental Illness
Autism Spectrum Disorders Miscellaneous
Down Syndrome Speech and Language
Epilepsy Vision


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NIMH about ADHD National Institute of Mental Health on ADHD
What is ADHD? Information on ADHD and how it is diagnosed
Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger’s Syndrome

Overview, symptoms, tests and treatment

The National Autistic Society What is Asperger’s syndrome?
Asperger’s Checklist Useful tool in helping recognize the traits of Asperger’s Syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorders
AMC Theatres: Sensory Friendly Films Listing of sensory friendly films shown at AMC Theatres, including AMC Pekin 14
Autism/PDD Information on diagnosing Autism and PDD
Autism Society Information and resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Speaks Information and resources about Autism
M-CHAT Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers; answer questions to assess your child’s possible risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders


Down Syndrome
Autism and Down Syndrome Information about dual diagnosis, Down Syndrome and Autism
Down Syndrome – Autism Connection Information and resources for Down Syndrome/Autism dual diagnosis
downsyndrome.com Information about Down Syndrome and networking opportunities for parents
Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association Information and local resources related to Down Syndrome


Epilepsy Foundation: For Parents Information for parents about epilepsy
Epilepsy.com: Kids Simple information for kids about epilepsy
Epilepsy.com: Teens Basic information for teens about epilepsy
Seizure Instruction Sheet Printable page for dealing with seizures
Seizures Site for parents explaining seizure disorder
Learning Disabilities
LD Online Informational resource for parents and students
National Center for Learning Disabilities Informational resource for parents, students, and professionals
The Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities Information and warning signs of learning disabilities, listed by age group


Mental Illness
Bipolar Disorder & NAMI Basic information about Bipolar Disorder in children and adolescents
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses Information on various mental disorders in children


AMC Theatres: Sensory Friendly Films  Listing of sensory friendly films shown at AMC Theatres, including AMC Pekin 14
Family Matters Illinois-based training and information center for parents of children with special needs
FDA Food and Drug Administration recall, market withdrawal, and safety alert information
Illinois Assistive Technology Program: Device Loan Apply for loan of a variety of assistive technology devices
Kid’s Health:  Medical Problems

Extensive information on various childhood diseases and disabilities

My Child Without Limits Information and resources related to children with disabilities
National Fragile X Foundation Information and resources related to Fragile X Syndrome
NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders – basic information on various rare disorders
Selective Mutism Information and resources about Selective Mutism
Special Olympics: Illinois Information about Special Olympics in Illinois
Technology for People with Intellectual Disabilities General information and list of resources related to technology use by people with disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy: One-Stop Resource Guide Links provide information about Cerebral Palsy and related issues.
Speech and Language
American Sign Language Video and written explanation for 1 word signs
ASL Pro Video dictionary of American Sign Language; also includes videos of religious signs, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies

Baby Sign Language

Information and resources related to baby sign language; includes videos and descriptions of signs, as well as printable posters and flashcards
Delayed Speech or Language Development Site for parents explaining typical language development, warning signs, causes, and role of speech pathologists
Speech-Language Therapy Site for parents explaining specific speech/language disorders, and ideas for remediation
Children’s Eye Health Information Information about vision-related conditions that can affect children
Children’s Vision Information Network Information about children’s vision
Children’s Vision: What Parents Need to Know Information about vision needs of children
Perkins Scout Information clearinghouse on blindness and visual impairment


Web Links - Special Education: Behavior

Behavior Home Page Resource for teachers with links to sites on behavioral interventions
Besst web Behavior and Emotional Social Skills Tracking Resource
Positive Beginnings Information for professionals related to supporting young children with challenging behaviors
Positive Behavior Support Information about implementing Positive Behavior Support in schools
Preventing Challenging Behavior in Young Children Tips for early childhood teachers for preventing challenging behavior
Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors Practical strategies and printable resources for teachers to support students with challenging behavior


Web Links - Technology

1. Audio

5. Internet Safety

2. ClipArt

6. Search Engines

3. Computer Lab Projects

7. Typing

4. Create Online



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CC Mixter Creative Commons licensed copyright free music
Partners in Rhyme Lots of sound effects and midi  clips free to use



Clipart: Discovery Education

Discovery Education clipart by categories
Cyber-Sleuth Clipart Cyber-Sleuth Kids Clipart
Pics 4 Learning  ABC Ya! Internet Safety


Create Online 

Animoto Create a 30 second video for free
Blabberize Record your voice and make a picture talk
Comic Creator

Make Beliefs Comix
Create and print your own comic strip
Glogster  Create an interactive poster
Poetry Instant poetry with forms to guide
KerPoof!  Draw, write and more
Prezi  For those of you tired of PowerPoint
Story Bird Create and share visual stories
Story Jumper Create a book
Story Maker Choose characters and objects then edit your story
Tagxedo Create a word cloud in a shape
Timelines Create timelines with older students
Voki Create your own avatar
Word It Out Create a word cloud collage
Wordle  Create a word collage graphic
ZooBurst Create a 3D pop-up book


Computer Lab Projects 

ABC Ya! K MAP Prep
ABC Ya! Letter Match
ABC Ya! Paint

Click & Drag - Upper & lower case letter matching
Stamps - Cick & stick to mouse/stamper, then click & drop or stamp
Comics Creators
Comic Creator
Make Beliefs Comix
Create and print your own comic strip
Create A Graph From Kids Zone
East Peoria Project Fifth grade Photo Story 3 project
Examining Electronic Resources Fifth grade research skills lesson: Evaluating a Website
Fact Fragment Frenzy Finding facts in what you read: A demo and interactive activities
Is there life on other planets? Information on Philip Plait, ebook author
KerPoof!   Create a  picture, story, movie, card and more
Oceans Oceans Wiki & PowerPoint unit for 4th grade
Rainforest Animals
Third grade rainforest animals project
Rock Cycle Fourth grade Excel project
Scratch Scratch Programming 101
Shel Silverstein Poetry Fluency Project
Student Survey For PARCC skills
Wonder Blogs Fifth Grade Wonder Unit
Wordle Create a word collage graphic


Internet Safety 

Net Smartz  Choose Teens, Tweens or Kids for activities
Net Smartz
K-2 Recommended Games
Clicky's Quest
Color And Create
The Internet Safety Game
Webville Roundup
Safety Land  Game by AT&T for playing as a whole group - reinforces Net Smartz K-2 videos
Cyber Five  5! ABC Ya! Internet Safety



Kindergarten  1st Grade
 2nd Grade
1. Keyboard Alphabet Zoo 1. Brown Bear Learn to Type
1. Brown Bear Learn to Type
2.  Super Hyper Spider Typer; Level: Easy 2.  Super Hyper Spider Typer; Level: Easy  2. Alphabet Rain Game; Level 1 
3. ABC Ya! Cup Stacking 3. Type Rocket Jr. 3.  Type Rocket 60 
    4. Alpha Munchies
 Offline 5. Super Hyper Spider Typer; Level: Medium
Type to Learn Jr. Type to Learn Jr. 6. Typing Race
New Keys for Kids: Food World New Keys for Kids: Tiny's Multiplex  
    Tux Typing
    New Keys for Kids: Cyber Cafe
Beginners' Fun:    
ABC Ya! Typing Games Choose a beginners level  
Brown Bear Keyboard Game Beginning typing #2  
Alphabet Rain Game Beginning typing with the alphabet  
Brown Bear Learn to Type Beginning typing #1  
Brown Bear 3D Keyboard Beginning typing #3  
Brown Bear Typing Game Beginning typing #4  
Bubbles Game Beginning typing with the alphabet  
Keyboard Zoo Beginning typing with the alphabet  
Typing Web Start Typing, then get a log in - Practice and games 
Popcorn Typer Use the right keys and pop the falling popcorn
More Fun:    
ABC Ya! Typing Games Choose a challenging level  
Baracuda Game From Power Typing  
Dance Mat Typing Typing practice from BBC  
Keyboard Practice Longer practice sections  
Nitro Type Race your friends  
Super Hyper Spider Typer Typing practice and game  
Type Me Typing from Kaboose  
Typer Shark Typing practice and game  
Typing Games Free typing tests and shared results 
Typing Speed Test A game to type the paragraph given in the time allowed; it keeps track of your mistakes and your final time. 
Typing Test Another game to test your speed 
Typing Web Teachers Only: Free typing that tracks progress with log in 
Think you know your keyboard?
Try the Keyboard Puzzle Challenge!



Web Links - Library

Card Catalog
Information Literacy
Library Skills


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Citation Wizard 21st Century Information Fluency online citation wizards for CSE, MLA and APA
KnightCite Easy citations from Calvin College

OSLIS MLA Citation Maker

Interactive web tool used to create standard MLA citations
Son of Citation Machine Interactive web tool used to create standard citations


Information Literacy 

Big 6: Stuff for Kids Grades K-6

The Big 6 for students: K-6 grade level version

Big 6: Stuff for Kids Grades 7-12

The Big 6 for students: 7-12 grade level version


Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries


Library Skills 

Between the Lions: Flood

PBS' library books that "go together" game

Dewey Resources

MIKID's Dewey links

Do We Really Know Dewey?

ThinkQuest Dewey info

Fact Fragment Frenzy

Finding facts in what you read

Literary Elements and Picture Books

Examples of picture books that help to teach literary elements

Name that Genre

Activity created by the Library Media Specialist at Clarkstown Central School District

Order in the Library

Sorting, shelving and reordering using Dewey



ALA Children's Notable Lists

Lists of the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) best of the best in children’s books, recordings, videos, and computer software

 American Library Association

Authors and Illustrators

 American Library Association

Links to activities for favorite children's stories.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children’s book reviews

Caldecott Medal

Nominated books, past winners, and other general information regarding the Caldecott Medal Book Award

Center for Children's Books

Bibliographies and book lists for children and young adults

Cooperative Children's Book Center

Bibliographies and book lists for children and young adults

Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Historical Fiction lists

International Children's Digital Library

A collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.

KDL:  What's Next in a Series?

Database that searches for what book is next in a fiction series

Kids' Reading List

Kid’s reading list on Oprah.com


Info about favorite books, series and authors

The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award

Information and links regarding The Monarch Award:  Illinois’ K-3 Children’s Choice Book Award 

Monarch Nominees 12-13: Part 1

List of and information about Monarch Award nominees for 2012-13 Part 1

Monarch Nominees 12-13: Part 2

List of and information about Monarch Award nominees for 2012-13 Part 1


Teacher’s Top 100 Books for Children

Newbery Medal

Nominated books, past winners, and other general information regarding the Newbery Medal Book Award

Publisher's Weekly

Book reviews

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Information and links regarding The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award 


Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

SlimeKids: Authors

A variety of author information from SlimeKids

SlimeKids: Book Trailers

A variety of book trailers from SlimeKids

SlimeKids: Book Reviews

A variety of book reviews from SlimeKids



Ask for Kids Search for information, images or go to the schoolhouse
Awesome Library Directory listing by topic or enter your search
Boolify Boolify – Visual Search Engine
CyberSleuth Kids CyberSleuth's directory listings by topic or search engine
Dib Dab Doo ...and Dilly too!  Search by topic or enter your search
Dictionaries:  Online dictionaries
     - Merriam Webster from: Encyclopedia Britannica
    - Oxford Dictionary from: Oxford University Press
    - Your Dictionary A dictionary that is easy to understand
Education World Education World's search engine
Fact Monster Includes a Reference Desk and much more
GoGooligans Simple, safe and kid oriented for kids and teens
ipl2 With buttons for Kids and for Teens
KidRex Safe search for kids by kids (will kind of...)
Kids Click Directory listing by topic or enter your search
Kids Search Tools Variety of reference and search tools
Kids USA A .gov site
One Key Google's One Key search engine
Quintura for Kids Quintura for Kids – Visual Search Engine
Sweet Search For higher reading level students
Sweet Search 4 Me For lower reading level students
ThinkQuest Library Search engine from Oracle
Yippy Yippy



ALA's Web Sites for Kids

American Library Association's links for kids
Fondulac Library East Peoria's public library with many resources
The Futures Channel Thousands of short videos on just about any topic, all are free and suitable for kids.
IPL Kidspace Have a question?  Ask a librarian!
Newspapers: U.S. and Worldwide From Refdesk
Slime Kids Games, search engines, book reviews, book trailers, authors and reference from School Library Media Kids


Web Links - Physical Education

Nutrition & Movement Information from the CDC
Health Information: Kids' Health
Nutrition Games A variety of nutrition games for kids
Nutrition & Nourishment Solusville, a healthy neighborhood game
PCPFS President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports


 Web Links - Music

ArtsEdge The Kennedy Center's free resource for teach and learning through and about the arts
Arts Alive Compose Music, Name the Composer, Name the Instrument, Musical Memory and more
Classics for Kids Composers, music eras, games and teacher activities
DSO Kids Dallas Symphony Orchestra site
Fun with Music SFS Kids: Instruments, Music Lab and The Symphony
GiebelUke Songbook A compilation of ukulele songs
The Happy Ukulele Songbook Ukulele skills and songs
HUG Songbook A collection of songs used by the Halifax Ukulele Gang
Interactive Sites for Education Many music activities
Kididdles Song lyrics for K-2
Mighty Books Impressionistic art and music
New York Philharmonic Kidzone Game Room, Musicians' Lounge, Composers' Gallery, Instrument Storage Room, Instrument Laboratory, Conductor/Soloist Dressing Rooms, Newsstand and Composition Workshop
Noteflight Create and use music notation on any device
PBS Kids: Make a Band Making a band
Soundtrap An online music studio to record your creations
Tulga: Cubes Use linking cubes to create a rhythm
Tulga: Instruments Hear the sounds that various instruments make
Tulga: Rythym Use fraction parts to create a rhythm
Tulga: Simon A game of sound memory using the electronic Simon game online


 Web Links - Life Skills & More!

EPIC! Many read-to-me books for kids
For Me, For You, For Later Sesame Street activities and printables to teach young children about saving money
Go Noodle Move to activate kids bodies and brains
Papunet Simple games that can be switch-activated
Sesame Street Videos and interactive games with characters from Sesame Street
Signing Savvy Videos and pictures showing alphabet, numbers, and words in sign language; type in the sign you’re looking for or search by category
Starfall Many, many activities