"Stor E Telling"

Links from Karen's column in
Storytelling Magazine
, and other authored publications.

Arts Education

Bird Stories from Around the World

Book Resources

The Business of Storytelling

Circle the Globe with Stories

Colleges and Storytelling Courses

Crafts and Activities

Grant Resources and Tutorials

Holidays, Celebrations and Observances

Music Resources

Oral History Resources

Princess Tales from Around the World

Puppets and Puppetry

Stories from A to Z

String Figure Sites

Teaching Tolerance ~ Promoting Peace

Teaching Tools

Voice Care and Relaxation Techniques

teaching tools

ABC Teach

Activities, games, puzzles, theme units, a searchable data base, themed activities related to the months of the year and a whole section just for teachers. This site will keep you surfing!


A to Z Teacher Stuff

You will be happily humming the Alphabet Song after visiting this site designed to help teachers find online lesson plans and resources more quickly and easily. Online since 1997, the site has grown to more than 1000 pages!" This is a great site for those busy teachers, and aren't they all, who are interested in exploring new, fun and original ideas to brighten up their classrooms and their lives. Online lesson plans are arranged by thematic unit and there are lots of printable worksheets and pages to use in the classroom. A Teacher Tips Section with tried and true classroom management ideas with make the school year a breeze and a Teacher Chat, provides a discussion area for teachers to share their ideas. There is also a section devoted to articles on various topics related to education and because we all know that teachers tend to reach into their own pockets to meet their classroom needs, let's not forget the "shop till you drop section," a special area devoted to offering top quality teacher resources all at discount prices!


After School

This is a site with more links than Crayola has crayons! There is useful information in many areas which connect you to Federal Resources that support children and youth during out of school hours. There is a rich array of advice on running and After School Program:

Child Abuse




Resources From You


Special Needs

Starting a Program

State Regulations




They also offer Community Links, Planning Activities, Newsletters, Publications, Research and Reports, Legislative updates and more. Anything and everything you need to make sure your After School Program makes the grade!


American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States

This site "contains a slightly expanded and fully searchable version of the print publication 'American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States' ... with added illustrations and links to existing digitized material located throughout the Library of Congress Web site." Includes books, maps, manuscripts, music, images, and other research materials. Browsable and searchable. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

Copyright 2003 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org.


American Women Through Time

A historic chronology with links to relevant websites for each period, along with research sources appropriate for the specified time period.



Jack Tales, poetry, authors, study guides and lesson plans, bibliographies and an index categorized by genre. The entire site is focused on Appalachian Literature.


African American Women's History

A directory of sites about "the history of black women in America, from slavery through Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance and civil rights." It includes biographies of notable and little-known African American women, organization and club memberships, participation in events and movements, educational and political activities, and more. There is also a list of "white women who worked for racial justice and the rights of African Americans."


ASCD - The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

The world's largest professional organization of educators. It is a "unique international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas." Founded in 1943 they have continued to work for policies and practices that support quality teaching. Their beliefs are listed strongly and succinctly on their website:

• We believe that the individual has intrinsic worth.

• We believe that all people have the ability and the need to learn.

• We believe that all children have a right to safety, love, and learning.

• We believe that a high-quality, public system of education open to all is imperative for society to flourish.

• We believe that diversity strengthens society and should be honored and protected.

• We believe that broad, informed participation committed to a common good is critical to democracy.

• We believe that humanity prospers when people work together.

They offer journals on education leadership, curriculum updates and handbooks, training development opportunities and online courses. The ASDC offers all of this and more but what initially drew me to this site as its vast resources for educators, compiled specifically to help them assist students as the nation approaches the first anniversary of September 11th.


Those specific resources associated with social, emotional and health issues as they relate to the terrorist attacks, racism and violence in our schools are listed at


A quote on their main site states, "For the success of all learners" and they have done an incredible job addressing success in the classroom and beyond.



What began in 1992 as a project of ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology today encompasses the resources of the entire ERIC system and beyond, utilizing 16 ERIC Clearinghouses to respond to education requests. ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a federally-funded national information system that provides, through a variety of services and products on a broad range of education-related issues. AskERIC is a personalized Internet-based service providing education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in education throughout the United States and the world. They offer a wide variety of lesson plans, a searchable date base and archive along with numerous listserv choices and newsletter. Topics are listed alphabetically with direct hyperlinks to the web. This is one to bookmark!



What a find! Fingerplays, crafts, book suggestions, songs, information on authors and illustrators, everything to make your storytelling shine!


Back to School

Annotated links to teacher resources such as back-to-school activities, icebreakers, classroom management techniques, and related concepts and tools. Includes general teaching ideas and resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.

From the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). Copyright Librarians' Index to the Internet http://lii.org


Black History Month

Offering a theme-related storytelling program or enhancing your curriculum? Here are three websites that bring the pages of history to life.

AT&T Knowledge and Adventures: Patchwork of African American Life

This is a collection of links to Internet resources for exploring African-American history and issues. Topics include Black History Month (February), slavery, abolition, The Underground Railroad, "Buffalo" soldiers, civil rights movement, Million Man March, poetry, news, people, and much more.


The History Channel

Video clips, great speeches, resources and more.



History, timelines, contemporary issues, etc., a valuable link for anyone researching Black History.

The California Institute for Ancient Studies

If you are producing a program on ancient history or the bible, this site is worth a visit. From Agamemnon to Zoster, this site offers information on Egyptian and Biblical figures. There are also chronological charts, graphs, timelines, maps and pictures.



C.A.R.T.S is the acronym for Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students. And is part of City Lore, "a cultural organization whose mission is to document, preserve and present the living cultural heritage of New York and other cities." Located in the heart of New York City they offer In School Programs, Staff Development and Local Learning Initiative. C.AR.T.S also has Teacher Resource Center located in NYC. The center is "stocked with reference books, photographs, and videos on folklore, history, culture, and the arts."


A rich variety of educators, folklorists, writers, anthropologists, historians, artists, and educators who are a part of C.A.R.T.S believe that by linking "various places where learning occurs—home, community, and classroom—exponentially increases analytic skills, cultural understanding, and literacy for students. CARTS.org is a compilation of the best practices and resources of this successful approach to education." From this site you can also link to Citylore, Place Matters and Peoples Poetry Gathering. Drop in to the Guest section, sit a spell and listen to artists such as Dakotah storyteller Mary Louise Defender Wilson or Blues Guitarist John Cephas. No matter where you roam on this website you are sure to come away with a cartful of information.


Children Of The Moon Things To Do

A wonderful website filled with arts, crafts, games and stories for children.


Children's Literature Web Guide

David Brown is the Director at Doucette Library of Teaching Resources. He is a Librarian with several years of experience in children's materials and educational resources. He has compiled and categorized the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults and if his masterful plan works you will find yourself tempted away from the Internet, and back to the books themselves. As David says, "The Internet is a tremendous resource, but it will never compete with a Children's Librarian with a purposeful gleam in the eye!"


Children's Theater/Creative Drama

At first glace this doesn't appear to be a storytelling resource but click on the Lessons Plans link and you will surprised. There you will find a wealth of improvisational games sure to enhance any storytelling residency.


Educator's Reference Desk

This site gives access to "2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses. ... [It also] provides a search interface to the ERIC [Educational Resources Information Center] Database, providing access to over one million bibliographic records on educational research, theory, and practice." The database is updated monthly and includes citations from 1966 to the present. Searchable.

From the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS). Copyright 2004 by Librarians' Index to the Internet, lii.org


Enoch Pratt Libraries Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling

"A collection of live-action, multicultural storyteller performances." Listen to some of our most beloved storytellers share their tales in streaming video. A delight for children and adults alike!


Folk and Fairy Tales From Around the World
Compiled by the librarian and students of Sunrise Mountain High School, this incredible index of Folk and Fairy Tales lists stories by country of origin, story title and book title. If you are preparing a multicultural storytelling program this is the place to start!



Wow! Some of the jewels you can find while surfing the net are astounding and I think I have just struck gold. This educational website, which began in 1999, provides resources and materials for teaching and learning. There is so much here for teachers, parents and students to read and use. With over 650,000 visitors each week there is no question that they are performing a much needed service.


You will find information galore; from Preschool to ESL, Lesson Plans, Alphabet books to print, Seasonal Ideas, Webquests and the resources go on and on. There is even direct online human help. Not many Internet sites can make that statement. Stop in and visit Gigglpotz.com, I guarantee you will surf away with a smile on your face!


I Love That Teaching Idea

Twin sisters Kim Christopherson and Kris Thurgood began this site in 1998 but have no fear; you won't be seeing double when you visit this site. It is well organized, offering grade levels and descriptions, categorized by Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Holidays. In addition, they offer free worksheets and reproducible to use in the classroom, ideas for working centers, teaching tips, classroom management, assessment and much more. Their mission is to "provide elementary school teachers creative, practical and effective ideas and techniques to enhance their enjoyment and performance in the classroom." Without a doubt they have accomplished their goal!


Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

This is one amazing resource! Part of the Discovery.com site Sign up for S.O.S. – Sites for the school days. Every few schools days, from mid-August until June, you will be able to visit this page for an introduction to an exciting and informative site to help you integrate technology into the teaching and learning process. In addition, you can have new and innovative websites emailed to you on a daily basis from a teacher's resource offering ideas to enhance curriculum.



Searching for songs, fingerplays and games to add to your storytelling? From Alouette to Wiggle in My Toes, this is the place jump, jiggle and jive!


The Kids Storytelling Club

Learn how to tell a story using an overhead projector and create a story combining fantasy and mystery. Apply for a free copy of their Junior Storyteller Newsletter, subscribe to their Junior Storyteller Activity Guide and order books to help guide parents, teachers and students in the art of storytelling.



A few teachers and parents began this list in 1996 and now it has grown into the largest collection of free art lessons on the Internet. It is more than just a site with arts and crafts; it is a global, interactive, educational community. From architecture to drama, folk art to textiles, KinderArt "provides an opportunity for parents, educators, artists, students and kids to have fun while exchanging ideas, finding information, conducting research and learning new things ... all in one place."


Lesson Plan Z.com

An incredible site with over 4000+lesson plans in math, science, language arts, social studies, songs, PE, Thematic Units; Printables: Worksheets, Coloring Pages. Easy to use search engine for age level and theme. LessonPlanZ.com - Lesson Plans & Resources for Teaching Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Reading.


The Lesson Plans Page

Hold on to your notebook, this site has OVER 1,500 lesson plans! No matter what your classroom needs may be, you are sure to find a something to fit the bill. Not only are there lesson plans on the three R's but Computers & the Internet, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Life Skills and Values, and with a searchable database they are all just a keystroke away!


The Library Spot

A free virtual library resource center for educators, students, librarians, or anyone exploring the Web for research information.


Marco Polo

Marco Polo's journey lasted 24 years and now his name graces a site that will help teachers and storytellers travel the world. Lesson plans, resources and a calendar of important events are just a few of the illuminating offerings; a truly remarkable teaching tool.


Myths, Folktales and Fairytales

Explore folklore with Nina Jaffe, experience a storytelling workshop with Gerald Fierst or a myth writing workshop with Jane Yolen. If that isn't enough, there are teacher guides, assessments and rubrics, and of course stories!


National Council of Teachers of English

The NCTE's position statement on the value of storytelling in the classroom.


The National Parks Service – Links to the Past

Brush up on your park history, cultural resources and programs for your summer venues. The website also offers information on grants and a helpful search engine.


Perpetual Preschool

This is a terrific site which offers a variety of useful and easy activities for educators to implement in the classroom. The have sections organized by Holidays and Seasons as well as Daily Themes. They also supply separate sections for Creative Movement, Dramatic Play, Language and Literacy, Math and Movement, Science, Sensory Table and more. Teachers can also found Online Workshops, Professional Development Resources, Message Boards and Portfolio Assessment. This site is sure to make your preschool year more fun!



A generous list of ethnic lessons plans surrounding the art of quilting. From Ashanti to Zulu you will be stitching your stories and lessons together in no time at all.


Reading Is Fundamental ~ Storytelling: A Pathway to Literacy

This nonprofit literacy organization, founded in 1966, serves over 5 million children of all ages. Working with a network of volunteers throughout the United States their programs "combine three essential elements to foster children's literacy: reading motivation, family and community involvement, and the excitement of choosing free books to keep." In addition, this well respected agency offers additional links and articles on the art of storytelling, offering specific reasons and values for utilizing this ancient art of Oral Tradition in the classroom.


Reading Is Fundamental ~ The History of Storytelling

Short, concise article which highlights the benefits of storytelling.


Songs for Teaching

Cheers, chants, raps and poetry, this site will get your toes tapping and your hands clapping! Choose educational lyrics and recordings on a wide variety of subjects:

• Math

• Early Counting Skills

• Science and Environment

• Social Studies

• Reading

• Action Songs for Physical Movement

• Foreign Languages

• And of course, Music!

There are Teacher Tips and Lesson Plans, Guidelines for implementing music in the classroom and songs about every day life, diversity and family. This is the place to be to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!


Story Arts
Lesson plans and activities are just a click away. Need a quick story to share? Then take a look at the story library which offers a selection of Aesop's Fables and more. You can access articles, discover fresh curriculum ideas and sign up to receive a free online newsletter. In addition, there is a section which offers articles such as, "the Voice as an Instrument" and "Copyright and Fair Use of Published Materials." Whether you are a beginning storyteller or experienced teacher you are sure to find something to add to your repertoire.


Storytelling Arts of Indiana

Teaching Guides, games, activities and resources from such quality tellers as Heather Forest, Doug Lipman, Rex Ellis, Doug Elliott, Janice Harrington and Ed Stivender. You can't go wrong taking advice from this group!


The Teacher's Corner

Little Jack Horner certainly couldn't fit into this corner, not with everything that is already there. Lesson Plans, Thematic Units, Seasonal Items, Teachers, Resources, Message Board, Teacher's Helper, Experiment of the Week and on and on. This is the place for Primary and Intermediate Teaching Resources which was launched in 1998 as an online resource for educators. This is also one of the sites which offers an amazing amount of resources to help educators deal respectfully and gently with the anniversary of September 11th and beyond.


The Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources

From the American Folklife Center an array materials related to documentation and field research.


Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation

"In July 2003 TLPF was formed as a non-profit association based in Adelaide South Australia. Its specific mission is to document, support, develop and present peace-building possibilities based upon story-telling processes to communities both locally and internationally, connecting via the Internet with the purpose of bringing adults and children together to share in the peace-building process."


By sharing and telling stories of hope and peace the hope to "counterbalance the negativity" and create new space where the healing power of stories can create a peaceful world for generations to come. TLPF lists some of the essential elements of peace-building stories:

• happy endings

• everyone winning

• nonviolent resolution

• imaginative and creative

• challenges existing stereotyping

• faith and hope

• finding personal peace

• … any element that supports the idea that peace is possible

They also offer a regular online newsletter with peace-building articles, activities and stories shared by individuals, communities and organizations. Let's hope this is just the beginning of the perfect ending..."And they all lived happily ever after!"


Teaching with Historic Places

Planning a historical storytelling program? The National Park Service site offers lesson plans categorized by location, theme and time period.


Teaching Values.com

Useful ideas on how to use storytelling, music and movement in character education. There are stories, activities, quotes and additional resources to guide you.



Cross curricular lessons and activities on a wide variety of subjects, including storytelling.


The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

An educational partnership between Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools designed to strengthen teaching and learning in local schools and, by example, in schools across the country.


Whopper of a Tale

Are you planning on using Tall Tales in your storytelling or teaching this year? Then lasso this site, complete with lesson plans, curriculum connections, story and song suggestions, and activities.


Women's History Links

Information on notable woman who took part in the Gold Rush, Aviation, Science, Medicine and more.


World Wide School

This interesting site offers a first class library as well as online course, and it is all free! The owners have dedicated themselves "to the collection, preservation and presentation of educational material the World Wide School," offering people the opportunity to expand their learning via the Internet. The online library is comprised of classic titles, including some from the Gutenberg Project and contains everything from fairy tales and poetry to mathematical dissertations and reference material. The only investment necessary is your time.