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The Really Useful List of Fill-in-the-Blank Web Tools for Teachers and Students
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The Really Useful List of Fill-in-the-Blank Web Tools for Teachers and Students

Are you looking for ways to make good use of the Internet in your classroom? This treasure trove of mostly fill-in-the-blank tools may be just what you need to get started. Continuing the proud tradition that began with the (now famous) The Really Big List of Classroom Management Resources, 10 valiant members of the Monmouth University online course, ED 554 OL Modern Educational Practices, worked night and day to bring you an impressive list of practical tools and resources you might really use in K-12 classrooms. “The Really Useful List” includes tools, forms, templates, checklists, and interactive activities that will enable you generate Web sites, lessons, puzzles, rubrics, projects, games and a whole lot more.  (When you are finished here, people will think are a real “Web Wizard.”)

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Multi-Purpose

  1. Filamentality - One of the great fill-in-the-blank educational Web services of all time, this service enables teachers and students to create their own Hotlists, Treasure Hunts, WebQuests, and more! Here are some Web sites created by Monmouth students with Filamentality.
  2. Web-an-Flow - This another great fill-in-the-blanks Web site that guides you through creating your own web-based activities for learners. It's like Filamentality except that it charges a fee, but gives you more bells and whistles.
  3. Teach-nology - Offers teachers free access to lesson plans, printable worksheets, over 150,000 reviewed web sites, educational games, teaching / technology tips, advice from expert teachers, current education news, teacher downloads, teacher finance help, WebQuests, and teacher resources for creating just about anything a teacher could need.
  4. Teach-nology Rubric Generator - This wonderful site allows teachers to create rubrics for almost everything under the sun, i.e., behavior modification plans, handwriting, transitioning skills, reading, presentations, and more.
  5. Sites for Teachers - This excellent site is loaded with fill-in-the-blank tools for teachers that are ranked based on usage.
  6. Matt Stanton's CyberEFL - This is a site for teachers who are ready to start creating their own interactive web pages using HTML.
  7. Project Checklist - This website allows instructors to create project-based learning checklists to create guidelines for completing class projects.
  8. EduHound HotList - This is free teaching and learning tool for educators, students, parents, or anyone exploring the World Wide Web! Simply sign up and within minutes you'll be creating your own unique Web page of educational resources! Choose your own title, color theme and mascot.
  9. ABCTeach - Activities, crossword puzzles, number puzzles, games, and much more.
  10. Quiz Maker - A website that helps you create your own quizzes, worksheets or other educational activities or to access and use items that have already been created.
  11. NoteStar - This site assists students (grades 4-12) in taking notes from online sources. It is designed to assist project-based learning from the Web.
  12. iTEACH - In this fee-based service, you can create a professional web page with articles, interactive surveys, clipart, calendars, and more! Your web pages are also printable, so you can send home information in printed form as well as posting it on the Internet.
  13. Project Poster - This site allows students to post school projects and reports on the web.
  14. Puzzlemaker - This is a great site for teachers; here the teacher can make do-it-yourself crossword puzzles, math puzzles, word searches and more. The teacher types in information that is relevant to the subject being taught and Puzzlemaker does the rest.
  15. Quiz Star - This is a web-based utility that allows instructors to create a custom quiz that students can take on-line. Helpful if you have a lesson plan centered on Internet websites.
  16. RubiStar - This site allows instructors to create rubrics for project-based learning activities.
  17. Discovery WorksheetsThis worksheet allows you to create words with blanks inserted for missing letters. Your students can then fill in the missing letters by referring to a list of word clues that you provide.
  18. Custom Classroom - Custom Classroom gives you access to some of the most powerful teaching tools available online - plus the ability to save documents in your own personal account.
  19. School Adventures - This is a site for students of social studies on the middle school level. The student can take an interactive quiz on ten different regions of the world. A map along with various informational tips will help the students to comprehend and answer each question.
  20. Create a Lesson Plan - This link will take you directly to creating your own lesson plans, viewing lesson plans and editing lesson plans. All lesson plans are downloadable and printable. In order to access this information you do have to sign up as a member.
  21. Funtime - This activity area for children includes the following online activities: a daily Treasure Hunt, a money gain, learn the states and capitals, concentration, word finds, spelldown and more.
  22. School Notes - Teachers can create notes for homework and class information and post them on the web in seconds using this free community service. 
  23. The Enchanted Forest - Games of exploration, adventure, and fantasy
  24. Pop-Up Grammar - This site is an online English grammar quiz site where students can test their grammar knowledge. Several online English grammar exercises with tips and instructions are offered, and the creators feel that "our site is a perfect resource for English speakers and students who wish to study English as a second language."
  25. Scholastic Games - This site as a number of online interactive exercises and games in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.
  26. Create a Teacher Homepage - This is another home page creator web site. This site allows you to tutorial of the site. This is another good site for teachers to create their own web page.
  27. Web Tools - Create your own teacher web page to download and edit. Pioneer new lessons with materials from the Reference Desk or Curriculum Maximizer.
  28. Teacher Posting Site - This is a fee-based teacher resource that allows them to post homework assignments and school events for the student who has online access from home. Also a great way for parents to check on homework assignments too!
  29. Teacher Web - A free personal website that's as easy to use as the bulletin board in your classroom.
  30. TrackStar - This site helps educators organize and annotate web sites for use in lessons. The resource list remains visible allowing the user to stay on track.
  31. Hot Potatoes - Hot Potatoes freeware suite includes six applications. Create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.
  32. Web Worksheet Wizard - This web-based utility will allow a teacher to create a lesson, worksheet or class page on the web.
  33. 12TEACH - Lets you include online tests with instant feedback. You can even do grade keeping online as well as send mail to all your students.
  34. Web Assign - Allows teachers to create, deliver, and even grade assignments for students using the World Wide Web. Students listed complete the work, and submit their responses on their web browsers. The site collects, stores, and grades all student responses. The program allows you to ask multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, numerical, and essay questions, and all but essays are graded automatically. An easy interface is provided for you to grade all essay questions.
  35. Blackboard - A free service that enables instructors to add an online component to their classes, or even host an entire course on the Web.
  36. Ed Helper - Over 250 worksheets, 1,000 WebQuests and 9,000 lesson plans.
  37. Archive Creative Puzzles - This is an interactive puzzle archive where the user can find descriptions for puzzle construction and a special children's puzzle page.
  38. EBOARD - Your own "Virtual Corkboard" where you can post messages, photos and links online in seconds.
  39. EduFind - Edufind online test center is a resource section where you can work through fully interactive tests and educational games to improve your skills. Once you are registered to can also keep track of your test scores.
  40. Create a Hotlist - This site is full of educational resources, lesson plans, work sheets. Allows teachers to create their own web page Hotlist in English and Spanish.
  41. EHOMEROOM - Allows for multiple school and student schedules to be integrated in an Internet-based calendar of school events, class assignments, and extracurricular activities that is automatically updated as the school and teachers input information or changes. Parents are able to access their child's schedule and add their family appointments and personal activities, in a secured comprehensive calendar that is available 24 hours a day.
  42. Enchanted Learning - Includes a broad variety of activities for everything from dinosaurs to oceans and from astronomy to the presidents. Also includes lessons plans activities for pre-school and kindergarten. The activities are fun as well as educational and very student friendly.
  43. Freeworksheets - Find 2500 free worksheets to print or download. Subjects include: Math, Phonics, Science, Social Studies, Handwriting, Humane Education, History, Language Arts, and more coming soon.
  44. Funbrain - Educational games to improve grammar, math and science for grad school students. Includes a "paperless" quiz feature for the teacher.
  45. First Grade Backpack - This site is jam packed with awesome learning games designed for first grade students.
  46. Gradeworks - A web-based tool for teachers that promotes communication between parents, teachers and students by giving the families easy access to grades, assignments, schedules and class activities in a secure environment that's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  47. High Wired - Teachers can set up individual sites and use them to post assignments, tests and projects for the entire school year.
  48. Interactive Test - Create your own multiple-choice tests and online exams.
  49. Lessson Wizard - Use a lesson wizard to build an online lesson. Follow step-by-step instructions and create your personalized lesson in minutes.
  50. Lesson Plan Page - A collection of over 1,000 lesson plans, primarily at the elementary level. The Lesson Plans Page also provides a printable fill-in-the-blank lesson plan template.
  51. LESSONPRO - Gives educators a way to create online lessons with a user-friendly, fill-in-the-blank template.
  52. MYCLASS - A free service for teachers to setup their own interactive class web sites.
  53. Rubric Creator - This website offers templates for rubric creation.
  54. Internet Classroom Assistant - A sophisticated communication tool that brings powerful World-Wide-Web based conferencing, personal messaging, document sharing, scheduling and link/resource sharing to a variety of learning environments. ICA is free of charge with no advertising.
  55. Worksheets & Activities - This site links teachers to 2500 downloadable worksheets, online activities and sign up for thematic ideas to be e-mailed to you weekly. A source of numerous ideas.
  56. Syvum Solution - Hundreds of topics are covered in their interactive learning material, ranging from reading and math for elementary students to preparation material for the GRE. However, you are not limited by Syvum's content authoring. The Web Authoring Kit allows you to author interactive content of your own, including quizzes with fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions.
  57. Teacher Homepage - This is a homepage maker for teachers. A step-by-step guide on setting up and posting your own web page. What a great way to stay in touch with students, parents and even other teachers.
  58. WIGGLEBITS - Step-by-Step instructions for building website for teachers and students.
  59. Your Homework - Free services for teachers to post homework assignments for their students. Easily integrate assignments, teacher email, class web page, and homework help to harness the power of the web for your class.
  60. Tripod's Home Page Builder - Using classroom.tripod.com, teachers can create courses and lesson plans, as well as share class goals, assignments, and information with both students and their parents.

Special Topics

  1. Investigating Nature - This website offers a variety of different tools for investigating birds, insects, sea life, shells, butterflies, etc. Information is provided in simple versions for students or more sophisticated versions for nature pursuing adults.
  2. Fill-in-the-Blank Poetry - In this activity, students write poems of their own without having to create an all-new structure or rhyme scheme. You can print out the fill-in-the-blank form or use it as a template for creating your own.
  3. Foreign Language Activities - You will find interactive web-based activities for foreign language studies in vocabulary, grammar, pronoun replacements and verb tenses.
  4. Mad Libs - This humorous interactive site was created by fourth grade students. Anyone can go on to the site, pick a story, and enter in the requested words in the entry form.
  5. Spanish/English Connection - You'll find online tests that allow you to test yourself on Spanish.
  6. Kelly's Fill-in-the-Blank HTML Quiz Generator - Template for ESL teachers to create fill-in-the-blank or true/false quizzes in HTML format.
  7. Kelly's Fill-in-the Blank HTML Multiple Choice Quiz Generator - Template for ESL to create multiple-choice quizzes in HTML format.
  8. Teacher's Lab - Features labs that combine math and science activities with background information and worksheets that can be used in the classroom.
  9. The Fractory - Billed as "An Interactive tool for creating and exploring Fractals." There is truth in advertising! Pages include: Fractal Basics, Specific Fractal Information, Make your Own Fractals, Fractal Links and References, Gallery of Fractal Art and a Fractal Message Board. The gallery of computer generated art is beautiful and even non-math student will recognize the examples as remarkable. Everything is well-documented and organized.
  10. Math Help - This is a site for Math students of all levels. This will help students ranging from grade school up through calculus. Students can use this site to do practice problems and receive solutions; they can go through tutorial sessions as well as send in problems to be solved.
  11. Math Games - This is a site for grade school math students. This is a game that will have students solve problems from historical information written about Greek stories. The answers will be derived from each reading and they get progressively harder as the student goes along.
  12. Stufun.com - Teachers and elementary students can find interactive grammar exercises for each part of speech, picture dictionary, and "similar sounding words" section (homonyms) at this site.
  13. Shakespeare Interactive Crossword - Developed by Janet Muggeridge, this is a suitable exercise for high schoolers or advanced middle school students.
  14. Vocabulary builder - This site has various activities where you "plug" in your answers and when you're done you can get immediate results of your work.
  15. Time for Kids - A website for kids with games and activities based on current news.
  16. What's your BMI? - Provides a Body Mass Index calculator and a short description of the score ranges.
  17. JavaScript Grammar Exercises (English) - This site has JavaScript grammar and vocabulary exercises as well as crosswords for three different levels of expertise (easy, medium and difficult).
  18. Create ESL Quizzes - This site offers instruction and templates for creating quizzes geared for ESL students.
  19. AplusMath - Excellent mathematics site containing a wealth of online activities, worksheets and games (such as MathO, HiddenPicture and Concentration).
  20. The Bird Counter Template - This site is sponsored by the Audubon Society, the bird lovers not the fast highway in Germany. This site offers teachers a chance to get involved with a national bird counting effort. At this site you can download the template needed to properly record birds in the vicinity of the school. The information provided will then be posted on the website.
  21. Interactive Physics - This is a great interactive site for Physics students who need to see the many laws of Physics put into action. Some of the many concepts that are covered include: Equation of motion, Kepler motion, type of waves, mirrors, lenses and the rainbow. Each of the concepts is demonstrated on this site through interactive demos.
  22. Grammar Bytes! Interactive Grammar Review - This is a wonderful resource for fourth graders on up, depending on the specific ability levels of the students and their "weak spots." This site includes an index of grammar terms, LOTS of interactive exercises, handouts for students and teachers and grammar rules.
  23. Spanish Exercises - Interactive exercises (self correcting with lots of feedback) on the subjunctive, preterit/imperfect, D.O. and I.O. pronouns, commands.
  24. Let's Color on the Web - This is something a little different and fun. At this site it will bring up a list of pictures you can pick, then it gives you a bunch of colors (like a box of crayons) to pick from. It's interactive art!
  25. CoolMath - An amusement park of math and more with loads of games -- especially designed for FUN, FUN, FUN.
  26. English-Zone.com - This site was developed as a grammar tutorial/activity area for teachers and students of English, but has rapidly expanded to serve ESL students. To further communication skill, English-Zone.com includes a chat room and a message board. Teachers using the English-Zone can have a greeting posted to their classes on the main menu!
  27. HeartSavEx - This heart site is one of the most comprehensive on the entire web for heart health information. Take advantage of the games and enrichment activities - with answers - and information to help teach exercise, healthy life skills and nutritious food choices. Games and activities are for grade levels from K-8.
  28. Math Mastery - This is an active mathematics site that the student can spend hours of learning math without realizing. Some of the highlight of this site include: Math and Sports with professional athletes, Math and Music with Britney Spears, Daily Brains: daily word problem challenges, Family Fun, and Cyber challenge: online flash cards where students can practice the basics.
  29. Shakespeare.com - The site features a "400 Years Ago this Month" section - listing current events of Shakespeare's day. A "Poetry Machine" is available. Using the "word magnet" approach, student select the number of words they want by filling out a form. These words are those used by Shakespeare in his works and are randomly selected by the game. Students move and reorder the word magnet to form a poem.
  30. SURWEB - SURWEB allows people to create multimedia presentations in minutes using images, sounds & movies provided by SURWEB or other digital sources.
  31. Wingnut - Interactive Poetry - This site allows for more freedom of choice in selecting the type of word needed to build the poem. Additionally, after the poet posts the page, the poem is available to all viewers to be rated.
These links were selected and described by the members of the Spring 2002 online course, ED554 OL Modern Educational Practices, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ: Deb Buxbaum, Diane Hoff, Mike Liebmann, Sharon Harris, Jodie Boyle, Leslie VanArsdale, Karen Tay, Tom Lynch, Glory Shuler, and Chris Cullen.
The site was created on February 26, 2002, by Dr. Bill Martin who taught the course. This site is no longer maintained. Last updated on March 24, 2002.               

"Our inventions are improved means to unimproved ends."  --Henry David Thoreau