Mastering the Art of Finding What You Want

By Emily Schickli, TES Marketing Team

It’s probably the last thing you want to hear when you’re trying to get to your destination, and yet we’ve all heard it before: “please, make a U-turn.” Ugh. Sometimes, we all need a little GPS to get around, even when it comes to the marketplace.

Did you ever read those Goosebumps choose-your-own adventure books? Don’t worry, we’re not going to throw some ghouls and ghosts your way. However, there are some similarities when searching for resources on TES: you can take several paths. Yep, you guessed it, we’re giving you the TES version of a choose-your-own-adventure story.

With this guide, you won’t get lost looking for resources ever again.

 

Ready player one? Choose wisely.

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Not feeling adventurous? Skip the guide and just get the quick tips

 

Path A: start here, no matter where you are

 

Path B: start here if you’re on the homepage

 

Path C: start here if you’re on a resource page and want to find other resources

 

Not feeling adventurous? Skip the guide and get quick tips

 

3 quick tips to get started now:

1. If you mostly know what you're looking for, type keywords (e.g., "literacy" or "punnet squares activity") into the search field in the top navigation bar or on the homepage.

2. Find resources related to one you already found by clicking on the author's name under the resource's title or by scrolling to the bottom of the resource page (to where it says "Related Resources").

3. Browse resources from the homepage or navigation bar by clicking on the content hub links: Common Core, ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, or World Languages.

That's it! Start searching now.

 

Path A: Start here, no matter where you are

Take a look at that search field in the top navigation bar. You should be able to see this bar on any page on the site. If you're following along and not already on a page, try starting on this one.

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Yep, that bar ^ If you have an idea about what kind of resource you’re looking for (grade level, subject, type of resource...you name it), you can just type it in.

Let’s do an example together. To follow along, type “literacy” into the search bar.

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Here’s what I got ^. You may have slightly different resources on your screen because authors could have published new content that pertains to your search. If you see a resource that grabs your attention, go ahead and click! If not, narrow your search further by following this path.

 

A resource in detail

Once you click on a resource, you’ll arrive on the resource detail page where you can learn all about it. For an example, click on “Language and Literacy Activities for Science,” which is the fourth resource listed (off-screen), but it may be in a different place for you. If you’re having trouble finding it, click on the linked title above.

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When you arrive at the resource page for “Language and Literacy Activities for Science,” you’ll see the resource’s title, author name (Lynne Blackburn in this case), description, grade levels, and categories. These details should give a pretty good idea of what’s included in the resource and whether it would be applicable to your class. For a closer look, you can check out the preview on the right. Click the arrows beneath the image or the magnifying glass to get a better idea of the style and contents of the resource.

Scroll down the page for more details like the number of and type of files included in the resource. As you can see, this resource has a number of ratings and reviews that could help you make your decision. If you’re hoping for something a bit different after reviewing the resource details, move on to Path C to find related resources. Otherwise, continue below.

If you’re satisfied with the resource, just click the blue button at the top, “Buy this lesson for $3.00,” and you’ll be walked through the payment process. Please note that in order to purchase or download a resource, you need to register for a free TES account. That way, you’ll be able to access the resource file again from your account dashboard.

Congrats! You made it out of the search maze alive and well. Now it’s time to test out your resource in the classroom. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to support at help@tes.com or a specific member of the content team: erica@wikispaces.com, gabe@wikispaces.com, or steven@wikispaces.com. We’d love to hear about your experience!

For more search tips, return to the top and pick a new path.

 

Wanting to get more specific (I mean, who doesn’t)?

On the left side of the search screen (you just typed in “literacy” in the top navigation bar), you should also see “Grades” followed by a bunch of checkboxes. To filter your search results by “literacy” and by grade, click on all of the grade levels that apply. For this example, we’ll check 6th and 7th grade.

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Now look at your screen. Have the resources changed? You should be seeing only resources that are good for 6th and 7th graders. You can filter even more, such as by subject, type of resource, and file type, further down the page.

Let’s look at our example for literacy resources. As you may have noticed, your initial search for “literacy” yielded resources from across the disciplines. By clicking on a specific subject, you can narrow down that search result. Alternatively, you can select multiple subjects to find interdisciplinary resources. In the screenshot below, you can see that I clicked on “English Language Arts.” Now only resources that are in that category show on the screen. I can narrow my results even further by selecting the sub categories listed under ELA on the left menu (e.g., “Academic Writing,” “Creative Writing,” etc.).

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If you’re mostly interested in the newest resources, rather than those most relevant to your search, you can toggle at the top to sort by “Newest” rather than “Relevance.” If you click on “Newest,” your results will change and the word will turn black. To return to sorting by “Relevance,” simply click on the now blue option:

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If you’re happy with your search and want to come back to it later, you can select “Save Search” in the top right corner (the green button above). Your search will then appear in your dashboard. To find your saved search, just click on your profile image, then “My resources” and then “Searches.” You’ll have to be logged in to take advantage of this feature. Here’s an example of some saved searches:

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Now that you’ve narrowed down your options, go ahead and click on a specific resource that looks interesting to you. Curious about the details you see on a resource’s page? Investigate a resource in detail.

If you’re hoping for something a bit different after examining the resource, move on to Path C to find related resources. Otherwise, continue on this path. If you like what you see, download or purchase it and then try it out in your classroom.

Congrats! You made it out of the search maze alive and well. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to support at help@tes.com or a specific member of the content team: erica@wikispaces.com, gabe@wikispaces.com, or steven@wikispaces.com. We’d love to hear about your experience!

For more search tips, return to the top and pick a new path.

Path B: Start here if you’re on the homepage

See that giant search bar in the middle of the screen? If you have some idea of what kind of resource you’d like to search for, please follow the steps in Path A; you can type your keywords into the giant search bar on the homepage instead of the one in the top navigation bar if you like. You should get the same results. Otherwise, please continue on this path.

If you aren’t really sure about the kind of resource you want to search for, don’t know what keywords to use to find it, or don’t feel like typing all that much, check out the gray buttons under the giant search bar in the middle of the screen:

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These buttons lead to our content hubs. That is to say, we’ve created 6 pages for popular subjects in K-12 education to make it even easier to find effective content for your classroom. For this example, let’s select “Math.”

After you click on “Math” you should be taken to this page:

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This math hub page is a great place to look for the newest math resources available as well as begin to narrow down these resources by sub-topic and grade level.

As you can see, right under the “Math lessons” title are three buttons: “Elementary school,” “Middle school,” and “High school.” If you click on any of these, you’ll be taken to a filtered search like this:

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For a slightly more curated look into resources, go back to the main math hub page and click on one of the subtopics to narrow down. For this example, let’s do “Algebra.” When you click on “Algebra,” you’ll arrive at another hub page with the most recent algebra resources on top, and links to the top free lessons in math, the newest lessons, and recently updated resources at the bottom of the page.

Top of page:

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Bottom of page:

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See a resource that interests you? After you click on it, you’ll get to see even more information about it to help you decide whether it’s right for your purposes. Try clicking on Inequality Sort -- Real World Situations, which is the second resource in the Algebra hub, but may be elsewhere depending on when you look at this page.

Once you arrive on the resource page, you’ll see the title, author name, description, grade levels, and categories. These details should give you a pretty good idea of what’s included in the resource, and whether it would be applicable to your class. For a closer look, check out the preview on the right. Click the arrows beneath the picture or the magnifying glass to get a better idea of the style and content of the resource.

Scroll down the page for more details like the number of and type of files included in the resource. If you’re hoping for something a bit different after reviewing the resource details, move on to Path C to find related resources. Otherwise, continue below.

If you’re satisfied with the resource, just click the blue button at the top, “Buy this lesson for $2.25,” and you’ll be walked through the payment process. Please note that in order to purchase or download a resource, you need to register for a free TES account. That way, you’ll be able to access the resource file again from your account dashboard.

Congrats! You made it out of the search maze alive and well. Now it’s time to test out your resource in the classroom. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at help@tes.com or a specific member of the content team: erica@wikispaces.com, gabe@wikispaces.com, or steven@wikispaces.com. We’d love to hear about your experience!

For more search tips, return to top and pick a new path.

Path C: start here if you’re on a resource page and want to find other resources

Okay, so you’ve found a resource, but it’s not exactly what you want. You’ve toggled through the preview by clicking on the magnifying glass, read the description, and decided you want something different. Now what?

Maybe you’ve already used this resource before and need something for your next unit, or you’ve just found it through search and would like something just a little bit different. Either way, there are a couple routes you can take to find other resources besides returning to the search bar or hub page depending on whether you think:

This resource has a great style, but you'd like different content.

This resource has content that's similar to what you’re looking for, but you'd like a different style.

 

This resource has a great style, but you’re looking for different content

To follow along with this walk-through, start on this resource’s page: Sensory Figure - Captains of Industry (Industrial Leaders) (U.S. History).

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If you like the style of the resource, you can check to see if the same TES author has created any other resources. To do this, just click on the author’s name under the title of the resource. In this case, “ChalkDustDiva.”

By clicking on the author’s name, you’ll go to his or her shop. An author’s shop is the place where authors can showcase all of their resources, customize their author brand, and tell visitors a little about themselves. Here’s ChalkDustDiva’s shopfront:

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Since she has so many resources, you can toggle between a few different subject tabs at the top. For this example, click on the “Social Studies” tab. From there, you can see all of the social studies resources that she’s created. Let’s pretend that we’ve already taught about the Industrial Revolution and that we’ve fast-forwarded to WWI. Scroll down until you find this resource: World War I - MAIN Causes Primary Source & Jigsaw Activity.

Once you get to the resource page, you can examine its contents more closely. If you’re happy with it, go ahead and click “Buy this lesson for $5.00,” and you’ll be walked through the payment process. Please note that in order to purchase or download a resource, you need to register for a free TES account. That way, you’ll be able to access the resource file again from your account dashboard. That’s it!

Congrats! You made it out of the search maze alive and well. Now it’s time to test out your resource in the classroom. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at help@tes.com or a specific member of the content team: erica@wikispaces.com, gabe@wikispaces.com, or steven@wikispaces.com. We’d love to hear about your experience!

For more search tips on finding related resources return to the top of this path. Get more search tips for when you’re not starting on a specific resource page by returning to the beginning of this guide and picking a new path.

 

This resource has content that's similar to what you’re looking for, but you want a different style.

To follow along on this walk-through, start here: Sensory Figure - Captains of Industry (Industrial Leaders) (U.S. History).

Take a look at the Sensory Figure resource and scroll to where it says “Related Resources:”

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As you can see, a couple resources are created by ChalkDustDiva as well, but there are also resources created by other authors with similar content to the resource you’re viewing. Click on a few of them to explore! You can also choose a resource from one of the text links at the bottom of the page.

For this example, the last related resource in the image, “Industrial Revolution Jeopardy Trivia Game Fun Stuff!” seems like a great option.

Once you get to the resource page, you can examine its contents more closely. If you’re happy with it, go ahead and click “Buy this lesson for $3.00,” and you’ll be walked through the payment process. Please note that in order to purchase or download a resource, you need to register for a free TES account. That way, you’ll be able to access the resource file again from your account dashboard. That’s it!

Congrats! You made it out of the search maze alive and well. Now it’s time to test out your resource in the classroom. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at help@tes.com or a specific member of the content team: erica@wikispaces.com, gabe@wikispaces.com, or steven@wikispaces.com. We’d love to hear about your experience!

For more search tips, return to the top of this path or the beginning to pick a new path.

  1. If you mostly know what you're looking for, type keywords into the search field in the top navigation bar or on the homepage.
  2. Find resources related to one you already found by clicking on the author's name or by scrolling to the bottom of the resource page.
  3. Browse resources from the homepage or navigation bar by clicking on: Common Core, ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, or World Languages.