Monday, May 31, 2010

Our Town Brochures

Have your students work in small groups (or individually) to complete a visitor's brochure for your town, its sights and activities, parks and recreation, by filling in the panels here. On the opposite side, scale down a town map and make it more touristy by adding colors and fun fonts. Fold your brochure and leave it at restaurants and hotels in your area that you have listed. It's a great project for the end of the school year.

Summertime Beach Scavenger Hunt

Are your classes planning a field trip to the beach before school ends (or for your summer school classes)? Then be sure to print out copies of this scavenger hunt page to take with you.

Summertime Top 5 Lists

Top 5 Lists are the topics of consideration here, where students will individually write down their top five choices for various categories of summer events and activities (e.g. Top 5 movies to see this summer). After finishing their lists, they can cut out the cards, shuffle them into a pile, and have guessing games as to who wrote which list.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Beach Scavenger Hunt

Are your classes planning a field trip to the beach before school ends (or for your summer school classes)? Then be sure to print out copies of this scavenger hunt page to take with you.

Summer Clipart

Oh those happy golden days of summer! We have some clipart to set the right tone, for all of your summer projects.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Quote of the Day

"An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied."

- Arnold Glasow

Find inspiring quote posters, paired with gorgeous photos, to download and print out for your classroom. A new entry is posted each Friday in our Teaching Calendar.

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Want a special project to round off your school year? Here's a great one for all ages, and they can provide unique trading cards/autograph cards to exchange as well. ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, have taken on a whole new wave of popularity with artists. Students will essentially be taking the business card concept and turning them into miniature pieces of art, designing a card to reflect their unique artistic stamp and incorporating the various elements of art - there's no right or wrong way to do this. Tips and tricks are included at the links above; use regular playing cards to trace and create templates. Included in the 3rd link below is a specific classroom resource on using ATCs in the Classroom.


Want an interactive, fascinating - and educational! - website to recommend to parents for their kids over the summer months? Try Ology... Presented by the American Museum of Natural History, this online and interactive museum offers students various levels of interactive surfing, from tantalizing tidbits to serious stuff, in archaeology, astronomy, water, biodiversity, the Earth, myth, paleontology, genetics, Einstein, and marine biology -- students can even submit their own science projects to the online Hall of Fame. It's altogether an excellent site to keep students actively exploring their world over the summer.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Graduation Certificate & Poem

Adorned with a beautiful photo and an equally beautiful poem, fill out this printable poetry certificate for a special note to each of your grads this year - loads of inspiration - and congratulations to all grads!

Star Stationery

Make a decided splash this Memorial Day (or 4th of July, Flag Day) with very colorful stars on this printable stationery selection.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Statue of Liberty Model

We love paper toys! They offer loads of National Monuments and icons to print out and build. Try the Statue of Liberty, featured here, for any of the upcoming patriotic holidays. Each student can build his/her own model to take home. Print onto card stock for best results. A classroom idea: collect these 3-D models and use them to build an all-American, decorated tree or bulletin board in your classroom during the summer months or school year! Simply attach a string to all finished models and hang them up. Find further paper models at the 2nd link below.

June Teaching Calendar

If you're teaching summer school this year, then this calendar will come in handy. Featuring newsworthy historical events each day, they link to further resources, activities, and information to help keep you going throughout the month of June. Also - don't forget our Teaching Calendar, with daily entries for sponge activities, writing worksheets, and printable classroom posters, at the 2nd link below!

Random Name/Word Generator

Use this online teacher's tool to randomly select a student's name from a list you input. This feature can have several uses: classroom helper, line leader, answering questions, etc. Another suggestion here is to input words with a timer feature, where students work in pairs to guess the word displayed (one student doesn't see the word) - much like a verbal charades - and a great little game for filler activities at the end of the school year. Also, if you have leftover goodies at the end of the year, enter student names and randomly pick a student for each item that you have to give away - it's all fair!

Preschool/Kindergarten Poem Certificates

Find a GREAT little Preschool and Kindergarten School Memory Book (complete with grad activities and certificates), at:

Summer Reading Send Home List

Enter your top twenty-five titles here on this colorful printable list, encouraging your students to read this summer with some fun summer reading entries.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

More End of School Year Activities

End the school year with bubble fun (we'll have loads of entries next week for you to try out!), beach or movie parties, lunch bag scrapbooks, a pajama day, s'mores science, and more fun learning activities to wind down your year.

Sponge Activities

Each Monday, we feature a new sponge activity on our Everyday Teaching Calendar.
You can collect them in binders to use throughout the school year. Today's entry features a great little activity to either wrap up the school year, or begin the year with new students.

New York Reading Results Are In

It's mixed results, where fourth graders are scoring higher in New York City's reading exams, but eighth graders are not faring nearly as well. How do the results fare with the rest of the nation? "Nationally, only 31 percent of fourth- grade public school students are at or above the “proficient” level in reading... "

Schools Reopen in Haiti

There's some cause to celebrate in Haiti, as NPR reports that spirits are lifting somewhat, as students return to reopened classrooms.

Teachers Face Weak Job Market

We've all heard about the layoff notices across the nation. It's not an easy job market teachers will face this year, and even if hired, there's no guarantee that they'll be able to keep the jobs all year, as budgets continue to be slashed. Who's hiring? Charter schools, for one...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Printable Classroom Posters & Calendar Items

Have you visited our teaching calendar? We put up new resources each week. Click on Mondays for classroom sponge activities, T-Th for writing and journal worksheets (Tues. elementary, Wed. upper elem.-middle school, Thurs. middle to high school prompts), and Fridays, we provide printable and motivating posters for your classroom walls. Take a look, and visit often!

Letter to Future Students

Your students are moving up to the next grade level. But before they go, have them use this reflective writing worksheet to pen a few words of advice to your incoming class.

End of Year Multi Subject Worksheets

Geography: Name 10 countries and their capitals (older students can include latitudes and longitudes for capital cities). Design a poster for a country you are interested in. Anatomy: Write as many bones and body parts as you can think of. Food: Find out what's for breakfast, traditionally, in England - or Denmark, Mexico, Vietnam, or...? Money: Research what you can buy for $50 for the very best gift for your friend, teacher, or mother.... Find these and numerous other ideas to wind down your school year with creative classroom activities.

Graduation Quotes

Need some inspirational quotes for those special grads? Try either of these two pages, perfect for graduating seniors.

Graduation Cards

Print out these grad cards onto cardstock, and add a personalized note for your graduating students. For seniors, try adding a quote - see entries for quotes above.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thank You!

How do you say "Thank You!" to all of those classroom assistants and volunteers? In several languages, as it turns out with this colorful card! Print it out onto card stock and include a personalized message.

Note on Images

Please note: we are unable yet to have a click through on the images to the actual item. Instead, please find the URL embedded in the title, and accessed as well below the description of the entry. Thank you for your patience while we work on this issue.

Printable Artist's Bookplates

This site offers a huge selection of illustrated bookplates by different authors. Take your pick and print them out for student or classroom books.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Memorial Day Bells & Bows Stationery

Add some patriotic flair to your Memorial Day, Flag Day, or 4th of July writing projects (why not try writing a letter to a Vet?).

Thank You Cards Version 2

Here's an alternative card for you to print out and use for classroom volunteers, parent helpers, etc. See instructions below.

Thank You Cards

Do you have a special volunteer to thank, someone who has helped out in your classroom this past school year? Print out these cards onto white card stock, fold where indicated on the card stock itself, and personalize them with a note on the inside. Choose between 2 variations on the hearts cards, below. (More on the way.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010


How much fun is this? Watch the adults go for it too - including myself! Simply cut out bubble wrap squares to form your hopscotch. You can paint the bubble wrap, but we suggest (unless you want patriotic colors in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day or 4th of July) that you simply use red and blue wide-tipped permanent markers to write the numbers on the bubble wrap squares. Then hop, skip, jump, and crackle-pop! for this wonderful hopscotch game.


1st in math internationally, 2nd in science, 3rd in reading - all this on fewer days of school, less spending per student, and half the working hours of American teachers?! What is Finland doing that's so special? You're in for a surprise; take a look at the way Finland approaches education.


Not just the quality of the preschool program, but the level of parental involvement helps produce favorable statistics, both for graduation and law-abiding citizens, argues San Bernardino District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Have you seen the latest Classroom Flyer?

Get it before it's gone!
This CF issue has Memorial Day and Language Arts resources. Don't forget to click at the end of each page to go onto the next one!

Don't forget to feed the fish!

Don't forget to feed the fish! Scroll down (just for fun while you're visiting!) - and we've included the New York Times updates as well, in case you wanted an easy way to catch up on today's headlines (sidebar).

Kindergarten Graduation Certificate

Your kindergarten students must be so excited about graduating and moving up to first grade! Help them celebrate and remember the occasion, with these printable Kindergarten Graduation Certificates.

Preschool Graduation Certificates

Your preschoolers are graduating, and moving up to kindergarten! Celebrate the occasion, and give them each one of these colorful, printable Preschool Graduation Certificates to treasure and share with their families.

Patriotic Salt Dough Pins

These patriotic pins look great in their bold red, white and blue colors, but the reason we especially like them is that we think you could stage a fund-raiser with them! Whip up a huge batch and form them into stars and hearts, all decorated with red, white and blue, and apply word art as well. Add pins to the back, and sell some for Memorial Day in order to raise money for school field trips or other pet projects.

T-Shirt Memory Clotheslines

Need a creative end-of-year project? Print out these T-shirt templates (2 to a page) and get your students to write their favorite or most memorable event of the year. Let them color and decorate the T-Shirts, then string a line across a wall and use clothespins to hang them all up!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


For primary classes, whether moving up from kindergarten to first grade, or graduating from third grade into fourth, find some wonderfully creative ideas here to help mark the occasion. I love the ideas for Butterfly Wings and Promotion Pretzels, while Famous Last Words is a great idea for students to create a bulletin baord of wisdom for next year's students (and helps you have one less bulletin board to tackle in the fall as well!).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Summer Daze Filler Worksheet

Toward the end of the school year you might be needing a few filler activities. Print out this worksheet for a summer vocabulary wordsearch - with a twist. Students have to use clues first to find the term they're looking for. An answer key is provided.

End of Year Awards-to-Go

Give each of your students a special award at the end of the school year. Make those award titles creative, and sign and date them. Here are four printable and unique certificates to print and fill out for your students.(P.S. If you want to have these printable awards in color, just let us know and we'll post them for you! Use our "Comment" box below, or send us a message: )

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Would you like to plan a multi-cultural Field Day? Take a look for some great, end-of-the-school-year Field Day activities, submitted by one of our subscribers.


This educator is decidedly against charter schools, particularly for lacking the resources to help special education concerns.

Going, Going, Gone!

This educator looks at both sides of the coin in Washington, D.C. schools, and how Chancellor Michelle Rhee is putting some pretty controversial maneuvers into play. $100K per year in 5 years sound good to you? Yes, but you must give up tenure. The author also examines philanthropy, tied to special pet causes in education. Is this education reform? You decide.

Teacher's Union Okays Pay Freeze

It's becoming a common theme in today's economy: pay raises are frozen, but jobs are sustained.


It's almost that time - find some grad clipart images here for the end of the school year. Scroll ahead and back for further images.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Interactive Learning Games

Summer Reading Cards

Print out copies of these reading cards in order to fill one out and give one to each of your students. You can individualize the cards with titles for each student, or use the same titles for your class as a whole. We suggest printing them onto card stock for durability; 2 cards per page.

Memorial Day Wordsearch

Download and print out this wordsearch to discuss terms associated with Memorial Day. Ask students to also build sentences with each of the terms.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Show your students that you had a great time with them this year, and send them off to their next grade level with a smile and these cheerful certificates. Choose from preschool or kindergarten. (P.S. If you want one made for a different grade level, including with a different theme, just let us know! write to us at: or use our comment box below.)


The newest issue of the Classroom Flyer has just gone out. See it online at the link below.
It includes lots of language arts review resources, printables, and games across all grade
levels, as well as resources to teach Memorial Day in the classroom - again, including all
grade levels and pretty much covering the curriculum. Enjoy!


Need some fun ideas to help you plan an exciting field day to wrap up your school year? Here are two pages of events kids are sure to love!


Here's a great way to store crayons for each child in a classroom, on an individualized tower. You'll want to create the "x" cuts first, then hand out recycled paper towel tubes for your students to decorate (add glitter, gems, stickers, etc.). After they have dried, students can insert their crayons and create their own crayon trees - easy and quite delightful! You can send these crayon towers home at the end of the school year as well, to dispense with all of your used crayons for the year.

A Bouquet for Mother's Day

My son picked me not one, but two bouquets for Mother's Day this morning - and dropped rose petals all over the stairs for me. I'm sharing one of his great gifts with all mothers! Enjoy the roses, they smell great - and Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Amelia Earhart Web Trek

Upper elementary and middle school students can complete this Web Trek on the life and career of Amelia Earhart. Ten questions guide student research, reading, and comprehension, and a list of extension activities, including such topics as the mechanics of flight, paper airplanes and flight, and geography, is available with the Answer Key, included.


These printable, fill-in-the-blank letters for the end of the school year will not only offer students an opportunity to reflect back upon their school year, but also possibly give you some valuable feedback on what works and what doesn't, from your students' points of view.

Prep those Prepositions!

Need some extra work with prepositions? Try this printable worksheet.

TOP TEN LIST for End of Year High School

Who was the class clown? Runner-up? What was the best moment of the school year? What was the funniest moment of the school year? Have students vote for all of the categories (and even make up some of their own!), cut out the tags, and create an end-of-year classroom display for all to remember!


Are you planning a unit on camping in your elementary classroom, before the school year ends? Get out the flashlights, set up a classroom tent, and print out the illustrated camping terms below for a set of flashcards, or for a bulletin board border. The 5th link below provides a blank template so you can fill it in to suit your purposes.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Graduation Literacy Activity

We love this grad/literacy activity for the early elementary classroom from Twiggle Magazine, using Eric Carle's wonderful book, "A House for Hermit Crab". Scroll down past the teaching guide for numerous printables, including crab picture months of the year, word walls for the book, felt story pictures, and more.


Early elementary students must choose the correct past tense of the verb, either "was" or "were", to fill in the blanks on this free, printable worksheet.


Did you know we publish new sponge activities each week? They're posted on our free teaching activity calendar every Monday (the link is available in the title of this post, above), and you can print them out, punch holes, and collect them in a binder to use throughout the school year, referring back often. Here's this week's entry, "Pack a Class Picnic".

Substitute Teacher Wanted

Just like the kids in "Mary Poppins" who wrote up their own demands and requirements for a nanny ad, your students will be writing an ad for a substitute teacher. Print out the writing worksheet here, and find new, free, printable worksheets each week on our Everyday Teaching Calendar at the 2nd link below.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Education Cuts Ensure Poor Kids Stay Poor?

Teacher Layoffs Expected

The projected layoff numbers are devastating, across the country. Comment on how your state is affected, and how teachers you might know are coping.


Doesn't Mom deserve a special card? Of course she does! These cut-out cards can be made in any color, with cellophane windows and border ribbon. Add a teardrop earring from the thrift store for a special touch!


Charter schools have become the pet push of many leading celebrities, but reviews are mixed:
"...fewer than one-fifth of charter schools nationally offered a better education than comparable local schools, almost half offered an equivalent education and more than a third, 37 percent, were 'significantly worse.'”

Teachers and Politics

"...while it’s important to make teachers accountable, telling them their jobs could hinge on their students’ grades on one test is a terrible idea..."

Standards Lowered for High School Diploma

It looks like some e high school exit exams are just too tough to past - so some states are adopting alternative routes for high school graduation requirements. Comments?

Printable Mother's Day Coupon Book

Embossed Frames (for End of School Year, Mother's Day)

Make some elegant - or whimsical - embossed frames. Your choice on the patterns, but whichever way you design it, they're tons of fun to make. Pop in a picture for a lasting memory for Mom, 5th grade, senior year, etc. They have a secret ingredient for the copper - very easy to work with! Find out more at the link below.

Make Some Slime!

Oh yeah! Your students will love this science activity, where they get to combine various materials to make some gooey, blue slime. Make sure, however, that they understand that the materials cannot be ingested. An online slideshow takes you through the procedure, step-by-step.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Interactive Learning Game Picks and Reviews

New! We've created an interactive learning game site, where we review at least one K-8 learning game per day. Take a look.

Garden Pics

As promised, here are a couple of photos of what's growing in my garden. I love my roses! - especially the first (& best) bloom of the season. This bouquet includes Othello (deep pink, huge cupped blooms, & gorgeous perfume) & Eden (a climber & one of the 1st & last bloomers, not great on fragrance, but beautiful), and a few others. The grapevines are reaching vigorously to cover the arbor, and I can see the promise of some great summer refreshment with the teensy tiny grapes! And the cosmos, irises, and Birds of Paradise are all blooming already as well. Do you have some garden pics to share? We'd love to see them!

World Clipart

Choose some of the most familiar images from all over the world - and some that aren't quite as familiar. You know the Eiffel Tower in France, but how about the Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand? Find photos to use for projects, papers, bulletin boards, and your own websites as well.

Mother's Day Project

Make this elegant, glittery candle with your students to send home to Mom for Mother's Day. You can use recycled jars from the thrift shop, any color of glitter and marbles, and tea-light candles.