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FREE Hosting a Successful Open House

Most schools have an Open House toward the end of the school year. This is a wonderful time for students to bring their parents to school to share the work they have been doing. This is also an excellent opportunity for teachers to personally connect with parents. In order to gain the benefits of hosting an Open House, maximizing attendance is key. Here are a few easy ways to do this!.

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Posted 03/14/18

FREE Sit Down to Take a Stand Activity

From Exploring Reading Teacher’s Guide. Use the included text card "Sitting Down to Take a Stand" to guide your students to become strong, independent, and excited readers! Students will master essential comprehension strategies, integrate multiple strategies to comprehend complex text, and apply the strategies to read a wide range of authentic texts.

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Posted 03/07/18

FREE Taming the Wild Text Activity

Engage your students by incorporating social media in the classroom! Check out this in-class exercise from @ClassTechTips's Taming the Wild Text for ideas on how to use Twitter to facilitate a classroom discussion.

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Posted 02/28/18



FREE Controversial Woman Activity

From The Great Depression Primary Resources. Check out this captivating activity reminding students that slavery ended when the Civil War was over, but racism still lingers in the hearts of some groups and institutions. Engage students with Eleanor Roosevelt's Resignation Letter from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

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Posted 02/22/18



FREE Classroom Activity

Introduce students to the actions and achievements of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr.! Using the differentiation strategy in this lesson, students at various learning levels can learn about these historical figures.

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Posted 02/14/18



FREE President's Day Classroom Activity

Celebrate President's Day in your class with these engaging activities, word games, puzzles, and more, for grades 3-5. Students will learn about the first president of America, and the history of President's Day.

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Posted 02/07/18



FREE Engaging Classroom Activity

Introduce students to civil rights and its importance to minorities, women, and the disabled. This high-interest text, with engaging images and extensive language-development activities, will help readers build critical literacy skills.

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Posted 01/31/18



FREE Chapter from Newly Released Book

This excerpt from Taming the Wild Text: Literacy Strategies for Today's Reader, provides teachers with the best practices for teaching reading to 21st century students. This resource guides teachers in how to meet the changing needs of today's readers while still meeting today's rigorous standards.

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Posted 01/25/18



FREE Interactive and Engaging Game

In this game, formatted as a mystery party, students will role-play representative figures of the immigration boom and second industrial revolution. Students have scripted questions, answers, and clues to use while trying to solve the "Mystery of the Golden Key." This fun game provides an overview of period issues and attitudes while offering students the opportunity to express their inner hams.

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Posted 01/18/18


FREE Reading Activity about Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn about the inspirational life of Martin Luther King Jr. as he fought for equality of African Americans through nonviolence. This biography includes reading and writing activities, a glossary, an assessment quiz, and more.

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Posted 01/11/18

FREE Activity about New Years Day

Celebrate the coming of the new year with your class using these fun activities, riddles, word games, and more, for grades K-2.

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Posted 12/14/17

FREE Lesson on American Holidays

Help students grades K-2 make connections and find relationships between words, with this vocabulary strategy activity that focuses on national American holidays.

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Posted 12/07/17


FREE Lesson and Activity about Snap Decisions

In this activity, students will review three news articles and make snap decisions about whether or not they are real or fake. With the number of news sites burgeoning online, it helps students to think about their reactions to articles. Once aware of their initial snap decisions, they can better pay attention to their own biases for or against articles and then evaluate sources for validity.

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Posted 11/30/17

FREE Leveled Text–Dependent Question Stems

Help students learn how to use evidence from texts by identifying key details and facts with lessons that focus on government principles including the US Constitution, elections, and impeachment.

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Posted 11/16/17


Free Thanksgiving Activity

Study the history of Thanksgiving, and share some fun facts about this holiday with your. This activity includes fun and engaging projects for grades 3-5.

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Posted 11/09/17

Free Reader and Lesson Plan

Use this reader and lesson plan to teach students the history and purpose of Veteran's Day, and have them write letters to veterans thanking them for their sacrifices.

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Posted 11/02/17


Leveled Text-Dependent Question Stems

Help students unlock the meaning of a text with this engaging lesson that focuses on leadership and being a good citizen.

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Posted 10/26/17

FREE activity about the Electoral College System

Using primary source electoral maps from various time periods in American history, students will gain an understanding of the function and purpose behind the Electoral College system established by the founding fathers.

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Posted 10/19/17


FREE Reading Activity

Examine the National Park System using high-interest informational text that is written at four different reading levels, perfect for instructing a diverse group of readers.

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Posted 10/12/17

Free Primary Sources Activity

Analyze the different ways in which Americans have demonstrated their civic responsibility historically and how civic responsibility is viewed today.

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Posted 10/05/17


FREE Reading Activity

Learn about how sports legend and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson used baseball as a forum for social change. This high-interest informational text is written at four different reading levels, perfect for instructing a diverse group of readers.

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Posted 09/28/17

FREE Reading Activity

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by examining the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. This high-interest informational text is written at four different reading levels, perfect for instructing a diverse group of readers.

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Posted 09/21/17


FREE Interactive Lesson

Activate your students' brains and jumpstart learning with an interactive lesson on the roles of each of the three branches of government.

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Posted 09/14/17

FREE Test Prep Activities

Prepare your students for Next Generation Assessments by incorporating engaging, rigorous practice exercises into their daily learning. Featuring TIME for Kids content, this reader's theater script will help students learn about the work of the National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

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Posted 09/07/17


Learn about Higher Order Thinking Skills

Help develop students' higher-order thinking skills with approaches that are practical and researched based. Learn what it means to be a 21st century thinker and how you can promote this type of thinking to help students compete successfully in this rapidly changing world.

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Posted 08/31/17

FREE Reading Activity

After using these engaging classroom activities and strategies, students will understand the role of the press in the United States. Students will learn about freedom of the press and ethical standards of reporting.

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Posted 08/24/17


FREE Writing Activity

Use primary sources to support the development of students' close reading and writing skills! Students will closely read a drawing of the Statue of Liberty, answer discussion questions, collaborate and discuss their analyses with others, and engage in writing activities in response to their learning.

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Posted 06/29/17

FREE Reading Activity

Help students understand the significance of the Declaration of Independence with this leveled text. Readers will learn about the document that freed the American colonies and created a new nation. This high-interest informational text is written at four different reading levels, perfect for instructing a diverse group of readers.

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Posted 06/22/17


FREE Comprehension Activities

Understanding text is key to students' learning success, and actively asking questions is an important comprehension strategy. These FREE activities and strategies provide explicit instructions for teaching students how to question text and think critically.

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Posted 06/15/17

FREE Environmental Activities

Students will observe and speculate about the social and economic effects of environmental changes and the crises resulting from phenomena such as floods, storms, and drought. 

Teach students about the future of our planet and how they can do their part to sustain it with these fun and engaging environmental activities!

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Posted 06/08/17

FREE History Activities

Explore Yellowstone National Park, historical locations, and popular cities with these engaging and informative activities. These activities are perfect for small group instruction in the classroom.

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Posted 06/01/17

Learn with Primary Sources

Political cartoons and comic strips are primary source documents that give us a visual of life during the times in which they were created. As students study these visual documents, they gain an appreciation of past societies, their struggles, and what they valued as a society. Click below to download these documents and activities for FREE!

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Posted 05/25/17

FREE Activities On The Importance of Voting

After using these engaging classroom activities and strategies, students will be able to explain the reasons citizens should exercise their right to vote. Students will also learn how they can encourage others to vote when the time has come to visit the polls.

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Posted 05/11/17

FREE Text Set and Activities

Looking for a way to increase engagement, differentiate instruction, and incorporate more informational text and student writing into your curriculum? This resource helps teachers leverage a variety of texts to inform their students about immigration!

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Posted 05/04/17

Learn about equality under the law!

Use these in-depth and engaging activities to teach students that the United States has laws that ensure equality for all of our citizens. Help students understand that everyone has an equal opportunity to live and improve their lives.

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Posted 04/27/17

Find a short story and tell it! How to teach journalism.

In this short story you'll get practical ideas about teaching journalism in your classroom. When students learn the skills associated with being a professional journalist, they acquire the nonacademic skills associated with success for whatever career path they pursue.

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Posted 04/20/17

FREE Photo Card and Supporting Classroom Activites!

Use this engaging photo card and activity sheet to teach students about the process behind the creation of the American Flag. Students will create historical timelines and explore exciting word games inside these FREE activities to strengthen their knowledge of the history of the American Flag.

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Posted 04/13/17

FREE Classroom Activities

Use these engaging primary sources and activities in your classroom!

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Posted 04/06/17

FREE Activities

No statue symbolizes freedom more than the Statue of Liberty. This text pair provides students with two ways of learning more about the statue.

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Posted 03/30/17

FREE Classroom Activities

Help students build fluency through practice and performance while they learn about the first ladies of The White House.

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Posted 03/23/17

FREE Ebook!

There are government leaders all over the world who work at the city, state, and national level. This captivating book will allow readers to learn about various jobs in government including politician, statesman, governor, and mayor.

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Posted 03/16/17

Free Activities

Help students understand the ideas established by the Constitution.

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Posted 03/09/17

How to Identify Credible Sources on the Web

Use these FREE classroom activities to teach your kids about credible sources on the web!

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Posted 03/02/17

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Celebrate Black History Month and teach your students about Frederick Douglass!

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Posted 02/23/17

FREE Classroom Activities

Appointing Supreme Court Justices.

In this activity, students will learn about the Supreme Court nomination process. Students will analyze a cartoon about Ronald Reagan's appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor and give reasons for the cartoon's content and title.

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Posted 02/16/17

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What can you do for your country?

Use this engaging text card to teach your students about civic responsibilities and opportunities!

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Posted 02/09/17

Teach Students About American Democracy

In this fun and engaging unit on democracy, students will learn how our government works.

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Posted 02/02/17

FREE Leveled Texts

Teach your third graders about the American Government.

Learn about the American Government with these engaging leveled texts!

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Posted 01/26/17

FREE Word Ladder Activities

Learn about the original thirteen colonies with these engaging word ladder activity sheets! Download now

Posted 01/19/17

FREE Song and Activity Download

Learn about what the stars and stripes on the American flag represent!

Encourage students to sing along and use these engaging activities to build critical thinking skills.

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Posted 01/12/17

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Now more than ever, it has become important for teachers to help students practice critical thinking skills in the classroom.

Here are some suggestions for how you can begin building critical-thinking skills in your classroom. Read now

Posted 01/05/17

Free Classroom Activities

Learning About Our Constitution

Help kids understand the importance of the United States Constitution with these FREE classroom activities!

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Posted 12/22/16

FREE Classroom Activities

Learn about the United States Constitution with these dynamic and colorful classroom activities.

Act out the story of a group of children who need to set rules for their camping trip! They use the United States Constitution as an example, discovering the reasons it was written, what it means for democracy in our country, and how it gives citizens rights, laws, and freedoms. Download now

Posted 12/15/16

Free Classroom Activities

On December 19th, electors will meet in their state and vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots.

Help students understand the presidential election process by using these FREE, fun, and engaging electoral college activities! Download now

Posted 12/08/16

FREE eBook!

Today, Americans embrace one another's differences and believe in equality and responsibility.

These are our civic values. It is important that we uphold these beliefs and educate our young readers. Enjoy this free download of "We the People: Civic Values in America." Download now

Posted 12/01/16

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