FREE Flag History

The American flag is a symbol of our country. The design of the flag has changed over the years, but it has always had stars and stripes. Americans respect and honor the flag. Engage students with the history of the flag with this eBook and lesson plan.

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FREE 15-Minute Interventions

As teachers begin to think about summer intervention, here is a great 15-minute strategy to help students use details to identify the main idea of any informational text.

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FREE Memorial Day Activity

From out The Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations, enrich your students' backgrounds of Memorial Day with fun and engaging hands-on activities. The Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations makes learning about this event fun and easy with fun facts, puzzles, crafts, and brainteasers as well as sparks students' creativity. 

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FREE Chapter from New Release

Get ready for summer and Dive Into Close Reading with the introduction to close reading and chapter one of one of our exciting new resources! Explore the what, why, and how of close reading to give students the tools they need to be successful. In this must-have guide, teachers will learn the key elements of a close reading lesson as well as strategies for analyzing and selecting a text and how to support students based on their progress and performance.

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FREE Pizza eBook and Activity

May 18th is National Pizza Party Day, engage students with a reader where students use their understanding of variables, expressions, and equations to answer questions about anything from food to space! This book shows readers how practical and useful their mathematical and STEM skills can be, encouraging them to look for math everywhere including a pizza!

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FREE Activity on Comic Book History

Explore the rich history behind comic books with this free ebook on the History of Comic Books. Use the included lesson plan from Nonfiction Readers Teacher Guide to get students engaged and excited to read!

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FREE E-Book & Lesson Plans on Space

Readers find out what it's like for astronauts to eat, sleep, and work on a manned space flight in this adventurous nonfiction reader. Children will discover what it's like to be weightless in zero gravity, how Mission control helps keep astronauts safe, and what astronauts do during their free time through vivid photographs, interesting, informative text, and stimulating facts.

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FREE Activities from Brain-Powered Strategies

The Kinesthetic Word Web strategy is designed to take a paper-and-pencil activity and add movement and challenge to raise the level of engagement. Try out these fun activities in your classroom!

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FREE Activities for Haiku Poetry Day

Celebrate Haiku Poetry Day in your classroom with these great activities from our Exploring Reading Teacher’s Guide and Student Guided Practice Book. Guide students though engaging lessons using the included ebook Life in Numbers: Write Haiku. Get your students excited to write!

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FREE Activity: The Science of Sibling Relationships

Students will addresses the issue of fighting between siblings. The author describes the outcome of numerous studies dealing with sibling relationships. Students will practice combining corroborating details, they will think more deeply while reading to resolve conflicting notions.

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FREE Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies

Writing is used to persuade, describe, argue, inform, and more! Teach your students the differences between these types of writing, and allow them to practice writing for different purposes!.

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FREE Social Studies Writing Activity

From Think It, Show It: Social Studies is a practical and informative resource that supports the teaching of writing in the social studies classroom to meet the demands of the today's standards and the C3 Framework.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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FREE Classroom Activities

Use these engaging primary sources and activities in your classroom!

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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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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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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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Free Activities

Help students understand the ideas established by the Constitution.

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

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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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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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Teach Students About American Democracy

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

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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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FREE Word Ladder Activities

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


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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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.

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Learning About Our Constitution

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

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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


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

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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


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