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Uncategorized   |   Apr 1, 2012

April’s Best Teacher Freebies

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

April’s Best Teacher Freebies

By Angela Watson

On the first day of every month here on The Cornerstone blog, I’ll feature a handful of the best teacher freebies I’ve found. These are no-cost activities and printables that you can use in your classroom right away. If your resource is featured, feel free to grab the button below and show it off on your site. At the bottom of the page is a linky party where you can explore and share other great freebies that I didn’t have space for, or haven’t discovered yet.

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Test Prep Vocabulary by Mandy Neal of Cooperative Learning 365:“Prepare your students for taking standardized test by exposing them to vocabulary they may encounter. Using cooperative learning activities, students become aware of “testing” words while building confidence.” (Grades 3-8)


Dippin’ Eggs Sound Boxes by Jennie Johnson of JD’s Rockin’ Readers: “Have some fun practicing stretching out CVC, CVCC, CCVC, CCCVC, and silent e words with these fun Easter sound boxes!!” Download from the Teachers Pay Teachers site. (Grades K-2)


2nd Grade Common Core Math Review by Tessa Maguire of Tales from Outside the Classroom: “This is a 4 page 2nd Grade Common Core State Standards math review. Each page has 5 different skills to practice.” Download from the Teachers Pay Teachers site. (Grade 2)


Popsicle Stick Pattern Cards by Charity Preston of The Organized Classroom:  “This fun set of cards will be perfect for teaching math vocabulary using simple popsicle sticks and velcro! Watch the video to see how it works in action. A blank card is also included so you may make your own!”  (Grades 2-6)


Free Jelly Bean Math Pack by Jennifer of Empowering Little Learners: “This is pack will add some seasonal fun to math with jelly beans. Included is graphing, sorting, tallying, and patterning with jelly beans. And because teachers spend so much already, a parent donation letter as well!” (Grades K-3)

Integer Fear Factor by Adrianne Meldrum of Kids Cog Works: “In this freebie lesson, a few students will volunteer to play Integer Fear Factor. Students will sample nasty and good jellybean flavors and mark on the number line what value that jelly bean has. If a student gets a skunk jellybean, they may mark -40. Students will keep sampling jellybeans until players drop out. The winner gets a certificate to prove they survived. It’s a lesson that students will never forget!” (Grades 6-7)


Sight Word Assessments First 300 by Melissa of DillyDabbles: “This is a set of assessments for the first 300 Fry words. They are seperated into 3 tests of 100 words each with a teacher tracking form and student reading sheet.” (Grades K-3)


April Foolishness by Mary of Sharing Kindergarten: “This is a fun reading comprehension game for April Fools Day based on the awesome book April Foolishness. It would also go well with any farm or spring unit. I included writing prompts and word wall.” Download from the Teachers Pay Teachers site. (Grades K-1)


Island Conquer Area and Perimeter Games by Laura Candler of Teaching Resources: “Island Conquer is a set of two math games that allow students to explore area or perimeter on a coordinate grid. Partners take turns plotting rectangles on the game board and calculating the area or perimeter of their “conquered” islands. Great for cooperative learning groups or math centers!” Download from the Teachers Pay Teachers site. (Grades 3-5)


Diary of a…” Writing Project by Amy Hoffmann of 3 Teacher Chicks: “This writing project contains directions, checklists, and a rubric. We read the Diary of a Worm, Spider, and Fly series. We read the series and then created our own version using the books as a guide. My kiddos LOVE doing this project every year.”(Grades 2-4)

Alien Visitor – Earth Day Activity by Addie Education – Teacher Talk: “An engaging critical thinking activity to get students thinking about Earth and its unique characteristics. Great activity for Earth Day, Science or Geography class.”(Grades 4-8)


Have you recently created something fabulous for your classroom? Share it below!

Here are the rules for the link up:

  1. Link directly to the blog post where you’ve written about a free activity idea or printable. Don’t link to your homepage; people don’t want to click around to find what they’re looking for. I prefer that you don’t require people to download from sites that require a login, like TeachersPayTeachers. Help visitors get to their freebies easily!
  2. Your freebie can be on any topic, for any grade level, but it must be free now and forever.Teachers who come across this post a year from now should still be able to visit your site and get the item for free.
  3. Link back to this blog post or include the Linky Party button (below) somewhere on your site. InLinkz will not allow you to add a post that is missing a link back. You can embed the button below in your sidebar or put it directly in your blog post about the freebie: this way YOUR site visitors know about the teacher freebie round up and linky party and will be encouraged to share their ideas, too! Feel free to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
  4. Check out some of the other linky submissions. The link up is ultimately about sharing ideas and creating conversations, so please leave a comment on at least one other blog. Let the person know how you found them and your thoughts on their ideas.

Did you add your link above? Grab this button and embed it in your blog post!

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Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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  1. Hi Angela,

    I was wondering why no one had linked up yet, but I think I’ve figured it out. When I tried to link up my April Fools Day math freebie, it said I didn’t have a back link. (I cut and pasted the button from this link.) Then I added a second backlink, and I was told again it didn’t have a backlink.

    I think this explains why no one else has linked up. It won’t let us!


  2. Great job! I will definitely check all this links. Thanks for the post and i’m looking forward to read more from you!

    1. Hi, Kim! Just copy the code from the button at the very end of the post, and paste it into your blog post in HTML mode. Or, just create a link to this site. A backlink is just a regular link, but it’s linking back to this site. 🙂

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