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Uncategorized   |   Jun 1, 2012

June’s Best Teacher Freebies

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

June’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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Featured Freebies


Rock, Paper, Scissors: Letter Naming and Sounds by Mrs. Lirette of Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives: “This product is an exciting addition twist on the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” hand game. It covers letter naming for all uppercase and lowercase letters. There are 10 pages with a total of 52 playing cards. This game works wonderfully as a partner activity, or literacy center or station.” (Gr. K)


Daily 5 Bookmarks by Mary of Sharing Kindergarten: “This file is for a colorful, visual two sided bookmark for The Daily 5. One side has guidelines for Read to Self and the other has them for Read to Someone. You can print them back to back for a great, functional reminder tool for young readers.” (Gr. K-3)


Who Took the Cookies? by Deb Thomas of Fabulously First: “This fun packet includes pronouns, nouns, verbs and adjectives, a corresponding recording sheet and a Common Core State Standards poster for your convenience. The cookies are matched to the correct cookie jar with the parts of speech labels.” (Gr. 1-3.)

Frogs and Toads by Arlene Sandberg of LMN Tree: “This is a 15 page science/reading/writing unit that integrates ELA Common Core Standards with a science unit on frogs and toads. It has a complete lesson plan, word study, make and make book, comprehension questions, chant and much more.” (Gr. 2-3)


Printable Fraction Strips by Teacher Nyla: “These are free reproducible fraction strips to help your students  conceptualize the value of each proper fraction in relation to the whole. The fraction range includes twelfths, tenths, eighths, sixths, fifths, fourths, thirds, halves and a whole.” (Gr. 1-5)


“Go Princess!” Equivalent Fractions Go Fish Card Game by Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas: “This center game has 10 pages of a royal themed ‘Go Princess’ Go Fish game with a distinct cover sheet to glue on the folders, or place in a Ziplock baggie. Everything also comes in black and white if you want to save on color printer ink! Just print, cut apart, and laminate if desired. It is cute, colorful and designed to be an independently-led student activity.” (Gr. 2-5)


Reading Detective Non Fiction Graphic Organizer by Mor Zrihen of A Teacher’s Treasure: “Engage your students with this non-fiction graphic organizer and encourage them to become reading detectives.” (Gr. 3-8)


Summer Vacation Plans – Fun Research Unit and Persuasive Presentation by Arik Durfee: “Students the internet to research possible vacation ideas and make specific plans, create a PowerPoint that gives an overview of the vacation plan, and give a persuasive presentation in which they try to convince the rest of the class to ‘purchase’ their vacation plan.” (Gr. 7-10)


Scientific Method PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student by Amy Brown of Science Stuff: “This is a 26 slide PowerPoint presentation on the nature of science and the scientific method. The slides are colorful and visually appealing. Steps of the scientific method are covered, but more importantly, the lesson provides examples and practice problems illustrating the application of the scientific method. Analysis questions and answers are included..” (Gr. 7 – 12)

More Great Freebies

Deep “See” Addition: An I-Spy to Meet CCSS by A Differentiated Kindergarten (Gr. K-1)
Skippyjon Jones Freebie by Crystal of Kreative in Kinder (Gr. K-2)
Gearin Up with Number Grids by Tessa of Tales from Outside the Classroom (Gr. K-2)
Forest Animal Calendar Numbers by Amanda Myers of A Special Kind of Class (K-2)
Literacy Stations Freebie Pack by Stephanie McMahon (Gr. K-3)
The Emerald City is so Bright by The Schroeder Page (Gr. 1-2)
USA Patriotic Holidays by Sally of Elementary Matters (Gr. 1 – 3)
Weekly Word Wizard – Summer Edition by Denise Boehm of Sunny Days in Second Grade (Gr. 2-4)
Top 10 Lists for Year End Review by Addie Education of Teacher Talk (Gr. 4-10)
Costa Lott Coffee Lesson by Oddball Science (Gr. 6-8)
Live and Learn Life Lessons Class Activity by Tracee Orman (All Grades)

Also, the biggest collection of freebies that I know of right now is at Laura Candler’s Teaching Resources, where (in honor of her upcoming milestone of 50,000 Facebook fans–whoa!), she’s giving away $2,000 worth of teacher resources, including subscriptions to BrainPOP and VocabularySpellingCity, Donors Choose money, Amazon gift cards, and more!

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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