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Uncategorized   |   May 1, 2012

May’s best teacher freebies

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

May’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.



Poetry Task Cards by Melissa of Dilly Dabbles: “Set of cards full of activities to strengthen language arts skills through poetry.” (Adaptable for grades K-6)


Crafting Sentences by Jana Wilson of Thinking Out Loud: “My students were struggling with writing a complete sentence, so I created this lesson plan and graphic organizer to help. Now my students write sentences, not fragments with capital letters and periods.” The blog post also has a screencast showing the SMART Notebook lesson Jana created. (Gr. K-3)


Inferencing Foldable by Mor Zrihen of A Teacher’s Treasure: “A fabulous foldable and template to help students scaffold inferencing.” (Gr. 3-12)


Behavior Bingo by Hadar of Miss Kindergarten: “Looking for a way to manage your students ‘itching for summer’ behavior? Try Behavior Bingo! Motivate your students to show great behavior with enticing rewards!” (Grades K-3)


FREE “Go Darth!” Equivalent Fractions Go Fish Card Game by Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas! “This center game has 10 pages of a Star Wars themed ‘Go Darth’ 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. 2-6)


Say It, Count It, Write It Flower Pots by Tami Sanders of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers: “Not only will your little ones be counting and recognizing number, but they will also be doing addition with this fun new twist to my original Say It, Count It, Write It game mats.”(PreK-K)


Word Stoppers by Jennie Johnson of JD’s Rockin’ Readers: “This game helps students with word attack skills. Team students up to get five in a row- but remember, you can try to stop your opponent as well!” (Gr. 1-2)


Hershey Bar Fractions by Teaching With Style: “Using this printable and The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book, you can teach a fun lesson on equivalent fractions that is hands-on and engaging.” (Gr. 1-5)


Plant Journal by Tessa of Tales from Outside the Classroom: “Plant journal used to record plant growth. There is space for the date, the measurement, a sentence, and a picture. You can record daily, weekly, biweekly, or however meets your needs.” (Gr. K-2)


Summer Writing Journal by theschroederpage: “This is a 16 page download of fun writing activities to keep your students writing all summer long.” (Gr. 1-2)


I Wish I Were a Butterfly Game and Writing Prompts by Mary of Sharing Kindergarten:“This is a reading comprehension game using the FUN book, I Wish I Were a Butterfly(Gr. K-1)


Springtime Fact Family Task Cards by Shelley Gray of Teaching in the Early Years: “Students will use the task cards to practice addition and subtraction fact families. Three different levels are included so that you can target each unique level of learner in your classroom.” (Gr. 1-4)


Just a Dream to Save Our Planet by Laura Candler of Corkboard Connections: This is a collection of activities to explore environmental issues based on the classic book by Chris Van Allsburg. In this story, Walter is careless with his trash and scoffs at planting trees to help the environment. Then he has a dream that takes him to the future where he discovers an Earth that’s uninhabitable, and he realizes the importance of taking care of our planet. Many of these activities work well in cooperative learning groups.” (Gr. 3-5)


Parent Communication Phone Log by Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies: “I created a Parent Communication Phone Log that I use to document each and every phone call I make to parents, even if its to ask if they can help out at a school function. I copy the sheets front to back and copy several per child at the beginning of the year. I keep them in a binder right by my phone so whenever I need to call a parent and document the call its right there.” (Gr. K-5)

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.

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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. Thanks for these awesome freebies! I already had some of them but found some other goodies I was missing out on. 🙂

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