Free Teacher Lesson Plan – "Penguin Poems" – Grades 3 to 6

Teach your students about penguins and cinquains at the same time. Explain that cinquains are poems that include “naming,” “describing,” and “doing” words. As a class, brainstorm a list of words to use. Then model an example similar to the following verse: PenguinsBlack, whiteWaddling, swimming, feedingToboggan on their belliesPenguins. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thank you for reading this blog! […]

Report Shows Success of All-Day Kindergarten

When she began kindergarten, 5-year-old Betsy Hernandez spoke no English. Now, nearly halfway through the school year, she’s singing along with classmates at Philo T. Farnsworth Elementary School, learning the order of months and knows nearly all the letters of the alphabet. “I love kindergarten,” Betsy said in a small voice Thursday as she arranged […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "For the Sake of Silly Sentences" – Grade K-2nd

Auditory Discrimination, Creativity In the alliterative tradition of “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” help your child to create sentences in which most of the words start with the same letter. For example: Bob Bear bellowed, “Beware!” to Bonnie Bunny. The silly snake slept soundly. Don’t delivery dainty dogs to Doris. Try to […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Disappearing Buttons" – Age 1

Observation & Discovery, Large Motor Skills Fill a clear plastic, wide-mouthed container halfway with white sugar (an empty tennis ball container works well). Add two or three large, colorful buttons to the sugar, then use a glue gun to attach the lid to the container. Slowly roll the container in front of your child and […]

NSSEA Membership Sends Letter of Support to Obama Administration

Chicago School Supply and fellow members of the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) recently sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama outlining the most pressing concerns of the NSSEA membership as identified by the NSSEA Legislative Committee. “We believe it is vital that our students acquire the world-class skills necessary to compete in […]

Hanging with our Chicago School Supply Family

Last night, we were treated to a fantastic holiday concert at Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel . Chicago School Supply family member Matthew Walter and his wife Lauren are members of the Elmhurst College Symphonic Winds led by Professor Ross Kellan. The ensemble performed several works of the season along with other standard concert band […]

SchooDoodle partners with Blissfully Domestic

Chicago School Supply,, and Blissfully Domestic are pleased to announce a new partnership for 2009! Blissfully Domestic – Everything you need to make family life easier – will be sharing some of the greatest lesson plans and resources that you enjoy on our blog. In addition to sharing these resources, writers will […]

Free Teacher Motivational Story – "Destiny Revealed"

During a momentous battle, a general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt.On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, I shall […]

Free Teacher Joke – "Jonah and The Whale"

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could […]


IS GREAT TEACHING ENOUGH? The Impact of School-Community Connections on the Achievement Gap Today I attended the second in a three part series: 10th Anniversary Schools Policy Luncheon Series. The event is co-sponsored by Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) and Catalyst Chicago. The theme of this year’s series is “Is Great […]