Chicago School Supply helps fight breast cancer

As we all know, breast cancer is a serious disease that affects a lot of women through the course of a year. Everyday people including my mother had to have surgery, as well as famous people such as pro golfer Phil Mickelson’s wife and mother! Phil’s wife and mother found out about a month apart [...]

Free Lesson Plan Around Your Town

Students will navigate Web sites and find required information, identify roles of professionals in the community, identify animals in different parts of the world, find and record information about the state in which they live, and play Word Fun and record the results. Social Studies, Geography Grade 1- 3 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEETS Objective Students will [...]

August Teaching Safari Tour Spotlight: Chicago Navy Pier IMAX Theater

Whether your group is studying animals, nature, art or science- this month’s Teaching Safari Spotlight is the perfect education experience for your class that combines fun with learning.  The Navy Pier IMAX® Theatre is dedicated to providing a wide range of educational large-format films for class field trips. Why? IMAX® films are designed to educate [...]

Free Lesson Plan Make a Shadow Clock

Before there were clocks, people used shadow clocks or sundials to tell time. Students will work together to make shadow clocks. Science, Earth and Space Science Grade 1- 3 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Before there were clocks, people used shadow clocks or sundials to tell time. Students will work together to make shadow clocks. Directions [...]

Fed and Treasury Extend Lending Program

The Federal Reserve and the Treasury took another cautious step on Monday toward unwinding the sprawling emergency credit programs they erected in response to the financial crisis. The two agencies said they would extend their joint program to finance consumer and business lending for up to six more months. But they pointedly added that they [...]

States Close the Achievement Gap in Advanced Placement Courses

A new report from the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) titled Raising Rigor, Getting Results: Lessons Learned from AP Expansion, has demonstrated that it is possible for states to raise rigor and get results at scale by increasing student access to AP courses. The report looks at the efforts of six states—Alabama, Georgia, [...]

Chicago School Supply Staff Spotlight

We want to get to know our customers better- so we thought it might be a good idea to introduce ourselves to you- one staff member at a time.  This month, we want to brag about our Teaching Safari Lead Instructor- Joy Price Lewis. Background: Joy Price Lewis comes from a family of educators. Her [...]

Home Schooling Up: Family Bonds, Religion Cited

Alexandria resident Barbara Elkins had no idea how homeschooling her children was going to work out, but she was certain that she wanted to give it a try. She and her husband, Brian, gave it a shot. “We knew a lot of people who homeschooled, and we liked the way the children interacted with adults, [...]

Free Lesson Plan Phases of the Moon Flipbook

Students will make a flipbook of the moon to see how the phases change. Earth and Space Science Grade 3- 5 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students will make a flipbook of the moon to see how the phases change. Directions Lesson Preparation Make enough copies of the flipbook pages for each student. Cut these into [...]

Dangling Money, Obama Pushes an Education Shift

Holding out billions of dollars as a potential windfall, the Obama administration is persuading state after state to rewrite education laws to open the door to more charter schools and expand the use of student test scores for judging teachers. That aggressive use of economic stimulus money by Education Secretary Arne Duncan is provoking heated [...]