12 Helpful Online Lesson Sharing Resources for Teachers

  With today’s technology, educators have more resources and connections at their disposal than ever before. Online collaboration with colleagues, now embraced by K-12 educators all over the world,  can be a very effective way to prepare lessons for your students. Not only can it make life easier, it can help to improve the quality […]

January 25 is No Name-Calling Day

January 25 is National No Name-Calling Day, designed to promote educational and creative activities aimed at ending name-calling, bullying and harassment in our schools. Download a free 45-page elementary lesson plan pack to help you.

Build a Foundation for STEM with Music

A new instrumental music program for at-risk preschool students in Osceola County, Fla., is aimed at helping develop language, motor, social and other skills to help prepare them for kindergarten. The students receive instruction from a professional violinist during 20-minute sessions held twice a week. “This project really isn’t about making them violin players, it’s […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

Instructional Strategies Used to Implement Differentiated Instruction One size does not fit all when it comes to educating our children.  Fair does not mean equal in the classroom. For years, teachers planned the lesson and delivered it to all the students.  After extensive studies about multiple intelligences and learning styles, brain based research (and some […]


Our featured Lesson Plan this week comes to us from Liz from Arrowhead Union High School in Wisconsin.   Liz teaches 12th grade Creative Writing, Advanced Composition and Journalism (English). She says her students love this exercise and it uses English, math, problem-solving, group work and engineering skills! Thank you Liz for submitting this creative lesson plan […]

Creative Classroom Writing Exercise for Grades 5-12

When we put the call out this week to invite teachers to be guest bloggers by sharing their ideas and lesson plans- the response was overwhelming! We decided to feature Authors Page (below) submitted to us by Liz from Arrowhead Union High School in Wisconsin where she teaches 12th grade Creative Writing, Advanced Composition and […]

St. Patrick’s Day Social Studies Lesson Plan

Each week we find and share a lesson plan or classroom idea for teachers to use!  We thought it would be fun to again share a lesson plan to focus on  Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17). This lesson plan comes to us from HotChalk’s™ LessonPlansPage.com!  This resource has over 4,000 free lesson plans including Science […]

Lesson Plan Round Up: Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated next week (March 17) but how much do we really know about the origins of St. Patty’s Day? Here are some quick facts about St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Americans from History.com: There are 36.9 million U.S. residents with Irish roots. This number is more than eight times the population […]

Science Fair Project Ideas with Living Creatures Projects from Insect Lore

Bring Science to Life with Ant Hill & Butterfly Pavilion Projects Science Fair Projects can be taken to a whole new level with products from our Living Creatures collection.   Projects such as an ant factory, butterfly pavilion, animal games and puzzle sets, lady bug land, inflatables or petri dishes can be effective teaching tools to […]

Featured Lesson Plan of the Week For Valentines Day!

We found this week’s Featured Lesson Plans on The Hot Chalk Valentines Day Lesson Plans Page! This valuable online resource features over 4,000 free lesson plans, free online teacher tools and thousands of additional teacher resources! Featured Lesson Plans of the Week: Robot Valentine Mailbox By Jamie Rhodes Subject – Art Grade Level – K-8 Directions: […]