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Water Learning Activities

July 22nd, 2013

reflective globeWater: H2O, HOH, agua, l’eau, acqua, wasser, ice (in a solid state), vapor, or steam (in a gaseous state)… it’s one of our most valuable and utilized resources around the world. It covers approximately 75% of the earth’s surface, makes up 55-75% of the human body, and as a freshwater source, is found most plentifully in the atmosphere (more than in all the rivers combined). *Statistics cited from
US EPA Water Trivia Facts
and The Water Information Program.

With summer temperatures soaring (and back to school preparations just around the corner), water is also a cool way to engage vacationing students and get them in the mode for the new year. From reading comprehensions to experiments and family activity planners, abcteach has nearly 400 water-related learning materials to exercise and engage their young minds.

Word Games
Word Search: Liquid Measurement
Crossword: Clean Water (elem)
Vocabulary Cards: Water Plants (color) (upper elem/middle) (Member)

Math & Science
Science: The Water Cycle
Experiment: Evaporation (upper elem/middle)
Word Problems: Environment (elem/upper elem) (Member)
Experiment: Plants – Transpiration (elem/upper elem) (Member)

Writing & Journals
Color and Write: Rowboat (elem)
Picture Prompt: Water Fight (elementary) (Member)
Writing: Problem Analysis on Ballast Water (middle/high) (Member)

Reading & Language Arts
Comprehension: Water Cycle (elem/upper elem)
Comprehension: Water and Electric Safety (elem) (Member)
Comprehension: The Importance of Clean Water (elem) (Member)

Member PPTs with Audio
PPT with Audio: Ecosystems 3: The Water Cycle (upper elem/middle/high)
PPT with Audio: Ecosystems 6: Freshwater Ecosystems, Hydration (upper elem/middle/high)
PPT with Audio: Plant Kingdom 9: Aquatic Plants (upper elem/middle/high)

 On the Water” Educational Video
How much of the world is covered by water? How much of that water is drinkable? How does water affect our lives? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this educational video. Age level: preschool and early elementary.

 Water Wonderful Family Activity Planner (Member)

poolfam Math Activities

• PreK and Kindergarten: Use a bucket filled with ½ or ¾ with water. Mark clear plastic cups at ¼, ½, ¾, and full. Have kids practice filling the cups to the mark, then explore adding cups together. Expose children to fractions by writing math statements (i.e. ½ cup + ½ cup = 1 cup).

• Primary (Grades 1-3): Find out how tall your kids are. Head to a pool and have them walk around the deck noting water depths in different areas. Ask them to predict where they can stand and where it’ll be over their heads. Then, with adult supervision, have them get in and walk towards the various depths and check if their predictions were accurate. Now, practice pool safety.

• Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6): Place a bucket in the shower and run water into it for 30 seconds. Remove the bucket and measure the water. Multiply by 10 to see how much water is used during a 5 minute shower. Do the same for an 8, 10, or 15 minute one. Discuss and brainstorm ways that you can conserve water. 

The highlights above are just a handful of the many water learning activities found at abcteach. Do you have a favorite? Or any hands-on exercises to share? Let us know! We’re always looking to pass on great teaching ideas to the abcteach community.

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm, featuring Pickle Worry garden art by Jason WaclawikSummer is finally here, which means biking along the lake, picnics at the beach, and leisurely reads in the park, at least to this Northern girl.

Summer also means delving into one of the greatest joys of the warm weather season: gardening! After being dormant for months, we are now experiencing a bountiful supply of bright flowers, crisp vegetables, and sweet, tasty fruits. From herb pots to community gardens (like Chicago’s Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm pictured to the left), our chances to experience them are plentiful.

In addition to filling our bellies, gardening also produces amazing learning opportunities. It’s an education in many subjects, rolled into one activity. From planting the seeds, to pruning, watering, and upkeep, you’re experiencing a plethora of educational skills, including science, math, language arts, organization, and goal setting, just to name a few.

Interactive: Notebook: Science: Garden – Word Search

Interactive: Flipchart: Word Search: Garden Planter

Interactive: Notebook: Science: Garden/Seeds (Member)

PowerPoint: Presentation with Audio: Soil 2: Dirt (multi-age) (Member)

Writing & Journals
Clip Art: Clover Garden B&W outline (Member)

Project: Gardening Journal – Field Trip Report

Project: Gardening Journal – Planting Record

Shapebook: My Garden (k-1/primary) (Member)

Reading & Language Arts
Fiction: Patricia’s Garden (upper elem/ middle)

Fiction: Dana’s Flower Garden (elementary)

Comprehension: Fun in the Garden! Seed Starting (primary (Member)

Comprehension: Composting-Key to a Bountiful Garden (upper elem/middle) (Member)

Learning Center: Spring – story sequence (Member)

Word Problems: Spring Garden (elementary) (Member)

Worksheet: Jenny’s Garden (elem/upper elem) (Member)

Green Earth Club Materials

Learning Clubs: Green Earth Data Record (upper elem/middle)

Learning Clubs: Healthy Gardeners Bookmarks

Learning Clubs: Fiction Fanatics (elem) (Member)

Clip Art: Green Earth Club Logo (Member)

abcteach has over 150 garden-related materials for students of all ages. They’re colorful and versatile, and can be used at home, while on the road, or during your summer school teaching. No matter what the age, kids (and adults) can alway reap the rewards of the garden classroom.

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

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The following article comes to you from abcteach Special Needs creator and veteran, Janie Quinn. In this post, you’ll find tips and tools to help young children develop and establish appropriate interpersonal communication skills.

Social Skills
Social skills are a collection of behaviors and actions that allow us to initiate and maintain appropriate interactions with others. The scope of the skills and behaviors necessary to successfully navigate in society may differ depending on where and with whom we are. They also change as we grow and mature. Social skills are complex because they are influenced by the world around us – culture, gender, region, and religion are to name but a few. The rules and regulations governed by these societal norms impact many of our social interactions, and therefore, provide no clear rules that apply in all situations. Modeling, role playing, and teaching problem solving skills to children and young adults will provide a wide repertoire of skills to help them prepare for successful interpersonal interactions.

Social skills need to be taught and practiced across a variety of situations. Acceptable behaviors may differ slightly depending on the setting (library vs. park), and the people (family vs. friends vs. strangers). Children and young adults need exposure to problem solving experiences in a wide range of situations to give them foundations upon which to build and refer to when faced with new experiences. Building social skills training into everyday life is a great way to accomplish this goal. These skills can be presented in a fun, game-like fashion as part of a schedule or routine. They can also be presented spontaneously whenever you have about 10 minutes of “spare time” inclusive of school (the first or last few minutes of a class), home (before or after dinner), or most anywhere!

Social Skills Flashcards
Social Skills Flashcardsabcteach has recently introduced a collection of Social Skill Flashcards to the member site. These cards contain a variety of scenarios and points to consider to help incorporate social skills instruction and practice into everyday life. Here is one way to use them: Print, cut out, fold, and tape together the flashcards, then bundle them like a deck of cards. Once a Social Skill Flashcard card is drawn, read the scenario, give a quick, yet simple introduction of the skill concept, then review the points to consider. Next, discuss and debate appropriate solutions and formulate an idea and plan. Assign different roles – and let the fun begin! If a suggested solution borders on being an appropriate choice, let the person suggesting the solution role play their idea. Once role played, discuss the pros and cons of the solution. Ask, “Was that the best possible solution for this situation? What can you do differently to improve the outcome of the situation?” Perform the teaching process again using the new and improved solution. Discuss why it is or is not a better solution. These strategies also apply if there is more than one appropriate solution to the scenario.

When teaching social skills, practicing in a variety of settings is extremely important. Practice in both public (school, church, the park, the library, the mall) and private (your home, a relative’s home. a friend’s home) settings. Also, consider practicing the skills in formal (with a person of authority, a fancy party, a job interview) and informal (at home, with grandparents, at a friend’s casual party) situations. Each of these scenarios has its own set of appropriate behaviors. Discussion, practice, and experience will help ease the confusion and anxiety that often come with new places and environments.

Another important component to social skills is interaction with a variety of people. Our sense of familiarity with family and close friends differs greatly from appropriate behaviors with strangers and people in authority positions. We are expected to act differently with a relative than with our school principal. Acting overly familiar during a job interview can be the difference in gaining or losing a desired job. Learning how to interact in a formal fashion (community helpers, boss or supervisor, principal, strangers) vs. an informal fashion (close family, close friends) can determine the success of our social lives and the ability to live independently in our community.

The more practice and exposure children and young adults receive, the more confident and comfortable they will become with social interactions and activities. To promote skill generalization and maintenance, encourage these individuals to continually use their new skills in a variety of places and with a range of people. Learning the skills to initiate and maintain positive social relationships will lead to acceptance, adjustment, and independence. Making the learning of these skills fun and functional will help our children and young adults acquire and generalize the appropriate social skills for independent living.

Over the next few months, abcteach will be adding additional flashcards to the collection. If there are specific skills you would like to see addressed, please let us know!

Posted by Janie Quinn, abcteach Team

Family nature walkOur last Teaching Extras blog: Tips for a Memorable Classroom, showcased end of the year activities that will add a personal touch to your last weeks together as a class. In this edition, we’ll explore materials to use on field trips with your students, as well as items that kids can bring home and utilize during the summer months.

Final Class Outings/Summer Road Trips

• Field Trip Planner (Member)- Here is a list of places for kids to visit. Reference for ideas that tie into class curriculum, home learning units, or special topic events.

• Did You See? – A checklist of items for kids to be on the lookout for when they’re en route or walking around.

• Nature Walk/Center – To use with primary-grade students. Visit a nature center, or take a walk outside (this can be anything from a journey around wooded areas of your neighborhood, to a local trail or forest preserve). Have kids identify and document what they see.

• Nature Walk Checklist – Collect, draw, and write things that you experienced while on a nature walk.

• Farm (Member) – To use with primary-grade students. Similar to the nature walk checklist, this document can be used to indicate animals, tools, or items found when visiting a local farm.

• Field Trip Category – This is a compilation of documents relating to field trips. Examples include:

• Field Trip Report Form – A writing prompt for students to describe where they went, what they saw, what they liked/didn’t like, etc.

• On the Go Cards (Aquarium) – A set of small flash cards with images relating to things that you would see while visiting a certain place. Students can use them before, during, and after the trip to help reinforce their memory. abcTip: Cut out and laminate cards, then hole punch and combine together to create an activity set.

• Backseat Bingo (City) – It’s bingo on the go. Have kids/students color the cards, then laminate them for use in the car.

• Field Trip Planner Set (Member) – Tips and ideas for creating a great field trip. Comes with forms, guides, etc.

Grocery Store

• I Spy… – For primary and lower elementary students. On a trip to the grocery store, be on the hunt for food items listed on the sheet. Save for when you get home and have children color their grocery goodies.

• I Spy… (Member) – another grocery-themed document with additional food groups listed.

• Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt (Member) – Pages of clues to take to the grocery store and match to food that you find on the shelves

• Learning on the Go: Treasure Hunt (Member) – A fun “I Spy” game for kids to use while you’re shopping. Locate the following items, then write the aisle number where the item was found.

Wherever your summer jaunts may take you, there’s plenty of learning to be had along with your excitement. Teaching Extras covers a variety of environments and places to go, so peruse away! You never know what creative idea you may find.


Posted by Lindsey Elton and Nancy Elton, abcteach Team

My Memory BookMay’s Eye on Curriculum theme is Teaching Extras, a versatile section of materials, decor, and creatives for your classroom and lesson plans. As we approach the final stretch for the school year, let’s explore a few activities that add a personal touch to your last weeks together. These highlights can be adapted to multiple grades and learning environments, and additional ideas await you on abcteach.

“You Make a Difference” Folders
“Make a Difference” folders are a great way for students to see how they’re perceived – in a positive manner – by their classmates. See last year’s End of the Year: Make it Memorable blog for alternative versions and additional ideas.

1. Before getting started, make a list of the names of your students, providing a couple of lines following each entry. Copy the list so that every child has a sheet of the names. Here is a sample of choices from our Handwriting section.

2. Brainstorm with your students about the various positive comments that you could make about a fellow classmate (i.e. kindness to others, what you like about their personality, how they do something well, etc.). Write these on the chalkboard, overhead, or whiteboard for all students to see.

3. Pass out a manila folder with colored construction paper and the sheet of names to each student. Next to the students’ names, tell them to write a positive note using the examples from the board or one of their own.

4. Have students cut out the positive notes and give it to their classmates. Each student will then paste his or her collection onto the construction paper and put it in his or her folder.

5. Folder Covers: Get creative! These portfolios are an extension of the student, which means the possibilities are endless. Decorate them with students’ own designs, using various pictures, props, or writing utensils.

Memory Books and “All About Me” Clipboards
All About Me Bulletin Board Memory books are a quick snippet activity that students create to display fun facts about themselves. They contain everything from physical characteristics to past experiences and personal goals.

• My Homeschool Memory Book

• Memory Strips (Member) – Fill out, then paste and include in “You Make a Difference” Folders

• My School Year (Members)

• All About Me Clipboards (Member) – A condensed version of the Memory Book. Take a picture of your students and attach it to this one-page student portfolio.

Student Stars Bulletin Board
Superstar Bulletin BoardOnce students have completed their “All About Me” clipboard, it’s time to put them on display! Venture into the Bulletin Board (Theme Set) and choose the theme that best represents your class. Here are a few ideas:

• Dream a Dream

• Summer Fun

• Train Kids Alphabet Set

Looking for more ideas? Discover for yourself! We hope that you enjoy these activities, but if you need more, Teaching Extras is full of inspiration for both you and your students.

Posted by Lindsey Elton and Nancy Elton, abcteach Team

BookmarksNewsletter FormFood FlashcardClassroom SignsClassroom Posters

Teaching Extras
Welcome back, May! We hope that everyone is enjoying the bloom of flowers and the warm weather that we’ve all been patiently waiting for.  (At least for us Northerners.) A new month means a new theme for our Eye on Curriculum blog series. In April, we took an extended look at mathematics, from springtime learning centers to Common Core, and insights for homeschooling and special needs. This month, with May’s wide variety of holidays and activities, we are highlighting the resources in our Teaching Extras section that support these special dates, as well as other times throughout the year.

So what exactly are “teaching extras?” Our Teaching Extras section is a treasure trove of classroom goodies that puts the creative finishing touch on your teaching. Looking for alphabet flashcards? We have them. What about incentive charts, autumn bulletin boards, learning center signs, or weekly newsletter forms… in French? We have those, too  and they’re great laminated. Whether in a classroom or home learning environment, you’ll find all the cool additions to make your lesson plans uniquely yours in Teaching Extras. Here is a handful of other section categories:

• Book Report Forms
• Calendars
• Candy Bar Wrappers
• Certificates
• Gift Tags
• Memory Books
• Portfolios
• Postcards
• Recipes
• Word Wheels

Mother’s Day Activities

roseAnd speaking of that perfect finishing touch, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. In addition to flowers and chocolate, abcteach provides cute, creative items that help you speak from the heart. Peruse our Mother’s Day section for coloring pages, writing prompts, booklets, crafts, and other activities to let all the special women in your life know how much they are appreciated.

We wish you continued classroom success this month. We hope these ideas brighten up your lesson plans, but if there are additional materials that you need, please let us know. We are here to help.

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

bakingMath is all around us! In order to lead an independent life, we need to use a variety of math concepts. That is one of the reasons why learning about math in school is so important. There we learn about the basics, such as shapes, matching, sorting, counting, multiplying, dividing, along with many other skills. Learning and using these concepts in a classroom setting is important, but even more important, is learning to generalize the use of these skills to everyday life.

Most of us don’t realize how often we are confronted with math-related problems each day. We use math to measure how tall we are, how much we weigh, and what size clothes and shoes we wear. We use math all the time in the kitchen. Math is involved when we prepare a meal, follow a recipe, measure ingredients, set the table, and while putting away groceries. We use math when we travel to and from school or work, when using a calendar, and even when we perform hygiene skills. Learning to complete math-related skills independently will enrich our lives and often makes life easier.

abcteach has a wide variety of teaching materials to help individuals learn and practice many of the skills that you need in everyday life. There are a variety of worksheets to practice counting, money, measurement, and time. Just head to the section or type a concept into the search bar and a number of choices will appear. For those who like more active learning opportunities, try the Family Activity Planners. These planners cover 12 different areas of interest and are chocked full of fun and creative ideas to teach not only math skills, but also Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. Each area is divided into suggested age groups: Pre-K and Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1 – 3), and Upper Elementary (Grades 4 – 6). The age ranges are just suggestions, so any activity that sounds as if it will be fun and interesting may be used for any age.

Helping students and young adults learn math while experiencing it is a great way for them to fully understand and remember the concept. Learning about measurement by wrapping a gift, or learning to measure perimeter and area by pacing off a room, gives measurement meaning and relevance. Learning to use money at a store or restaurant gives individuals experience with handling money, percentages (tips and sales), and budgeting skills. Time management and calendar skills can also be taught using hands-on activities. Filling a calendar with family and friends’ birthdays and special occasions is a great way to begin. Young adults can then learn to add medical appointments, meetings, and work or school deadlines. Checking your calendar regularly and independently and carrying out your responsibilities exhibits self-sufficiency and maturity – definite requirements for a successful, independent adult life!

Lots of other math-related skills can be taught and reinforced through hands-on activities. Remember to check out all the Family Activity Planners for more fun and functional ideas. You can also check around your home and neighborhood – I bet you’ll come up with ideas of your own! Most of all have fun with it. Learning when you don’t realize you are doing it embeds the skill and understanding of the concept more thoroughly, making use of it in the future easier and more likely!

Posted by Janie Quinn, abcteach Team

math girlsDuring this Mathematics Awareness Month, we have explored a number of different activities in our Eye on Curriculum series, from general teaching resources to preschool exercises and learning opportunities for homeschoolers. Let’s now take a leap into more structured activities for your students: Common Core Math.

Our first Common Core Math blog explored Operations & Algebraic Thinking, and Number & Operations in Base Ten. Some of the related skills that students need to master in those domains include counting in sequence, applying properties of operations, understanding multiples, and using place value to solve problems.

In this blog, we’ll delve into three additional domains: Numbers and Operations – Fractions, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. As with other sections, all domains scaffold with each successive grade, increasing the complexity of the skills mastered.

• Numbers and Operations – Fractions: Students must understand, recognize, express, and complete all operations of fractions.

 Measurement & Data: Students must learn all aspects of classifying, measuring, and working with time and money, geometric measurement, representing data, and interpreting data.

• Geometry: Students must identify, analyze, create, and reason with shapes, lines, and angles. Students will graph coordinate points and solve real world mathematical problems.

The following highlights are abcteach activities that you can use to reinforce skills from the Standards. We are constantly adding new and newly tagged materials to our Common Core section, so check back or let us know if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Also, be sure to view our recent blog on how to locate Common Core Standards.

 Poster Packets: Poster packets identify Common Core in student-friendly language. They can be used in mini-lessons, PPT presentations, portfolios, or as signs and handouts. Most poster packets also include checklists of each standard that can be used by students to demonstrate their mastery or by teachers at conferences (with students or parents).

Member Site

• Common Core: Math Standards Poster Set – Kindergarten
• Common Core: Math Standards Poster Set: Grade 2
• Common Core: Math Standards Poster Set – Grade 4

 Classroom Activities

Member site

• Flashcards: Telling Time – o’clock – Fun flashcards to use when telling time.

• Time: Board Game: Telling Time (grade 1-2) – This board game enjoyably teaches the telling of time to young students.

• Game: Fractions – Fun fraction games for lower elementary students.

• Interactive: Notebook: Measuring with a Ruler (kdg-2) – This interactive activity teaches measurement for lower elementary students.

• Fraction Manipulatives: Thirds (b/w) – This is one of several manipulatives that students can cut out and use to learn and practice fractions.

• Rules and Practice: Triangles by Angle – These activities are good for practice and review of angles for upper elementary students.

• Hands-On Math: Measure a Room (elem/upper elem) – Excellent real-world activity for upper elementary students.

• Worksheet: Origami and Geometry (elem/upper elem) – Creatively use origami to teach perimeter, symmetry, and triangles to upper elementary students.

• Rules and Practice: Perimeter and Area (upper elem/middle) – Great practice opportunity for upper elementary and middle school students.

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• Math Chart: Volumes and Areas – Use this chart to help upper elementary students.

• Math Chart: Metric Conversions – Use this chart to help student with metric conversions.

As with all of our abcteach materials, our Common Core selection is there to adapt to your class and your personal teaching style. Use it in conjunction with other sections on the site, such as theme units, interactives, and abctools, to customize your students’ learning. If you’re searching for ideas or need additional resources, please be in touch. We’re here to help.

Posted by Kathy Butler and Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

Since the wide-spread adoption of Common Core Standards across the U.S., abcteach has been creating materials, and tagging existing ones, to help educators and students meet the required guidelines. On abcteach, you can find these activities by navigating our directory system or by using our search tool. So how do you get started? Read on to find out.

Common Core Site Left Nav

Finding the Standard

First, you’ll need to find the standard that you’d like to address. If you don’t already have this information, you can visit the Common Core website. Click on Mathematics Standards or English Language Arts Standards.

Using the left sidebar (pictured left), navigate to the subject and grade level of your choice. Once you’ve made your selection, you’ll see a list of standards in that category on the right side of the page.  Peculiarly, the Language Standards are listed by subject first and grade level second, while Mathematics Standards are listed by grade level first and subject second. On abcteach, by contrast, you’ll notice that grade level always comes first, followed by subject.

Navigating on abcteach

On abcteach, navigating to the right section is easy. Click on the “Common Core Standards” category on the homepage (Under “Categories” on the member site or under “Explore Our Free Materials” for non-members), or follow these links: Members | Non-members. Once there, navigate using the subcategory list to either English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics, then to the grade level and subject of your choice. Find these subcategories links directly below the blue “Subcategories” bar. Below the subcategories, find the list of related downloadable materials, and click on the thumbnail or title to download the document.  If you’re comfortable navigating the abcteach directory to find standards materials, you can stop reading now and start exploring! If you’d like some advanced tips about how to conduct searches for materials that meet specific standards, keep reading.

Searching by Code

Returning to the Common Core website, you’ll see that each standard has an associated code like this:


You can use this code to search for a particular standard on abcteach, with the caveat that you’ll want to only use part of the code. On abcteach, you should search using the last bit of this code, namely everything after “CCSS.ELA-Literacy. This leaves simply:


When you search using this code on abcteach, you’ll find every document matching RL.3.1 (Reading And Literature, Grade 3, Standard 1). Go ahead and try this yourself. Head to (if you’re a member, use and type “RL.3.1” into the search bar. You’ll see 7 results matching this particular standard.

Broadening Your Search

Referring again to our example, you’ll see that there are actually 10 standards that make up the Reading: Literature section for Grade 3. In our search above, we limited ourselves to only the first standard (represented by the “1” at the end of the code “RL.3.1”). To view all matches on abcteach for this level (not just those for the 1st out of 10 standards), remove the last decimal point and number. Try searching for: RL.3

You’ll see that making your search more general has increased the number of search results to 27 documents. If you’re not getting the quantity of results you’re hoping for, just remember to make your search less specific. Let’s look at another standard code. This one is for Grade 4 > Operations and Algebraic Thinking.


Yikes. This seems kind of complicated. But let’s try to focus on the most relevant parts of the code. Cut out the standard prefix “CCSS.Math.Content.” and the suffix “.A.1” (which refers to subsections A, B, and C of this standard), and search using:


This will include all abcteach materials that match subject 4.OA (4th grade, Operations and Algebraic Thinking). To drive the point home, here are more standards and the keywords you should use to search. Hopefully, you’ll see the pattern emerge in the list below if it isn’t clear already.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.1   —>   3.MD
CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.1  >  1.G
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.B.8  >  2.NBT
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8  >  W.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1  >  RL.K
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1  >  SL.2

By now, you should have a good idea of how to find or search for activities matching specific Common Core standards on abcteach. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and we’ll be happy to help.

pto_familyhomereadingThe following blog is one of the featured articles from our newest online publication, the abcteach Quarterly Digest. This quarterly member newsletter highlights creative teaching ideas, educator insights, along with ways to make the most of your abcteach membership.

Family Activity Planners
Project aides, classroom funding, math activity nights… oh my! The support that you receive from your PTA or PTO is a lifesaver for ensuring that your students get the proper balance of education, creativity, and fun each year. So how do you return the favor? With abcteach Family Activity Planners!

Parents are wonderful at loving and providing for their kids, but they’re not trained teachers (at least not all of them). So how can you help? By giving them easy-to-use, grade-appropriate activities that advance their child’s intellect. Our Activity Planner lineup explores a variety of everyday moments that can be transformed into learning opportunities for the whole family. Will you be out in the neighborhood, at the store, or in the yard? Learning awaits! Created by veteran educators, these packets give all parents, caregivers, and tutors a simple guide to reinforce core skills outside of the class. Each series is broken down according to grade and subject, and comes paired with supporting abcteach materials.

Below you’ll find a handful of planners and supporting materials to send home with your parents for weekend learning or the upcoming summer months. Are they not abcteach members? No problem! It’s all available in an easy pdf for you to print off or use electronically.

Fun at Home! Family Activity Planners

• At the Restaurant – Supporting Activities

• In the Yard – Supporting Activities

• My Neighborhood – Supporting Activities

• Parent Membership Discount Certificate – Share the great teaching resources at abcteach! Parents receive $10 off individual abcteach memberships. Promo code is good until 9/1/13.

The summer months are a time for fun, family, and friends, but they can also present wonderful opportunities to learn. When students are away from class, their educational skills stall. Keep their minds as active as their bodies this year with abcteach!

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

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