Free lesson plan collections!

What is a curriculum, after all, but a sequence of lesson plans? Well, sometimes you just want to create your own sequence and pick out lesson plans that appeal to you. It’s a great shortcut to creating your own customized curriculum. You don’t need to create everything from scratch and you aren’t committed to following someone else’s idea of what to teach for a whole school year.

Where do you find collections of lesson plans to pick through? I’m putting together a page of my favorite lesson plan sites. Here is an example of what you can find:

Scholastic  This site is the home of those Scholastic books that you see sold in the schools. They have great lesson plans for grades Prek to 8, most of them based on Scholastic books. You don’t have to buy the books. You can find most of them in your local library. There are lesson plans, unit plans, vocabulary lists, and printable activities to go with everything.

Scholastic has a “Daily Starter” section that has a daily grammar and daily math question organized by grade level along with a fun fact and a “teachable moment”. Might be an interesting way to start off your day. The Daily Starter for grades six to eight has a daily journal prompt and a daily vocabulary word.

There is a calendar section that links Scholastic books related to days on the calendar and links to lesson plans that go along with the chosen book. This is one way to pick out some books to use for holiday unit studies.

If you are looking for some ways to integrate the use of technology into your homeschool there is a section on computer-based activities.

There are discussion guides for Scholastic fiction novels. If you click on “Books and Authors” there is a book wizard to help you choose books for your students, and lists of recommended books.

There is a section called the Word Workshop where you can make cards for a word wall, flashcards, and lists with cute borders and the font of your choice.

Avoid clicking on the “Teachables” section because it is a subscription service unless you really like it.  They do offer a free trial.



Free printable math worksheets for elementary level students at Math Salamander!

Generally speaking, I like to find great new free math curriculum, but I’m always happy to find really solid free math printables also. This particular site, Math Salamanders, has an option to click on math worksheets by grade level, which is useful if you don’t have a math curriculum because you can just go by the topics for that grade level. Math Salamanders is especially useful in this regard because they have some discussion on the grade level pages about what math topics are usually covered in that grade level and a note about what the UK equivalent is to the US grade level of the material.

Math Salamanders also has a nice collection of printable math puzzles and math games. If you are looking for a quick printable to jazz up a slow morning and add some interest to math class you’ll probably find something that interests you here. The math puzzle printables are organized by grade level, and the math games are organized by the type of game. There are games that involve the use of dice, games about money, math logic games, and a few others.

I’m always on the lookout for free printable math word problems because I am of the opinion that you can never have too much practice solving math word problems. Math Salamanders has a collection of free printable pages with math word problems organized by grade level and if you keep scrolling down you will find math word problems organized by topic.

Finally, there are printable math certificates, mental math practice sheets, some tutorial pages that offer help understanding fractions and percents, some nice extra printables like fraction strips and flash cards, and even a new section that has online practice.

I didn’t get paid to write a review of Math Salamanders, just FYI. It’s a free site and I just happened to come across it and thought it might be useful. patrick-brinksma-360527