February 2011 Issue
February 09, 2011

Freebies: Help with history

Source: NYSUT United

Help with history

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. History education in the classroom. In addition to online resources, the site offers a free print newsletter, History Education News, as well as e-newsletters and a classroom poster on historical thinking skills.

E-map exploring

National Geographic Xpeditions offers a wide variety of free, printable maps, as well as lesson plans and other related activities at its website. Go to www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas/.

Love those veggies

The Canned Vegetable Council has lesson plans, coloring sheets and other materials at www.cannedveggies.org/learnmore/educators/educators.htm. Lesson plans range from "Edible Vegetable Mysteries" to "What's on a Label?"

For weather watchers

Download a free Atlantic Hurricane Tracking Map from the National Weather Service. At www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures.shtml, the NWS offers a variety of maps and other publications, including Owlie Skywarn — Watch Out, Storms Ahead! The weather booklet covers tornadoes, lightning, floods, winter storms and hurricanes. Sections include fun facts, quizzes and pages to color.

Presidential poster

C-SPAN's American Presidents Timeline poster is available free to C-SPAN Classroom members. The six-foot-long poster details the lives and public service careers of every president, plus key historical events, Supreme Court cases and technology milestones throughout 280 years of presidential history.

To get your poster, log on to www.c-spanclassroom.org/Special-Offers.aspx and click on "Get Offer" below.

If you're not a C-SPAN Classroom member, you can register at the site.

Get your game

Scholastic magazine is offering a free WiggleWorks game demo CD. WiggleWorks is a beginning-reading software for pre-K-3 that blends technology, literature and teacher support. Go to teacher.scholastic.com/products/wiggleworks/contact/requestcd.asp for your CD.

Nice to nurses

The Campaign for Nursing offers free materials to promote the profession, including a "You Can be a Nurse" coloring book, and colorful magnets that read "Thank a Nurse" and "Nurses Save Lives." Log on to campaignfornursing.com/free-materials-promotional.

Stuck on you

Get a free sample of Glue Dots, sticky things useful for many crafts and classroom projects. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a description of how you would use your sample, to: GateWay Distributors, Inc., 13591 McGregor Blvd. #19, Fort Myers, FL 33919.