April 2012 Issue
March 21, 2012

Freebies: New York farm fresh

Source: NYSUT United

New York farm fresh

The Organic Valley farming cooperative offers a free activity booklet. Teachers may order up to 50 copies of the Kids Activity Flyer at www.organicvalley.coop/resources/educational-materials/kids-activity-flyer/.

Make a connection

The School Library Journal offers a free, monthly e-newsletter for teachers and librarians. Curriculum Connections features a variety of articles on recent books and multimedia resources for K-12 students. Also featured are thematic articles on topics ranging from ancient Egypt and poetry to Black History Month and technology in the classroom. Each issue also features an interview with a noted author or illustrator and reviews of professional titles. Sign up at the School Library Journal website at: http://bit.ly/vFGSdm.

Buggy for Braille

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) offers a free Braille alphabet card at www.afb.org/braillebug/Braille.asp. The organization created the Braille Bug® website to teach sighted children about Braille, and to encourage literacy among all children. The site offers several resources educators can use in their classrooms, including games and other activities.

Operation investigation

The American Chemical Society offers several resources for science teachers from preschool to high school, including information on how to build a kit on Chemistry: Investigating your World.

For more information, visit http://surveys.acs.org/se.ashx?s=04BD76CC0E5496A3.

You'll be aMAZEd

Amazeing art, www.amazeingart.com/free-mazes.html, offers several free mazes based on famous monuments and historic relics. The puzzles make great educational tools for students and educators alike. New mazes are added periodically; the site also features a drawing for a free copy of Amazeing Art: Wonders of the Ancient World.

When I grow up

Students in grades K-8 can explore different career options with "What Will You DO When You Grow Up" career lesson kit from Lenovo. The technology company has downloadable lesson plans that were developed to support Common Core State Standards. To download a kit for your classroom, visit www.lenovodreamtodo.com/teachersmaterial.

The "Freebies" column offers free opportunities for you and your students. We do not screen for subtle or not-so-subtle plugs.