Monday, November 9, 2009

GED Resources

UPDATE: Massachusetts and several other states have switched from the GED to the HiSet exam do to the current increase in cost of the GED exam. I am leaving the GED page as many states still use it and many of these resources may prove to help with the new test, too. However, I started a new page for the new test here.

I recently had a request for information on taking the GED test and free resources for studying for the exam. I decided to create a post for others who are also looking for places to get free assitance with the exam. Read more...

I would suggest researching all leads prior to using them. Those that required registration prior to using them I did not register. If I felt it was a good lead I listed it with a notation that I did not register.

Taking the Test:

Find a Test Center Link

Test Centers by State

Texas Testing Centers

Test Prep:

4 Tests GED Practice Test

Free Practice Test there is a paid version, but they offer a shorter version free

GED for Free
This site requires registration and I did not register.

GED Prep
Practice activities and scoring charts.

Learning Trends
Free Worksheets and Flashcards

PBS GED Connection
Registration Required

Steck Vaughn Free Test Practice

Study Guide Zone
Information and questions for each section no registration.

Test Preview
Offers overview of the test and practice tests no registration.

Subject Specific:

Algebra Help

Shoreline Community College Grammar

Shoreline Community College Math Prep GED Resources

Shoreline Community College Reading Resources GED Prep

Shoreline Community College Writing GED Prep

Picture Credits: taliesin

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Resources

Christmas Resources

Having resources handy to choose from was always one of my priorities as a teacher. I liked being able to select the ones that best suited my needs. So for those seeking holiday resources, I hope these prove useful.

Christmas Cards to Make:

Activity Village Printable Coloring Christmas Cards

Coloring Sheets:

Activity Village


Apples4theteacher Religious Themes

Artists Helping Children

Christmas Carnivals


First School Christmas

First School Winter

Print Activities



Activity Village Christmas Crafts

Beanie Bag Santa Suit to Make Kaboose




Clothespin Santa

Creative Kids at Home

Danielle's Place


Fuse Bead Patterns

Holiday Zone

Nativity Scene

Nativity Set Paper



Penguin Lacing Card

Religious Themes

Rudolph Clothespin

File Folder Games:

Icy Igloo Alphabet

Christmas Match Numbers 1-10 Page 2 Page 3

Christmas Match Numbers 15-24 Page 2 Page 3

Christmas Tree Shape Match

Gingerbread Buttons

Mitten Match

Snowman Color Match

Snowflake Addition Page 2

Snowflake Numbers

Grinch Activities:

Coloring Activities



Word Search

Language Arts:


Christmas Acrostic Poem Lined

Dear Santa Letters

Christmas Writing Paper

Christmas Writing Paper

Family Fun Night Before Christmas Mad Libs

Letters from Santa

Online Candy Cane Hangman

Word Mining


Addition Subtraction Color the Answer

Basic Addition with Pictures

Christmas Tree Counting

Color by Number

Counting 1-5

Counting 6-10

Counting by 1's Maze

Counting by 2's Maze

Counting by 3's

Counting by 4's

Counting by 5's

Counting Ornaments Numbers 1-9

Dot to Dot 1-19

Dot to Dot 1-46

Dot to Dot 1-65

Follow Directions and Color

Money Counting

Picture Addition

Shape Matching

Telling Time

Puzzles and Games:

Activity Village Puzzles and Printable Games

Checkers Online





Maze Online

Mazes Print

Nativity Word Search

Night Before Christmas Word Search

Online Game Get Christmas Presents

Online Game Save Christmas From the Midnight Mouse

Online Games

Pin the Nose on the Reindeer

Scrambler Puzzles

Swap Puzzle

Word Jumble

Word Search DLTK

Word Scramble

Reading Resources:

Activity Village Books to Print

Big and Small

Enchanted Learning Printable Books Christmas

Enchanted Learning Printable Books New Years

Enchanted Learning Printable Books Winter

Fingerplays and Action Rhymes

Nativity Story Book Print and Color

Printable Stories

Read and Color Stories

Riddles and Coloring Sheet


Santa Traditions


Coloring Sheets:

First School Hanukkah


Driedel Pattern

Driedel Pattern and directions for game


Menorah Cut Color and Paste

Print and Make Game

File Folder Games:

Dreidel Color Match!

Language Arts:


Reading Resources:

Enchanted Learning Printable Chanukah Dreidel Activity Book


bry back manor

Picture Credit: bobstovall Chris Ledder

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nursery Rhymes, Mother Goose, and Rhyming Activities

Nursery Rhymes and rhyming books are an important education resource for children and parents. Children learn a great deal from hearing and imitating rhyming sounds. Parents and early childhood programs benefit from including nursery and other rhymes in their programs.

Coloring Pages

DLTK Nursery Rhymes with Activities Nursery Rhyme and Phonics Activity

Enchanted Learning

Enchanted Learning Rhyming Worksheets

First Schools Nursery Rhymes

Gayle's Preschool Rainbow

Mother Goose Collection

Nicky's Nursery Rhymes


Rhyme a Week

Step by Step

TLS Books

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Fairy Tales and Traditional Tale Resources

Fairy Tales and Traditional Tales are a part of many school and homeschool curriculums. Finding supporting materials can make these units more engaging for students and provide alternate learning strategies for learners.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables UMASS Art Project Stories and Art Work

Great Books Online

World of Tales

African Folk Tales

African Folk Tales

Kids Zone

San Diego County Office of Education

Studying Africa through the Humanities

World of Tales

Zulu Folk Tales

Anderson Fairy Tales

Anderson Fairy Tales

Anderson Page

Celtic Tales

Celtic Fairy Tales Apples4theTeacher

Chinese Tales

Chinese Traditional Tales Apples4theTeacher

Fractured Fairytales

Library List of Titles

Scholastic Article on Using the The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Grimm's Tales

Grimm Fairy Tales

Family Management

National Geographic

Translations of German Grimm Tales

World of Tales

Multiple Offerings

British Council Stories and Activities

Busy Teacher


Coloring Pages

DLTK Fairytales, Aesop Fables Stories, Coloring Sheets, Crafts

Enchanted Learning Books to Print

Family Fun Mad Libs Fairy Tale

IvyJoy Fables and Fairy Tales

Whootie's Stories to Grow By Stories From Around the World

World of Tales Divided by Continent

Native American

American Folklore

Native American Legends

Native American Lore

World of Tales

Scottish Tales

Scottish Tales

Teaching Ideas

Fairy Tale PowerPoints

Fairy Tale Multi-Grade Unit

Fairytale Unit

Folk or Fairytale Slide Show



Web Quest

Writing a Fairytale

Writing Slide Show

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Educational Resources

Thanksgiving is an exciting time to educate children. It is an interesting historical period and a wonderful holiday that families are excited about. There are lots of wonderful resource available to use for teaching Thanksgiving. Read more... and more...

Thanksgiving Coloring Sheets

Activity Village Coloring Pages

Apples for the Teacher

Cornucopia Coloring and Handwriting

Crayola's Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

DLK's Thanksgiving Color Pages

Plymouth Plantation coloring sheets

Printables for Kids Thanksgiving Color Pages

Thanksgiving Crafts

Apples for the Teacher Crafts

Enchanted Learning craft

KinderArt Thanksgiving Crafts

Pilgrim Clothespin Doll

DLK Pilgrim Native American and Other Thanksgiving Crafts

Idea Box Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Bookmarks

Billy Bear4Kids Bookmarks

Holiday Zone

Kid's Turn Central Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Day Crafts

Thanksgiving Paper Dolls

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Crafts

File Folder Games

Pie Matching Game

File Folder Thanksgiving Game

Thanksgiving Addition 1 Thanksgiving Addition 2

Thanksgiving Games, Puzzles, and Worksheets

Apples for the Teacher puzzles

Alphabet Soup Thanksgiving Puzzles

BlackDog's Thanksgiving Games and Puzzles

Crypto Thanksgiving Puzzle

Kid's Turn Central Thanksgiving Puzzles

Make Your Own Puzzles

Make Your Own Word Search

Thanksgiving Crossword

Thanksgiving Crossword with Picture Aids

Thanksgiving Games Family Fun

Thanksgiving Games Kaboose

Thanksgiving Mazes

Thanksgiving Mazes Kaboose

Thanksgiving Quiz and Word Search

Thanksgiving Jigsaws Activity Village

Thanksgiving Word Jumble

Thanksgiving Word Search Printables for Kids

Thanksgiving Word Search TLS

Thanksgiving Word Scramble Printables for Kids

Pilgrim Tic-Tac-Toe Billy Bear4Kids

Turkey Tic-Tac-Toe Printables4kids

Thanksgiving Language Arts Resources

Acrostic Poem Printable

Alphabet Matching Turkey Game abcteach

Alphabetizing Thanksgiving Words 10 Words TLS

Alphabetizing Thanksgiving Words 20 Words TLS

Big and Small Thanksgiving Coloring Activity TLS

Pilgrim Hat Alphabet from Activity Village

Early Readers from Enchanted Learning Cost to Join

Family Fun Mad Libs

Thanksgiving Activity Booklet to Print Free TLS

Five Senses Thanksgiving Writing Activity abc teach

I Am Thankful Multi-Level Stationary

Pilgrim Fact Recording Sheet abc teach

Poetry for Thanksgiving

Sorting Thanksgiving Nouns abc teach

Starfall Interactive Turkey Story Phonics

Thanksgiving Pattern Activity TLS

Thankful List Stationary

Thanksgiving Riddles Kaboose

Thanksgiving Songs DLTK

Thanksgiving Vocabulary and Spelling Activity abc teach

Thanksgiving Writing Paper Activity Village

Thanksgiving Math Resources

Addition with Pictures Basic

Addition with Pictures 2 Basic

Counting to Five

Early Math Readers from Enchanted Learning Cost to Join

Math Patterns

Subtraction with Pictures Basic TLS

Tinsnips Picture Addition

Thanksgiving word problems abc teach

Pilgrim and Native American Sites and Activities

First Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension Activity with Questions abc teach

Research the Mayflower abc teach

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Investigating the First Thanksgiving

The Mayflower

Mayflower History Caleb Johnson

Mayflower Quiz Enchanted Learning

Scholastic First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Quiz

Wampanoag and Pilgrim Children's Games

Web Quest

Who are the Wampanoag?

Picture Credit Smart Destinations

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Veterans Day Activities for Children

Veterans Day is squeezed in between Halloween and Thanksgiving. The date is the original Remembrance Celebration of the Armistice of World War I. With the pressure to meet standards, it can be challenging to include this important holiday in the curriculum. However, it is priority for students to become aware of the history and purpose of the day. I have gathered some resources for that purpose. Read more...


Allfreecrafts Crochet Poppy Pattern

American Greetings


Artists Helping Children

Classbrain Puzzles

DLTK Coloring Sheets, Puzzles, Printable Books, Crafts

Enchanted Learning Crafts, Puzzles, Poetry, Puzzles, Language Arts, Coloring, Printable Books

gpschools Printable Puzzle Book History of Veterans Day

Holiday Zone Language Arts, Crafts, History, Puzzles, Coloring, Music

Kinderart Poppy Craft

Lest we Forget Printable Puzzle Book

Locate a VA Facility to Send Cards

Printables4kids Word Scramble

Resources for Finding Guest Speakers

Sheryl Franklin

Teacher's Corner Printable Stationary Puzzles


Teachnology Reading Comprehension, Vocab, Puzzles

VA Kids, K-5th Games and Activities

Veterans Day Teacher Resource Guide

Veterans Day Quiz Family Education

Vicki Blackwell

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Paper Airplane Science Resources

Paper airplanes are often thought of as a classroom annoyance, not an educational activity. In fact, paper airplanes are a great science activity. Children of all ages have the ability to create airplanes and even young learners can learn basic scientific principles, vocabulary, and recording practices when allowed to experiment with them.

Airplane Designs:

Best Paper Airplane

Fun Paper Airplanes

Learn to Make 10 Paper Airplanes

Nick Jr.

Online Paper Airplane Museum

Paper Aircraft Association

Paper Airplane Designs


Aereodynamics of Paper Airplanes

Experiment Resources

Ken Blackburn's Paper Airplanes


Preschool Rock

Teach Engineering


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tall Tale Resources

Updated May 2018

Tall Tales are a required literature element in many school curricula. Many homeschool parents choose to include them in their programs as well. Finding resources to broaden what is found in basic curriculum programs can be a challenge. Libraries offer the stories, but teachers and parents often want additional resources to use with their children.

Free Tales:
American Folklore
Paul Bunyan Trail

American Tall Tales
American Tall Tales (Puffin Books)
Casey Jones (JR. Graphic American Legends)
John Henry
John Henry: An American Legend
John Henry, Hammerin' Hero: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin)
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed: My Story (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)
Mike Fink
Mike Fink (On My Own Folklore)
Paul Bunyan (Reading rainbow book)
Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill, Colossal Cowboy: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin)
Readers' Theater: Tall Tales
Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin)
The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin)
Who Was Johnny Appleseed?

Annie Oakley
Casey At The Bat
Disney's American Legends
Johnny Appleseed
John Henry, Told by Denzel Washington with Music by B.B. King
Paul Bunyan, Told by Jonathan Winters with Music by Leo Kottke with Duck Baker
Tall Tales and Legends - John Henry
Tall Tales and Legends - Pecos Bill

Teaching Resources:

American Folklore Lessons and Full Units

Education World Lesson Plan Using Graphic Oranizers to Identify Characteristics of Genre

First Schools Paul Bunyon Preschool Lesson Plan with Coloring Sheets and Crafts

Library Thinkquest Short versions with Quizes

Stories and Description of Tall Tales Write Your Own

Tall Tale Coloring Sheets

Tall Tale American Map

Web Resources

Picture Credit: Jason McHuff

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gimp Plastic Lacing Projects for Kids

Many of us remember Gimp or Plastic lacing projects from summer camp and craft projects done as children. Gimp is a great fine motor project for children. It also has a practical applications that can later be applied to teaching knots. I suprised more than a few people during my camping experiences with my ability to learn knot tying. I didn't have the heart to tell them it came from years of working with summer camp students tying and fixing gimp projects.


Barrel Stitch

Basic Stitches with Pictures and Explanations

Box Stitch

Box Stitch with Great Pictures

Butterfly Stitch Directions with Pictures

Diamond/Spiral Stitch

Finishing Stitches

Pictures of the Stitches

Scoubidou Stiches and Projects

Starter Stitches

Starting the Project on a Keychain


Boondoggle Projects

Gimp Barrette

Making Friends

Making Friends Lanyard First Aid Kits

Making Friends Key Ring

Spiral Keychain

Picture Credits: jc.westbrook

Sunday, September 27, 2009