Showing posts with label free printables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free printables. Show all posts

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Lighthouses and Minibooks

The Library of Congress has a great collection of activities suggestions and resources for parents who are looking for educational activities they can do at home with their kids. The collection is called Resources for Family Engagement. Within this collection you will find activity kits that offer directions and ideas for making mini books at home, designing and coloring lighthouses, and creating comics.

Resources for Family Engagement also offers a handful of printables called Color Our Collections. These are free coloring pages based on historic pictures and drawings. You can print these pages as black and white outlines then color them to your heart's content.

Applications for Education
The materials within Resources for Family Engagement are intended for elementary school age students. The LOC's Resources for Family Engagement is the type of resource that I like to add to classroom websites for parents who are looking for ideas for fun learning activities they can do at home with their kids. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dozens of Outline Maps You Can Print for Free

Even with tools like Google Earth and Google Map there is still a need for students to learn some basics of where things are in the world lest they think that Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon are near each other. To that end, a classic geography activity has kids labeling blank outline maps. You could make these maps yourself by using the Google Slides method that Tony Vincent demonstrated last week or you could just visit to find what you need.

On Printable World Map you'll find dozens of maps that you can download as PDFs for free. Included in that collection are blank world maps, continent maps, region maps, and country maps. There are also some county maps for the United States.

To download PDFs from Printable World Map you will have to click through two screens to get the map that you want. On those screens you'll see advertising for purchasing all of the maps in one bundle rather than downloading them individually.

By the way, I chose the example of Portland, Maine versus Portland, Oregon because a friend who is a commercial pilot says that you'd be surprised how many people turn up in Portland, Maine thinking they were going to Portland, Oregon.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Poetry Comics from Make Beliefs Comix

April is National Poetry Month. Last week, I shared a couple of Read Write Think resources for helping students create theme poems and shape poems. Those are good resources if your classroom is 1:1. If not, you might want to take a look at the printable templates from Make Beliefs Comix.

Make Beliefs Comix offers more than 700 writing prompt pages. All of the pages are designed to be printed and given to students to write on. Within that collection you will find a small collection of poetry pages. All the the printable poetry prompt pages include artwork designed to spark a student's imagination. Some of the artwork is in color and some is in black and white. A bonus of the black and white artwork is that you're essentially getting a coloring page and a poetry prompt in one package.

Applications for Education
The Make Beliefs Comix printables section is a resource that elementary school teachers should keep bookmarked. Whether you need some new writing prompts to use with your whole class or you want to let kids pick a favorite, the Make Beliefs Comix printables section has something for every elementary school classroom.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Quick and Easy Way to Create Printable Mazes

Maze Generator is a free site that does exactly what it says on the tin, it generates mazes. To make a printable maze on Maze Generator just select the shape, size, and style you want your maze to have. The shape options are rectangle, triangle, circle, and hexagon. You can also choose the level of difficulty and starting point for your mazes. After you have made all of your size and style selections just hit the "generate" button to get a printable PDF.

Applications for Education
From time-to-time we all need a low-tech to no-tech activity for our students. You might need a no-tech activity for students to do after finishing a test. Completing a maze on paper is a decidedly no-tech activity for students. But making the maze on your computer for to replicate, modify, and print is low-tech activity. If you find yourself wanting to make a maze, take a look at Maze Generator.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Educational Games, Printable Resources, and More

Disclosure: is advertising on this month.

Greg Nussbaum is an elementary school teacher in Virginia who has developed a large website full of games, online tools like map generators, and printable materials for elementary school students and teachers. Take a look at and you'll see resources organized by subject and grade level. Students can play the games without registering on the site. The site has a section dedicated to iPad-friendly and Android tablet-friendly games.

MrNussbaum XTEND is a companion service to MrNussbaum XTEND is free for teachers to register for. Upon registration, you can register three classes and 120 students FREE as well. You can manage your students' accounts including passwords. When you register you get immediate and permanent access to seven of the programs which serve as plug-ins. One example of a plug-in Spelling Central where you can enter spelling lists to generate and distribute interactive activities to your students.

Another plug-in found in MrNussbaum extend is called Graphmaster. In Graphmaster your and or students can create polls to be answered by classmates. Poll results can be analyzed by MrNussbaum and turned into instant online, recordable assessments with the click of a button. For reading practice take a loot at the plug-in called Cloze Reading, allows you to deploy 50 pre-made, grade-leveled online reading exercises to students. You can also use Cloze Reading make your own activities. Beyond the seven free plug-ins additional programs are available as subscriptions.

Because you manage your students' accounts in MrNussbaum XTEND you can also keep track of how they are doing with the activities that you distribute to them through your account.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Free Printable Calendars

I keep all of my important appointments in a Google Calendar. I also write some of them on paper too just to have a visual reminder when I sit at my desk. If you use a similar system, you might be interested in these free printable calendars. From the website you can print calendars for any month of the year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and beyond. Just select the month and year then click print.

Applications for Education
If you need some paper calendars to distribute to students or if you just want a calendar for your desk, these calendars are for you. In an effort to recycle, I printed one for December on the back of some scrap paper.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Free Printable Flashcards and a Free Flashcard Creator is a new advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers. hosts free printable flashcards for reviewing math, science, geography, and language arts facts. The site also has free printable sets of flashcards for use in early childhood settings and flashcards for music lessons. More importantly, has an easy to use template for creating your own printable flash cards. When you have completed the template a printable PDF is generated for you.

Here's how the creator of describes the site:
I know there are a lot of other flash card sites - many have thousands and thousands of card sets. But most of them aren't useful to you or anyone other than the person who created them. (e.g. Mr. SeƱor's Spanish test, chapter 3) We only publish card sets that are of general use to everyone. But anyone can make themselves a set of flash cards, no matter now specific their need, using the awesome flash card maker. It's handy if the ready made card sets don't have exactly what you want.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

243 Free Printables from Teachers Printables

This week Free Technology for Teachers welcomes a new advertiser, Teachers Printables.

As much as we might want to do everything electronically some things are easier to do and or are more effective when printed. For example, an attendance chart or behavior chart for little ones can be more effective when it is posted in a place that students can quickly see it and update it. Ideas from brainstorming activities in a classroom that lacks one-to-one devices should be recorded on paper by students. Seating charts for a substitute teacher usually need to be printed too. Rather than create forms from scratch, visit to find and download more than 200 helpful forms. offers 243 free printable forms organized into 23 categories. Some of the categories that I think will be visited by a lot of teachers are lesson plans, passes, sight words, sign language charts, and substitute teacher report forms. The four most frequently printed forms right now are the lesson plan template, field trip permission slips, blank rubrics, and teacher-parent communication logs. 

The next time you need a new form to use in your classroom, take a look at what has before you spend time trying to create a new form from scratch.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Coloring 4 All - Drawing Pad, Puzzles, Printables

I don't often share resources for online coloring games and or printables, but it's the summer (in the northern hemisphere) and I realize that some of you might find yourselves in need of some of these resources from time to time. If you find yourself with the need for either online or printable coloring pages and puzzles, Coloring 4 All might have what you need.

Coloring 4 All offers free printable coloring pages, online puzzles, and an online drawing board. The online drawing board can be used as a blank slate or children can select a picture to color. If puzzles are what you're after, Coloring 4 All offers customizable online jigsaw puzzles. To use the puzzles just select a picture then select the number of pieces you want the picture divided into. For the webmasters out there, Coloring 4 All makes many of their coloring pages and puzzles available for free re-use.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mr. Printables - Flashcards and More for K-2

Mr. Printables is a nice little resource for locating printable flashcards, games, puzzles, coloring pages, calendars, and more. The flashcards are designed for use with young students learning things like the alphabet, basic vocabulary, shapes, and basic mathematics. The flashcards include pictures intended to help students recall the content on the flashcards. All of the materials are available as PDFs that you can download and reuse for non-commercial purposes.

Applications for Education
Pre-K and early elementary school teachers should find Mr. Printables to be a handy little resource. Even if you don't use the resources in your classroom, you might want to consider referring parents to the site to find materials to use at home with their children.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

38 Free Printable Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers have been a staple of teachers' tool kits for at least as long as I've been a student or teacher. I remember using them for all kinds of assignments beginning as early as elementary school and continuing all the way through high school. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Education Place offers thirty-eight free printable graphic organizers for your classroom use. Included in the roster of graphic organizers are templates for word webs, KWL charts, flow charts, story maps, and idea wheels.

Applications for Education 
While I'd prefer to see students using online graphic organizer tools like WiseMapping to chart, outline, and edit their ideas, I also realize that not every classroom is equipped to do that. In those cases printable graphic organizers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Education Place can be useful for recording ideas and information in an organized manner.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Teachers Pet - Free Printable Teaching Resources

Teachers Pet is a provider of free printable resources for teachers of three to eleven year old students. On Teachers Pet you will find materials to use in teaching science, mathematics, literacy, and social studies. You will also find printable items such as award certificates and signs for your classroom. Teachers Pet even has stickers that you can print (if you have sticker paper). One the popular items on Teachers Pet is a fractions bingo game. Below is an image of one of the six pages in the fractions bingo game.

There are a lot of websites that offer similar free services, but what I like about Teachers Pet is that it is well designed and free of intrusive advertising. It does have advertising (which I certainly don't begrudge them for), but unlike similar sites in their niche Teachers Pet doesn't put those ads on the worksheets nor do they require you to join a mailing list to access materials.

Applications for Education
One thing for teachers in the US to note before using Teachers Pet is that it is a site based in the UK. This means that some of the resources for literacy may have phrasings or spellings that are different from those with which your students are familiar.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poster Street - Free Posters for Your Classroom

Poster Street comes to us from the same people behind Certificate Street. Poster Street is a collection of free posters for classroom and office display. The collection is organized into seven categories. The categories of most interest to educators are Teachers, Kids, and Teens. All of the posters can be downloaded for free from Poster Street.

Try Easy Poster Printer to print the posters from Poster Street in large sizes.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to decorate or redecorate your classroom, Poster Street's posters just might be what you need.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Freeology - Free Printables for Teachers
Print Your Own Wall Size Poster
Free Posters and Slideshows from NASA