A Bushel of Free Common Core Resources—Plus a Fall Prize Pack to WIN!

As you plan out your fall, you’re probably finding that with Common Core, last year’s lesson plans don’t always work. The curriculum is different now, and it takes time to sort it all out. What’s a busy teacher to do?

One option is to load up on Common Core freebies. This week’s blog post includes an assortment of these plus some other great offers to check out. Submit a comment to our blog by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 30, 2013, and let us know which of these freebies look good to you. One lucky teacher will win a prize pack of assorted fall books and other resources. Submit your comment right away! (Update: congratulations to Kyle, who is our winner.)

Download dozens of free activities and worksheets that feature kids’ favorite animals—and that are correlated to the Common Core! To get access, sign up for the Animal Ambassadors program from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The program is free, and you’ll receive an email each time new materials are available. (Hint: Sign up now; new materials will be posting next week!) It’s all at www.themailbox.com/ifaw.

Continental Press has a new Common Core series that provides project-based reading and writing practice. Sprout and Read sets include a printed Seedling reader and a CD with a printable Sprouts booklet, a word card, a picture card, a teacher’s guide, and an activity page. Get a walk-through at continentalpress.com/sproutpreview.

Does handwriting play a role in the Common Core? Yes! Find out how handwriting supports Common Core skills with a free online seminar from Handwriting Without Tears. Click here to get all the details and to sign up now. The seminar is available on demand, so you listen at a time that’s convenient for you!


Common Core Progress is a new English language arts or math supplemental program for grades K–8. It’s designed to provide lots of Common Core practice and to prepare students for upcoming assessments. Preview the content and download a sampler at Sadlier.com/previewCCP.

SeaWorld is launching a new website for teachers. Check out the free resources and be sure to view the latest episodes from ShamuTV. Current segments feature sea turtles and cheetahs, and more new episodes are coming soon. Plus you’ll find activities to download info on the Environmental Excellence Awards. Dive in at SeaWorld.com/teachers.

With Common Core on your mind, the last thing you need to worry about is gathering supplies for your classroom. Let the Classrooms by Walmart Teacher Registry do the work for you. Set up an online registry and then email parents anytime you update it. Parents can check the registry at home, at work, or while they’re out shopping. Easy! Plus your school has the opportunity to earn up to 4 percent cash back on purchases. Get the details at classrooms.walmart.com.

Don’t forget, let us know about your favorite freebies for the week to be entered for a bushel of prizes!


71 thoughts on “A Bushel of Free Common Core Resources—Plus a Fall Prize Pack to WIN!

  1. All the freebies sound great, especially the Animal Ambassadors program from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

  2. Love the Animal Ambassadors program and the fact that they will continue to send emails alerting us to new materials. Thinking this will work well with my preschool class 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Oh, wow! I am looking forward to SeaWorld as well as the Animal Ambassadors. All the children in my class are fascinated beyond measure with animals. Exciting!

  4. I love the Animal Ambassadors program! I think that it will work well with my preschool class if I choose to stay there and not go to Kindergarten!

  5. I’m definitely going to sign up for the Animal Ambassadors program! My pre-k kiddos are obsessed with learning about animals, and I’m always a fan of free resources. 🙂

  6. I really need some passages to teach plot, problem solution, ising and falling action
    I need something that is a higher level of skill being taught at a lower level
    Cannot wait to see what is included

  7. Wow! I didn’t know so many resources were free! I really liked Shamu TV and I am very interested in the Sadlier Common Core resources.

  8. Continental Press prize would be great. I would love to have another resource that would help get books into my first graders hand. Not only a book, but ones that will help with Common Core practice.

  9. I could really use the Common Core Progress new English language arts or math supplemental program for grades K–8. I am a Special Ed teacher and these resources would help differentiate for all the different levels I work with.

  10. As a Special education teacher, I would love to have any resources aligned to Common Core that would help me differentiate my lessons and use for supplemental work. I teach many different levels.

  11. I love the resources from the IFAW – some of the stories they share are incredible. Hopefully it will make a difference on our future generation.

  12. I would love anything that has to do with Reading. I am always looking for new sites and resources. Especially things that incorporate Technology.

  13. The Continental Press prize that includes a reader, a booklet, and more is the prize I’d be most interested in receiving. Nt students need books at their reading level to practice with and read.

  14. One of the service projects at our school is to collect supplies for a local dog rescue, so the IFAW information would be a perfect correlation.

  15. I think all the resources have merit: the Animal Ambassadors and Sea World provide literacy and science(there is the non fiction piece the Common Core is asking for); Continental Press and Common Core Progress/Sadlier has literacy resources; and handwriting is still an important piece in education( otherwise know as low tech writing). All of these resources would be a wonderful addition to the classroom.

  16. As a special ed. teacher and tutor of all elementary grades, I would find the Common Core Progress new English Language Arts and Math program extremely helpful for the students I work with. In addition, the Continental Press new Sprout and Read sets seem terrific for the young students I work with who need a good deal of reinforcement and review to support their reading/learning needs.

  17. I would LOVE to have the Animal Ambassadors! As a media specialist in a K-5 school, high-interest non-fiction information is a MUST-have for my 2nd graders during their 3rd quarter Animal Studies unit.

    Thanks so much!
    Leah McIlvain

  18. Wow! The Animal Ambassadors program sounds like a FANTASTIC way to add to our daily work. I will be checking it out for sure! Thanks!

  19. I teaching reading and writing in a Montessori school I would love to have anything that would help enhance my lessons from 3-6 year olds.

  20. I signed up for the Animal Ambassadors program from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. My students love animals and need practice with non-fiction. This is a win win!

  21. I could really use the common core progress in Math for I teach special day class for eighth grade and need to prepare them for Algebra.

  22. They all look wonderful! I like the Common Core Progress packs best. These would be useful resources when implementing the rigor of Common Core in the classroom.

  23. I am teaching 6th grade – I have been in 2nd for 26 years. I would love to have materials to help with Common Core and/or anything to help me make 6th grade a successful year. I teach all subjects except Science (which was one of my favorite subjects). I just want to thank Mailbox for their wonderful magazine (books). A year supply to that would even make me happy. 🙂

  24. I would love to have ANY of these free resources-I am returning to teaching after a 2 year lay-off and am in a totally different spot than I have ever been in and have nothing!

    That being said, as a Special Education teacher at the 5th grade level, the Common Core Progress in ELA or Math would be a great resource for me to have to help my students get a better understanding of the Core Curriculum!

    Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

  25. Would love anything for my Gr. 1-2 classroom in rural Vermont! Money is very tight and we would appreciate anything to help us with the shift to CCSS!!

  26. You are right! Common Core is always on our minds and it is tough to get materials together on such low budgets and in a short time. I would greatly appreciate any of these great resources.

  27. I would love the Common Core Progress. I teach K-5 learning support reading and math instruction. I could really benefit from this program because it would help me address the deficits my students have at all levels.

  28. LOVE the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum…I have some of it, but having more on hand to help my little ones always helps! And, finding out how it correlates to the Common Core is better yet!

  29. All of the above would really help any teacher out. I am a new teacher so any resources I can find really make a huge difference. I believe the Continental Press and the handwriting without tears are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  30. Anything that could make lesson planning easier, or help me aligned my IEP goals to the students standards would be extremely helpful!! I have students grades 5-8; however some of their abilities are k-3, making it extremely difficult at times to align goals with standards!!

  31. I am also a Special Education teacher and I find I am spending a lot of time looking for common core materials to supplement my math lesson for my small group 5th grade pull-out class. It would be great to have access to the Common Core Progress for math.

  32. Wow, I teach the Special Needs students. I would love to have the HWT materials and chance to work the common core materials on reading and math.

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