Free Common Core Activities—Plus WIN a Book Series About Animals

Have you ever heard of the golden toad? What about the Japanese river otter? These creatures are now extinct, and countless other creatures—such as Asian elephants, Ganges dolphins, purple frogs, and speartooth sharks—are endangered. A new book series from Lerner Publications Lightning Bolt Books, “Endangered and Extinct,” tells the tales of these creatures and shows students how everyday actions affect the animals. Scroll down to comment on this week’s blog post. One lucky teacher will win a set of five books from this series! In your comment, tell us which of this weeks’ freebies and favorite offers look good to you. Submit your comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, April 7, 2014, to be entered in our random drawing.  (Update: congratulations to Connie, who is our winner!)


The International Fund for Animal Welfare offers a series of free, Common Core–aligned resources for teaching students about the world’s animals. Teach about animals students know and love with selections on cats and dogs and backyard wildlife or go exotic with resources about elephants, big cats, whales and dolphins, and more. Plus, if you sign up now, you’ll be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card! Get all of the info at


Here’s another option for opening students’ eyes to the world around them. Smile Train offers free lesson plans focused on countries around the world, including Mexico, India, China, Ethiopia, and the Philippines. Plus you can learn about the work Smile Train does to train local doctors around the world to perform free cleft surgery for poor children. Students for Smile Train provides all the materials you need to do a service learning project, start a club, or plan a fundraiser. Learn more at


Early childhood teachers, your students know about ABCmouse. Why not use it in your classroom for free? offers over 5,000 activities covering reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. You’ll find books, puzzles, games, songs, printables, and much more—all free for teachers. To access the free materials, register now at


Common Core freebies? Yes, please! Get a free sampler of Common Core–aligned materials from Mentoring Minds at The sampler includes a free peek at Motivation Math, Motivation Reading, and the Common Core Standards and Strategies Flip Chart. Don’t pass this up!


Don’t forget, scroll down to submit your comment to be entered in this week’s drawing!


23 thoughts on “Free Common Core Activities—Plus WIN a Book Series About Animals

  1. I love We use it on a regular basis for our students. It would be great to have the endangered animal book collection. Nonfiction books seem to really get the attention of our students, especially when it is about animals.

  2. Endangered and Extinct would be a great addition to my growing classroom library! 🙂 -Kelly (Baltimore, MD)

  3. Endangered and Extinct looks like it would be a great series to have for my classroom. My Pre-Kindergarten children love to learn about different animals. I love using the website with them too.

  4. Wow I would love to win the books my prek kiddos love animals.
    I adore ABC mouse too. I use it to thaks to the learning blog.

  5. I like the Endangered and Extinct series for learning while reading. ABC mouse is a great tool for learning also.

  6. We are beginning our Animal Study in 3rd grade this month! We go from Animal Classification, to a specific animal study, to hatching chicks in our class!

  7. I think my first grade ESOL students would love to hear about these remarkable endangered and extinct animals! They love animals! Great Reading and Science lessons.!

  8. My children would love the Endangered and Extinct series. Also the children are using ABCmouse in my classroom and some are using it at home as well. They love it. I have lined the activities up with our themes,letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc., for the week.

  9. I love using the IFAW materials in my classroom to teach about animals. i would love to have the teh new mammals book.

  10. Learning has access to great ideas and materials. So many times I know what I need, but not where to get it. Often I know I could find it in Learning. Also when I read my Learning I always get great ideas for things I want to buy. I really like Learning.

  11. Teaching about animals is one theme which I use a part of my theme based curriculuM These books would enhance my curriculum and an added resource. Plus they are linked to the common core standards.

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