While we parents are busy making sure we take care of everything on our back to school checklists, we often forget the special people in our kids’ lives who are also preparing to head back to school-teachers. Given the budgetary constraints in many school districts, teachers often resort to paying for classroom essentials out of their own wallets. To help ease the financial burden and make going back to school more fun, here is a list of the best teacher freebies.
18 of the Best Teacher Freebies
- Top Teachers’ Freebies – a Facebook page dedicated to providing teachers with free resources.
- Teaching Freebies – an awesome Pinterest page. In general, you can find a bounty of free printables on Pinterest.
- Scholastic – a highly regarded resource for teachers, parents, and students that offers (among other things) teacher freebies covering a variety of subjects including poetry, science and technology, and health and life skills.
- Teacher Created Resources – a plethora of resources including more than 400 printable lesson plans, weekly freebies, and teaching tips. Free printable lesson plans make great teacher freebies!
- The National Science Teachers Association – free access to a wide range of resources on a variety of topics including the Milky Way, a scientific look at the Battle of Gettysburg, the science behind earthquakes, and a closer look at global climate change.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – offers free lesson plans, teaching guides, publications, and other great online resources.
- Tell-a Teacher Referral Program – you can earn free school supplies by getting other teachers to post their back-to-school lists. For every teacher you tell who posts a list, you’ll get Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes plus the teacher you referred will snag a freebie as well. For every five teacher you tell who post their lists, you’ll get Westcott 8″ Titanium Bonded Non Stick Scissors.
- Local charitable organizations – check out charities in your area; for example, Crayons 2 Computers is a free store teachers can use to obtain classroom necessities.
- Free samples – never be afraid to ask for free samples! For instance, you can request free teacher’s tape and/or Everwhite dry erase surface.
- Ayn Rand books – if you’re planning to teach your class about Ayn Rand or her writing, you can score free books as well as a teacher’s guide and lesson plan.
- 6″ wood rulers – RentCalculators.org will send you a set of free wood rulers for your class.
- Puzzles – with the help of the Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker, you can create a word search to accompany your lesson plan or custom tracing paper. You can also use Softschools.com to make quizzes, word searches, matching games and worksheets.
- Free printables – turn to ABC Teach for useful teaching tools and a slew of printable worksheets covering a myriad of subjects.
- The History Channel Classroom – this site offers free access to great study guide materials.
- DIY crafts – DLTK’s Crafts for Kids is just one site of many that provides plenty of inspiration if you’re interested in having your kids create their own DIY project. Another great site is The Toy Maker which offers directions for fun, adorable littler masterpieces like paper finger puppets, paper butterflies, and a paper bug box.
- Curriculum materials – head over to Enchanted Learning or Discovery Education for free curriculum materials
- Math Gen – a great choice for free printable math worksheets.
- Book summaries – need book summaries for your classroom? Try out Book Rags or Pink Monkey.
If this list of teacher freebies still leaves you needing more supplies for school, you can always head over to the teacher store on Amazon to find most anything you need including new technology (Kindle, laptops, tablets, printers), books, office supplies, classroom decorations and more.
Have a great school year!