The Complete 2013-2014 Archive
The complete collection of articles, lesson ideas, print-ready resources, and more.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Back to School 2014
Pam Allyn shares her top tips for inspiring a love of literacy in your students.
Veteran math coach Bob Krech shares his winning plays. Plus, CCSS-aligned math activities for every grade band.
It takes two! Use our fail-safe strategies to set up your co-teaching relationship for a successful year.
Tips for helping your teacher–parent partnerships make the grade.
6 exercises to build motor skills and improve handwriting.
Rethink traditional book reports with these unique activities.
Make persuasive, descriptive, expository, and narrative writing come alive through art-meets-literacy projects.
Help your students become socially-savvy through lessons on attitude, boundaries, and more .
Start the school year with a bang, with this easy and fun question game.
Get to know new students with this tech-savvy twist on the “all about me” book.
Decorate your walls with the inspiring words of some of history’s most thoughtful artists, scientists, writers, philosophers, and spiritual leaders. We’ve provided 40 quotes—one for each week of the school year. Don’t be surprised if you hear students reciting these quotes to one another, and to you!
A National Teacher of the Year finalist on her whole-child approach to learning.
Columnists Harry and Rosemary Wong on developing a classroom management plan and sharing it with students on the first day of school.
Teachers share their creative advice for decorating a classroom on a budget.
Free stuff for teachers to celebrate the back-to-school season.
20 books to keep your students reading until the next school bell rings.
The 2013 Scholastic Summer Challenge winners share their secrets for success.
25 tips to help you get organized now and relax over the summer!
Summer reading recommendations for, and from, teachers.
Key findings from the Scholastic and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation survey.
Say farewell to your students with these crafty creations.
Round out the year with educational activities that have a summery twist.
Five activities to prepare your information investigators for nonfiction summer reading success.
Make the last month of school unforgettable with these standards-based games.
Send kids home for summer break with a sweet DIY-suitcase filled with the wonderful work they completed this year.
Create a pocket-size story-starter with a few rocks, a little paint, and a lot of imagination!
Hand out magnetic bookmarks and matching book-report bookplates as an end-of-year gift.
John Schumacher is redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian.
Ask Dr. Fernandez
Suzanne Tingley on making the most of a new resource-room position.
Suzanne Tingley on graduate degree programs for teachers.
Teachers share the clever and creative ways they motivate kids to read over the summer.
The ultimate back-to-school shopping list for teachers.
What the Next Generation Science Standards mean for your classroom.
The editors of SuperScience and Science World magazines share their favorite student-centered science experiments.
The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik on getting even the most disinterested kids hooked on STEM.
How to use lesson-sharing sites to amp up your teaching—and save time.
Improve students' phonics, fluency, and vocabulary skills with these engaging poetry activities.
Teach kids the power of language—and meet Core standards—with these activities for National Poetry Month and beyond.
5 easy ways to check in with students before and after lessons
Take a page from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and create multimedia collages of your favorite foods.
Watch paper plates morph into beautiful butterflies and cute caterpillars with these imaginative crafts inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Welcome spring (and Earth Day!) with curriculum-ready books on animals and their environments
Hand out envelopes full of colorful words and let students' imaginations go wild!
The award-winning STEM teacher builds the foundation for his students' success.
Rafe Esquith on how not passing the buck can reignite your fire for teaching.
Creative ways to keep kids engaged when they finish work early.
Get hands-on in science class with inventive games and tech tools.
The latest kid-friendly tablets—and how you can make the most of them.
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, its beloved creator looks back.
Book Whisperer Donalyn Miller's strategies to build a lifelong love of reading in your students.
Conquer the convention center with our handy insider tips.
Close reading is a natural fit for the Common Core, and easy to implement.
Hands-on “craftivities” to extend learning across your curriculum.
Teach students about the wonders of winter weather with these awe-inspiring experiments.
Take a cue from Dr. Seuss, get on a Magic School Bus, and Skype for Read Across America Day on March 3.
Make multiplication stick with these activities that reinforce automatic fact retrieval.
Go beyond raising a hand with teacher-tested strategies for getting students involved in class discussions and collaboration.
Save packing peanuts for kids to create mini igloos and eskimos that look just like them!
Printable coupons offer enticing rewards to motivate kids.
National History Teacher of the Year Jill Szymanski on how she makes the past relevant to today’s students.
Rafe Esquith on teaching students the rewards of hard work.
Expert advice on asking your principal for a job recommendation.
Suzanne Tingley on working with an unsupportive grade-level team.
Get creative in your classroom with colorful products for all ages.
Boys are struggling in classrooms across the nation. Here are five key ways you can make a difference and help boys succeed.
We cut through the rumors to give you the facts about the Core.
You are only a few clicks away from effective PD in your PJs!
Try these multisensory strategies to prepare students for learning.
Engage students in hands-on learning with these six easy-to-make projects.
Help students build vocabulary and deepen comprehension with engaging word activities.
Integrate technology across the curriculum—while meeting Common Core.
Don’t throw out those old puzzles with pieces missing! Use the pieces to create unique snowflakes.
Dip an inflated balloon into a bowl of tempera paint to create vibrant, colorful "snowmen."
Second-grade teacher Melissa Collins on turning your classroom into a learning lab and making science come to life.
Rafe Esquith on teaching kids the value of kindness and doing good deeds for their own sake.
Suzanne Tingley on convincing your principal to let you teach your own way.
Suzanne Tingley on working with special education teachers to implement individual education programs.
Free stuff for teachers to celebrate the holidays.
There are things you can do to help stop and prevent bullying. Here's where to start.
A little troubleshooting makes out-of-classroom excursions a breeze.
The year is in full swing. You’ve established basic routines, learned your students’ names, and started putting some of your best new ideas into action.
While everything is still fresh, it’s important to step back for a moment and tweak what needs tweaking before you get too far into the year. Are your routines working? What about your system for handling paperwork and projects? Your mode of communicating with parents? Refining patterns and systems now will mean less stress and fewer headaches later.
Make reading class feel like recess with hands-on activities for early learners.
Use much-loved children’s books for real-world math activities with a cross-curricular twist.
Four simple go-to activities to keep students calm, focused, and motivated in your classroom.
Underline the importance of taking great notes with thoughtful activities for reading class.
Bring out the coffee filters and markers to create a twist on autumn leaf projects.
1 handy template + a handful of multi-colored beans = a fun and easy pumpkin project kids will love!
Whether they’re dangling from the ceiling, waving from pencils, or taking a bite out of trick-or-treat bags, kids will love these cartoonishly creepy creatures.
Author and songwriter Sandra Boynton shares this original craft project designed for her newest project, Frog Trouble.
Third-grade teacher and Scholastic Teachers blogger Genia Connell finds learning opportunities in disasters.
Rafe Esquith, long-time teacher and author of Real Talk for Real Teachers, on how long-term projects teach resilience.
Ask Dr. Fernandez
Suzanne Tingley on returning to the classroom post master's degree and effective instructional coaches.
Clever ways to get parents involved at your school.
20 new titles to satisfy every interest and keep students reading all summer long from Scholastic Instructor.
Key strategies to prevent the summer slide and help kids discover the power of a good book from Instructor Magazine.
Surprising new findings from Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report.
Expert advice for a stress-free classroom cleanup from Instructor Magazine
Activities to get kids ready for (safe) summer fun from Instructor Magazine.
Reflect on lessons learned and friendships made with activities that wrap up the year from Instructor Magazine.
Common Core-ready lesson plans to develop public speaking skills from Instructor Magazine.
Celebrate the school year and keep students engaged with hands-on group projects from Instructor Magazine.
Make DIY mini-gardens to celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing from Instructor Magazine.
Create a classroom quilt to celebrate favorite school-year memories and lessons learned. From Instructor Magazine.
Say a fond farewell to each student with sweet cards for summer from Instructor Magazine.
Mark the spot in summer reading choices with fun summer vocab words from Instructor Magazine.
Perea Blackmon talks to Instructor Magazine about keeping kids excited, giving parents grades, and some very unusual class pets.
Ask Dr. Fernandez from Instructor Magazine.
Suzanne Tingley on taking on leadership positions and running for the local school board from Instructor Magazine.
Thoughtful ways to celebrate the year from fellow teachers.
Contests, Grants, and Giveaways for Teachers from Instructor Magazine.