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Teaching Strategies to Get Students Reading

February 9, 2018

It can be a hard task to encourage students to read. Whether it's a new book, a reading assignment, or a research report. Yet it's an important skill that will become a key part of their daily lives. Some students pick up this skill with ease, yet there are others who struggle. It's important as educators to instill confidence in every reader.

Janelle Cox is an education writer who contributes her expertise to empowering educators with helpful strategies to incorporate into their classrooms. She gives teachers the tools to motivate students to learn and have successful academic careers. Here she has compiled 5 Teaching Strategies for Reading as a contributing writer for

1. Graphic Organizers as Teaching Strategies
In her article, Janelle stresses the benefits of using graphic organizers as a reading strategy. "Graphic organizers enable students to visually see the connections they are reading." This is a powerful tool that allows students of all learning styles to gain comprehension skills based on what they are reading.

Try out some of these FREE graphic organizers to help engage readers.

2. Incorporating Technology
Janelle notes there are many different pieces of technology that can help students with reading. Options like websites and tablets that incorporate games to enhance reading skills. Games are a great way to encourage students who don't like reading activities.

Try out this decision-making game for MAC and PC to practice students' reading skills.

3. Activating Prior Knowledge
The key to comprehension is connecting what you learn to what you already know. Janelle suggests asking students a few questions to help activate their prior knowledge. Some questions include: What do you know about the topic? How can you relate this to your own life? Get a list of some more questions at Janelle's article.

4. Using a Word Wall
A Word Wall is "an effective strategy that can help promote literacy for primary learners". Janelle points out that this timeless classroom display helps students by providing reference and support as they read.

Try this "Take a Guess" game to promote sight word comprehension.

5. Student Choice
The most effective reading strategy is to give your students a choice. Get them wanting to read by allowing them to pick what they read. They will become invested in their choice and eager to see it through. Janelle specifies that students become more engaged and motivated when reading something they have an interest in.

With these 5 strategies, students will develop the necessary reading skills required to become successful readers.





How to Change a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset

January 15, 2018

There are 2 types of students. One goes on to achieve success. This is a growth mindset. The other achieves less and less over time. This is a fixed mindset.

Below is a chart to explain these mindsets.

It's much better to have a growth mindset. This mindset allows students to grow and adapt. A fixed mindset keeps them in one place. But it's possible to change from a fixed to a growth mindset. Below are some questions to ask your students. These will help them develop a Growth Mindset.

1. Do you work as hard as you can?
2. Do you ask questions if you need help?
3. Do you check your homework for errors?
4. Do you spend enough time on your work?
5. What can you do to improve your work?

So how do you know what kind of mindset your students have? Have them take this QUIZ to find out.

Get more tips on the benefits of a Growth Mindset, like this Training Your Brain poster with our Learning Problem Solving ready-made resource, part of our 21st Century Skills series.

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How to Encourage Readers to Keep Reading
Reading Strategies Over the Holiday Break

December 7, 2017

December is Read a New Book Month. It's designed to encourage readers to keep on reading during this busy month. We challenge both teachers and students to take part in this month-long reading adventure.

Here's what to do:

✔ pick a book genre you've never read before
✔ pick an author you've never read before

The goal here is to move out of your comfort zone and experience something new. Venture into new territories. If you normally read science fiction, try a thriller. Or, try out a different author from your favorite book genre. Choosing a new book to read is just half the battle. Encouraging students to keep reading is the other. Here are our top 5 strategies to encourage readers:

1. Set up a book club so students can discuss the book they are reading with others.
2. Pair the reading with an audio book to stimulate their senses.
3. Get creative and have students act out their favorite scene from the book.
4. Read aloud to a group, each taking turns reading different parts.
5. Create a reading corner filled with pillows and comfy chairs and block out some time dedicated to reading.

Need more encouragement? Try out some of these FREE graphic organizers for reading comprehension:

Character Web
Story Map
Concept Map

Have a look at our selection of Novel Study Guides to accompany your reading this month.

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Geography Awareness

November 10, 2017

Geography Awareness Week—celebrated this year on November 12-18—was created by National Geographic to encourage young Americans to become more involved in the world around them. For over 25 years, GeoWeek encourages everyone to think about their world and how they affect and are affected by it.

Classroom Complete Press encourages all classrooms to get together and take part in GeoWeek. This can be with a group discussion, a school-wide event, or a hands-on lesson for the classroom. Try out the FREE activities below from our selection of geography-minded lesson plans.

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Bullying Prevention Month: The Fight Against Cyber Bullying

October 2, 2017

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, this campaign aims to raise awareness of an ever-present issue. Bullying is a problem that afflicts every community across the country. Since the emergence of social media, it has grown exponentially in the cyber world. As such, it is important to bring awareness to this issue and learn how to identify cyber bullying and how to fight against it.

Use this FREE Graphic Organizer from our Social Media Behaviors & Cyber Bullying chapter of our Daily Social & Workplace Skills Ready-Made Lesson Plan to compare traditional bullying with cyber bullying.







Brainstorm ways to fight against it by finding ideas on the web. Get inspiration by reading about some of your favorite characters' experiences with bullying. Check out these novel study guides that will encourage students to think about the fight against bullying:


And if you need a little more help, check out some of the great lesson plan ideas offered by PACER at their National Bullying Prevention Center website.

How would you stand up to bullying? Share your ideas on Twitter and Facebook @CCPInteractive with #stopbullying





A New Classroom

September 7, 2017

There's a new way to teach rising up in classrooms today. Out with the standard teacher-student dynamic where one tells the other how they are doing. Out with the typical learn and forget it method. Today's classroom leaves students more aware of their strengths and weaknesses. It gives them the capability of learning what they need to know, and how to use that knowledge to excel in the real world.

In this post by Kyle Spencer of The New York Times, a classroom in Brooklyn is just one of many that are revitalizing how teaching and learning is done in the classroom.

The key is for students to recognize on their own what they need additional practice on, how to motivate themselves to get that practice, and how to utilize the resources available to them, like the help they receive from teachers.

The emergence of online learning in recent years have made great strides in this area. Students get an interactive approach to learning, while getting real-time results on real-world questions. Students are encouraged to think deeper about a topic, while also being challenged with comprehension-style questions.

In Kyle Spencer's report of just one Brooklyn classroom, there is no such thing as failing. Students no longer receive letter grades. Instead, they are meant to complete a series of grade-level skills before moving on to a higher level. This allows students to learn at their own pace while not feeling left behind. It allows students to be confident with their abilities while not having the threat of failure hanging over their heads. The point here is to learn, and to learn well.

Our subscription-based platform allows students to do just that. Read about the five senses and how the body works. Answer questions about the reading. Use helpful math tools to solve a problem. Get helpful tips from the Reading Watch Dog. Complete a graphic organizer or interactive game for added practice.

Try it all for FREE for 15 days. No commitment necessary.





Teaching Pedagogy

August 11, 2017

Did you know that every CCP resource book follows a UNIQUE and CONSISTENT format? We do this to maximize the ease-of-use of the lesson plan, and to ensure each resource will fit within every teacher's pedagogy.

The majority of content provided in our ready-made lesson plans are student handouts. These are reproducible worksheets and activities that surround specific chapter topics. Each chapter is made up of the following:

The Before You Read pages prepare students for reading by setting a purpose for reading. They stimulate background knowledge and experience, and guide students to make connections between what they know and what they will learn. Important concepts and vocabulary from the chapters are introduced.

The Reading Passage pages present important grade-appropriate information and concepts related to the topic. Embedded in each passage are one or more questions to ensure students understand what they have read.

The After You Read pages check students' comprehension of the concepts presented in the reading passage and extend their learning. Students are asked to give thoughtful consideration of the reading passage through creative and evaluative short-answer questions, research, and extension activities.

In addition to the chapter content, each resource is accompanied by writing tasks, hands-on activities and/or experiments, crossword, word search, final quiz, and color posters or graphic organizers.

The Writing Tasks and Hands-On Activities and Experiments are included to further develop students' thinking skills and understanding of the concepts. The Quiz can be used as a follow-up review or assessment at the completion of the unit.

Check out a sample of each of these Student Handout pages:






Summer Reading List

July 10, 2017

Keep up with your reading this summer with our suggested summer reading list. These are classic and award-winning novels that are great for reading during the summer break. Use our novel study guides to further engage your reading comprehension skills. Start reading today!

Grades 1-2

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Grades 3-4

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Grades 5-6

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Grades 7-8

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Grades 9-12

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Get Back to Nature

June 5, 2017

With summer vacation just around the corner, finish up the school year by escaping the stuffy classroom and bringing learning outdoors. Get a hands-on start to fun in the sun by changing up your surroundings and getting in touch with nature. Be inspired to create an outdoor classroom with these free activities and adventurous ideas.

Be Hands-On with Nature

Learn about the power of wind with a home-made weather vane. Build your own weather vane using materials found in everyday classrooms. Take your creation outside and test it in the elements. Find out the direction the wind is blowing and how often it changes. Study the different kinds of rocks and see how many you can find. Go outside and look for as many different rocks as possible. Compare them to the ones in the list below. Explain where each rock was found and what type it is.

Click an image to see a free worksheet, or click the cover image to see more from this ready-made resource.


Witness the Power of Nature

Examine the effect that light and air has on green plants. Conduct an experiment that shows the difference between plants exposed to sunlight with plants kept in the dark. Continue the experiment over several weeks, marking the changes between the two plants, finally leading up to transpiration. Head outdoors and make tree rubbings of bark. Take a walk around the neighborhood and note the different colors of trees. See how many different patterns and textures are found in nature.

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Get Caught Reading This Month

May 8, 2017

May is Get Caught Reading Month. Encourage students to open a book and experience how much fun it is to read. Since 1999, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) have worked to promote this nationwide campaign. Whether it's a Newbery-winning story or a literary classic, there's something for everyone inside a book. Take this initiative one step further by testing student comprehension as they read. Take a look at some of our suggestions below, and don't forget to grab your free downloads.

Grades 3-4

Get inspired to make up your very own word with Frindle. In a journal prompt, students use their critical thinking skills to predict what career Nick will have when he grows up. Help design a miracle to save the life of a pig in Charlotte's Web. Students describe how Wilbur tried to make himself look 'radiant', and predict what Charlotte's 'masterpiece' will be. Travel to a land of giants with The BFG. Students reflect on how the story ends and create their own giant to live in this world.

Click an image to see a selected novel study guide from our ready-made resources.


Grades 5-6

Find out what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt in The Egypt Game. Students write a message to a classmate using Egyptian hieroglyphics. Become stranded in the wilderness and learn to survive in Hatchet. Students complete a chart detailing the events Brian survives, what his reactions were, and what he learned from them. Travel Through the Looking-Glass to a fantastic world with interesting characters. Using details gathered throughout the novel, students draw a map of the looking-glass world.

Click an image to see a selected novel study guide from our ready-made resources.


Grades 7-8

Solve a who-done-it mystery to claim a fortune in The Westing Game. Follow the clues in the story to solve the game before any of the characters. Experience the tragic tale of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Students explore Bruno's state of mind by detailing the lesson he learns from his conversation with Maria, and what experiences he thinks he shares with her. Become shipwrecked on The Cay, and find out what it takes to survive. Students use the description Timothy provides to Phillip to research the tea bird and draw a picture of it along with a fact sheet.

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Grades 9-12

Spend a few nights with The Old Man and the Sea, battling with a fish and your own will-power. Students explore the character of Santiago by indicating what he said that suggested big fish were nearby, and what this says about his experience. Enter a post-apocalyptic and desolate wasteland that will challenge you to survive along The Road. Students make predictions of the disaster that destroyed the world based on clues left by the author. Explore the downfall of civilization while surviving with peers on an island in Lord of the Flies. Students map out Ralph's mindset by identifying some of the things that he reflects on.

Click an image to see a selected novel study guide from our ready-made resources.


Free Downloads

Meet Matilda and the power she has to move things with her mind. Research famous magic tricks throughout history, and find out how they are done. Imagine a society where The Giver holds all the memories of human kind. This is no easy job. Students choose a career they are interested in and research all that is involved with it. Travel back to medieval times with Crispin: The Cross of Lead. Learn about the real-life figure of John Ball and his role during this era.

Click an image to see a free worksheet from our ready-made novel study guides.


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Celebrate Earth Month

April 3, 2017

April is Earth Month. Take this month to celebrate all things Environment and Earth Sciences, all while leading up to Earth Day on April 22. Here are some tips and ideas to promote the environment all month long.

Carbon Footprint

Learn all about your carbon footprint at home, at school and in the community. Calculate your own carbon footprint, then get tips on how to lower it. Start an initiative at your school to encourage a smaller carbon footprint. Then, reach a little higher by implementing this initiative within the community. Get your FREE carbon footprint calculator here.

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Go Green

Spend some time in the dirt and turn your thumb green. Start a community garden with your class. Grow some wildflowers to help the bee population. Grow some vegetables and cook up a stew. Promote clean air by planting a tree. Teach your students the importance of responsibility by taking care of a plant and watching it grow.

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Get to Know the Planet Earth

No Earth Month is complete with a study on the planet Earth. Go deep and get to know what makes up the planet with a look at plate tectonics, rocks and minerals. Go to the surface and discover the different ecosystems that inhabit the planet. Go to the sky and find out how the air, wind and atmosphere affect the planet.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Go back to the basics and excel at recycling. Implement a recycling program in your classroom, and encourage students to extend this to their home. Learn about product life cycles and come up with alternative methods to decrease waste. Study the effects of climate change and get tips on how to reduce it.

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Life on Planet Earth

Get to know all the ins and outs of life on planet Earth—from the smallest organism to the largest being. Start with a look at cells and what life needs to prosper on Earth. Start viewing the environment as a living being that needs to be nurtured. Then, extend outward by looking at the different habitats that exist on the planet.

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Top of the Mornin'

March 8, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day is an Irish holiday celebrated throughout the world. Held on March 17, Saint Patrick's Day marks the day Saint Patrick—the patron saint of Ireland—died, during the 5th century. This day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but also more generally the heritage and culture of the Irish. On this day, people typically wear green and visit a parade. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other festival, making it one of the most popular holidays. Turn your classroom into a green haven as you take part in this widely celebrated holiday.


Saint Patrick's Day parades originated in North America during the 18th century. They didn't start celebrating with parades in Ireland until the 20th century. A typical Saint Patrick's Day parade will have marching bands, the military, firefighters, organizations, youth groups, fraternities, and law enforcement. In Ireland, the week of Saint Patrick's Day is Irish language week. Participants spend this week speaking in the Irish language.

Set up your classroom for Saint Patrick's Day. Have a class parade, create a craft corner, and try your hand at speaking the Irish language—Gaelic.

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Different places celebrate different traditions on Saint Patrick's Day. Typically, those who celebrate wear green or shamrocks. The color green is associated with Ireland and has become the official color for Saint Patrick's Day. A shamrock is a three-leaved clover. Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the Irish. From there, it had become the national symbol of Ireland.

As a class, research different celebrations and traditions of Saint Patrick's Day from around the world. In Ireland, you'll learn that Saint Patrick's Day is actually a public holiday. In the United States, the Chicago River is dyed green every year. On the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield took a photograph of Ireland from Earth's orbit to celebrate the day.

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Love and Friendship

February 6, 2017

What is Valentine's Day? We all know the traditions, but where did it come from? Here's your chance to merge art, history and language arts into one while celebrating a beloved holiday.


There's lots of opportunities for art projects this holiday season. The most obvious being Valentine's cards. Have students design their own instead of sharing store-bought cards. Find classic imagery of cupids and hearts, or have your students design their own interpretation of love and friendship. Try introducing the term "respect" to this holiday. Love, friendship and respect are all intertwined, and Valentine's Day provides a great opportunity to share this positive viewpoint.

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Although the traditions and meaning of Valentine's Day is known by most, not many may know of its origins or why we celebrate it. This holiday season, try to implement a little bit of history into classroom celebrations. Explore the origins of Valentine's Day. Find out some other customs celebrated throughout the world. See what traditions are new, and which ones didn't stand the test of time. Have students invent their own tradition to celebrate Valentine's Day.

To learn more about Valentine's Day, click on the image for the Special Days lesson plan.

Language Arts

Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday to incorporate with language arts. Valentine's Day is all about sharing Valentine's Day cards. And with cards come heartfelt handwritten messages. A great opportunity to practice those writing skills. Have students show their creative side by writing a poem. Encourage proper grammar and spelling while writing Valentine messages in short paragraphs. Have a class project where students come together to write a stage play. The opportunities are endless.

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New Year's Resolutions for the Classroom

January 9, 2017

With a new year comes new resolutions. A fresh start. A clean slate. A new beginning. January is a time for resolutions. Maybe you want to be more organized this year. Maybe you want to be more prepared for lessons. Maybe you want your classroom to run smoother. Here are some tips for resolutions in the classroom.

Change Things Up

After a much-needed break, it can be hard to get back into the same old routine. Take this opportunity to try something new. Change things up a bit. Give your classroom a make-over. It can be something small, like new posters. Or something big, like completely rearranging the desks. Try to get your students to be more productive by swapping the seating chart. Try it for a few days to see if there's any improvement. Or, change things up regularly to bring new life to your classroom and stimulate young minds.


Try Something New

Is there a new technology you've always wanted to try? Or a new method for teaching a difficult subject? Maybe you want to bring more creativity to your lessons. Or have more interaction with classroom discussions. Now's the time to try it. Don't worry if it doesn't work, there's plenty of time to test and correct any issues. Try incorporating an online-based portion to your lesson. This can be done individually as homework, or as group activities in the computer lab. Include a comprehension assignment in the form of questions, a final test, or a collaborative presentation.


Get Organized

Do you find your classroom doesn't run as smoothly as you'd like? Take this time to try some new organizational ideas. Try as many as you can to see which ones stick. Check out this list of 100 Classroom Organizing Tricks from Scholastic:




Be Hands-On

Spend some time individually with each student. A great way to do this is to have independent study time. Try to spend 5 minutes with each student. You don't need to solve anything in those 5 minutes, you just need to get a sense of where each child is at. What are their strengths? What are they struggling with? Then, take some time to yourself and come up with some strategies for helping out each student. It could be changing up your teaching method, assigning specialized homework activities, or even creating tailor-made quizzes that cater to each student's strengths. It's not how they learn, but what they learn and retain that matters.


What are some of your New Year's resolutions for the classroom? Share yours @CCPInteractive on Twitter or Facebook with #classroomresolutions





Winter Wonderland

December 1, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The winter season is upon us. Bring on the cold wind, fresh snow, and soothing hot chocolate. Grab your snowsuits and build a snowman during the day. Curl up by the fire with a great book and enjoy those blustery evenings indoors. Get into the spirit of this magical season with these great winter-themed lesson ideas.

Social Studies

Find out how people all around the world celebrate this cold season. What is the climate like? How are the holidays celebrated? What are some different traditions and pastimes? Explore different sports and activities that only happen this time of year. Stay warm and active with great winter-themed games, like sledding, snowshoeing and building snowmen.

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Bring outside STEAM-based experiments indoors with winter-themed activities. Winter is a time of change. We see the temperature drop and liquid turn to solid. Conduct an experiment to teach about changes in states of matter. Watch ice grow by placing an unopened bottle of water in the freezer to get it nice and cold, but still a liquid. Then, pour it over a container filled with ice. Create a frozen bubble by placing it in the freezer for 30 minutes, either on a plate or on the wand.

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Language Arts

This season, put on a holiday concert. This could include just the classroom or the entire school. Start by writing a winter or holiday-themed script. Make sure to include many different characters. Have at least three different scenes. Write out production notes, scene details, and the dialog for each character. Put on the play for parents or the entire school. Show your creative side, or choose from our selection of ready-made Christmas-themed concerts.

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Become the Author

November 4, 2016

November is National Novel Writing Month. Bring out your inner author this month with themes that celebrate creative writing, literacy and authors of all kinds.

About the Author

Celebrate your favorite author this month. Look into their lives and the books they have written. Write a biography or create a presentation. Host an author's fair in your classroom. Have each student choose their favorite author. Each booth will focus on one particular author. Go around the room to learn about the different authors throughout history. What were their struggles? What were their accomplishments? What do you like most about their books?

Click an image for some FREE author-related activities from our Literature Kit (Novel Study Guide) lesson plans:


Summary of the Story

Become the author this month. Write your own short story and share it with the class. Or, write an alternate ending to one of your favorite books. You could also write your own sequel to an existing book. The options are endless. Show your creativity by drawing the pictures for a classmate's book. Create the cover art of your own. Write a book report or review of your favorite story. Share your opinions with the class in a healthy discussion.

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Read your favorite book this month. Promote literacy and reading comprehension with independent reading or reading circles. Keep a journal summarizing the events that take place in each chapter. Write down all the vocabulary words and their definitions. Find synonyms to replace words you don't understand. Summarize your favorite book in only a few words. Share your love of reading with others and see how many great new books you can read.

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Halloween Haunt

October 13, 2016

Arguably one of the most popular holidays for kids (after that wintery one of course), due to its costumes and candy fare. Halloween can be a tricky thing to celebrate in the classroom. But there's lots more to this spooky day than just costumes and candy the kids love. Explore the intricacies of this holiday with your students with these craft and lesson ideas.

Pick a Theme

You could always stick with the classics: pumpkins, ghosts, spiders. But what if this year you got more creative. Tie your crafts around a central theme or subject. Depending on what you want to focus on, you could have a very informative and fun Halloween in your classroom.

Language Arts

Think Universal Monsters, like Dracula or Frankenstein. These iconic characters originated in English literature. Carry this as your theme with related crafts and activities. Do an age-appropriate analysis of the novels these monsters originate from. Compare how these monsters are depicted in film or television. Have your students create self-portraits as these monsters. Turn your classroom into an old-school drive-in theatre and watch clips of the classic Universal movies. Write short stories using these monsters as characters. The possibilities are endless.

Social Studies

In social studies, what comes to mind is history. Spend the day researching the origins of Halloween. It's customs, superstitions, and traditions throughout time and place. Turn your classroom into a time machine and visit the first Halloween. Learn about Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration. Make classic Halloween treats to share. Play a trivia game with different Halloween facts. Throw a classic Halloween party with bobbing for apples, all the while teaching about the origins of each activity.


Bring STEAM into this holiday with fun Halloween-themed experiments. Carve out a pumpkin and make it erupt using the same principals as a baking soda volcano. Turn your classroom into a mad scientist's lab and dress the part. Conduct ghoulish experiments and grow your own animal specimen in bottles. Or, turn your classroom into a witch's den and make potions in your cauldron. Use everyday household ingredients to make your potions worthy of a Harry Potter novel.

Need more ideas? Click an image for some FREE activities from our selection of Halloween-themed lesson plans and novel study guides to try:


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Back to School

September 1, 2016

It's that time of year again: BACK TO SCHOOL! This is an exciting time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Armed with crisp notebooks and sharpened pencils, students enter the classroom eager to catch up with old friends. But there's something else just as exciting: a new curriculum. This is the perfect time to get students excited about what's to come this year. Whether it's a great novel they'll get to read, a new science experiment they'll get to test, or a math equation that will open up new possibilities. Now's the time to spark their interest in creative ways.

Here are some ideas to get students ready for Back to School.


At least once a year, every student will have to read and comprehend a book. To get them into the mood, play an ice breaker game that follows a key theme from the novel they will be reading. Maybe the novel has some historical significance. You could "time travel" to that point in history as a quick introduction to the setting. Show the cover of the book and open up the floor to predictions of what it will be about based solely on the artwork.

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Students will spend most of their time writing. Whether it's a short story, an informative essay, or a science report. This activity accounts for the majority of a student's academic career. So, it's easy to understand that it may not be their favorite activity. Get them in the mood with short writing activities. Give them large poster boards to write on. Let them show their creative side by making a summer vacation web. This web will showcase what they did during the summer without having to write a long narrative.

Click an image for some FREE activities from our selection of Language Arts titles to try:



Math—that subject that makes all students cringe. What they don't know is that math can be fun. Get them excited about numbers with drill activities and quick games. Set up a team-building challenge where students race to finish a set of drill questions. Learn about nets and have them construct three-dimensional shapes. Trick your students into having fun with math with brain teasers.

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Science is a pretty exciting subject on its own, so you may not need to get your students motivated for this one. However, there's still some great ideas you can do to introduce students to a topic, just to get their feet wet and excited for what's to come. The best place to start is with small, quick and easy experiments. For a physics class, make miniature hovercrafts using magnets. For a chemistry class, make edible rock candy. For a biology class, change the color of a flower's petals.

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History is another interesting subject for students. Learning about key moments in our past is both educational and fun. Get your students excited about the past with quick games and group activities. Play a game of trivial pursuit to see what they already know about things in history. Ask them to get into groups and re-enact a key moment in history for the class. Watch quick historical videos then have a group discussion to see what they comprehend.

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Daily Life Skills and 21st Century Skills are emerging topics. It may be difficult to incite excitement on these topics. Get your students in the mood with quick games that deal with daily and 21st century skills. Play a large-scale role-playing game by transforming the classroom into a grocery store or restaurant. Set up a mock fridge and pantry and map out where certain foods should go. Gain teamwork and problem-solving skills by working in small groups to solve silly puzzles.

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Tools for Teachers

August 9, 2016

Did you know that every CCP resource book comes with an informative TEACHER GUIDE that includes built-in TOOLS perfect for student assessment?

All our Teacher Guides include clear instructions and colorful graphics.

The How Our Resource is Organized page provides a detailed breakdown of the resource, providing teachers with tips on how to maximize their unit.

The Bloom's Taxonomy for Reading Comprehension page outlines how the 6 levels of Bloom's is utilized to ensure students comprehend the reading. Also included on this page is a list of Vocabulary words that will be introduced throughout the resource.

The Assessment Rubric allows teachers to quickly and easily grade their students' progress.

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A Classroom Celebration of Independence Day

June 9, 2016

The end of the school year is looming. Year-long studies are coming to a close. Final tests are in the air. And the dog days of summer is just around the corner. So is the kick-off holiday of the season: July Fourth.

For some, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season, but with its proximity to school days winding down, Independence Day makes for a strong competitor in that category. Just because final tests and ongoing projects are coming to a close, doesn't mean there's no more opportunity for a little fun and learning to happen before that final day of class. Why not spend that last week with an impromptu celebration of one of the biggest holidays of the year.

A Crafty Decoration

Set up a craft station for those artsy students. Provide a wide selection of craft materials, from paper and paint to wiggle eyes and pipe cleaners. Leave them to their imagination, or provide them with these Fourth of July-themed craft ideas.

Fourth of July Fireworks

What You'll Need: toilet paper rolls, straws, colored paper, streamers, tape, paint, glitter, glue, scissors

What You'll Do: Paint the toilet paper roll any color or pattern. We suggest red, white, blue, stars, and stripes. Glue one end of the straw to the inside of the toilet paper roll. Make a cone shape with the colored paper and attach it to the other end of the toilet paper roll. Tear the streamers to make a flame effect and attach it to the end with the straw.



Red, White and Blue Lanterns

What You'll Need:red, white and blue colored paper, pencil, scissors, ribbon, glue, tape

What You'll Do:Fold the colored paper in half with the long sides together. Cut 1 inch wide sections along the folded end. Don't cut all the way through, leave about an inch of space. Unfold your paper and turn it in and attach the bottom and top together. You should have a lantern shape that bumps outward. Cut stars out of the colored paper and decorate your lantern with them. Attach the ribbon around the top and bottom. Make a handle with the ribbon or colored paper.


Patriotic Pinwheels

What You'll Need: colored paper, pencil with eraser, push pin

What You'll Do: Decorate your colored paper with a design, or glue a different color on the back of another colored paper. Cut out a square shape. From one corner to the center, cut a straight line. Don't cut all the way through. Leave a small space in the middle. Bring each corner to the center. Don't fold down. You should see a pinwheel shape starting to form. Push the pin through to attach the corners in the middle. Continue pushing the pin into the eraser of your pencil.


A Patriotic Play

For those dramatic students, set up a station for a short historical play. Here you can have your students research the history of Independence Day and choose their own skit that they would like to perform. There should be enough actors to fill each part, a director, a screenwriter, and set and costume designers. Here are some great stories to suggest.

The signing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence

The Boston Tea Party

Battles of Lexington and Concord

Washington's Wordsmith

Set up one more area for your book-loving students. Here they can work together to create something in writing for the rest of the class to enjoy. It could be a short story, poem, or even a short lesson plan. Students can work together or alone writing a fictionalized short story. They could detail the events of the American Revolutionary War, or write about the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the perspective of someone who was there. Students can choose to write a poem for Independence Day. Have them research the different styles of poems to help them. Students could also try stepping into their teacher's shoes and create a short lesson plan for their fellow students. They could choose to present this to a class or provide it in the form of a handout. Some information and comprehension questions should be included. Also encourage them to include one extension activity, like a word search or crossword game.

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Bring on Summer Reading

May 19, 2016

With Summer fast approaching and the end of the school year looming, it's hard to stay in the learning mindset. But just because class time is over, doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Why not assign a reading list over the summer holidays for your students? It's a great activity to keep the mind sharp while away from class. It's also a great time killer on those rainy afternoons.

Check out our selection of Novel Study Guides to help you create your custom reading list for the summer.

Why stop there? Give your students some summer-themed homework that will encourage them to have many adventures that take them outside. Send them on a scavenger hunt. Have them make a video showing how they celebrated the 4th of July. They could write a short essay describing what they did during their summer vacation. The possibilities are endless.

Check out some of these summer-themed resources to get some fun activity ideas to share with your students.






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