Got Great Lesson Plans? This Site Wants You To Sell Them

Looking for some lesson plans and got a little spare change? Got some lesson plans and want to make a few bucks? OK enough of that. I feel like a ticket scalper.

The website TeachersPayTeachers lets you buy and sell quality lesson plans with fellow teachers. I just happened across the site and think it’s not a bad idea.

While I feel like there simply shouldn’t be any fees associated with sharing resources, it’s good to see that there’s a popular site out there offering new ways for teachers to share resources. If it takes the incentive of cash to get someone to upload a great lesson plan, it’s worth it. (After all, teachers need money too.)

Most importantly, there are a huge number of lesson plans available for free. At the time of this writing, there were more than 16,000 free lesson plans available. So whether you like the idea of paying for lesson plans or would rather just grab some of the free lesson plans, it’s worth checking out this site. Here’s a list of some of the more interesting lesson plans I stumbled across while perusing the site:

5 Free Lesson Plans

Pirate Voices Freebie! (Free)
This is a stop light system in a Pirate Theme! There are two different versions so you can decide which you like better!

A List of Character Traits (Free)
This is a list of 174 different Character Traits. So often when I was teaching I wanted a list of traits so that my students could look at the list while describing characters. This also helps students get to know and understand different character traits.

Free Positive Notes Home  (Free)
Are you looking for a positive way to put a smile on your student’s face? Well, send them a happy note.

Back to School Top 10 Lists Activity (Free)
Start the year in a positive way! Inspired by David Letterman’s “Top 10″ lists, this back-to-school activity allows students to come up with 10 reasons why being back in school is great. It promotes positive-thinking and is a fun activity for the students. The five-page download includes a student handout, suggestions for using the activity for other units or events, optional variations for the top 10 reasons, and examples from my own students.

Introduction to Nouns – Picture Sort Activity (Free)
Students will sort the noun pictures into categories (person, place or thing) and glue them under the correct category on the accompanying worksheet.

5 Paid Lesson Plans

“Hunger Games” Unit: Lessons Q&A Tests Activities Quiz Vocab Maps Key ($14.99)
Aligned with the Common Core Standards for grades 6-12 in English/Language Arts, including reading literature/informational, writing, speaking and listening, and language. I included a chart with every standard that is taught in each of the activities.

Gingerbread Man Math and Literacy Fun ($8.50)
This unit has a ton of activities! It includes:
an original Gingerbread Man story written by me Picture cards and word cards for students to rebuild the story in a center.  A gingerbread man syllable sorting center with full color picture cards and two recording sheets to fit the needs of your students.

Christmas Math and Literacy Fun ($8.50)
This is one of my favorite units. It includes an original story for shared reading, a rhyming words center and recording sheet, a Santa art project which includes two writing projects: a Santa list and a Santa letter. It also includes an elf number words center, a Christmas Tree project and math recording sheet, 3 graphing activities and manipulatives, a what matters most bulletin board display and lots more! 49 pages total.

Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Activities ($8.00)
Everything you need for a fun unit on Thanksgiving! Originalfull color book for shared reading. The book goes to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell. Kids will love the fun ending to this story!

Pete the Cat Literacy and Math activities ($7.00)
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin is a class favorite! Included in this resource are full color directions for making Pete the Cat. There are two options for making the cat. The resource also includes a graph, text to self connection recording sheet, story elements sheet, thinking maps, story sequal with class book idea, cut up sentence and math journal prompts. Deanna Jump