Educational Inspiration from

November 7th, 2009 | by Suki |


It seems as if teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas to use in the classroom to make learning more enjoyable and teaching more effective. If you’re searching for some educational inspiration, check out

The content on this website was written by Heidi McDonald, a teacher of 21 years who has taught both in the United States and abroad. Her site focuses on reading and writing, and the activities and resources she’s included are intended to make those subjects both challenging and fun for students.

In the “Reading Comprehension” section, you’ll find a number of free lesson ideas as well as printables. There’s information on how to make writing book reports an interesting and engaging activity, along with several free reading charts, templates, and much more. In the “Sight Words” section, you’ll find Dolch lists organized by grade level as well as free printable flash cards. The “Award Winning Books” list includes a list of the Newberry Medal Winners and Honor Books from 1922 to 2008. Caldecott Medal winners are also indicated.

You’ll also find a “Writing” section on the site that includes tips for teaching grammar and spelling, as well as an “Incentives” section. It’s a site that continues to be updated, and the resources offered there should continue to grow. Unique Teaching Resources is definitely worth a visit… or two… or three… or more!

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