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At-Home Activity Packets: Exactly what parents need right now!

Each packet includes activities and ideas suitable for any family—and will help children learn across all school subjects. Most activities use common household objects and won’t cost families a cent. Browse our list of popular At-Home Activity Packets below.

Every At-Home Activity Packet Includes 5 research-based handouts (2 pages each) aimed at a specific age group. Packets are:

  • ready to post to your school website, email to parents, or make copies and send home
  • personalized with your school name, and your name, if you like
  • offered in a variety of topics and grade ranges
  • available in Spanish

Quantity Discounts Available!

1 packet (5 titles): $100
2 packets (10 titles): $180
3 packets (15 titles): $225
4 or more packets: $75 per packet
Add the Spanish version for $50 per packet

Choose from the curated packets below.
Or create your own packet from our extensive library of handouts here.

JOY OF DISCOVERY I
(Early Childhood)

Specifically for children in preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten, this packet is brimming with playful ideas for building fine-motor, reading, writing, math, and other skills. See first page.
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Fine-Motor Fun & Games – Help little ones build all-important fine-motor skills with this collection of creative activities. Children will practice pencil grip, paint an alphabet mural, and use scissors to give “haircuts” to cardboard critters.

3, 2, 1…Learning Fun! – These hands-on projects let little ones work with letters, numbers, shapes, and more. Youngsters will build reading, math, and fine-motor skills as they create an alphabet mobile, make a counting puzzle, and practice tying a “shoelace box.”

Play, Create, and Learn – Games and crafts are ideal for helping children learn! With this collection of favorite activities, youngsters will build skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Includes activities to enjoy independently or with family and friends.

At-Home Learning Fun – Show parents fun activities they can do around the house to create a foundation for their children’s learning success. Covers reading, math, and science—plus skills like memory and following directions.

Cereal Box Learning – Find letters and words on cereal boxes. Sort, count, and graph cereal pieces. Design a new cereal box. This bonus gives parents fun, easy ways to turn breakfast time into all-day learning time—with reading, writing, and math activities children can do with their favorite cereals.

JOY OF DISCOVERY II
(Early Childhood)

More skill-building fun for preschoolers and kindergartners, with fun ways to explore reading, writing, math—and a special activity guide to building independence. See first page.
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Hands-On Learning – Youngsters learn best when they touch, explore, and get their hands messy. These activities let children discover language arts, math, and science in child-friendly ways. Youngsters will write with finger paint, make numbers out of play dough, gather specimens from nature, and more.

Day-by-Day Learning – Give families this collection of fun learning activities for every day of the week. Children will build skills in reading, writing, math, science, creativity, memory, listening, and more.

Discover the World! – Send home exciting activities to boost science, math, and language arts skills in little ones. They’ll have fun making mirror images, “eating” math problems, writing with invisible ink, and more.

Everyday Play = Everyday Learning – Help parents maximize their youngsters’ learning during playtime. With these activities, children will practice STEM skills with building blocks, develop logical thinking with homemade jigsaw puzzles, read words and use new vocabulary in a pretend kitchen, and more. 

I Can Do It – Young learners do better in school when they feel and act independent. Help parents guide their children toward self-reliance with everyday tips for making their own snacks, putting away their toys, picking out their clothes, and mastering other practical tasks.

MATH GAMES GALORE, BEGINNING
(Math games: K–2)

Designed for the youngest mathematicians, this collection contains more than 30 games for hours and hours of math learning fun.
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Marvelous Math Games V – Encourage families to play with math! Youngsters will build math skills with our latest collection of games, including Count the Cards, Watery Measurement, and Addition Pick Up. 

Marvelous Math Games IV – Encourage families to enjoy math together with these terrific games. The collection includes easy to- follow directions for skill-builders like Skip and Count, Fact Family Match-Up, Guess My Shape, and more.

Marvelous Math Games III – Math + games = Learning success! Give parents suggestions for simple games to play at home. Students will work on number recognition, addition, subtraction, and more—all while enjoying time with family and friends.

Marvelous Math Games II – You know games can help your students learn math concepts. Here’s our second collection of games ready to send home—families will love playing them, and they’re specially designed to use items found around the house. Covers counting, addition, subtraction, and more.

Marvelous Math Games – Boost youngsters’ math skills with games families can easily create and play at home. Parents will love watching—and joining in—as their children use coins, dice, small toys, snacks, and cards to recognize numbers, count, add, and subtract.

EXERCISE YOUR MATH MUSCLES!
(Math: K–2)

Take the burden off parents with these ready-made ideas for building early number sense for young elementary school children. 
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Keys to Math Fluency – Show numbers in different (and fun!) ways, spot relationships among numbers, use the friendly number 10 to solve problems, and more. This guide will help children approach problems in multiple ways—and see that more than one strategy can work.

Celebrate 100! – Help parents foster math success with hands-on ideas for navigating the numbers 1 to 100. Children will discover number patterns, compare digits, add, and subtract. Includes a ready-made “100 chart” to use for the activities.

A Box Full of Math – With a shoebox of household objects, children can enjoy math anytime! Includes easy-to-follow instructions for activities like Counting 1-2-3, Domino Dots, Shape Hunt, What’s the Length? and more.

Count on It! – Learning to count is as easy as 1-2-3 with the creative ideas in this bonus. Count by 1s, 5s, 10s, and even 100s…start at any number and count forward or backward…understand that the last number counted is the total.

The Art of Math 2012 – Art + math = learning + fun! Here are ideas for combining drawing, painting, sculpture, and crafts with geometry, measurement, fractions, and more. Children will create paper quilts, make geometric pictures, and see symmetry in action.

LANGUAGE & LITERACY
(ELA: K–2)

Help parents build English language arts skills in beginning readers with the reading activities and games contained here. Also includes an outstanding list of book recommendations—and a reading log so children can track their progress. See first page.
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Comprehension Boosters – Give parents tips and advice for helping their youngsters improve reading comprehension. Children will practice making connections, visualizing story events, drawing conclusions, and more as they enjoy fiction and nonfiction.

Literacy Games – Here’s a collection of games to boost children’s reading, writing, and oral language skills. Send it home to encourage families to play with rhythms and rhymes, experiment with storytelling, act out scenes from books, and more.

A Literacy-Rich Home – What better way to have a school of readers than to have students who are encouraged to read and write at home? Share ideas for creating a home that surrounds children with writing tools, reading materials, and daily opportunities that nurture reading and writing.

Let’s Play Vocabulary Games – Boost your students’ vocabularies with this outstanding collection of literacy games and activities. Includes strategies for recognizing sight words—and fun ways to learn new and interesting words.

Be a Reading Star – Motivate youngsters to read with this terrific list of carefully chosen fiction and nonfiction books. Includes a full-page log so children can keep track of the books they read. Once they complete the log, they are reading stars!

WORD SKILL-BUILDERS
(ELA: K–2)

Here are a variety of activities and reference materials to help youngsters who are learning to read—and learning about words. 
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Sounds Like Fun! Short and Long Vowels – When children learn to recognize short and long vowels, their reading and vocabulary skills get a boost. This handy refrigerator poster explores these vowel sounds and includes examples of each.

Sounds Like Fun! Vocabulary Games – From Change-Word to Awesome Adjectives and Categories for All, youngsters will have a ball playing these games. At the same time, they’ll be building vocabulary skills by thinking, spelling, listening, writing, and reading.

One Hundred Words – Help children come to class ready to read. On one side of this bonus, parents will find games and activities to help their youngsters recognize sight words. The flip side features a list of 100 sight words.

What’s That Letter Sound – Show parents how to help their children learn their letter sounds. Youngsters will practice saying and recognizing the sounds with fun guessing games. Also includes a full-page alphabet chart—a handy reference for little ones.

The Sights and Sounds of Words – Show parents how to help their beginning readers develop phonemic awareness and build phonics skills. Chock full of fun ideas and word games, this bonus will help youngsters come to school ready to read!

WRITING FROM THE BEGINNING
(ELA: K–2)

Encourage little ones to practice writing with ideas for everything from greeting cards to fill-in-the-blank books to counting books and much more. 
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Little Authors – Youngsters will come to school ready to write after enjoying these fun writing activities. Send home easy-to-follow steps for creating a counting book, an autobiography, a nature guide, and more. Special sections provide story starters and ideas for “publishing” children’s work.

From Scribbles to Stories – Send home advice for supporting little writers at every stage. Children will add letters and words to drawings and paintings, arrange word cards to make sentences, and even write their very own books.

Let’s Write A Book – With these clever ideas, every child can be an author. Little ones can write an ABC book, create a cookbook of favorite snacks, explain and illustrate a science experiment, and more. Parents will appreciate the suggestions, and children will love creating their own books.

Budding Writers – How does a writer take the seed of an idea and turn it into a story in full bloom? This bonus describes the writing process for the youngest authors. Children will plan stories by drawing or talking, write rough drafts, make corrections, and create fun, finished products—including homemade books.

Write Now – Show parents how to make writing fun and interesting for everyone. Take a family poll, plan a picnic menu, e-mail a famous author, write game rules, and more. These activities will turn young children into young writers.

LET’S GET COOKING I
(Pre-K–6)

Parents and children can use what’s in the pantry and fridge to cook together—and create kid-friendly, healthy meals. Shake-a-salad, anyone?
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Best Recipes 2018 Edition – Families will find mouthwatering ideas for easy and nutritious recipes to try together. This collection includes simple directions for baked fish sticks, rainbow wraps, avocado eggs, and other dishes.

Best Recipes 2017 Edition – Give parents ideas for making dinnertime easier, tastier, and healthier with these simple recipes. Try squash pancakes, salmon burgers, chicken-apple slaw, and other family-friendly ideas.

Best Recipes 2016 Edition – Help families simplify meal planning with this collection of delicious and healthy recipes. Includes easy-to-follow directions for granola, tuna tacos, pizza roll-ups, DIY applesauce, and more.

Best Recipes 2015 Edition – When parents have simple recipes to follow, it’s easier to put healthy meals on the table. This collection of popular ideas will have them covered. Families will enjoy Greek pita sandwiches, spinach-strawberry salad, stuffed squash, easy guacamole, and more.

Best Recipes 2014 Edition – Help your students and their parents make nutritious and easy meals and snacks with this collection of our popular recipes. Families will find healthy twists on teen favorites like pizza and tacos, along with creative ways to prepare vegetables and whole grains.

FOOD FUN
(Pre-K–6)

Learn around the kitchen table with educational games and conversation starters for meals. And learn at the kitchen counter as families cook together…and kids learn about healthier ways to eat. See first page.
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Let’s Eat—and Learn—Together! – How can parents encourage healthy eating habits and foster learning success at the same time? By sharing nutritious meals! Send home ideas  for making time for family meals, along with conversation starters, memory challenges, and word games to enjoy together around the table.

Eat a Rainbow – Healthy students learn more! Inspire children to eat more produce with these fun activities. For each fruit or vegetable they eat, they get to color part of the rainbow included in this bonus. Contains a list of fruits and vegetables for every color, too.

Kids in the Kitchen – Show parents how to get their children excited about healthy cooking. Here are ways they can involve their youngsters in preparing snacks and meals—and recipes simple enough for kids to make. Children will gain confidence in the kitchen, and they’ll want to eat the nutritious foods they prepare.

Family Meals: A Time for Learning – Ways to have fun—and promote learning—around the family dinner table! Parents will find easy word games, intriguing conversation starters, and more. Also includes a special section on meals that bring  everyone to the table, such as Make Your Own Burritos, Omelets in a Bag, and Sample This.

Race for Nutrition – And they’re off! Encourage families to team up for better nutrition with this fun bonus. It includes one page of healthy eating tips and one page with a “race track” for charting progress toward goals. Yours to reproduce and send home.

MAKE IT A DATE!
(Activity Calendars: K–6)

Help elementary school children fill their days productively, with these five calendars brimming with learning activities. Each handout has 2 months’ worth of ideas (10 months total). See first page.
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An Activity a Day Calendar – Every day is a good day to learn! This calendar contains daily activities to sharpen skills in every subject. Youngsters will retell a favorite story by drawing pictures, estimate and weigh pantry items, use science to write a “secret” message, and much more.

Learning Activity Calendar – Boost student achievement by giving parents ideas to get their children learning every day. Ready to post on the refrigerator for easy reference, this calendar of activities covers reading, math, writing, science, and social studies.

Learning Activity Calendar – A recipe for fun every day of the month. Youngsters will sharpen skills and build knowledge in language arts, math, geography, history, and more.

Writing Prompt of the Day – Send home this two-page calendar with creative and interesting prompts that will inspire children to write for different purposes. Youngsters will imagine they’re invisible, persuade a time traveler from the past to buy a smartphone, write instructions a kindergartner could use to learn to tie shoes, and much more.

A Learning Activity a Day – Every day brings a new learning activity. Children will pretend to be “reading spies” as they spot words around the house, count the cars they see (backward from 100!), enjoy an audiobook- and-popcorn night, and explore physics by rolling balls down a playground slide.

LET’S DO SOMETHING!
(Elementary)

Put an end to boredom with this collection—includes both learning activities created for families and skill builders that K–6 children can do on their own. 
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All Right…Family Night! – Send home these fun ideas that build family bonds while boosting academic skills. You’ll help families make a point of spending time together while reading, doing math, writing, discussing culture, and learning about their own family history.

Bored No More – “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Help parents put an end to that complaint with this collection of activities guaranteed to bust boredom. Includes creative games built around language arts, math, memory, and observation.

Look What I Found! – “Don’t throw that out—I can use it!” Learning games and activities can be made with all sorts of materials—even things people are about to recycle. Show parents how they can use old magazines, newspapers, cardboard tubes, and bottles to improve children’s reading, writing, math, and science skills.

A Learning Activity a Day – Every day brings a new learning activity. Children will pretend to be “reading spies” as they spot words around the house, count the cars they see (backward from 100!), enjoy an audiobook-and-popcorn night, and explore physics by rolling balls down a playground slide and explore physics.

An Activity a Day – A recipe for fun every day of the month. Youngsters will sharpen skills and build knowledge in language arts, math, geography, history, and more.

HANDS-ON FUN
(Elementary)

From cards to puzzles to newspapers and more, children will use what they find around the house to build word, math, and science skills. 
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Homemade Learning Fun – Encourage families to learn together and enjoy themselves! Show them creative ways to practice math, reading, and science skills with fun, do-it-yourself activities. Children will design a robot, create a dinosaur, make an abacus, write a book, and more.

Hands-On Science – There’s science in the kitchen, in the bathtub, and in the backyard. Let children discover the excitement with a variety of learning activities. Parents will love these ideas because they’re simple—and because they’re fun.

Puzzles, Patterns, & Toys That Teach – Give parents ways to use everyday household items to make learning fun. Kids will build logic, math, and reading skills as they make and play with educational toys and games. This bonus will inspire children to use their imagination and creativity in exciting new ways. Yours to reproduce.

Newspaper Fun – What’s black and white and fun all over? Your daily newspaper! Share tips for using the paper to expand reading and writing skills, inspire creativity, and make current events part of a child’s life.

It’s in the Cards! – With just a deck of playing cards, children—and parents—will enjoy hours of learning fun. These creative games provide practice in addition, subtraction, matching, sorting, and more.

THINK & CREATE
(Elementary)

A learning activity for every letter of the alphabet, along with fun ways to turn a shoebox into a portable math kit, and much more!
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Learning from A to Z – From “Action math” to “Zany wordplay,” this bonus includes 26 activities parents and children can do together. Youngsters will have fun while they build skills in language arts, math, science, listening, observation, and creativity.

Little Authors –  Youngsters will come to school ready to write after enjoying these fun writing activities. Send home easy-to follow steps for creating a counting book, an autobiography, a nature guide, and more. Special sections provide story starters and ideas for “publishing” children’s work.

A Box Full of Math – With a shoebox of household objects, children can enjoy math anytime! Includes easy-to-follow instructions for activities like Counting 1-2-3, Domino Dots, Shape Hunt, What’s the Length? and more.

Engineer That! –  Children will put on their engineering hats as they design, test, redesign, and retest their own creations. This guide offers ideas for building bridges that will carry a load, using straws to design playground equipment, making a spinning toy, and more.

Everyday Discoveries – What will children discover about language arts, math, and science with this bonus? Lots! They will practice letter sounds with a “secret sound bag,” graph stuffed animals, experiment with the science of reflection using a homemade mirror, and more.

A+ AT-HOME LEARNING
(Elementary)

Create your own café … play a baseball game with cards … write your autobiography. K–6 children will happily occupy themselves for days with all the skill-building activities contained here. See first page.
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Learning with Toys and Games – Improve academic achievement with fun learning activities at home. Give parents ideas for how to use items they have on hand—like dice, playing cards, and toy cars—to help students explore words, numbers, and science. With this terrific collection of activities, students will continue the adventure of learning after school hours.

Think About It – Sharpen your students’ thinking skills with fun activities involving reading, writing, math, and more. Children will think critically and creatively as they come up with multiple approaches, ask questions, and use their imaginations.

Kitchen Math & Science – Measure and mix. Pour and combine. Parents and children will explore math and science while creating yummy treats and performing fascinating experiments. They’ll multiply, divide, work with fractions, and observe chemical reactions and states of matter.

Little Authors – Youngsters will come to school ready to write after enjoying these fun writing activities. Send home easy-to-follow steps for creating a counting book, an autobiography, a nature guide, and more. Special sections provide story starters and ideas for “publishing” children’s work.

An Activity a Day – Every day is a good day to learn! This calendar contains daily activities to sharpen skills in every subject. Youngsters will retell a favorite story by drawing pictures, estimate and weigh pantry items, use science to write a “secret” message, and much more.

EXPLORE & PLAY
(Elementary)

K–6 children will explore the world from their own home, find ways to practice language arts, math, and science 10 minutes at a time, enjoy learning games, and put together “bags of learning.” See first page.
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Everyday Discoveries – What will children discover about language arts, math, and science with this bonus? Lots! They will practice letter sounds with a “secret sound bag,” graph stuffed animals, experiment with the science of reflection using a homemade mirror, and more.

Passport to Fun – Let youngsters collect “passport stamps” as they learn on every continent. Imagine the smiles when they make trading cards for African animals, measure with the Great Wall of China, build a European castle, or play a homemade Australian didgeridoo.

Ten-Minute Activities – What can children learn in 10 minutes? A lot! Parents will thank you for these ready-made activities as their youngsters go on a word hunt, multiply and divide in the kitchen, and explore why we have two ears.

Let’s Play a Game! – Game time = learning time with this great collection of games to play with family and friends. Children will practice math with Fish for Sums, work on spelling and vocabulary with a Mystery Wish List, delve into science with Creature Cover-All, and more.

It’s in the Bag – What can you learn from a paper bag? A lot! When parents follow these easy instructions for paperbag “learning kits,” children will have hours of fun building word, number, and reasoning skills. Great for playing in the car or to brighten up rainy days inside.

STEM EXPLORATIONS
(Elementary)

Provide a plethora of ideas for discovering the wonderful world of STEM at home. K–6 children will do physical science experiments, design and redesign with fun engineering projects, explore the weather outside (from inside), and more. See first page.
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Engineer That! – Children will put on their engineering hats as they design, test, redesign, and retest their own creations. This guide offers ideas for building bridges that will carry a load, using straws to design playground equipment, making a spinning toy, and more.

Egg-cellent Science – Figure out how to bounce an egg. Test eggshell strength by balancing heavy objects on top. Discover what eggshells have in common with human skin. With these activities, youngsters will explore chemical reactions, engineering, and life science.

The Weather Outside – What can you do with weather? Observe it…record it…tally it… graph it…predict it…understand it! Here are creative activities that let your students learn about the science of weather and use math to measure it.

Math & Science Activity Calendar II – Encourage youngsters to do math and science at home—every day of the week—with this all-new collection. From a game of “Leapfrog Averages” to an experiment with levers, parents will appreciate the ready-made sug-gestions, and children will have a ball as they practice key skills.

Physical Science is Fun! – Show parents how to engage youngsters in the wonders of physical science. Children will experiment with everything from force and motion to chemical reactions and sink-and-float, as they observe, measure, and record data.

DISCOVER YOUR WORLD
(Science: Elementary)

Every elementary school child is a scientist! Help parents out with 10 pages of science experiments and activities, all safety-tested and all using household materials. 
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Egg-cellent Science – Figure out how to bounce an egg. Test eggshell strength by balancing heavy objects on top. Discover what eggshells have in common with human  skin. With these activities, youngsters will explore chemical reactions, engineering, and life science.

The Weather Outside – What can you do with weather? Observe it…record it…tally it… graph it…predict it…understand it! Here are creative activities that let your students learn about the science of weather and use math to measure it.

Body of Science – Easy activities using everyday materials will teach students about how the body works. They’ll make joints from household materials… assemble a stethoscope and listen to their hearts…discover how the ridges that make fingerprints help them grip objects…and more.

Physical Science is Fun! – Show parents how to engage youngsters in the wonders of physical science. Children will experiment with everything from force and motion to chemical reactions and sink-and-float, as they observe, measure, and record data.

Hands-On Science – There’s science in the kitchen, in the bathtub, and in the backyard. Let children discover the excitement with a variety of learning activities. Parents will love these ideas because they’re simple—and because they’re fun.

THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT!
(Elementary)

Help K–6 children build a rich vocabulary with games, activities, and skill sheets. “Words on a stick,” “The category game,” and “Attributes” are just 3 of the many activities included. 
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Let’s Play Vocabulary Games – Boost your students’ vocabularies with this outstanding collection of literacy games and activities. Includes strategies for recognizing sight words—and fun ways to learn new and interesting words.

Vocabulary Builders: Word Roots –  Build your students’ vocabulary with this easy-to-use guide to word roots. They’ll find a definition for each root listed, along with examples of words they may already know—and new words to learn.

Vocabulary Builders: Synonyms and Antonyms –  Build your students’ vocabulary with this easy-to-use guide to word roots. They’ll find a definition for each root listed, along with examples of words they may already know—and new words to learn.

One Hundred Words – Help children come to class ready to read. On one side of this bonus, parents will find games and activities to help their youngsters recognize sight words. The flip side features a list of 100 sight words.

Voracious Vocabulary -Families will enjoy this collection of games and activities that help children develop strong vocabularies. They’ll play with words encountered in language arts, math, science, and social studies—and learn new words to use in everyday conversations.

MATH GAMES GALORE, INTERMEDIATE
(Math games: 3–5)

This collection joins the fun of games with the fun of math for a win-win for upper elementary school children (and their parents). Includes more than 2 dozen games, all played with household objects. See first page.
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Amazing Math Games V – Send home fun ways for youngsters to work on multiplication, division, fractions, estimation, and patterns. Includes easy-to follow directions for clever games like Factor Factory, The Greatest Fraction, and What’s Your (Number Line) Rule?

Amazing Math Games IV – Send home this all-new collection of math games for children to enjoy with family and friends. They’ll practice math and have fun with Multiplication Road Race, Division Dance, Get to the Decimal Point, and more.

Amazing Math Games III – Make multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals fun with this all-new collection of games. Children and parents alike will delight in playing Multiplying Marbles, Diving for Decimals, and more. Best of all, the games use household materials and are simple to make and play.

Amazing Math Games II – Math + games = Learning fun! Give parents suggestions for simple games to play at home. Students will work on multiplication, division, fractions, and measurement—all while enjoying time with family.

Amazing Math Games – You know games can help your students learn math concepts. Help them work on multiplication, division, and more with this collection of games specially designed to use items found around the house. Parents and children will love playing them, and your students will improve their skills and confidence.

DIY MATH FOR KIDS
(Math: 3–5)

Fraction Sudoku is just the beginning! Parents will appreciate the help with math activities aimed specifically at upper elementary school children.
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Geometry Around the House – Make a rhombus sandwich. Compare the area and perimeter of rooms. Look for angles around every corner. You’ll bring geometry alive with this assortment of real-world activities for youngsters to enjoy at home. 

Fractions Are Numbers, Too – Play Fraction Sudoku. Try a Fraction Lineup. Be a Fraction-Equivalent Detective. With these activities, youngsters will build fraction skills—and enjoy doing it!

Playing with Place Value – A place for every number…and every number in its place. With the ideas in this bonus, children will work on place-value activities at home that will boost their skills in the classroom. Includes suggestions for bundling ones, tens, and hundreds, using place value to add and subtract, and composing and decomposing numbers.

How About a Hundred? – Here’s an easy way for parents to help their children play with numbers! One side of this bonus has a “100 chart” (boxes numbered 1–100). The other side has ideas for using the chart to practice multiplication, division, and other important math skills.

Get Set for Algebra – Build a foundation for algebra success. This bonus is packed with activities that use sets, patterns, mystery numbers, and equations. Let children—and parents—see how much fun algebra can be!

BE A READER, BE A WRITER
(ELA: 3–5)

Parents will appreciate these handouts chock-full of comprehension boosters, literacy games, and reading motivators. Even includes a two-month calendar with a writing prompt for each day. See first page.
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Learning from Fiction – Encourage children to read far and wide! This stellar collection of books will take upper-elementary readers on exciting and inspiring journeys through history, nature, math, science and technology, and foreign lands.

Writing Prompt of the Day – Send home this two-page calendar with creative and interesting prompts that will inspire children to write for different purposes. Youngsters will imagine they’re invisible, persuade a time traveler from the past to buy a smartphone, write instructions a kindergartner could use to learn to tie shoes, and much more.

The Road to Better Comprehension – Improving reading comprehension is a fun journey with the ideas in this guide. Youngsters will read critically to decide whether information is accurate, use strategies to monitor their own comprehension, and make inferences.

Reading & Writing Games – Boost language arts skills with this terrific collection of literacy games to create and play. Children will make “Reading-opoly” with streets named for favorite books and characters, write story-related trivia questions, and guess the word taped to their foreheads.

How to Navigate Nonfiction – Help youngsters get comfortable with— and enjoy—nonfiction. This blueprint to reading textbooks, biographies, and other nonfiction addresses key words, sidebars, and graphic features like graphs and diagrams.

WRITE YOUR WAY TO FUN!
(ELA: 3–5)

Filled with clever ideas to encourage upper elementary school students to write, write, write! Kids will “rap rhythm,” write a story from a dog’s point of view, be a reviewer and a reporter…and lots more. See first page.
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Writing Prompt of the Day – Send home this two-page calendar with creative and interesting prompts that will inspire children to write for different purposes. Youngsters will imagine they’re invisible, persuade a time traveler from the past to buy a smartphone, write instructions a kindergartner could use to learn to tie shoes, and much more.

Writing That Rocks – Boost your students’ writing skills with this collection of fun activities to do at home. Children will practice opinion writing with movie and book reviews, information writing with a family newsletter, and creative writing with their own stories and poems.

Imagination Station – Every child has an imagination! Help parents spark it with these suggestions. Children will create their own stories, poems, and songs—and in the process build creativity and writing skills.

Inspired to Write – Write a friendly letter from a pet’s point of view, invent a recipe for a new sandwich, imagine a day in the life of a historical figure. With these intriguing ideas, children will have a reason to write something every day!

Once Upon a Time – Share these creative-writing tips with parents. They’ll learn to help their children brainstorm ideas, imagine settings, choose a point of view, begin with a catchy “hook,” fill out a story, and wrap up an ending. All the tools a child needs to become an author!

Bonus: Get the Punctuation Right – What’s the difference between a colon and a semicolon? Is it you’re or your? When should you hyphenate a word? Your students will become punctuation whizzes with this guide for using the right punctuation for every sentence.

FINDING YOURSELF
(Middle school)

Send home this collection built for tweens: Design an app, measure without numbers, ask—and answer—creative questions, learn to be a savvy shopper…and much more.
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Build Interpersonal Skills – How can tweens gain the social skills they need to get along with peers and adults? How can they develop communication skills in the digital age? Send home answers with these suggestions for better written and verbal communication and real-life activities that build relationships.

Real-World Learning – Bring learning home by connecting the subjects that middle graders are studying in school to activities they can do outside of school. Read and compare sales material to help make family decisions, figure out quantities for home improve-ment projects, find out where the fruit and vegetables they eat are grown, and more.

Critical and Creative Thinking – Help middle graders think deeply and achieve the meaningful learning that the Common Core State Standards call for. Students will be inspired by these tween-friendly approaches to critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving.

A Positive Digital Footprint – Middle schoolers are living a good chunk of their lives online these days. You’ll provide an important service to them—and their parents—by sending home this guidance for leaving a “clean” digital trail. Also contains critical advice for staying safe online.

The Real World: Math and Science –  “When will I ever need to know this?” Give parents answers for their children with these tips that connect math and science class to the skills they’ll need for the future. Ideas cover personal finance, career options, and everyday innovations that rely on math and science. Includes fun math and science activities. 

LET’S GET COOKING II
(Tweens and teens)

Encourage middle and high schoolers to cook up a (healthy) storm with the quick and inexpensive recipes in this collection. Includes spaghetti pie, zucchini chocolate-chip bread, apple waffles, and lots more. See first page.
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Best Recipes 2019 Edition – Families will “get cooking” with this collection of healthy dishes to prepare and enjoy together. Includes recipes for buffalo chicken salad, no-bake cereal bars, beef stroganoff, chocolate pudding, and more.

Best Recipes 2018 Edition – Give families new ideas for the kitchen with this collection of simple and delicious recipes. They’ll find healthy options like slow-cooker chicken spaghetti, apple waffles, and pumpkin shepherd’s pie.

Best Recipes 2017 Edition – Help parents make dinnertime easy and delicious with these nutritious recipes. Families will enjoy spinach and feta bowties, barbecue chicken paninis, potato chili, and more.

Best Recipes 2016 Edition –  Give families ways to simplify meal planning with this collection of delicious and nutritious recipes. Includes easy-to follow directions for citrus smoothies, chicken-corn chowder, mushroom burgers, pumpkin trail mix, and more.

Best Recipes 2015 Edition –  When parents have simple recipes to follow, it’s easier to put healthy meals on the table.  This collection of popular ideas will have them covered. Families  will enjoy Greek pita sandwiches, spinach-strawberry salad, stuffed squash, easy guacamole, and more.

Bonus: Meal Makeover 2012 – Replace sugary jam with sliced strawberries for an updated PB&J. Reduce fat and boost vegetables in macaroni and cheese. With this bonus, you can give parents easy ideas for lightening up their children’s favorite foods— and help their families eat more nutritiously.

TOOLS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS
(High school)

Motivate teens to practice all types of writing (persuasive, informational, opinion) and put their skills to use with effective cover letters and emails. Encourage them to read more—and enjoy it. And throw in a dose of fitness and healthy eating. All in this one-stop collection! 
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Read and Write for Success – Reading and writing are crucial for every high school subject… as well as for college and career. Boost your students’ skills—and motivation—with these suggestions for improving comprehension, reading for pleasure, encouraging everyday writing, and more.

Writing for the Real World – Encourage teens to be better writers during their high school years and beyond. This bonus includes pointers for expository, persuasive, and opinion writing, as well as practical tips for effective emails and cover letters.

Secrets to High School Reading and Writing – Boost your students’ skills, grades, and test scores with these tips for reading and writing successfully at the high school level. They’ll do better on homework, tests, and projects. Also includes ideas that will spark interest in reading and writing for pleasure.

Workout Routines That Work – Give students a plan for working out and staying fit. This guide offers routines for flexibility, endurance, and strength training that can fit into the busiest schedule. Includes illustrations to demonstrate each exercise.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies – Help tweens and teens get the recommended servings of produce each day using this handy guide. Families will learn clever ways to fit vegetables into breakfast, fill half their plates with produce, and eat a “rainbow.”