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3 Great Tips for Teaching About Presidents Day

February 13, 2019
Lily Jones

Presidents Day

Presidents Day is coming! Help bring this holiday to life by giving kids a chance to connect to presidents past and present. Their ages and interests can guide your lessons on this holiday. Here’s where to start:

Kindergarten-year 2

At this age, it’s about relating content to kids’ lives. Start by teaching who presidents are and what they do. Use a K/W/L chartTo collect ideas about what your kids know and want to know. After teaching about presidents (try the book suggestions below), have kids share what they learned and add their thoughts to the “L” section of the chart.

Presidents Day

Once kids become familiar with the role, get them to think about what they would do if they were presidents. Preschoolers can draw pictures while kindergartners can fill in the sentence frame “If I were president, I would ____.” First graders could take it a step further and write an informational essay!

2nd-year 4
Kids in second and year four are ready to learn more about past presidents. Start with founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Have children choose one president to research and use art -- posters, collages, etc. -- to share what they learned.

After talking about presidents of the United States, tell them that schools can have presidents. Ask kids to think about what they would do if they were their class’ president. Discuss campaigning and have kids write speeches explaining why they’re the best candidate for class president.

4th-year 6
Fourth and fifth graders will likely have some background knowledge on presidents, so have them pick one to research. After learning about their president, kids can write a picture book to share what they’ve learned. Use the suggestions below to show what a book about presidents looks like.

Also consider discussing the election process and how candidates are chosen. Have kids think about how it works at a school level. Challenge kids to create two different plans for electing a school president. These plans can be expressed using flow charts and pictures.

No matter your kids’ ages, have fun learning about leadership as you celebrate President’s Day!

Book Suggestions
Ellie May on President’s DayBy Hillary Homzie

President’s DayBy Anne Rockwell

Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. PresidencyBy Ann Bausum

I Am George WashingtonBy Brad Meltzer

I Am Abraham LincolnBy Brad Meltzer

About the Author

Lily Jones is the Learning Design Manager at She has been a year one & year two teacher, instructional coach, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer. Throughout everything she does, Lily hopes to make learning fun for both teachers and students.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Learners (Part 2)

February 6, 2019
Diane Staehr Fenner

This is the second part of a two-part post for teachers on incorporating the instructional strategy of scaffolding into their classroom.

EL Illustration

Question: How can I select scaffolds by ELs’ English Language Proficiency Level?

Diane Staehr Fenner:Now that you’re more familiar with what scaffolds are, as well as the three different categories of scaffolds, the next step is to select and try out some scaffolds for ELs. It can feel a bit daunting to try out a scaffold or two if you haven’t done so before. So, I’ll give you some guidance to help out.

In order to select appropriate scaffolds, you’ll need to know your ELs’ backgrounds, as well as their academic strengths and needs. You’ll also need to have a sense of the linguistic demands of your instructional tasks to determine which scaffold(s) will best support your ELs in being able to successfully engage with and complete the academic task.

Selecting scaffolds can cause us to look at our instructional tasks in a new, exciting way. Instead of simplifying the tasks we give ELs, it is instead the nature of the scaffold that is critical for ELs’ success with a particular lesson.6As you consider how to scaffold a specific activity, think about the three categories of scaffolds that you may wish to include; you don’t have to include all three of them. (See Part 1 Https:// Your ELs’ strengths and needs will vary depending on the academic task that they’re working on.

Also, please keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules for selecting appropriate scaffolds for ELs of varying proficiency levels. Some scaffolds might be developmentally appropriate for all students (e.g., graphic organizers or pair work) and may be used as supports for the whole class, including English proficient students. It is also important to note that an EL’s need for a particular scaffold will vary depending on his or her familiarity of the content and the complexity of the task.

The table below provides some general guidelines for you for selecting scaffolds for ELs at different English language proficiency (ELP) levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced). This graphic is adapted from my scaffolding collaboration with Dr. Diane August. Even though this table provides a starting point, I always suggest using your professional judgement when selecting scaffolds.

Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level

Q: How can I incorporate scaffolding for ELs into my lesson planning?

DSF:Once you have selected a scaffold or two to try out with your ELs, it’s time to think a bit more deeply about how you’ll incorporate those scaffolds into your instruction. Our “Scaffolded Lesson Planning Checklist” will provide you with some considerations in doing so. In scaffolding instruction, I recommend you constantly reflect on the efficacy of particular scaffolds you use and adjust your instruction appropriately.

Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level

Q: How can I collaborate to scaffold ELs’ instruction and assessment?

DSF:One final consideration in successfully scaffolding instruction and assessment for ELs is to collaborate. As you begin scaffolding your instruction, think of other teachers who could support you in this endeavor. If you’re a grade level content teacher, you could turn to an ESOL teacher in your school for resources and advice on how to scaffold a particular lesson. If you’re an ESOL teacher, you could offer to work with content teachers to suggest scaffolds for particular lessons and assessments. You also may wish to offer to model the use of scaffolds in a particular lesson. Collaboration is key to successfully implementing scaffolding for ELs.

This is a starting point to help teachers incorporate scaffolds into their instruction for ELs, framed around one chapter in Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible by Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner and Dr. Sydney Snyder. The book offers a toolbox of strategies for teaching ELs and ensuring they can succeed in today's more rigorous classrooms. For more in-depth training on scaffolding for ELs, please see SupportEd's face to face and online professional development.


  1. Gibbons, P. (2015). Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom. (2nd ed.) Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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About the Author

Diane Staehr Fenner is the Co-Author of Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible as well as the President of Washington-D.C. based SupportEd.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Learners (Part 1)

January 28, 2019
Diane Staehr Fenner

This is the first part of a two-part post on incorporating the instructional strategy of scaffolding into their classroom. Check back next week for Part 2.

Categories of Scaffolds and Examples

With English Learners (ELs) numbering more than 4.8 million and comprising 10 percent of the general school-aged population, all teachers should consider themselves teachers of ELs. To that end, all teachers must have strategies and tools to support ELs in accessing challenging content while helping them acquire academic language. With the right tools, teachers can easily incorporate the instructional strategy of scaffolding into their teaching.

How can teachers acquire these tools? For this, turns to the EL expertise of Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner, the president of SupportEd. Started in 2011, Support-Ed provides EL professional development, curriculum and assessment expertise, and programmatic assistance to school districts across the country.

Question: What are scaffolds?

Diane Staehr Fenner:According to Pauline Gibbons (2015), a scaffold is a temporary support a teacher provides to a student that enables the student to perform a task he or she would not be able to perform alone. This support comes in such forms as classroom materials and/or resources provided to the student, the instructional practices the teacher uses, or even how students are grouped during instruction.1Scaffolds will vary and change over time as ELs’ knowledge of content and academic language increases.2In fact, our goal when scaffolding for ELs is ultimately for them to be able to perform the task independently and without use of scaffolds.

Scaffolding for ELs should not be limited to scaffolding instruction only, but should also include supporting assessments as a way of making them more valid for ELs. Imagine not only being instructed in a language you don’t understand, but also taking content assessments in that same unfamiliar language.

While some may feel that scaffolded assessments give ELs an unfair advantage over proficient students, that is simply not the case. When you remove or diminish the language barriers that might be obstacles for ELs, you increase the validity of that assessment and can more accurately identify content knowledge and skills. An assessment does not need to look the same for all students, as students can demonstrate what they know in a variety of ways.3

In scaffolding an assessment, for example, ELs at beginning levels of English proficiency may demonstrate their understanding of content through non-verbal assessments such as picture sorts, where ELs at higher levels of proficiency may benefit from using sentence stems or frames to complete an assessment.4As with scaffolding instruction, as students gain English proficiency, teachers can gradually release scaffolded support on classroom-based assessments.5

Q: What are different types of scaffolds for ELs?

DSF:Scaffolds can be grouped into three categories:

  • Materials and resources
  • Instruction
  • Student grouping

Our “Categories of Scaffolds and Examples” table shares examples of each category of scaffold, though this list is not exhaustive. In my collaboration with teachers of ELs, I find that many only think scaffolds fit into the “materials and resources” category. Often, they’re surprised at the types of scaffolds that we consider to be within the “instruction” and “student grouping” categories. Sometimes, they’ve been scaffolding for ELs all along but just didn’t realise it!

Categories of Scaffolds and Examples


  1. Gibbons, P. (2015). Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom. (2nd ed.) Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

  2. Daniel, S., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M., Silverman, R. (2015). "Beyond "yes or no?" Shifting from over-scaffolding to contingent scaffolding in literacy education with emergent bilingual students." TESOL Journal, 7(2), 393–420.

  3. Gottlieb, M. (2016). Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity: Connecting Academic Language Proficiency to Student Achievement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

  4. August, D., Staehr Fenner, D., & Snyder, S. (2014). "Scaffolding instruction for English language learners: A resource guide for ELA."

  5. Gottlieb, M. Katz, A., & Ernst-Slavit, G. (2009). Paper to practise: Implementing TESOL’s PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.

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About the Author

Diane Staehr Fenner is the Co-Author of Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content AccessibleAs well as the President of Washington-D.C. based SupportEd

4 Ways Kids Can Connect to Dr. King

January 14, 2019
Lily Jones

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 21, marks the 33rd year in which Americans celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. As you talk with your children or students about Dr. King, take a minute to think about what you would like your students to learn from him.

While Dr. King lived “long ago”, as children might see it, his life's work and accomplishments still resonate today. Explore with children the connections that they can make to their lives. For example, explore concepts such as nonviolence, protest, and equality. Imagine how your children can put Dr. King’s messages into action.

Below are a few ideas that might spark activities in the home or classroom.

Discuss bullying,Both face-to-face and cyber. Work together to consider how to deal with bullying and issues of inequality in a peaceful way.

Take inspirationFrom how Dr. King was able to spark change through the power of his words. Is there something around your school or community that children feel should be fixed or changed? Have children brainstorm how they can peacefully get their voices heard.

Focus on collaboration.While Dr. King played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement, he did not work alone. For example, to make their voices heard and to protest unfair treatment or laws, people would often march peacefully. These marches required a lot of people to work together. Discuss with children how people can work together to speak out against treatment or laws that might be unfair.

Connect to the present.People around the world are using the power of protest and non-violent resistance. Share that these tactics are not just a thing of the past, but a powerful approach to change. For example, consider talking about how over 785,000 people around the world marched in 2015’s Global Climate March to show their support for preventing climate change.

For more inspiration or information about Dr. King’s life, a few good kid-friendly titles include:

Ages 3-6

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther KingBy Jean Marzollo

Ages 6-9

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.By Doreen Rappaport March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the WorldBy Christine King Farris

About the Author

Lily Jones is the Learning Design Manager at She has been a year one & year two teacher, instructional coach, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer. Throughout everything she does, Lily hopes to make learning fun for both teachers and students.

Dashboard is now Progress Tracker!

January 4, 2019
Bill Walter

The Dashboard is now called Progress Tracker. This exciting new tool provides tons more more detail on how your child or student is mastering each subject and skill.

Assignments now appear in separate sections to allow teachers and parents a quick and easy way to manage assignments and track student progress towards mastery.

New Feature: Assignments!

October 9, 2017
Kevin Nguyen

Our audience of parents and teachers spoke, and we delivered; is proud to unveil...Assignments! This new site feature allows users to choose from our hundreds of engaging learning games and exercises to create assignments for students. See below for details and simple instructions on how to use this exciting new feature:

How to Assign Games or Exercises

  1. Select a game or exercise that you would like to assign.
  2. Click on the "Assign" button.
  3. From here, you have two options: Add the game or exercise to a new assignment, or add to an existing assignment.
  4. If you're creating a new assignment, give it a name. Adding a description or due date is optional. Click "Next".
  5. Select the child(ren) you want to send this assignment to, then click "Done". You will see a confirmation message once it has been successfully assigned.

How Children Can Access Their Assignments

  1. Your students can log in through your Pro membership log-in, or at by entering the Classroom Mode code.
  2. Once your child selects their profile, they will land on our main menu where they will see available assignments and due dates (if applicable).
  3. To complete the assignments, students click on the games or exercises listed on the assignment page, play, learn, and have fun!
  4. The main menu also allows students to see their progress in each individual game and exercise in the assignment.

Track Assignment Progress

As your child completes each assignment, you'll be able to track their performance in the Assignments tab of our Progress Tracker. You'll also be able to make edits to assignments from here, like removing games or exercises, or changing the due date.

We're very excited about our new assignments feature. For us, it represents our continued commitment to making our products easier and more useful to teachers, parents, and young learners. To that end, please feel free to give us your candid feedback. We'd love to know how we're doing and what can be improved.

Have a Smarter Summer

June 8, 2017
Kat Rosa & Blythe Tai

Summer Learning Series 2017

School may be out, but fun, independent learning is always in. With our Free Summer Learning Series, your little one can still build skills, gain confidence, and get inspired all summer long.

Each week during the series, we'll release a new volume of curated worksheets and a premium guided lesson, designed by our award-winning artists and teachers. Instead of a lengthy reading list, our series is chock-full of puzzles, drawing projects, singalong songs, and animated games. Plus, we've paced it so that you simply tackle one week at a time.

We'll help you navigate all 12 weeks of our Summer Series with weekly emails, so you never miss a volume—no matter where your summer adventures may take you.

During the long summer weeks, too many kids lose their momentum, forget skills they worked hard to learn, and have a difficult time picking up the thread when school resumes. In fact, the average student loses about two months in maths and reading skills. Our program is designed in partnership with teachers to specifically address the skills kids need to make the transition between grades, from year one through sixth.

We passionately believe year-round learning is in every kid's best interest. As longtime members will know, we've hosted all types of summer programs, from DIY camps to reading adventures. And we couldn't be more excited about what we've got in store for you this year!

Our Summer Learning Series kicks off this Sunday, June 11th, so keep your eyes peeled for our first volume. We hope that you (and your kids) love it as much as we do. Let us know what you think—tag us on Twitter @education_com or send us an email at

See the entire Summer Learning Series here.

New! Guided Lessons, Exercises & More

September 8, 2016
Kevin Nguyen

You may have noticed that looks a little different recently! We’re excited to reveal our updated look and introduce a few new exciting features that we think you’ll enjoy.

Skills Organization and New Exercises in Learning Resources

Until recently, millions of users visited us daily to download a worksheet or play a game. We took a close look and realized that our users wanted resources that were more focused around practising a specific skill. In order to better help parents and teachers achieve this, our expert educator team Reorganized our library of learning resources by skills. Now if you want your child to work on subject-verb agreement, you can find all the different resources we have that teach that skill on a single page, whether it’s a worksheet, game, story, activity, or exercise.

Learning Resources

Grouping our resources by skill also acts as a great tool to help parents understand what skills are covered in each grade and subject. For instance, by selecting year 2 and maths, parents will find that Number Sense is an important topic covered in their child’s grade.

Finally, we’re proud to introduce ExercisesTo our collection of learning resources. To complement our games, songs, and stories, we’ve added maths, reading, and writing exercises for 3rd-5th graders. Exercises allow kids to practise skills using interactive graphs, visual models, and many other components that can increase conceptual understanding. With the addition of exercises to our existing early learning program, members now have access to an entire digital learning program from Pre-K all the way through year 6!

Step-by-Step Lessons

New Guided Lessons

We’re extremely excited to reveal our Guided Lessons sectionAs an integral part of the new Our guided lessons section creates an online learning program that combines all of our learning resources into carefully designed, sequenced lessons that help kids learn maths, reading, and writing skills. Through guided lessons, parents and teachers can work with children or allow them to learn independently to build foundational academic skills.

With over 150 lessons and growing, members can access our step-by-step curriculum, created by our team of experts that include national and state Teachers of the Year, accomplished curriculum designers, and veteran graduates and advisors from institutions like Stanford University and UC Berkeley graduate schools of education.

Guided Lessons are kid-safe—meaning they’re entirely free of ads—and incorporate progress reporting, so you can quickly identify areas where your learner excels or needs help.

Guided Lessons

Teaching Tools

Lastly, Our Teaching Tools sectionIs a quick place for you to access content that is relevant to educators, like our Worksheet generator, Lesson plans, Common Core resources, and more upcoming tools.

We really think you’ll love the new Guided Lessons and updates to Learning Resources and Teaching Tools as much as we loved making them. We at love to hear what our members have to say, so please tell us what you think about our new look and if there are any other things you’d like to see! Tag us on Twitter @education_com or send us an email at

About the Author

Kevin M.A. Nguyen is Product Manager at, a leading online destination for educators of students pre-K through year six. He is a US Army veteran and learning designer by training. is Renovating... Sneak Peek of What’s to Come!

August 12, 2016
Kevin Nguyen

Here at we’ve been working hard to bring you a new experience we think parents and teachers will love. We’ll be revamping the site and introducing new features based off feedback from both our loyal users and our brilliant education advisors.

More details and full access to new features are coming soon, but we want to give you an exclusive sneak peek of what’s coming:


Skills Organization

Some people come to to look for worksheets or games, but sometimes you don’t care about the type of resource, you just want something that will help your child learn a specific skill, like two-digit addition. We’ve organized each of our 30,000+ learning resources by skill, so you can find all the different types of learning resources we offer that can help teach a certain skill or subject. (But don’t worry, you can still search for worksheets or games too.)

Digital Exercises

In addition to our online games for PreK - year 3, we’re expanding our digital offerings to include fun exercises suitable for 3rd - 5th graders to practise maths and ELA skills.

Guided Lessons

We’re really excited about this one! Our curriculum designers and experienced teachers have designed a learning program with an immersive experience that can take kids all the way from PreK through year 6. Complete with a points and rewards system for kids, and detailed progress reports for parents and teachers, our new guided lessons are the perfect blend of learning and fun.

I want to assure all of our current customers that there’s nothing to worry about—everything you’ve enjoyed about will still be around. We’ve just reorganized the site to make it even easier for you to find the learning resources you know and love, and we’ve added some great new features to improve ease of use and learning outcomes for your kids.

Stay tuned! We’re looking forward to unveiling the new very soon.

Have concerns, questions, or thoughts? Shoot us an emailTo let us know what you think, or send us a tweet @education_com.

About the Author

Kevin M.A. Nguyen is product manager at, a leading online destination for educators of students Pre-K through year six. He is a US Army veteran and learning designer by training.

Brainzy year three maths Has Launched!

April 26, 2016
Jenny Paradise

Second graders can finally get in on the fun of Brainzy! We recently expanded our maths and reading program for kids ages 3-8 to include a new year three maths section, featuring games, songs, and stories.

Brainzy Second Games

To help us with our expansion into year three, we recruited experienced educators to identify the most important maths concepts to cover. Once overarching skills were determined, teacher consultants were brought in to help. Our education experts oversaw the execution of each skill in a digital context, translating the most effective hands-on, manipulative learning strategies into gaming experiences. We then tested our games in real year three classrooms to ensure their quality and effectiveness. Boasting 38 new games, our new sequences cover essential year three maths skills, including addition, subtraction, place value, geometry, measurement and data, time, and money. Fun and creative songs and stories put new concepts into contexts that help maths learners understand them in fresh ways.

These Brainzy games encourage students to try out new skills without a fear of failure, and have fun as they persevere to master each skill they tackle.

You can unlock our entire year three learning program on the Brainzy dashboard as part of Your Plus or Pro account. A sampling of our brand new games are available to play, with more being added each week. Check out a selection of our Year three maths games now. Later this year, we’ll add year three reading games to help your child grow and become a better reader and writer.

About the Author

Jenny Paradise found the perfect marriage of her passions and skills when she joined the team in 2011.

Previously, Jenny served as a Web Producer for Extra TV, where she oversaw editorial initiatives and built a varied skill set for digital content production. She discovered a love for early childhood education while teaching English abroad in South Korea. Since starting at, Jenny has been an influential content creator for the company, lending her expertise to the site’s games, products and resources for educators. She is passionate about improving how kids learn, and enjoys empowering educators.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Our Newest Partner: Clever

April 19, 2016
Todd Schwartz, Co-CEO

This morning, I received an alert from the bank about a suspicious transaction. I immediately went to log into my online account, but I couldn’t remember my password. Because I change passwords so frequently out of paranoia, I was locked out.

Most of us use logins for everything. For online banking, food delivery, retail, streaming music... the list goes on. We all know the drill. Type in the wrong password, request a new one, go to email to confirm, use your childhood phone number as the new password (again). Times have changed, and we can no longer afford to use the same password over and over again.

Even more than the average person, teachers need to easily access all the utilities they use in the classroom. Clever, an educational platform for teachers, has taken this challenge on—imagine that.

Today, we announced a new partnership with Clever, and we think you’ll love them. If you’re a teacher and you haven't heard about Clever, you probably will soon. As we’ve all seen, there are seemingly an unlimited number of new learning applications available for teachers to use in the classroom. This is a good thing, right? Potentially. New technologies also come with challenges—especially if you’re dealing with sensitive student data. Keeping track of all those URLs, apps, usernames, and passwords takes time. The Clever team realized these challenges, so they developed a platform where educators can easily choose applications and learning tools that support their teaching needs while eliminating the challenges of accessing them in a secure way. And it's very simple. Districts can keep track of what applications teachers in the school system are using, and individual schools can approve applications and products for use by teachers and students. No brainer, right? aims to be everywhere teachers, parents and homeschoolers look for educational resources online—including in the tech systems schools and districts use most. Between our more than 2.5 million U.S. teacher members and Clever being used in 1 in 3 domestic schools, it was a very natural fit. So for us, it was an easy decision to put the Clever login right next to our own.

So if you’re a teacher and your school isn’t using Clever yet, talk to your principal about getting it in your district. It’s a great tool, and now you’ll be able to log in with your childhood phone number just once.

About the Author

Todd co-founded in 2007 with the goal of providing parents and teachers with high quality educational resources.

Todd previously served as Executive Vice President of the IPG Media Search Marketing Services unit, where he built the team and developed a plan to consolidate the holding company's search engine marketing practise, offering tools and services to all IPG agencies. Prior to IPG, Todd co-founded and launched directMASS, a search engine and interactive marketing firm, and Rotomedia, a small advertising sales startup. Before directMASS, Todd served as Director of Sales for Ask Jeeves in the New York City office, where he helped propel the company into a market leader position.

Todd received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland and has served as an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University. Todd currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

New! Chrome Apps & Brainzy Classroom Mode

April 8, 2016
Kevin Nguyen is now in the Google Chrome Webstore! We’re excited to introduce two new free Chrome apps: Education.comAnd Brainzy by

What does this mean for you?

The appActs like a bookmark by giving you quick and easy access to the site and your membership without requiring you to log in each time.

Brainzy by Education.comAllows your kids to start playing Brainzy games right away without requiring you to log in and access the page for them each and every time! Simply download the app, log in once with your Plus or Pro membership, and your kids can play, navigate levels, and even switch players all from the app. Closing out the app doesn’t log you out, so they can get back to Brainzy easily without your help.

Brainzy Switch Players

These apps can be downloaded on any Mac or PC that has a Google Chrome browser. They’re especially convenient for classrooms that use Chromebooks.

In addition to the apps, we've launched a new feature in Brainzy for our Pro members: Classroom Mode! This has been requested by many of our teachers and we're excited to bring it to you.

Pro members can now turn on Classroom Mode in their Brainzy Dashboard. When enabled, Classroom Mode lets a user customize Brainzy with a teacher and school name and generates a unique code their students can use to login:

Classroom Mode Toggle

Students only need the unique access code to login to Brainzy (Http:// They no longer need the teacher's email and password.

Access Code

After logging in with the code, the student will see the customized teacher and school name.

Classroom Branding

Classroom mode also works with the Brainzy by App, so your students can quickly get to Brainzy and start playing. We hope you enjoy these new features and we at can't wait to show you what's next!

New Features: Workbooks

February 1, 2016

We've updated the Workbooks sectionOf! Just as with Lesson plans, search for and find the workbooks and subjects you're looking for with our improved search bar located on the left side of the screen. The search bar located here works even faster than before to look through titles, subjects, and tags including Common Core nodes for the workbooks that apply, allowing you to quickly narrow your search within workbooks. You can also use the navigation panel on the left to filter by grade and/or subject. Hold down the Shift keyTo click and select more than one filter. Workbooks Filters

Now you can choose between Grid View and List View. Grid View showcases each workbook's cover image, plus at-a-glance info for the subject and grade. List View provides descriptions and other information to help you make your decision and compare multiple books on one web page. Grid View previewList View preview

Visit the workbooks sectionAnd see for yourself! We hope you enjoy the new features.

New Feature: Download History

January 20, 2016

We’ve just launched the Download History feature! With Download History, you can find and re-download the resources you’ve used in the past that may be useful again. For instance, if you teach the same grade every year, you can easily retrieve the same content you used in previous classes for this year’s students.

You can find Download History in your account dropdown.

My Downloads Dropdown Menu

Search for your materials by year and month using the navigation to the left. When you click on a month you’ll automatically be scrolled to it. You can tell where in time you are by what’s highlighted.

To re-download your content, simply click on the thumbnail. If it’s been a while and you’d like more information about your download, click on the title and you’ll be taken to its description page.

Navigating Download History

New Feature: Notifications

January 20, 2016

New Notifications Alert

We’ve launched a new notification system which you may have noticed in the top right corner of your screen when you logged in. With it, we’ll keep you updated on the goings on of and your account including new features (such as Lesson plans, Learning games, and more), blog posts, account reminders, and promotions. Enjoy!

As you can see in the image below, once you've clicked on and read a notification it will become gray. Notifications will remain for a limited amount of time; if you don't want to see a message anymore simply click the "x" to delete the message. Notifications Expanded View

New Features: Lesson Plans

January 11, 2016

We've updated the lesson plans section of! This includes improvements for speed - pages now load up to four times faster so that you can find resources more quickly. To go along with that we've made the search bar in lesson plans (on the lefthand) more powerful. Try it out - search by author name, Common Core node if applicable, or any important terms that may come up in the text of a lesson plan.

Now you can also filter by multiple grades or subjects. Want to see both kindergarten AndYear one lesson plans? Hold the ShiftKey when selecting grade or subject filters.

We started out lesson plans by asking contributors to give us their best, tried-and-true lessons from their own classrooms, and grew from there. We hope these new technical features help you get the most out of that lesson plans content.

New Lesson Plans Pages

Printable Brainzy Certificates Added to Your Dashboard

November 30, 2015
Candice, Content Manager

Achievement Certificates are available to print for your kids as they progress through Brainzy games or for anything worth celebrating! Simply log in to and go to your games dashboard to take a closer look and download your certificates.

Certificates Starring Brainzy Characters + You!

Brainzy is a maths and literacy program created by made up of rich stories, games, and songs for kids ages four to seven. Try out individual games or stories in the Games section of the website. For the full program go to your games dashboard, or, if you're not an subscriber see what you'll unlock in BrainzyIf you join.

Save Worksheets to Google Drive

November 18, 2015
Candice, Content Manager

Save any worksheet directly to Google Drive.

Are you signed in to your Gmail or Google+ account? Then you're one click from saving worksheets to your Google Drive. Saving direct to Drive is an alternative to downloading worksheets onto your computer, emailing links to yourself, or using the Collect feature.

We're happy to be able to provide this option for our users who have Google accounts; to make grabbing The worksheetsYou want even more convenient.

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12 New Borders to Finish Off Your Custom Worksheets

November 10, 2015
Candice, Content Manager

Bonfire border on Division Practice SheetHiking Border on Fact Families Worksheet

Twelve new themed borders are ready to top off any of our customizable worksheets. Head over to our Worksheet makerTo generate word lists and puzzles by putting in vocabulary words of your choice into Options, or choose Options settings for maths worksheets. Select a Theme to add a little, not a lot, of decoration to the page, then download or save to use your worksheets when you need them.

Worksheet Generator Themes Preview

Don't see what you want? Give us your feedback and ideas to help improve worksheet generator Here.

Lesson Plans Have Arrived!

October 21, 2015
Jenny, Editorial Director

Organizing for the classroom requires teachers to meticulously plan out each day, hunting for resources to complement each lesson and creating backup plans for students who need differentiation.

We recruited over 70 contributors with experience teaching elementary-aged children from all over the United States to share their expertise. Working with a diverse group of educators gave our lesson plans a wide breadth of themes and knowledge, ensuring that all teachers could find a lesson that worked for their classes.

To date, we have published 965 lesson plans and counting, moving forward to our goal of 1000. Our lesson plans cover maths, science, reading, writing, social studies, and ESL topics.

"The inspirations for our lesson planning template included the structure of mini-lessons used by Lucy Calkins in the Teachers College of Reading and Writing Curriculum and the structure of interactive modeling developed by Responsive Classroom," explains Tatum Omari, the Director of Curriculum at "The end product we were aiming for with our template was one that incorporated best practices in instruction and that could easily be adapted to any subject area."

Many of our lesson plans are paired with original content, such as worksheets, customized worksheets, workbooks, digital games and activity ideas. These materials help students practise the skills using a range of strategies, so there’s something useful for every kind of learner.

Our new lesson plans help streamline the process of classroom planning by offering educators structured plans that help students practise everything from counting and multiplication to reading comprehension.

Lesson plans are available for kindergarten through year six—check out our growing collection at Http://

It’s All Coming Together: Check Out Materials

October 16, 2015
Candice, Content Manager

There are so many resources on—where do you get started? We've chosen to focus on grades kindergarten to five. So while we offer content in the grades above, we really shine in elementary school subjects. Read on to see what we have and hear about what's coming soon.

Our 4,200 activities are made up of arts & crafts, group games, and practise ideas for reading, writing, maths, science, and social studies in kindergarten to high school. You can find activities here: Http://

Brainzy, our online learning program, offers 450 Common Core-aligned games for kindergarten, year one, and year two, with Year three coming soon. You can access a sampling of featured games, stories, and songs online: Http://

Lesson plans are our LatestContent addition, and written by teachers for kindergarten to year 6 in maths, reading, writing, science, social studies, and ESL subjects. At over 900 lesson plans currently available on, we’ll soon reach 1000! You can view our latest lesson plans here: Http://

Our 1,800 science fair projects explore physical science, Earth & space, and life science topics for kids in year one through high school. You can see science projects here: Http://

We offer 359 workbooks in a growing library of academic skills and seasonal topics for kindergarten to year 6. Workbooks are written in collaboration with educators to cover reading, writing, maths, science, socials studies, and the arts. You can browse workbooks here: Http:// features more than 18,000 worksheets for students in kindergarten through high school, covering reading, writing, maths, social studies, science, and seasonal and holiday content. This includes coloring pages just for fun and fine motor skills, all sorts of stories, and even Common Core aligned material. Find resources here: Http://

Our worksheet generator provides 17 templates to create endless worksheets for maths or reading practise. This includes word searches, crosswords, word scrambles, and matching lists with words of your choice. Worksheets to practise the basic operations and fact families can be customized in several ways, generating from 5 to 20 problems on a page for you. You can try it out here: Http://

Signing up to for free gives you limited access to our most popular content including the ability to make your own worksheets, and you'll stay up-to-date with our newsletter. As an Plus member you get access to worksheets and answer sheets, worksheet generator, activities, workbooks, and science projects, a limited number of lesson plans per month, and up to three player accounts in Brainzy. As an Pro member you get unlimited access to everything, an ad-free website experience, up to 35 player accounts in Brainzy, and early access to new features. All levels of membership allow a certain amount of access to the content and resources above, and our Brainzy games sections and portal are always free of advertising.

Stay tuned to the blog to see more lesson plans, great holiday content, a new grade level coming to Brainzy, material to meet your Common Core needs, and more!

Welcome to What's New on

October 5, 2015
Candice, Content Manager

Welcome to What's New! Here you'll find out about things we’re working on, like when we launch new tools or features on the website, and what seasonal content you can expect. Come back often to find out more about the parts of you already know and use, and upcoming features we think you’re going to love. Workbooks by Dover Publications

July 16, 2015

We're so proud to bring your favorite workbooks to print; put together through’s partnership with Dover Publications.

“One of the main requests we have heard from our members,” states co-CEO Todd Schwartz, “is to make our worksheets available in a book format. So for the past few years, we’ve searched for a publisher that shares our core values—and the name that we kept returning to was Dover Publications. Dover has been in business for over seven decades and they have always made sure to keep prices low and the educational content high. In fact, they offer hundreds of books for children that are filled with the same type of educational activities that are found in our worksheets. It is also exciting that their wide distribution network will make our products available in entirely new channels.”

“When Hayward and Blanche Cirker founded Dover in 1941,” adds Dover’s President, Frank Fontana, “they were determined to publish high-quality works at prices that were in reach of just about any reader. Our very first title was a low-priced reprint of a mathematics text, so we have been in the educational business since day one. Even our children’s titles help educate as they entertain since we publish coloring and activity books about counting, famous people, historical events, and more. So a partnership with makes perfect sense—we’re very complementary companies. provides the worksheet expertise, and our staff of professionals design, edit, publish, and market the actual books. Flipping through the first few titles, it’s obvious that the collaboration has been a rousing success.”

The workbook series launches with 20 grade-specific titles, including Creatures & Counting, Adventures in Writing, Fun with Nature, Earth & Sky, Maths Mania, and All Sorts of Science. Each workbook offers 100 pages of worksheets

Printed and distributed by Dover Publications, the new workbooks are now available at, Amazon, Books-a-Million, and other major retailers.

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