Tag Archives: free

Bring Election Excitement to Your Classroom

It’s not too late to get your students involved in the election!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it either.


University of Virginia‘s Center for Politics Youth Leadership Initiative has a large number of teacher’s resources, lesson plans and background information for schools to use when teaching about the election.  Enrollment is free and entitles you to a CD which tells you how to run a mock election at your school.


If you choose to do a mock election for your school, you can set up a computerized election  through YLI that will be held online between October 20-30, 2008.


The League of Women Voters has a great nonpartisan election guide. You can get it here.  The election guide has a section that tells all about the salary, duties, election requirements and term of the President.  But what makes this elections REALLY great is a non partisan short (read: kid-friendly) overview of the three major candidates (betcha forgot Nader!) and their take on the following five issues: global climate change, cost of health care, economic disparity and education.


Come to think of it NONPARTISAN is a great word to put on your spelling and vocabulary words this week! For that matter, if you want to learn other election terms and even play a bingo game with students look at this from Education World.

I really LOVE the things that Cybrary man has done with his website. I found his link at teachernet and I think he is one inspiring teacher.  Among other things I found at his site was a link to many pictures and ideas for election bulletin boards, doors and displays.  Here’s a link to his election collection, but I recommend staying to see all the other things he has gathered at his website besides the election.


Filed under Election

Growing Celery and Onions FOR FREE

As I was chopping celery this morning for a classroom experiment, I thought I should share this tip: Save the bottom (root) part of the celery that you cut off. Bury an inch down in a pot of soil and in a few weeks you will have celery cutting to use in your cooking!

I freeze the celery tops in a zip lock bag  (more about how I recycle those later–yes, I AM that frugal) and use them to make broth.  When I have bones from meat that has been cooked, I add my stash of celery, some onions and whatever frozen veggies that wouldn’t be used for a side dish and simmer it with a glub of apple cider vinegar.


What’s that for, you say?


The vinegar helps to leach some of the calcium from the bones and you are left with delicious AND very nutritious broth. The BEST thing you can eat/drink when you are sick.  But I digress….


While I was at it, I did the same for an onion so I could post this tip too—cut off the bottom ¼” of the root end of an onion and bury about an inch down in your garden and you will have lovely, if not onions, greens to use in cooking.  I never throw out an onion bottom anymore. And I always have green onions coming up amongst my vegetables AND flowers.


I mean, have you SEEN how expensive green onions are in the winter? After that nasty e-coli breakout in imported green onions last winter, I am very happy to grow my own thank you very much!


For Free, no less.







1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Free Starbucks Coffee during the Month of September

Starbucks is offering teachers free coffee until September 28.  Take proof that you are a teacher (badge, certified teacher information) with you and get a tall size (12 fl. oz.) cup of coffee every Monday throughout the month of September.


     It’s nice that businesses like Starbucks recognize how important teachers are and how hard their jobs are.


     You can find out more about the offer at the Starbucks website.

Leave a comment

Filed under Frugality, teaching

Gift from the Printer

     Recently I was at a local printers making and enlarging a copy from an old photograph I have of our town. (note frugal tip for another post….)


     When the store clerks learned I was a teacher, they gifted me with a box of paper scraps that they had accumulated.      They said that the store owner’s wife had been a teacher and before she retired, she used these paper scraps in many ways.


     Boy, have I used them!  Most of them are card stock. The wide ones I use for making sentence/word cards, games, bulletin board title backgrounds, etc.. The smaller ones go in a box that are available for students to use as bookmarks.


     This weekend, I am using them to make a game where you write the longitude/latitude of a city on a card and the city name on another card. Students must match their longitude and latitude to the city card.  What a lot of money my games would cost if I had to buy cardstock for each game!

Leave a comment

Filed under Frugality, Paper Products