If you are looking for FREE activities to use with your elementary students, I got you covered! Unfortunately, thousands of schools across the nation are closing ( or are preparing to close) due to COVID-19. Believe it or not, I got the notice in March that my district will be closing for at least 2 weeks. (Turns out, we have been now out for almost 7 weeks.) Once I knew we would be home, I knew I wanted to create a list of free teaching activities for elementary students so that I could help teachers all over the world!
Luckily, my district and our amazing teachers quickly prepared for this closure by providing digital and paper based lessons for students in grades K-12 so that they can learn remotely at home. Unfortunately, some other schools did not have enough time to prepare for this pandemic. And while some schools have not officially closed yet, many parents will be keeping their children home out of precaution. As a mom, I can totally relate to why parents want to keep their children home. Above all, we want our children and students to be safe. And that’s what’s important.
However, let’s be real.
This is a scary and trying time for all of us. Trying to work from home while being a parent is a constant struggle. For students, there are feelings of confusion, frustration, and loneliness. Despite this being a challenging time for everyone, I decided to be proactive. Honestly, I have always seen myself as a ‘helper’. I always try and find ways I can help my friends, family, and my colleagues. As an instructional coach, my role is to help teachers and their students in and out of the classroom. I knew I wanted to help teachers make their lives a bit less hectic. But how?
I reached out to my fellow elementary TpT friends to create a list of FREE activities for elementary students. This list of free activities is something that parents can use with their children while home. If you are an elementary teacher who is trying to gather free activities together in preparation for a school closure, I am hoping that some of these activities can help you and your elementary students. SPREAD THE WORD! Please feel free to email this blog post about free activities to parents as well. As always, we are all in this together!
Special Thanks to these AMAZING ladies for contributing:
Amanda from Thompson’s Teachings
Peyton from The Social Emotional Teacher
Sara from Draz’s Class
Emily from Three Cheers for 3rd Grade
Rachel from Onerful in First
Alexa from Bilingual Scrapbook
Rachel from Fifth is my JAM
Suzanne from Suzanne’s Plans
Andrea from Made for First Grade
Ashley from Pencils and Playgrounds
Jacyln from Fun in 401
Shelley from Smiling and Shining in 2nd Grade
Elyse from A is for Apples
Carrie from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
Kaley from Leaping into Learning
Lisa from Dandelion Wishes
Diana from My Day in K
Rachael from from Literacy with the Littles
Celeste from Eduhighway
Dena from Miss Tech Queen
Adriana from Teaching with Ms. Suazo
Amy from Amazing Materials for You
Janet from Sunny in SoCal
Casie from The Curious Hippo
Laura from Southern Belle Teaching
Nicole from Crafty Curriculum
Kelly from Sixth Grade Strong
Pam and Brittany from S.O.L Train
Julia from School With Jules
Sammie from Fantastically Fourth Grade
Ms. Coopz from Pencils and Sandcastles
Andrea from Learning and Loving It
Jessica from Mrs. Perez Teacher Tools
Julie from Big Ideas for Little Hands
Kaitlin from The Teaching Mama
Susan from Penley’s Pointe
Melissa from The Teaching Q
Elyse from Stars in the Making
Jen from Miss V in 3
Jackie from Jackie Crews
FREE activities for Pre-K / Kindergarten
Alphabet Letter Recognition with Dot Markers from Elementary at HEART
ABC Bingo Cards from Suzanne’s Plans
Find the Letters in Spanish from Bilingual Scrapbook
2D Shape Hunt from A is for Apples
3D Shape Hunt from A is for Apples
Making Ten Friends of Ten from Dandelion Wishes
Creating with Shapes from Fun in 401
Story Sequencing for Little Learners from Fun in 401
Learning to Write- Spring and Summer Theme from Fun in 401
Story Maps Graphic Organizers from My Day in K
Number Monster Recognition from My Day in K
Word Work CVC & Vowel Games from My Day in K
Rainbow Counting from Literacy with the Littles
Count and Graph from The Education Highway
Beginning Sounds Worksheets from The Education Highway
Order Sequence Number Boom Cards from Big Ideas for Little Hands
CVC Sound Boxes from Big Ideas for Little Hands
Find the Colors Boom Cards from Big Ideas for Little Hands
FREE activities for First Grade
Spring Math Worksheets from Made for First Grade
No Prep At Home Learning Packet from Made for First Grade
Place Value Donut Shop from Thompson’s Teachings
Distance Learning Editable Schedule from Thompson’s Teachings
Place Value Tens and Ones with Mini Erasers from Thompson’s Teachings
Place Value Breakfast from Thompson’s Teachings
K-2 Social Emotional Learning at Home for 2 Weeks from The Social Emotional Teacher
Building Blocks Add 3 Numbers and Missing Addends from Dandelion Wishes
Spring Missing Addends and Ten Frames from Dandelion Wishes
Construction Themed CVC Word Board Game from Literacy with the Littles
Time to the Hour from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
Sight Word Activities from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
Tiny Sight Words from Adventures in Kinder and Beyond
GL Blends Worksheets from The Education Highway
Bingo Choice Board from Suzanne’s Plans
Adding Within Ten Interactive Task Cards from Crafty Curriculum
Simple Addition Fact Puzzles from Crafty Curriculum
Primary Economics for Kids from S.O.L Train
Biscuit Book Companion from S.O.L Train
Plant Sampler from S.O.L Train
Jot Your Thoughts Journal from Learning and Loving It
March Passage Puzzles from Learning and Loving It
10 and 20 Frame Math from The Curious Hippo
Sequencing Stories from The Teaching Mama
Farm Day Tens Frame from Penley’s Pointe
FREE activities for Second Grade
Spring Writing Choice Boards (March, April, May) from Elementary at HEART
Spring Addition to 20 Clip Cards from Elementary at HEART
Monster Bump Addition Game from Draz’s Class
Writing Paper from Draz’s Class
Writer’s Notebook from Literacy with the Littles
St. Patrick’s Day Math Review from Shelley from Smiling and Shining in 2nd Grade
STEM Leprechaun Trap from Miss Tech Queen
Spelling Words Activities from Teaching with Ms. Suazo
Money Word Problems from Sunny in SoCal
Author’s Purpose Practice from Sunny in SoCal
Place Value Worksheets by The Curious Hippo
Winter Mystery Math Pictures – Addition and Subtraction to 20 from Southern Belle Teaching
Handwashing Steps from Leaping into Learning
Animal Report from Mrs. Perez Teacher Tools
Inventor File Folder Report from Mrs. Perez Teacher Tools
Magnetic v. Non Magnetic Sorting from The Teaching Mama
Noun, Verb and Adjective Sort from Penley’s Pointe
Let’s Learn About Plants from Penley’s Pointe
Reading Bingo from Stars in the Making
Counting Money Dice from Stars in the Making
Easter Skip Counting from Stars in the Making
Spring Writing Paper from Jackie Crews
Distance Learning Graphing from Jackie Crews
Common and Proper Noun Sort from Jackie Crews
FREE activities for Third / Fourth Grade
Sight Word Maps from Miss V in 3
Nonfiction Graphic Organizers from Miss V in 3
Place Value Task Cards from Miss V in 3
Make it Melt- Multiplication Game from Miss V in 3
Subtraction Roll ‘Em from Three Cheers for 3rd Grade
Nonfiction Stop Jot and Think from Three Cheers for 3rd Grade
Inventive Spelling Packet from Fifth is my JAM
Text Based Evidence Reading Passage from Pencils and Playgrounds
Northeast Region Reading Comprehension from Pencils and Playgrounds
Digital Learning STEM Google Classroom Activity from Miss Tech Queen
Narrative Nonfiction Exit Tickets for Google from Amazing Materials for You
Multiplication Math Journal Error Analysis and Problem Solving from Sunny in SoCal
Equivalent Fractions Quick Check from Southern Belle Teaching
Sentence Stretch Foldable Books from Southern Belle Teaching
Area and Perimeter Worksheets from Crafty Curriculum
At Home Learning Mats from School with Jules
Google Forms Division from Fantastically Fourth Grade
Google Forms Multiplication from Fantastically Fourth Grade
Paragraph Writing Prompts for Google Slides from The Teaching Q
FREE activities for Fifth/ Sixth Grade
Powers of 10 Digital Boom Cards from Fifth is my JAM
Powers of 10 No Prep Worksheets from Fifth is my JAM
Digital Brochure for Google Classroom from Miss Tech Queen
RACER Student Handout from Elementary at HEART
Comparing and Ordering Fractions & Decimals Boom Cards from Amazing Materials for You
Order of Operations Boom Cards from Amazing Materials for You
Digital Escape Room Freebie from Sixth Grade Strong
Order of Operations Graphic Organizer from Sixth Grade Strong
Not Grade Specific
Technology Posters Cheat Sheet from Pencils and Playgrounds
Daily Schedule from Leaping into Learning
Technology Accountability Posters from The Curious Hippo
I really hope that you found some amazing activities that you can use for free!
Stay safe, friends! If you are looking for DIGITAL elementary resources for distance learning, please head here.
This is amazing! Sharing with my teacher friends! Thank you for putting this list together and separating by grades! Truly appreciate it!
This is a fantastic resource for both teachers and parents! Thank you!
Thank you!! Enjoy!
I love your site!
Pam Beckner says
Wow! This is so kind of these teachers to share their resources! Thank you so much for putting this together!
Amy Dickson says
Thank you for doing this, Diana. I love this.
So many good resources!! Thanks for putting this together!!
You’re so welcome!!
Kelly Downing says
Thank you so much for doing this for us parents! Teachers are truly amazing & I’m so grateful for all of them.
So grateful for this post and everything it offers! You are amazing and have more than a gracious heart! <3
Thank you!! xoxo
Brender Daye says
I am a Chicago Public School Kdg. teacher. You have lots of wonderful FREE resouces I really like. My favorite is the K-2 Social Emotional Learning at Home for 2 Weeks from The Social Emotional Teacher. I am not sure how I can share this with my parents. Could you please direct me.
Hi there! I am so glad you found so many resources.
If you download these resources from TpT, you can then email the parents and upload the PDF as an attachment.
Hope this helps!
How do parents access these free resources? It asks for login….
Hi there! All of these resources can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This site is free to join and especially helpful during this difficult time.
Anissa Greenwall says
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