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As the new school year begins, this issue's NetWatch offers back-to-school resources that should make the transition just a little bit easier.

by Lynda Scarrow

Back in the groove

Canadian tools

quick links

This quick information site offers links to activity cards, forms and letters, weekly assignment and worksheet generators.

Free tools

quiz builders

Need help pulling together an exam or quiz? Try the exam builders found here. The site also offers calendars, grade books, a teacher template gallery and more.


classroom tips

The Washington-based National Education Association offers more than 400 classroom tips. Plus you can receive weekly e-mail tips from other teachers. Presented as filing cabinets, topics are broken into teaching techniques, getting organized, relationships (family, professional, substitute teacher) and using technology. Managing your classroom has great tips on behaviour control, attendance and inclusion.

Teacher’s corner

back-to-school activities

The Teacher’s Corner is organized by: Primary, Intermediate, Teacher Resources and any grade. Included are assembly themes, back-to-school reading lists, how to help kids think before speaking, first-day activities, first-week homework, ice breakers and kits.


educator portal

While it is heavily subscription/membership driven, TeAchnology offers thousands of free lesson plans, work sheets, organizers, rubrics and so on. In each section, you’ll have to scroll down the page past the subscription info to get to the really good free stuff – but it’s worth the effort.

Busy Bee

activity page

Maintained by Kevin Kearney and hosted by Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, Busy Bee provides a great list of back-to-school ideas, from name review for remembering new students’ names to a first-day kit. The site also includes classroom management tips, games, general activities and special education.

Learn through art

This site offers an extensive list of lesson plans – many presented from an unexpected musical/arts perspective. For example, geometry is taught through dance. It also provides more traditional lesson plans, such as landscape through the camera, pioneer poems and many native education resources. Created by the Royal Conservatory of Music, you can search the database by subject, grade, province and language.

Lynda Scarrow is the College's web editor. She can be reached at

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