Nasco Releases 2017 Special Education Catalog

cover91The new 2017 Special Education Catalog is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California.

This 116-page catalog, with over 300 new products, has a wide range of supplies for the following areas: fine and gross motor skills; communication and adaptive communication; computer equipment and software; assistive technology; basic learning skills including writing, reading, math, time, money, social studies, and science; transition skills; games; arts and crafts; sensory integration; time management; and equipment and furniture.

Nasco provides high-quality educational, therapeutic, and adaptive products and resources at great prices and quick delivery. We are pleased to partner with education professionals, therapists, and parents to help all learners with special needs reach their full potential.

For your free copy of the 2017 Nasco Special Education Catalog, call 1.800.558.9595, order online at, or write to: Nasco, 901 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901.

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2016-2017 Farm & Ranch Catalog is Here!


Nasco’s new 2016-2017 Farm & Ranch catalog, mailed throughout the United States and worldwide, features the world’s largest variety of agricultural equipment and supplies.

The 308-page Farm & Ranch catalog features over 600 new products in addition to a current selection of several thousand items that can be used on all types of farms. Included is a large variety of commonly used items for both large and small farm and livestock operations, including “nontraditional farms” such as organic and hobby farms.

The Nasco Farm & Ranch catalog also includes many unique and hard-to-find products. Special sections spotlight livestock ID, veterinary supplies, showing and grooming supplies, artificial insemination equipment, testing equipment, calf rearing, pest control, and farm home products.

View the Nasco Farm & Ranch catalog online at to explore new products and special website sale items. For your free copy of the 2016-2017 Nasco Farm & Ranch catalog, call 1.800.558.9595, order online at, or write to: Nasco, 901 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901.

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Music Turns Back the Hands of Time

music-notes-symbol-high-definition-wallpaperMusic can bring back memories of long ago – or just yesterday. When interacting with seniors, what better way to bring them into the conversation than with musical CDs? Nasco has dozens of offerings to bring back the memories of both young and old.

Theme music is a wonderful way to create good feelings among listeners. Bluegrass Mountain Memories (SN32422C) features bluegrass instrumental favorites performed using a hammered dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, and mandolin. Western Themes (SN32421C) features famous themes from classic westerns including Bonanza, High Noon, and The Ballad of Davy Crockett. And who could resist Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. (9718265C), a collection of America’s most popular and best-loved anthems, including Yankee Doodle Dandy and Stars and Stripes?

Move through the memories of the ‘40s with mood music from Nasco. The ‘40s: A Sentimental Journey (SN32203C) celebrates the many moods of the 1940s, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Till We Meet Again, and The White Cliffs of Dover. Frank Sinatra is king with the Frank Sinatra 2-CD Set (SN31349C), which includes the CDs Frank Sinatra: The Legend and Sinatra in Love. Nothing brings back memories like Big Bands Greatest Hits (SN36299C), 4 CDs full of swinging songs including In the Mood, Sentimental Journey, and Take the A Train. And nothing hits the nostalgia nerve like Lawerence Welk: A Musical Anthology 3-CD Set (SN00507C), bringing the Champagne Music Makers to entertain you with nostalgic favorites from the program that began in 1955.

Move up to the ‘50s and ‘60s with music that will strum a chord in your memory’s heart. ‘50s Selection 2-CD Set (SN32117C) is a musical salute to the early days of rock and roll. Includes two CDs: Rocking in the Fifties boasts hits like Rock Around the Clock and Wake Up Little Susie; and Soda Shop Romance brings back memories with Johnny Angel and Dream Lover. The Hits of the Sixties 2-CD Set (SN31350C) is full of songs that are sure to have your residents singing, dancing, and remembering their younger years. The ‘60s Hits of the Ladies CD includes He’s So Fine and It’s My Party; and 1960’s No. 1 Hits include Sugar Sugar, Stay, and Game of Love. What ‘50s celebration is complete without Elvis? The Elvis Presley 2-CD Set (SN31356C) will have seniors remembering what they were doing when Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, or Are You Lonesome Tonight played through the jukebox. And, of course, cruising ‘60s style is all about Surf the Street: Surf Hits of the ‘60s (SN36333C) which makes you think of driving with the top down to Telstar, Walk Don’t Run, and Surfin’.

Bring involvement and entertainment to your gatherings with Show Tunes Accompaniment CDs. Each set contains one CD with fully orchestrated songs sung in the original show key and tempo, and a second CD with the same songs but no vocals. Try The King and I (SN35782C), Oklahoma (SN35783C), Fiddler on the Roof (SN35784C), or The Sound of Music (SN35785C).

Sometimes residents and elderly family members just want to listen to soothing music. Nasco offers soft, harmonic tunes that relax excited minds. Try Aromatherapy: Music for Massage (SN36335C) with five ambient instrumental soundscapes; Harmony: Sounds of Meditation (SN36336C), a tranquil blend of sounds that renew your energy and bring balance to your mind; Jeff Gold Music – Escapes: Music for Relaxing (SN35683C), filled with melodic and uplifting tunes that are soothing and relaxing; or Jeff Gold Music – Simple Treasures (SN35684C), music to help calm down and de-stimulate.

Music has the ability to soothe, rejuvenate, and help us remember the good times. Be sure to visit Nasco’s Senior Activities website for more CD and DVD ideas for you and your seniors. Or order yourself a catalog for your desktop at

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Learn to Sew!

ac081376Teaching professionals know that sewing is an excellent vehicle to use when teaching and reinforcing academic skills. You can address many of your state and national standards with sewing, and it’s a fun way to apply and reinforce learning. Nasco’s sewing kits teach practical sewing skills while building self-esteem, reading, and math skills.

These delightful pillow kits contain all of the materials needed to make the pillow (except stuffing): pattern, fabric (65% polyester/35% cotton broadcloth), felt, embroidery floss, notions, thread, needle, name tag, and instruction sheet.

Why not start with our To-Sew Cartoon Pillow Kits? We carry a number of fun, easy projects. Some of our Level 1 Kits include Bumblebee, 16″ x 14″ (WA27776H); Ice Cream Cone, 13″ x 19″ (WA25671H); Raccoon, 13″ x 14″ (WA25662H); Pink (WA25529H) or Blue (WA25528H) MP3 Player, 11″ x 18″; Shark, 15″ x 23″ (WA25657H); or Watermelon, 19″ x 10″ (WA25665H).

To-Sew Level 2 Cartoon Pillow Kits include Giraffe, 12″ x 18″ (WA30017H); Owl, 15″ x 19″ (WA31705H); Strawberry, 12″ x 16″ (WA31706H); Zebra, 13″ x 18″ (WA29249H); Elephant, 13″ x 14″ (WA32439H); or Silly Sports Basketball Pillow, 16″ x 16″ (WA27772H).

Or how about Felt Friends? These individual projects are constructed using embroidery floss to hand-sew the felt pieces together with an overcast or blanket stitch. Perfect for beginner sewers! Kits include felt, instructions, paper pattern, a #5 crewel needle, embroidery floss, and a “Made by” label. Try Potbelly Bear, Skill Level 2C (WA27766H); Elephant, Skill Level 2C (WA27767H); Horse, Skill Level 2D (WA33703H); Giraffe, Skill Level 2D (WA30028H); Frog, Skill Level 2D (WA29587H); Sea Horse, Skill Level 2D (WA31707H); or Hippo, Skill Level 2D (WA32876H).

And how can kids not love making Peejay the Sock Monkey, (WA26927H)? This kit includes socks, buttons, cotton floss, felt flannel (may vary), pom-pom, embroidery needle, and instructions in English, French, and Spanish. Also includes adoption papers, fabric, and pattern instructions included for his cute teddy bear friend.

Of course, you’ll need stuffing for all these creative crafts. Nasco has you covered there, too! We carry Polyester White Stuffing, 12-oz. Bag (WA25679H), or Polyester Fiberfill, 20 oz. (9731389H).

Check out our Family & Consumer Sciences catalog for more Sewing & Ironing projects. Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at

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Artworks Lesson Plans Bring Creativity to the Classroom


Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
― Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

Teaching art is so much more than brush to canvas or colored pencil to paper. It is a world that can be creative and confusing at the same time. Nasco’s Arts & Crafts catalog has created a series of free Artworks Lesson Plans to bring new and wonderful experiences to art classes of all ages. Almost all conform to National Core Art Standards.

Here are just a few:

Blind Contouring Optical Art Lesson Plan

Students will understand and apply techniques necessary to develop a composition, including a blind contour drawing with an optical art-drawn background.

Copper Etching

Students will be able to state the correct order and progression of the steps of etching, explain what a “resist” is and what an “etch” is and how they are used in the etching process, use proper technique and follow the correct progression of the process in order to complete a properly etched, detailed design, and more.

Engraving Art Portraits

Students will use compositional skills to make a sketch, learn the importance of doing a self-portrait and how to combine di­fferent mediums to create a “set” of works, and draw a successful negative image by doing a scratchboard self-portrait that combines drawing skills and pattern making.

Crazy Quilts Note Cards

Using Crazy Quilts as inspiration, students will create note cards with a variety of adhesive backed papers. The overall design will appear random with overlapping pieces of adhesive papers and drawing marks for embellishment.

Art Historian Fashion Statement

Students will gain appreciation of a famous artist of their choice, design an imitation, learn how to create dynamic representation of the artwork using diluted acrylic paint, and use fabric paint to embellish final touches.

Recycled Bead Mosaics

Students will study the artist Stephan Wanger. learn about the history of New Orleans Mardi Gras, understand the importance of recycling, and create a mosaic made of recycled beads.

Create Your Own Terra Cotta Warrior of the Qin Dynasty

Students will incorporate history, aesthetics, criticism, and personal expression; utilize ceramic sculptural techniques to create a three-dimensional clay warrior sculpture while reinforcing basic vocabulary associated with clay, and encourage good craftsmanship and work habits.

Stained Glass

Students will learn the basic steps of creating a stained glass panel (including glass cutting, copper foiling, assembly, soldering, and finishing), practice accuracy and precision in the assembly of a stained glass panel, and practice safe work habits in the classroom.

Mexican Bark Painting…Tree of Life

Students will learn how Amate Bark Paintings were created in the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican period and how they relate to Latin American culture, and produce a visual representation of an Amate Bark Painting using similar colors, symbols, and subject matter.

Figure Mosaics

Students will be introduced to the art of mosaics and to the basic human figure; create a figure mosaic, gaining experience using pattern, repetition, and variety; and experience working in a “team” setting.

Mod Podge® Head Collage

Students will create a collage using their imagination and creativity, cut out shapes and experiment with their placement, and work with a variety of shapes, surfaces, etc.


All free lesson plans contain objectives, instructions, pictures, and materials lists.

Many of the plans extend over multiple class periods, giving students time to understand and create their own masterpieces. Also, these plans are created by those invested in the arts: teachers, art directors, and artists from all creative branches.

Visit our Arts & Crafts webpage and find dozens more Artworks Lesson Plans for you, your students, and your world.







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September is National Honey Month

beeSeptember is National Honey Month!

All that sweet, gooey goodness produced by bees from the nectar of plants and flowers. Whether buzzing in their hives or foraging for nectar in wide-open fields, honeybees are a critical component of today’s agricultural market.

And who knows more about today’s Ag market and beekeeping than Nasco?

Reading and Research are great places to start. Homegrown Honey Bees: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest (C34129N) is a great place to start gathering essential information to see you through the first year, from inspecting the hive to avoiding stings. 160 pages. Homemade Living: Keeping Bees (All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey & More) (C33755N) has the lowdown on key issues such as space and time considerations; local ordinances; and the basics of acquiring, housing, maintaining, and caring for bees year round. 136 pages. And, of course, who can resist Beekeeping for Dummies 2nd Edition (C26955N), 392 pages of detailed and easy-to-follow guidelines for all phases of honey production, including complete instructions for building and maintaining beehives?

Now that you have decided to follow your passion, Nasco carries plenty of equipment for all your beekeeping needs. Our Little Giant® Woodenware Beehive 10-Frame Beginner Hive Kit (C33708N), made from untreated pine, enables both beginning and established beekeepers to expand their hobby or business. It’s specially designed features include a 10-frame Langstroth hive with frames and foundation installed, gloves, veil, smoker, and more. The Little Giant® Woodenware 10-Frame Complete Beehive (C33707N) includes a telescoping outer cover with protective metal layer, vented inner cover 10-frame deep hive body, screened bottom board, mite grid, and more.

We also carry replacement parts for your bee’s home, including a Replacement Outer Cover (C34130N), Screened Bottom Board (C34132N), Inner Cover (C34131N), Beehive Frame Feeder (C33732N), a Plastic Queen Excluder (C33725N) that prevents the queen from producing brood in the honey supers, and Replacement Frames (C33697N, Deep Hive Frame, or C33724N, Medium Hive Frame).

Next comes Bee Maintenance 101. Honey B Healthy Feeding Supplement for Bees (C34135N) is used in winter and spring to stimulate the immune system of the bee (100% natural!), Bee-Pro® Pollen Substitute Powder (C34137N) provides bees with the best nutrients for the production of larval food, and Mite Away Quick Strips (C34136N) are used for the treatment and control of Varroosis caused by the Varroa destruction in honeybees. The Beehive Entrance Feeder (C33698N) allows space for bees to come and go while nourishing them with simple syrup when natural food sources are scarce. The Beehive Hole Plug (C33709N) aids in ventilation and provides an entrance for bees when snow banks grow. And a Bee Hive Smoker (C33727N) will help calm your bees when working on your hives.

Our Beekeeping Brush (C33693N) gently removes bees from the frames both during inspection of hives and during removal of frames for honey extraction. The Hive Tool (C33717N) is a versatile multi-tasker complete with scraping edge, nail-pulling hole, and an angled end that is designed specifically to fit on a hive frame and pull it loose.

Extracting the honey is a breeze with Nasco beekeeping products. The Plastic 2-Frame Extractor (C33700N) includes honey gate and cover. Our Stainless Steel 2-Frame Extractor (C33701N) provides the simplicity of a hand-crank extractor with the superior quality of an 18/10 stainless steel material.

And don’t forget your own safety. Nasco carries Deluxe Beekeeping Jackets & Veils (C33719N and more); Beekeeping Veils with Built-In Hat (C33718N), Beekeeping Tyvek® Coveralls (C33729N and more), and Beekeeping Gloves (C33703N and more).

Bee sure to check out for more beekeeping supplies and honey containers. (And yes, Bee is the pun of the day!) You can also stop by the National Honey Board at and check out the latest in beekeeping, recipes, and, of course, honey.


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Science and STEM


Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

In our economy, a quality education for all students is necessary to prepare them to prosper in work and in life. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. This should be beneficial to them when they enter the job market, and in turn it should benefit the economy as a whole.

Nasco’s dedication to STEM projects and plans encourages growth in all sciences. And with our free STEMWorks Activities and Lesson Plans, education makes more sense to both teachers and students.

Here is a sample of our free Science STEM Lesson Plans:

Science Lesson Plan Volume 3: CO2 Effects in the Lungs.

Explore the function of the respiratory system, gain concept of the respiratory process, and be able to explain how gases are exchanged between the lungs and the bloodstream.

Science Lesson Plan Volume 5: Factors Affecting Bridge Strength.

Create two geometric shapes (square and triangle) to determine which is more stable; relate examples of bridges they have seen; describe the example, draw a picture of it, and learn the names of the three main types of bridges; apply their knowledge of geometric shapes to design a truss bridge; and more.

Science Lesson Plan Volume 6: Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon from Earth?

Observe the earth/moon relationship, develop concept of rotation vs. revolution, and develop concept of why we see only one side of the moon.

Science Lesson Plan Volume 8: Animal Track Stamp Stories.

Develop a basic understanding of adaptation; integrate science, reading, writing, and reasoning skills; and understand the concept of predator and prey.

Science Lesson Plan Volume 10: Cheek Cell Slides.

Observe the basic structure of a human cell and be able to identify an animal cell by its structure.

Science Lesson Plan Volume 11: Diffusion/Passive Transport.

Observe and be able to explain diffusion and passive transport, and be able to determine the difference between a cell wall and cell membrane.

Science Lesson Plan Volume 12: Giant Flowering Plants.

Observe pictures of a number of flowering plants, learn vocabulary naming the parts of the flower, and create a giant model of a flowering plant and label it.


All Nasco Science Lessons come with a list of materials needed, an activity sheet, and a list of products that can be ordered online.

Our Nasco Science website has plenty of Science products that will help you meet the Science needs of today’s students. And all STEM-marked products and lesson plans meet STEM curriculum requirements.

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595 or visit our website at

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Mail Order Catalog Day

2b9d90738530ebfe4e0022ac0dbe5e28August 18, 2016 is Mail Order Catalog Day, an annual holiday that celebrates shopping by choosing items from a printed catalog, and ordering and paying for it through the post/mail or over the telephone. Of course, we now can order online as well, but why not celebrate Mail Order Catalog Day by having a Nasco Catalog mailed to you?

In May of 1941, the first Nasco catalog of teaching aids and farm supplies, with approximately 100 products, was published and distributed to 2,500 vocational agriculture teachers. Today, Nasco publishes 25 different catalogs, mailing over 5 million catalogs annually to customers in education, agriculture, health, and industry worldwide.

Catalogs are handy and ready to serve you wherever you are: at your desk; in the car; or in your kitchen, barn, or teacher’s lounge. Nasco’s catalogs are easy to use, easy to share, and easy to carry along.

Celebrate Mail Order Catalog Day by ordering any of Nasco’s varied and popular publications:

Arts & Crafts


MathFamily & Consumer Sciences

Elementary Education

Early Learning

Special Education

Physical Education

Senior Activities

Hands-On Health

Reading Resources


Farm & Ranch

Agricultural Sciences

Showing & Grooming




Don’t forget that you can find Nasco products online 24/7 at too!



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Puzzle Me This

Puzzles are fun for all ages, but sometimes senior citizens need a little more encouragement because of memory loss or energy issues. Each person solves these riddles at their own pace, and Nasco’s Senior Activities catalog covers these bases with puzzles that appeal to older generations.

Seasons of the year become simple with MindStart® 24-Piece Seasonal Puzzles. Check out Autumn (SN32425C), Winter (SN32426C), Spring (SN32427C), and Summer (SN32428C). These puzzles are easy to do, yet adult-oriented, providing cognitive stimulation. MindStart® also offers puzzle sets with bold colors and little detail that work well with middle dementia and low vision participants. Try Set 1 Puzzles (SN32518C) that include Candy, Ice Cream, Flowers, and Sports; or Set 2 Puzzles (SN32517C) that include Fishing, Baking, Baseball, and Gardening.

Nothing stirs the heart and attention more than images from the past. Whether nostalgia for the farm or for the way things “used to be,” Nasco carries puzzles to keep your patients, family members, or yourself busy.

Stir memories of the farm with Puzzles in a Wooden Box Country Farm Set (SN31602C). Each 24-piece puzzle is laminated with a different colorful scene including tractors, barns, and horses. Or try Country Barn (SN36275C), 63 pieces; Wash on the Line (SN36276C), 63 pieces; or Horse Corral Puzzle (SN35538C), 48 pieces.

Animals always bring a smile to one’s face. Why not try Pretty Kitty (SN35601C, 12 pieces); Wild Animal Puzzle Set (SN30310C) which includes four 12-piece tray puzzles including Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant, and Lioness; Animal Puzzles Set of 2 (SN36271C) which includes Cheeky Chimps and Flowerpot Kitten, 60 pieces each; or Puzzles to Remember, Set of 2 (SN36154C) which includes 36-piece puzzles Garden Helper and Birds of a Feather.

We also carry larger puzzles for those who love figuring out the whole picture. Country Sights Puzzle Set (SN35848C) includes two 100-piece puzzles, Sunrise Farm and Horse Corral; and Household Pets, Set of 2 (SN36270C), which includes two 200-piece puzzles That’s My Ball, and Puppy Wagon.

Nasco also carries puzzles of 300 pieces or more to stimulate memories of the past and future. Our Backyard Birds Puzzles (SN35764C) includes both Bertie’s Bird Seed Fly-In and Trumpet Vines & Sparrows puzzles. The beauty of our feathered friends comes alive with our Bird Puzzles (SN30958C). The three puzzles include Bluebirds, Cardinals, and Hummingbirds. Bring heartwarming scenes to life with our Days Gone By Puzzles (SN36244C). The set of two includes The Daredevil and Old Pumpkin Farm. Childhood Memories Puzzles (SN35871C) contains two puzzles titled The Toy Train and Berry Pickin’.

Our 500-piece puzzles are the ultimate in attention holders. Try our Canned Veggies Puzzle (SN35805C) or  Harvest Market Puzzle (C33764N), for hours of concentration and fun.

It is important to keep minds of all ages busy and productive. Nasco’s Senior Activities catalog has plenty of products to keep senior citizens thinking, reasoning, and having fun. Find more fun puzzles and word games at


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Pass the Football!

AC100023Fall is around the corner – time for hoodies and hot chocolate and homework – and football games. Need to add to your athletic equipment list? Look no further than Nasco’s Physical Education and Team Sports Catalog!

Who isn’t ready for football? Nasco carries footballs for all age groups. Flag Football? Got you covered. Our 10-Man Flag Football Set (PE06695E) contains flags, flag belts, goal line markers, midfield markers, tote bag, and rulebook. Or maybe the Sonic Flag-A-Tag® Program Kit (Z40426(A)E) would fit your needs. Designed to outfit two teams of 12 players, the set includes 24 belts with flags, two storage rings, and a rulebook.

Don’t need flags but could use new balls? Nasco’s got you covered, too.

Starting with youth-sized, there is a Champro® Rubber Football, Size 4 (PE05759E); a Spalding® Advanced Youth Football, Size 4 (PE05004E); and a Voit® Rubber Football, Youth Size 4 (PE06064E). Better yet, sets of footballs ensure all youngsters play ball. Nasco carries its own Intermediate Size 4 Football Set of 6 (PE02729E) in durable rubber with a tacky stippled finish. We also carry a set of 6 MAC-T® Sup-R-Safe® Youth Footballs (PE07926E) made of seamless foamed vinyl, and RHINO Soft-Eeze Football Set of 6 (PE07638E) with RHINOskin® tacky covers and rubber/butyl bladders.

Moving up the youth chart, Nasco has a great selection of junior size 3 footballs, too. Check out our Champro® Rubber Football (PE05760E) with a deep pebble rubber cover; the Spaulding® Advance Pro Junior Football (PE05002E) with soft tack composite leather cover, or any of Nasco’s colorful Junior Footballs with tacky rubber stippled covers (PE02691E, Yellow; PE02693E, Blue; or PE02690E, Orange).

Serious football demands serious footballs. Nasco’s official sized footballs are great for any kind of adult play. Try a Rawlings® ST5 Football with the soft-touch grip (PE05056E), the NFHS-approved Wilson® Composite Football (PE05035E), or an NFHS-approved Spalding® Advance Varsity Football (PE05003E).

Of course, your idea of a football game might be everyone outside for a scramble before the barbeque. Nasco has you covered there, too.

Try the easy to grasp, throw, and catch Fun Gripper™ Grip Zone Football in Purple (PE03893E); Yellow (PE03890E); Blue (PE03892E); Red (PE03888E); or Green (PE03891E). Launch a game of catch with the G2AIR™ Whistle Tailball (PE08424E) that whistles when you throw it, or the Fly Max™ Hoverball (PE08467E) that flies up to 100 yards. Foam your way through passes and catches with an 8-1/2” POOF® Power Spiral Football (PE00870E), a regular 9-1/2” POOF® Football (PE00869E), or an 8-1/2” RHINOskin® Molded Mini Foam Football (PE07626E, set of six).

Find all your fall sports needs in Nasco’s Physical Education and Team Sports catalog. Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at

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TearPads™ Exclusively from Nasco!

TearPad2TearPads™, created by Nasco, are learning sheets chocked full of information and images, making their subject matter more appealing to students and teachers alike. Whether it’s Science, Math, Nutrition, or Arts & Crafts, Nasco has over 50 TearPads™ available in areas like nutrition, science, and crafts.

Nasco Fingerprint TearPads™ – Set of 3 (SB50307M).

It’s CSI in the classroom! Includes a set of three TearPads™ with fingerprint patterns (whorl, loop, and arch) on the front and a maze and word search on the back. TearPads™ have 50 sheets each and measure 8-1/2” x 11”.

Nasco’s Animal Comparison TearPads™ – Set of 3 (SB51707M).

This TearPad™ shows the poster on the front and a crossword and word search on the back. Posters show common animals found in the wild, along with their tracks and scat to make identification easier. Includes one TearPad™ each of Carnivores, Omnivores, and Herbivores. TearPads™ have 50 sheets each and measure 8-1/2” x 11”.

MyPlate TearPad™/Place Mats (WA29394HR).

The TearPad™ front shows the MyPlate image with appropriate food choices in each spot on the plate, while the back has simple fill-in-the-blank questions to use as a study guide or reminder for those learning good nutrition. Can be used as a place mat when the group eats a nutritious meal and answers the questions on the back while waiting to be served. Copyright 2011. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Healthy Kids TearPad™ (WA33079H).

The front side features meal plans for 1,400, 1,600, and 1,800 daily calorie intakes for children ranging from 3-8 years old. It also encourages children to get enough physical activity, sleep, and water. The back side contains children’s snack tips. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 8-1/2” x 11”.

Nasco’s Dreamcatcher TearPad™ (9733620).

Combine art and cultural studies by having your students create their very own dream-catcher! According to Native American legend, the dreamcatcher will catch bad dreams in its web, while pleasant dreams will pass through the hole in its center. TearPad™ discusses the history of the dreamcatcher and provides instructions on how students can make their own. Double-sided. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Math Practice Table TearPad™ – Multiplication (TB25948B).

Excellent way to both practice and reinforce multiplication tables. The act of filling in the squares will help students remember their facts. Double-sided. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 8-1/2” x 11”.

Carb Counting Nasco TearPad™ (WA26778U).

Finally, a large Nasco TearPad™ that  patients and students can read! These sheets have foods from each of the food groups as well as fats and sweets displayed as examples of one-carb servings with information identifying about 15 grams as being one carb unit. The back gives general information about counting carbs. There is a place to personalize directions, too. The Nasco TearPad™ has ample room to record food intake for a week. Also includes handy symbols for hand equivalents of 1 cup, 3 oz., 1 oz., 1 tsp., and more. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Calligraphy TearPad™ (9736478).

Handy resource for introducing beginners to calligraphy. The front side of this TearPad™ discusses calligraphic tools, things to remember about calligraphy, terminology, and a how-to guide for making each letter easily and correctly. The back side has the upper- and lowercase Old English calligraphic alphabet for reference and space for practicing calligraphy. The lines are labeled with calligraphic terminology and are drawn over a simulated newspaper that shows how newspaper columns can help to size letters. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Art By Choice® TearPad™ (9731053).

For your STEM curriculum. By Diana J. Avergon, M.A. and Eugene B. Avergon, M.A. Students can choose a famous building and explore its history and the geometric shapes that went into its design. Front side discusses different geometric shapes and shows their connection to various buildings around the world, while the back side asks guiding questions about the selected building and provides space for students to write and sketch their answers. Copyright 2011. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Venn Diagram Student TearPad™ (TB25360T).

Students can follow along at their seats during an activity using a Venn diagram, or create their own. One side is designed for comparing three items and the other side compares two items. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 8-1/2” x 11”.

Red Carpet Fashion Design TearPad™ (9733656H).

Fashion Design 101 with simple drawings, fabric, texture, shape, and line! Discuss the basics and have students create their own fashion statement with designs on this double-sided sheet. They can use magazine pictures or fabric swatches and a complete color palette, along with their original design sketch.  TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Be sure to check the Nasco Website ( for a complete selection of TearPads™ for your classroom needs!

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Rekenreks to the Rescue!

AC165568PTeachers, Tutors, Home School Parents…Lend Me Your Rekenrek!

The Rekenrek is a unique tool that allows children to develop number sense at their own pace.  The beads alternate from red to white every five beads, inviting students to think in groups of five and ten, helping build number relationships that lead to more advanced strategies.

Nasco has all the Rekenreks your classroom – or single student – needs!

Demonstrate methods with our big 36” L Teacher Rekenrek Demonstration Counting Frame (TB22820T) or the One Bar Teacher Demonstration Rekenrek (TB22806T), ideal for counting activities and demonstrations. A Ten-Bar Teacher Demonstration Rekenrek (TB22815T) is useful for demonstrating counts up to 100. The upper five bars have five red beads on the left and five white on the right; the lower bars are contrasting five white on the left and five red on the right.

Once you demonstrate the method, supply your students with their own Rekenrek. We carry Individual Student Rekenreks with Plastic Frames (TB26259T); Individual Student Rekenreks (TB22807T); and Individual Student Rekenrek Counting Frames with Blockers (TB25313T) that include write-on/wipe-off panels that can be used to hide the beads. Both sets include downloadable MathWorks Lesson Plans Volume 1 and Volume 2 online.

Classroom Sets are an easy way for everyone to learn at one time. How about Nasco’s Rekenrek with Blocker Classroom Kit (TB25764T)? This set includes 30 student Rekenreks up to 20 with write-on/wipe-off panels and one teacher demonstration counting frame with a write-on/wipe-off panel. Or Nasco’s Rekenrek Classroom Kit (TB25686T) which includes 30 student Rekenreks up to 20 (no write on/wipe off panel) and one teacher demonstration counting frame with a write-on/wipe-off panel.

Or get students excited about the Rekenrek by having them build their own! Nasco’s Student Rekenrek Classroom Kit (TB25940T) includes everything you need to make any size Rekenrek, including 1,000 red and 1,000 white beads.

If the whole concept of Rekenreks is new to you, Nasco provides plenty of assistance, too. Learning to Think Mathematically with the Rekenrek (TB24140T) provides teachers with a theoretical basis and practical knowledge. Reasoning with the Rekenrek (TB23366T) discusses the Rekenrek’s practical use and how to build number sense and strategies. And Learning to Think Mathematically with the Rekenrek: Supplemental Activities (TB26680T) provides 14 different exercise sets that help develop early number sense.

Rekenreks are here to stay, so make your way to Nasco’s Math Catalog for all your Rekenrek needs.

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