Looking for some wonderful and usually free teaching resources to start the school year? Frustrated because materials haven't arrived - but you know the kids will? Try your local chamber of commerce and state tourism office. There are usually many books, maps and brochures available in classroom sets just for the asking. Teachers across the curriculum and grade levels can encourage creative writing, improve map skills, work on skimming/scanning for information and on following directions. Students are often excited about the treasures in their own city and state.