Zap! Pow! Superheroes to the Rescue for Your Classroom Needs! Plus Win the New Stan Lee Book

Posted by on 22 Jan 2015 | Posted in: Contests, Crayola, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Freebies, Lakeshore, Learning Magazine, Magic Tree House, Random House, Websites, Western Governors University

Could you sometimes use a superhero’s help? How about a superhero whose special powers can help you enhance your career or supersize one of your students’ favorite book series? Or one who can give you art-infused ideas or help your students become skilled critical readers? Zap! Pow! Blam! Ka-bam! Grab your cape and get ready to save the day!

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To start you off, be among the first to get this brand-new super book by Stan Lee—the co-creator of Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men, and more—and award-winning comics editor Stuart Moore. From Disney Publishing Worldwide, The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence features 12 magical superpowers, one sinister conspiracy, and one unlikely hero. Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 1, 2015, to tell me which of the super items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win this book! There’s more from Disney Publishing Worldwide: get free teacher guides for books for all ages and a chance to win 30 copies of the book of the month for your grade level in the Heroes, Princesses, and Pigeons sweepstakes! Check it out at TheMailbox.com/disneybooks.

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Want to increase your earning potential, improve your professional prestige, reach your students in new ways, and maximize the impact of every lesson? Zap! Make all this possible—on your own schedule and on your own budget—by earning a master’s degree in education from Western Governors University (WGU). Why WGU? It’s NCATE accredited plus has an innovative learning model to help working adults get their degrees. Learn more!

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Are you looking for a way to help your students become skilled critical readers? For both fiction and nonfiction texts? Pow! What’s the Point? Comparing Text Centers are ready-to-use reading centers that let children compare and contrast high-interest texts. With this 2015 Teachers’ Choice Award winner, children read the passages on provided cards and use the graphic organizer to consider points of view, author’s purpose, and key details. Click here to learn more!

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Need a superhero to figure out how to meet standards while adding art to your lessons? Blam! At Crayola.com/Educator, you can access more than 1,200 free art-integrated, cross-curricular lesson plans that are aligned to Common Core. Plus you can keep the ideas coming with free monthly eNewsletters, a video series, professional development, and more!

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Wouldn’t it be great if Magic Tree House books had even more thrilling adventures and higher stakes? Ka-bam! Get ready for more mystery, more adventure, and more Jack and Annie in the Magic Tree House Super Edition! Perfect for grades 2–5, the longer stories feature additional facts and photos. In the first book, Danger in the Darkest Hour, Jack and Annie find themselves in Normandy, France, for one of their most dangerous missions ever! Click here to learn more!

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Don’t forget to tell me which of these super opportunities are your favorites for a chance to win The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence!

Karen

PS: Looking for more? Find over $5,500 in super prizes just for teachers! Click here and then click the “WIN!” button to see them all!


Pranksters, Pirates, and Cows—You’ll Love These Fun Finds! Plus Win Two Valentine’s Day Books

Posted by on 19 Jan 2015 | Posted in: Abrams Books for Young Readers, Freebies, HarperCollins, K-5 Kaplan, Mentoring Minds, NCircle Entertainment, Random House

I’ve got love on my mind. I’m thinking about how much you’re going to love, love, love the fun freebies and helpful tools I’ve found. Pranksters and cows, pirates, a family event, and professional supplies—I’ve got something for you no matter what grade you teach!

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Why else am I thinking about love? Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and I have two books that can help jump-start your planning! Did You Know That I Love You? is a heartwarming tale in which Bird sweetly expresses her love to Fox, showing the countless ways in which love is given. Love Always Everywhere celebrates love in every form: quiet, loud, shy, and proud. Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 1, 2015, to tell me which of the fun freebies and helpful tools below you would love to have. One lucky teacher will win these books!

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“On my honor, I will do my best to be good at being bad…” Sound like something your students would love to pledge? Then introduce them to The Terrible Two, the first book in a brand-new middle-grade series that involves pranks, high jinks, and cows! It’s an epic war of trickery as the terrible two try to outdo one another—that is until they join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. The book is complete with a certificate from The International Order of Disorder. Click here now!

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Get your students ready to explore, rescue, and protect: Pirate Adventures is the newest DVD in the Octonauts series. Daredevil former pirate Kwazii swashbuckles with a swordfish, goes on a treasure hunt with a pirate parrotfish, and journeys down the Amazon River to find his long-lost grandfather. Get free activities too! Click here!

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Invite families of preschoolers and kindergartners to The Spectacular School Race! This kit includes all the manipulatives needed to accommodate up to 100 families in a PreK–grade K transition family engagement event. Route clue cards and a school map guide families to ten classroom pit stops filled with challenging activities aligned with school readiness skills. A brochure for each family is filled with transition tips and learning strategies. Click here to check out this kit!

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Here’s something just for you. Put a new spin on teaching with the Best Practices Educator Wheel. It’s packed with information that can help you strengthen assessment for learning and plan quality instruction. Plus you can get a free school sample! Click here!

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Don’t forget; submit a comment to tell me which of these fabulous finds you love for a chance to win the books!

Karen


Need Learning Inspiration? With Freebies, Contests, and Tools, We’ve Got it! Plus Win Two Books!

Posted by on 12 Jan 2015 | Posted in: Acme United Corporation, Contests, Freebies, Penguin, PEZ, Puffin Books, Skype, Studentreasures.com, Ticktock, Websites, Westcott

The return to school in January doesn’t have to leave you cold. Warm up learning with inspiring freebies: resources for Presidents’ Day, a session with a popular author, help connecting with middle-grade students, and more!

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Check out the items below. Then submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, January 25, 2015, to tell me which are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win these books from The Wonderful World of Simon Abbott: Meet the Incredible Romans and Meet the Ancient Egyptians. Both are filled with playful pictures and fun facts that are sure to keep kids learning as they laugh.  (Update: congratulations to Brenda, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Here’s a sweet opportunity that will provide you with resources for Presidents’ Day and give you a chance to win! In the Invite the Presidents Into Your Classroom sweepstakes, one lucky teacher will win $100 in classroom cash plus two PEZ presidential dispenser prize packs! Five runners-up will each win a PEZ presidential prize pack. Plus you can download free presidential trading cards, writing prompts, fun facts, and more! It’s all at TheMailbox.com/pez.

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Check out this 2015 Teachers’ Choice Award winner. The Westcott School Scissor Caddy and Kids Scissors offer a colorful invitation to improve cutting skills. Teacher judges who tested this absolutely loved how compact it was and that it made cleanup and storage easy; that the scissors cut well for both left- and right-handed students; and that the colors could be incorporated into center activities (find the yellow scissors and cut). Click here to learn more!

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Do your students like the According to Humphrey series? Then let them meet the author, Betty G. Birney, in a free 30-minute Skype session! Betty will answer students’ questions about her work; how she is inspired to write; about the publishing process; and, of course, about the furry little hamster that stars in the series. The Skype tour will be held the week of February 2–6, so click here now!

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Make curriculum connections as you connect with your grades 5–8 students with a free Common Core–aligned Educator’s Guide for books by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Fish in a Tree and One for the Murphys feature contemporary characters that your students can relate to and that uncover themes of courage, family and friendship, perseverance, and staying true to oneself. How do you get free lesson plans? Click here!

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Here’s a win-win that will spark your students’ imaginations and inspire them to write. You can publish their work in a hardbound book and get a free classroom copy! And, when you publish with Studentreasures from February through April 10, you’re automatically entered to win school grants. Here’s another way to win: order your free publishing kit and download free Common Core–aligned tools to get started. It’s as easy as that! Click here!

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Don’t forget: submit a comment to tell me which of these learning inspirations are your favorites for a chance to win the books!

Karen


Put a Sock in It? Only if It’s Recycled!

Posted by on 08 Jan 2015 | Posted in: Alfred A. Knopf, Contests, Freebies, Random House, SMART: Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Associ, Websites

What do you think your students would do with a sock that has a hole in it? Chances are, they’d pitch it in the trash. But here’s something to teach them: Textiles should never go in the trash. Even worn, torn, and stained items can be recycled and reused.

Every year, 21 billion pounds of textiles end up in landfills. (Remember that sock? That equals about 336 billion socks!) Let your students take the lead to keep textiles out of landfills by becoming SMART Recycling Rangers. At TheMailbox.com/smart, you’ll find all the help you need.

  • Get free Common Core–aligned skill pages to help you teach about textile recycling.
  • Enter for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card to purchase science teaching materials. Three runners-up will each win a $100 Amazon gift card.
  • Learn how your school can earn money by holding a textile-recycling drive and get resources to support your drive.

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Your teaching efforts do make a difference. A recent survey showed that before introducing textile recycling to their students, only about 25 percent of the teachers said their students were familiar with textile recycling. After using the materials, nearly 84 percent of the teachers said their students knew to recycle textiles and more than 98 percent felt it was important.

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Need a springboard to get the discussion started? Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, January 18, 2014, to tell me how you recycle textiles. One lucky teacher will win I Like Old Clothes! This book celebrates hand-me-downs as children who wear them imagine where the clothes have been: “Clothes with a history, Clothes with a mystery…”  (Update: congratulations to Rebekah, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Don’t wait; click here now to get your free resources and for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card. Then submit a comment for a chance to win the book!

Karen

PS: January is Get Organized Month—a perfect time to clean closets and hold a textile-recycling drive at your school!


Give a Shout-Out to Science and Social Studies, Get Free Resources for Brand-New Books! Plus Win a Book and DVD

Posted by on 05 Jan 2015 | Posted in: Freebies, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, National Geographic, Simon & Schuster, SmileTrain, Sterling Publishing, Websites, Weston Woods

Phew! It was tough—but fun—getting through the winter holiday season, wasn’t it? I’m certain I’ll be picking up tinsel and pine needles until springtime! Now I’m eager to get back to the business of finding all the best teaching freebies and resources for you, and I’m thinking it’s time to give a shout-out to science and social studies (plus info about other free resources that I can’t resist sharing)!


Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, January 18, 2015, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of Try This! 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You and the DVD Coretta Scott.
Perfect for science fair inspiration, Try This! is filled with engaging, kid-friendly experiments—from toothbrush robots to making your hands glow in the dark to training crickets. Each project has step-by-step instructions and STEM connections. Coretta Scott uses poetic text to capture the Civil Rights Movement and includes a bonus feature, “About Coretta Scott King.”  (Update: congratulations to Nicole, who is the winner of our prize.)

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I’ll bet you’ve told your students plenty of times that every question is a good question. The Good Question! series gives kids ages 7 and up the facts they really want to know in a fun, question-and-answer format. The books—for history and for science and nature—are aligned to Common Core, plus you can download free activity kits! Click here!

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Did you know that a gingerbread baker was a hero of the American Revolution? Gingerbread for Liberty! How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution is a brand-new biography about Christopher Ludwick, a German-born American patriot who stepped forward to serve his country— not with muskets or canons but with gingerbread! Click here to see more!

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Here’s another way you can incorporate social studies in your lessons while inspiring your students to help others. Smile Train provides free lesson plans for grades K–12 that focus on countries where it has programs. This nonprofit changes lives by providing free cleft surgery for children in 87 countries! Click here to download your free resources and to learn more about fundraising for Smile Train.

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Hot off the presses: the Newbery medalist The One and Only Ivan will be available in paperback beginning tomorrow! Based on the true tale of a shopping mall gorilla, the paperback edition includes a note from author Kate Applegate highlighting the differences between the fictional and true story events. Plus you can download a free discussion guide. Click here now!

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I’ve got more freebies for you to go with a charming new series for grades K–4. The Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books features eight-year-old Sophie and her family and friends. She’s an artist and a daydreamer and loves her forest home. And your free resources? Download a word scramble, a map activity, and more! Click here!

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Don’t forget; submit a comment today for your chance to win the book and DVD!

Karen

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