Have a Whale of a Time With Free Resources! Plus Win Two Books!

Posted by on 15 Dec 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, IFAW, National Geographic, Websites, Workman Publishing

Looking for something to spark your students’ interest while addressing Common Core? What about a look at polar bears to inspire writing that’s bulletin board–worthy? Or how about the image of a whale breaching and grade-appropriate text about how we’re keeping whales safe?

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Getting free Common Core–aligned activities like these and other timely animal-related holidays and events is easy. Just go to TheMailbox.com/ifaw to sign up to become an Animal Amabassador with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Not only is it free to sign up, but you’ll also be entered for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card!

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IFAW has gone wild with some great resources. For winter, activities cover whale migration, bear facts, World Whale Day (February 14), and World Polar Bear Day (February 27). You can also find resources from fall, covering seals, habitats, cats, and more! Click here now to check it out!

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I’ve got some more animal fun. Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, December 28, 2014, to tell me which of the resources from IFAW are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win both of these books! Safari: A Photicular Book, features animals that literally seem to move on the pages: the cheetah bounds, the elephant slaps its ears, and the lion charges. The text includes an essay about each animal as well as statistics. In Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales From the Animal Kingdom, author Jane Yolen and her family share 19 stories about the special relationship between animals and humans. Each story includes a sidebar with more information about the species; a map at the end of the book shows key location from the stories and a timeline of the animals through history.

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Don’t wait; click here now to get your free IFAW resources and for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. Then submit a comment for a chance to win the books!

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Karen

PS: Let your students take action for animals too by entering IFAW’s next annual art and writing contest. Go to ifaw.org/art-contest to learn more. The deadline is January 31, 2015, so get them started today!


Scramble to Win! iPad Minis and Two Books Are Up for Grabs

Posted by on 11 Dec 2014 | Posted in: American Egg Board, Contests, Freebies, Running Kids Press, Trafalgar Square Publishing, Websites

I’m “egg-cited.” I just received two new egg-themed books that I want to share with you, and the timing couldn’t be better. You see, Monday, December 15, is the deadline to enter for a chance to win one of three iPad minis from the American Egg Board. I don’t want you to miss that opportunity or the free ready-to-use resources to teach about modern egg farming, nutrition and science, the importance of breakfast, and more!

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Go to TheMailbox.com/eggs and take a look at some the goodies you can get. Then submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Monday, December 15, 2014, to tell me your favorite way to eat eggs. One lucky teacher will win my advance copies of these two books. (Update: congratulations to Gloria, who is the winner of our prizes.)

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In Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Egg-citing Farm Adventure, Nonna Lidia takes her grandchildren on a trip to a farm where they have chicken-and-egg adventures that lead to a full-scale family culinary celebration. (You won’t want to miss the “egg-cellent” recipes that are included in this book!)

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Rupert the rabbit is the star of Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs! This little bunny burrows into a farm and attempts (and fails) several barnyard tasks, including laying eggs, until he finds he has a perfect talent to earn his keep.

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Don’t wait! Click here now for your chance to win and to get your free resources from the American Egg Board; then post a comment today for a chance to win these books!

Karen


Deck Your Halls With Free Resources and a Chance to Win a $1,000 Gift Card! Plus Win Three Books

Posted by on 08 Dec 2014 | Posted in: Abrams Books for Young Readers, Contests, Freebies, HarperCollins, NorthSouth Books, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Square Fish, Studentreasures.com, Websites

Glittery tinsel, festive hellos, and surprise doughnuts from not just one but two coworkers today have put me in the holiday spirit. So I’m here to share the joys of December with freebies that you can use all year long as well as a chance to win a $1,000 gift card! Cha-ching!

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To get started, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, December 21, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win three holiday-themed books! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story is the deluxe 50th-anniversary edition and is based on the original television classic. In Merry Christmas, Davy!, Davy shows that sharing has its own rewards. Then bring true events to life with Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914. It tells how a young soldier during World War I experiences an unforgettable Christmas.

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Feeling festive too? Then deck the halls and deck your walls—you have a chance to win a $1,000 or a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card! First, take a quiz to find out where you fall on the holiday-spirit gauge: are you a #1 Holiday Helper, an Elf in Training, or a Holiday Humbug? Plus get free tips and tricks to get through the classroom holiday hustle and bustle, and download a free calendar to count down to winter break. It’s all at TheMailbox.com/get organized. Click here now!

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Free teaching resources are always cause for celebration, especially when they help you address Common Core standards. HarperCollins has free downloadable resources that have been prepared by educators and designed to align to the Common Core. At readcommoncore.com, you’ll find teacher-created resources, specialized search tools, and more for hundreds of new and classic titles. Studying Charlotte’s Web? Get ideas. A fan of Mo Willems books? Get a teaching guide for eight titles! Click here now to see more!

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I’m willing to bet your students are, shall we say, enthusiastic about the upcoming winter break. Why not direct that enthusiasm toward some creative writing and then publish the work in a hardbound book? It’s easy—and free—with Studentreasures! Order a free publishing kit (you can get a paper or an online version), choose a publishing date, and let students get creative. You’ll even have access to new Common Core tools to get the writing started and will get a hardbound classbook for free! Plus, if you publish from December 2014 through February 2015, you’ll automatically be entered in a $100-a-day grant giveaway! Click here to get started!

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Don’t forget; submit a comment today for your chance to win the holiday books!

Karen


Why Teach About the Immune System? Find Out! Free Resources and Enter to Win a $250 Visa Gift Card

Posted by on 04 Dec 2014 | Posted in: American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Barker Creek, Contests, Freebies, Websites

Why should you teach your students about the immune system and autoimmune diseases?

Aside from giving them informative nonfiction reading practice and opportunities for hands-on projects, many of your students and you will know someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease. Fifty million Americans have autoimmune diseases, and—you may want to sit down for this fact—researchers believe that the school environment may contain more triggers for autoimmune diseases than any other work environment.

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Don’t worry. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is reaching out to help make it easy for you to teach about the immune system and autoimmune diseases. At TheMailbox.com/aarda, you’ll find a free video that introduces autoimmunity along with free Common Core–activities for grades 3–4, 5–6, and 7–8; background for you; and background for you to share with parents. Plus sign up for the AARDA mailing list to get information about the latest free materials and advances in research, and you’ll be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card! Three runners-up will each win a $100 gift card. Don’t wait; the deadline to enter is December 31, 2014. Click here now!

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Once you’ve printed out these great resources, you’ll need a place to keep them. Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, December 14, 2014, to tell me which autoimmune system fact was most surprising to you. One lucky teacher will win a set of 12 of these funky “Ribbon by the Yard” file folders. They’re letter size, reversible, have three tab locations, and will definitely add some pizzazz to your files! (Update: congratulations to Darlene, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Enter now to for your chance to win a Visa gift card and to get your free resources! And don’t forget to post a comment for a chance to win the file folders!

Karen


Time to Celebrate: Cranberries, Stuffing, and Freebies! Plus Win Two Books

Posted by on 25 Nov 2014 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, Code.org, Contests, Freebies, IFAW, Minedition, Skype, SMART: Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Associ, SmileTrain, Viking, Websites

I’m ready to celebrate! I’m not talking about celebrating Thanksgiving Day, although I for one am a huge fan of the food (mmmm, cranberries and stuffing!) and festivities (parades and football, anyone?) plus get-togethers with friends and family. I’m ready to celebrate the fantastic freebies I have for you!


To get you started, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, December 7, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win both The Little Moon Raven and The Snow Queen! In The Little Moon Raven, written by the Marcus Pfister of The Rainbow Fish fame, the little raven is the last to hatch and the last to learn how to fly, but he finds the strength to overcome bullies as he tries to fly to the moon. In the classic The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, Gerda sets out to save her friend Kay from the wicked Snow Queen, leading to a fantastical journey through talking birds, magical flowers, and fierce snowflakes. (Update: Congratulations to Darlene, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Did you know that December 4 is a day worthy of celebration? It’s National Wildlife Day! Be ready to incorporate timely animal-related holidays and special events in your lesson plans with free grades K–5 Common Core–aligned activities from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. For example, kids will ooh and aah over the baby squirrel image while learning more about backyard wildlife and getting practice representing and interpreting data. You’ll get this and more when you become an Animal Ambassador. (Yes, it’s free to become an animal ambassador.) Plus sign up now to be entered to win a $500 Amazon gift card! It’s all at TheMailbox.com/ifaw.

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Here’s another December celebration you may not be aware of: December 8–15 is Computer Science Education Week. By 2020, it’s estimated that one million computer science jobs will go unfilled. Why? There won’t be enough students graduating with the right technical skills! To take the mystery out of computer science, Skype and Code.org have teamed up to provide free tech guest speakers for classrooms. Click here to watch a brief video that introduces you to the program. To sign up, click here! Then join the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week with free hour-long tutorials—both online and unplugged—for grades K–12 to introduce kids to coding. The goal is for 100 million students worldwide to participate. Click here to learn more!

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Celebrate giving back while you Introduce important themes, such as social justice, with free lesson plans for students of all ages from Smile Train. Each plan teaches about a specific country where Smile Train has programs. Smile Train is a nonprofit organization that provides free cleft surgery for children in 87 countries. Click here to get your free lesson plans and to find out how your class can be be part of Students for Smile Train!

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“Age-appropriate technology at its best”—that’s how one preschool teacher describes her experience with ABCmouse.com for Schools. Why should you celebrate? This step-by-step learning path for preschool and kindergarten is absolutely free for teachers! The curriculum is presented in a program of more than 450 lessons—that’s 5,000 individual activities—in six levels. Plus first-grade teachers, get ready to join the celebration—a curriculum will be added for you soon! Click here to learn more.
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Textiles should never go in the trash—even items that are worn, torn, and stained. Let your students become Recycling Rangers and teach them about recycling textiles! SMART: Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles has free grades K–2 and 3–5 lesson plans and worksheets that are designed to meet the Common Core. Click here now to check them out.  The reason to celebrate? You can win with SMART! Watch for an exciting new contest coming soon!

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Finally, celebrate a better understanding of middle schoolers. Yes, really! Whether you teach middle schoolers or are the parent of one, kids at this age can be a mystery. Take some tips from Rachel Vail, author of Unfriended, a book about the internal struggles of middle schoolers played out very publicly on social media. She’s sharing the top 15 things middle school-age kids wish you knew. Click here to see her list!
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Don’t forget; tell me which of these celebrations are your favorites for a chance to win The Little Moon Raven and The Snow Queen!

Karen