Get Springtime Happy: Win a Get-Outside Guide Plus Discover Freebies for Teachers

Posted by on 15 Apr 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Elmer's, Freebies, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Learning Magazine, National Geographic, Simon & Schuster, Terminix, Websites

Seemed like winter would never end, but in my part of the country at least, I think it finally has. So let’s celebrate! Scroll down and submit a comment to our blog by 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, to let us know which of this week’s fun freebies make you springtime happy. One lucky teacher will win a copy of the National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide. It’s filled with fun ideas for helping kids discover the great outdoors. Submit a comment for your chance to win!
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Every day in the classroom, you’re making memories. Get ready-to-use ideas—plus enter to win a $150 prize pack from Elmer’s and a $100 gift card from Michaels—with the Elmer’s Make a Million Classroom Memories sweepstakes. Winners are drawn every month; enter now, and you’ll be in the next drawing! Visit TheMailbox.com/elmersmemories.
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Are your students big on beetles? Fascinated by fireflies? Use the new Harry’s Big Adventure curriculum to teach both Common Core skills and about bugs; then apply for one of ten $500 scholarships to use for science materials of all types! Get started at HarrysBigAdventure.com. Scholarship applications are due May 15, 2014.

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National Poetry Month is here! Keep your celebration going with free Poetry Month resources that are based on Shel Silverstein’s classics and aligned to the Common Core. Check out the free Shel Silverstein animations as well! It’s all at shelsilverstein.com.
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What are your students wondering about? Inspire a sense of curiosity with a free Curiosity Day Kit featuring Curious George! The kit includes storytime suggestions and tips, coloring sheets, nametags, bookmarks, and more. Curious to know more? Visit curiousgeorge.com/teachers-resources/classroom-resources.
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Get your middle-grade readers ready for summer with the newest In the Middle Books from Simon & Schuster. Students can be heroes with Captain Awesome and the Goddess Girls; solve mysteries with Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and The Critter Club; make new friends with Galaxy Zack and The Kingdom of Wrenly, and be themselves with Heidi Heckelbeck and Shark School. Find new favorites, get downloadables, and check out videos at IntheMiddleBooks.com.

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Don’t forget, submit a comment for a chance to win this week’s prize!

Karen

PS: New contests are posted at LearningMagazine.com. Prizes for teachers total over $4,800! Click here to enter.


Free Common Core Activities—Plus WIN a Book Series About Animals

Posted by on 31 Mar 2014 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, Contests, Freebies, IFAW, Lerner Publishing, Mentoring Minds, SmileTrain, Websites

Have you ever heard of the golden toad? What about the Japanese river otter? These creatures are now extinct, and countless other creatures—such as Asian elephants, Ganges dolphins, purple frogs, and speartooth sharks—are endangered. A new book series from Lerner Publications Lightning Bolt Books, “Endangered and Extinct,” tells the tales of these creatures and shows students how everyday actions affect the animals. Scroll down to comment on this week’s blog post. One lucky teacher will win a set of five books from this series! In your comment, tell us which of this weeks’ freebies and favorite offers look good to you. Submit your comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Monday, April 7, 2014, to be entered in our random drawing.  (Update: congratulations to Khristi, who is our winner!)

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare offers a series of free, Common Core–aligned resources for teaching students about the world’s animals. Teach about animals students know and love with selections on cats and dogs and backyard wildlife or go exotic with resources about elephants, big cats, whales and dolphins, and more. Plus, if you sign up now, you’ll be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card! Get all of the info at TheMailbox.com/ifaw.

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Here’s another option for opening students’ eyes to the world around them. Smile Train offers free lesson plans focused on countries around the world, including Mexico, India, China, Ethiopia, and the Philippines. Plus you can learn about the work Smile Train does to train local doctors around the world to perform free cleft surgery for poor children. Students for Smile Train provides all the materials you need to do a service learning project, start a club, or plan a fundraiser. Learn more at smiletrain.org/students/resources.html.

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Early childhood teachers, your students know about ABCmouse. Why not use it in your classroom for free? ABCmouse.com offers over 5,000 activities covering reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. You’ll find books, puzzles, games, songs, printables, and much more—all free for teachers. To access the free materials, register now at abcmouse.com/schools.

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Common Core freebies? Yes, please! Get a free sampler of Common Core–aligned materials from Mentoring Minds at mentorigminds.com/learning. The sampler includes a free peek at Motivation Math, Motivation Reading, and the Common Core Standards and Strategies Flip Chart. Don’t pass this up!

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Don’t forget, scroll down to submit your comment to be entered in this week’s drawing!

Karen


You Have to Play to Win: Contests Ending

Posted by on 28 Mar 2014 | Posted in: ADT, Contests, Freebies, Jonti-Craft, LeapFrog, Simon & Schuster, SMART, Websites

Don’t miss your chance to enter these great contests, ending this month. To sweeten the deal, scroll down to comment by 11:59 pm EDT Tuesday, April 1, 2014, to tell us which of these fun finds are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win the 50th Anniversary Edition of Shel Silverstein’s Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? Submit your comment right now!  (Update: congratulations to Myrna, who is our winner!)

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It’s Family Reading Month! Enter to win one of five learning-filled LeapFrog prize packs, which are valued at over $500 each. Hurry, this contest ends on March 31! Plus you can download family reading resources, classroom printables, and a valuable LeapFrog coupon. Get it all at TheMailbox.com/familyreading.

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Fabrics and textiles should never end up in the trash. That’s the message behind the Recycling Rangers program from SMART. Sign up to access free Common Core-aligned printables and enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The sweepstakes ends March 30 (that’s Sunday!), so enter now at TheMailbox.com/smart.

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Get free Common Core activities to help you teach your students to stay safe! Visit TheMailbox.com/homesafetynight to download classroom activities, games, puzzles, and more that teach important safety information. Plus sign up for a chance to win $500 to hold a Home Safety Night at your school and an ADT security system for yourself, totally free for one year. Enter now!

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Do you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom? Get your young students set to use it with the new Jonti-Craft iRise, which helps little learners step right up safely. See more at jonti-craft.com/iRise.

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Don’t forget, scroll down to send us a comment to be entered in the drawing for this week’s giveaway. You have to play to win!

Karen


Office Overflow: Free Box of Books for One Lucky Teacher

Posted by on 19 Mar 2014 | Posted in: Action for Healthy Kids, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Contests, Freebies, HarperCollins, Novel-Ties, Office Depot, Websites

Confession time: I have too many books. I love seeing what’s new and planning what to feature in Learning magazine and on the blog. But the time has come, and I need to get some of these books into teachers’ (and students’) hands. So a box of these books could be yours!

Submit a comment to this blog to let us know which of this week’s freebies and special items catch your interest. One lucky teacher will win a box of books especially for his or her grade level! To enter our random drawing, submit a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, and include your grade level. Good luck!  (Update: congratulations to Michele Downey, who was our winner!)

Here’s a new grant program just for teachers. Enter the Up & Learning grant for a chance to win $500. You can also download free ideas for healthy classroom celebrations, healthy snacks, healthy nonfood rewards, and more. It’s all from Action for Healthy Kids. Plus, when you sign up, you’ll receive updates on other grants and programs for schools. Enter now!

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Did you know that, of the 50 million Americans living with autoimmune diseases, more than 75 percent are women? March is National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month. Take a moment to learn more about autoimmune diseases (there are more than 100!) at the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association website, aarda.org. Plus stay tuned for Common Core–aligned materials you can use to raise students’ awareness of these diseases as well.

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It’s that time of year—get ready to Drop Everything and Read! This annual celebration in the month of April honors author Beverly Cleary, who first wrote about DEAR in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Get free Common Core–aligned resources—including downloadables, activities, reading lists, and more—at dropeverythingandread.com/NationalDEARday.html. Then get ready to read, read, read!

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Time is running out to apply for the Office Depot Rewards of Teaching grant. One lucky teacher will receive a $500 Office Depot gift card, and ten runners-up will each receive a $50 Office Depot gift card. You’ll also get access to valuable coupons and free, teacher-tested ideas for keeping students organized, restocking depleted classroom supplies, getting students writing, and more. Visit TheMailbox.com/officedepot by March 31, 2014, to sign up!

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Looking for fresh ideas for the classroom novels you’re studying? Visit learninglinks.com and check out Novel-Ties study guides, which provide research-proven strategies for teaching classroom novels. You’ll get the questions to ask, the issues to discuss, and tips to get the most out of every book. Take a look!

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Don’t forget, let me know what your favorite items are from this week’s blog post. A box of books could be on its way to you!

Karen


Last Chance: Elmer’s “Presentations That Pop!” Sweepstakes Ends Tomorrow

Posted by on 14 Mar 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Elmer's

Just a quick post to let you know that if you haven’t entered the Elmer’s “Get Creative: Presentations That Pop!” Sweepstakes yet, now’s the time to do it. The sweepstakes ends on Saturday, March 15, which is tomorrow!

One lucky teacher will win a $250 prize pack of Elmer’s supplies. It includes everything from Elmer’s display boards and world-famous glue to markers and peel-off letters—the items you and your students need to create projects and presentations that look great and are packed with learning. Plus ten runners-up will win Elmer’s prize packs valued at $50.

It’s all sponsored by Elmer’s Presentation Ready. Click here to enter now!

PS: Here’s another great contest from Elmer’s. The Elmer’s Make a Million Classroom Memories Sweepstakes features more great prizes from Elmer’s, a chance to win a $100 gift card from Michaels, and free downloadable keepsake projects for every season. Enter now at TheMailbox.com/elmersmemories.