Bark, Caw, and Roar—Get Animal-Themed Freebies and More! Plus Win 3 Books

Posted by on 20 Apr 2015 | Posted in: Candlewick Press, Contests, Essential Skills, Farmer's Insurance, Freebies, Grants, HarperCollins, IFAW, Lakeshore, National Geographic, Websites

I have a special place in my heart for animals. I’ve had as many as four cats at one time—one that lived to be 23½ years old!—and once adopted a three-legged dog. Now Roscoe, the homework-eating dog, rules my home (I pretend I’m in charge, but I know better), and my family is on the lookout for a potential kitten adoption. So I am not only ready but eager to help you prepare for Be Kind to Animals Week May 3–9 with free resources and a chance for you to win animal-themed books!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, May 3, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win three books that are sure to be favorites of your classroom animal lovers. Swoop in for amazing photos and fun facts in National Geographic Kids Everything: Birds of Prey. Then take a danger-filled adventure in which a mother elephant keeps her baby safe in Soon. In Monty’s Magnificent Mane, Monty the lion loves his mane but learns his friendship with the meerkats is more important.

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Give your kids the animal facts they love to learn while you address standards you need to meet when you download the free resources from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. You’ll be ready for timely animal celebrations in May, including Be Kind to Animals Week, International Migratory Bird Day (May 9), and Endangered Species Day (May 15). Plus enter for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card! Click here!

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Do your ages 8–12 students wish they could talk to animals? In Ferals, the first book of a new middle-grade trilogy, Caw is a boy who has the power to command crows. Now there’s a sinister threat—the feasome Spinning Man—and Caw’s city is in danger. Caw must quickly master abilities he never knew he had to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined. Click here to learn more and to read a sample!

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I haven’t forgotten that Teacher Appreciation Week is also the first week in May. Here’s a chance you won’t want to miss. In the Lakeshore Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes, Lakeshore Learning is giving away 100 prizes to teachers, including Lakeshore totes, aprons, and e-gift cards. Lakeshore is dedicated to creating innovative educational materials that spark imaginations and foster a lifelong love of learning. The sweepstakes ends at 3 p.m., PST, on May 8, 2015, so enter now!

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Farmers Insurance also wants you to know you’re appreciated and is giving away more than $1 million in educational grants this year through its Thank America’s Teachers program. There are 180 grants of $2,500 and six $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge grants to support innovative educational programs. Learn more at ThankAmericasTeachers.com.

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Did you know you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Essential Skills software? For grades K–6, the software covers reading/language arts, math, science, geography, and ESL/ELL and includes a new Common Core reading and math series. Its integrated assessment adapts content to target skill deficits, so it’s ideal for intervention and remediation. You can get the  software for iPad, Android, Chromebook, Pc, and Mac. Click here to learn more.

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Don’t forget to post a comment for your chance to win the three books!

Karen


Cowabunga! Do I Have Some Goodies for You! Plus Win Three Books to Drop Everything and Read

Posted by on 13 Apr 2015 | Posted in: Cabot Creamery, Contests, Freebies, HarperCollins, Mentoring Minds, Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Studies Weekly, TeachersTape, Websites

Would you like to win $500 in cash? I have two chances for you to win cash and other prizes plus opportunities to get plenty of free resources—goodies that will keep your students engaged and make your job easier through the rest of this school year and into the next.

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 19, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win three books that are perfect additions to your classroom library. Engage your trivia lovers with Junior Genius Guides: U.S. Presidents. It’s filled with clever facts from Jeopardy! champion and The New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings. Dory Fantasmagory will keep middle graders turning the pages as the protagonist, Dory, does whatever she can to get attention from her older siblings. Then join Benjamin Franklin in Paris as he uses the scientific method to solve a mesmerizing mystery in Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France.

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Cowabunga! Say “cheese!” because this contest and its free resources are something to smile about! First, enter to win $500 in classroom cash, a year’s worth of award-winning Cabot Cheese, or a gift pack of Cabot Cheese products. Then make your classroom “udder-ly” amazing: download free Common Core activities for grades K–5, Healthy “Moos”! newsletters, and perfect-for-preschool theme units. With titles like “Cheesy ‘Cow-culations’” and “Have You ‘Herd’?,” your students are in for some learning fun! Get it all here.

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Did you Drop Everything and Read to celebrate Beverly Cleary’s birthday on April 12? The beloved author of Ramona Quimby, Age 8—the book that inspired many D.E.A.R. programs—turned 99! Let the D.E.A.R. celebration continue in your classroom throughout April—and anytime—with free resources: Common Core–aligned printable activities, D.E.A.R. videos, digital assets, reading lists, and more. Help spread the love of reading here.

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Here’s another opportunity to win that you don’t want to miss. You could be the lucky teacher to win $500 or one of 25 runners-up to win a class set of 30 Studies Weekly subscriptions. Studies Weekly lets you combine social studies and science content with Common Core language arts. You get more than 900 short videos on topics you teach plus access to extensive teacher resources, daily activities, supplementary material, and handy standards correlations to help plan your lessons. See a video sample and enter to win here.

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Addressing the cognitive demands of standards and assessment can by tough, but this tool can help. Depth of Knowledge, the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Wheel, features six levels of Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy on one side and the four levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge on the other side. Its critical-thinking prompts engage students in rigorous and complex thinking. Click here to check it out and request a school sample.

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How many times have your classroom posters fallen to the floor?  If your answer is “too many,” you’ll want to check out TeachersTape. It’s a removable foam tape that sticks when you want it to but comes off cleanly. TeachersTape works well on the hard, nonporous surfaces found in many classrooms—painted concrete blocks, wood, and whiteboards. It comes in continuous rolls and precut pads. Click here to learn more and to request a free sample.

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

Karen


New Reads Coupled With Great Teaching Resources—You Can’t Beat That! Plus Win Books About Women Who Broke Barriers

Posted by on 09 Apr 2015 | Posted in: Abrams Books for Young Readers, Capstone Press, Freebies, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, Websites, Weston Woods

Don’t you love it when you find new books that also link to free resources for your class? How about when the resources are aligned to standards? (Are you getting tingly yet?) I know I was excited when I found the books and resources featured in today’s blog and couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 19, 2015, to tell me what your favorites are when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win three books that recognize women who broke through barriers and blazed the trail for future generations. A Woman in the House (and Senate) covers more than a century of female leaders who opened the door for women in politics. Then follow the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first female doctor, in Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? As an added bonus, this book comes with a DVD and an audio CD! Then get inspired by the women featured in Girls Research! Amazing Tales of Female Scientists. (Update: congratulations to Barbara, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Are you a Little House on the Prairie fan? If so, you’ll love the new Tales From Maple Ridge series for beginning readers. Set in 1892, the stories feature eight-year-old Logan Pryce, whose family’s hardships are made better by his small-town community. Go to TalesFromMapleRidge.com to read an excerpt and to download free resources, including a bookmark, word search, matching activity, and more. Then click here and scroll down for a chance to win a set of two chapter books from this series!

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Kindness rules in Stick and Stone, a new picture book about a friendship that rocks! The book has an antibullying message that even the youngest readers can understand. Share the free video with your students and download the free activity kit that includes circle time ideas, friendship bracelets, puppets, and more. It’s all at hmhbooks.com/stickandstone.

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Let the good feelings continue with the inspirational and feel-good quotes in Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life. Who’s Pete the Cat? He’s a blue cat that likes movin’, groovin’, and schoolin’ and always keeps his cool. Watch free animated videos and download songs, activities, and event kits. Click here.

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Want science on your students’ minds? Then check out the new Frank Einstein series from Jon Scieszka. Books 1 and 2 are now available, and you can download free teaching guides that are aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Plus get a free activity kit that includes a fun science experiment, an antimatter puzzle, and more. Go to FrankEinsteinbooks.com for your free resources. Then click here and scroll down for a chance to win Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger.

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Don’t forget; submit a comment for your chance to win the three books plus the DVD and CD!

Karen


Does Your Classroom Have Character or Characters? Get Free Resources and Win Three Fun Character Education Reads

Posted by on 06 Apr 2015 | Posted in: Bloomsbury Children's Books, Contests, Elmer's, Freebies, Holiday House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peachtree Publishers, ShurTech Brands, Websites

Do your students have character? Of course they do! Whether they’re dreamers, go-getters, creative, methodical, caring, or super smart, they each bring something to the class. Celebrate and guide your students’ character development with the great resources and sweepstakes I have for you today!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 19, 2015, to tell me which are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win three books that are perfect to get students thinking about qualities of character. In P. Zonka Lays an Egg, the other chickens think P. Zonka is lazy because she’s a dreamer. But when she decides to give egg laying a try, she creates a spectacular surprise. Then bunny friends see who is the fastest, strongest, smartest, and bravest In Hoppelpopp and the Best Bunny. Moo! is a book with one word expressed differently throughout to reflect a cow’s feelings when it takes a car on an “udderly” wild adventure.  (Update: congratulations to Melissa, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Looking for a way to prompt conversations about tolerance and self-acceptance? Wild About Us! helps kids ages 4–8 understand that everyone is worth celebrating, no matter what they look like. Warty Warthog has warts and tusks, elephant has a long nose, and Monkey’s ears stick out. Wouldn’t it be dull if all the animals at the zoo–and all the people in the world—looked alike? Read more here!

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Foster pride, learning, and creativity with free curriculum-based activities that will wow your students and make learning stick. (Science and slime coupled with Common Core standards? It doesn’t get much better!) And you’ll shine if you’re a winner in the Elmer’s Makes Learning Stick sweepstakes! You have six chances to win an Elmer’s monthly prize pack—glue sticks, glitter glue pens, Board Mate paper letters, and more—valued at over $250. Enter and get the free resources here.

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Let your students know that what they say—and write—really matters. Get free teaching resources—writing-project starters, print-and-use graphic organizers, and send-home activities—plus valuable coupons for Duck Tape® brand duct tape. Then enter to be the lucky teacher to win a $150 Duck Tape® brand duct tape prize pack, an iPad mini, and a $100 Visa gift card. Five runners-up will each win a $50 Duck Tape® prize pack. Don’t wait; the deadline is April 30, 2015. Click here.

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

Karen


Roses Are Red. Violets Are Blue. I Have Some Great Poetry Books for You! (And More!)

Posted by on 02 Apr 2015 | Posted in: Candlewick Press, Contests, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Freebies, HarperCollins, Henry Holt and Company, International Playthings, Penguin, Websites

Emily Dickinson, I’m not. But fortunately for you, I have some great resources to usher in National Poetry Month (April) and add creativity to your classroom!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 12, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win four books focused on poetry. Out and About: A First Book of Poems follows Katie and Olly through a collection of poetic sights. Then an owl with an unusual passion for poetry learns to shine in Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry. Strange and silly critters are featured in the collection of poems by Calef Brown in Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything. In The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, trace the canon from the Middle Ages to contemporary poems.  (Update: congratulations to Brenda, who is the winner of our prize.)

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There are sure to be giggles in your classroom when you “Shelebrate” National Poetry Month with free resources based on Shel Silverstein’s classics. At shelsilverstein.com, you’ll find lessons and activities, event kits, and drawing booklets. Plus get the free Shel Silverstein Teaching Guide, featuring classroom activities, discussion questions, and writing prompts aligned to the Common Core.

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It’s a new month, so that means you have a new chance to win a class set—30 copies—of the book of the month from Disney Worldwide Publishing. (Is there a poetry book featured? You bet!) The picks for April are We Are in a Book!; Red Kite, Blue Kite (April is also National Kite Month); and Poems to Learn by Heart. Get free activities for these and other books, plus download reading tips and teacher guides. Enter and get your freebies at TheMailbox.com/disneybooks.

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Looking for a way to inspire creative play with your little ones? Imaginetics playsets provide limitless opportunities. Now you have the chance to be the lucky teacher to win an Imaginetics playset prize pack valued at over $285. Ten runners-up will each win a prize pack worth more than $140. Plus get free skill-stretching ideas that work with almost any Imaginetics playset. Everyone who enters gets a valuable discount code. The deadline is April 30, 2015, so enter now at TheMailbox.com/imaginetics.

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Don’t forget; submit a comment for a chance to win the four books!

Karen

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