Did Someone Say “Spa”? Teacher Perks, Resources, and a Chance to Win Two Books That Answer What and Why

Posted by on 26 Aug 2015 | Posted in: Barron's Educational Publishing, College Subscription Services, Crayola, Education.com, Freebies, Sadlier, Websites

I’ll bet if you earned a nickel each time your heard the words why and what from your students you’d be able to treat yourself to a nice de-stressing spa visit at the end of each month. I may not have a spa visit up my sleeve, but I do have resources to help keep your day stress free along with two “why” and “what” books to win!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, September 13, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win two helpful books that answer what and why. Tell Me What Is That? teaches about animals, the earth, plants, and the human body. Tell Me Why? includes answers to question on history, nature, the human body, animals, daily life, and the universe. Each book includes an index and fun stickers.

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I love it when I find a nice perk for teachers, and this one keeps giving all year! College Subscription Services will give you a free magazine subscription to either Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, Vogue, Time, or Glamour. Click here and enter the code 13750 by October 31, 2015, to take advantage of this offer. Then sit back, put your feet up, and flip through the pages of a just-for-you magazine!

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Need help in ways to use visual art standards in professional development and with students? It’s out there for you. Or are you looking for lesson plans that integrate art but also meet standards? My guess is more than 1,200 ideas will do the trick. You’ll find this and more at Crayola.com/educator. This is the best part: it won’t cost you a nickel. It’s all free!

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Here’s a program that lets you teach vocabulary in context with science, social studies, and literary texts. Vocabulary Workshop reflects the latest research, the newest educational technology, and feedback from educators. Plus it has a 50-year track record for best practices for vocabulary instruction. Click here to see the grades 1–5 program. Have older students? See the grades 6–12 program here. Make sure you check out the tabs to request a sample!
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Do you teach in a Title 1 school? Education.com is giving away $1 million worth of free subscriptions for Education.com Pro to teachers in underserved schools. You’ll be able to access more than 1,000 lesson plans for preschool through fifth grade—a new feature this year—plus get worksheets; workbooks; activities; science projects; and Brainzy, the interactive games program for early learners. For the no-charge access, you must register by October 1, 2015. Click here!

Here’s to a stress-free school year!

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Karen


We ❤ Grandparents! Win Books for Grandparents Day, Cash for Your Classroom, and More

Posted by on 20 Aug 2015 | Posted in: Carson-Dellosa, Champions for Kids, Contests, Freebies, NorthSouth Books, Penguin, TeachersTape, Viking, Websites, X-ACTO

Grandparents are on my mind. National Grandparents Day is less than a month away—September 13—providing a perfect opportunity to connect your students with the strength, information, and guidance older folks can offer. Know what else is perfect? I have two books featuring grandparents for you to win plus chances to win cash, download free resources, and more!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 30, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One lucky teacher will win these books and get them just in time for Grandparents Day! Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa is the newest edition in the best-selling Llama Llama series. When Llama Llama has a sleepover at his grandparents’ home, he has fun until he realizes he’s forgotten his beloved stuffed toy. Not to worry—Grandpa knows just how to make Llama Llama feel safe and loved wherever he is. Then in Happy Birthday, Davy!, Davy’s birthday wishes are for someone to tell him stories, someone to teach him new games, and someone with plenty of time to spend with him. His wishes all come true in a visit from his grandparents.  (Update: congratulations to Julie, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Wouldn’t it be nice if the posters and other learning materials you’re hanging on your classroom walls to start the school year stayed in place? Check out TeachersTape. It’s a removable foam tape that comes off cleanly but really sticks to the surfaces found in many classrooms—laminates, painted concrete blocks, wood, and whiteboards. You can get it in a roll to hang your posters and banners; then get the pads for artwork and projects. Click here to see more.

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Here’s a chance to help kids in your community and to be the lucky teacher to win $1,000 cash for your classroom from Champions for Kids. There’s more: five teachers will each win $500, five will each win $100, and $25 will go to 25 teachers. Enter here! Then teach your students about giving back with the simple-to-do service project, Fill the Cart for Kids. By participating, your school could win grant money—from $10,000 to $25,000! Download a free project starter guide to learn more.

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I have another chance for you to win cash for your classroom. One lucky teacher will win $500 in classroom cash and an X-ACTO prize pack, and three runners-up will each win $250 and an X-ACTO prize pack. Then get your students’ writing on point right away with the free ideas and organizers for grades K–2 and 3–5 plus at-home practice for grades K–5. Find it all here.

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Deadline alert! Have you entered the 2015 Classroom of Your Dreams shopping spree giveaway yet? You have a chance to win the grand-prize of a $300 Carson-Dellosa shopping spree plus a $100 bonus Visa gift card. Three runners-up will each win $300 shopping sprees plus gift cards of lesser amounts. The August 31, 2015, deadline is creeping up, so enter here now.

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Karen

PS: I found a free planning and activity guide to help you recognize National Grandparents Day in your classroom. Click here.


Start Your School Year With Friendship, Acceptance, Plus TWO Chances to Win $500 in CASH!

Posted by on 17 Aug 2015 | Posted in: American Egg Board, American Public University, Candlewick Press, Contests, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Freebies, NCircle Entertainment, Simon & Schuster, Sterling Publishing, Studies Weekly, Websites

Go ahead. Make your classroom wishlist. Why? You have two chances to win $500 in cash! Plus I have other exciting opportunities for you, plenty of free resources, and a chance to win three brand-new books on friendship and acceptance to help you set a positive tone in your classroom.

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 30, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and freebies below are your favorites. If your name is randomly chosen from the comments, these books will be yours!

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New from Mo Willems, The Story of Diva and Flea features two unlikely friends—a small yet brave dog and a curious streetwise cat—as they explore their very different worlds. Then who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory as best friends race for the last drop of syrup in Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast? Encourage your students to celebrate the one-of-a-kind skin they’re in with Happy in Our Skin.  (Update: congratulations to Lisa, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Check this out. We transformed a humble egg shell into a sparkly, crystal-encrusted geode. You can do this with your students too—it’s one of the free “eggceptionally” fun science experiments at TheMailbox.com/goodegg. You’ll find dozens of free resources—preschool units, grades K–9 Common Core–aligned ideas and worksheets, and more—for your idea file! Plus be sure to enter the sweepstakes. You could be the grand-prize winner of $500 cash and an egg-themed prize pack! Get it all here.

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Did you know there’s a huge library of free videos and interviews—more than 1,000 of them—available to introduce your students to famous people? They include US presidents, scientists, activists, Holocaust survivors, and many more. Tap into the videos and then enter to win $500 or one of 25 class sets of 30 Studies Weekly subscriptions. These units let you combine social studies and science with your state’s language arts standards. With all the lesson plans, extension activities, and quizzes provided, there’s almost no prep time! Log on to TheMailbox.com/studiesweekly.

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These monsters are big and hairy but not very scary—and they’re part of ABC Monsters, a new DVD series that engages and teaches preschoolers. The monsters—there’s one for each letter of the alphabet—are curious and happy and tend to wander off. If one is missing at the end of the day, all the letters are wiped clean from every book in Capital Town. The series is premiering with a DVD starring A, B, C, and D. Click here to learn more.

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How do you get your preschool through grade 2 students excited about reading? For starters, it helps if you have an engaging story featuring favorite characters. Get recommendations for fresh new tales, nonfiction, and more—featuring favorites like the Peanuts gang, Daniel Tiger, the Doozers, and more—along with leveling from Rising Star to Megastar. Click here to see them all.

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Relevant national standards and 21st-century best practices—that’s what you can expect from American Public University’s graduate degree and certificate programs. All classes are online, and onsite requirements can be met at your home school. That means you can get your degree while balancing your commitments at home and work—and if your schedule is anything like mine, it’s great to have support for this balancing act! Click here to see your options.

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Don’t forget; submit a comment to tell me your favorites for a chance to win the books!

Karen


School Has Gone to the Dogs…and a Hamster…and More! Win Three Books and Find Freebies for You and Your Students

Posted by on 10 Aug 2015 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, Contests, Elmer's, Freebies, Henry Holt and Company, Kids Can Press, Lakeshore, Macmillan Children's Publishing, Matific, Mentoring Minds, Penguin, Random House

A school full of pups, an enormous hamster in the classroom—what happens when pets come to school? And what adventures are in store for siblings separated by school for the first time?
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I’ve got three books that are sure to ease the transition to school and become class favorites. Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 23, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and freebies below are your favorites. If your name is randomly chosen from the comments, these books will be yours!
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School was a mysterious, scary place for Stanley the pup and his friends in Stanley at School. But a sniff around leads them to lunches! And then to kids! And then, uh-oh, to the top dog—the principal! In My Humongous Hamster Goes to School, students’ lunches don’t stand a chance. From the playground to art, this hamster makes the most of “bring your pet to school” day. Then when Maple goes to school in Maple & Willow Apart, younger sibling Willow must find her own adventures. The sisters come up with a creative solution so they can feel connected even when they’re apart.  (Update: congratulations to Samantha, who is the winner of our prize.)
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I’ve got some big news for you: ABCmouse now has first-grade content! And like ABCmouse’s preschool, PreK, and kindergarten curriculums, the first-grade content is absolutely free for schools! Want help with proper nouns? Check out the Grammar Kingdom. Need base 10 addition support? Turn to the Strong Brothers. The first-grade content supports standards and covers ELA/reading, math, science, social studies, and more in a way that helps kids love to learn. To check it out, you need to register at ABCmouse.com/schools.
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Liquid glue, glue sticks, glitter glue, display boards, adhesive letters—wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your classroom stocked with these? Then enter the Elmer’s Makes Learning Stick sweepstakes! You have two more chances to win an Elmer’s prize pack worth $250. Plus scroll down on the site to check out the free resources for fun-filled learning for preschool through grade 6. This is one of my favorites: “The Science of Slime” for grades 1–6. It lets students get gooey while learning about polymers and addressing literacy and math standards. Click here.
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Storytime meets STEM with these Motivation Vocabulary Card Sets that teach math and science from a kid’s point of view. Research shows that knowing the vocabulary deepens students’ understanding of math and science. The cards provide clear and simple definitions as well as representations of the terms. Plus each card set includes a free Word Play Activities book for teachers. Learn more and request a free school sample here.
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Did you know you can get award-winning, online K–6 math activities to supplement your lessons for free? Matific has thousands of standards-aligned interactive activities that reinforce math concepts, a teacher dashboard to track students’ progress, and full-length lesson plans. Sign up by September 30, 2015, and you’ll be automatically entered to win prizes that include $25 Amazon gift cards, a Chromebook, and a $500 Amazon gift card! Learn more here.
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Don’t forget to submit a comment for your chance to win the books!

Karen


Goodness Gracious! I’ve Got Gobs of Free Resources Plus Chances to Win

Posted by on 04 Aug 2015 | Posted in: Astute Hoot, Contests, Crayola, Freebies, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Produce for Kids, Websites, X-ACTO

Gobs, yep, gobs of resources await you as you start thinking of back-to-school. Writing? Got you covered. Math and reading? Sure thing! Tips and art? Read on for all this and chances to win books, prize packs, and cold hard cash for your classroom!

To start off, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 16, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win two books and two journals from Astute Hoot, a standards-aligned program to supplement and enhance district curriculum so even reluctant grades K–3 students blossom into motivated learners.

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In Hazel Meets the Reading Strategy Animals, ten woodland animals use research-based strategies to guide Hazel to become a proficient reader. The book is supplemented by Hazel’s Reading Comprehension Strategies Journal. Then Hazel learns problem-solving strategies in Hazel meets the Math Strategy Animals, supplemented by the Math Problem-Solving Journal. Whether or not you win the books and journals, you can still get Astute Hoot freebies for back-to-school. Click here! 

(Update: congratulations to Ruth, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Have you swung by your local Office Depot OfficeMax store yet for the Teacher Appreciation event? If not, you have today and tomorrow to get there and take advantage of 25% off qualifying purchases. Make sure you pick up a free school year calendar while you’re there. It’s a handy reference for dates to know and fun facts to get you through the school year. Plus it has savings of up to 50%! (For August, check out the adorable apple note dispenser to take back to school. It’s only $5!) If you can’t make it this week, not to worry. There will be another chance to enjoy the appreciation from August 29–September 1. Plus you can earn free supplies for your school or rewards for you too!

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Here’s another way to start your school year on the “write” foot. You have a chance to win cash and X-ACTO prize packs while getting free resources to keep students’ writing on point! First, here’s what you can win: one lucky teacher will win $500 in classroom cash and an X-ACTO prize pack, and three runners-up will each win $250 and an X-ACTO prize pack. Then get free writing ideas and organizers for grades K–2 and 3–5 plus at-home writing practice for grades K–5. Find out more here.

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Promote healthy lunch options with your class. Get free resources—activities for preschool–grade 1 and grades 2–5, a family newsletter, and more—and take the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge to eat fresh fruits in a rainbow of colors and to explore new fruits and veggies. For each pledge, Produce for Kids and its partners will donate $1 to Feeding America children’s programs. Click here!

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Need help in finding ways to use visual art standards in professional development and with students? It’s out there for you. Or are you looking for lesson plans that integrate art but also meet standards? My guess is more than 1,200 ideas will do the trick. You’ll find this and more at Crayola.com/educator. Here’s the best part: it’s all free!

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Don’t forget to tell me which of these contests and freebies are your favorites for a chance to win the Astute Hoot books and journals. Make sure you check the blog throughout August for more freebies, resources, and chances to win to make this the best back-to-school ever!

Karen

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PS: This is big news. You have a chance to win a $2,500 Office Depot OfficeMax gift card for your school or a $500 gift card for you! Go to TheMailbox.com/gearupforschool to enter and to download free tips and activities to gear up for great school year.

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