Spring Into New Contests, New Freebies, and New Beginnings—Plus Win Two Spring-Themed Books and a DVD!

Posted by on 23 Mar 2015 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, Grants, HarperCollins, Keys + Kids, Lesley University, Peachtree Publishers, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, SmileTrain, Studies Weekly

Finally, it’s officially springtime! To me, spring feels new—new blossoms bursting out on trees, new baby animals, and a new freshness in the air that only an April shower can bring. To celebrate, I have opportunities of new beginnings to share with you and new chances to win!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 5, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win two books and a DVD that are perfect for this season! In this new edition of the classic My Spring Robin, find signs of spring, from crocuses to toads to robins. Then there’s a surprise to discover in Toad Weather. What is it? It’s a toad migration! In the My Garden DVD, a girl dreams of creating a garden full of chocolate rabbits, flowers that change colors, and more. The DVD includes a read-along option.

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Springtime (and any time!) is the the perfect time for a great page-turner, and you have a chance to be one of 50 lucky teachers to win 20 copies of a new exciting book in the Class Acts: Best in Class 2015 Book Giveaway! There are freebies too: free reading and writing activities that build Common Core skills for six books you and your students will love. Check them out!

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Your students could give a new beginning to a child in a developing country—changing that child’s life forever—while learning about important themes such as social justice and giving back. Smile Train has free service-based lesson plans for grades K–12 that teach about specific countries where children benefit from Smile Train’s free cleft surgery. The lessons explore multiculturalism, diet, narrative writing, and more. Click here.

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I’ll bet winning cash would let you add some newness to your classroom. Enter the Bright Ideas in History Sweepstakes, and you could be the lucky teacher to win $500 or to be one of 25 runners-up to win a class set of Studies Weekly subscriptions. Studies Weekly lets you combine social studies and science content with Common Core language arts. It includes more than 900 short videos on topics you teach plus extensive teacher resources, daily activities, supplementary material, and handy standards correlations to help plan your lessons. Learn more at TheMailbox.com/studiesweekly.

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Would a new school piano be music to your ears? Apply for one of ten grants for a Kawai piano valued at $10,000 to support your school’s music and arts program. Keys + Kids, for K–12 public schools, recognizes the growing need for high-quality, functional pianos in schools to create an environment where kids’ talents can shine. The deadline to submit an application is April 17, 2015, so click here now.

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When you think of new beginnings, don’t forget about yourself! You can follow your passion and become the most effective teacher possible without giving up your classroom by earning a master’s degree in education from Lesley University. There are five online M. Ed. degree options, including one where you can tailor your own educational journey to match your personal and professional goals. Click here to learn more.

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

Karen


Gift Cards Galore! Plus TWO Lucky Teachers Will Win Books

Posted by on 16 Mar 2015 | Posted in: Capstone Press, Contests, Freebies, Heinemann-Raintree, IFAW, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Scholastic, SMART: Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Associ, Studentreasures.com

Could you use a $100 Amazon gift card? How about a $200 Amazon gift card? What about a $500 gift card to Office Depot or OfficeMax? (Think of the teaching supplies you could buy!) You have a chance to win all these and get free teaching resources. Here’s the catch: you have only about two weeks left before these opportunities disappear.

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, March 29, 2015, to tell me which of the contests below you’ve entered. Two lucky teachers will each win My Grandfather’s Coat and two science books perfect for their grade levels. My Grandfather’s Coat follows the recycling of a beloved coat that parallels the grandfather’s life through four generations. And the science books? If your name is selected, I’ll send you either two Read Me! books or two InfoSearch books so you get just what you need for your classroom.  (Update: congratulations to Brenda and Michelle, who are the winners of our prizes.

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Here’s why My Grandfather’s Coat is a perfect prize: the Amazon gift cards up for grabs are from SMART—the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association. Every year, 21 billion pounds of textiles end up in landfills. At TheMailbox.com/smart, you’ll find free Common Core–aligned skill pages to help you teach about textile recycling, information about how your school can earn money by holding a textile-recycling drive, and the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card or to be one of three runners-up to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Enter now; the contest ends March 31, 2015.

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Why am I giving away science books? I’m excited about the fact that you can download a free science kit—including skill sheets, projects, and printables—at TheMailbox.com/classroom refresh. You’ll also find free resources to help you get your classroom in order for the rest of the school year; have a chance to be one of 80 instant winners of prize packs from sponsors such as Duck Tape, Crayola, and Elmer’s; and have a chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card! But don’t wait; this offer ends on March 31, 2015, too. Click here!

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At this point in the school year, your young authors may need a little writing inspiration. Celebrate their achievements by publishing their work in a free hardbound classbook. It’s easy through Studentreasures. Students fill pages from the free kit with their writing and illustrations—Studentreasures even provides free Common Core–aligned lesson plans and worksheets. You submit the kits, and the hardbound book is delivered to you. Plus publish by April 10 to be automatically entered to win school grants. Click here to learn more.

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I have one more opportunity you won’t want to miss. You could win a $500 Amazon gift card from the International Fund for Animal Welfare and get free timely animal-related teaching resources. What’s coming up? National Puppy Day is March 21; International Day of the Seal is March 22; and April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. The resources are Common Core aligned for grades K–2 and 3–5. Enter now!

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

Karen


What’s at the End of the Rainbow? Teaching Tools, Cash Prizes, Plus Win Two Rainbow-Themed Books

Posted by on 11 Mar 2015 | Posted in: Action for Healthy Kids, Contests, Freebies, Grants, Holiday House, International Bipolar Foundation, Mentoring Minds, NorthSouth Books, ShurTech Brands, Websites

What would be in the pot at the end of your teaching rainbow? With St. Patrick’s Day next week, I started wondering. Would it be tools to help your students better understand math? Or maybe something to help keep kids healthy so they’re ready to learn? Or, if you’re a lad or lassie after my own heart, maybe some cold, hard cash? Read on. I’ve found some rainbow-worthy opportunities you won’t want to miss!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, March 22, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win these rainbow-themed books. In The End of the Rainbow, a young girl sets out to see what’s at the end of the rainbow and finds friendship along the way. Then get five Rainbow Fish stories all in one book with The Adventures of Rainbow Fish.  (Update: congratulations to Laura, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Is there Duck Tape® brand duct tape at the end of your rainbow? How about prizes worth about $500? Enter the Get Your Ducks in a Row! sweepstakes for a chance to win a $150 Duck Tape prize pack, an iPad mini, and a $100 Visa gift card. Five runners-up will each win a $50 Duck Tape prize pack. Plus get free resources—writing-project starters, print-and-use graphic organizers, and send-home “Ductivities”—and valuable coupons. Get it all at TheMailbox.com/ducktape.

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Area, product, bar graphs, arrays—is your wish for your students to have the vocabulary they need to understand essential Common Core math concepts? Extend and deepen their understanding with Motivation Math Vocabulary Card Sets. The definitions are simply and clearly stated, and the set comes with a free Math Word Play Activities book for you. Click here to see samples for your grade level and to request a free school sample.

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There could be a pot of gold (cash!) at the end of the rainbow for your middle or high school students. They could win $500, $250, or $100 while you reinforce writing standards. How? Tell them about the International Bipolar Foundation’s annual essay writing contest. About 60 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder—a brain disorder that affects mood, the ability to function, and energy level. The essays should focus on one of three related topics. Get free resources, including a student essay planner and teacher’s guide, to help. Students must submit entries by May 1, 2015. Find out more!

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We’d all like to find our students healthy and read to learn at the end of the rainbow. Take action now and apply for school grants for the 2015–16 school year to encourage kids to eat better and be active. You can apply for breakfast grants of $1,000–$2,500 and, in select states, Every Kid Healthy Grants of $500–$2,500. Click here to learn more and to sign up for a free webinar to help you apply. The deadline is May 1, 2015.

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

Karen


Crinkle, Crunch, and Crack Your Way to Freebies and More—Win Two Books!

Posted by on 04 Mar 2015 | Posted in: Candlewick Press, Contests, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Essential Skills, Freebies, Holiday House, International Playthings, Kohl's, Websites

Crinkle, crunch, crack! Is that how it sounds when you step outdoors on the frozen, wintry ground? Well take a few more steps forward—spring is not that far away and I, for one, am ready to welcome it with free resources and chances to win books, cash, and more!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, March 14, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win these books that will encourage your students to explore outdoors! In Crinkle, Crackle, Crack: It’s Spring!, a child follows a bear through cold mud, rotten snow, and shivering trees to discover spring. (I love the use of adjectives and onomatopoeia in this book!) Then, in Welcome to the Neighborwood, pop-up pages show how seven animal builders use their unique skills to survive.  (Update:  congratulations to Suzy, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Do you have a student whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in your community? Then nominate him or her for a chance to receive $10,000 for higher education in the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Students ages 6–18 are eligible to win. Click here to get more details. Don’t wait, the deadline to nominate someone is March 13, 2015.

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Get some spelling help for your students with 500 activities to teach the 400 most misspelled words for grades 1–5. Register to download a free copy of Spelling Stumpers. Your license is good for an unlimited number of students at the school of your choice. There are no subscription or renewal fees—the program is yours to keep. Plus you’ll receive the Spelling List Editor to create spelling exercises using your custom word list. Get started here.

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Have you checked out the resources at TheMailbox.com/disneybooks yet? There are free teacher guides for books for ages 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12; reading tips; and reader’s calendars. Plus there’s a chance to win a class set—30 copies—of the book of the month from Disney Worldwide Publishing. The books for March? Happy Pig Day!, The Talented Clementine, and Schooled. Check in every month of the school year to see which books you could win. Click here!

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Teachers of little learners, don’t miss the chance to win an Imaginetics playset prize pack in the Learn With Imaginetics Classroom Sweepstakes. One lucky teacher will win a prize pack worth more than $285; ten runners-up will each win a prize pack valued at over $140. Just by entering, you’ll get a discount code for Imaginetics plus helpful ideas on using the playsets in your classroom. Click here for limitless learning!

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

Karen


Grab Some Fairy Dust—Make Learning Magic With Free Resources and Chances to Win!

Posted by on 27 Feb 2015 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, AccuCut, Capstone Press, Carson-Dellosa, Contests, Freebies, Random House, Websites

It’s getting close to crunch time. There is so much learning to squeeze into the final months of school, and in a blink of an eye, it seems March turns into May. Right now, you could use a little magic in your corner. Well, grab some fairy dust for a sprinkle of free resources, chances to win classroom tools, and a freebie that can make your life easier!

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To get started, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, March 15, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win two books that can jump-start writing. For preschool to grade 2, A Backpack Full of Verbs lets students unzip words that sing, sketch, listen, read, swing, pluck, whistle, or feed. Pick a Picture, Write an Opinion! gets students writing with inspiring photos and tips to walk them through writing an opinion piece.  (Update: congratulations to Kimberly, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Bring magic and fairies—and free resources—to your students with The Never Girls series. Four modern-day girls, with a lot of luck and a pinch of fairy dust, come to magical Never Land. Perfect for grades 1–4, the books feature themes of adventure, cooperation and teamwork, friendship, and problem solving. Plus, at nevergirlsbooks.com, read about the author; watch videos; and get free activities, including poetry writing, number puzzles, and more.

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Need some cutting magic? Then enter to win $700 in educational die-cutting tools for your school. One lucky teacher will win the Mark IV School Starter Set, including a Mark IV roller die-cutting machine, a large school set of dies, and a die storage rack. The deadline to enter is March 31, 2015, so click here now!

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Introduce your preschoolers and kindergartners to the magic of the solar system. It’s part of the free online curriculum at ABCmouse.com/schools. When you create a classroom account, you get instant access to more than 5,000 interactive learning activities in all major subject areas, including reading, math, art, science, social studies, and music; virtual field trips; and more! Click here to get started now! And first-grade teachers, a curriculum is coming for you soon.

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I hope you’ve saved a speck of fairy dust for some free shipping magic. Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group is offering free shipping for a year on any order over $35. You can choose from more than 4,500 educational products, including grade-specific workbooks, classroom decoratives, games, and digital products. Plus, by signing up, you become eligible for exclusive offers. Get started here!
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Don’t forget; tell me which of these items is magical to you for a chance to win the books.

Karen

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