Books, a Trip, Gift Cards, and More Are Up for Grabs! Plus Schedule a Free Newbery Honor Author Visit!

Posted by on 27 Oct 2014 | Posted in: American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Candlewick Press, Contests, Dial Books for Young Readers, Discovery Education, Egmont USA, Freebies, Georgia-Pacific, Holiday House, Penguin, Websites

Wouldn’t it be a nice to win some books? How about a trip? What about a classroom subscription or gift cards? We have information about all this and more for you! Read on to find out!

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, November 9, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win two books that are perfect for preparing for Thanksgiving Day! In The Great Thanksgiving Escape, “vicious” dogs; a hallway of smooching, snuggling aunts; and zombie-like teenagers block the way as Gavin and Rhonda attempt to find some fun before turkey time. Then journey across the ocean with Pilgrims in the nonfiction read The Mayflower. It includes a timeline from when the Mayflower set sail in 1620 to when Thanksgiving Day was established in 1941.

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If you love Jan Brett books—I know I certainly do!—don’t miss this chance to win The Animals’ Santa, her newest Christmas book. When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow the animals’ Santa is coming with presents, Little Snow wants to know who he is. Go to janbrett.com to name which animal is the mystery Santa to be eligible to win. 500 copies will be given away! Click here!

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This week is your last chance to enter to win a trip for four to the Georgia Aquarium. This exciting prize includes airfare, lodging, aquarium tickets, an animal encounter, and a $250 Visa gift card! One teacher will win; four teachers will each win an aquarium tote filled with goodies plus a $25 Amazon gift card. Just by going to TheMailbox.com/toptalent, you can bring a bit of the aquarium to your classroom with free videos, activities, worksheets, and reading passages featuring the animal talent at the aquarium. Click here now! The deadline to enter is this Friday, October 31, 2104.

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Did you know the school environment may contain more triggers for autoimmune diseases than any other work environment, putting teachers at a higher risk? Meet your body’s immune system and enter for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card! Plus get free Common Core–aligned resources about the immune system and autoimmune-related diseases, including a video to share, nonfiction passages, research projects, and background for you and for parents. Enter and get your free resources at TheMailbox.com/immunesystem!

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You could bring ultimate cool science to your classroom by entering to win a year subscription to Discovery Education Science plus a prize pack for each of your students in The Ultimate Cool School Science Day sweepstakes. Discovery Education provides high-quality, digital content that lets you transform classroom instruction and immerse your students in an experience that inspires natural curiosity. All content is aligned to state standards and includes interactive lessons, real-time assessment, and virtual experiences. Click here now to enter!

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Are your students fiends for mystery, secret identities, and inspiring heroines? Then sign up for a free Skype tour with Sheila Turnage, author of the Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky and The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. From November 3–7, 2014, your students can spend a 30-minute session with Sheila as she answers their questions about her work as an author, how she is inspired to write, and her publishing process. Click here to request your date and time.

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Here are some animals that aren’t your everyday pets! Snuffles, in My Zombie Hamster, is a fluffy little fur-ball of a pet that dies and rises up as the undead. Say hello to Anti-Snuffles—or better yet, run! The guinea pig in Guinea Dog 3 swims like an otter—not exactly the perfect pet for a shy boy who’s afraid of the water! Click here to read sample chapters from both books.

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Don’t forget, submit a comment for your chance to win the Thanksgiving reads!

Karen


Zoom In to Take a Close Look at Freebies, Prizes, and More for Teachers! Win a Book!

Posted by on 21 Oct 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, Hachette, Handwriting Without Tears, HarperCollins, Lesley University, PBS LearningMedia, Playmobil, Special Events, Ticktock, Uncategorized, Websites

Take a closer look. What does an ant’s eyeball look like? How can a cauliflower help with math homework? Zoom In! Visual Illusions and Guessing Games features bold photography that shows familiar animals and everyday objects through a different, weirder view. Zoom in, read the riddle, make your best guess, and then flip the page to find out if you’re correct!

You’ll want to take a close look at the freebies and prizes in today’s blog too! Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, November 2, 2014, to tell me which ones are your favorites. Two lucky teachers will win this book!

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I’ve got a surprise for you from PLAYMOBIL. But first, if you haven’t already entered to win a $250 PLAYMOBIL shopping spree or a PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 prize pack, click here now! The last day to enter is October 31, 2014. Winners will be announced in November. Now here’s my surprise: I have a coupon code that will get you 15% off your entire purchase at playmobil.us. Simply submit the code “123learnwithme” at checkout. You can use the code as you shop for your classroom and as the holidays approach—plus share it with friends and family! Click here!

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Did you know I Can Read! books now include My Very First books—a new reading level featuring Tug the Pup and friends? The three box sets in this level guide children from Guided Reading Levels 1 through G. From beginning to advanced readers, all I Can Read! books have a color-coded or Guided Reading leveling system. Plus you can get free printable activities, tips, and more! Click here to check it out!

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Here’s a chance for you to build your digital classroom! PBS LearningMedia gives you direct access to classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources that can help you improve student achievement. Get thousands of standards-aligned videos, interactives, games, and other resources that span a variety of subject areas. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. Best of all, the basic service is free for preschool through grade 12 educators! Click here now!

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Want to earn your master’s degree without giving up your classroom? Look at the online education offerings at Lesley University. Lesley University offers programs that are built on a foundation of creativity, like the individually designed master’s program that lets you tailor your degree program to match your unique personal and professional goals. You can also earn an online master’s degree in science education, math education, and educational technology. Learn more here!

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Preschool teachers, here’s a freebie that will help you provide your youngsters with a foundation for future academic success! Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your Children for Kindergarten is a free interactive webinar from the award-winning Get Set for School Pre-K curriculum from Handwriting Without Tears. The webinar, to begin at 8 pm EDT on Thursday, October 30, 2014, will cover why handwriting is still important in the age of technology, how multisensory instruction supports different learning styles, and strategies that make handwriting fun to teach and learn. Click here to register.

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Don’t forget, post a comment now to be entered to win Zoom In! Visual Illusions and Guessing Games!

Karen


Stuck in the Bath? Win a book! Plus Find a Tubful of Contests and Freebies Just for Teachers!

Posted by on 13 Oct 2014 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, Candlewick Press, Contests, Freebies, Grants, Hamilton Buhl, Inc., National Science Teachers Association, Studentreasures.com, Toshiba America Foundation, Websites

Did President Taft really get stuck in a bath? Fiction versus fact in President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, a fun read-aloud about the nation’s 27th president, William Howard Taft. From an offer from the secretary of agriculture to grease Taft with butter to a suggestion from the secretary of war to blast him out, the greatest minds in the country problem-solve to try to get President Taft out of the bath!

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, October 26, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win this book! (Update: Congratulations to Darlene, who is the winner of this book!)

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Can you describe your life in only six words? Six-Word Memoirs for Schools is offering a free student workbook to each of the first 2,000 teachers who post their own six-word memoirs online. The workbook guides students ages 8 and older through the writing process. To register, click here and then click on the logo. The offer closes at the end of October.

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Here’s a way to integrate math, science, and sustainability into your lessons while increasing recycling at your school. Enroll your school in the fourth annual Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl Competition! The competition begins on October 20 and ends on November 15—America Recycles Day. The school that recycles the most material per person will receive a recycled-content bench donated by Trex. Last year, participating schools recycled 6.4 million pounds of material! Hurry, you must sign up by October 15! Click here now!

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Sign up for the world’s largest K–12 science competition! By coaching a team in Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, you can give students an exciting, hands-on learning experience that helps them build problem-solving, critical-thinking, and collaboration skills. You can use the program broadly and incorporate the competition in your curriculum. Plus you can use it to work toward the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards! Click here to register!

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Turn your students into published authors by publishing their work in a free beautiful, hardbound book! With the Studentreasures free publishing kit, you get everything you need. Each student contributes his own writing and illustrations; you get free start-to-finish project support. Plus, if you publish in December 2014, you’ll be entered in a $100-a-day grant giveaway! Click here to order your free kit and reserve your publishing date today!

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Preschool through kindergarten teachers, you can access more than 5,000 online educational games, books, printables, and more—absolutely free— by opening a classroom account at ABCmouse.com. You’ll also get a full online curriculum, personalized lessons for each student, and comprehensive progress tracking. A first-grade curriculum will be added soon! Click here to learn more.

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Don’t forget, post a comment now to tell me which is your favorite for a chance to win President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath!

Karen


Find Serious Funds for Teachers Plus Win Some Not Too Spooky Books!

Posted by on 06 Oct 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Domtar Corporation, Farrar Straus Giroux, Freebies, Henry Holt and Company, IFAW, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Roaring Brook Press, Samsung, St. Thomas University, Websites

Could you use $500 for your classroom? How about $1,000? What about a $3,000 scholarship for you? Or a share of $2 million in technology for your school? There are some serious funds out there for teachers that you don’t want to miss!

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, October 19, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win this trio of not too spooky books—just in time for Halloween! In Little Boo, one tiny pumpkin seed tries to be scary, but he doesn’t scare anyone. Then you can count on the frights in Not Very Scary when Melly realizes she’s being followed by one coal-black cat all the way to ten vexing vultures. A flip feature in The Monsterator lets readers create their own monsters, just like Master Edgar Dreadbury does with his Monsterator machine. (Update: Congratulations to Lynn, who is the winner of the books!)

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What’s your organizational style? Are you a ruthless clutter cutter? A happy hoarder? A calendar keeper? Take a quiz to find out and get free tips and tricks to put you on the path of effortless organization! Then enter to win the grand prize of a $1,000 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. Five runners-up will each win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. Click here now!

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Time is running out for your chance to enter to win $500 for your classroom in the Forests Are a Hoot: Owen the Owl’s Great Giveaway. One teacher will win, plus three runners-up will each win a case of EarthChoice Office Paper. How many sheets of paper are in a case? 5,000! Go to TheMailbox.com/paperisgood to enter and to download free Common Core–aligned resources that include worksheets on sustainability. The deadline is October 15, 2014. Click here now!

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Here’s a chance for you to go wild in your classroom! Become an Animal Ambassador and enter to win a $500 Amazon gift card from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Plus get free Common Core–aligned activities for grades K–5 that correspond with timely animal-related holidays and special events. They’re ready to print and use! It’s all at TheMailbox.com/ifaw. Click here to enter now! Then let your students take action for animals too by entering the IFAW’s next annual art and writing contest. Click here to learn more!

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How would you like to enhance your teaching credentials without having to quit your teaching job plus get free textbooks and a free iPad plus receive a $3,000 scholarship? Then check out St. Thomas University! You can earn a master’s degree in Education completely online; all new online Education students receive free textbooks and a free iPad. And, if you enroll by October 27, 2014, you’ll receive a $3,000 scholarship! Click here to learn more!

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Tell how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) could help your local community, and you could win a share of $2 million in technology for your school through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The contest is open to teachers of grades 6 to 12 in public schools. You don’t have to be a STEM teacher to participate; teachers of any subject are welcome to consider a plan as long as it has a STEM focus. Don’t wait; the deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2014. Click here for details!

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It’s time to get clicking so you don’t miss out on any of these great opportunities! And don’t forget, tell me which are your favorites for a chance to win the not too spooky books!

Karen

PS: Be part of the galactic giveaway of 200 copies of Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue! Simply submit a comment to “Catch a Space Taxi to a Galactic Giveaway of 200 Books!” Make sure you include your full name and address plus the name and location of your school. This information will not be posted with your comment nor will it be saved. Click here now!


Magic, Giggles, Zombies…Oh My! Find Great Reads, Fun Freebies, Plus Win Three Books!

Posted by on 30 Sep 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Egmont USA, Freebies, Grants, Hachette, IRA, Penguin, Random House, Studentreasures.com, Websites

Oh, man! Are your students fans of the Magic Tree House series? If so, they’ll be eager to get their hands on these newest books! The Survival Guide, complete with a compass embedded in the cover, shows readers how they can tackle lots of scary situations, just like Jack and Annie! Fact Tracker: Ninjas and Samurai is the nonfiction companion to Night of the Ninjas that helps answer questions Jack and Annie have after that adventure. Then check out the new edition of Mummies in the Morning! It has full-color illustrations, a new letter from the author, and pages with mummy and pyramid facts from the companion Fact Tracker.

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, October 12, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. Two lucky teachers will each win all three of these books! (Update: Congratulations to Brenda and Evelyn, who are the winners of these books!)

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Need some more help leading students to books they’ll want to read? Get a free poster that guides reluctant middle-grade readers to new favorite books. No matter what students prefer to do—whether it’s watching movies, playing video games, watching television, or going on adventures—this poster can help them find a book that will keep their attention and motivate them to read. Click here to request your poster. Hurry! Supplies are limited!

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Get ready for some books that aren’t your everyday animal stories. My Zombie Hamster is perfect for grades 3–7 readers who like humor, animals, and chills! Matt gets a fluffy little fur-ball of a hamster, named Snuffles nonetheless, as a gift. He’s not thrilled; he wanted a new video game. But then Snuffles dies and rises up as the undead. Say hello to Anti-Snuffles—or better yet, run! Guinea Dog 3, the newest book in the series where guinea pigs behave like other animals, features a guinea pig that swims like an otter—an unusual pet for a shy boy who’s afraid of the water! Click here to read sample chapters from both books.

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Here’s a perfect fall project that results in a book every student will want to read! Get a free hardbound book—written and illustrated by your students—from Studentreasures. Just order a free publishing kit and fill the pages with students’ writing and illustrations; then return the completed kit for publishing—you don’t even pay the postage! Plus publish through December and be automatically entered to win a school grant. The Common Core–aligned publishing project is a great way to spark students’ imaginations and motivate them to write. Learn more at TheMailbox.com/classbook.

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Need more writing inspiration? The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing has more than 90 mentor texts and straight-forward activities that incorporate the traits of writing across the informational, narrative, and argument modes. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and use great texts as models for their own writing. Click here to learn more!

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Don’t forget, submit a comment now for your chance to win the Magic Tree House books!

Karen

PS: There’s still time to submit a comment to “Catch a Space Taxi to a Galactic Giveaway of 200 Books!” to get your FREE copy of Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue. Two hundred—yes, that’s 2-0-0!—of these books will be given away! Make sure you include your full name and address plus the name and location of your school. This information will not be posted with your comment nor will it be saved. Click here now!