Free How-To Video: Managing Time

Posted by on 29 Aug 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Websites

Do you have an extra long to-do list right now? You’re not alone! Here’s an idea that uses a folder and sticky notes to help you get organized as you prioritize the demands on your time. Plus you’ll get a sense of accomplishment during this busy time of year! This time-management idea is part of the helpful how-to video series available through the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes.

There are only a few weeks left to take advantage of the free materials, teacher-only discounts, and special offers at TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards. Don’t miss the opportunity too to enter for a chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. Six runners-up will each win a $100 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. And those free materials? They cover popular back-to-school topics, from creating a positive learning environment to communicating with parents to simplifying your classroom technology. Be sure to check back often to watch the video updates. Click here now!


From Animals to the Environment, Free Teaching Resources and Contests; Plus Win a Book!

Posted by on 26 Aug 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Domtar Corporation, Freebies, Hachette, HarperCollins, IFAW, National Geographic, Penguin, Websites

I love animals, and I’d venture to bet most of your students do too! If I’m right, you’ll want to take a look at the free teaching resources and contests I have for you today. They’re sure to engage the animal lovers and the environmentalists in your classroom!

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, September 7, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky reader will win Otis and the Scarecrow. When Otis the tractor and the farm animals notice a new scarecrow that never smiles, they leave it alone. But one cold, rainy autumn day, Otis and the animals reach out to the lonely figure in the cornfield. This is a perfect book for ages 3–7 to explore compassion, friendship, and standing up for others.

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Here’s a contest you won’t want to miss. In Forests Are a Hoot: Owen the Owl’s Great Giveaway, you could win $500 for your classroom; three runners-up will each win a case of ten 500-sheet reams of EarthChoice office paper. That’s 5,000 sheets of paper in each case! EarthChoice paper meets the highest global forest management standards. Teach your students why that is important with free Common Core–aligned resources that include worksheets on sustainability. Get it all at TheMailbox.com/paperisgood.

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From cats and dogs to elephants and tigers, the International Federation of Animal Welfare (IFAW) has free tools and resources that you can use to incorporate education about animals and our shared environment in your lessons. Get free thematic education packs that include teaching guides, lessons, worksheets, videos, and interactive activities aligned with core standards. Join the mailing list to get free hard copies or download free resource packs from the IFAW library. Click here!

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National Geographic has stories that kids at every reading level will love. The Pre-readers use picture icons and simple but lively text made up of sight words to aid reading for children ages 2–5; awe-inspiring photos and kid-friendly designs in the Kids Readers and Kids Chapters series will engage students ages 4–9 and 7–10. The books support Common Core standards too! Plus you can get a free tool kit that has Common Core alignments and activities. Click here!

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The time has come for dogs to rule the wild! From Erin Hunter, the author of the best-selling Warriors and Seekers series, the Survivors books show readers the world through the eyes of dogs. You can even get a limited-edition paperback that contains the first two action-packed best-selling novels: The Empty City and A Hidden Enemy. The series is perfect for ages 8–12. Click here to learn more and get free games and extras!

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Be one of 250 readers to win an educator kit for The Blackwell Pages series. The kit includes a copy of Loki’s Wolves, book 1 in the series; an educator guide; and bookmarks. For grades 3–7, the series is filled with action-packed adventure and an engaging cast of characters that bring Norse myths to life. Click here by September 16, 2014, to enter the contest. To learn more about The Blackwell Pages, click here.

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Don’t forget, tell me which of these fun freebies and contests you like for a chance to win Otis and the Scarecrow!

Karen


It’s a Fact: Your Students Can Succeed With These Books and Supplies; Win a Book!

Posted by on 22 Aug 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Egmont USA, Farrar Straus Giroux, Freebies, HarperCollins, Independent Stationers, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Websites, Workman Publishing

“Fact One: We are Smart.
Fact Two: We can get it!
Fact Three: We belong!
So Four: Don’t forget it!”

This is the lesson shared with the star of the best-selling picture book The Pout-Pout Fish in a new adventure as the little fish heads to school. Can you think of some preschoolers or kindergartners who are nervous about going to school and could benefit from this message? Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 31, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School. (Update: Congratulations to Tammy, who is the winner of the book!)

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Still looking for just the right school supplies? Independent Stationers has over 22,000 supplies from more than 350 trusted manufacturers at one website. The supplies are for grades K–6 and include teaching aids, classroom decorations, arts-and-crafts materials, and more! It’s easy to find, order, and receive your supplies when you need them. Click here to check it out!

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Do you teach grades 3–7 students who like to laugh or enjoy a scary twist! Then share these books with them. Guinea Dog 3 is the newest book in the series about guinea pigs that act like other pets; My Zombie Hamster is for readers who like their animal stories mixed with chills. Click here to read free chapter excerpts from both books!

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The Force will be with you with these workbooks, and you can enter to win a classroom set of 12! They’re jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises, and games designed to illustrate key concepts, such as phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and basic math. The workbooks help make learning enjoyable, interactive, and concrete. Click here to learn more and to enter!

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Watch out for this fantasy adventure trilogy for ages 8–12! In the first book, The Luck Uglies, Rye turns to an exiled secret society to save her village from supposedly extinct Bog Noblins. The secret society is so notorious that its name can’t even be mentioned. What is it’s name? You guessed it—the Luck Uglies! Click here to read some sample pages!

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Submit a comment now for your chance to win The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School!

Karen

PS: Could you use a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card? Then enter the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes for a chance to win! Plus you’ll find free back-to-school resources! Enter at TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards.


From Hippos to Rainbows, Books and an iPad to Win!

Posted by on 19 Aug 2014 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, Contests, Freebies, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Studies Weekly, Websites

Did you know that hippos can’t swim? Or that rainbows are actually full circles, not arcs? Your students won’t even realize they’re learning with the creative text and humorous illustrations in the Did You Know? series.

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 24, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win three books from the series: Rainbows Never End and Other Fun Facts, Chickens Don’t Fly and Other Fun Facts, and Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts. These books are perfect for kids ages 4–8 and are filled with facts that link to one another. (Update: Congratulations to Freda, who is the winner of the books!)

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Speaking of winning…you need to enter the Topics Kids Love, Skills Kids Need sweepstakes. One lucky teacher will win an iPad; 25 runners-up will each win a class set of 30 Studies Weekly subscriptions! Plus get free Studies Weekly sample units that you can simply download and use! With Studies Weekly, you can combine social studies and science content with Common Core language arts. Plus you get access to extensive teacher resources, daily activities, supplementary material, and more! Enter at TheMailbox.com/studiesweekly!

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Here’s another way to help kids love to learn: ABCmouse.com for Schools has a full online curriculum for preschool through grade K that’s free for schools! You get more than 5,000 activities—including books, puzzles, games, songs, printables, and more—to teach reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Plus the curriculum supports Common Core standards. Click here to learn more!

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I don’t need to tell you that every child is a rising reading star. Ready to Read’s free leveled book lists can help them shine. The books meet the latest beginning reader guidelines and feature characters students know and love, like Henry and Mudge, as well as characters that are rising stars themselves, like The Really Rotten Princess. Meet the whole Ready-to-Read team and get free ready-to-read resources for your classroom and book recommendations. Click here!

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Looking for some reading ideas for ages 6–10? Let students’ reading get fancy…Fancy Nancy, that is! In Nancy Clancy: Secret of the Silver Key, Nancy and her friend Bree are off to solve another mystery after Nancy finds a key in an old desk. Then join the Nancy Clancy Reads, Reads, Reads!!! Book Club for free ideas and downloadable activities for your classroom. Click here!

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Don’t forget, tell me which of these items are your favorites for your chance to win!

Karen


Don’t Forget the Germs! Check Off Your Back-to-School List With Freebies, Contests, and More!

Posted by on 14 Aug 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, Graceland University, HarperCollins, Mentoring Minds, Purell, Sterling Publishing, Websites

How is your back-to-school checklist shaping up? Do you have…

  • Answers for students’ questions? Check.
  • A good book to grab students’ attention? Check.
  • Educational and best practices opportunities for you? Check and check.
  • Germ-fighting supplies? Let’s hope so!

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If your answer was no to any of these, I can help! To get started, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Wednesday, August 20, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win a set of seven books from the Good Question! series. These history and science collections give students basic information in a Q&A format. When your students ask questions, you can guide them the books to find their answers! The books you can win cover caterpillars, seeds, hearing, planets, Earth, American pioneers, and America’s wars. (Update: Congratulations to Sue, who is the winner of these books!)

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As you count down the days, hours, or minutes until your students’ arrival, don’t forget the germs! Fight them by entering the PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge. You could win a $200 Amazon gift card along with $200 in PURELL products for yourself and a charity. Five runners-up each win a PURELL prize pack worth over $100. Use the challenge to help your students develop healthy habits. Get the free resources you need, including coupons, a programmable school supply list, parent pages, and more! It’s all at TheMailbox.com/30daychallenge.

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Here’s a little wheel that packs a big punch, and you can get one for free! For teachers, the Best Practices educator wheel can help in planning quality instruction and strengthening assessment for learning. If you’re an administrator, use it to monitor the implementation of effective instruction and quality assessment strategies. Click here now to get your free wheel!

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Combine forbidden time travel with the need to save a life, and you’ll get your students reading! In Saving Lucas Biggs, changing the past may be the only chance for 13-year-old Margaret to save her father’s future. Even though he is innocent, he’s still been sentenced to death by a cruel judge. Margaret turns to her family’s secret—a forbidden ability to time travel. Want a sneak peek? Click here to read some sample chapters!

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Looking for an accredited online master’s in reading program? Graceland University offers a 30-hour online master’s of education degree in literacy instruction. It’s designed to provide practical content, including instructional strategies for reading and literacy development, that you can use in your classroom right away! Click here to learn more!

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Submit a comment now for your chance to win the set of Good Question! books!

Karen