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.

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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


The Dog Ate It…Really! Believe This too: There Are Prizes for You to Win Plus a Free Reading Event

Posted by on 16 Feb 2015 | Posted in: Contests, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Freebies, LitWorld, National Science Teachers Association, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Special Events, Studentreasures.com, Websites

Shredded. That’s the only word that could describe my kindergartner’s Hundred Day homework assignment. Her carefully crafted project lay in tatters—most of the 100 cereal pieces now missing—as my pup Roscoe meekly stood by. The dog really did eat my daughter’s homework! The question was, would her teacher believe it? Take a peek at my pal Diane’s blog for the full story plus pictures (evidence) and see what you think.

With the horror—yes, horror—of that morning still fresh in my mind, I found some perfect books to give away to one lucky commenter. From the I Wonder Why series, What Does an Animal Eat? and What Can an Animal Do? jumped out at me. (I wonder why?) From the same series, I’m also including How Does a Plant Grow? and What Makes Different Sounds? For grades K–6, these books are written to ignite children’s curiosity while encouraging them to become avid readers.

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, March 1, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win all four books!

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Here’s another way to add to your classroom library. Invite heroes, princesses, and pigeons into your classroom by entering to win 30 copies of the book of the month from Disney Publishing Worldwide. The current featured books are I’m Invited to a Party!, Light in the Darkness, and Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. There’s a chance to win during every month of the school year! Plus get free teacher guides for books that are perfect for your grade level. Learn more at TheMailbox.com/disneybooks.

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Did you know World Read Aloud Day is March 4? The day is held to demonstrate that everyone has the right to read, to write, and to share their stories and is now celebrated in more than 80 countries. Click here to download a free classroom kit, including a read-aloud guide with suggested materials, an event guide with suggested group activities, and more. Want to schedule a Skype visit from an author or a storyteller to enhance your day? Click here!

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Keep the literacy inspiration going by publishing a classbook featuring your students’ own work. It’s free and easy through Studentreasures. Students fill kit pages with their writing and illustrations—Studentreasures even provides free Common Core–ready lesson plans and worksheets; you submit the kits and the hardbound book is delivered to you. You don’t even have to pay postage. Plus, when you publish by April 10, you’re automatically entered to win school grants. Click here to learn more.

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Running short on classroom supplies? Revisit your classroom wish list and get ready to restock: enter now for a chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card or to be one of 80 instant winners of prize packs from sponsors that include Duck Tape, Bostitch, Bic, Crayola, Mead, Georgia Pacific, Fiskars, and Elmer’s. Plus every teacher gets a free classroom refresh kit and a free science fair kit. Find it all at TheMailbox.com/classroomrefresh.

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

Karen


Hit a Home Run, Sink a Basket, and Inspire Learning! Plus Win Three Books for Sports Lovers

Posted by on 09 Feb 2015 | Posted in: Candlewick Press, Contests, Discovery Education, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Freebies, International Playthings, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Websites

How do you inspire learning? Through activities that kids love, like sports and hands-on creative play? Or through opportunities that let them experience learning in a different way? My guess is you do all this and more, so you won’t want to miss the learning inspiration I found for you.

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 22, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win three books that your basketball and baseball enthusiasts will love! In Stealing the Game, kids learn through basketball the importance of friendship and following their dreams. Then Henry Aaron’s Dream and There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived are inspirational biographies of baseball stars who followed their dreams.

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Do your students dream big? Then they have a chance to win big with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. To participate, grades 5–8 students create a one- to two-minute video about a new innovation or solution that solves an everyday problem that impacts them, their families, their communities, or the global population. The grand-prize is $25,000 and the trip of a lifetime! The deadline to enter is April 21, 2015, so get started now.

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For little learners, creative play can provide limitless opportunities for learning, and that’s what they get with Imaginetics playsets. Now you can 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. It’s all at TheMailbox.com/Imaginetics.

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Here’s a book that helps make math more meaningful for all ages. Math Is a Verb: Activities and Lessons From Cultures Around the World shows how math can be more than an exercise on a worksheet by exploring world cultures. Teach about patterns with embroidery from Bulgaria, show how students in Guatemala use math to increase corn harvests, and play a German game for a fun application of probability analysis. All the examples are linked to Common Core objectives. Click here to check it out!

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

Karen


Get Your Ducks in a Row With Presidents and Dragons! Win Four Books for Presidents’ Day

Posted by on 03 Feb 2015 | Posted in: Abrams Books for Young Readers, Albert Whitman & Company, Contests, Freebies, HarperCollins, LLS, Macmillan Children's Publishing, Penguin, PEZ, Roaring Brook Press, ShurTech Brands

What do presidents, dragons, and Duck Tape have in common? For one, I’d wager that Duck Tape has been used by presidents and for dragons. But for teachers, they represent fabulous resources for your classroom and exciting chances to win!

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 16, 2015, to tell me which of the contests, freebies, and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win four books that are perfect for Presidents’ Day. Where Do Presidents Come From? And Other Presidential Stuff of Super-Great Importance uses a comic book format to explain the election process, life in the White House, and more. Fun presidential facts are tucked into poems in Presidential Misadventures. Readers learn more about the third US president’s life in Thomas Jefferson: A Day at Monticello. Then in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, share an illustrated version of Abraham Lincoln’s influential speech.  (Update: congratulations to Brian, who is the winner of our prize.)

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I have more for Presidents’ Day or anytime you want to inspire discussion about the commander in chief. Sweeten up your lesson plans with the latest editions of PEZ Presidents of the United States candy dispensers. Then enter the Invite the Presidents Into Your Classroom sweepstakes for a chance to win $100 in classroom cash and two PEZ presidential dispenser prize packs. Plus you can download free presidential trading cards, writing prompts, fun facts, and more! It’s all at TheMailbox.com/pez.

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Hot off the presses, here’s a book that will spark your reluctant readers’ interest. Villain Keeper is the first book in the brand-new The Last Dragon Charmer series. For Prince Caden, nothing is more important than slaying a dragon. But he is ripped from his home in Razzon and finds himself in Asheville, North Carolina—a land without magic or dragons. However, there is unexpected and dangerous magic in this strange land and maybe dragons too. Learn more about the book; then enter to win one of 15 free copies!

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What amazing things can you do with Duck Tape®? How about using it as a tool for writing inspiration? Get free resources—writing-project starters, print-and-use graphic organizers, and send-home Ductivities®—in the Get Your Ducks in a Row sweepstakes. Plus each project includes a valuable Duck Tape® brand duct tape coupon. Then enter to win a $150 Duck Tape® prize pack, an iPad mini, and a $100 Visa gift card! Five runners-up each win a $50 Duck Tape® prize pack. Get it all at TheMailbox.com/ducktape.

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Don’t forget to tell me which of these fabulous resources are your favorites for a chance to win the four books.

Karen

 


Be Ready for Fantastic, Fabulous, Freebie February! Win Two $500 Gift Cards, Instant Prizes, and Two Books for Black History Month

Posted by on 29 Jan 2015 | Posted in: ABCMouse.com, Candlewick Press, Contests, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Freebies, IFAW, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Sadlier, Websites

Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day…for a short month, February is packed full of fabulous opportunities for learning fun. Be ready—here’s your chance to win gift cards, instant prizes, and books as well as find fantastic resources to update your classroom, address Common Core, and more!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 8, 2015, to tell me which of the contests, freebies, and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win two nonfiction books just in time for Black History Month. In the biography A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet, readers learn about the first black female poet. Then share the creativity and courage used to integrate some public schools during the Civil Rights Movement in Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama.  (Update: congratulations to Kim, who is the winner of our prize.)

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Have you downloaded your free resources for World Whale Day (February 14) yet? How about your resources for World Polar Bear Day (February 27)? If not, what are you waiting for? The International Fund for Animal Welfare has you covered with free Common Core–aligned activities that your grades 1–5 students will love. Plus here’s something you’ll love: you’ll have a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card.  Click here now!

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By this time of year, every classroom needs a pick-me-up. Revisit your classroom wish list and get ready to restock: enter now for a chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card or to be one of 80 instant winners of prize packs from sponsors that include Duck Tape, Bostitch, Bic, Crayola, Mead, Georgia Pacific, Fiskars, and Elmer’s. Plus every teacher gets a free classroom refresh kit and a free science fair kit. Find it all at TheMailbox.com/classroomrefresh.

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How is your classroom library faring? Invite heroes, princesses, and pigeons into your classroom by entering to win 30 copies of the book of the month from Disney Publishing Worldwide. The featured books for January and February are Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Martin’s Big Words, and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. There’s a chance to win during every month of the school year! Plus get free teacher guides for books that are perfect your grade level. Learn more at TheMailbox.com/disneybooks.

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Here’s a new, affordable way to provide your students with the practice they need for Common Core success. The Let’s Target programs provide a variety of skill-building instructional activities and practice opportunities in both English language arts and math. For grades 1–6, you can get them in both print and interactive editions. Find out more and request a free sample.

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Preschool through kindergarten teachers, this is for you: access more than 5,000 online educational games, books, printables, and more—absolutely free—at ABCmouse.com. Using a step-by-step learning path, you’ll get a full online curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 450 lessons in six levels. First-grade teachers, stay tuned: a curriculum will be added soon for your students! Click here to get started.

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I can’t wait to hear what you think about these resources. Submit a comment to let me know, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a chance to win the two books!

Karen

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