Add a Burst of Sunshine to Your Day With Freebies!

Rained out—that has been the theme of recent activities in my area. Soccer games, egg hunts, field trips, all rained out.

The good thing about a rainy day is that it gives you a chance to catch up on other activities—like checking out freebies! Here’s a rundown of fun freebies and cool websites that are sure to put a little sunshine in your day! Submit a comment to our blog to let us know which of these items are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win an assortment of water-themed books, including The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, from Kids Can Press, and Explore Water! from Nomad Press. Submit your comment by midnight EDT on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, to be eligible for our contest! (Update: Congratulations to Toyia, who won our books!)

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There’s a new superhero on the reading scene: Captain Awesome! With his pals Nacho Cheese Man and Turbo the Hamster, Captain Awesome is determined to show your reluctant readers—especially those who have just started chapter books—that reading is awesome! Meet the characters, get free activities and videos, read an excerpt, and more at the new website, Click here now!

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WIN a free die-cutting machine and supplies! It’s all part of the Ellison Invented It! Sweepstakes. One lucky teacher will win a Big Shot Pro die-cutter plus assorted dies and storage racks. It’s a $1,200 value prize pack! Plus ten runners-up will win an AllStar SuperStar machine, four dies, and storage racks, valued at $199. Don’t miss your chance; click here to enter now!

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The annual International Reading Association convention is just over a month away. Have you signed up? This year’s event features Disney American Teacher of the Year and New York Times bestseller Ron Clark; dozens of other well known authors, including Laura Numeroff, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Esme Raji Codell; sessions to help you learn more about the Common Core State Standards; and more. This year’s event will be held in Chicago. Click here now to learn more!

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Are your students getting buggy for spring? Harry’s Big Adventure immerses K-4 students in the sights and sounds of the wonderful world of bugs. Sponsored by Terminix, the site includes a free downloadable curriculum and the opportunity invite a pest control professionals to your classroom. Be sure to check out the Bugopedia too. Click here now!

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Inspire your students to discover that they have the power to change the world! Check out free resources from Heifer International, including lesson plans, books, videos, maps, posters, and more for PreK through grade 6. Download yours or request a free kit; click here to visit

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Here’s a perfect rainy-day activity that combines fun with learning: free online games from Special Olympics! Designed for general education classrooms, each game tackles a topic related to the way students should treat one another. Students learn about perseverance, respect, our similarities and differences, and much more. The games are for grades K-8. Click here to take a look!

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Those freebies won’t request themselves; sign up for yours today! Plus submit your comment to our blog!


13 thoughts on “Add a Burst of Sunshine to Your Day With Freebies!

  1. My favorite would be the die cutting machine, but I also love the water books! They would definitely add a burst of sunshine! 🙂

  2. I like what I read on Explore Water. It sounds like it would be fun to do with my students. I also like the die cuts it’s great for doing crafts in school, scraphbooking and more. Thanks for the insights into these products and the others you send.

  3. I would love the die cut machine. Where I live they closed all the Professional resource centers for teachers. So we have no access to die cuts and I so miss them.
    The books sound great.

  4. The die cuts would be wonderful as would the books.
    I like the litte video clips on Harry’s Big Adventure. Teaching kids about bugs and their impact on the environment is always interesting

  5. I really like the Big Pro Shot die-cutter. I would love to win this so that I can use it to make die cuts for classroom tree. I change the cut outs every season and place the students pictures on the cut-outs. I have to cut them out by hand.

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