Deck Your Halls With Free Resources and a Chance to Win a $1,000 Gift Card! Plus Win Three Books

Glittery tinsel, festive hellos, and surprise doughnuts from not just one but two coworkers today have put me in the holiday spirit. So I’m here to share the joys of December with freebies that you can use all year long as well as a chance to win a $1,000 gift card! Cha-ching!


To get started, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, December 21, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win three holiday-themed books! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story is the deluxe 50th-anniversary edition and is based on the original television classic. In Merry Christmas, Davy!, Davy shows that sharing has its own rewards. Then bring true events to life with Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914. It tells how a young soldier during World War I experiences an unforgettable Christmas. (Update: congratulations to Susan, who is the winner of our prize.)


Feeling festive too? Then deck the halls and deck your walls—you have a chance to win a $1,000 or a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card! First, take a quiz to find out where you fall on the holiday-spirit gauge: are you a #1 Holiday Helper, an Elf in Training, or a Holiday Humbug? Plus get free tips and tricks to get through the classroom holiday hustle and bustle, and download a free calendar to count down to winter break. It’s all at organized. Click here now!


Free teaching resources are always cause for celebration, especially when they help you address Common Core standards. HarperCollins has free downloadable resources that have been prepared by educators and designed to align to the Common Core. At, you’ll find teacher-created resources, specialized search tools, and more for hundreds of new and classic titles. Studying Charlotte’s Web? Get ideas. A fan of Mo Willems books? Get a teaching guide for eight titles! Click here now to see more!


I’m willing to bet your students are, shall we say, enthusiastic about the upcoming winter break. Why not direct that enthusiasm toward some creative writing and then publish the work in a hardbound book? It’s easy—and free—with Studentreasures! Order a free publishing kit (you can get a paper or an online version), choose a publishing date, and let students get creative. You’ll even have access to new Common Core tools to get the writing started and will get a hardbound classbook for free! Plus, if you publish from December 2014 through February 2015, you’ll automatically be entered in a $100-a-day grant giveaway! Click here to get started!


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


21 thoughts on “Deck Your Halls With Free Resources and a Chance to Win a $1,000 Gift Card! Plus Win Three Books

  1. My favorite book would have to be “Shooting at the Stars -The Christmas Truce of 1914.” My grandma’s family immigrated from Zagreb, Croatia, before WWI
    WWI to escape the political unrest. My grandma recalls her parents talking about relatives that were left behind and how awful the fighting was. She also said that the story of the Christmas Truce gave them hope, that there still was hope for peace.

  2. I love the classic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. I have not heard of the other two books, but would love to read them to my class if I win.

  3. The chance to win an Office Depot or OfficeMax gift is my favorite! I am going back into the classroom after being out for nine years, and I sure could use some classroom supplies!

  4. The Rudolph book would be a wonderful keepsake to read to my students and grandchildren. I saw it the first year it was on TV, I was nine years old.

  5. You can not go wrong with a classic like Rudolph but it is also nice to learn new favorites such as Merry Christmas, Davy or introduce positive actions like Shooting Stars.

  6. I love the Davy Christmas book that talks about sharing. I am always looking for good literature to help me discuss social skills in my special needs classroom.

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