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

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!

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!)


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


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!



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


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

  1. Hmm, this is tough – lots of great things in this post. The Purell is prob my #1 fav. I work with elementary students and they often forget about washing their hands.

  2. The time travel book would allow for lots of possibilities challenging students to consider how choices affect their future and the future of those around them. Fascinating discussions could arise.

  3. Purell is awesome! This year I am trying a different class setup and each group of students has a rolling cart in the middle of their group. On the top of each there will be a bottle of Purell!

  4. I like anything free….I try to share. I like the Purell for my kiddos. I think I will read the book Saving Lucas Biggs myself. Looks like a good read!

  5. The Purell challenge is my first choice. I am pleased to choose a charity to help. I work with students who have students with special needs. They would benefit educationally form this challenge.

  6. I like the Best Practices educator wheel. What a wonderful way to help keep me on pace and implementing effective instructional practices.

  7. Purell is great in the classroom, especially if you’re running late and don’t have time for 25 students to wash their hands!

  8. I just can’t pass up a book no matter what level reading it is, so I’d have to say that Saving Lucas Biggs sounds like an awesome book, though not in the interest range of my 4-5 year olds. My favorite item would definitely be the Good Question!series since I have to answer a lot of those on a daily basis.

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