Feel Time Ticking? No Problem! These Free Resources and Chances to Win Are Quick and Easy

I know your time is precious, particularly with the holiday craziness looming. But just a few minutes of your time could pay off BIG! It can get you freebies for your classroom for coding, Common Core, and STEM. It can mean prizes of cash, gift cards, and more. My goal? To make it quick and easy for you to find contests and resources that can help you in your busy day!


Post a quick comment to this blog by 11:59 pm EST November 22, 2015, to tell me which of the freebies and contests below are your favorites. From the comments, I’ll randomly select one lucky teacher to win two huge hardback books with images and facts about animals. Wildlife of the World (DK and the Smithsonian) is a 480-page celebration of global wildlife, with photos of more than 400 animals. (This is a $50 book!) Then Counting Lions (Candlewick Press) is a big book that features charcoal drawings and poetic text about ten threatened species.  (Update: congratulations to Dede, who is the winner of our prize.)


I have more for animals lovers and for anyone who’s looking for free ready-to-use standards-aligned activities that make a difference. Check out these resources that teach kids to keep wild animals wonderfully wild. When you sign up to be an animal ambassador (it’s free and will take just a minute), you’ll also have a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card! Get the details here.


How are your coding skills? Be ready for the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week (December 7–13) even if you’ve never done coding before. For a limited time, you can get a free Hour of Code teacher kit from Bitsbox. Targeted for grades K–8, the kit is full of app programming projects for up to 30 kids. Learn more and request the kit here.


Don’t let the cold and flu season send you running for cover. Teach your students how to STEM the bad boys of the microbe world—germs!—with free STEM activities, Common Core printables, and more! Plus you have a chance to win $750 classroom cash; an iPad mini; or a PURELL prize pack stuffed with sanitizing foam, gel, and wipes. Click here for an easy-to-fill-out entry and your quick-to-download resources..


Have a few more seconds? That’s all it takes for you to gear up for great and enter for your chance to win a $2,500 Office Depot OfficeMax gift card for your school or a $500 gift card for you. Click here to enter and to get free activities and coupons. In November, Rewards members get $10 off a qualifying regularly priced purchase of $40 or more. Not a Rewards member yet? Sign up here. (It’s free too!)


Don’t forget to post a quick comment for your chance to win the books.


PS: For another quick and easy way to get free resources, chances to win, and more, go to LearningMagazine.com!

22 thoughts on “Feel Time Ticking? No Problem! These Free Resources and Chances to Win Are Quick and Easy

  1. I like the Purell germs STEM activities and give away, as well as the IFAW give away and animal resources and the wild animal books. All will be great for research topics with my students.

  2. I would LOVE to have the Wildlife of the World and Counting Lions books for my classroom! I teach Special Education and my students really enjoy learning about animals. I frequently use information from the IFAW and we talk about animal conservation. Currently we have been learning about gorillas and elephants.

  3. I enjoy sharing any book that shows wild animals as wild animals, Wildlife of the World seems to be doing just that. Counting with Lions… I love any kind of cat, both of the schools I work at have a cat as their mascots. I keep downloading materials from the site IFAW for use in the enrichment classes I teach. So many good resources to look at and use.

  4. Kids of all ages love animals! The books look like they are not only informative but that they have gorgeous photos/drawings too. Would love to add these books to my school library.

  5. I love all three contests! As a teacher, who wouldn’t love to win anything?!?! LOL!! However, if I had to pick just one out of the three listed, I would have to say my favorite would be the $500 Amazon Gift Card!

  6. Love the wild life book great for my preschoolers! Purell activities are fun and its great for all the teachers hands. Any of the prizes would be welcome for our not for profit school

  7. Wildlife for the World and Counting Lions would be amazing additions to our classroom library. My students FLOCK to the books on animals and would find either of these books a treat! Thanks so much for all you do for teachers – we would be lost without all of the wonderful resources you share with us!

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