Freebies for Teaching Science—Plus a Prize to WIN

Looking for simple ways to slide science into your already-packed curriculum? Look no further. We’ve got an assortment of free resources and contests lined up to help!

Let us know which of these look good to you. Submit a comment to our blog by midnight on Thursday, September 8, 2011, and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win Motion, Magnets and More: The Big Book of Primary Physical Science from Kids Can Press. Send us your comment today! (Update: congratulations to Laurie, who is this week’s winner!)


Help your students grow as environmental stewards—plus have a chance to win $5,000 and a class trip to Disneyland! It’s all part of Disney’s Planet Challenge, which teaches kids about science and conservation while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities. Click here or visit Register today!


You’ll be amazed at the resources available from the International Fund for Animal Welfare—all free! Visit to see a video about this year’s featured animal, the elephant; choose from dozens of standards-based activities; enter your students’ work in the annual Animal Action art contest; and much more. Plus if you share your feedback on the program, you’ll be eligible for a free gift! You can download the materials or request a printed kit. Don’t miss out; click here now!


Are your students avid recyclers? Here’s a new option that could earn your class cash! The Elmer’s Glue Crew recycling program challenges students to recycle empty glue bottles and sticks. One lucky class will receive $1,000 in cash prizes, trees planted in its honor, and Elmer’s products for the classroom. Start collecting now; visit to sign up or click here!


Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is a new, research-based science and literacy curriculum from Delta Education. To learn all about it, click here to visit the Delta website. Or, if you’re on Facebook, check out the Seeds/Roots page to find science facts, special offers, and much more. Click here!


Speaking of combining science and literacy, the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest is accepting entries. Students in grades 3-8 write poems about their pets for a chance to win $250 for themselves and $1,000 for pet-related education in the classroom! Get all of the details at or click here!


And just one more, the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards competition is now open! Since 1992, more than 287,000 K-12 students have participated to combine their imaginations with scientific tools. Prizes include savings bonds; Toshiba products; a trip to Washington, DC, and more! Get started, click here now or visit!


Don’t forget to submit your comment for a chance to win our prize!


13 thoughts on “Freebies for Teaching Science—Plus a Prize to WIN

  1. Wow I love working with the kids and science its always fun for me too. We are recyclers at our school. I will be looking into the Elmers Glue Crew.

    Thanks Karen for all you do. I received my Curious George set today. My husband was just roaring as I jumped up and down screaming I won. I am so excited to be able to do a Curious Day.

  2. The Disney Planet Challenge is a great way to get kiddos interested and involved! Disney uses the channel’s actors, people the kids watch on TV and look up to. It is great motivation to help kids get involved! I also really like that Elmer’s is finding a relevant way for students to reap/see the rewards of recycling.

  3. The Seeds of Science…book looks great! Most of my students struggle with nonfiction reading, especially in the science area, and any way to eliminate their problems along with helping them retain the information is a welcome addition!

  4. Engagement, relevance, and access – what more could you want from a book? I vote for “Motion, Magnets and More: The Big Book of Primary Physical Science”!

  5. I love the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program! I signed up and found LOTS of great resources I can use in my class!! Thanks for the information, Karen!

  6. Dear Karen,
    I think I will request the International Fund for Animal Welfare printed kit. It sounds like they have many exciting free resources and my preschoolers love elephants. We do service projects for stewardship and maybe we can help the elephants and learn about them at the same time.
    Thank You,
    Mrs. Lee-Flax
    SHCS Preschool

  7. The magnet book looks wonderful. I teach magnets for the Core Knowledge Curriculum in kindergarten at White Pine Charter School.

  8. Seeds of Science–Roots of Reading looks great! But nothing compares to your giveaway! I will have to visit Kids Can Press if I don’t win. Thank you for having this wonderful blog and sharing valuable information every week!

  9. I am passing the Disney Planet Challenge along to our environmental club at school. They have worked with planting a desert garden at our school.
    International Fund for Animal Welfare looks very interesting. My students are crazy for animals.
    I am always looking for fun ways to incorporate science into our day. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. I have used your magazine a s a resource for years. One of my colleagues always alerts me to any science lessons you publish. We will be entering the the Disney’s Planet Challenge. My students are stewards of the Earth and are always looking for new ways to help save the Earth. Last year we collected 600,246 caps to help save ocean animals. The Big Book of PhysicaL Science would be an asset to my
    K-4 science classroom.

  11. I just moved from WI, where we were REQUIRED to recycle, to GA, where we are ENCOURAGED to recycle. I am in such a habit of recycling that I will continue in GA!

    Recycling seems so easy now–that I would like to pass this on to my kids and students. For a head start, I am teaching my husband who never was REQUIRED to recycle.

    Recycling glue sticks will be a great start in school.

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