From Animals to the Environment, Free Teaching Resources and Contests; Plus Win a Book!

I love animals, and I’d venture to bet most of your students do too! If I’m right, you’ll want to take a look at the free teaching resources and contests I have for you today. They’re sure to engage the animal lovers and the environmentalists in your classroom!

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, September 7, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky reader will win Otis and the Scarecrow. When Otis the tractor and the farm animals notice a new scarecrow that never smiles, they leave it alone. But one cold, rainy autumn day, Otis and the animals reach out to the lonely figure in the cornfield. This is a perfect book for ages 3–7 to explore compassion, friendship, and standing up for others. (Update: Congratulations to Amy, who is the winner of this book!)


Here’s a contest you won’t want to miss. In Forests Are a Hoot: Owen the Owl’s Great Giveaway, you could win $500 for your classroom; three runners-up will each win a case of ten 500-sheet reams of EarthChoice office paper. That’s 5,000 sheets of paper in each case! EarthChoice paper meets the highest global forest management standards. Teach your students why that is important with free Common Core–aligned resources that include worksheets on sustainability. Get it all at


From cats and dogs to elephants and tigers, the International Federation of Animal Welfare (IFAW) has free tools and resources that you can use to incorporate education about animals and our shared environment in your lessons. Get free thematic education packs that include teaching guides, lessons, worksheets, videos, and interactive activities aligned with core standards. Join the mailing list to get free hard copies or download free resource packs from the IFAW library. Click here!


National Geographic has stories that kids at every reading level will love. The Pre-readers use picture icons and simple but lively text made up of sight words to aid reading for children ages 2–5; awe-inspiring photos and kid-friendly designs in the Kids Readers and Kids Chapters series will engage students ages 4–9 and 7–10. The books support Common Core standards too! Plus you can get a free tool kit that has Common Core alignments and activities. Click here!


The time has come for dogs to rule the wild! From Erin Hunter, the author of the best-selling Warriors and Seekers series, the Survivors books show readers the world through the eyes of dogs. You can even get a limited-edition paperback that contains the first two action-packed best-selling novels: The Empty City and A Hidden Enemy. The series is perfect for ages 8–12. Click here to learn more and get free games and extras!



Be one of 250 readers to win an educator kit for The Blackwell Pages series. The kit includes a copy of Loki’s Wolves, book 1 in the series; an educator guide; and bookmarks. For grades 3–7, the series is filled with action-packed adventure and an engaging cast of characters that bring Norse myths to life. Click here by September 16, 2014, to enter the contest. To learn more about The Blackwell Pages, click here.



Don’t forget, tell me which of these fun freebies and contests you like for a chance to win Otis and the Scarecrow!


21 thoughts on “From Animals to the Environment, Free Teaching Resources and Contests; Plus Win a Book!

  1. I mentor teachers working with children in the state funded pre-k program. The extra paper would be so nice because of our tight budget. Personally, I love National Geographic materials

  2. What a hard decision. I love them all, but my favorite is Earth Choice office paper. Our school always needs paper. My class would use this every day! Thank you for having these great giveaways!

  3. I would love to win the Earth Choice Award. We are just opening a new environmentally-focused preschool and we could really use the resources to help get the message across! All of the prizes are great though, and would be a plus in any classroom

  4. I like Owen the Owl’s Great Giveaway. It is very important for today’s throwaway society to learn about conservation and sustainability. Jn my Kindergarten classroom the parents believe if the child makes a mistake they need to start again with a new sheet of paper. Ah!!!

  5. Being able to share the book, Otis and the Scarecrow, with our students will help reinforce our theme for the year of Pay It Forward. I love the National Geographic readers but winning the goodies from Earth Choice would really help out.

  6. My small school would find Forests Are a Hoot: Owen the Owl’s Great Giveaway, very useful. I like that it is common core aligned, that helps when lesson planning. Our theme of our classroom this year is owls and we will be learning about the forests of the world! It would be a hoot to have this resource. 🙂 Karen, thank you for the excellent job you do, we appreciate all that you do for us educators and those who have the privilege of teaching children.

  7. I love all of the choices above! However, my heart goes out to any animal needing help – so my favorite would be the International Federation of Animal Welfare. There’s so much bad in the world – I’m glad to see some good as well!

  8. Kay K, you are welcome! We love letting teachers know about these great deals and fun finds. There’s so much good stuff out there!

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