From Pickles to Math and Freebies to Cash, We’ve Got All Subjects Covered. Plus Win Wild and Weird Books!

Wild, Weird…AMAZING! That’s what I have to inspire you and engage your students—from chances to win cash, an iPad, and books to free resources that feature pickles, microscopic sea life, and Scooty Doo math! Intrigued? Read on!

First, submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, September 20, 2015, to tell me what are your favorites when you click on the resources below. One teacher will win three books.


Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking takes a look at what animals can teach us about problem solving. The examples come from scientists who spend years studying how animals think and feel. Plus download free lesson plans focused on inquiry-based learning. (They’re perfect for CCSS and STEAM!) Then fascinate your students with facts about unusual characteristics of animals—from hummingbirds to hippos—in Weird & Wild Animal Facts and facts about sea creatures—from wolffish to vampire squid—in The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea.  (Update: congratulations to Heidi, who is the winner of our prize.)


Get ready to engage your future scientists. This no-mess glowing dino pet gives students close-up interactions with the scientific phenomenon of bioluminescence. It’s a micro-aquarium filled with dinoflagellates—living microscopic sea life that converts energy from light sources to chemical energy. Click here to download free lessons to use with the dino pet in your classroom.


Think math. Now think “Scooty Doo!” (skip-counting) and “Who Stinks Greater?” (greater than, less than). I’ll bet your K–2 students will love the free UMIGO “appisodes” and Common Core–aligned teaching resources I have for you. Plus you’ll love that you could be the lucky teacher to win an iPad or to be one of ten runners-up to each win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. Check it out and enter at


In a pickle for some fun resources that are aligned to standards? You’ll relish these free “picklicious” resources—pickle-themed Common Core–aligned practice pages for grades 1–5. Plus help your students explore new places with “Flat Ollie.” Find these and more pickle ed here.


Have you checked out the more than 1,000 free videos and interviews available to introduce your students to famous people, like US presidents, scientists, activists, Holocaust survivors, and many more? Plus enter to win $500 or one of 25 class sets of 30 Studies Weekly subscriptions. These units let you combine social studies and science with your state’s language arts standards. It’s all at


It’s a new month, so that means you have a new chance to win a class set—30 copies—of the book of the month from Disney Worldwide Publishing. The picks for September are My Bibi Always Remembers, Clementine’s Letter, and Clover’s Luck. Get free activities for these and other books, plus download free reading tips and teacher guides. Enter and get your freebies at


Don’t forget to tell me which are your favorites for your chance to win the three books. Post your comment today!


11 thoughts on “From Pickles to Math and Freebies to Cash, We’ve Got All Subjects Covered. Plus Win Wild and Weird Books!

  1. Lots of fun opportunities. The three books sound fabulous and the idea of a dino pet is fascinating. The Studies Weekly and Disney promotion sound great as well.

  2. I work with grades K-2 in the library and all of the books would really engage my students with reading. The dino pet would be a great addition to compare/contrast of taking care of our books like we take care of our “dino pet” if we were to win a dino pet!!! Thank you for sharing book ideas/guides!

  3. I really would like to learn more about the dino pet. It looks pretty cool and I am sure it would spark my students’ interest/curiosity.

  4. I think that the Umigo appisodes would be very helpful in teaching math strategies to my students. They seem fun and anything that is fun that can help my students learn and grow is great!

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