Heat Up Summer Learning: Hot Programs and Cool Rewards, All FREE for Teachers!

Heat up the summer with free learning opportunities and programs that can save you cash. To start off, get ready for science fun! Expose kids to the fundamentals of science every day of the year with 365 More Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials. Tame an onion, make your own bricks, or wiggle in a study about worms. This book is Volume Two of the best-selling 365 Simple Science Experiments.


Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, June 29, 2014, to let me know which of this week’s fun freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of 365 More Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials. Submit a comment now for your chance to win!  (Update: congratulations to Eileen, who is our winner!)


Here’s another way to keep the learning going this summer. The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has a collection of free self-directed, project-based learning activities through its Smithsonian Quests program. Kids are motivated with personal coaching from the Smithsonian and rewarded with digital badges. There are more than 100 quests, including the H2O Hero and Symbols Spotter. Click here to learn more!


Want to save money on school supplies? Office Depot Rewards can help! Earn ten points for every dollar spent on ink, toner, paper, and copy/print/ship services; earn 200 points for recycling ink cartridges. When you have 1,000 points, you get a $10 reward certificate! To learn other ways to earn points or to register for this free program, click here.


Let the savings continue with the free OfficeMax MaxPerks Teacher Rewards program. As part of the program, you get $10 back in rewards for every $75 you spend. Ink and toner recycling and bonus opportunities provide additional savings. Get the details. Click here!


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22 thoughts on “Heat Up Summer Learning: Hot Programs and Cool Rewards, All FREE for Teachers!

  1. Anything the Smithsonian Institute is involved with is going to be such a great learning experience for the kids.

  2. The Smithsonian Quest program sounds exciting. I am going to check it out. Can’t wait to introduce it to students.

  3. I would love the 365 science experiments – I’m always looking for inexpensive science activities and this book would be great!

  4. Wow, this just gets better and better. I love the Smithsonian! I could really use the 365 Simple Science Experiments in my classroom. My classes just love science experiments. One year I gave everyone in my class some string, paper clip, tube and small index card (for a secret message)to take home and create a pulley. They had a ball and almost everyone did it at home. They were showed how in class of course.

  5. Love the Smithsonian Quests are brilliant for summer learning! Thanks for the reminders of the OfficeMax and Office Depot too.

  6. Wow I am joining both Office Max and Office Depot. Would love to win the book. I already planned to do a preschool scientist bag this year and this book would be a huge help.

  7. The Smithsonian quests seems like a great synthesis of tech and education. I’ll likely use it with my STEAM club students.

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