Hit a Home Run, Sink a Basket, and Inspire Learning! Plus Win Three Books for Sports Lovers

How do you inspire learning? Through activities that kids love, like sports and hands-on creative play? Or through opportunities that let them experience learning in a different way? My guess is you do all this and more, so you won’t want to miss the learning inspiration I found for you.


Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, February 22, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win three books that your basketball and baseball enthusiasts will love! In Stealing the Game, kids learn through basketball the importance of friendship and following their dreams. Then Henry Aaron’s Dream and There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived are inspirational biographies of baseball stars who followed their dreams.  (Update: congratulations to Heather, who is the winner of our prize.)


Do your students dream big? Then they have a chance to win big with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. To participate, grades 5–8 students create a one- to two-minute video about a new innovation or solution that solves an everyday problem that impacts them, their families, their communities, or the global population. The grand-prize is $25,000 and the trip of a lifetime! The deadline to enter is April 21, 2015, so get started now.


For little learners, creative play can provide limitless opportunities for learning, and that’s what they get with Imaginetics playsets. Now you can be the lucky teacher to win an Imaginetics playset prize pack valued at over $285. Ten runners-up will each win a prize pack worth more than $140. Plus get free skill-stretching ideas that work with almost any Imaginetics playset. Everyone who enters gets a valuable discount code. It’s all at TheMailbox.com/Imaginetics.


Here’s a book that helps make math more meaningful for all ages. Math Is a Verb: Activities and Lessons From Cultures Around the World shows how math can be more than an exercise on a worksheet by exploring world cultures. Teach about patterns with embroidery from Bulgaria, show how students in Guatemala use math to increase corn harvests, and play a German game for a fun application of probability analysis. All the examples are linked to Common Core objectives. Click here to check it out!


Don’t forget; submit a comment for your chance to win the books!


10 thoughts on “Hit a Home Run, Sink a Basket, and Inspire Learning! Plus Win Three Books for Sports Lovers

  1. I love the “Math is a Verb” and Discovery Science, but I would love to win the books about baseball and basketball. I try to incorporate movement, sports, and their history into my teaching regimen.

  2. Math has never been an easy subject for me. I like the book Math is Verb. It has brought new interest to an subject that I have often become frustrated with. Thanks for sharing a wonderful concept of math.

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