In the Forecast: Snowflakes and Fun Freebies!

I’m heading north soon and am expecting to run into snow—lots and LOTS of snow. So this week’s freebie was easy to pick. Submit a comment to our blog by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, January 12, 2014, to tell us which of the items below are your favorites, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win Big Snow by Jonathan Bean (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). One lucky teacher will win, so submit your comment right now! (Update: congratulations to Fran Malik, who was our winner!)

No snowstorm would be complete without reading the Ezra Jack Keats classic The Snowy Day. You’ll find free activities for that story and many other Keats favorites at Check out the free games, activities, and even a beat box read-aloud of The Snowy Day. There’s also information about the Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants, available to public schools and libraries. Slide on over and take a peek!

There’s a blizzard of freebies, a great contest, and plenty of coupons just posted at Apply for a chance to win a $500 Office Depot® gift card or one of ten $50 Office Depot® gift cards in the Office Depot® “Rewards of Teaching” grant program. Download timely tips on Common Core, getting yourself and your students organized, science fairs, and much more. Plus every teacher will get a valuable coupon from Office Depot®. Don’t miss out!

Looking to squeeze a little more into your day? Request a free copy of the new report “#1 Secret to Productive Classrooms” from Time Timer. Sign up for a copy at Then enter code LMP0114 for a special bonus as well! Time Timer is a proud winner of the 2014 Teacher’s Choice Award for the Classroom.

Teachers are talking about Concordia University-Portland. Earn your advanced degree completely online and receive an Apple iPad plus free textbooks! You can complete your M.Ed. in just a year. Get all the details at

What can you do with an empty milk carton? Plenty! Enter the Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest, and you’ll have a chance to win up to $5,000! Start saving those milk cartons and download your official entry kit at The contest is open to students in grades K−12. What fun!

I’m “snow” sure you and your students will love this blizzard of freebies. Have fun!


PS: New contests have just been posted at Click here!

19 thoughts on “In the Forecast: Snowflakes and Fun Freebies!

  1. Snow and the cold seems to be topics for everyone. Thanks for the update on grant opportunities and the milk carton contest. We’re always on the lookout for funding.

  2. I love the snowy day resources but the website with information about the common core is also really valuable to me right now.

    Thanks for all that you do to find the great resources for us.

  3. I love the snowy day resources. If you are heading to Michgian be prepared lots of snow and the cold is on its way tonight.

  4. Love to share a book about snow with my class. The kids love snow and playing in it. The book seems to have beautiful illustrations and imagination.

  5. We are just beginning our common core unit on weather. I bet this book would fit right in! I like the “Rewards of Teaching” grant program from Depot.

  6. I would love the book.! All teachers would agree that the Office Depot reward would help with ink and supplies. Enjoying a snow day out of school!

  7. The Ezra Jack Keats website is a must for early elementary teachers or homeschoolers doing an author study or a winter study. Many great resources and video’s.

  8. As we live in Houston, TX, most of my students have little to no exposure or knowledge of snow. I’m always looking for new ideas, books, and materials. Thank you, Learning Magazine.

  9. My kindergarten class just started a weather unit this week. 19 out of 20 students are English Language Learners and they are learning about the different types of weather. We live in Northern California and many of the students have never seen or experienced snow. I love the Ezra Jack Keats book A Snowy Day! I am trying to build my library with books about weather. The Big Snow book also looks wonderful. I like all the wonderful ideas about snow. Thank you!

  10. The Snowy Day is one of my favorite winter books. It’s so easy to use it with my autistic students. I have created many activities to use witn the book. Your links were greet, too.
    Now I have more activities to use with my favorite winter book.

  11. I love any book about snow since all we seem to be getting is ice! I also love the milk carton contest! What a great way to tie in great literature with a caring project!

  12. I would have to say that my favorite and a favorite among my multiple-disabilities class is The Snowy Day. My students thoroughly enjoy the story when I read it aloud to them and incorporate it into daily activities.

  13. Talk about perfect timing. I live up north and boy did we get BIG SNOW. The students most definitely loved having a SNOW day to play outside and build snowmen. What away to start off the New Year!!!

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