Make-a-Difference Freebies for Teachers

Freebies are always fun. But some freebies go further; they also help you and your students make the world a better place. Read on for a few examples of make-a-difference freebies for teachers and students!


Which of the great opportunities below will you and your students pursue? Submit a comment to our blog by midnight on Tuesday, January 18, 2010. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to receive something that will really make a difference in her classroom: an assortment of books from the Engage the Brain series by Marcia L. Tate. Published by Corwin Press, these books provide brain-friendly activities for teaching across the curriculum. (Update: Congratulations to Kelly, who is our winner!) Click here now to check them out!


The Special Olympics Get Into It Grants bring together students of all abilities to fight childhood obesity. Grants range from $500 to $1,000. Applications must be completed by a teacher and a pair of students (one with an intellectual disability and one without). Hurry, applications are due January 19, 2011. Click here now for details. Also, to learn more about the free curriculum—which includes lessons, activities, videos, and interactives for grades K-12—click here!


How do you teach students about recycling? Submit your creative ideas by January 28, 2011, for a chance to win a prize pack from Elmer’s! The Elmer’s Glue Crew has other fun contests coming up, including the “What I love about the earth is…” student writing contest, the eco-product design contest, and more. Don’t miss out; join the Glue Crew today!


With the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, students study environmental problems and propose solutions—solutions that really can change the world! The competition is open to grades K-12; the challenge runs through March 15, 2011. Prizes include a $5,000 grant for your school, a trip to the annual National Science Teachers Association conference, a Discovery Education assembly for your school, and more. Click here now for details!


Go forth and make a difference. And don’t forget, submit a comment to our blog for a chance to win our prize!


14 thoughts on “Make-a-Difference Freebies for Teachers

  1. I liked the COrwin site. They have some interesting books there for teachers. I am very tempted by the mentoring teachers book. The Teacher Asasociation I belong is big on mentoring other teachers. So it sounds right up my alley.

  2. I would like to enter the Elmer’s Glue Crew contest.
    We use Elmer’exclusively in our clasroom. It’s the BEST glue and so easy to use. I’m interested in how First
    Graders think about recycling and ways in which they
    can be more involved in it.

  3. I have been teaching for 17 years and I am always on the hunt for new teacher sites with books for my students. The Corwin Press site and the books they offer seem really good-would love to see them in person. Hopefully, I’ll win and have the chance!

  4. I am constantly looking for ideas that don’t cost alot because I am the sole provider in my home and I pour alot of money into my classroom to make sure that my students have what they need. They are poor community. More times then I can count I have purchased their supplies so I appreciate this site.

  5. After finishing grad school, I feel like I have less opportunities and time to read research articles as well as various resource/activity ideas for my classroom. Corwin is great because they provide ideas and information that are backed by research and can actually be directly applied to my classroom. I like…and now I have more exploring to do!

  6. We purchase Corwin Press books for my school and I pleased to say that I am going to see Marcia Tate in person this March! She is coming to my school to present professional development to all the teachers. I really wish I could win that assortment of books!!!!

  7. I am just starting out as a teacher, this semester is my student teaching experience. I am working with lower readers and I really liked the material on the Corwin site. I will be saving up to buy some of the materials.

  8. It is always amazing to me to learn of the myriad opportunities for teachers to win classroom necessities! As a 4th grade teacher, I am always searching for innovative, engaging and fun activities to use in the classroom! I would love the chance to win a collection of Corwin books! I could rock my classroom! Thank you for the opportunity!

  9. I teach preschool. I have a classroom full of super active and creative 4 year olds! I am always excited to learn about new materials that will help me better serve and educate the children in my classroom. These little boys and girls are our future!!

  10. It is so nice to find such an easy way to enter giveaways. I usually search and have trouble finding anything. Thank you for the chance to better my preschool classroom and the children in it!

  11. I would love the opportunity to have more books in my classroom!! As a teacher returning to the classroom after 7 years I have been looking for new materials to add to the old. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

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