Put on Your Traveling Shoes! We’ve Got Contests and Freebies for You; Plus Win a Book!

From England to developing countries to space, it’s time to put on your traveling shoes! First stop: take a voyage from the blazing sun to the planets that make up our solar system in The Planets: The Definitive Visual Guide to Our Solar System. This new book features images of all-new 3-D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency.

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, September 14, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky reader will win my copy of this book! (Update: Congratulations to Jaymi! She’s the winner of this book!)


Did you know it’s the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Celebrate with a 30-minute Skype tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in England. Education Manager Isy Mead will lead you and your students around the museum virtually, providing a look inside Dahl’s real Writing Hut and letting them experience Dahl’s world and the inspiration behind his stories. Then participate in a Q&A! Skype opportunities are available Monday, September 29, through Friday, October 3, 2014. Click here to schedule yours!


Don’t forget our developing countries. Empower your students to transform a child’s life through Smile Train. Millions of children with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Get free resources that explain what a cleft lip and palate is and the effects an untreated cleft can have, free service learning–based lesson plans, and fundraising materials. Click here now!


As your students begin their educational journeys this year, let their parents know they could win a $300 gift card from Educational Insights in the Ahead of the Class photo contest! To enter, parents upload a photo of their child’s ahead of the class moment; the entrant who receives the most votes by September 26, 2014, wins! Click here now!
Wrap up today’s travels with a great opportunity for you. Enter the Topics Kids Love, Skills Kids Need sweepstakes; you could be the lucky teacher to win an iPad or be one of 25 runners-up to win a class set of 30 Studies Weekly subscriptions! Studies Weekly units let you combine social studies and science content with Common Core language arts. You get access to extensive teacher resources, daily activities, supplementary material, and more! Try out a Studies Weekly sample unit for free. There’s a different one for each of grades K–6. Enter the contest and get your free sample units at TheMailbox.com/studiesweekly.********************************

Don’t forget, post a comment now for your chance to win my book!


16 thoughts on “Put on Your Traveling Shoes! We’ve Got Contests and Freebies for You; Plus Win a Book!

  1. I would love the Studies Weekly class set of 30. I have used this publication before. It is a great asset to any learning program.

  2. One of my children is into the planets. He can’t get his hands on enough material, therefore he’d really enjoy the planet book.

  3. I am a personal supporter of Smile Train. They do amazing work. I am eager to view their lesson plans and information to see how I can adapt them for use with the younger children we serve.

    I think this material would also be really good for church, civic and professional groups looking for a new service project.

  4. I have a book similar to this one in our classroom library…you should see it!!! The book is all worn and the corners are all frayed from being used so much. The students LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

  5. Our 3rd graders do a project on the planets and The Planets: The Definitive Visual Guide to Our Solar System” would make a great addition to our collection.

  6. I like smile train. I am a little biased because my own son has a cleft lip and palate and I know what this means to a child with one.

  7. Wouldn’t it be exciting to pretend to be astronauts and travel to each planet? We could decide what animals would live there–what they would eat, how they would move, and even what they would sound like.

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