Sailing Through the School Year With Freebies—Plus a Book to WIN!

Are you experiencing smooth sailing this school year? Or are you still settling in? Either way, a few freebies and fun resources can sure help! Submit a comment to our blog by 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, and tell us which freebies and contests are your favorites. One lucky reader will win my copy of Christopher Columbus and the Age of Exploration for Kids from Chicago Review Press—just in time for Columbus Day on October 14! (Congratulations to Susie, who is our winner.) ******************************** Guess what, it’s “STEM-tember”! STEM education is the focus, and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is underway. Open to grades K–12, the competition focuses on sustainability. Student teams use project-based learning to explore science and conservation while creating solutions to help our planet. Best of all, students could win over $300,000 in scholarships, trips, and prizes. Learn more! ******************************** Celebrate the release of the new book Cam Jansen and the Spaghetti Max Mystery by David Adler. You could win a classroom library of the adventure-filled Cam Jansen chapter books and a visit from the author! Enter this contest now at ******************************** **************** Planning ahead for professional development? Mark you calendar for the 59th Annual International Reading Association Conference in New Orleans. Held May 10–12, 2014, the conference features opportunities to hear from kids’ favorite authors, including Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey, and cutting-edge reading researchers. This year’s theme is “Reading…The Teachable Moment.” Learn more at ******************************** Introduce your students to the EcoBuddies! New from FundingFactory, the EcoBuddies are featured in a new free curriculum that addresses Common Core skills and teaches students about e-waste recycling. Best of all, your school can earn money by collecting discarded printer cartridges and old electronics. Learn more at and download the curriculum! ******************************** What are your young writers up to? Make plans now to publish their best work with Studentreasures. To get started, sign up to get a free sample pack that includes two hardbound books. Schools that publish between October and December will be eligible to win $10,000 in grants! To learn more, visit ******************************** Find out how Smile Train funds surgeries for children with clefts around the world and load up on lesson plans about some of the countries where Smile Train works. Free lesson plans are at www.smiletrain .org/students/resources.html and info about school fundraising for Smile Train is at Take a look! ******************************** Don’t forget, submit your comment to our blog so you can be entered into this week’s drawing. Good luck!


28 thoughts on “Sailing Through the School Year With Freebies—Plus a Book to WIN!

  1. I am excited about the student publishing site – I have a very creative class this year and I would like to publish their stories.

  2. My favorite all time freebie was …The Elf on the Shelf! My child is gone and I loved this idea but could not justify the personal purchase. Then I won one and my “kids” loved it!!

  3. I really like the student publishing website because it will give students another outlet for their creativity. They are used to having their stories, biographies, poems, and reports typed up and shared with others, but this will open new doors for them.

  4. Sailing through the year! Sounds awesome and winning the Christopher Columbus and the Age of exploration will be a great addition to my Social Studies library! September has flown by!

  5. I would love to win the Cam Janson contest because it would be great to get books for my library that are at their reading level and it would be amazing fo the kids to meet the author! They would love that! I also really like the Chrisopher Columbus book and the STEM Kids Can Change the World contest. 🙂

  6. I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to publish my students’ work. I want to share the inspiring potential of my pre-K students!

  7. I love getting free stuff for my classroom! I am especially interested in seeing the activities in the Christopher Columbus book. But I also love Cam Jansen!!

  8. I LOVE your website! Not only do you spoil teachers with freebies but you also give a lot of valuable information and ideas for teachers! Thank You!
    I LOVED the freebie with the Flip-Chart that supports learning and behavioral issues. That is EXACTLY what I need and probably SO many other teachers are thankful for that!

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