Stuff Your November With Perfect-for-Your-Classroom Resources Plus Enter to Win Books!

Welcome November! It’s a month stuffed with holiday celebrations, recognitions, and anticipation—a lot to compete with in your students’ busy worlds! Don’t worry—I’ve got classroom freebies and contests with seasonal tie-ins to help keep students engaged and gobbling up learning.


Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, November 15, 2015, to tell me which are your favorites when you click on the contest and freebies below. From the comments, I’ll randomly select a teacher to win two books that have a Thanksgiving Day–theme. (If you’re the lucky winner, you’ll have them just in time to share with students before the Thanksgiving break!) In The Very Stuffed Turkey (Scholastic), Turkey gets “stuffed” with wonderful feelings after eating five Thanksgiving Day dinners with barnyard friends. Then take your students on a journey back to 19th century America for a Thanksgiving Day feast in Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story (Schwartz & Wade Books).  (Update: congratulations to Heather, who is the winner of our prize.)


Not only is November filled with holiday anticipation, it’s also a perfect time for reading. Why? National Young Readers Week, the Gettysburg Address anniversary, and International Games Day are all this month, and we have book activities for each of these and more! (Get the details in the free Reader’s Calendar.) Plus you have a chance to win 30 copies of the book of the month for your grade level. The picks for this month are I Love My New Toy!, Abe’s Honest Words, and Sasquatch in the Paint. Click here.


Then get ready to celebrate some more with Judy Moody and Stink. This newest book of the series, The Wishbone Wish, centers around the fall and Thanksgiving activities kids love plus includes historical facts and Thanksgiving trivia. Get free resources with suggestions for tie-in activities and downloadable reproducibles, including an “I am thankful for” list for students to complete, notes for kids to convey gratitude, and more. Click here.


Zoo-Wee Mama! Just out today—there’s also a brand-new book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In Old School, book 10 of the series, Greg sees if he can survive without electronics. You can get a free event kit with games, activities, and suggestions for the book. (I got a chuckle out of the “Fakebook wall.”) Check it out here!

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Don’t forget; post a comment for your chance to win the books.

Celebrating you,


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15 thoughts on “Stuff Your November With Perfect-for-Your-Classroom Resources Plus Enter to Win Books!

  1. I really liked the Disney publishing book giveaway. I also liked all of the resources that you could get for each of the leveled books.

  2. Oh the Judy Moody books seem like such fun. I think the classroom teachers would really enjoy sharing the information from a historical perspective with their classrooms.

    thanks for all that you do to enrich our classrooms!

  3. Any of the titles sound exciting, especially “The Very Stuffed Turkey” and my kids will love it. I also signed up for the free Disney giveaway. Thanks.

  4. I love all the activities to go with the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I know a group of sixth graders that this would be a huge hit.

  5. Just downloaded the Free event kit for Wimpy Kid Old School plan on using kit with our next bookfair. Wimpy Kid wins this month.

    Karen your blog is the best-

  6. I would love to use The Stuffed Turkey and Sharing the Bread… books for a compare/contrast strategy. So many children are unaware of what life was like many years ago. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I just overheard the sixth graders debating the color of the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It was funny to listen to their “book” discussion. Learning about Thanksgiving and turkey culture is always fun and amusing for students.

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