Summer Memories and Memory-Makers: Get Back to School With Contests and Freebies!

What did your students learn this summer? The boy in Rules of Summer learns rules from his older brother, who, by the way, is the only one who gets to make them: “Never forget the password.” “Never ask for a reason.” “Never miss the last day of summer.”

Older brother issues? Rules? Summer? Sounds like a springboard for an activity about your own students’ summer memories! Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Friday, August 8, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. Two lucky teachers will each win a copy of this book! (Update: Congratulations to Connie and Kaila. They’ve each won a copy of this book!)


Here’s a memory-maker that’s good for any season: enter to win a trip for four to the Georgia Aquarium! One teacher will win an educational adventure that includes airfare, aquarium tickets, accommodations, an animal encounter, plus a $250 Visa gift card. Four runners-up will each win a Georgia Aquarium tote filled with aquarium goodies plus a $25 Amazon gift card. Every teacher can get free lesson plans for teaching students about the wonders of ocean life. Click here now!


Does the shift from summer to back-to-school feel a little weird to you? Let it get even weirder—celebrate the 10th anniversary of the My Weird School series! Join the My Weird Classroom Club to get book news, free teaching guides, free activity sheets, and more! Then continue the celebration with the 11th book in the series, Miss Klute Is a Hoot! Click here to learn more.


As you wind down your summer and prepare your back-to-school idea file, would you like to incorporate more art across your curriculum? Crayola can help! Get timely updates and arts-integrated lesson plan ideas in free monthly eNewletters. When you register at, you’ll also receive a complimentary bookmark and heart pin. Register now!


Inspire your students to write about their summer memories by publishing a free classroom book through Studentreasures Publishing! The kit provides an easy, fun way to motivate and empower your students while meeting Common Core standards. Plus you get access to cross-curricular lessons including reading, writing, and art. If you publish by November 30, 2014, you’ll be entered to win a $500 classroom grant. Click here to learn more!


I know how busy you are, so submit a comment now for your chance to win a book!


12 thoughts on “Summer Memories and Memory-Makers: Get Back to School With Contests and Freebies!

  1. Definitely going to check out the aquarium site. The books sounds really cool. Who doesn’t remember the outlandish rules made up by siblings, especially when you are the oldest and the younger ones hang on your every word. Not to say I ever did this:)

  2. Moving to a new school and new grade level. LOVE this blog! I have Mailbox magazines dating back quite a ways. It would be great to add this book to my classroom library. Thanks!

  3. I think the Rules of Summer is going to be a great read aloud and transition book between summer and first day of school.

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