Summer-Themed Freebies for Teachers—Plus Books to WIN!

While summer might not be here officially, the summer season is about to begin. Here’s an assortment of freebies that will get you and your students ready!


Submit a comment to our blog to let us know which of these freebies and fun offers are your favorites. One lucky reader will win All the Water in the World, a beautiful new book from Atheneum that I just received in the mail today. Plus I’ll throw in some other fun books especially for your grade level. To be entered in our random drawing, submit your comment by midnight EDT on Monday, June 6, 2011.


What goes better with summer than watermelon? The National Watermelon Promotion Board offers a free teacher tool kit with watermelon-themed activities, worksheets, coloring pages, and yummy-looking recipes. They’re perfect for healthy snacks and end-of-the-year festivities! Visit


Summer also means reading. Check out the super series for newly independent readers from Random House. You’ll find the Calendar Mysteries, featuring a mystery every month; Absolutely Lucy, starring a wiggly, squirmy beagle puppy; Ballpark Mysteries, which are set in ballparks across the country; and, of course, the Magic Tree House series. Plus at, you’ll find free teacher’s guides, author videos, classroom clubs, and more. Click here now!


Looking to create some new classroom materials? Now’s the time to order new dies and other shape-cutting materials from Ellison. To celebrate its 34th anniversary, Ellison is offering 34 percent off your next order! Hurry, this offer ends May 31, 2011. To get the discount, visit and enter code 34LRN at the checkout. Check it out today!


End your school year with a smile by reading The Little Red Pen. None of the other school supplies will help The Little Red Pen correct homework. But when she tumbles into the trash, her friends Stapler, Eraser, Pushpin, and the others must work together to save her. Here’s another reason to smile: the book’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin, is offering a free teacher’s guide. Click here now to learn more about the book, or click here now to access the teacher’s guide. Check out the video preview too!


Summer is a great time to do a little something for yourself and your career. If a master’s degree is in your plans, check out Dominican University. Programs are 100 percent online, and right now the application fee is waived! Dominican Univeristy offers master’s degrees in reading, ESL, and elementary education. Click here to learn more!


Last call! The amazing free scissors giveaway from Westcott ends on May 31. Don’t wait! Click here to request a free pair of student scissors AND a free pair of teacher scissors. Plus complete a sample school supply list, and you’ll be entered to win an iPad2 and school supplies for your entire grade! Don’t miss out!


Don’t forget, submit your comments to be entered into our giveaway!


PS: Do you know an outstanding young educator? Nominate him or her to win $10,000 from ASCD! Click here now to learn more about the Outstanding Young Educator Award. (Hint: self-nominations are accepted too!)

24 thoughts on “Summer-Themed Freebies for Teachers—Plus Books to WIN!

  1. I want to go buy The Little Red Pen!! Sounds great! Thanks for the great ideas!! Enjoy the last days with students:)

  2. Lots of great watermelon ideas…I never knew there was a National Watermelon Promotion Board! The ideas for a day of watermelon related activities is awesome! My third graders will love this!

  3. Thank You for the watermelon materials!! We are starting to plan our classroom themes for the summer in the 3 yr old room at the daycare, and I am looking forward to using the materials and ideas in my lesson plans, and allowing the kids to eat watermelon.

  4. Diane,
    I loved the watermelon ideas. They’re great for my preschool class.I do a lot of watermelon activities during the week for the letter W. Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. Hi, Karen! So many fun sites to look at! I am out of school now, but am looking forward to having a Watermelon Day next year! Lots of great ideas on their website! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. I love the watermelon theme and I can see the Little red Pen fitting my enrichment class at the end of the school year.
    What fun. Thanks Karen once again.

  7. I will use the watermelon materials for letter Mm week. I also entered for the free Westcott scissors. I have a few pair of the scissors and they are nice. The Little Red Pen materials will also be nice to use during our friendship week. Thank you for all the free resources. Keep up the great work.
    LaShaina Lee-Flax
    SHCS Preschool Teacher

  8. Can’t have enough chapter books for readers learning to fly! The new series for newly independent readers from Random House gets my vote!

  9. The Random House books for newly independent readers really caught my attention. As a Kindergarten teacher I have several students in this category. It seems each year I have more and more student coming into kindergarten reading already. I need some low level books to challenge them enough to keep them interested. All the Water in the World sounds like a winner too! Thanks for asking.

  10. I teach preschool but an looking forward to getting the new book, “The Little Red Pen.”
    I like to start the year with books that use items that can be handled by the children during their retell time activities. The Reader’s theater will be a fun way to get the students involved.
    I have already received the Westcott Scissors and the Watermelon Teachers kit. Both are great resources and teaching aides.

  11. The Watermelon site is my favorite summer freebie offer. With all of the activities available, I have a list of activities planned already, thanks to their cross-curriculum approach to learning about watermelons!

    This is also my first time visiting the blog and I am very impressed! Looking forward to visiting frequently.

    Mrs. Trout

  12. Went to the watermelon site and wish they had a section for pre -k We have a garden that includes watermelon with yellow middles so aI was excited to get some new information

  13. I teach preschool and I think there are some things I could use from the watermelon kit. I also think The Little Red Pen book looks good.

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