What’s at the End of the Rainbow? Teaching Tools, Cash Prizes, Plus Win Two Rainbow-Themed Books

What would be in the pot at the end of your teaching rainbow? With St. Patrick’s Day next week, I started wondering. Would it be tools to help your students better understand math? Or maybe something to help keep kids healthy so they’re ready to learn? Or, if you’re a lad or lassie after my own heart, maybe some cold, hard cash? Read on. I’ve found some rainbow-worthy opportunities you won’t want to miss!


Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, March 22, 2015, to tell me which of the contests and resources below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win these rainbow-themed books. In The End of the Rainbow, a young girl sets out to see what’s at the end of the rainbow and finds friendship along the way. Then get five Rainbow Fish stories all in one book with The Adventures of Rainbow Fish.  (Update: congratulations to Laura, who is the winner of our prize.)


Is there Duck Tape® brand duct tape at the end of your rainbow? How about prizes worth about $500? Enter the Get Your Ducks in a Row! sweepstakes for a chance to win a $150 Duck Tape prize pack, an iPad mini, and a $100 Visa gift card. Five runners-up will each win a $50 Duck Tape prize pack. Plus get free resources—writing-project starters, print-and-use graphic organizers, and send-home “Ductivities”—and valuable coupons. Get it all at TheMailbox.com/ducktape.


Area, product, bar graphs, arrays—is your wish for your students to have the vocabulary they need to understand essential Common Core math concepts? Extend and deepen their understanding with Motivation Math Vocabulary Card Sets. The definitions are simply and clearly stated, and the set comes with a free Math Word Play Activities book for you. Click here to see samples for your grade level and to request a free school sample.


There could be a pot of gold (cash!) at the end of the rainbow for your middle or high school students. They could win $500, $250, or $100 while you reinforce writing standards. How? Tell them about the International Bipolar Foundation’s annual essay writing contest. About 60 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder—a brain disorder that affects mood, the ability to function, and energy level. The essays should focus on one of three related topics. Get free resources, including a student essay planner and teacher’s guide, to help. Students must submit entries by May 1, 2015. Find out more!


We’d all like to find our students healthy and read to learn at the end of the rainbow. Take action now and apply for school grants for the 2015–16 school year to encourage kids to eat better and be active. You can apply for breakfast grants of $1,000–$2,500 and, in select states, Every Kid Healthy Grants of $500–$2,500. Click here to learn more and to sign up for a free webinar to help you apply. The deadline is May 1, 2015.


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


16 thoughts on “What’s at the End of the Rainbow? Teaching Tools, Cash Prizes, Plus Win Two Rainbow-Themed Books

  1. We love Duck Tape in my classroom! We use it to code our readers, journals, etc. We use it for spots to sit. We use it for lines to show where to line up. So many uses and so many colors and patterns to choose from! It is definitely the gold at the end of my happy rainbow! 🙂

  2. I always seem to be using Duck Tape in some way in the classroom. I love the stuff. I also like the Math Vocabulary cards.

  3. My feet would go pitter patter in these rain puddles of my town if my class would win the duct tape prize package. I have 22 kindergarten students and no iPad for them to learn on. If would be marvelous to expose my students to the iPad and use the colorful duct tape to tape my center activities. Teachers have to spend so much for our own monies for supplies for our classrooms. Thank you for considering me. Melissa

  4. What we need more of in education is teaching kids about friendship. Both books you offer would generate some great discussion among my kinders. And who doesn’t love the endless possibilities of duct tape? 🙂

  5. I also am a teacher of Kindergarten and a great fan of Duck Tape! I love all the patterns and colors and possibilities. Thank you for finding all the best contests and resources for us. Karen, you are the best!

  6. Our primary emphasis this year is vocabulary, so the Motivation Math Vocabulary Card Sets would be my first choice.

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