This headline grabbed my attention: “Teacher Finds 2.12 Carat Diamond at State Park.” According to the article, the 36-year-old Nebraska teacher was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park (I want to go there!) in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, when he noticed a shiny brown stone that looked distinctly different from the others. Yep, it was a diamond.
That got me wondering, what’s the coolest thing you’ve ever found? It could be something found on a street, at a park, at school, anywhere. Share and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a book I consider to be a real gem, What Does an Anteater Eat? (Nosy Crow) by Ross Collins. Submit your comment to our blog by Thursday, September 19, to be entered into our random drawing. Congratulations to our lucky winner Linda Harren!
I think all of this week’s fun freebies are great finds that pack a lot of value. Take a look!
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name. Challenge students to think of a rover name and write a short essay to explain why their suggestion is the best. Entries are due November 1. Click here for details.
Now through September 15 you can get a free one-year subscription to Vooks, a digital platform for read-along animated storybooks for kids ages 2-8. You’ll find both new stories and classics. Get the stories started at campaigns.vooks.com/teacherappreciation.
Here’s another free subscription you can scoop up. Check out Mystery Science, which offers hands-on science lessons aligned to CCSS and NGSS. Sign up at mysteryscience.com. Hurry, just a few hundred free subscriptions are still available.
Speaking of fun finds, my cousin’s son once found a $20 bill lying just inside a trash can. You could say he cashed in on trash!
PS: Hit the jackpot with the Learning magazine digital issue. We have prizes worth over $6,400, all for teachers. Click here.