15 Great Finds for Winter

Host a read-in to celebrate Black History Month, create a sculpture using Duck Tape, and win funding for innovative new projects.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Arts and Crafts

1 | Stick Together
Remember when your dad said that you can do anything with duct tape? He was right! Use these fun ideas from Duck Tape to make your art lessons “stick” and to spark kids’ imaginations. Students can use Duck Tape to paint, sculpt, and create, all while “unrolling” art history and culture.

2 | Pop Shop
Encourage your students’ growing creativity with Keith Haring–inspired lesson plans from HaringKids. The website features lessons for students of all ages in a variety of subjects, curricula, and materials.

3 | DIY Galleries
If you can’t make it to a museum this winter, check out Google Art Project, a collection of 1,000-plus images from museums around the world. Use the portfolio feature to create your own collection and share it with your students.

4 | Play With Your Food
ScrapKins creator Brian Yanish has teamed up with the Whole Kids Foundation to create a series of fun lesson plans designed to get kids thinking about healthy eating through original recycled art projects and related discussion topics.

Black History Month

5 | Organize a Read-In
Celebrate Black History Month by coordinating a read-in featuring African-American authors. Visit the National Council of Teachers of English to find suggested reading lists and to fill out an online report card after your event.

6 | Breaking Barriers
The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for students in grades 4–8 to share personal stories of how they’ve overcome barriers, inspired by the example of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Get your students started with free lessons and printables. Prizes include laptop computers for students and teachers.
Deadline: March 14

Computers in the Classroom

7 | Get Packing
PBS offers “activity packs” focused on various curricular themes, with links to PBS educational resources and activities. Post them on a class website or choose your favorites and integrate them into your lesson plans. This February, check out “Unsung Heroes in African American History” in honor of Black History Month.

8 | Journey South
Calling all Antarctic explorers! Check out Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, an educational website created by Scholastic and SeaWorld Orlando. You’ll find exciting K–5 science lessons and videos all about penguins and the Antarctic ecosystem. Plus, teachers can enter for a chance to win a trip for four to SeaWorld Orlando. Deadline: April 30

The Environment

9 | Paint It Green
Proud of your school’s efforts to increase recycling and conserve energy? Inspire students to register for the Green Your School Challenge and send in a report of your results. In addition to the two $5,000 prizes for Biggest Impact, $1,000 is awarded to the five schools with the most students registered.
Deadline: February 1–April 30

Professional Development

10 | Drawing on the Arts
Develop innovative art-infused lesson plans with the help of Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children program. Access all the professional development resources you need to incorporate the arts across your school’s curriculum and help students grow creatively.

11 | Take a Webinar
Tune in to our on-demand webinar for expert guidance from Scholastic and USC’s Rossier School of Education on the shift in skills that students will be required to demonstrate under CCSS and techniques for adapting your curriculum to the Common Core.

Grants and Contests

12 | All Together Now
The $500 Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant provides funding for programs that celebrate creativity, teamwork, and diverse viewpoints. Past winners have included pen-pal projects and inter-generational journal activities. Deadline: March 15

13 | Grab Your Hammers
Have an idea to enhance your school building or landscape? Apply to win $2,000–$5,000 from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education to fund the project. Deadline: February 15

14 | ING Unsung Heroes
Submit an idea for an innovative new school project for a chance to win up to $25,000. Winning proposals have included plans for a motion simulator, programs to educate local parents, and an oral history project.
Deadline: April 30

15 | Academic Enrichment
Help students from low-income households improve their earning opportunities in and out of the classroom with an Academic Enrichment Grant from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation. The foundation awards grants in amounts up to $10,000. Deadline: April 15

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