16 Great Finds for Fall
Get funding for your school garden, win tech and classroom supplies, and celebrate student writing.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Science and Technology
1 | Reading 3.0
The IRA Award for Technology and Reading honors K–12 educators who are innovatively using technology in reading education. Deadline: November 15
2 | Grant-a-Month
Submit a technology-based lesson plan for a chance to win over 50 different technology grants. Every lesson plan you enter will be shared with colleagues and fellow educators across the country. Deadline: The 15th of every month
How would your students rank in the world’s largest science competition? Have them enter ExploraVision’s hands-on competition. The teacher in each grade level who submits the most projects will win a Toshiba tablet! Deadline: January 31, 2013.
The annual Gustav Ohaus Award, named for the founder of the venerable scientific equipment manufacturer, recognizes innovations that have the potential to improve science instruction at all levels. The winner receives
a $1,500 cash prize and a trip to the 2013 NSTA National Conference. Deadline: December 14
The Vernier Technology Awards recognize and reward the innovative use of data collection technology in a science classroom. Seven awards are presented, each consisting of $1,500 to attend the NSTA National Conference, $1,000 in teacher cash, and $3,000 in Vernier products.
Deadline: November 30
6 | Teacher Quest
Win cash and prizes for your school! To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Brain Quest has teamed with Chrysler to offer up to $5,000 for teachers who make a difference in their classroom. Deadline: April 30, 2013
7 | Supply Side
Student Supply is awarding three grants of up to $300 to teachers to purchase supplies for the new year. The winners will be selected at random. Deadline: December 31
8 | Keep ’Em Sharp
Enter to win one of three prize packs filled with an assortment of Stanley Bostitch school supplies and a $25 iTunes gift card. The grand prize is a $2,500 prize pack. Deadline: February 28, 2013
Kick your school’s garden program into high gear and enter to receive a $1,000 gift card that can be used to purchase gardening materials and supplies from local Home Depot stores. Five teachers will get the top prize and 95 others will receive $500 gift cards. Deadline: December 3
10 | Playground Makeover
Help your kids collect Dannon product labels and win one of five Rally for Recess $30,000 playground
makeovers. Three individual prizes of $1,000 will be awarded as well. Deadline: December 31
Make a real difference in kids’ eating habits at your school. Encourage your students to eat healthy and get fit through the Fuel Up to Play 60 challenges. For the Breakfast Challenge, which runs through December 3, kids can eat oatmeal to win badges and other awards.
12 | Life on Earth
Visit Arkive’s digital library with your class. Its treasury of audiovisual records of life on Earth brings together the best in nature films and photographs, with an emphasis on the world’s most threatened species.
NextGen3—Traveling at the Speed of Life is an educational program sponsored by LIFE, a nonprofit organization that helps high school students develop a real-world understanding of insurance and financial-planning concepts. Includes videos, an educator’s guide, a student workbook, and more. Request your free DVD online.
14 | Young Writers
Get your students started in a writers program established by the folks behind National Novel Writing Month. Download free workbooks to spark their imagination, and help them learn about creating characters, building settings, and developing plots.
15 | Building Poets
Encourage your class to participate in a poetry contest. Winning students will have their poems published in a special anthology. They’ll also receive a $25 check and a free copy of the printed book. Deadline: December 6
Win prizes and promote legible handwriting with this educational competition for students. Prizes total over $100,000. Deadline: January 23, 2013