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Teacher Freebies for Back to School

Free stuff for teachers to celebrate the back-to-school season.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Contests

1 | Be Green
Help “Save the Frogs!” by encouraging students to enter this art contest. Kids can submit original, frog-friendly artwork for a chance to win prizes and see their designs featured on fund­raising merchandise.
DEADLINE: October 15

2 | Adventures in Math
This September, help students in grades 3–5 discover how they can help others through charitable giving. First, kids create a fundraising plan that includes identifying a need, strategizing to raise funds, and devising ways to get others involved. Then, they submit a poster outlining their financial plan for a chance to win STEM books for their classroom library.
DEADLINE: Postmarked by October 24

3 | Game On
University Games encourages young inventors to submit original board games to the National Young Game Inventors Contest. One grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 savings bond and the opportunity to have his
or her game manufactured.
DEADLINE: October 15

4 | You Rock!
What can a fossil tell you about the ecosystem where an organism once lived? To celebrate National Fossil Day (October 15), the U.S. National Park Service invites kids to create artwork exploring this question. Winning pieces will be displayed on the National Fossil Day website.
DEADLINE: October 8

5 | Press Badge
Calling all kid reporters! The Scholastic News Kids Press Corp is accepting applications for this school year. Kids ages 10–14 can submit original news stories, article pitches, and essays for a chance to join the team in covering the latest “news for kids, by kids.”
DEADLINE: Postmarked by September 26

Grants

6 | Dig Deep
From nature trails to wildflower preserves, Seeds for Education offers grants of up to $500 for projects that enhance schoolyards and provide hands-on learning opportunities in biology, ecology, and earth science.
DEADLINE: October 15

7 | One in a Million
The Global Teacher Prize is offering $1 million to celebrate one outstanding teacher. Teachers who prepare kids to be global citizens and contribute to the teaching field at large are invited to apply—or nominate a fellow teacher.
DEADLINE: October 5

8 | Seed Money
To encourage teachers in grades 3–6 to incorporate herbs into classroom instruction, the Herb Society of America is offering funds and supplies to start herb gardens. Get growing!
DEADLINE: October 1

9 | Add It Up
NCTM and the E. Glenadine Gibb Fund are offering up to $6,000 to teachers in grades PreK–12 to support classroom-based research in math education. The grants can be used to do research on such subjects as curriculum development, connecting math to other disciplines, and at-risk youth.
DEADLINE: October 15

10 | Take Your Pick
The NEA Foundation has teamed with DonorsChoose.org to offer a donation-matching program. National Education Association members can post a request for up to $500 for classroom materials on DonorsChoose.org, and the NEA Foundation will match the money raised, up to $250 per request.
DEADLINE: Rolling

Freebies

11 | Search for Success
Bing in the Classroom provides an ad-free, kid-friendly search experience for schools and daily lesson ideas for teachers. Earn credits toward free Microsoft Surface tablets for the school of your choice just by signing in and searching the Web with Bing.

12 | Law and Order
Take kids inside a U.S. courtroom with CCSS–aligned lesson plans focusing on the Constitution and our country’s jury system. Kids will learn about jury selection, the amendment process, and more, just in time for Constitution Day (September 17).

13 | Documenting the Roosevelts
Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Bring more than a century of history to life with lesson plans from PBS designed to support creativity, critical thinking, and other vital skills.

14 | Stay STRONG
LIVESTRONG at School empowers students living with cancer or supporting a loved one who is coping with it. Through lesson plans, printables, and an app, the K–12 program helps teachers generate age-appropriate discussions about cancer and healthy living.

15 | Stock Up
Turn back-to-school shopping into a school fundraiser. Have your principal register with All for Schools, and then ask parents to visit the website; a percentage of each purchase from affiliated companies (Walmart, Macy’s) will go to your school.

 

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