Teacher Freebies for Fall
Free stuff for teachers to celebrate the season.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
15 Great Finds for Fall
Design the spaceship of the future, head off to Hollywood, and bring a little music into math.
1 | Discover Young Scientists
Jump-start your STEM program through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow awards. Samsung will provide more than $140,000 in tech tools to five schools with inspiring ideas for solving real-world issues with technology. DEADLINE: October 31
2 | Creative Reading
Turn reluctant readers into bona fide bookworms with the International Reading Association’s Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant. The annual grant offers $2,500 to mainstream elementary classroom teachers with an interest in improving reading and writing education across the curriculum in real-world contexts. DEADLINE: November 15
3 | The Number Song
PreK–2 teachers are invited to send project proposals to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for a chance to win a Using Music to Teach Mathematics grant. Get up to $3,000 in funding for the 2014–15 school year. DEADLINE: November 8
4 | STEM From Data
Tech-savvy teachers: Break out your graphing calculators and enter to win a 2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award. The awards recognize educators for innovative uses of data-collection technology in the science classroom. Winners receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and more. DEADLINE: November 30
5 | Wild Work
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental Educator of the Year award honors the efforts of
educators working to protect wildlife and wild places by inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders. Nominate a fellow teacher for a chance to win $10,000 and a big “thank you.” DEADLINE: November 1
6 | Get the Scoop
What’s the most important issue Congress should consider in 2014? That’s the theme of C-SPAN’s StudentCam video documentary competition. Guide students in grades 6–8 through creating a short video on the topic. DEADLINE: January 20, 2014
7 | Lab Coats On
Celebrate the legacy of women in science. Nominate a female student in grades 5–8 for a chance to win the Angela Award, which includes a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond from the NSTA. DEADLINE: November 30
8 | Cast a Spell
Mrs. P’s Magic Library is looking for new reads! Have your class enter Mrs. P’s fifth annual Be-a-Famous-Writer contest for a chance to win a one-year subscription to Tales2Go, gift certificates for books, and more. Teachers are invited to submit one story per K–4 classroom. This year’s theme? You guessed it: magic.
DEADLINE: November 15
9 | Testimonies That Teach
The IWitness Video Challenge invites students in grades 6–12 to create a video essay documenting their personal story of how they used video testimonials as inspiration to make their community a better place. Winner receives a trip to Los Angeles with their teacher, parent, or guardian to see their video on the big screen. DEADLINE: December 2
10 | To Infinity and Beyond!
Get space-y! Encourage young inventors to design their own spaceship for the Space Foundation’s fourth annual International Student Art Contest. Submit drawings, paintings, or digital images by students ages 3–18 for a chance to be named one of 24 winning artists. DEADLINE: November 15
11 | Be Unstoppable
Dove and Scholastic team up to introduce students to historical role models. Read bios and do literacy activities with your students, then tune in to a webcast with Scholastic authors on what history’s heroes have taught them about facing life’s challenges.
12 | It Takes a Village
Looking for CCSS–aligned lesson plans? Join Share My Lesson, the new digital-sharing community from the AFT and TES Connect. More than 260,000 easily searchable lesson plans by teachers and for teachers are available.
13 | Fall Colors
Get free art printables from Bostitch to help kids make a seasonal community mural, craft a Bag-o’-Lantern, and design a mini scarecrow. Plus, create Thanksgiving-themed table decor.
14 | Markers Up
The Expo Writing Resource Center has whiteboard-ready printables to reinforce literacy and writing for students. These ELA activities range from “What Happened Next?” storyboards to “Editor in Chief.”
15 | Animal House
Take your class on a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo. Video lessons hosted by zookeepers focus on fascinating animals from koalas to crocodiles to pangolins. Don’t forget to check out the zoo’s live cams!