Teacher Freebies for the Holiday Season

Free stuff for teachers to celebrate the holidays.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8


1 | Behind the Scenes
Young Playwrights is offering budding writers the opportunity to be heard. Kids with a flair for the dramatic arts are invited to submit original scripts for a chance to journey to New York City for the Young Playwrights Conference and get feedback from professional theater artists. DEADLINE: January 2

2 | Three, Two, One…Action!
The 2014 Young Filmmakers of Tomorrow Competition invite students to submit their original films and
compete for cash prizes. Submissions can range from animation to live action to stories told with photographs. Entries will be judged in one of three age-level categories. Next stop, Cannes! DEADLINE: January 15

3 | Tech to the Future
Help young tech inventors design the next “big thing” for a chance to win up to $10,000 in U.S. savings bonds in the ExploraVision STEM competition. Winning projects have ranged from litter-cleaning robots to GPS-equipped fire alarms. DEADLINE: January 30

4 | Prolific Pen Pals
What would you say to your favorite author, given the chance? The Library of Congress’s Letters About Literature Contest encourages students to write to an author (living or dead) about what his or her work means to them. Winners receive national recognition and cash prizes.
DEADLINE: December 10 (grades 9–12); January 10 (grades 4–6 and 7–8) 

5 | It Is Easy Being Green
Students learn about energy conservation and work together to find creative ways to save energy in their school as part of the four-week Green Cup Energy Challenge. From shutting off lights to unplugging electronics, even the smallest acts can make a big difference. To participate for free, register with the promo code SCHOLASTIC. DEADLINE: December 20


6 | Write On!
Promote legible handwriting by encouraging your class to enter the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest for a chance to win prizes totaling more than $100,000 for students, teachers, and schools. DEADLINE: January 23

7 | Teach Kids to LIVESTRONG
In many schools there are families that cope with cancer. Find age-appropriate, award-winning resources from Scholastic and LIVESTRONG, including lessons, worksheets, and more, broken down by grade level, that cover cancer, cancer treatment, and how to support those living with cancer.

8 | Core Conversations
Share My Lesson’s Common Core Confident webinar series is designed to help ease the transition to CCSS by introducing teachers to Core experts. Topics include working with English language learners, teaching text complexity, and exploring the new science standards.

9 | LearnBIG
Sort through 14,000-plus digital learning resources in a few clicks with this easy-to-use teacher tool. Search by grade, subject, format, cost, and even by Common Core State Standards to find the best games, apps, videos, and more for your classroom.

10 | Plotting Success
Teach real-world data analysis with grades 6–8 math printables and lessons from the Actuarial Foundation and Scholastic. Follow two entrepreneurial teens who run a farm stand. Use the interactive Data Displayer to help with graphing and calculation.

11 | Keys to the Common Core
In this on-demand webinar, Scholastic and University of Phoenix experts discuss five key instructional shifts coming with the Common Core ELA standards. Tune in to learn how to adapt your lessons to new standards while teaching students to use informational texts, build their academic vocabulary, and more.

Grant Opportunities

12 | Explore New Turf
The U.S. Soccer Foundation believes every child should have the opportunity to kick off in a safe space. In support of that mission, the Safe Places to Play grant program offers funding to schools to develop champion-level soccer fields with resources that range from synthetic turf to irrigation systems.
DEADLINE: February 1

13 | Innovation Nation
The Christopher Columbus Awards challenge middle schoolers to use the scientific method to solve real-world problems and improve their communities. Eight finalist teams will win a trip to Disney World to compete for a $25,000 grant. DEADLINE: February 3

14 | Say Cheese!
Do your students participate in an awesome service-learning project? Submit a photo of your group helping out in the community for a chance to win up to $750 to expand your class project. Encourage the whole school to vote for your team—the photo with the most peer votes wins! DEADLINE: January 12

15 | Lead the Way
The NEA Foundation offers public school teachers a chance to win $2,000 for PD opportunities, from attending a summer institute to engaging in action research. Or, apply for a $5,000 group grant to fund collegial study, mentoring programs, and more. DEADLINE: February 1

16 | Be Superlative!
The annual Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice recognizes exceptionally effective teachers in high-poverty public schools. Enter—or nominate a fellow amazing teacher—to win $25,000 and the opportunity to attend a summer residency with TNTP.
DEADLINE: January 21


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