Teacher Freebies for Winter

Free stuff for teachers to celebrate winter.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8


1 | Brushing Up
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Teach the benefits of oral health to students in grades PreK–1 with lesson plans that range from informational poetry to fun experiments, all while meeting Common Core standards.

2 | Lessons From the Past
In honor of Black History Month, Smithsonian Education created a collection of resources to introduce kids to some of history’s heroes. From “The Blues and Langston Hughes” to a stunning portrait gallery, these lesson ideas are sure to inspire students.

3 | Stock Up at the Depot
Office Depot is offering teachers the chance to earn reward points on purchases of ink, toner, paper, and more to help restock your classroom for 2014. Plus, find free worksheets for grades PreK–3 that support Common Core skills.

4 | Stick-to-itiveness
Looking for a cross-curricular lesson that will stick with students? Elmer’s has put together a free instructional unit all about glue! Kids will learn about adhesives with lessons designed to encourage inductive learning.

5 | Put the Pieces Together
From word searches to number blocks to cryptograms, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating custom puzzles with Discovery Education’s Puzzlemaker. Add a twist to any unit with just a few clicks.

6 | Breaking Barriers
To honor the legacy of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, Major League Baseball encourages students grades 4–8 to enter the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. Kids can share stories of using Robinson’s values to face their own barriers, with a chance to win a trip to the 2014
All-Star Game. DEADLINE: March 14

7 | The Science of Fiction
Television, movies, and games are full of out-of-this-world technologies, from Doctor Who’s TARDIS to the Millennium Falcon. As part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the Kavli Foundation Science in Fiction Video Contest invites students in grades 6–12 to pick their favorite fictional invention and compare it to real-life technologies in a video presentation. DEADLINE: March 21

8 | Winds of Change
Teach kids about wind energy by helping them design their own functional wind turbines. Teams with the most creative turbines could win $100, an invitation to compete in the National KidWind Challenge in Washington, D.C., and more. DEADLINE: Rotating

9 | Save Our Seas
The Sustainable Seas art contest asks students grades K–12 to make a poster that answers the question: “What is one specific thing people could do to create healthier, more sustainable seas?”
DEADLINE: February 28

10 | Look Sharp!
To say thanks for all you do to help inspire students and sharpen their minds, Stanley Bostitch is inviting teachers to enter the Sharp Minds Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of three prize packs filled with classroom supplies and an iTunes gift card. The grand prize is a $2,500 prize pack.
DEADLINE: February 28

11 | Build a Better Future
Whether you’re building a new playground or mapping out a school nature trail, get your next big project started with a grant of up to $5,000 from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. DEADLINE: February 14

12 | Stock Your Shelves
There’s nothing better than books to brighten a classroom. The Snapdragon Book Foundation wants to help expand your bookshelves. The foundation offers grants ranging from $500 to $20,000 to school libraries serving disadvantaged youth. DEADLINE: April 18

13 | Grow Your School Garden
The Mantis Awards recognize school gardens that enhance their host communities. Twenty-five winning gardens will receive a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator (value: $349) to help expand their garden project.

14 | Nice Teachers Finish First
The Humane Society’s National Kind Teacher Award honors teachers who encourage students to advocate for animals. Share your humane lesson plans and class projects for a chance to win a scholarship to the Certified Humane Education Specialist program. DEADLINE: February 15

15 | Go Digital With PBS
Share your creative approach to digital learning in the classroom for a chance to be one of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The top 15 applicants will attend a two-day digital summit in Washington, D.C. DEADLINE: February 14

Instructor Cover

Instructor Magazine

Six issues per year filled with practical, fun, teacher-tested ideas for your classroom. Keep up with classroom trends, get expert teaching tips, and find dozens of resources in every issue.