1 | Teacher Toolbox
Lowe’s is more than just hammers and nails. The Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education Grants provide K–12 teachers with funds for projects that build parent and community engagement or that enhance school facilities. Teachers are invited to apply for grants of $2,000 to $5,000. Previous awardees have created reading gardens, nature trails, and a parent involvement center.
DEADLINE: September 29
2 | Targeting Adventure
A chance to see a play, visit an aquarium, or walk through history—field trips provide learning experiences like nothing else. Target’s Field Trip Grants help offset the cost of such adventures for K–12 classes. Successful applicants will receive grants of up to $700 to fund curriculum-connected field trips. So where will you go?
DEADLINE: October 1
3 | Real Research
Looking to do research on equity, curriculum change, education for underrepresented populations, or other relevant topics? The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) offers research grants of up to $3,000 to K–12 teachers. Research proposals should include a budget, timeline, and detailed research design.
DEADLINE: October 1
4 | Spreading the Word
Penguin Random House’s Teacher Awards for Literacy celebrate educators who bring the love of reading to students in fresh ways. K–12 teachers can submit plans that inspire reluctant readers, present books in new ways, or result in unique programs to support a community of readers. Winning teachers will be awarded up to $10,000.
DEADLINE: September 15
5 | Frog Fame
Did you know that amphibian populations are at risk around the world? The Save the Frogs! Art Contest was designed to raise awareness of the plight of these creatures. Submissions of original artwork are accepted from kids of all ages, and winning artwork will be used on everything from T-shirts to greeting cards! Prizes also include $100, a membership to Save the Frogs!, and more.
DEADLINE: October 15
6 | That’s (Our) Right!
Teach kids to appreciate the freedoms the Constitution was designed to protect. Constituting America’s We the Future Contest encourages K–8 students to share original poems, essays, and art on topics ranging from the importance of checks and balances to how the Articles of the Constitution do or do not protect freedoms. Prizes include a $200 gift card.
DEADLINE: September 17
7 | A Watershed Moment
The Center for Environmental Literacy seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues with the River of Words Art and Poetry Contest. To that end, K–12 students are encouraged to submit original work inspired by nature for a chance to be published in the organization’s print and digital annual anthologies.
DEADLINE: December 1
8 | Say Something
To encourage kids to recognize at-risk behavior in their peers, the Sandy Hook Promise organization sponsors the Say Something awards for students in grades 6–12. Schools and students can win up to $2,500 to fund projects that promote school spirit and outreach.
DEADLINE: November 12
9 | Teacher of the World
The Varkey Foundation believes that educators play a pivotal role in affecting change far beyond their classrooms. That’s why they have developed the prestigious Global Teacher Prize to honor an exceptional teacher who has made a major contribution to his or her community. Teachers of all grades from all over the world may apply to win up to $1 million.
DEADLINE: October 8
10 | Unearthing Earth
Deepen your students’ understanding of environmental issues. Think Earth builds awareness about the importance of a sustainable environment using educational resources. The organization has developed detailed K–3 curriculum units (with lessons for grades 4–5 coming soon), as well as interactive surveys to assess environmental behaviors. Units include a teacher’s guide, posters, videos, and more.
11 | Finding Equity
The Teaching Tolerance project has developed a wealth of award-winning lesson plans, film kits, and other resources to address issues of diversity, prejudice, and tolerance in the K–8 classroom. Topics range from social justice and accessibility to gender equity and media literacy.
12 | That’s a Fact!
Fact Monster takes the content of various encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and atlases to make a one-stop shop for student research. With games, quizzes, fun stats, and more, kids of all ages can learn about almost any topic under the sun, from who will appear on new U.S. currency to the most popular baby names from 1880.
13 | Money Matters
Teach financial responsibility with Adventures in Math, an online program from Regions. Through games, lessons, and family materials, your K–8 students will connect math skills with the real-world concepts of budgeting, interest rates, and more.
14 | A Hunger to Learn
Feeding America and Scholastic created the Hungry to Help program for K–2 students to inspire empathy and help end hunger in communities across the United States. This website provides teachers and parents with materials including lesson plans, community action ideas, conversation starters, and an activity sheet.
15 | City of Learning
VocabularySpellingCity is loaded with resources to help teach, practice, and assess a variety of skills. With games, word lists, lessons, and educational articles for teachers, this website is a perfect tool for K–12 language arts classrooms.
16 | Time for Fun
Are your first, second, or third graders having a tough time reading clocks? Scholastic and Timex have teamed up to create Time Machines, an interactive set of print and digital tools designed to help kids practice telling time. The site includes complete lesson plans, standards connections, games, activities, and more.
17 | Red-Letter Resources
Letter writing seems to have gone by the wayside with the advent of e-mail and texting. Bring back the elegant art form with a new program from the United States Postal Service and Scholastic. With lesson plans, a classroom poster, and templates, this program guides students through the letter-writing process, from planning to addressing the envelope and mailing it.
18 | In Proper Doses
Educate your fifth and sixth graders on the responsible use of over-the-counter medications through ELA and science activities. The Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety program provides engaging resources on this important topic, including lesson plans, informational texts, videos, and more. The program also includes materials for families, healthcare professionals, and community leaders.
19 | Farm to School
Create a balanced diet of lessons with literacy, math, and nutrition materials from Farm to Table. These lessons, reproducibles, interactive research tools, and a comic book–style student magazine for grades 4-5 are perfect for teaching nonfiction reading skills, practicing fractions, and encouraging healthy eating habits.
20 | Heads Up About Drugs
Help your students understand important science and health facts about their bodies and drugs. Developed by Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Heads Up site features an in-depth collection of lessons and student articles for grades 6–12, as well as posters, videos, and digital interactives.