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1 | The Material World
Do you have a hands-on project in mind for your K–8 classroom? If it’s collaborative and involves math and science, the ASM Materials Education Foundation may help fund it. The group’s Living in a Material World grants award $500 for bringing materials science to the classroom.
DEADLINE: May 25
2 | Creative Play
With decreased time spent on play and an increase in child obesity rates, it’s more important than ever to provide kids with access to great playgrounds. That’s why KaBOOM! developed Creative Play Grants. Grantees will be awarded an innovative playground for their school that can be put together in multiple configurations.
3 | Kids Care
Do your students have an idea for service projects in the community? Karma for Cara microgrants give K–12 students up to $1,000 to fund projects like rebuilding playgrounds, renovating animal shelters, and helping seniors prepare for winter.
DEADLINE: April 1
4 | Believe to Achieve
The NEA Foundation is committed to creating a positive learning environment through its Student Achievement grants, which help fund classroom resources. K–8 teachers can apply for either $2,000 or $5,000 grants.
DEADLINE: June 1
5 | Bully-Proof Strategies
StopBullying.gov provides resources to prevent and address bullying issues. The site offers practical advice for teachers about identifying and handling bullying in a variety of populations, and it provides strategies and videos to help kids understand and avoid bullying.
6 | Penguin Perfect
Videos, interactive tools and games, lesson plans, and online courses for both teachers and students from the California Academy of Sciences provide all you need to take your K–8 science classes to the next level. Resources cover astronomy, earth science, physical science, and life science—including activities involving incredibly cute penguins and other fascinating animals!
7 | Marvelous Math
Your middle schoolers will fall for statistics with Math Workshop, a collection of new resources from Scholastic and the Actuarial Foundation. Math Workshop gives your students a fun math workout in stats, fractions, and more, with quizzes, videos, guided practice, and real-world connections.
8 | Time to Learn
With lesson plans, reproducibles, games, and an app, Timex Time Machines is the perfect tool for teaching students in grades 1–3 how to tell and write time. Lessons are tiered to aid in differentiation, and include standards.
9 | A New Wrinkle
Bring the magic of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time (based on Madeleine L’Engle’s seminal book) into your classroom with STEM and ELA resources perfect for your students in grades 4–8. Find engaging lessons and activities to teach research skills and encourage creative problem solving; plus, you can pass on parent resources.
10 | Internet Awesomeness
The Internet has been a game changer for student learning, but with it comes a great responsibility for kids to make smart decisions about what they share and how they behave online. That’s where you come in. One solution: Teach them with games, lessons, and parent resources from Google’s Be Internet Awesome program.
11 | Super Stats
And you thought statistics couldn’t be fun? The American Statistical Association holds an annual poster competition for K–8 students. Posters should include two or more graphics that summarize a set of data, along with appropriate analysis. Past winners have analyzed chocolate melting points and Mentos–soda reactions. Winners will receive up to $300, a plaque, and more.
DEADLINE: April 1
12 | Geeks Speak
Do you have budding science fiction, fantasy, or horror writers in your K–8 classes? The Geek Partnership Society is looking for talented young writers to submit short fiction, poetry, or comics. Winning scribes receive $50 or $75 Amazon gift certificates and a $50 gift certificate for the school.
DEADLINE: May 1
13 | Flying High
Do your students dream of the future of flying (airborne cars, customized flight suits)? Then encourage them to enter the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) Young Artists Contest. Students aged 6–17 can submit an original piece of artwork exploring their vision of the future of flying. Winners will receive medals and diplomas.
DEADLINE: April 1
14 | Poets Who Know It
The Sarah Mook Poetry Contest is designed to recognize and inspire poets in grades K–8. Students can submit up to two poems of any length, in any style, and on any subject desired for a chance to win a cash prize of $25, $50, or $100.
DEADLINE: March 31
15 | Future of Journalism
Do you know a student with a nose for news? The award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is accepting Kid Reporter applications from students between the ages of 10 and 14 from around the world. Past reporters have interviewed everyone from Jane Goodall to Lin-Manuel Miranda!
DEADLINE: May 31
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