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1 | Green for Green
Turn student-led environmental project ideas into reality with an ecoSolution grant given by the Captain Planet Foundation. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to support projects that lead to real environmental change!
DEADLINE: July 15
2 | Books That Thrill
Prolific thriller writer James Patterson has teamed with Scholastic Book Clubs to bring books to classrooms. Four thousand teachers will receive a $500 grant and Book Club points to purchase books.
DEADLINE: July 31
3 | Take the Stage
Have a great play or musical you’d like to bring to life in your school? The Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama grants awards to fund productions of plays and musicals. The average grant to support theater arts programs in elementary schools (grades 1–5) is $300.
DEADLINE: July 31
4 | Creative Coloring
Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children is looking for collaborative projects that promote creativity in elementary and middle schools. Applicants should submit a leadership program for the chance to receive a $2,500 grant, plus Crayola products valued at $1,000.
DEADLINE: June 22
5 | Art for Everyone
Celebrate kids’ creative writing and artwork that promote multicultural, international, and nature awareness by entering the Youth Honor Awards Program from Skipping Stones magazine. Winners in grades 1–8 will receive a magazine subscription, a collection of five books, and more.
DEADLINE: June 25
6 | All Fun and Games
We know you take time to make your math lessons more fun by giving students games and puzzles to work on; now, let your kids take charge! The K–12 Game-a-thon challenges students to create a math game of their own (computer game, traditional board game, etc.) to solve a problem in any area of mathematics.
DEADLINE: July 16
7 | Wild Things
The Ranger Rick Your Best Shots Contest invites K–6 students to submit original photographs of wildlife or landscapes to the National Wildlife Federation’s ongoing competition for a chance to be featured on their website, in Ranger Rick magazine, and more.
8 | Change Under the Sea
Encourage your middle school students to enter the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest with artwork, film, music, poetry, or prose that demonstrates their passion for effecting positive change. Winners in the Junior Division will receive up to $1,000.
DEADLINE: June 18
9 | Write for Peace
Kids who want to make a change in their school, community, country, or the world may submit an essay to the 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People, organized by the Goi Peace Foundation. K–8 students enter for a chance to win up to $880 and attend an award ceremony in Japan.
DEADLINE: June 15
10 | Coming Up Roses
“Leaf” some time in your day to teach engaging lessons on horticulture with Bloom!, a new online program for kids in grades 6–8. You can access standards-aligned lesson plans, reproducibles, a student magazine, and an online learning module kids will love.
11 | Under the Sun
Teach your grades 3–5 students about the benefits and risks of sun exposure with Be Sunbeatable, a collection of ELA and STEM lessons. The activities encourage kids to make smart choices while building in hands-on learning activities they will love.
12 | More Fun and Games
Whether you’re looking for an indoor game for your wiggly kindergartners or an outdoor game to get fifth graders collaborating, the Playworks Game Library has what you need. The site features a number of ideas organized by group size, grade, and more.
13 | Reach for the Stars
Journey into space with STEM and ELA lessons, an interactive game, and take-home activities inspired by American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year Luciana Vega, who dreams of exploring space. The teamwork-focused, step-by-step lessons include reproducibles and are perfect for your grades 3–5 students.
14 | Learning by Design
Take advantage of a collection of lesson plans for all grades and content areas from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. You’ll find everything from a lesson on “going green” campaigns to one on creating iconic paintings on Greek mythology.
15 | To the Letter
Make writing meaningful for your third and fourth graders with a letter-writing program from the United States Postal Service and Scholastic. With new lessons, activities, Spanish resources, and stationery templates, the activities will engage and excite your learners.
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