Freebies

1 | Tech-spiration

Increase your students’ interest in the STEM field while building their proficiency in these topics with the Mastercard Tech4Innovation program. Materials include a poster teaching guide and a student magazine for students in grades 3–7.

2 | Breaking Barriers

The Breaking Barriers educational program celebrates Jackie Robinson’s achievement of breaking the color barrier in baseball. The curriculum includes lessons, interactive resources, videos, and more to help teach grades 4–8 students language arts, social studies, and character education.

 

3 | 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 going-green campaigns to creating iconic paintings on Greek mythology.

 

4 | The Music of STEM

Explore the connection between music and STEM with the Math, Science & Music website for K–8 students. Resources include engaging lessons and interactive tools to enhance students’ understanding of STEM concepts and their relationship to music.

 

5 | A Nose for Empathy

Build empathy all year long with SEL and ELA activities and classroom routines for grades 2–5 from Red Nose Day. The program provides a calendar designed to teach empathy, activities for writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills, videos of kid heroes, and more.

 

Contests

6 | Heroes Among Us

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates youth community service efforts for everything from raising money for medical research to bringing awareness to the plight of monarch butterflies. Winners receive $10,000 to apply to higher education or service projects, as well as recognition gifts and media coverage.

DEADLINE: April 15

 

7 | Nature Shots

Avid nature photographers—this contest is for you. The Ranger Rick Your Best Shots Contest invites students age 13 and under to submit original photographs of wildlife or landscapes in this ongoing competition. Winning images will be featured on the website and in the magazine.

DEADLINE: Rolling

 

8 | Eye on Numbers

Encourage K–12 students to look at data from different points of view. The Amstat Data Visualization Poster Competition requires students to develop a research question, gather data, and create multiple visuals to clearly display results. Winners will receive a plaque and up to $300.

DEADLINE: April 1

 

9 | Geek Lit

The Geek Partnership Society, whose mission is to inspire creativity and build community, invites K–8 authors to enter its annual writing contest. Submit everything from science fiction to comics to alternate-history short fiction for a chance to win a $50–$100 gift certificate. A second $50 gift certificate goes to the winners’ schools.

DEADLINE: May 1

 

10 | Versify

Young poets grades K–12 are encouraged to enter the Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for Students. They can submit up to two original poems in any style for an opportunity to win up to $100. Plus, winning poets will receive feedback from a published poet.

DEADLINE: March 31

 

Grants

11 | Not a Crayon!

Apply for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Amber Brown Grant, in commemoration of author and beloved school speaker Paula Danziger. One school is awarded each year with new books and a school visit from an author or illustrator.

DEADLINE: April 15

 

12 | Books of Magic

Do your students love reading about Jack and Annie’s adventures? Bring extra magic to your classroom library by applying for Mary Pope Osborne’s Gift of Books. The much-loved author of the Magic Tree House series developed this grant to get reading material directly into the hands of children. K–5 teachers are invited to submit proposals for the chance to be awarded books
and teaching tools for their classrooms.

DEADLINE: April 30

 

13 | Do the Math

The National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics invites PreK–12 math teachers to submit their innovative projects that use technology to help students visualize math concepts. Teachers may request books, calculators, tablets, computers, and other materials to support the project; awards go up to $3,000.

DEADLINE: May 3

 

14 | Karma Counts

Help your students turn their big ideas for bettering the world into a reality. The Karma for Cara Microgrant Program awards grants of up to $1,000 to K–12 students with community service project ideas. Previous winners have rebuilt school playgrounds, helped weatherproof homes for senior citizens, and turned vacant lots into gardens.

DEADLINE: April 1

 

15 | Pay It Forward

Looking to jump-start your professional development? Create your own! The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation is accepting applications from K–12 teachers with fresh ideas for boosting student proficiency and building a passion for lifelong learning. Successful applicants will receive up to $10,000 in grant money per year for three years.

DEADLINE: April 15

 

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