Great contests and grants will help keep your fall fresh and exciting.

Cool Contests

Reward Green Power!
If you and your students are interested in environmental change, this contest is for you. The Lexus Environmental challenge asks students to create a team and develop an action plan to make an environmental impact in their neighborhood. More than $1 million in scholarships and grants are available.
Deadline: October 5, 2007
Here’s How: Drive right over to www.scholastic.com/lexus

Spell Your Way to Prizes.

How word-savvy are your students? Find out by participating in the Word Cup online competition. Language enthusiasts of all ages can join this worldwide event, created by eSpindle Learning and designed to challenge the best in vocabulary and spelling skills. 
Deadline: The competition runs from International Literacy Day, on September 8, until November 18, after International Education Week.
Here’s How: For details go to www.wordcupcafe.org

Know a Math Motivator?

Mr. Tu, from Math’scool DVD, is a robot who motivates students to learn. Now students can nominate a great math teacher who is a real-life Mr. Tu, Math Teacher Extraordinaire.
Deadline: October 15, 2007
Here’s How: For details, go to www.bestquest.com/talentsearch

Extreme Classroom Makeover.

Looking to overhaul your classroom? EXPO is teaming up with Paige Hemmis of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Scholastic Instructor for the 2007 EXPO Classroom Makeover Contest. Grand prize? A $25,000 classroom makeover!
Deadline: October 15, 2007
Here’s How: For rules and prizes, visit www.expoclassroommakeover.com

Write for Sports Illustrated.

Do your students love to write about sports? They can enter the Comeback Kids “Write Like Mike” contest for a chance to have a sports column published in a future issue of Sports Illustrated! The “Write Like Mike” contest is open to students ages 8–12. The winning students’ school will receive $1,000 to buy sports equipment.
Deadline: November 12, 2007
Here’s How: For official rules and an entry form, visit www.penguin.com/youngreaders

Star in a Mystery Novel.

You and your students could become literary heroes! Award-winning children’s author Carole Marsh will select an entire class—and its teacher—to star in her upcoming children’s mystery novel The Creepy Crawly Classroom Mystery. To enter, teachers and students in grades 1–8 must submit an essay and photo. 
Deadline: December 7, 2007
Here’s How: Visit www.gallopade.com

Kid-Sized Critics.

Students ages 9–13 get the chance to write book reviews and have them published in Moment magazine’s Publish-a-Kid Contest. All entries should be between 250 and 500 words.
Deadline: December 15, 2007
Here’s How: Send your students to www.momentmag.com

Ivy and Bean Friendship Sweepstakes

Read one (or more!) Ivy & Bean books with your students and have them write about a special friendship of their own—and you just might win a visit to your classroom and school by the author!
Deadline: December 31, 2007
Here’s How: Find all the info at www.knowledgeadventureschool.com

FREEBIES

Free Mother Goose Math Kit.

Mother Goose fans will love the original artwork by Caldecott medalists Leo and Diane Dillon in these free downloadable classroom math kits. The kit is designed for grades 1–3 and features special reproducible math activity minibooks.
Here’s How: Visit www.harcourtbooks.com/mothergoose to get your kit.

Free Webinar Series on Assistive Technologies.

Educators can get free Webinars on how to apply assistive and learning technologies in their classrooms from the Moving Forward with Technology series from expert Don Johnston.
Here’s How: Register at www.cited.org.

Win a Debra Frasier Library.

Inspired by the vocabulary parades in the September issue of Instructor? Three teachers will win a complete set of Ms. Frasier’s books, including Miss Alaineus, On the Day You Were Born, and The Incredible Water Show. Winners will be chosen in a random drawing. 
Deadline: November 15, 2007
Here’s How: Mail a postcard with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail to Debra Frasier Books Drawing, Harcourt Children’s Books, 525 B Street, Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101.

Free Math and Science Workshops

Math and science teachers who love using the handheld graphing devices can now take a free workshop from Vernier Software & Technology, focusing on data-collection technology.
Here’s How: Educators may register at www.vernier.com/workshop

Free Puzzles and Worksheets.

Select from more than 5,000 free printable pages and worksheets, organized by season, including medieval bingo cards and holiday word-search puzzles.
Here’s How: Check them out at www.abcteach.com

Need an Extra Activity?

You’ll find tons of resources on the 42explore Web site. Teachers and students can click on a wide variety of topics—from Lewis and Clark to literary criticism—and find “four to explore” for each topic. This includes information, definitions, links, and other resources.
Here’s How: Visit www.42explore.com to start exploring!

The “Talk Like a Pirate Day” Kit

Celebrate pirates on September 19 with a downloadable classroom activity kit from Harcourt Children’s Books. Appropriate for grades 1–4.
Here’s How: Go to www.harcourtbooks.com/pirates and brace yourself for a roomful of pirates. Ahoy,Matey!

GREAT GRANTS

Humanities Research Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities is giving grants of $6,000 for summer 2008 research projects. Summer stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a two-month period.
Deadline: October 2, 2007
Here’s How: Visit www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html

Youth Garden Grants

Your students’ garden can earn your class $500! The National Garden Association’s Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools with child-centered garden programs.
Deadline: November 1, 2007
Here’s How: Visit kidsgardening.com

Target School Field Trip

Apply and Target may fund your field trip. Last year, 800 educators received more than $800,000 in funding.
Deadline: November 1, 2007
Here’s How: Apply at www.target.com/teachers

Make Music

Has your school made cuts to the music program? The Melody Program provides musical instruments and instrument repairs to K–12 school music programs that have no other source of financing.
Deadline: Rolling
Here's How: Sing your program’s praises at www.mhopus.org/teachers.asp

Understanding Geometry Grants

Do you have an innovative geometry program? If so, you could be eligible for the Improving Students’ Understanding of Geometry Grant that awards up to $3,000.
Deadline: November 2, 2007
Here’s How: Click on grants and awards at www.nctm.org/resources

Air Force Science Grants

The Air Force Association wants you! It’s offering grants to encourage the development of innovative aerospace activities within your school’s prescribed curriculum.
Deadline: November 15, 2007
Here’s How: Fly to www.afa.org

Increase Test Scores Grants

The Schools in Need Competition awards up to $12,000 in reading software programs and training to K–8 schools that need to raise reading scores by at least 30 percent.
Deadline: December 15, 2007
Here’s How: Read up at www.knowledgeadventure.com/school

Take Your Class Outside

Get out and smell the roses! Lowe’s Home Improvement and National Geographic have teamed up to help schools build or improve an outdoor classroom with this unique grant.
Deadline: December 31, 2007
Here’s How: Get out and visit http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/grants