1 | Class Pet
For her seventh annual Be-a-Famous-Writer Contest, Mrs. P invites K–4 classrooms to submit an original story on one of our favorite topics: pets! Classes can submit a collaborative story or choose one student’s piece to enter for a chance to win prizes, including a Tales2Go classroom license and a $500 gift certificate to Mackin Educational Resources. DEADLINE: November 15
2 | Picturing Earth
Celebrate Earth Science Week (October 11–17) by entering the American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. This year’s theme: Earth Systems Interacting. Submit original photos of one Earth system in your community, such as the hydrosphere (water), affecting another, such as the biosphere (living things). Prizes include $300. DEADLINE: October 16
3 | A Vision for the Future
The ExploraVision competition encourages students in grades K–12 to select an existing technology and explore how it might develop over time; past winners include eco-friendly fishing poles and GPS-powered wheelchairs. Innovative teams are eligible to win up to $10,000 in savings bonds per student.
DEADLINE: February 1
4 | Piggybank Prizes
Help students in grades 5–8 become money confident with this contest from T. Rowe Price. First, young financiers interview a parent or guardian about their money management experiences. Then, they submit a short essay describing what they learned for a chance to win cash prizes and a classroom library from Scholastic. DEADLINE: October 12
5 | Take Eco Action
The Lexus Eco Challenge encourages middle schoolers to improve their communities by participating in environmentally themed STEM challenges from fall through spring. Winners receive up to $20,000 in scholarships. DEADLINE: October 16
6 | 65 Years of Sweetness
Kids who Trick-or-Treat for Unicef have helped save other kids’ lives for 65 years. This year, in addition to encouraging kids to fundraise on Halloween, teachers are invited to enter student essays that answer the questions “How do you encourage global citizenship in your class or community?” and “Why is it important to you?” Winners receive $500 worth of Scholastic books. DEADLINE: December 1
7 | Write Fright
To ease students’ writing anxiety, Goosebumps author R. L. Stine created The Nightmare Room writing program. Download Stine’s classroom kit for a collection of writing activities, motivational posters, and more.
8 | Master NGSS
Mastery Connect’s Next Generation Science Standards app is designed to help teachers make sense of the new science standards. Just search the app to quickly find science standards by topic or keyword, check out supplementary resources, and more. Compatible with iOS and Android.
9 | Adventures in Math
Get kids excited about real-world math applications with this financial literacy program from Scholastic and Regions Bank. You’ll find interactive lesson plans and resources to teach students basic math and money concepts, as well as how to budget and save money.
10 | A Million Ways to Say “Thanks”
The Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize provides a gift of $1 million to one inspirational educator each year. Anyone can nominate a current teacher for the prize by sharing the ways that teacher made a profound impact on his or her life. Ten finalists from around the world will be invited to attend the 2016 Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. DEADLINE: October 10
11 | Shaping Students’ Futures
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provides grants of up to $4,000 to teachers in grades PreK–8 to support creative lesson plans that teach an aspect of geometry and its real-world applications. Math teachers will also find numerous other project grants, professional development opportunities, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for veteran math instructors. DEADLINE: November 6
12 | Take Action
Help global citizens design a social action project and make a positive impact in their community! Kids can apply for funding from The World We Want Foundation to get them started. DEADLINE: Rolling
13 | Targeting Fun Field Trips
Take your students on an exciting educational adventure with the help of a Field Trip Grant from Target. Grants of up to $700 fund trips that connect classroom learning with out-of-school experiences and take place between February and December 2016. DEADLINE: September 30
14 | New Science Award
Educators in their first five years of teaching K–12 are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Up-and-coming teacher-leaders will also receive mentorship and opportunities for involvement in National Science Teachers Association events. DEADLINE: November 30
15 | Crunch the Numbers
The Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards recognize innovative uses of data-collection technology in the science classroom. Awards of $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and more are provided to one elementary-level and two middle school teachers. DEADLINE: November 30
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