Freebies

1 | Voting Booth
Scholastic News has an all-in-one digital stop for student-friendly election coverage. Through November, reporters from the Kids Press Corp will deliver the latest updates on the United States presidential race. Plus, students can explore the election process using the interactive timeline, glossary, and map.

2 | Stuck on STEAM
From counting critters to fashioning clothespin race cars to making endangered species animal masks, the Elmer’s Craft Gallery is full of hands-on lesson plans—by teachers, for teachers. Each project helps teach literacy and STEAM concepts, includes step-by-step directions, and more!

3 | Wonderopolis
How old is tic-tac-toe? Why do some people need glasses? Wonderopolis takes inquiries like these and turns them into learning opportunities. Choose a question to ask, and then hit search to uncover a detailed answer, complete with activities and sources for further research. If your question isn’t listed, nominate it for review and possible future inclusion.

4 | A Climate Quest
Our favorite environmental superheroes, TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers, are on a mission to save planet Earth one backyard at a time. Kids in grades K–5 can join in the fun and learn about climatic regions across the U.S. by playing the heroes’ new Climate Quest game. After each question, students unlock ideas on how they can help protect the planet.

5 | Dream Theme
CommonLit is a collection of free fiction and nonfiction texts curated by teachers for grades 5 and up. Choose a theme, then select a discussion question and reading level. Your search will generate a packet that includes text-dependent questions, discussion topics, and suggested text pairings.

Grants

6 | Powerful Projects
Voya Financial’s Unsung Hero Grants can turn your creative project ideas into a reality. One hundred educators will each receive $2,000 to support their projects, while the top three winners will take home up to $25,000. Last year, the first-place winners created a Shark Tank–style entrepreneurship program. DEADLINE: April 30

7 | Places to Play
The U.S. Soccer Foundation can help fund your school’s soccer program, assisting with everything from irrigation to the installation of synthetic turf fields. Submit a letter of interest by May 27 outlining your proposal to see if your project qualifies. DEADLINE: June 3

8 | Super Scholars
The National Association for Gifted Children’s Javits-Frasier Scholars Program trains educators in responding to the needs of gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teachers can apply for PD opportunities, including a free trip to the annual convention and a professional mentor. DEADLINE: May 16

9 | A Material World
Have you ever wondered what computer chips are made of? The American Society for Metals International urges educators to explore questions like these. Projects on the science of everyday materials are eligible to receive one of 20 grants of $500. DEADLINE: May 25

10 | Top Notch
The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award honors educators who make a visible impact on student performance. Presented by the Turnaround Management Association, two winners will receive $5,000, plus up to $1,000 to attend TMA’s annual conference. DEADLINE: May 2

Contests

11 | Patriotic Poetry
“What makes the USA special to you?” During National Poetry Month, U.S.A. Gold Pencils invites students in grades 1–6 to answer this question in an original poem for a chance to win up to $500. Students will use a template for their grade group to write their poems, from an acrostic model (grades 3–4) to a concrete poem in the shape of the flag (grades 5–6). Teachers can win prizes, too. DEADLINE: April 29

12 | Ocean Advocates
The theme of this year’s Ocean Awareness Student Contest is “Making Meaning of Ocean Pollution.” Encourage students in grades 6–8 to submit art, poetry, prose, and film entries that explore the relationship between human activities and the health of the oceans to win up to $1,000. DEADLINE: June 13

13 | Dear Poet
Through the Dear Poet Project, the American Academy of Poets connects kids with professional writers. First, students in grades 5 and up listen to award-wining poets read their work on Poets.org. Then, they write a letter to the poet of their choosing. Poets will respond to selected letters, and the letters will also be considered for publication online. DEADLINE: April 30

14 | Museum Mile
Is the next Monet in your class? Submit your students’ finest two-dimensional artwork to the 2016 Sargent Art Brighter World Students Online Art Contest. Prizes include a trip to New York City’s art museums and art supplies for your classroom. DEADLINE: May 15

15 | Little Lab Coats
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites middle school students to work in teams to identify real-world problems, design STEM-based solutions, and present their ideas in a one- to two-minute video. Grand-prize winners will receive $25,000. DEADLINE: April 20
 

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