1 | Art School
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation is giving up to $1,000 to help teachers use art as a learning tool. Past awardees have used funds to teach math with three-dimensional art and to teach life sciences using artistic science journals.
DEADLINE: September 30
2 | Exciting Excursions
Despite their educational value, field trips are getting less and less funding. Target’s Field Trip Grants, worth up to $700 for K–12 schools, can be a catalyst for change. Teachers with educational trips in mind can apply. DEADLINE: October 1
3 | Go, Planet!
The Captain Planet Foundation awards grants of up to $2,500 to support projects that highlight environmental stewardship and show science in action. Last year, concerned students at Griffin Elementary in Florida used funds to build a safe habitat for the endangered burrowing owl.
DEADLINE: September 30
4 | Seeds of Change
Civic-minded schools can apply for $1,000 seed grants from the Pollination Project, which supports projects promoting individual empowerment and community improvement. Past projects include a literacy program and a playground. DEADLINE: Rolling
5 | STEM-tastic Learning
K–5 educators with innovative project-based ideas to teach STEM can apply for a Toshiba America Foundation grant. Grants of up to $1,000 have already brought forensics to the classroom and funded renewable energy experiments. DEADLINE: October 1
6 | Money Sense
Introduce financial literacy to your middle schoolers. Use real-life skills to teach math concepts with free resources available on the updated Money Confident Kids website from Scholastic and T. Rowe Price. Students can play a cool game that introduces positive money habits and read special money-themed issues of Junior Scholastic and Math magazines.
7 | Mad Math
Practice measuring skills with the help of Angry Birds! Students in grades 2–4 will use careful ruler work to measure height and distance in relation to the game with free downloadable worksheets and lessons. Each activity supports the Common Core standards while adding excitement to your end-of-year learning.
8 | Humanities Buffs
Curated by the National Endowment for the Humanities, EdSitement connects teachers with quality ELA, history, and social studies content from around the Web. Teachers can browse lesson plans on topics from American history to archaeology, and rest assured that every link has been reviewed for content, design, and educational impact.
9 | Dream Big
Celebrate masterful storytelling with the release of The BFG, which brings Roald Dahl’s beloved novel to the big screen! Using the free ELA lesson plans in the Dream the Impossible program, teachers can inspire students to become creative giants.
10 | Coding Club
Google’s CS First program aims to make coding accessible to all. Teachers are invited to create an after-school club for kids in grades 4–8. Google will provide local volunteers to run the programs on-site at your school.
11 | Superheroes Read
At Scholastic, we believe reading gives you superpowers, so the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Be a Reading Superhero!” Register K–8 classes online, and have kids log reading minutes all summer. You’ll gain access to free activity packets, booklists, and more, while students can unlock stories from Scholastic authors on their love of reading. Log the most school minutes to win “Best in State,” a plaque, and a Scholastic party kit. DEADLINE: September 9
12 | Creative Essays
Embolden aspiring writers in grades 4–12 to submit a nonfiction essay (100–250 words) on the topic of their choice to Creative Communication’s Essay Contest. The top 10 students in each of three grade bands (4–6, 7–9, 10–12) will win $25 and a free book; their teachers will receive classroom supplies.
DEADLINE: July 14
13 | Got Game?
For the 2016 National K–12 Game-a-Thon, the MIND Research Institute invites young mathematicians to design an original board or card game, an app, or an outdoor game addressing a math topic. Teams create the games and instructions, and upload videos of them being played to YouTube. The top five winners will take home a trophy. DEADLINE: July 1
14 | Level Up!
Encourage students to create video games for the National STEM Video Game Challenge. They’ll exercise basic coding skills with the help of game-making resources available on the site. Winners will receive $1,000, educational gaming software, and $2,000 for their school or a chosen nonprofit.
DEADLINE: August 15
15 | Local Legends
Know a child who has made a notable contribution to the community? Nominate her or him for the Everyday Young Heroes Award. Each young hero will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate, and will be featured in the Youth Service America newsletter. This year, 12 winners will receive $250 project grants.
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