National Poetry

1 | Listen Up
Welcome favorite poets into your classroom with the Listening Booth, a digital library of more than 400 audio clips of well-known poems. Students can listen to icons such as Langston Hughes read their work
aloud or tune in to a contemporary take on a popular poet.

2 | Bust a Rhyme
Encourage budding poets with Shel Silverstein–inspired games and lesson plans. Kids can go online to create their own versions of Silverstein’s quirky poems or download the Poetry Kit to practice their rhyming skills via personal poetry puzzles, a word search, and more.

3 | Seventeen Syllables
Challenge your students to write an original haiku for a chance to become a People to People Student Ambassador and win the trip of a lifetime! Open to students in grades 8–12, the contest helps teens build an understanding of the traditional haiku form as they describe the perfect travel experience.
Deadline: April 26

Science and Technology

4 | STEM Power
Help empower girls to pursue a future in STEM education. This new website from L’Oréal USA provides everything from videos of female scientists in action to real-world examples of the role of science in our daily lives—all in the name of bridging the STEM career gender gap.

5 | Space Mission
Build robots and make objects fly with the help of an AIAA foundation classroom grant. Grants of up to $250 can be used to purchase supplies for innovative science projects that tie in with national or state standards. Deadline: Rolling

6 | Young Explorers  
Take your class on a journey to the South Pole with Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, a website from Scholastic and SeaWorld Orlando. Watch the Live Penguin Cam and access exciting K–5 science lessons and videos about the Antarctic ecosystem. Plus, any adult can enter for a chance to win a trip for four to SeaWorld Orlando. Deadline: April 30

7 | Game On!
Give your STEM curriculum a playful twist by helping students enter the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge. Gifted gamers in grades 5–8 can enter original video game designs to win a laptop, software, and $2,000 for their school. Deadline: April 24

8 | Work Together
This spring Vernier is hosting a series of free workshops for science teachers nationwide. Together, teachers will explore new technologies and develop strategies for doing hands-on scientific investigation in the classroom.

9 | Teacher Techies
This contest from Epson invites you to submit the top five benefits of using document cameras in your classroom for a chance to win one of four Epson DC-20 cameras. Submissions will be judged on creativity, real-world practicality, and impact on student learning. Share your innovative lesson plans.
Deadline: May 10

Health and Life Skills

10 | ING Run to Win
ING and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) are partnering to provide funding for schools that establish or expand their running programs. Winning schools will receive up to $2,500 to help cover their program expenses, plus up to 100 orange shoe­laces to promote solidarity among students! Deadline: May 15

11 | Plan, Save, Succeed
Guide students in grades 6–8 toward bright financial futures with real-world lessons, printables, and online activities developed by the Actuarial Foundation. Look for fun financial literacy and math materials that cover teen-relevant topics, including budgets, paychecks, savings accounts, and credit.

12 | Kid Fit!
Improve your school’s physical fitness program with the help of the Will Rogers Institute’s “Eat Right and Keep Active for Good Health” booklet. The colorful guide offers tips for creative and playful activities designed to make fitness fun.

Nature and Community

13 | Greening America
Looking for exciting new ways to teach young learners about nature and their community? Scholastic and Keep America Beautiful have joined to create this collection of engaging lesson plans, printable worksheets, and more. Inspire students to plot their own community gardens by sharing the digital storybook The Jalapeño Seed

14 | Celebrate Our Planet
The Earth Day Network is aiming to reach 2 billion “acts of green.” Join the cause by helping students pledge to recycle e-waste, plant a tree, or help clean up a local park. The current number: 1,019,859,029 pledges and counting! Deadline: April 30

15 | Young Heroes
Do you have a student who has made a significant impact on the community or our planet? Nominate him or her for the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Winners ages 8–18 will receive $2,500 to apply to their higher education or a service project. Deadline: April 30

16 | Endangered Species Day
From the California condor to the African dog, species around the world are facing extinction. On May 17, mark Endangered Species Day with your students with the help of Kids Planet. Access interactive lesson plans and a library of species fact sheets, and find opportunities for kids to get involved in protecting the planet.


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