Teacher Freebies for Spring

Free stuff for teachers to celebrate spring.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8


1 | Ban Bossy!
Research shows that calling girls “bossy” discourages them from leading. LeanIn.Org and Girl Scouts of the USA have teamed up to remove the word from our vocabularies with a new public service campaign: Ban Bossy. Join the cause and help close the gender leadership gap with practical tips for educators, a lesson plan on goals, and more. Post “I will #banbossy” to your social media channels and take the pledge today!

2 | All About Medicine
Teach medicine safety to fifth- and sixth-grade students with comprehensive lesson plans, quizzes, and additional resources from OTC Literacy for Teachers (there’s even a section for nurses). Don’t miss Oh No! Not Another Science Fair Project, a digital flipbook that offers surprising lessons about science and medicine to students.

3 | STEM From Crafts
Supplement STEM lessons with creative hands-on activities including “Loaves of Landforms” and “Eye-Popping Inventions.” Each activity contains a whiteboard-ready component and fun craft project designed to get kids excited about topics such as geography and invention.


4 | Take the Online Safety Pledge
Scholastic and Disney’s Club Penguin are joining forces to help kids learn to be smart, thoughtful online citizens. Find classroom materials to teach digital citizenship and download the safety-pledge poster to remind kids to be cool, be heard, and be safe online.

5 | Cool the Earth
April 22 is Earth Day! To celebrate our planet, enroll your school in Cool the Earth’s 2014 Climate Action Program. The program teaches K–8 students about climate change and provides creative tips for reducing your carbon footprint at home, at school, and in your community.

6 | Turn On the Tube
Need help finding educational videos for class? SchoolTube organizes teacher-approved videos by subject or school. Incorporate videos into your lesson plans or create your own to share on the website and encourage students to do the same.


7 | Nominate an All-Star Teacher!
Major League Baseball, PEOPLE, and Target have teamed-up to celebrate outstanding teachers who are making a BIG difference in their students' lives through the All-Star Teachers Contest. Thirty current or retired teachers will attend and be honored at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

8 | Poet to Poet
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets is launching Poet-to-Poet, a unique interactive video archive. Students in grades 3–12 watch award-winning poets recite their work and then respond with their own verses for a chance to be published online.
DEADLINE: April 30

9 | Historical Heroes
To celebrate the 100th installment of the Who Was? series, Penguin is inviting kids to choose the subject of the 100th biography. Kids can voteto see their hero on the cover.

10 | Six Little Words
Each month, the Six-Word Memoir Caption Contest encourages students and teachers to compose creative captions for posted photographs. Winners receive tech prizes donated by Hamilton Buhl. Just register your class and break out your best puns!
DEADLINE: End of each month

11 | Raise Your Voice
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards invites teens ages 13–19 to share their visions for positive change. Challenge kids to explore issues close to their hearts and present solutions through visual storytelling (photo essays, music videos, etc.). Prizes include tablets, Adobe software, and charity donations.
DEADLINE: April 18

12 | Earthly Images
The Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest asks kids to pause and look at how the scenery is changing. Have students in grades 5–8 take photos of changes in the environment during the week beginning on Earth Day (April 22–29) and submit an essay on their photograph. Ten winners will have their work posted online.


13 | Stick Up for Kids in Need
The Kids in Need Foundation and Elmer’s teamed up to create the Teacher Tool Kit Grant program. Teachers in schools with demonstrated financial need can apply for $100–$500 to implement class projects.
DEADLINE: April 30

14 | Nose Stuck in a Book
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation offers Youth Literacy Grants of up to $4,000 to help kids reading below grade level. Grants can be used to start or expand literacy programs.

15 | Mysterious Benefactor
The Beacon Society is offering grants of up to $500 to teachers who introduce the Sherlock Holmes series into their curriculum in creative ways, from an exploration on forensics to lessons on deductive reasoning. The grant honors Jan Stauber, a middle school teacher and avid Sherlock fan.

16 | Get Creative
Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children Creative Leadership Grants encourage educators to collaboratively design a leadership program that fosters creativity. Winning schools receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

17 | Do the Math
Teachers in grades PreK–6 can brush up on math skills with a Program of Mathematics Study and Active Professionalism grant from NCTM. Grants of up to $24,000 will be awarded to help fund coursework and professional development opportunities.

18 | Save the Day, Every Day
The ING Unsung Heroes program aims to recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers across the country. Each year, 100 innovative teachers are given $2,000 to help fund outstanding new projects.
DEADLINE: April 30

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