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Money Saving Advice & Tips for Teachers

Teacher  Whether the sagging economy has affected your wallet, or you're a new teacher without many resources, our money saving tips for teachers will ensure that you have success in the classroom, without breaking the bank. Take our polls asking for ways you've been saving money, read our advice for ways to cut down on classroom waste (which saves money and the environment), and find out how you can get professional development at a lower cost.

Virtual Field Trips & Guest Speakers

Don't let a lack of funding keep your students from having the valuable experiences of field trips. Go on a "virtual" field trip over the Internet, or invite a guest speaker to class.

Polls

Let us know how you handle the rising costs of teaching!

Just for You

Retail stores all over the country offer discounts for educators. We've put together a list of your favorite places to shop that reward you for the hard work you do as a teacher!

Saving on Supplies

Many teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to pay for classroom supplies. Reduce that amount with this advice.

Professional Development

Gain a better understanding of your teaching field, without spending your entire salary on course work.

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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