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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

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

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, 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.

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.

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