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55 Free Goods for Your School

If you’re a teacher your job is about to get a little easier!

While teacher and student discounts seem to be available everywhere, free goods and teaching helps for your classroom can be more challenging to find. Finding free goods that aren’t digital can be even harder.  

We’ve compiled a list of freebies to support your teaching, ranging from aquarium tickets and magazines to books and classroom supplies. Keep your teacher’s ID handy and get ready to grab some of these resources.

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1. LEGOLAND – Get a complimentary one-year pass for K-12 teachers in Florida.

2. SEA LIFE Aquarium – A free, one1-year pass to SEA LIFE Aquarium for K-12 teachers in Florida.

3. SeaWorld – The Texas, California, and Florida SeaWorld locations offer a free teacher pass.

4. Shedd Aquarium – Free teacher pass for educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

5. New England Aquarium – Free pass for teachers in New England to the New England Aquarium.

6. The Florida Aquarium – Free study pass for K-12 teachers in Florida.

7. Philadelphia Zoo – Free summer break pass for teachers and principals to the Philadelphia Zoo.

8. Kennedy Space Center – Free study pass for teachers from Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, GA, and FL.

9. Country Music Hall of Fame – Free admission for Tennessee teachers planning a field trip.

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10. Basecamp – A leading web-based project management tool. Great for communication and task management.

11. Learning Chess – Register to access the free chess curriculum. Extensive features in this online suite.

12. Antivirus Software – Free antivirus software for schools. Protect and manage your school’s devices from a central console.

13. Administration Software – Overview of six free and open source school administration software suites.

14. School Forge – A searchable directory of free educational software. Instructional games, student information systems, learning management, and course management software.

15. 3D Design Software – AutoDesk, a leading provider of 3D design software, offers its product free to students and educators.

16. Web Design Software – Free web design software for educators. Includes Web Calendar, Web Form Builder, The HTML Editor, and Responsive Layout Maker.

17. Microsoft Education – Over fifteen free tools and apps for education. A variety of software from math-specific to general computer software.

18. Special Ed Software – Free software for SEN teachers to use in their classrooms. Choose from over 50 tools.

19. Developer Tools – Software from JetBrains for students learning Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Objective-C, or .NET technologies.

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20. Trade Magazines – Free subscription to any number of magazines on professional topics. Good for advanced high school classes.

21. Computer Graphics World – Free annual subscription to this professional magazine. The latest on industry trends and technologies.

22. Yes! MagazineOne-year subscription for middle school and high school teachers, as well as librarians.

23. Free LEGO Club Magazine – Students ages 5-9 can receive a free LEGO Club subscription.

24. Nanooze Magazine – Email the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network to request free copies of their student magazine.

25. Scholastic Magazines – Request samples of Scholastic’s magazines for your classroom. Many magazine choices for preschool through high school.

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26. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library –  Ask each child’s parent to register to receive free storybooks from Dolly Parton’s foundation.

27. Ayn Rand NovelsIf you are committed to teaching Ayn Rand’s novels, this academic year, you can receive a classroom set of her novels, free of charge.

28. Book Donations – An online catalog of organizations that donate books. Some of the organizations on this list donate to students in the US.

29. Jan Brett – Contact this children’s book illustrator to request a free teacher’s pack.

30. Book Bank – Register with First Book’s national book bank to request free books if you teach in a Title I school.

31. T A Barron Gift Box – Aids to help you teach T. A. Barron’s novels to your class. Includes: posters, maps, reading guides, and a documentary DVD.

32. Book Donations – Request books for your school from The Local Donation program of the International Book Project.

33. Kids Need to Read – Educators teaching in economically disadvantaged communities can apply for books for their students.

34. Library of Congress – Apply to participate in the Library of Congress’s surplus book program.

35. The Lisa Libraries – Teachers in low-income areas can request books from this literacy organization.

36. Reading Resource Project – Distributes softcover books for Read Across America Day, Children’s Book Week, International Children’s Book Day, and other literacy programs.

37. Hachette Book Group – If you work in a struggling school district, you can email Hachette to request they donate books to your school.

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38. School Supplies – Free school supplies for teachers at high-need schools in central Florida.

39. “Crowdfunding” for Supplies – Collect online donations to pay for school supplies. Over 75% of teachers reach their supplies goal using this site.

40. Request Donations – Over 500 teachers have used this site to get free supplies for their classrooms.

41. Adopt A Classroom – Over 10,000 teachers have used this site to connect with donors. Register your classroom to request funds.

42. Schoolhouse Supplies – Free school supplies for teachers in Portland, OR. New and gently used items.

43. The Education Partnership – Register your classroom to request free supplies. For western Pennsylvania teachers.

44. Puberty Teaching Materials – Free DVDs, printed materials, and product samples from Procter & Gamble.

45. Health Booklets – Free booklets on pulmonary health topics from the Will Rogers Institute.

46. Save the Manatee Club – Free resources for educators to help teach students about manatees and manatee preservation.

47. ColgateRequest a Colgate classroom kit that includes a video, posters, storybooks, curriculum, parent take-homes, and Colgate Kid’s toothbrush and toothpaste samples.

48. Speedometry™ Kit – Classroom kit from Hot Wheels for 4th grade teachers. Includes 40 Hot Wheels cars and over 100 ft of track.

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49. National Gallery of Art – Borrow DVDs that cover a range of topics from ancient art to the twentieth century and studies of individual artists.

50. He Named Me Malala – Free DVD of the movie for your classroom. Bring Malala’s story to your students.

51. Energy Movie – This DVD includes a documentary, sections each energy type, fourteen Energy 101 videos, and twenty-eight Energy Lab videos.

52. Freecycle – A grassroots and nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own communities.

53. Craigslist – Check the free section of Craigslist in your local area for free items that you can use in your classroom.

54. Aquarium Workshops – Free workshops by the Tennessee Aquarium for schools in Tennessee.

55. Pictures – A safe source for copyright-free images. For use in classrooms, multimedia projects, websites, videos, portfolios, or any projects in an educational setting.

When adding your own questions, a teacher can now use one of our passages. This is nice because instead of placing the question at the end of the benchmark (in the past), the question will now always remain with that passage if there are other associated questions.

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Teachers can now author favorite questions associated with any of our passages. This new feature allows teachers to author and save favorite questions that stay with the passage wherever it is placed in a benchmark test.

 

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Here are some new features and tips to help you get more from USATestprep:

Recently-added features:

  • Raw score (“Total Correct” column) added to your benchmark results Excel export.
  • Graphs to track monthly progress by standards and individual students –> You can even save, print, and annotate if needed.

Tips of the month:

  • Need to adjust the due date or add a student to an assignment? Make changes to existing assignments without duplicating them by using the Options menu –> Settings.
  • Can’t see a shared benchmark? Double check that you have your classes associated with that subject area. Go to your Classes tab –> gear icon on the far right –> “Edit Class” button. Add necessary subject(s) in step 1 and save in step 2.
  • Want to instantly create assignments for students to target their weaknesses? Automatically create assignments for students in their three weakest areas from your benchmark results –> Student Dot Rank section. You can then view these assignments within your Assignments tab –> “View Suggested Practice.”
  • Need assistance with anything? Use the Feedback & Contact button located at the bottom of every page to ask questions –> let us help you more quickly! When appropriate, please provide the name of the assignment or benchmark, student, class, etc.

Hope you have had a smooth February!

The USATestprep Team

We hope you are well-rested after your much-deserved winter break. We’ve been striving to make your job easier through multiple enhancements to the USATestprep website.

Spanish Test Passages and Answers
Due to popular demand, we not only have test questions in Spanish, but we now have the answers and passages in Spanish as well.
New Website

Earlier this month, we launched USATestprep’s redesigned, public-facing website. The front end of the website is now mobile-friendly. Your login and USATestprep account will remain unchanged.

Improved Progress Reports

These beefed-up reports now include Class Dot Rank. See at-a-glance average class performance by standard. View the Progress Reports with or without the practice questions and by date range.

Tablet-friendly Game

Dance, Dance, Robot (DDR) has been updated and is now tablet-friendly. To challenge more students, DDR has been expanded to offer three levels of difficulty.

New Teacher Resource Page

To make it easier to use, this page has been divided into Online Resources, Printable Resources, and Projector Games. Videos can be found and previewed with ease now, too.

Student Calendar View

In addition to the original List View for Assignments and Suggested Practice, students may alternatively opt to display these items in Calendar View.

New Reviews

We’ve recently added a high school level Health review that is aligned with the National Health Education Standards. Additionally, you will find AP Psychology and AP Chemistry. Check the new course offerings for your state by clicking here.

Just because it’s October doesn’t mean we can’t offer anything new. We’re happy to offer the following new reviews for you and your students!

Advanced Placement (all 50 states)

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History

Alabama

  • Grade 3 Science (CoS)
  • Grade 4 Science (CoS)
  • Grade 5 Science Aspire
  • Grade 7 Science Aspire

California

  • Earth Science (NGSS)
  • Life Science (NGSS)
  • Physical Science (NGSS)

Georgia

  • Accelerated Analytic Geometry B/Advanced Algebra
  • Forensic Science SLO

Iowa

  • Physical Science (IowaCore)
  • Geometry (IEOC)
  • Life Science (IEOC)
  • Chemistry (IEOC)
  • Algebra II (IEOC)
  • Probability & Statistics (IEOC)
  • Matrix Algebra (IEOC)
  • English Language Arts (IEOC)

Nebraska

  • Grade 11 Mathematics (NeSA-M)
  • Grade 11 Reading (NeSA-R)

Other New Reviews

  • Idaho High School: Biology EOC
  • Kentucky Middle School: 7th Grade Science
  • Louisiana High School: Chemistry
  • Missouri Elementary School: Grade 3 Science
  • North Carolina High School: Advanced Functions Modeling
  • South Carolina High School: World Geography

You can request a FREE trial for any of these that are available in your state. Just give us a call or an email!

USATestprep is happy to offer review materials for World Literature/Composition (SLO).   If you’re interested in subscribing or signing up for a FREE 7-day trial, call or email us!

USATestprep has many new review materials for Michigan, both for middle school and high school.

Middle School

  • 6th Grade ELA
  • 7th Grade ELA
  • 8th Grade ELA

High School

  • Algebra II
  • Integrated Math III
  • English III

If you’re interested in subscribing or signing up for a FREE 7-day trial, call or email us!

Every August we archive some data in order to provide you with the best possible site performance. Click on this link to see the document that explains this process, and let us know if you have any questions.

We’re happy to announce new review for West Virginia.

West Virginia High School General Summative Assessments (SBAC)

  • ELA Grade 9
  • ELA Grade 10
  • ELA Grade 11
  • Math I
  • Math II
  • Math III

If you are interested in ordering or would like a FREE 7-day trial, just call or email us today.

Tennessee teachers: we have new reviews to help you get your students ready for the TNReady tests in 2016.

Tennessee Middle School (TNReady)

  • 6th Grade ELA
  • 6th Grade Math
  • 7th Grade ELA
  • 7th Grade Math
  • 8th Grade ELA
  • 8th Grade Math

Tennessee High School (TNReady)

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Core Math I
  • Core Math II
  • Core Math III
  • English I
  • English II
  • English III

 

If you are interested in ordering or would like a FREE 7-day trial, just call or email us today.