July 23, 2010

Teaching with Contests

I ran across a really fun blog today. TeachingWithContests helps teachers find contests that will motivate students and assist in getting free materials. If you're interested in this type of thing, I encourage you to visit their link. I included a few contests that I am thinking about entering with my class this year.

What is more fun than a Lego contest? All you have to do is to go the Lego education website, enter, and come up with a way your class can be creative with Legos. I'm actually thinking I'll have the students come up with a brilliant plan. They send you all of the materials and it's totally FREE. . Since there is absolutely nothing to lose, I already signed up for this one. You can win up to $1000 worth of prizes.

Siemens Change the World Challenge

This contest is for elementary, middle, and high school science students. The goal is to design and implement a project that will benefit the environment. A project like this would take a lot of work, but what better way to get students engaged and excited about science?

Letters About Literature

This contest is hosted by Target. Each student thinks of a book that has made a big impact on them, and writes a letter to the author. Target doesn't actually send the letters to the authors, but I think I will try and have the students do this (assuming their author is still alive) in addition to the contest.

I like this contest because it promotes authentic reading and writing experiences. Also, the prizes are Target gift cards. How bad can that be?


Tamara L. Chilver said...

My son is obessed with Legos. He will have to check this out!

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Linda Dunnavant said...

I looked the other day and I don't think they're offering this contest anymore! :( Legos are such great learning tools, though aren't they? I would love to buy one of their kits to go in my classroom!

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