I just wrapped up my free stuff for college students and staying on track with the education theme, I figured I would create a post talking about all the freebies teachers can take advantage of right now.
Much like college students, you will need to prove you’re a teacher in order to take advantage of these wonderful freebies. Generally, a teacher badge and/or school e-mail will do. But, to make sure, just read the guidelines before applying because most places will let you know exactly what they need from you.
So, if you’re a teacher and can prove it in some way, then you may be interested in the following free stuff for teachers.
And, yes, it’s 100% free, I promise. No scams allowed.
100% Free Stuff for Teachers Only
Scholastic is known for distributing books and educational materials to teachers, schools, parents and children.
And, as a teacher, you can sign up for a free trial for 30 days. No credit card is required!
At least take advantage of the 30 days to see if it’s something of value.
- Website: Scholastic Magazine
Hot Wheels® Classroom Kit
Hot Wheels is currently accepting applications from certified educators looking to receive a free, full-sized classroom kit.
And, at the moment, it looks like it’s open to Kindergarten, 4th grade, and STEM / STEAM educators.
In some cases, you may be lucky enough to receive 40 cars and a track! For more information, follow the link below for the request form.
- Website: Mattel
Free Microsoft Software (including Microsoft Office)
Microsoft offers more than 20+ options to educators, yes, including Microsoft Office, Minecraft and so much more.
To see the list and download the software, you will need a valid O365 account, all of which you can sign up for free via Microsoft.
This is probably one of the best freebies on the list, so be sure to take advantage.
- Website: Microsoft.com
Free Downloads via Teachers Pay Teachers
As one of the largest providers for lesson plans, the website offers more than three million lesson plan downloads for all grades.
While most of the options do cost money, did you know you can access more than 500,000 plans for free?
Just follow the link below to see all of the free options at the moment. There are a ton!
- Website: TeachersPayTeachers.com
Free DVD from Stossel in the Classroom
Stossel in the Classroom is offering free DVDs for all teachers with no strings attached.
All they ask is that you submit feedback on their website after using the DVDs in your classroom.
- Website: Stossel in the Classroom
Free Legoland Passes for a Year (Florida)
As long as you teach in Florida, you can get a free one-year Legoland pass.
Just need to provide your I.D. and teaching certificate.
Yup. It’s that easy.
- Website: LegoLand.com
Free SeaWorld Tickets
The Tampa Bay, Orlando and San Antonio SeaWorld locations offer a “Teacher Pass” that enables you to enter the park for free.
And, aside from the Teacher Pass program, the company offers a variety of other teacher programs as well.
Check out the link for more information.
- Website: SeaWorld
Free Shedd Aquarium Tickets (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin)
Educators who are from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin can all take advantage of free admission tickets to the famous Shedd Aquarium in the heart of Chicago.
You must fill out the following form linked below to receive your voucher.
- Website: Shedd Aquarium
New York Times Subscription
The New York Times offers a complimentary student subscription.
For more information, follow the link below to sign up.
- Website: NyTimesinSchool.com
Free Kits from PhysicsQuest
The PhysicsQuest kits come with everything you need to complete sound experiments.
Due to popular demand, there’s often a wait list, but it doesn’t hurt to sign up to get yours in the future. It’s free!
- Website: PhysicsQuest
Classroom Kit from Colgate
Teachers can request a free classroom kit from Colgate, but you will have to use your school’s e-mail address to qualify.
Each kit will include easy-to-use in classroom materials, toothpaste samples and toothbrushes for up to 25 students.
Another great freebie to promote dental health.
- Website: Colgate
Free DVD from Switch
The Switch Energy Project wants to send all teachers a free education DVD of Switch, a film all about energy.
This educational DVD includes a complete documentary, a chapter menu on each energy type as well as lab videos.
- Website: Free DVD from Switch
“What Will You Do When You Grow Up?” Lesson Plans
Lenovo, as part of its commitment to education, offers free downloadable lesson plans on its website.
Available from grades K-8, these plans are developed to support Common Core standards by grade and focus on potential career choices.
A ton to choose from.
- Website: LenovoDreamtoDo.com
YES! Magazine Subscription
YES! Magazine offers a free one-year magazine subscription to all teachers and librarians in middle school, high school and university levels.
Follow the link below to subscribe.
- Website: YesMagazine.org
School administrators with more than 150 students can request a free set of ZooZingo animal cards.
You do need to register with an official school e-mail to qualify.
- Website: ZooZingo.com
Bully Free Toolkit
Order the free bully toolkit, designed for education support professionals, to help bring awareness to bullying.
Follow the link below and sign the pledge to receive.
- Website: NEA.org
Sesame Street® Learning Resources
PNC Bank offers a variety of free downloadable Sesame Street® educational resources, including storybooks and activity cards.
No registration is required. Just follow the link below and click on a download of interest.
- Website: PNC
Dinosaur Train Educational Resources
Use the form link below to receive free educational resources from Dinosaur Train, the popular PBS cartoon.
While I was writing this, the company was including a Dinosaur Train Nature Tracker Poster that highlighted the Pteranodon family.
- Website: Dinosaur Train Educational Resources
Free DVD from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has more than 20+ DVDs you can order for your classroom, with topics ranging from science to health.
You can order online by creating an account or watch instantly if you choose.
- Website: HHMI.org
Free Books from Aynrand.org
Thanks to their generous donors, Aynrand.org will provide you with free copies of Rand’s novels, along with guides as to how to teach them.
To request your free set of books, the company asks that you create an account, take an eligibility quiz and identify yourself.
- Website: Aynrand.org
Bucky’s Classroom Classroom Kit
Bucky’s Classroom is a University of Wisconsin-Madison outreach program that provides teachers with a variety of UW-Madison related items.
Part of the kit includes posters, pennants and classroom supplies such as pencils, bookmarks, stickers and more.
- Website: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Free Posters from the National Institue on Drug Abuse
Choose from a variety of NIDA posters, either via download or the order form.
Registration is required.
- Website: DrugAbuse.gov
If you agree to use Basecamp for classroom purposes, then you’re eligible for a free account as long as you’re teaching.
And, if you’re unfamiliar with this software, it’s quite popular among teachers as it basically puts everything in one place, helping you manage projects, work with parents and so much more.
I highly recommend you at least check it out!
- Website: Basecamp
A SitSpot will adhere to classroom carpeting and some area rugs, offering an area for your student to sit on. Picture it as padding for your students to comfortably sit on.
To request a SitSpot and see if it will work well for your classroom, you can request one for free via the form below.
- Website: SitSpots.com
Free DVDs from izzit
izzit, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation helps teachers promote critical thinking among students.
The organization will send you a free DVD of choice every year as long as you’re a teacher. In return, they simply ask for your feedback.
- Website: izzit.org
United for Human Rights Info Kit
Designed for educators only, the United For Human Rights will send a kit, including free shipping to bring about awareness to human rights.
The kit includes a DVD, booklet and a guide with actions.
- Website: HumanRights.com
Free Hand Sanitizer
Receive free dispensers and information via SchoolHealth.com.
Fill out the form for more information as to how your school can receive these dispensers at no cost.
It does appear you have to talk to the company before they send you a freebie, however. May be worth it, though.
- Website: SchoolHealth.com
Free Rulers from RentCalculators.org
RentCalculators.org will send out a set of six-inch wood rulers to your classroom.
To order, follow the link below to start the process.
Another great freebie as all students can use a ruler, right?
- Website: RentCalculators.org
Free Tokens from Chuck E. Cheese
This is open to all, but it can be a great motivator for your students if you have a Chuck E. Cheese nearby.
Print out the certificates and hand out to your students as necessary so that they can redeem it for free tokens.
- Website: Chuck E. Cheese
Free Planner, Folder or Wall Samples from Schoolmate.com
Sign up for the official Schoolmate.com catalog and the company will send you a planner, folder or wall calendar sample.
Takes only a minute to sign up.
- Website: Schoolmate.com
Free Whiteboard from EverWhiteBoards.com
It’s not quite the whiteboard you’re thinking of, but EverWhiteBoards.com will send you a free whiteboard by filling out the form linked below.
Open to all.
- Website: EverWhiteBoards.com
Speed Stacks are cups designed to be stacked and collapse fast, helping your students with their hand-eye coordination.
The company offers a set for free via the form below.
- Website: SpeedStacks.com
Free kit from PTOToday.com
PTOToday.com kits will include everything your PTO or PTA needs to plan an event families will love.
The company offers five choices you can choose from.
- Website: PTOToday.com
Math Worksheets from MathMammoth.com
MathMammoth.com has a ton of free math worksheets as well as practice tests you can download directly from the website.
Just visit the website, enter your email and start downloading immediately.
- Website: MathMammoth.com
Free Financial Literacy Materials
PracticalMoneySkills.com offers a ton of free materials, including classroom modules, games, DVDs and so much more.
Follow the link below to choose what is of interest to you.
- Website: PracticalMoneySkills.com
Free Textbooks via CK-12 Flexbooks
CK-12 offers free, customizable textbooks that’s curriculum-aligned for grades K-12.
Hundreds of customized textbook options, including videos, all for free.
- Website: ck12.org
Book Samples from Richard C. Owen
Richard C. Owen publishers will send free book samples to teachers from grades pre-K to 5.
Samples are mailed to schools only and be done so via the link below.
- Website: RCOwen.com
Free Educator Packet from T.A. Barron
T.A. Barron will send you a free gift box, complete with maps, posters, bookmarks and so much more.
You must have a phone number of your school in order for them to verify your request.
- Website: T.A. Barron
Free Six Flags Tickets
This option is geared more toward your students, but I wanted to include it here since it’s such a great deal.
For every six hours your students read, they can earn a free ticket to Six Flags.
For more information as to how you can sign up, be sure ot the follow the link below to create an account.
- Website: SixFlags.com
Free Kit from VariQuest
VariQuest, a company that provides visual hands-on classroom displays, will send any teacher a free sample kit.
To redeem, complete the form linked below to learn more about the program as well as receive your kit.
- Website: VariQuest.com
P&G School Programs
P&G helps you build and support your classroom’s puberty and development curriculum with fifth, sixth and seventh+ grade material.
To order, you do need your school’s PIN, but they have a search engine that you can use to find it.
- Website: P&G School Programs
Free Teaching Tools via the Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal offers a variety of free teaching tools for you and your students.
Follow the link and pick out the options that interest you.
- Website: WSJ.com
PETA TeachKind Materials
PETA offers free materials that cover a range of issues with age-appropriate languages and images, ranging from books to comics and stickers.
Fill out the form below, choose a grade level and let them know how many students are in your class.
- Website: PETA
Web Design Software
Qualifying schools may be eligible for up to 100 licenses, which includes four programs: web calendar, the HTML editor, form builder and responsive layout maker.
Ideal for teachers who need web design-related software.
- Website: CoffeeCup.com
Kids Need to Read (free books)
If your school serves at least 50% of children living at or below the national poverty level, then you can request books from the Kids Need to Read program.
The organization serves children of all ages.
- Website: KidsNeedtoRead.org
Admongo.gov Lesson Plan Packet
Developed for 5th and 6th-grade classrooms, the FTC offers free lesson plan kits via its website.
These kits, according to the description, include lesson plans, worksheets, activities and a poster.
- Website: FTC.gov
New England Aquarium (New England Teachers Only)
Free passes are available for New England teachers who are employed in a New England school system.
To apply, you must provide a school email and mailing address in order to be considered.
- Website: NEAQ
100,000+ Online Learning Activities
Curriki, and online, free, open education service, offers 100,000+ online learning activities for 100% free.
Search for what you want and explore the results to find something of value.
- Website: Curriki.org
Free Findings Magazines
The Findings Magazine showcases diverse scientists who perform cutting-edge research and lead interesting lives.
You can download digital versions via the official website or order print copies if you want as well.
- Website: NIH.gov
The Florida Aquarium (Florida)
The Florida Aquarium offers free teacher passes through its “Teacher Study Program.”
To apply, follow the link below and fill out the application. Approval may take up to 72 hours.
- Website: Flaquarium.org
Free Business Magazines from freebizmags.com
Hundreds of free business magazines at your fingertips, courtesy of freebizmag.com.
At first glance, most are risk-free subscriptions, with the magazines sent directly to your doorstep.
- Website: freebizmags.com
Free Philadelphia Zoo Tickets
Free passes are available to all teachers who teach in a certified classroom.
Register via the link below.
- Website: PhiladelphiaZoo.org
Kennedy Space Center (Florida and Georgia)
The Kennedy Space Center offers an Educator Study Pass to teachers who reside in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
To receive a pass, present a valid teaching certificate, active badge and/or letter on school letterhead that’s signed by your principal. You can read more about the program at KennedySpaceCenter.com.
- Website: KennedySpaceCenter.com
Free Country Music Hall of Fame Tickets (Tennessee)
Free admission for all Tennessee teachers who are planning a field trip.
To learn more about the program as well as download some helpful guides, visit the official link below.
- Website: Country Music Hall of Fame
Free Posters and DVDs from PassItOn
PassItOn.com, a non-profit founded to promote good values, will send your school free posters and DVDs.
Allow up to six weeks for shipment to arrive.
- Website: PassItOn.com
Lesson Plans, etc via NEA
The National Education Association does a great job keeping teachers up to date with the latest teacher freebies via its “10 Free Things” post.
Updated all the time, I highly recommend you at least bookmark this page to stay in the loop.
- Website: National Education Association
This is not really a freebie, but if you’re having a hard time purchasing supplies for your classroom, consider starting a fundraiser via DonorsChoose.org.
Working much like GoFundMe, explain your project, pick a financial goal and see if you can raise funds.
To date, more than 1.3 million projects have been funded.
- Website: DonorsChoose.org
It’s a bit of a stretch, but be sure to check out your local Craigslist free section to see what people are giving away.
In some cases, you may find books, supplies and more. Act fast because these freebies always go fast.
- Website: Craigslist.org
Freecycle is a network of people who are requesting and even offering free items in your area.
It doesn’t hurt to at least join and ask the community if they have anything available for your classroom. Registration is free.
- Website: Freecycle
I did find that there were a lot of free downloads online, but I really wanted to focus on the companies that were willing to actually send you something.
Downloads are a dime a dozen and I didn’t find much that was of value, with the exception of a select few that I listed above.
Aside from the freebies I mention above, I do encourage you to check out my favorite freebie websites. These websites do a much better job posting daily freebies, some of which are targeted toward teachers. Be sure to bookmark a few of your favorites.
As time goes on, I will continue to add teacher freebies to this list, and if you see any that have expired and/or you have an offer you want to add to the list, be sure to let me know via email or the comments below.
In the meantime, I hope you found a few freebies that were of value for your classroom!
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