Saturday, March 26, 2011

How to Get Free Books For Your Classroom

































Back in the day (aka high school) we all had to take a test that tapped into our inner being and determined the career that would best suit us. I’m not sure exactly how many impressionable youths were led to their life’s work through this assessment, but clearly it was lacking.

According to the lengthy questionaire (which for the record I did complete truthfully), I was perfect for not one, but two job titles.

I could have been a beautician or a forest ranger.

Let me repeat that..

a beautician

or a forest ranger!

Considering that I went through most of high school with my hair in a pony tail and have made it my goal to avoid nature as much as possible, I opted to go with what I had known I would do since I was in 2nd grade and checked of “education” in the “desired major box” on my college applications.

I did have a runner-up career in my mind though: advertising

I thought it would be fun to write jingles and funny commercials. I also enjoy marketing and sales. I was the type of kid who set sales quotas on my Girl Scout cookie sales and attempted to open many a lemonade business.

So you can imagine how serious I take my monthly Scholastic orders. I get giddy when the colorful, new catalogs arrive. I flip through them over and over like a young kid with the Toys R Us catalog in December. I circle. I highlight. I add post-its to mark selections.
This photo represents one month of my Scholastic orders. I'm, like, salesman of the year or something.


Scholastic is great for building your class library for little or no money. When the students place orders, you earn bonus points which can be used to get books, CDs, and software. Many of you are already familiar with Scholastic so I’ll cut to the tips on how to increase your orders and thus earn more bonus points:


The key is getting the students to look at the catalog so that they don’t just get discarded. I have created several activities that allow them to practice language arts and math skills using the catalogs. This greatly increases the amount of books my class orders because it generates interest in the books. The activities are also excellent to use as time fillers when you have a sub or if you find yourself with a few minutes to spare. The pages make great homework assignments too. I just added the complete set to my online store. For only $5.00...the price of a cup of coffee...you could bring quality literature to the homes of deserving students and earn yourself a boatload of bonus points as a result.

See, I told you I was meant for sales and marketing ;P

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6 comments:

  1. I would like to purchase this from your TPT store.I am not able to download this on my Mac. Is it a PDF document?

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  2. I love this whole post, but I wanted to let you know what my career was supposed to be.... milk delivery person. Really?????

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  3. I remember this assignment! I was supposed to be an interior designer...seriously???

    Amy
    Time for Teaching

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  4. One more great place for free books is the Sunny D Book Spree. Every year Sunny D gives away 20 books for 20 labels. My students drink Sunny D anyway so I never have difficulty collecting the labels. And the books come directly from Scholastic and are a wonderful mix of titles that the students love.

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  5. I love your Book Order Boosting Sales packet. It is on my WISH LIST!

    welchdonelle@yahoo.com

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  6. Your book order lessons sound great! I had to laugh at your post- I took one of those career inventories and I got forest ranger, too! I don't look that great in khaki and couldn't pitch a tent if my life depended on it. :)

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