Monday, December 5, 2011

Giveaway: The World Almanac And Book of Facts 2012

I have a brand new copy of the The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012 to give away to a lucky reader! This is the type of comprehensive, well-organized and fun reference that should be in every classroom library. While much of this information is likely available online, it's simply quicker and easier to look a lot of important basic things in the book.

Besides being a great reference for your students, teachers could also use the data to create all sorts of lessons across multiple subjects or grade levels.  So for a chance to win the book, send an email to by Tuesday 11:59pm CST with a (brief) lesson idea using data from The World Almanac.  One lucky reader will receive the book.  Good luck!

Thanks to The Rosen Group for sending a free promotional copy for this contest.

UPDATE 12/10/11: The contest has ended.  The winning entry was from Karen Elofson, a teacher from Massachusetts, who has great plans for using the data in the book:
I think the World Almanac can provide some interesting real life statistics that can be applied to a math exercise in making scatterplots and using box and whisker or best line of fit type activities.  For example, your class could read about the number and nature of dust storms in the Great Plains and make a scatter plot of the number of dust storms that occurred  between the years 1930-present.  This could also be extended as a calculator exercise as well using TI Nspire, for example.
There were also many other great suggestions from the remaining entries:
We use the Time for Kids (TFK) as our weekly current events curriculum, and many times they mention things that students their age (grade 3) are doing.  This would be a great book for the students to make text to text connections, as well as text to self connections.
...this would be a great book to have in the classroom for those few minutes of "downtime" my 5th graders have between completing one assignment and starting on the next. It would be a great resource to have available to the kids to give them a "break" from their library book, or to offer as a "reward" for struggling students who are having a great morning/afternoon/day.
My kids love to read this type book when they finish their other work!

I would like to have them locate on a wall world map the location of the event they discovered. Geography is something they need to know much more about.
Thank you again to everyone who participated.  Stay tuned for more giveaways over the coming weeks!