TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Jul 23, 2023

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STEM - STEAM - STREAM Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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If you are still getting familiar with STEM (STEAM or STREAM), learn all about them through the resources in this collection. What we once referred to as STEM (educational curriculum...more
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If you are still getting familiar with STEM (STEAM or STREAM), learn all about them through the resources in this collection. What we once referred to as STEM (educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and math) has evolved into STEAM and now STREAM. STEAM includes the original four areas and has integrated art into the mix. STREAM takes it further and adds a layer of reading and writing. You will find helpful information about STEM, STEAM, and STREAM in this collection. In addition, we have curated web resources for all grade levels to help as you plan your activities (lesson plans, interactives, and more).

tag(s): engineering (120), STEM (265)

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We have included resources for all grades. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions with each reviewed resource, give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

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Educational Podcasts for Students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The...more
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The podcasts are available anytime, making them ideal for in-person, remote, blended, and flipped instruction. Students can listen a second time to deepen their understanding.

tag(s): podcasts (86)

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Share these podcasts with your students to use when learning related material. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find podcasts to incorporate into your lessons.

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Family Consumer Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Family Consumer Science (FCS), also sometimes referred to as Home Economics, is a subject that encompasses many topics, including food science and preparation, human development, personal...more
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Family Consumer Science (FCS), also sometimes referred to as Home Economics, is a subject that encompasses many topics, including food science and preparation, human development, personal finance, family finance, wellness and nutrition, apparel and sewing, interior design, and more. This curated list of reviewed resources includes all of these topics and others related to FCS. We have included resources for all grades.

tag(s): child development (23), cooking (30), family (52), financial literacy (92), nutrition (135)

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Encourage your students' understanding of family consumer science using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your FCS lessons.

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Get up and Moving... Physical Education - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Get up and get moving with this collection of resources designed to encourage students to stay active. Keeping students active may help many students to stay focused better and to ...more
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Get up and get moving with this collection of resources designed to encourage students to stay active. Keeping students active may help many students to stay focused better and to lead a healthier/more active lifestyle. Whether used in PE, during movement breaks, or other times in your lessons... this curated list includes resources to get students moving and learning about sports, dance, exercise, and other forms of movement. We have included resources for all grades.

tag(s): dance (26), fitness (39), nutrition (135), sports (81)

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Find new tools to try when planning your physical education lessons. Each review includes technology integration ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your students get and get moving.

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World Languages Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Finding web resources to use in world language classes can be a challenge. This collection contains resources for many languages (Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and...more
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Finding web resources to use in world language classes can be a challenge. This collection contains resources for many languages (Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and more). In addition, there are resources here for beginners through more advanced world language speakers.

tag(s): arabic (13), chinese (44), french (74), german (48), hebrew (16), italian (28), japanese (47), portuguese (22), russian (24), sign language (10), spanish (105)

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Use these resources as you prepare lessons for world language classes. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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I like how LyricsTraining connects students with music from around the world as well as tests their diverse linguistic abilities. This is great for a world language classroom. Jenna, IL, Grades: 9 - 12

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Resources related to the Visual Arts - TeachersFirst

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The visual arts include the arts that are primarily visual creative works. These can include painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, video, sculpture, design, crafts, and other art...more
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The visual arts include the arts that are primarily visual creative works. These can include painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, video, sculpture, design, crafts, and other art forms. You may want to use this collection as you prepare for YAM (Youth Art Month) or anytime throughout the year. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): crafts (54), drawing (60), painting (55), photography (118), video (256)

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Find new tools to try when planning your visual art lessons. Each review includes technology integration ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your lessons more creative.

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Resources for Instruments and Vocal Music - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Technology offers teachers many new opportunities in music and the arts. This collection highlights resources related to instruments and vocal music. Some tools in this curated list...more
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Technology offers teachers many new opportunities in music and the arts. This collection highlights resources related to instruments and vocal music. Some tools in this curated list include virtual instruments, video tutorials, vocal instructions, and more. Share these resources during Music In the Schools Month or any other time throughout the year. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): music theory (45), musical instruments (47), musical notation (35)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding of vocal music and instruments using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your music lessons.

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Resources Related to Colonial America - TeachersFirst

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Bring Colonial America to your class with the reviewed resources shared in this section. The colonial history of the United States covers the period of time from 1607 to 1776, ...more
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Bring Colonial America to your class with the reviewed resources shared in this section. The colonial history of the United States covers the period of time from 1607 to 1776, when the thirteen colonies joined together to declare their independence. Therefore, the term Colonial America also refers to the thirteen colonies located on what is now the eastern coast of the United States. People came to the New World for many different reasons: religious freedom, commerce, and starting new lives after serving time in jail. Education was important to the colonies, and the economy was based most often on farming and trade.

tag(s): 1600s (20), 1700s (36), colonial america (95), colonization (20)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons related to Colonial America. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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Human Body Systems - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of resources will help you research information about human body systems. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. ...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about human body systems. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. If you cannot find what you need here, you may want to try searching on TeachersFirst for specific keywords.

tag(s): body systems (40), human body (93)

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This list also includes links to even more resources that are tagged human body and body systems. If you can't find an ideal tool on our list, search these additional provided topics. There are several device agnostic sites (available as both an app and on a web browser). These are ideal for the byod classroom.

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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra,...more
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Each reviewed resource includes a description and technology integration ideas for your classroom.

tag(s): charts and graphs (169), data (148), equations (120), estimation (34), exponents (35), geometric shapes (136), integers (22), measurement (125), number lines (33), number sense (70), numbers (119), operations (71), order of operations (28), probability (96), sequences (12), sequencing (17), vectors (16)

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Save this list for when teaching any math class in grades K-12. Many of the resources would work in a BYOD environment. Share these lists on your class website for students to access for additional practice.

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Geography Awareness and Exploration Resources - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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TeachersFirst's editors selected these resources to inspire interest and explorations of world geography in any classroom from kindergarten through high school. There are many ways...more
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TeachersFirst's editors selected these resources to inspire interest and explorations of world geography in any classroom from kindergarten through high school. There are many ways to view and learn about our world: maps, statistics, photographs, narratives, interactive navigation systems, and mobile apps. Exploring geography and seeing relationships between natural resources, maps, landforms, climate, and human activity can seem overwhelming, but these resources will entice even the most reluctant student or adult to take a new "view" of the world.

tag(s): map skills (56), maps (208), natural resources (38), population (48)

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Mark this one in your favorites for Geography Awareness Week each November. Include the link on your class web page for students to access both in class and at home. Ask students to explore and choose their favorite geography resource, then give a "tour" of it to the rest of the class on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Writing Prompts Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources includes many types of writing prompts, both visual and verbal, to inspire writing. Whether you want students to try their hand at poetry or informational...more
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This collection of reviewed resources includes many types of writing prompts, both visual and verbal, to inspire writing. Whether you want students to try their hand at poetry or informational writing, there are ideas here to help. Make this collection available for students to find their own inspiration for open-ended, creative writing assignments. Teachers can also use this list to find 2-3 possible choices for a targeted writing assignment. Student choice is key in helping student voice come through in their writing.

tag(s): creative writing (119), writing prompts (58)

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Make this collection available for students to find their own inspiration for open-ended, creative writing assignments. Teachers can also use this list to find 2-3 possible choices for a targeted writing assignment.

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Shakespeare Resources - TeachersFirst

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7 to 12
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Shakespeare resources abound on the web. These original and reviewed resources are an attempt to collect information on the works most commonly encountered in a K-12 curriculum, using...more
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Shakespeare resources abound on the web. These original and reviewed resources are an attempt to collect information on the works most commonly encountered in a K-12 curriculum, using materials geared to high school and introductory college level students. In addition, TeachersFirst has included links to related sources dealing with the English monarchy and life and customs in Elizabethan England. TeachersFirst's original Shakespeare lessons and activities appear at the top of the list.

tag(s): literature (218), shakespeare (92)

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Mark this collection in your favorites for teacher planning or share it during your unit on Shakespeare, his plays, or his sonnets.

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Economics and Money: TeachersFirst Editors' Choices - TeachersFirst

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Understanding how world economic systems work can mystify even the experts, but all of us need to understand the basics of how an economy functions, especially as current events challenge...more
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Understanding how world economic systems work can mystify even the experts, but all of us need to understand the basics of how an economy functions, especially as current events challenge us to adjust to tough times. This special collection of resources has been hand-picked by the editors of TeachersFirst from among our many reviewed resources on economics and money. These selections were chosen to help students (and families) grasp basic economic principles, personal financial planning, and banking at an age-appropriate level.

tag(s): financial literacy (92), money (119), recession (3)

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Browse these editors' choice resources to find the best for your classroom needs. Don't forget that you can use economics information to teach math concepts. Make your lessons relevant in today's world by connecting the economic concepts as you teach writing, reading, and more. As your students master the concept, have them create a "Kids Guide to the Economy" on a class wiki or make videos on single concepts to be shared via tools such as SchoolTube, reviewed here, or TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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