TeachersFirst Special Topics Collections

TeachersFirst's Special Topics collections help you find just what you and your students need, just in time for an upcoming unit, a holiday, focused research, student-directed exploration, or projects on a curriculum topic or event. You can be comfortable sharing the Special Topic links with students or parents, knowing that TeachersFirst’s Thinking Teachers have selected and reviewed each resource. Find classroom and project suggestions within each review, use the collection to find just what you need for your lessons. Some teachers assign these lists as the core resources for a broader student assignment. Editor’s Choice collections offer "the best of the best" for topics of particular interest. TeachersFirst also offers collections on professional special topics to help you meet particular teaching challenges.

 

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20th Century America (1900-1945) Resources - TeachersFirst

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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students ...more
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The first part of the 20th Century in America takes us from the turn of the century through the end of World War 2. It is pivotal to help students understand how these years changed the country. Find resources in this collection related to the economic, social and technological milestones seen during this time. We will include resources that introduce the opening of the Panama Canal, the Wall Street Crash of 1929, The Great Depression, Mahatma Gandhi, World War I and II, the first winter Olympics, US Immigration Act of 1924, the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps, the segregation era, the Roaring Twenties and prohibition, The Ford Model-T, Lindburgh's first nonstop flight from NY to Paris, the construction of the Empire State Building and the Hoover Dam. Discover these topics and many others in this collection.

tag(s): 20th century (48), great depression (27), holocaust (40), immigration (58), japanese (46), segregation (16), stock market (8), world war 1 (62), world war 2 (136)

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Find resources to educate yourself and your students about various topics related to American history during the years of 1900-1945. This collection includes lesson plans and interactives too. Share these resources with your colleagues and families.

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20th Century America (1945-2000) Resources - TeachersFirst

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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and ...more
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20th Century America Part 2 includes the years after World War 2 through the end of the 20th Century. During this period, there were global conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. In addition, the Cold War, a period of tension between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their allies, continued for decades. The latter half of the 20th Century was also a tumultuous time for Civil Rights. Strong African American leaders who worked for social justice included Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Little Rock Nine. It was also a time of innovation and technological advancements. Read all about these events and more in the resources shared in this curated list.

tag(s): 20th century (48), black history (90), civil rights (165), cold war (24), korea (18), martin luther king (39), middle east (40), rosa parks (9), segregation (16), vietnam (31)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons related to American History 1945-2000. Each review includes technology integration ideas. This list includes resources for elementary and secondary students.

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American Civil War Resources - TeachersFirst

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For over a century, America's Northern and Southern states had been in conflict over several issues, including cultural values, the federal government's power, slavery, and other economic...more
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For over a century, America's Northern and Southern states had been in conflict over several issues, including cultural values, the federal government's power, slavery, and other economic interests. The bloodiest conflict in the history of our union was fought from 1861-1865 between the states that supported the federal union and the southern states that voted to secede and then form the Confederate States of America. This curated collection shares many resources and tools to help your students visualize what America was like during those tumultuous times.

tag(s): 1800s (61), civil war (127), lincoln (58), slavery (60)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding of Civil war times 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 lessons.

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Art in Schools Month Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that ...more
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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, math, science, and more.

tag(s): art history (75), artists (72), drawing (58), museums (41), painting (51), sculpture (18)

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Get your students geared up for Art in our Schools Month. Show the connection between art and math using various tools listed. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore independently.

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Artists and Theory Resources - TeachersFirst

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Delve into this collection that shares an eclectic assortment of resources related to artists and theory. Ideal for Youth Art Month (YAM) and throughout the year, learn about various...more
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Delve into this collection that shares an eclectic assortment of resources related to artists and theory. Ideal for Youth Art Month (YAM) and throughout the year, learn about various artists through their websites and the information available through many art museums. In addition, learn about many different art theories from Impressionism to Romanticism to Contemporary, and more. Read all about these topics and more in the resources shared in this curated list.

tag(s): art history (75), artists (72), museums (41)

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

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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. 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. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (41)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Audio Books Resources - TeachersFirst

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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books so all students, including emerging readers and ENL/ESL learners, can experience literature and other reading...more
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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books so all students, including emerging readers and ENL/ESL learners, can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form to reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment.

tag(s): audio books (18), listening (69), preK (238)

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Mark this one in your professional favorites AND share it on a class web page for access by students and parents. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the audio books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways.

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Audio Books with Text Resources - TeachersFirst

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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books with accompanying text so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature...more
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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books with accompanying text so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form as they reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment. Be sure to explore each site, as many include multiple types of activities, including the audio books and texts.

tag(s): audio books (18), preK (238)

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Mark this one in your professional favorites AND share it on a class web page for access by students and parents. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources will help you to better understand these students with special challenges and find strategies for working with them in your classroom. ...more
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This collection of reviewed resources will help you to better understand these students with special challenges and find strategies for working with them in your classroom.

tag(s): aspergers (6), autism (13), preK (238), Special Needs (44)

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Share this collection with parents and colleagues using the "email this" link.

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Baseball Season Resources - TeachersFirst

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Looking for a way to include baseball in your teaching? Whether it is time for Spring Training or the World Series, browse these options for curriculum connections to engage the ...more
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Looking for a way to include baseball in your teaching? Whether it is time for Spring Training or the World Series, browse these options for curriculum connections to engage the sports fans in your classroom.

tag(s): baseball (31), statistics (108)

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As spring or the World Series approaches, look to this collection for connections between your curriculum and baseball. Invite students to create their own baseball-related activities using the concepts you are studying right now: math word problems, scientific analysis of baseball physics, baseball writing ideas, or primary source interviewing about baseball.

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Black History Resources - TeachersFirst

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These reviewed resources from the TeacherFirst database include teaching ideas, research material, and interactive sites for studying Black History in all grades. ...more
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These reviewed resources from the TeacherFirst database include teaching ideas, research material, and interactive sites for studying Black History in all grades.

tag(s): black history (90)

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Browse this collection as you approach Black History month or simply to add multi-cultural dimension to many history lessons.

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Blended Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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Mix up your classroom and get blended! If you are new to blended learning, this basically means that the learning is a combination of digital media with traditional classroom teaching....more
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Mix up your classroom and get blended! If you are new to blended learning, this basically means that the learning is a combination of digital media with traditional classroom teaching. Since some of the instruction is digital, students have more control over the pace of the instruction. Peruse this curated list of resources to start blending in your class!

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Explore this fabulous collection to use in your blended classroom. Learn more about blended learning in some of the informational readings.

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Bullying and Cyber-Bulling Prevention Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students manage the tough issues of bullying and cyberbullying. Whether you plan...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students manage the tough issues of bullying and cyberbullying. Whether you plan a special unit or lesson on this topic for Bullying Prevention Week or select from these resources on an as-needed basis, you will find useful ideas and strategies for students and adults to work together to erase bullying from your class and school culture. Be sure to share these resources with parents and your parent organization via your class or school web page.

tag(s): bullying (51)

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Use the resources in this collection if ever in need of help concerning bullying online or in the classroom. Be sure to pass this one along to parents, counselors or peers if bullying is ever a concern or issue.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (82)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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Chemical Reactions - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of science resources will help you research information about chemical reactions. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to...more
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This collection of science resources will help you research information about chemical reactions. 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.

tag(s): chemicals (39)

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Use these tools and resources in a chemistry class or during a unit related to chemical reactions. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. Read ideas for classroom integration in each resource's classroom use section.

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China and Cross-Cultural Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students build a better understanding of other cultures, especially China, through related...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students build a better understanding of other cultures, especially China, through related projects and classroom activities. Every culture tends to focus on its own way of thinking and doing. In order to prepare our students for life, twenty-first century classrooms must foster cross-cultural understanding as a vital aspect of learning in today's global society. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students build a better understanding of other cultures, especially China, through related projects and classroom activities. TeachersFirst welcomes suggestions of additional free teaching resources for our team to review. Please mention "cross-cultural" in your message.

tag(s): china (60)

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Share this collection as a starter page for projects when your class is studying China. Have students create their own cross-cultural projects using an online poster tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here or a comic creator from this collection.

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Christmas Resources - TeachersFirst

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Our own collection of Christmas resources concentrates on Christmas customs in other countries and time periods. Lots of resources for an interesting exploration of how the Christmas...more
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Our own collection of Christmas resources concentrates on Christmas customs in other countries and time periods. Lots of resources for an interesting exploration of how the Christmas holiday developed.

tag(s): christmas (39), holidays (122)

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Try our Giving Tree lesson with your elementary students.

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Cinco de Mayo Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): hispanic (21), holidays (122), mexico (28)

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Use these resources to connect Cinco de Mayo to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Classroom Management Resources - TeachersFirst

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Classroom management covers a wide range of tasks or routines: collecting assignments, designing seating charts, promoting positive behaviors, creating cooperative learning groups,...more
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Classroom management covers a wide range of tasks or routines: collecting assignments, designing seating charts, promoting positive behaviors, creating cooperative learning groups, and so much more. If you are looking for some new tools to ensure that your classroom lessons run smoothly and disruptive behaviors are kept to a minimum, check out this collection to maximize your management. Classroom management matters at all grade levels and we have tools for all ages and for all subjects.

tag(s): classroom management (138), Teacher Utilities (124)

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Find management tips and tools to make your class run smoother. Share this collection with your colleagues.

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Climate Change Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources about climate change is selected to help teachers and students learn more about the short and long term impact of climate change. As students read ...more
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This collection of resources about climate change is selected to help teachers and students learn more about the short and long term impact of climate change. As students read and see images of climate change then, now, and in the future, they will gain a better understanding. Younger students may have more questions as you explore together.

tag(s): climate change (77)

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Use these resources with your students to find ways you can all make a difference. Use this opportunity to teach about persuasive writing (letters to the editor or government officials), careers in science, current events, and more.

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