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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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Ides of March Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor the Ides of March by learning about Julius Caesar and to plan related projects...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students honor the Ides of March by learning about Julius Caesar and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you spend one class or an entire unit on Caesar or Shakespeare's play, the ideas included within the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and meaningful projects for student-centered learning.

tag(s): julius caesar (6)

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Use the resources in this collection to add to your classroom during a lesson on the Ides of March. The resources listed can be used for webquests, learning centers, lesson plans and the like! History and Language Arts teachers will appreciate this one.

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Infographics Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers...more
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Find a targeted collection of infographic resources including tools for creating them, collections of great infographic examples, and sites with professional information for teachers planning to use infographics for student projects and assessments.

tag(s): infographics (53)

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Join the21st century trend of infographics as a way to share a lot of information, quantitative data, and relationships in a compact but effective visual space. Help students learn and construct meaning using infographics. Share this collection on your class web page as a starting point for students.

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Interactive Audio Books Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books in interactive form so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience reading with...more
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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books in interactive form so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience reading with audio and visual prompts or interactivity to reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment as they read. Be sure to explore each site, as many include multiple types of activities, including the interactive books.

tag(s): audio books (24)

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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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Internet Safety Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources focuses on Internet safety and its many concerns: protecting your digital footprint, protecting your identity, 'netiquette, email use, and much...more
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This collection of reviewed resources focuses on Internet safety and its many concerns: protecting your digital footprint, protecting your identity, 'netiquette, email use, and much more. Find varying levels of information for different age groups and materials to help parents cooperate in educating their children for digital citizenship and safety.

tag(s): internet safety (119), safety (91)

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Use these resources in toto or select the best ones for YOUR students to continually model rational, safe behavior online. Share the links with parents and among your colleagues so you can promote positive action instead of fear about the Internet. Find specific projects and lesson plans to fit student/curriculum needs from this extensive collection.

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Inventors and Inventions Resources - TeachersFirst

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Invent and Innovate! This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about inventors and inventions. Use these resources...more
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Invent and Innovate! This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about inventors and inventions. Use these resources for science or social studies lessons and activities about innovation and invention, in observance of National Inventors' Day (celebrated on February 11, Thomas Edison's birthday), or at any time during the school year.. Whether you are simply learning about the history of invention or planning a schoolwide Invention Convention, these resources will provide inspiration and project possibilities.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (90)

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Use these resources for science or social studies lessons and activities about innovation and invention, in observance of National Inventors' Day (celebrated on February 11, Thomas Edison's birthday), or at any time during the school year. Whether you are simply learning about the history of invention or planning a schoolwide Invention Convention, these resources will provide inspiration and project possibilities.

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Kwanzaa Resources - TeachersFirst

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A collection of resources to help children from all backgrounds understand the Kwanzaa celebration. ...more
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A collection of resources to help children from all backgrounds understand the Kwanzaa celebration.

tag(s): africa (165), african american (109), holidays (140), kwanzaa (9)

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Save this site as a favorite and use it as a point of reference for lessons and classroom activities based around the holiday. This collection could be useful in a study of world religions or world cultures. Include the link on your class web page as students investigate different holiday traditions. Have students create blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using EasyBlog, reviewed here.

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MakerSpace Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. Read the professional information to educate yourself about the mindset of MakerSpace.

tag(s): circuits (23), coding (66), creativity (118), engineering (133), makerspace (13), musical instruments (51), robotics (27), STEM (189)

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Use these resources for your digital MakerSpace. Find tools for all grades. Don't miss the Twitter Chat for teachers just starting a MakerSpace. There are also a few sites that are more information for educators just learning about MakerSpace. Some of these resources are ideal for individual devices.

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Man Soars Into Flight - Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of flight-related resources was originally featured in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic 1903 accomplishments in Kitty Hawk. This collection...more
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This collection of flight-related resources was originally featured in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic 1903 accomplishments in Kitty Hawk. This collection provides many angles on the Wright brothers, flight, and the science and major figures involved in manned flight.

tag(s): famous people (23), flight (32), inventors and inventions (90), wright brothers (19)

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Use this collection as a starting point for flight-related investigations by student groups. This project could also be an option during a broader unit on invention or the lives of scientists or famous Americans. Ask students to create a multimedia "poster" depicting some aspect of the Wright Brothers' work or a principle of aerodynamics that made it all possible. Use a simple software tool such as PowerPoint or a rich, online tool such as Sway, reviewed here, to create and share the projects.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Resources - TeachersFirst

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These resources from the TeachersFirst database provide lesson ideas, activities, research materials, and interactive sites for studying Martin Luther King, Jr. ...more
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These resources from the TeachersFirst database provide lesson ideas, activities, research materials, and interactive sites for studying Martin Luther King, Jr.

tag(s): civil rights (120), martin luther king (36)

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Use this collection to inspire lessons for January 15 (or the Monday holiday nearby) or during any unit on civil rights.

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Math Resources for Algebra - Grade 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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The intermediate grades of elementary school are the perfect time to introduce algebraic concepts to your class. Explore this collection of algebra resources specifically for grades...more
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The intermediate grades of elementary school are the perfect time to introduce algebraic concepts to your class. Explore this collection of algebra resources specifically for grades 3-5. Use these tools to meet the NCTM standards for algebra.

tag(s): data (161), number lines (32), number sense (96), order of operations (41)

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Share these resources on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) for group instruction. Some tools are also ideal for learning stations or individual devices. Use these tools for acceleration of your gifted students. Share these resources with students on your class website. Share these tools with families for at-home practice.

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Math Resources for Algebra - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of algebra resources for grades 9-12, chosen as the BEST by our editors. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics ...more
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Explore this curated list of algebra resources for grades 9-12, chosen as the BEST by our editors. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards for Algebra. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): data (161), number lines (32), percent (81), pi (28), quadratics (31), ratios (64)

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Share these resources on your class website for students to use for remediation or review. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Use these sites to differentiate.

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Math Resources for Algebra - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Explore these tools to help your youngest students to start to learn the basics of algebra. Navigate this collection of algebra resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources...more
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Explore these tools to help your youngest students to start to learn the basics of algebra. Navigate this collection of algebra resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Find topics that you are currently teaching in your math class.

tag(s): number lines (32), number sense (96), operations (123), order of operations (41)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Share these resources with students on your class website. Share these tools with families for at-home practice.

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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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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 (198), data (161), equations (154), geometric shapes (174), measurement (180), number lines (32), number sense (96), numbers (196), operations (123), order of operations (41), probability (141)

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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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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of geometry resources specifically for grades 3-5. Start geometry instruction during the elementary years. Find tech integration ideas within each review. Use...more
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Explore this collection of geometry resources specifically for grades 3-5. Start geometry instruction during the elementary years. Find tech integration ideas within each review. Use these tools to meet the NCTM standards for geometry. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (174)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Some resources are also appropriate for learning stations or individual devices. Use these tools for acceleration of your gifted students. Share these resources with students on your class website.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of resources for grades 6-8, related to geometry. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive ...more
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Explore this collection of resources for grades 6-8, related to geometry. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your middle school classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (174)

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Share these resources with students on your class website for additional help or enrichment in geometry. Have partners explore the sites together on laptops.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection of geometry resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or...more
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Peruse this collection of geometry resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Share these resources with students on your class website.

tag(s): geometric shapes (174)

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Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Use these resources in beginner through AP geometry classes.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Help your youngest students to understand the basics of geometry. Navigate this collection of resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards....more
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Help your youngest students to understand the basics of geometry. Navigate this collection of resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (174)

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Share these resources with students on your class website. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Find resources to use for remediation, enrichment, or acceleration.

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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of resources for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Measurement. Many of these tools are ideal for use on ...more
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Explore this collection of resources for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Measurement. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources for remediation or acceleration for all students.

tag(s): area (73), measurement (180), perimeter (31), volume (54)

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Demonstrate these tools on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Share these resources with students on your class website. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Have students work on individual laptops or devices.

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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list for middle school students, all related to measurement. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Measurement Standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on...more
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Explore this curated list for middle school students, all related to measurement. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Measurement Standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Use these resources to explain the metric and customary systems of measurement.

tag(s): area (73), measurement (180), perimeter (31), volume (54)

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Explore and share information about angles, area, perimeter, and volume. Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Share with gifted students for additional enrichment and advancement opportunities. Share these tools with families for at-home practice.

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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes measurement resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard...more
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This curated list includes measurement resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): measurement (180), volume (54)

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