TeachersFirst Special Topics Collections

Jump-start your work with TeachersFirst's Special Topics collections. Save time and take advantage of these ready-to-go collections that will help you find 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. Each Special Topic page is a curated list of resources related to the stated topic. Each collection includes up to 30 resources, providing enough variety to find sites that define the topic.

You can be comfortable sharing the Special Topic links with students or parents, knowing that TeachersFirst has selected and reviewed each resource.

Find classroom and project suggestions within each review, use the collection to find 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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Evolution - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Uncover resources related to evolution. Introduce your class to Darwin. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may ...more
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Uncover resources related to evolution. Introduce your class to Darwin. 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. We have included a mix of interactives, lesson ideas, content, and more.

tag(s): darwin (13), evolution (85)

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List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. Have students work in cooperative learning groups and investigate the sites.

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Fall Celebrations and Halloween - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (30)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular 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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Fire Prevention and Safety Resources - TeachersFirst

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Whether you teach about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week each fall or as part of a general unit on safety, this collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is...more
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Whether you teach about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week each fall or as part of a general unit on safety, this collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand the basics of fire safety and planning for emergencies.

tag(s): fire (22), fire prevention (16), fire safety (16), safety (71)

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Use the resources on this site to help prepare and teach peers and students about Fire Safety. Share the link on your teacher web page to allow students to access the resources both in and out of the classroom!

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First Day of School Icebreakers - TeachersFirst

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No matter what level you teach, establishing rapport with a new group of students is key to knowing how to help them learn. Here is a list of reviewed resources ...more
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No matter what level you teach, establishing rapport with a new group of students is key to knowing how to help them learn. Here is a list of reviewed resources that offer a chance for you and your students to get to know one another.

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Mark this list in your favorites to try new ideas on the first day of school or even at the start of a new marking period.

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Formative Assessment Resources - TeachersFirst

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Formative assessment is a term that refers to a wide variety of strategies and methods that teachers use to provide ongoing feedback to students. Before the final assessment, a formative...more
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Formative assessment is a term that refers to a wide variety of strategies and methods that teachers use to provide ongoing feedback to students. Before the final assessment, a formative assessment evaluates student comprehension, academic progress during lessons, and learning needs. These assessments help teachers check for understanding, determine skills mastery, and choose topics to review. Peruse the resources shared in this collection to find unique and engaging tools to use as you assess your students throughout your daily lessons.

tag(s): assessment (146), Formative Assessment (70), game based learning (173), polls and surveys (46)

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Find new tools to try in your classroom to create formative assessment activities! This curated list includes professional learning resources, polls, gaming tools, and other strategies to use to gauge a "quick check" of student understanding. Each review includes classroom use ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will work best for your students.

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Free Image Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources provides free image tools. As educators, it is important for us to set good examples of digital citizenship. Image usage is a perfect time to ...more
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This curated list of resources provides free image tools. As educators, it is important for us to set good examples of digital citizenship. Image usage is a perfect time to discuss the important topics of copyright, Creative Commons, and more. Use your discussions related to copyright and Creative Commons to fuel the discussion about digital citizenship. Read the classroom use suggestions for additional ideas about how to implement these tools in your classroom.

tag(s): copyright (46), creative commons (28), images (261)

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Use these tools to help students to understand digital citizenship, copyright, Creative Commons, and more. Find tools for students to use to locate "safe" images to use for projects and even within your own lessons.

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Game-Based Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about game-based learning and how to incorporate games into teaching and learning....more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about game-based learning and how to incorporate games into teaching and learning. Engage your students in the way they love to learn - games! Explore resources for quick practice or create your own games using these tools. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity.

tag(s): coding (89), differentiation (83), game based learning (173), gamification (73), logic (165)

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Share these tools on your class website or blog for students to use both in and out of the classroom. Use these tools to differentiate and reach all students at the various levels. Challenge your students to create their own games for review of content or acceleration options.

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Gamification Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and use gamification in the classroom. Various subject areas are included...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and use gamification in the classroom. Various subject areas are included in the collection. Explore online workshops to learn more about gamification. Find tools that you can use to gamify your classroom. Remember to start small with gamification and add more to your gamification "toolbox" as you are more comfortable.

tag(s): coding (89), game based learning (173), gamification (73), polls and surveys (46)

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Create your own games for review and classroom activities. As a final assessment, challenge students to create their own games to share with their peers. Use this collection to find the best gamification tools on the TeachersFirst site!

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Genetics - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find engaging tools related to genetics in this curated list. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may ...more
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Find engaging tools related to genetics in this curated list. 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. Some resources offer lesson plans or activities, while others are basic content sites.

tag(s): dna (44), genetics (76)

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

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Geography Awareness and Exploration Resources - TeachersFirst

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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 (207), 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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Get up and Moving... Physical Education - TeachersFirst

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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 (38), nutrition (135), sports (78)

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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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Global Citizenship Resources - TeachersFirst

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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the...more
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Encourage your students to be global citizens with the resources shared in this collection. Global citizenship helps students to understand both world events and their role within the international community. When students begin to become global citizens, they learn to respect universal values such as peace and the human rights of all people. Use this curated list to start your class discussion of global citizenship.

tag(s): collaboration (89), cross cultural understanding (155)

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Help your students to become global citizens using these engaging resources. Find ways to connect with other schools around the country or even around the world. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Grant Sources and Contests - TeachersFirst

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Read about possible grant sources and contests to fund your innovative ideas for teaching with technology or for professional development. TeachersFirst has no affiliation with the...more
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Read about possible grant sources and contests to fund your innovative ideas for teaching with technology or for professional development. TeachersFirst has no affiliation with the organizations offering these grants. We offer the information in support of your great ideas and hard work.

tag(s): grants (16)

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Graphic Organizer Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read...more
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This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use graphic organizers as part of a lesson or unit.

tag(s): graphic organizers (50), mind map (27), venn diagrams (15)

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Whether you call them concept maps, mind maps, KWLs, or graphic organizers, these visual diagrams show relationships between concepts and provide a powerful tool for learning and connecting new ideas. Use graphic organizers to help your visual learners build reading comprehension. Find something for all grade levels in this collection.

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Groundhog Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day and to plan related projects and classroom...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you choose to focus on groundhogs during an animal unit or on the history of this pop-culture event in the context of superstitions and traditions, these ideas and resources will get you started.

tag(s): holidays (163), weather (165)

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Share this link on your class web page for use both in and out of class. Have students do a science journal about the groundhog or write a blog post as the groundhog! A word of warning: since Punxsutawney Phil is the focus of attention at a very specific time on a specific day, you may have trouble accessing these sites on the big morning. You may want to visit these sites with your class a day or two ahead!

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Hanukkah Resources - TeachersFirst

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Our own collection of Hanukkah resources helps students from all backgrounds understand the origins and symbolism of Hanukkah. ...more
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Our own collection of Hanukkah resources helps students from all backgrounds understand the origins and symbolism of Hanukkah.

tag(s): hanukkah (13), holidays (163)

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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. Replace paper and pen and 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, replace pencil and paper and challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.

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HIV and AIDS Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn more about HIV and AIDS and to plan curriculum-related projects and classroom...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn more about HIV and AIDS and to plan curriculum-related projects and classroom activities related to this sensitive but important topic. Whether you are teaching about the global economic impact of HIV and AIDS or simply helping students understand HIV and AIDS as a health topic, this list of reviewed resources and classroom ideas will provide a solid foundation.

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Find ideas and more as you plan for upcoming lessons on this powerful topic.

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Human Body Systems - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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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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Hurricane Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore these resources during a unit on weather or disasters and include related projects and classroom activities. Classrooms in hurricane-prone areas may want to stop to observe anniversaries of local hurricane history or even to conduct local history projects in conjunction with some of these starter resources. Turn frightening natural disasters into positive learning using the background on these helpful sites.

tag(s): disasters (36), hurricanes (36), natural disasters (17), weather (165)

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Use this complete list as a research source for student projects during a unit on weather or choose one or two specific sites to use. These reviews all include ideas for classroom use.

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