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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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list to help your youngest students to start to learn the basics of measurement. Navigate this collection of resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources...more
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Explore this curated list to help your youngest students to start to learn the basics of measurement. Navigate this collection of 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. Explore length, volume, weight, area, and time.

tag(s): area (73), measurement (180), time (140), volume (54)

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Display one of these tools on an interactive whiteboard or with a projector for group instruction. Put a link to these resources on your website for student and parent use at home. Share these tools with other teachers of K-2 students in your building and district. Create computer learning stations or allow students to work on individual laptops or devices using these resources.

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Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of resources ideal for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Many of these tools would ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources ideal for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Many of these tools would be useful on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Topics include operations, fractions, decimals, order of operations, and more.

tag(s): decimals (125), division (160), fractions (230), multiplication (211), operations (123), order of operations (41)

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Share these resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these tools in your BYOD classroom to differentiate for math class. Share the resources with students for additional practice, remediation, enrichment, or advancement.

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Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of resources for grades 6-8. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that relate to the ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources for grades 6-8. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your middle school classroom. This list also includes some cross-curricular sites.

tag(s): mental math (30), numbers (196), order of operations (41), prime numbers (31)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources with students on your class website.

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Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of editor's choice resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that ...more
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Explore this curated list of editor's choice resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): operations (123), order of operations (41)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students.

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Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of resources for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Help young students grasp the beginning ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Help young students grasp the beginning concepts of counting, numbers, and basic operations. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard, math computer learning station, or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

tag(s): addition (226), counting (113), division (160), multiplication (211), numbers (196), operations (123), preK (286), subtraction (186)

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Share these tools during math learning centers or on your interactive whiteboard. List a few of these tools on your class website for students to use for additional practice outside of your classroom.

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Measurement Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn measurement and teachers plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn measurement and teachers plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts of both standard and metric measurement. Most are suited to elementary grades, but some of the conversion resources are useful at secondary level.

tag(s): measurement (180)

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Be sure to include some measurement activities during special sporting events such as the Olympics, World Series, or Super Bowl to give special relevance to your measurement "units"!

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Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide ...more
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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. To become media literate, students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. Media literacy education is about helping students become competent, critical, and literate in all media forms so that they can appropriately interpret what they see or hear rather than blindly accepting what they are told. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching media literacy skills. Be sure also to check out the media literacy professional learning resources.

tag(s): critical thinking (120), cyberbullying (46), digital citizenship (67), evaluating sources (16), internet safety (119), media literacy (65), news (260), primary sources (93), professional development (162), social media (28)

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Today's messages come in many forms and literacy can no longer refer simply to the ability to read and write. Prepare your students to be literate citizens with this collection. Many are ideal for whole-group instruction, while others would work best on individual devices. Read the reviews to find classroom use ideas with each review. Although the list of tools is mainly geared towards grades 4-8, there are a few resources for the primary grades.

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Memorial Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Explore these resources for ideas you can use to connect classroom curriculum to Memorial Day. Whether you choose to focus on Memorial Day and its history for one class period ...more
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Explore these resources for ideas you can use to connect classroom curriculum to Memorial Day. Whether you choose to focus on Memorial Day and its history for one class period or to include a special curriculum project in honor of veterans, these ideas and resources will get you started.

tag(s): memorial day (13)

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Share these resources with your students as you learn about Memorial Day. Create a cross-curricular project by having students research the history of the holiday and then write a letter or poem.

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Mentoring Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use with all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for...more
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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use with all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for college or a future career, anti-violence tools, ways to empower girls, character building, and more. Use these tools to coach, lead, teach, and mentor in your classroom and beyond.

tag(s): bullying (52), mentoring (6)

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Share sites with the entire class or find specific tools that are useful for individual students in your class. This is a great list to share with parents at the beginning of the year, and list on your class website!

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Moon Phases and Seasons - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about moon phases and the seasons. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about moon phases and the seasons. 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. Explore the lesson ideas, interactives, and content sites. If you are looking for even MORE resources, check out the links to the tagged resources for seasons and moon.

tag(s): moon (74), seasons (35)

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Find resources for all grades with great ideas in each review! Share these sites on your interactive whiteboard or have students explore on individual devices. Use these tools for review before the test or for research options. Share the link to this page on your class website.

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Mothers' Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Mothers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. The resources include many project ideas for elementary students. Some of the creative...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Mothers' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. The resources include many project ideas for elementary students. Some of the creative tools will lure even older students into writing and creating much=appreciated gifts.

tag(s): mothers day (11)

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Use these resources to connect Mothers' Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Music in Schools Month Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Bring the beat into your classroom with this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about music! Prepare for Music in our Schools Month...more
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Bring the beat into your classroom with this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about music! Prepare for Music in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, drama, dance, and more.

tag(s): dance (27), music theory (44), musical instruments (51), musical notation (39), rhythm (21), sound (104)

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Use this site during units on sound in science class. Share the virtual instrument sites with students in music class, as they are learning to play a new instrument. If you are teaching (or learning) the piano, check out the virtual one. Consider displaying it on your interactive whiteboard.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month and the important contributions of those...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month and the important contributions of those whose heritage traces to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America through related projects and classroom activities.

tag(s): hispanic (16)

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Use the resources in the collection to supplement classroom material during a unit on Hispanic Heritage. The resources listed here can be used for webquests, learning centers, lesson plans & the like!

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National History Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Whether your students actually compete in National History Day or not, the annual themes and the challenge of hands-on, primary resarch wrapped into the History Day project format is...more
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Whether your students actually compete in National History Day or not, the annual themes and the challenge of hands-on, primary resarch wrapped into the History Day project format is an engaging way for students to participate in their own learning and produce rigorous, meaningful projects they will never forget. This collection of TeachersFirst resources pulls from our offerings on primary sources as well as resources related to the 2010 National History Day theme of "Innovation in History." Explore and share these offerings as you plan a "history day" type event for your school or to assist students participating in National History Day.

tag(s): history day (24)

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Share this link on your class web page or use it as a jumping off point for students beginning research for National History Day projects or you school's own history celebration. Have students create their projects using free web based tools, such as those reviewed as part of the TeachersFirst Edge. To provide a way for students to help each other with the technology tasks, limit options to one or two tools such as ThingLink (,reviewed here,) for interviews or Bookemon (reviewed here) for creating interactive books. Or create a whole-class wiki with student group history projects on separate pages. Learn more about wikis from the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.

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Native American Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the rich heritage and legacy of Native Americans and to plan projects...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the rich heritage and legacy of Native Americans and to plan projects and classroom activities so students can explore the contributions and experiences of the native nations of North and South America. Whether you spend one class exploring these resources or plan an entire unit on Native Americans, the ideas included in the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and projects your students will not forget.

tag(s): india (32), native americans (80)

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Use the resources in this collection to help supplement and plan for a unit on Native American cultures. Use the links here for webquests, learning centers, lesson plans & the like.

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New Year's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for New Year's in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for New Year's in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): new years (11)

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Use these resources to connect New Years and related "new" celebrations to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Note that a new school year is also a good time for resolutions!

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Oil Spill Resources - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about oil spills and the short and long term impact on the environment caused...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about oil spills and the short and long term impact on the environment caused by these environmental disasters. As students read and see images of animals, be aware that younger students may have more questions than they can explain.

tag(s): disasters (41), environment (321), oil (40), oil spill (19)

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Use these resources together with your class to help students find ways they can contribute to a greater good after such a devastating event spreads across the news. Extend the opportunity to teach about persuasive writing (letters to legislators or the editor), careers in environmental science, and more.

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Olympics Resources - TeachersFirst

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Winter or summer, the Olympics provide teaching opportunities across the curriculum for students of all ages. Browse these options for curriculum connections to light the Olympic flame...more
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Winter or summer, the Olympics provide teaching opportunities across the curriculum for students of all ages. Browse these options for curriculum connections to light the Olympic flame in your classroom.

tag(s): china (63), olympics (52)

In the Classroom

Use these Olympics resources to plan an entire unit during the Olympics or make them available as links from your teacher web page for enrichment if the Olympics fall during school breaks. Not enough time for an Olympics unit? Perhaps students can use these links to generate ideas and projects to share on an Olympics extra credit wiki. Teachers of gifted will find many ways to spark new projects usig these links.

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Online Tools and Timesavers Editor's Choice Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of Editors' Choice FREE, reviewed resources was selected to help teachers and students save time using handy online tools that get the job done and make your classroom...more
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This collection of Editors' Choice FREE, reviewed resources was selected to help teachers and students save time using handy online tools that get the job done and make your classroom run smoothly. Find tools for organizing and communicating, managing your classroom, do-it-yourself creating, sharing links, useful utilities, saving paper, and much more. For a more extensive collection, see our full listing of online tools.

tag(s): classroom management (155)

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Mark this one in your favorites as a sanity saver. You may not remember the name of each handy timesaver, but having the collection close "at hand" will help you find them easily. Use your free TeachersFirst membership to rate them or mark individual favorite tools and share them with your students on your public page.

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Passover Resources - TeachersFirst

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Educate your students about Passover using this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about Passover. Find resources for all grade...more
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Educate your students about Passover using this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about Passover. Find resources for all grade levels. Engage your students in learning about this Jewish holiday.

tag(s): holidays (140), jews (26), religions (69)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons about Passover. Provide some of the links on your class website for students (and families) to explore on their own.

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