April 2, 2023

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April Celebrations

April brings Jazz Appreciation Month, National Park Week, D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day, and English Language Day. This week’s resources will help you create powerful lessons related to these four topics. 

National Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day

National Jazz Month and International Jazz Day (April 30) celebrate the history and heritage of jazz, which dates back to the 1890s. Check out these book suggestions and class activities to help you introduce your students to jazz.

Jazz up your lesson »

Drop Everything and Read Day

April 12th is D.E.A.R. Day, a national celebration and the ideal time to remind students and families to make reading a priority in their lives by dropping everything and reading! Discover a plethora of independent reading resources in this collection.

Peruse this list of resources to find reading resources »

National Park Week

National Park Week (April 22 to April 30) celebrates national parks and encourages everyone to enjoy them in person. Entrance fees will be waived on April 22, 2023, to kick off the week. Read this related blog post to learn about more ways to celebrate.

Celebrate national parks »

English Language Day

English Language Day is a UN celebration held annually on April 23. In honor of this day, we’re sharing resources you can use with your English language learners of all ages, including strategies to use in class and ways to differentiate your lessons.

Read about ways to adjust your lessons for ESL/ENL students »

This Week at TeachersFirst

Leverage our collection related to Autism Awareness to enhance your lessons and check out a group of resources related to Move More Month. Invest in yourself with free, quality professional learning and refresh your teaching toolbox by joining our upcoming OK2Ask® virtual workshop on Tuesday and our Twitter chat on Thursday. Finally, we kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Increase awareness and understanding

April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day

According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 36 children in the US is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and Asperger’s and find practical methods to help these students succeed.

Autism resources for educators and families »

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Resources to get your students moving

Get Moving Month

Whether used in PE, during movement breaks, or at other times in your lessons, the resources in this curated list will get students in all grades moving and help them learn about sports, dance, exercise, and other forms of movement.

Explore this collection of resources related to movement »

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Tuesday, 4/4, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Reading Treks

TeachersFirst Reading Treks are built using Google Maps to chronicle a character's journey throughout a book. Each stop along the way adds to student comprehension as they explore the information, images, and videos embedded in the map.

Register for this session to learn more about Reading Treks »

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Thursday, 4/6, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Learning Adventures with Google My Maps

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. We will discuss strategies for using Google My Maps as a teaching tool and explore Google My Maps features that are useful for the classroom.

Share classroom integration ideas for Google My Maps »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, “Do you have D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time in your class?” Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.

Do you dare to do DEAR time? »

More Resources for Your Lessons

Take advantage of these six additional areas of TeachersFirst to find even more treasures for your lessons. 

Classroom Planning Calendar

Classroom Connection Events

Special Topics

Infusing Technology Blog

Reading Treks

Globetracker’s Mission

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