April 4, 2021

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Looking for a way to leverage your students’ interest in social media and technology? Check out MySciLife, an educational social media platform for grades 5–9 where students learn by researching, personifying, and interacting as the science concepts they’re learning about.
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Discover Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in April

April showers may come and go, but there are still many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the sunny days! In this section, we're highlighting four events happening in April that encourage students to enjoy the outdoors. From creating a garden to walking a pet, find new ways to learn while enjoying the fresh springtime air. 

National Pet Month

This curated list of books teaches students about a wide variety of animals (owls, monkeys, dogs, and more), habitats, and pets! Encourage students to read and write stories about pets during National Pet Month.

Read all about animals »

Get Moving Month

There are many ways to get moving, including running, skating, biking, playing sports, and walking the dog! Celebrate Get Moving Month with a Reading Trek about "Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still." This book is geared toward elementary students.

Don't miss the instructional guide and digital maps related to this story »

National Garden Month

Gardens are a perfect topic for libraries and classrooms because teachers can touch so many aspects of the curriculum using a picture book as a springboard. Discover books, activities, and extensions to use with your students related to gardening.

How Does Your Garden Grow? A Project-Based Approach to Learning. »

Baseball Season is Here

Take a swing at making connections between your curriculum and baseball. Invite students to create their own baseball-related activities about the concepts you're studying right now like math word problems, scientific analysis of physics, and writing.

Integrate baseball into the curriculum »

This Week at TeachersFirst

This week, there are three ways that you can learn and grow: collaborate with our tech coaches at our next free virtual workshop this Tuesday (4/6), read a blog post related to gardening, and give your class's input in this week's poll about pets!  

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OK2Ask®: 3 Cool Tools for Digital Portfolios

There are many reasons to use portfolios in the classroom—to document student growth, reflect on assignments, and more. Join us this Tuesday (4/6) as we learn about three tools for creating student portfolios and ideas for using portfolios with students.

Plan to use portfolios in your instructional setting »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Let’s Talk About: National Garden Month

There are plenty of reasons students in school should be involved in gardening activities. This blog post highlights objectives, activities, and web resources in science, technology, engineering, life skills, and math, all related to gardening.

Learn about new web resources to explore »

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Pet Poll

Weekly Poll

This week, our poll involves your students! Take a poll of your class to determine which pet is owned by the greatest percentage of your class. Share your winning vote in our weekly poll!

Which pet won the poll in your class? »

Six More Engaging Areas to Share

Discover six additional areas of TeachersFirst to use for your lesson planning and to share with your students. 

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