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STEM for All Students

This week, we’re featuring tools to engage your elementary, middle, and high school students in STEM activities. STEM includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Peruse and find lessons, interactives, games, and other projects. 

Grades K-3

PictureStem Project

Discover STEM teaching units for grades K–2 that incorporate the engineering process and correlate to science standards. There are three units containing lessons that connects science concepts to picture books.

Grades K-9


Dig into this online learning portal for students in grades K–9 that includes content in many topic areas, including entrepreneurship, media, and STEM. Most activities include a short video lesson accompanied by a quiz, challenge activity, and summary.

Grades K-6

Virtual Manipulatives

Select from virtual dice, number lines, place value disks, geoboards, fraction bars, spinners, and many other virtual manipulatives. Many of these resources include suggestions for use and interactive content to adjust settings and change color.

Grades K-12

The Museum of Science Engineering Curriculum

The Museum of Science shares a series of engineering curriculums for students in preschool through high school. Each program includes educator resources, hands-on learning units, and process guides to take students through the problem-solving process.

Grades K-3

K-3 STEM Foundations - Life Science

Explore these units, each including a reading selection and worksheets for science, math, and reading activities. There are also downloadable teacher guides providing materials that include templates, guiding questions, and assessments.

Grades K-12

STEM Resource Finder

Check out over 260 lessons and units provided on this comprehensive website. Filter by grade level, content, and type of activity, or use the keyword search to locate specific content. All resources include correlation to science standards.

Grades K-6

Curious George STEM Collection

This Curious George STEM Collection contains a variety of hands-on lesson plans teaching STEM concepts. Begin each lesson by watching a video, then use the concepts presented in the video to participate in a variety of learning activities.

Grades K-6

City Technology

Find resources for students and educators about engineering. Discover student projects that feature a video showing how to make the item and a list of materials needed. There are also complete units about various STEM topics.

Grades K-8

Free Online Science Games

Skim this plethora of science interactives for elementary and middle school students, including a movie about fossils, the Food Chain Game, endangered animal puzzles, and many others. Find resources that relate to your current content in science.

This Week at TeachersFirst

This week, we’re highlighting several professional learning opportunities. We invite you to join us for our bi-monthly Twitter chat this Thursday and to apply for our fall book club, which is still accepting applications. The summer virtual workshop series has ended, but you can view our on-demand recordings. We’re also sharing a related blog post and kindly request your input in our weekly poll. 

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Thursday, 9/2, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Creating a Community of Learners

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, we’ll explore ways to build connections in the classroom despite our differences and share strategies and resources to foster an inclusive classroom community.

Discuss the components of building a classroom community »

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Join us this fall

TeachersFirst 2021 Fall Book Club

This fall, TeachersFirst is hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers use popular literature to start meaningful discussions about diversity and racial and cultural identity with their students.

Learn to use popular books to spark discussions about challenging topics »

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Register and view summer 2021 sessions

OK2Ask: On Demand

Our live summer OK2Ask virtual workshop series has ended, but all of our sessions are available on-demand! Register and watch at your convenience to learn about topics such as Symbaloo Learning Paths, Google Drawings, Digital Escapes, and others.

Discover new tools and strategies to infuse in your lessons »

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Infusing Technology Blog

STEM for Littles

If you are looking for additional ideas, tools, and strategies to share STEM with your young students, dive into this related blog post. Read all about The PictureStem Project, which includes units on designing paper baskets and toy box organizers.

Learn new ideas for STEM for Littles »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, "Which area of STEM do you find the most difficult to teach to young students?" View the replies of other educators once you submit your choice.

Would you pick Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? »

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