August 5, 2018

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August = Back to the Classroom!

The first weeks of August are when the summer season begins to taper off, and by the last days of the month, many of us find ourselves returning back to school and back to our classrooms! Now is the perfect time to explore new ideas and helpful resources to use for the new school year!

Back to School Read-alouds

Discover books to read at the start of school with our comprehensive book lists for lower, middle, and upper elementary levels. Find an extensive selection of activities for before and after reading and see websites listing free books!

Get your year off to a GREAT book start! »

Geography for Your Classroom

Geography-themed events in August include the Panama Canal opening on August 15, 1914; Hawaii as the 50th state on August 21, 1959; and International Geocaching Day, observed on August 19th.

See more interesting geography finds! »

Last Days of Summer Learning Are Here

Our Sweet Summer of EdTech 2018 season is coming to a close--with our last three workshops featuring reading and writing tools, digital storytelling rubrics, and a tech tool smackdown! Plus, our bi-monthly Twitter chats continue with the August 16th topic focused on all things back-to-school. And, visit our K12 blog, Infusing Technology, to see what our edtech coaches have been writing about!

Summer Learning Trio!

Join us on TUE 8/7 for Proven Techniques to Improve Reading and Writing. On WED 8/8, our topic is Digital Storytelling. Our final summer session is held the following week, TUE 8/14, and features our popular Tech Tools Smackdown!

Each session starts 6 pm ET. Register now! »

See What Our Coaches Have Been Writing About Lately

Our K12 team has recently published a number of new posts worth noting, including posts about the National Day of the American Cowboy and the Triple E Framework! We also share a special tech tool each month; July's feature was related to Gettysburg.

Explore our Infusing Technology blog here »

More Amazing August Observances

Did you know the month of August includes a number of interesting observations such as a day for left-handers, the "birth" of Hawaii, the Fall of the Aztec Empire, ART, and coloring books? Read about our unique mix of resources related to these topics. And, tell us about your students' left-handed challenges in our Weekly Poll.

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Get writing - with either hand!

International Left-handers Day

August 13th is a day to celebrate those who write with their left hands! Our tagged list includes handwriting tools for anyone to use. Find resources for various grade levels as well as tech integration ideas for each tool.

Handwriting matters »

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The year was 1521 . . .

Fall of the Aztec Empire

The Aztec Empire was a young and warlike nation highly successful in spreading its reach and gaining fabulous wealth, but then came the strange visitors from another world. Share this list of social studies and history resources with students!

The rise and fall of the Aztecs & ancient Mexico resources »

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Books for units on states, multiculturalism, or U.S. geography

CurriConnects Book List: Hawaii

Dig into this list that includes books about Hawaii and Alaska. Each book on the list includes a short description to help indicate which state the books relate to and is organized by age, beginning with preschool on up to mature teens and adults.

Read all the 49th and 50th states! »

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Celebrate Art in Your School

American Artist Appreciation Month

American Artist Appreciation Month + National Coloring Book Day = a month full of art celebration! This editor's choice list includes some of our favorite art resources. Find tools to create art, resources to learn about art history, artists, and more.

Learn about famous artists, museums, paintings »

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What is your opinion?

Left-handed Struggles

What is the biggest writing struggle for your left-handed students? Do their desks cause problems? Or maybe how they hold their pencils? Share your thoughts.

Vote and read other replies »

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