December 10, 2017
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EdTech for the Elementary Classroom
This week we are featuring some excellent elementary-themed finds (yet you may notice many are also appropriate for older grades as well). Explore TeachersFirst-created material, tools to differentiate, assessment options for the young, and even a SAFE online search engine for younger viewers. Click the image above to view our full list of features. Find edtech integration ideas "ready to go" in our reviews!
Are you looking for a SAFE search engine for your class? This search engine is easy to use and kid-friendly. Enter the search term and results are shared. Inappropriate search terms are returned with an "Opps, Try Again." Share with families on your site.
Create, find, and share visually appealing Webmixes (using tiles) to share web resources. You can organize your tiles by subject, difficulty level, and more. The tiles can be color coded and use images. This is perfect for non-reading students!
Peruse this vast library of resources for teaching reading skills including six different literacy strategies. Find details on using the strategy, templates, examples, children's books to teach the strategy, and more. Don't miss the interactive chart.
Differentiation Tools x 4
Explore this quartet of differentiation finds! Included are gamified and personalized virtual worksheets, spelling levels for all, free online books, and math and literacy game-based learning for ages 4-10.
Get started by taking a spelling placement test to determine your spelling grade level. The site offers complete spelling courses for grades 1-8, including weekly word lists, day-by-day practice activities, SAT word lists, and Dolch word lists.
Epic! For Educators
Peruse thousands of high-quality free books for educators teaching grades K-5. Books can be accessed on any device (as an app or on web browser). Add up to 30 student profiles to receive personalized recommendations based on reading ability and interests.
Replace your old worksheets with this device agnostic resource (available as both an app or on a web browser). Practice math and English with over 200 topics and hundreds of questions per topic. Earn points, move up levels, and earn badges.
Find self-paced interactives for reading, writing, math, vocabulary, science, music, geography, art, Spanish, Chinese, and finance. Questions adjust to challenge students based on responses. Earn badges, superhero costumes, and certificates.
Treasures at TeachersFirst
The highlighted trio below offers a professional learning archived webinar about infusing SAMR into your lessons, appropriate for all grades. You can also read more about TeachersFirst Reading Treks, which engage and immerse readers in a story using maps. And don't miss our curated list of math resources for grades K-2!
OK2Ask: Transform Your Lesson Plans with SAMR and TeachersFirst
This archived OK2Ask recording opens in Adobe Connect. View the full archive or explore the resources page, shared in the classroom use section. Learn more about SAMR, find new resources for lesson planning in content areas, and infuse technology!
TeachersFirst Reading Treks Review
Find fiction and informational books at every reading level. Each book includes a downloadable PDF with Standards, grade level, ideas and activities for using the Reading Trek in class, and a list of helpful resources. See our review for more ideas.
Measurement - Grades K-2
Peruse our curated list of editor's choice for best resources for measurement in grades K-2. All resources can be used to meet the NCTM standards for measurement in grades K-2. Click to view other grade levels and math subjects in this TF collection.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We are happy to share that our Winter OK2Ask professional learning series is now open for registration! For professional learning on your own time, take a few minutes to explore our TeachersFirst blog with new, insightful entries added weekly (or more).
December Is Universal Human Rights Month!
December is Universal Human Rights Month. December 10th is also Universal Human Rights Day. What will you do in your class? Will you discuss what human rights means or volunteer locally to support human rights? Visit - http://bit.ly/TF_HumanRights
OK2Ask Free Virtual Workshops
Registration Now Open for Winter 2018
Sign up now for our FREE virtual workshops. We have three phenomenal topics in January: TeachersFirst Membership, Chrome Features & Extensions for Accessibility, and Comics in the Classroom. Join us on Tuesday Evenings at 7pm Eastern.
Bite-Sized Professional Learning On Your Own Schedule
Grab a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy one of our recent K12 edtech-focused blog posts. Learn about educational technology happenings and uncover new resources. Explore, enjoy, and get inspired!
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TeachersFirst is a collection of curated, classroom-ready content and ideas — including teacher-authored reviews of thousands of web resources. Built-in guidance from seasoned professionals makes effective classroom technology use trouble-free. TeachersFirst is made available free to K12 teachers by The Source for Learning, Inc., a nonprofit that has been providing educational resources for more than 40 years.