December 15, 2019

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National Read a New Book Month

National Read a New Book Month is celebrated in both December and September -- we believe any month is a great time to discover new books to read. Begin your search for new reads with these curated collections.

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Book List: Award Winning Books

Develop your students' love of reading using this collection of award-winning books, including selections from Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners.

Grades K-6

Going Deep with Award Winning Books: Close reading and text-dependent questions

Find helpful guidance for developing close reading skills and text-dependent questions with this selection. Get started with a dozen examples using Caldecott Award-winning book suggestions, complete with tips, standards, and more.

Grades K-12

Reading Lists from TeachersFirst

Find book suggestions for your most reluctant readers using these book lists: Good Books for Middle Schoolers, Banned Books Online, Beyond Nancy Drew - A Guide to Girls' Literature, Books by Survivors, Tear Jerkers, If You Like Harry Potter, and more.

Teacher Resources for Reading

Engage, enrich, and extend your reading instruction with this trio of resources for more effective literacy lessons. 

Grades K-6

Reading IQ

Don't miss this reading tool offering free enrollment for teachers, plus free access to students on any device. The site offers student monitoring tools including assigned reading levels, monitored time spent reading, and individual progress reports.

Grades K-6

Whooo's Reading

After reading a book or text, students are asked short response questions and can earn coins for correct answers. Teachers receive scores in real-time and have the option to provide feedback through conversations with students within the program.

Grades K-8


This cool tool will assess students' oral reading and comprehension. The site does it all: displays the text, administers the reading assessment, scores it, generates an audio recording, provides the reading level, and keeps a running record.

Create & Share Your Story

Try one of these three tools to inspire students to create and share their own stories. 

Grades 5-12


Bring a social media feel to writing with this storytelling editor that mimics texting. Create a story or movie format, add characters, upload images, and add your title. Use the edit feature to reorganize text within the story. Publish when finished.

Grades K-12

Adobe Spark

Create beautiful visual stories by simply following prompts and adding your own images, or use images available online. Personalize your story with text, slide shows, links to outside resources, and more. When finished, share your URL.

Grades 1-12


Give students a voice by having them share their stories verbally. Empower weaker readers and writers as they create and share podcasts. Students can read their own story or practice reading out loud for you to assess or for self-reflection.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Registration is open for our Winter Book Study -- see details below. On Thursday, join us for our Twitter Chat on using digital tools to demonstrate learning. And, tell us about your recreational reading habits in this week's poll.

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Join us in January and February

Winter Book Study - Register Today

Our winter book study features Learning Transported, by Jaime Donally. The book introduces immersive technologies (augmented, virtual and mixed reality) and explains how to customize their use in safe, affordable ways. Space is limited to 40 educators.

Learn how to participate in this book study »

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Thursday (12/19) 8 pm ET

Twitter Chat: Using Digital Tools to Demonstrate Learning

Do you have a go-to tech tool for measuring learning? Or, maybe you are searching for tools to help document student progress. Join us on Twitter, Thursday at 8 pm ET, to share and learn about using digital tools to demonstrate learning.

Use the hashtag #OK2Ask to join the conversation »

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How often do you read?

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: How much time do you allot for your personal reading endeavors? Share your reply with our community and see how others responded.

Take a moment to share your reply in our poll »

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