December 22, 2019
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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (also known as the Festival of Lights), begins tonight at sunset and continues for 10 days. Teach your students about Hanukkah and share engaging holiday activities.
TeachersFirst's Hanukkah Resources
Peruse this curated list related to Hanukkah and learn about the history of the holiday, find printables to share with students, engage your students with the games that are shared (Dreidel anyone?), play the music for your class, and color the pages.
Chanukah - Hanukkah 2019
Discover a wealth of information related to Hanukkah. This site includes information, activities, and weblinks. Explore the topics: Chanukah Basics, How-To, The Chanukah Story, Insights & Stories, Videos & Songs, Chanukah Recipes, and Chanukah for Kids.
Introduce young students to Jewish traditions and holidays through games, coloring pages, and music. Learn about the Jewish Calendar, Jewish history, and traditional Jewish music.
Bring Christmas Cheer to Your Classroom
Christmas is less than a week away, find "gifts" to share with students and colleagues in this collection.
TeachersFirst's Christmas Resources
In this Christmas-themed collection you will find historical information and research, neat ways to correlate the holiday into your language arts classes, art, social studies, and many other subjects, plus “educationally fun” ideas for celebrating.
Santa's Village and Tracker
Google offers Santa's Village each year to count down to Christmas, along with an advent calendar full of surprises. The calendar features change often - so check back. Many educational activities are included such as coding, math, writing, and more.
Don't miss a stop at this Santa's Village, complete with interactives (checkers with Santa, telling time, and concentration), an Elf Academy (read stories and send virtual postcards), and makerspace Christmas challenges, including holiday crafts.
Discover the Joys of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 - January 1. Honor the African heritage in African-American culture with this holiday that ends in gift-giving and a feast. Learn more about Kwanzaa with this trio of information.
TeachersFirst's Kwanzaa Resources
Navigate your way through this curated collection of resources related to Kwanzaa. Learn about the 50+ year history of the holiday and the Seven Principles of the celebration, find recipes, engage students with interactive activites, and more.
The Kwanzaa Website
If you are looking for an inclusive Kwanzaa website for all ages, check out this informative site. Learn how Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 and the history of the holiday. Read descriptions of the Seven Principles and what each means.
Skim your way around this engaging and informative site. If you aren't sure where to begin with Kwanzaa, this site has something for everyone: Dinner Menu Ideas, Holiday Ornaments, Crafts for Kids, Symbols, Music, and Books.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Only a few spots remain in our Winter Book Study - sign up today to save your seat! We also are sharing a New Year's collection for your class. And, don't miss our poll related to how educator's spend their holiday break.
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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.
Happy New Year
TeachersFirst's New Year's Resources
This collection of resources offers ideas to incorporate New Year's activities in the regular curriculum. Whether you focus on a specific activity or simply share these for enrichment outside of class, your students will find some refreshing new ideas!
Resources to help set goals, reflect, look ahead, and make resolutions »
How will you spend winter break?
This week we want to learn from you: Will you be staying home over the winter break or do you travel?
See you in 2020
Relax & Refresh
We hope that you find time to relax during the upcoming holiday season. Enjoy your family and friends and celebrate together. There will be no TeachersFirst Update next week (12/29), but we will be back with fresh ideas and edtech topics in January 2020.
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