December 24, 2017
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Tis the Season...
Happy Holidays from TeachersFirst! Celebrate the season with tools to create personalized gifts, resources for snow days and winter breaks, and original content from TeachersFirst!
The holiday may have passed, but it's not too late to share with your students information about a holiday that is celebrated around the world. Learn about the origin and meaning of this Jewish festival and share the activities with your students.
Calling all elves: find word searches, count money, play games (checkers with Santa!), try craft ideas, and more. Attend the Elf Academy to send animated Christmas postcards. Write Santa a letter. Share this festive favorite on your class website.
Delve into the history of Kwanzaa and learn details about the meaning of its symbols. Find links to wallpaper, recipes, books, greetings (e-cards), music, symbols, info about the Seven Days, history, and the Feast.
New Year's Resolutions
Find interactive vocabulary activities, printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using words related to New Year's. As students make a list of their resolutions, share the vocabulary lists. Find more ideas in the full review.
Digital Gifts to Share
Create beautiful and personalized photo gifts and bring family and friends together virtually with this trio of treasures!
Add a headline, byline, and picture to make an image that looks like it came straight from a major website. Share family news (college acceptance, honor roll, new addition, or more). Send your headline to family and friends far and near.
Create beautiful photo collages, cards, and posters to share with family and friends this season! Select from 320 templates or upload your own pictures from your computer or Facebook. Add text and edit photos for size and more.
Bring faraway family together virtually, even if you can't be together physically! Create video conversations with up to four people instantly, no download or registration. Simply, add a name for your room and click "create."
Seasonal Favorites from TeachersFirst
Explore these three wintertime treasures created and curated by TeachersFirst: a collection of snow day resources, the Giving Tree Lesson, and the Gifts of Character article from our Help! I Lost my Librarian/Media Specialist collection.
The Giving Tree Lesson
The Giving Tree lesson is certain to get students thinking about the spirit of this season. Use in language arts classes for writing activities. Share the story and lesson with students of all ages. Find more ideas in our lesson and full review.
Gifts of Character Readalouds
Foster an "attitude of gratitude!" This collection of books for elementary students centers around character traits we typically associate with this season and try to instill in students: generosity, philanthropy, compassion, service, and kindness.
Snow Day Resources
Plan ahead for snow days! Our collection includes tools and sites related to SNOW, ideas for brainy day fun, and ways to stay connected when snowed in! Each review has ideas for how to use with your class. Share this list on your class website too.
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Tech Tools for Social Learning
Infuse technology into your teaching with three tech tools that facilitate social learning. Flipgrid, Quizlet Live, and Padlet allow you to plan comprehensive lessons, provide students with new learning opportunities, and foster collaboration.
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