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Looking for more information on blended learning or an opportunity to earn (free) PD hours this winter? Join our winter book study! Discuss Michele Eaton’s The Perfect Blend with other educators, attend a Q&A with the author, and earn a certificate of completion for 15+ PD hours!
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Celebrate Friends & Family this December

As the end of the year approaches, take time to say thanks and offer gifts of presence to those in your students' lives. Find tools to express gratitude and other timely resources. 

Season of Giving

Stretch your students' creative thinking, writing skills, and problem solving skills as they create projects for special people this holiday season. Create memories for others as your learners show what they know and how much they care.

Find ideas for families and school support staff »

Curated Christmas Collection

Discover historical information and research, some neat ways to incorporate the Christmas holiday into your classes, logic and coding resources, recipes, nutcracker lessons, and much more.

Peruse these resources to find an ideal tool »

Dates to Remember this December

Two important events happened this week in history. Discover resources related to Pearl Harbor and the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which officially ended slavery. 

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, is the day that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Later that week, the United States became involved in World War 2. Peruse this curated collection to find resources to help students of all ages understand the significance of this day.

Help your students understand the events at Pearl Harbor »

13th Amendment Is Ratified

Today (December 6) is the anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865. In honor of this historical event, we are sharing a Reading Trek designed for grades 5-9 related to the book "Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad."

View the instructional guide and maps related to the book »

This Week at TeachersFirst®

We are pleased to announce that registration for our winter book study is open just in time to start celebrations for Read a New Book Month! Hannukah begins this Thursday and although Kwanzaa doesn't begin this week, you can start planning ahead with the resources below. Finally, we kindly ask for your reply in our weekly poll. 

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Registration is now open

Winter Book Study

Learn about blended learning and earn PD hours for free during our winter book study! Participants will read Michelle Eaton’s "The Perfect Blend", investigate various tech tools, and understand how they can be used for blended learning.

Learn new tricks and tips for your blended lessons »

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Find a book for your students

Read a New Book Month

December is Read a New Book Month. Holiday reading is just the right thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Read about holiday customs around the world and find reading and activity suggestions for your students to use in the classroom and at home.

Enjoy some holiday reading with your students »

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The Festival of Lights begins this Thursday night

Celebrate Hanukkah

Whether you are learning about the Festival of Lights or how to make a dreidel, check out these resources about Hanukkah. There are activities and resources for all grade levels that you can share with families during remote learning.

Engage your students with the interactives in this curated selection »

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Celebrated December 26 - January 1

Prepare for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa doesn't start until later this month, but now is the perfect time to begin planning your lessons and activities about this annual, week-long celebration. Kwanzaa is celebrated around the world and culminates with a feast and gift giving.

Learn about the 7 core principles, crafts, recipes, and more »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: "What format of reading a book do you enjoy the most? Do you prefer reading an actual book (turning the paper pages), listening to an audio book, or reading a book on a digital device?"

View other educators' replies when you hit submit »

Six More Areas to Explore

Discover six additional resources available at TeachersFirst.

Remote Learning

Blended Learning

Infusing Technology Blog

Globetracker’s Mission

Reading Treks

Classroom Connection Events

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