June 11, 2017
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Time to Get Outside
June is Camping and Great Outdoors Month and includes World Environment Day, World Ocean Day, National Get Outdoors Day, and the Great American Campout Day. Celebrate the great outdoors by learning all about weather, Lyme disease, marine science, and more with these teacher reviewed resources.
SciJinks: It's All About Weather
Explore the informational articles and activities about weather, satellite meteorology, and earth science. Don't miss the hurricane interactive! Find content aligned to NGSS. Read our "In the Classroom" section for implementation ideas!
Educators Guides to Lyme Disease
Help your students become informed and prevent Lyme disease. The site includes a teacher overview (correlated to Next Generation Science Standards), student activities, a PowerPoint presentation, and links to more information.
CurriConnects Booklist: Weather, Climate, and Earth's Atmosphere
Peruse this curated list to find books that correlate with your science lessons. TeachersFirst's CurriConnects thematic book lists include Lexile reading levels, ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, and ESL levels.
Beach Chair Scientist
This blog features posts about marine science, the environment, and getting outside! Learn about the weather, Sea Turtle Day, and so much more. See our review for ideas about how to incorporate the information and activities into your lessons.
Let's Grow a Garden
Get outside this summer and grow a garden. Discover 3 gardening inspired resources to help students grow and learn.
Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Read-Alouds for Gardens
Gardens provide a wealth of opportunities to integrate curriculum and solve real-world problems. Our collection of resources, tips, and read-alouds includes lessons with project ideas about what plants need to thrive, ecosystems, food chains, and more.
Bring science to life for your class by joining this community of citizen scientist. The site's Education Tab is full of helpful guides for using the site (standards included), supplemental activities, and videos. We provide classroom tips in our review.
Get Your Hands Dirty Guide
Learn about growing plants and keeping animals at school. See our suggestions for how to use the guide with your students and then click to view or download the guide (revised and updated in 2017).
Let's Go Camping
Whether you are staying in a tent or cabin, these resources are full of great ideas about how to enjoy and engage students in the great outdoors!
Ultimate Camp Resources
If you plan to attend camp, be a counselor at camp, or plan camp events, check out this site! Here you will find camp songs, games, counselor information, art projects, campfire stories, skits, and ice breakers.
Ranger Rick Kids
Find classroom ideas for using this this award-winning site from the National Wildlife Federation. Designed for young students and the educators (and parents) that teach them, it includes crafts, songs, printable pages, outdoor activity ideas, and more!
Let's go on a road trip and practice math, planning, and more along the way! This site helps students find camp sites, parks and hotels and plan the mileage, money, and more! Click to see our review for integration ideas in your classroom.
What's Happening at TeachersFirst This Week
Join this week's #OK2Ask® Twitter chat to learn how to app smash! Register for our summer book study to take your classroom technology integration to the next level. And don't forget to take our weekly poll about favorite outdoor activities!
App Smashing Ideas
Twitter Chat This Thursday
Join our #OK2Ask Twitter chat this Thursday from 8-9 PM Eastern. This week's Topic: iPad App Smashing Ideas — learn how to "smash apps" to harness the power of working with individual apps together.
A new way to do professional learning!
Summer Book Study
Discover new ways to integrate technology in the classroom with our Summer 2017 Book Study. Participants will read Boni Hamilton's "Integrating Technology in the Classroom" and can earn PDU credit. The book study runs for 6-weeks in July and August.
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