June 18, 2017

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Celebrate Historic Events in June

June includes D-Day, Flag Day, Magna Carta Day, Juneteenth, and more! Celebrate U.S. history with these teacher-reviewed, web-based resources and our suggestions for how to use them in your classroom.

Grades 5-12

Who, Me? Biased?

The New York Times offers this video series about bias. Learn ideas about how to address and change prejudice. Video clips are only about 2-minutes, making this an easy tool to integrate into lessons. Read our review for classroom use ideas.

Grades 6-12

Immigrant Stories

This collection of videos sharing personal and family immigration stories, allows you to add your own story to the collection by following the instructions and video tutorials. Challenge your students to create their own stories—perfect for ESL!

Grades 8-12

Military History Now

Use this fabulous site to learn about some lesser-known (and strange) aspects of military history. This site includes stories from around the world, not just the U.S. Use the keyword search to find specific information.

Grades 3-12

The Star Spangled Banner

Take a virtual trip to the Smithsonian to explore the American Flag and Star Spangled Banner. Earn stars by answering the interactive questions correctly, sing along with the National Anthem, and share your own thoughts about the American flag.

Equal Rights for All

Discover how these websites and videos can help your students learn about equal rights for African-Americans and Women. 

Grades 2-12

Students Investigating Primary Sources

Find lessons about separation of power, women's right to vote, and more. All lessons are correlated to National Standards and include a PDF with activity ideas, vocabulary, handouts, and more. Click the title for classroom integration ideas.

Grades 9-12

Visualizing Emancipation

View artifacts, documents and historical events from 1861-1865 with this interactive map. Various map views and lesson plans—divided by grade level and correlated to standards—provide a more nuanced understanding of how the U.S. ended legal slavery.

Grades 9-12

Created Equal

View several short films (or film clips) related to the Civil Rights Movement. Travel from the Abolitionist Movement to the Freedom Marches to the turbulent 1960s. Our review offers tips for how to utilize these films as part of your lessons.

TeachersFirst Presents History

Don't miss these 4 Social Studies focused resources, created by TeachersFirst just for you!

Grades 5-12

Dates That Matter

What happened today in history and why does it matter? Share this daily "quiz" on your projector or interactive whiteboard and get your entire class involved. Challenge your students to find other important events that happened on this day!

Grades K-12

CurriConnects: By The People

Looking for books about the US government and civics-related topics? Our collection includes both true and fictional tales about communities and government. Find books divided by grade, interest, Lexile, ESL levels, and more.

Grades K-6

Civil War Read-Alouds

Infuse history into your curriculum while building reading and listening skills. Created by an experienced elementary library/media specialist, this curated book list includes lesson ideas for before, during, and after reading.

Grades 5-10

Gettysburg By The Numbers

Move beyond dates and facts to questions that make the Battle of Gettysburg more meaningful and real with this engaging interactive. Click the "For Teachers" button to find lesson ideas and the "In the Classroom" link for tech integration tips.

What is happening this week at TeachersFirst?

If you are heading to ISTE (in San Antonio), stop by one of the 10 sessions presented by SFL staff and contributors. It's not too late—sign-up for our summer book study today! And, take our weekly poll about historical events!

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Whether you are looking for a session for ed tech coaches, differentiation, digital storytelling, coding, STEM, social media, and many other topics... check out our SFL presentations for a plethora of quality sessions.

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Book Study Summer 2017

SFL/TeachersFirst is hosting our summer book study again this year. It runs for 6 weeks in July and August. Click the link to get all the details about the book, requirements, and how to join the book study. PDUs are provided!

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