May 27, 2018

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Sweet Summertime!

With June just around the corner, keep your students' minds sharp and avoid the summer slump. This week's features include tools for practicing math and reading skills. We've also included tools to create books, images, and more! 

Grades K-12

Summer Reading: Not Just for Kids!

Our first feature is for you! Find summer reading suggestions to inspire, refresh, and get you excited for next school-year. Find professional book selections and blogs to take to the beach or read on your mobile device. Read and enjoy on your schedule.

Grades K-5


Although this site isn't new, fresh content and interactives to explore are frequently added. Find practice and review for math, LA, science, geography, and more. Seasonal activities and tools to create word clouds, animation, and more are also featured.

Grades K-12

Math Resources for All Grades

Peruse our math collection, based on NCTM standards. Resources are divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Read each description to learn more.

Keep the Kids Reading This Summer

Share our book lists and reading strategy resources with students searching for the perfect summer read!

Grades K-12

Reading Strategies Resources

TeachersFirst created this curated list of reviewed resources to promote proven reading strategies of effective readers. Share these engaging texts on your class website so students can focus on specific reading strategies. Families can read the reviews.

Grades K-5

Epic! For Educators

Create an account, and add 30 students for FREE access to 1,000s of books! Access books on any device. You receive feedback including time spent reading, page flips, and books read (save for future teachers). Students earn badges and other awards.

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Booklist: Adventures in Summer

Looking for the perfect summer reading booklist for students? Look no further than our very own TeachersFirst collection which includes books for all grades! Share on your class website for students to discover endless summer reading options.

Keep the Minds Creating This Summer

This diverse mix includes tools to create coding, online books, and images. Creating projects is a great way to keep students engaged and also to document summer fun!

Grades K-12

Book Creator

Create beautiful, multimedia digital books. Follow the detailed instructions to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. View the tutorial for creating, storing, and sharing your books. The free plan offers one library with storage of up 40 books.

Grades 5-12


Create FUN images that include text. Students can share an image from camp, vacation, family fun, or another special event. Easily add text to an image and change the layout, background, and more using Canva.

Grades K-12

Flappy Code

Get coding this summer! Follow the 10 step directions to add code to your workspace as you make your bird fly toward a target, give directions for the end of game results, and edit actions and speed of the game. There is much to explore and fun to be had!

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join us on Tuesday (5/29) at 7 pm ET for the second installment of our digital storytelling virtual workshop series. Learn to implement digital storytelling across your curriculum! Also, explore rhymes to help students understand how language works through sounds and familiar word patterns via our new blog post. Last but hardly least, please tell us about your plans for summer assignments in our weekly poll!

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Part 2

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Join this virtual workshop and learn how to successfully implement a digital storytelling project into science, social studies, health, or other content areas. Discover ways to improve student communication skills in this second installment.

Integrate digital storytelling now! »

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Rhyme Time

6 Sites for Exploring Rhymes Across Grade Levels

Integrate rhyme into poetry or song to teach difficult concepts or as an alternative to traditional projects and presentations with our new blog post!

Incorporate rhyme into your classroom! »

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What are your plans?

Weekly Poll

What school work do you send home during the summer months? Is anything required or is it just suggested? Tell us what you think in our weekly poll!

Share what you do! »

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