May 5, 2019

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Spring into New Ideas for Your Classroom

THANK YOU! To all of the teachers who make a difference in the lives of children every day, we hope that you feel extra appreciated this Teacher Appreciation Week. In May, we also celebrate innovation and creativity with National Inventors Month. Read on to discover great classroom resources for honoring teachers and inventors this month.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a national holiday celebrated in the US during the first full week of May. Give thanks and recognition to the teachers in your life with this collection of classroom ideas and custom-made gifts.

Create a gift for a teacher today »

Celebrate Inventors

Started in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA, National Inventors Month is celebrated every May. Our CurriConnect booklist is brimming with books about inventors and inventions to share with your class.

Celebrate invention & creativity »

Blooming with Professional Learning Opportunities

Grab a cup of tea, find a comfortable chair outside (weather permitting), and join us this Tuesday (5/7) at 7pm ET for our OK2Ask® workshop spotlighting Insert Learning, a cool Chrome Extension. And, visit our blog, Infusing Technology, for insightful articles on how to integrate web-based resources into your classroom.

OK2Ask Free Virtual Workshop

Join us on Tuesday (5/7) to learn the basics of how to create engaging and differentiated lessons using Insert Learning, a Chrome extension. Get practical tips and plan how you will put this versatile tool to use in your classroom.

Learn the basics of Insert Learning »

Infusing Technology Blog

Our blog, Infusing Technology, features insights from edtech coaches to inspire you to try new methods in your instruction. Recent topics include: Pablo, Analyzing Media in the Classroom, Resources for Teaching Place Value, and more!

Be inspired & discover new ideas »

More Ideas for Your Teaching Toolbox

Enjoy May-themed resources just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Get Caught Reading Month, National School Nurses Day, and the anniversary of the first cartoon in US papers. Now is also the ideal time to catch-up on all the good tidbits shared during recent Twitter chats.

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Share Mexican history

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, 1862. This collection includes crafts to make, games to play, the history of the holiday, and more to celebrate Mexican-American culture.

Celebrate Mexican-American culture »

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Read a favorite book!

Get Caught Reading Month

Launched in 1999, Get Caught Reading Month is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books. TogetheRead offers a monthly collection of books, questions, and activities for all ages.

This month find wordless books, graphic novels and comics for all ages »

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Wednesday, May 8th

National School Nurses Day

National School Nurse Day, May 8, 2019, was established to foster an appreciation for the role school nurses play in the educational setting. Honor school nurses and overall health with this selection of books and activities related to food and nutrition.

Read about health & nutrition this School Nurses Day »

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The power of words

Cartoons Come to US Papers

"Join or Die," were the words of the first cartoon in an American newspaper on May 9, 1754. It appeared in Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette and showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing a colony. How can you use comics for learning?

Tools & ideas for using comics in the classroom »

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In case you missed it . . .

OK2Ask Twitter Chat Archives

Missed one of our Twitter chats? Find archives of recent chats in one convenient location! Sample topics include: tech tools for accessibility, handwriting skills, using social media to build school community, and more.

Favorite our Wakelet to view archives and follow future chats »

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How does your school show appreciation?

Weekly Poll

This week our poll question asks: How does your school recognize Teacher Appreciation Week? Share your experience and see how other educators replied.

Share with our community »

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