May 5, 2024

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Recognize May Events and Commemorations

Celebrate this month's special events and commemorations with free resources! First, we're highlighting Get Caught Reading Month by sharing audiobook collections you can use to inspire a love of reading across grade levels. Next, we honor hard-working educators like you with resources for Teacher Appreciation Week. You’ll also find meaningful activities and crafts for Mother’s Day and excellent photo tools to spark students' creativity behind the lens for National Photography Month. This jam-packed update has something for everyone—let's dive in!

Get Caught Reading Month

Leverage this collection of free, teacher-reviewed audiobook resources in your instruction. Some of the audiobook lists in this collection include text with the story, and others have interactive features such as clickable words or picture dictionaries.

Listen and learn with audiobooks »

Thank You, Teachers!

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

Help students thank other educators with these tools »

Mother's Day

Peruse this collection of teacher-reviewed resources to learn about Mother's Day's history and find ways to incorporate this holiday into your curriculum. You’ll also find ideas for free virtual gifts students can create to thank their moms.

Share ideas with your students »

National Photography Month

Both professional and amateur photographers celebrate National Photography Month in May. In honor of this annual celebration, explore this list of tools for creating and editing photos and images. Each review includes lesson stems and more!

Check out this list of image resources »

This Week at TeachersFirst

Events and learning opportunities are blooming this week! Learn something new during our virtual workshop on Tuesday (5/7). This week also marks the anniversary of the publication of the first American newspaper cartoon on May 9, 1754—an excellent hook for studying the history and evolution of visual media. Finally, we’ve included a related blog post and kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.

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Tuesday, 5/7, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Unlocking Literacy: Language Tools for the Science of Reading

Join us to explore innovative ways to enhance oral language development in your classroom through the strategic integration of technology. This workshop will equip you with practical strategies for enriching your students' oral language skills.

Design oral language activities that are engaging, interactive, and differentiated »

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Challenge students to create comics

Comics Out of the Classroom

"Join or Die" was the slogan of the first cartoon in an American newspaper, published on May 9, 1754. Check out this collection of comic tools for summarization, creativity, and assessment to celebrate this anniversary.

Use comics in the classroom »

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Multilingual Learners and Your School Library

View this new blog post about the pivotal role school libraries play in enhancing multilingual learning experiences. Explore resources and support you can use to ensure that all students, regardless of their language background, have equal opportunities.

Include your multilingual learners in Get Caught Reading Month »

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Weekly Poll

This week, our poll asks: “Does your class participate in Get Caught Reading Month?” Share your response and view the replies of other educators once you click submit.

Get involved in Get Caught Reading Month »

More to Explore at TeachersFirst

These six additional areas offer a variety of activity ideas for your lessons.

Classroom Planning Calendar

Classroom Connection Events

Special Topics

Reading Treks

Memorial Day Resources

Brain Breaks for Students

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