May 6, 2018

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2 Reasons, 1 Humongous *Thank You*

Teacher Appreciation Week starts on Monday, 5/7, and Mother's Day is next Sunday, 5/13! Some of the most influential and supportive roles in a child's life are mothers and teachers. Thank you for ALL that you do to encourage, support, and make a difference in the lives of the future generation! 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Stretch students' writing and problem solving skills as they create appreciation projects to honor or thank special people. Use our list of slide shows, greeting cards, scrapbooks, invitations, collage tools and more to express appreciation galore!

Appreciation-inspired resources! »

Thank You, Mom!

We celebrate moms, aunts, grandmas, and others playing the role of "mom" in the lives of our students. Share mom-inspired games, puzzles, ecards, screen savers, clip art, coloring pages, gift tags & more with students and families for Mother's Day!

Mom-themed downloads, printables »

Professional Learning Is in Bloom!

Our Spring OK2Ask® virtual workshops have launched! Join us each Tuesday at 7pm ET for 90-minutes of insightful professional learning. Our ongoing Twitter chats continue to be available on the first and third Thursday of each month and start at 8pm ET using the #OK2Ask hashtag. And, just wait until you see our summer schedule. WOW! You will NOT want to miss the BIG RELEASE of our Summer 2018 professional learning offerings! Stay tuned! 

3 Cool Tools to Build Your PLN

Our free virtual workshops continue this week with an all-new session: 3 Cool Tools for Building Your PLN. Get started creating your PLN now and delve deeper during your summer break. Discover new ideas and professional learning opportunities.

Grow your PLN now with our OK2Ask session »

Dive Into the TeachersFirst Blog

If you haven't visited the TeachersFirst blog in the past few weeks, you are missing some valuable tech and teaching bits! Recent posts feature content about virtual field trips, tech tools of the month, virtual collaboration in the classroom, and more!

Read our edtech coaches' writings here »

Topics You "May" Want to Discover

May is one of the busiest months of the school year: concerts, assemblies, field day, field trips, and even testing. Don't miss the historical events shared below that you "May" want to share with your students! We've also included our new science Special Topics pages as well as Ramadan resources.

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Comics & Cartoons

1754: The 1st Cartoon Appears in a US Paper

Can you believe the first comic appeared in a US newspaper over 250 years ago?! Share this factoid, and our collection of comics and cartoon resources, with your students as you explore the history of comics or newspapers in your classroom.

Comics & cartoon tools to try »

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64th Anniversary on May 17

Brown vs. the Board of Education

May 17, 1954 was a day that changed history. Share the details of Brown vs. the Board of Education with your students and discuss how things have (or have not) changed since this landmark case. View our tagged list of sites related to Civil Rights.

Countless Civil Rights resources here! »

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Deepen Your Students' Understanding


Although this list is small, the sites listed are informative! Learn what Ramadan is as well as when, why, and how it is celebrated. Information available for all ages is included covering topics about food, festivals, chants, and more.

Discover the meaning of Ramadan »

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All-NEW Science Collection

Genetics - Science Resources

We've recently added 12 science-focused collections; view all twelve in the Special Topics area of our homepage. Here we are highlighting our Genetics collection! While most of the resources are for secondary, we do include elementary finds as well.

Science in your classroom! »

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What Do You Think?

Weekly Poll - Teacher Appreciation Week

What makes you feel the MOST appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week? Do you appreciate a hand-written note or card from your students, parents, or administration? Maybe your highlight of the week is a PTO breakfast? Or do you prefer small gifts?

We want to hear from you! »

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