November 4, 2018

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Harvest New Ideas for Your Classroom

Our Thanksgiving-themed resources help students understand the history and appreciate the significance behind the holiday meant to give thanks and to be shared with family and friends. November also marks the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Take your students back to November 19, 1863 to discover this battle and famous speech. 

Thanksgiving Resources

Share these seasonal activities with your students to teach about the "true" Thanksgiving story, Native Americans, and the events leading up to the creation of this holiday. Included in our curated list: a virtual trip to Plimouth Plantation!

Explore Thanksgiving sites, blogs, more »

Gettysburg Address

Take students back to November 19, 1863 and the delivery of the Gettysburg Address. Share the speech with your students and teach them about the Battle of Gettysburg. Highlight battle demographics, casualties, and costs.

Explore the battle facts »

Professional Learning Opportunities

This week, we pause our weekly virtual workshops to encourage everyone to get out and vote! Our virtual workshop schedule resumes the following week and registration to all November workshops is now open. Be sure to continue reading our blog, Infusing Technology, for additional insights and professional learning.

Infusing Technology

The TeachersFirst blog, Infusing Technology, adds new posts each month. Some recent topics we've written about include Tech Tool of the Month: The Stock Market Game, Digital Citizenship, Make a Difference Day, and more!

Discover new topics »


This week we will not be hosting our weekly OK2Ask virtual workshops due to Election Day. However, starting Tuesday, November 13, we encourage you to join us Tuesdays (7 pm ET) for our remaining Fall topics: MakeCode and Formative Assessment.

Register for a session (or two) »

Additional November Resources

November observances include National Novel Writing Month and America Recycles Day, which are shared below along with relevant classroom resources. We've included information about our Brain Twisters and upcoming K12 Twitter Chats as well. And don't forget to share your thoughts about recycling in our weekly poll.

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November 15

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is celebrated on November 15th! Dig your way through this tagged list of resources related to recycling for all grades. Each curated resource also includes classroom use ideas to try with your students.

Excite students about reducing waste »

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Get Writing in Your Class

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (all month long), believes in the transformational power of creativity. Also known as NaNoWriMo, the site's structure and community encourages people to find their voice, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds.

Promote writing fluency & creative education »

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Elementary and Middle School Questions

Brain Twisters

Do you know that TeachersFirst offers Brain Twisters for elementary and middle school students? These twisters change every week (on Friday) and include 10 questions to engage your students. Complete as a class or on individual devices.

Can students figure out our brain twister questions? »

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1st and 3rd Thursday at 8 PM ET

Twitter Chats: Join Us Using #OK2Ask Hashtag

Join one of our bi-monthly Twitter chats held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 8 pm ET using #OK2Ask. Our next chat, on November 15th, explores the fundamentals of coding and creation.

Inspire students to problem solve and think critically »

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What Do You Think?

Weekly Poll

With America Recycles Day on November 15, will your class do anything to recognize this day committed to recycling?

Share your thoughts in our poll »

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