October 1, 2023

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Make Connections in Your Classroom

October brings us many opportunities to connect calendar events with lessons and technology. In this section, learn ways to recognize four science and social studies topics in your class: World Space Week, Earth Science Week, the completion of the Erie Canal, and the dedication and unveiling of the Statue of Liberty.

World Space Week

World Space Week is observed annually in nearly 100 nations from October 4–10. The theme for World Space Week 2023 is "Space and Entrepreneurship.” Find interactives, lessons, and activities about space in this collection of resources for all ages.

What will you share with your students? »

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week (October 8–14) is almost here! The theme for 2023 will be "Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People." Prepare your lessons now using TeachersFirst’s collection of Earth Science resources, each of which includes classroom use ideas.

Find Earth science resources for all grades »

Erie Canal

At 363 miles and stretching from Albany to Buffalo, New York, the Erie Canal was the longest artificial waterway in North America. In honor of its construction from 1817–1825, we’re sharing a collection of virtual field trip resources.

Show your students places around the world virtually »

Statue of Liberty

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was officially unveiled in the United States. If you want to learn about more tools and ideas for exploring the world virtually, view this archived webinar about virtual field trips and live feeds!

Take your students on a virtual trip to the Statue of Liberty and beyond »

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join us this Tuesday for our next OK2Ask virtual workshop and on Thursday for our upcoming bimonthly Twitter chat. We’re also excited to share information about Globetracker's Mission (a geographical choose-your-own-adventure story), a National Bullying Prevention Month resource, a new blog post, and our weekly poll.

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Tuesday, 10/3, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Learning Bentos

A learning bento is a creative project that showcases a student’s understanding of a topic or book using various objects or media. In this workshop, you will learn how to use learning bentos as summative assessments for your students and explore examples.

Design and create a learning bento project exemplar »

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Thursday, 10/7, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Assessment in the AI Era

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will explore different AI-based tools and technologies that can enhance formative and summative assessments and reflect on the future implications of AI.

Discuss the importance of formative and summative assessments in the learning process »

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Join the Mission

Globetracker's Mission

Take your students on a virtual, choose-your-own-adventure geography journey around the regions of the United States. Engage your students in stories about main characters Meri and Geo and learn geography terms, see landmarks, and practice map skills.

Read the introduction to the mission »

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Discuss bullying through literature

Reading Trek - Harriet the Spy

National Bullying Prevention Month, founded in 2006, was initially just a week-long campaign, but expanded to the entire month of October in 2010. We encourage you to explore this Reading Trek and share the story and map with your students.

Use this beloved story to discuss bullying »

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TeenTober: A Teacher's Toolkit for Promoting Reading Culture

View this blog post all about TeenTober™, a nationwide celebration held every October and hosted by libraries around the country. The purpose of TeenTober is to celebrate teens and encourage year-round teen services both in and out of the library.

Learn new ideas to use during TeenTober »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week, our poll asks, "Which of the science or social studies topics are you most likely to share with your students?" Submit your reply and view the responses of other educators.

Which topic will you teach? »

Explore More at TeachersFirst

Find hidden treasures throughout the TeachersFirst site. Below, we share six of our favorite areas to explore.

Classroom Planning Calendar

Classroom Connection Events

Special Topics

International Dinosaur Month

National Fire Prevention Week

Red Ribbon Week

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