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October is Global Diversity Awareness Month

We live in a multicultural society, and understanding, respecting, and embracing the values of various cultures strengthens our appreciation and understanding of ourselves and the world. Pay tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by other cultures worldwide by using this week's resources to bring awareness to global diversity.  

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Grades 2-8

Let Dia de los Muertos Stand on Its Own

Read this article from “Learning for Justice” to understand misconceptions that arise from comparing Día de los Muertos and Halloween. Find articles and activities that will deepen your students' understanding of the historical and cultural differences.

Grades 6-12


OneHistory uses stories, images, biographies, editorials, and essays to share the history of America through the diversity of its people. The teacher feature index contains tips for teaching using photographs, links to great speeches, and more.

Grades 3-12


One of the largest worldwide communities for global collaboration, ePals offers students the chance to connect with other students in more than 200 countries around the world. Students can connect and learn together without providing an email address.

Grades 1-12

Global Virtual Classroom

Join the Global Virtual Classroom and bring students from other regions and countries into your classroom virtually! Find lessons, resources, directions for becoming part of the community, a list of participating educators, and more.

Grades 3-9

The Wonderment

The Wonderment, a social platform for kids, allows students to choose a bot or secret identity and follow paths that capture real-world problems from around the globe. View a video, story, or idea, then design a response using text, photos, or a video.

Grades 2-5


Empatico matches classrooms of students aged 8-10 with other similar classrooms worldwide with standards-based lessons incorporated through video conferencing. Choose from Spark (2-3 hours) or Fire (8-12 hours) activities for your class.

Grades 6-12

Exploring Africa

Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. The 20 modules fall within four general units of study, including “Why Study Africa,” “Studying Africa Through Social Studies,” and others.

Grades 6-12

Voices of Youth

Read articles and blogs and share thoughts and opinions on global issues with others worldwide. Topics include poverty, education, human rights, health issues, and more. Create your own posts or add comments after registration on the site.

Grades K-12

Pennies for Peace

Learn how a penny can make all of the difference. Register to receive an extensive free toolkit that shows how to implement a campaign and provides background resources and curriculum materials for grade levels K–4, 4–8, and 9–12.

Grades K-12

Learning for Justice

The Classroom Resources section offers lessons, learning plans, student texts, students tasks, film kits, and other helpful materials. Explore online activities, recommended books, talking points, and more. Register to receive the free kits.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join us this Tuesday for our next OK2Ask virtual workshop and this 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) and a timely blog post. 

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Tuesday, 10/17, 7 PM ET

3 Cool Tools to Support the Science of Reading

Join us for this interactive, hands-on workshop exploring three tools that align with the science of reading. Gain practical strategies to enhance your reading instruction and discover how these tools align with the science of reading framework.

Collaborate and share ideas with fellow educators »

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Thursday, 10/19, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Unleashing Student Potential with Learning Bentos

Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will define and discuss learning bentos, how they're used in the classroom, and ways to integrate technology with learning bentos.

Explore the benefits of using learning bentos as an authentic assessment strategy »

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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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Infusing Technology Blog

Tech Tool of the Month: TEACHFLIX – Part 1

Read this fresh blog post to learn about a unique tool that offers free videos and activities. Many of these videos are ideal for teaching students about other cultures. Click “Virtual Field Trips” to visit lands far and near.

Watch videos about animals, food, landmarks, and more »

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