October 4, 2020

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The fall season of OK2Ask continues this week with a look at another great tool for every learning environment—Screencast-O-Matic! Check out our full schedule of workshops and add to your teaching toolbox.
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Fall into the Outdoors & Earth Science

Next week we recognize both No Child Left Inside Week and Earth Science Week. This is the perfect opportunity to send your students outside to discover science all around them. 

No Child Left Inside

Read all about No Child Left Inside Week in this blog post which includes many ideas to get students outside while also practicing concepts of earth science. Suggestions are provided for most subjects!

Find lesson and activity ideas to use with all grades »

Earth Science Week

Peruse this curated collection about earth science! Find book collections, engaging interactives for young students, activities and lessons for all ages, exploration toolboxes, and many other ideas to get students outside during Earth Science Week.

Use these activities for blended learning outdoor lessons »

Take a Stand Against Bullying and Encourage Reading

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a good time to talk with students about ways to protect themselves and classmates from bullying. It's also TeenTober which is all about encouraging middle and high school readers to find a good book! Read about both and find resources below. 

National Bullying Prevention Month

To observe National Bullying Prevention Month, our editors have curated a collection of some of the best resources related to bullying. Find useful ideas and strategies for students and adults to say NO to bullying in the classroom and online.

Share these resources with students and families to erase bullying »


TeenTober, a celebration held every October, encourages teens to get reading! This week, we're sharing a collection of engaging literature that can be used with all ages. Grade levels are provided with each descriptor and include activity ideas for books!

Find books to share with your students »

This Week at TeachersFirst

This week is an exciting week at TeachersFirst as we launch our 2020-2021 Globetracker's Mission! We are also offering our weekly OK2Ask® workshop this Tuesday and are excited to share an immersive and engaging science tool for middle-level science. Finally, we kindly ask for your reply in our weekly poll. 

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Preview the Mission

Globetracker's Mission

Join our traveling teens, Geo and Meri, as they virtually travel around the world to the seven continents and learn geography terms, find famous landmarks, and practice map-reading skills. Each week lets the readers choose what's next in the story!

Geography adventures for grades 2-6 »

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OK2Ask Tuesday at 7 PM ET

Tech Integration Made Easy with Screencast-O-Matic

Screencasts can be a powerful instructional tool for blended learning, remote learning, and in the traditional classroom. Learn how to make and use them to support effective classroom instruction. Collaborate with our ed tech coaches for some new ideas!

Save your spot to learn more about Screencast-O-Matic »

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Middle School Science


From the creators of TeachersFirst, MySciLife is an educational social media platform where students learn science by personifying and posting as science-themed identities. Engage students and enrich any curriculum for a lesson, unit, or all year long.

Try this free social media platform to engage science students »

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Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: "What kind of assignments do you provide that get your students outside?" Do you send students on physical (or photo) scavenger hunts? Or maybe you have students go outside to create collections of leaves, bugs, or something else?

View other educators' replies when you hit submit »

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