September 29, 2019

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Book Connections for Teens

This week we feature a host of reading resources beginning with this selection ideal for teens including: book talks, author interviews, and book reviews for teens by teens.

Grades 4-8

Novel-Ties: New books you can't wait to discuss

Find a series of video book talks divided into categories discussing current fiction books perfect for tweens and young teens. Categories include Bullying, Girl Power, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, among others. Discover new books for teens.

Grades 4-12


Check out the latest books reviewed by students and listed by author, genre, or age group. Your students can apply to become a reviewer, along with an adult sponsor, and get a free eBook or print book. Receive points and badges for well written reviews.

Grades K-10

Young Adult Books Central

Read book reviews by teens and staff reviewers, author interviews, and chapter excerpts. Books include two ratings: one by editors and one by site users. Search to find books by top rated, recently added, most reviewed, and audio books.

Find the Perfect Read

Explore these book collections to help find the perfect tome: some related to curricular topics, others related to timely topics, and all divided by age and/or reading level. 

Grades K-12


Find curriculum-related booklists for independent reading. Topics and subject areas vary from Earth Science to Immigrants/Immigration to Real Life in Wartime and many others. Each list includes books for all grade levels and reading levels are included.

Grades K-12

Reading Treks

Reading Treks help readers make connections using maps and pop-up information. Find books (and instructional guides with maps) appropriate for all levels including: A Year Down Yonder, A Long Way from Chicago, American Born Chinese, and more.

Grades K-12


Each month, TogetheRead shares a book list based on a central topic with selections for all age groups. This month's books are related to money. Discussion questions and activities provide ideas for having fun together while building strong readers.

Promote Positive Reading Strategies

Strengthen reading skills and vocabulary with the resources below.

Grades K-12

Reading in the Content Areas

Skim through this collection of reviewed websites well suited to teach reading in the content areas, especially in science and social studies classes but includes most subject areas. Each review includes grade level suggestions and classroom use ideas.

Grades K-12

Reading Strategies

This collection includes teaching ideas and sites that promote proven reading strategies. Find engaging texts for your class as well as professional resources to improve your own understanding of research-based approaches to building literacy skills.

Grades K-12

Vocabulary Development

Access this collection to promote vocabulary development and skills for students to improve and master daily vocabulary, subject matter terms, speech/language vocabulary, and ESL/ELL language. Find tools for study and practice as well as focused learning.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join us for a week filled with professional learning including an OK2Ask® virtual workshop and a Twitter chat. Plus, visit our Infusing Technology Blog for short, insightful edtech focused articles. And we kindly ask you to share your experience in our weekly poll. 

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Tuesday (10/1), 7 pm Eastern

OK2Ask Virtual Workshop: Triple E & TeachersFirst

Join us on Tuesday at 7 pm to learn and discuss ways to use technology with your students while maintaining good instructional practices. Understand how to use the Triple E Framework and plan a technology integrated activity keeping the content first.

Transform your lesson plans with the Triple E Framework & TeachersFirst »

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Thursday (10/3), 8 pm Eastern

Twitter Chat: Digital Resources for Self-Regulation

Join us this Thursday at 8 pm Eastern for our #OK2Ask Twitter Chat on digital resources for self-regulation. We'll define self-regulation, discuss its importance in K12 education, and share tips and strategies for facilitating self-regulation.

Explore tools that can help students regulate themselves »

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Find Inspiration for Teaching Reading

Infusing Technology Blog: Reading

Review this collection of posts all related to reading and literacy in the classroom. Topics include: using trade books in the classroom, life lessons from classic books, books for teens, tech tools for reading, among others.

Get ideas for infusing technology into your reading lessons »

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Share Your Thoughts

Weekly Poll

This week's poll is related to reading in your class. Tell us: What kind of reading do you require most from your students?

Share the kind of reading required in your class »

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