Tips for using TeachersFirst

Search
For just-in-time teaching resources, use the search box to enter a specific curriculum concept or a professional topic. You can narrow a search by adding an additional term or specifying a grade range for your search. The most effective search terms are the same ones you use as curriculum headings or terms included in standards, such as fractions, climate change, plants, civil war, or alphabetization.

Browse
For teaching inspiration or simply to explore the breadth of our resources, try the subject grade search. Our thousands of reviewed resources and original lessons/units include practical tips and original teaching ideas from Thinking Teachers like you.

What’s in a review?
Reviews include a teacher-friendly description and “In the Classroom” section with ideas for implementing the resource in your classroom. We even include project ideas and pragmatic tips about things that will work well (or areas to avoid). Small icons tell you about site content, such as video, and standards and about plugins you may need. Read other teachers’ comments and ratings of resources or add your own—if you sign up for FREE TeachersFirst membership. Click the resource title to open it in a new tab (or window) without losing your search results.

The Tabs:
Classroom Resources includes anything you would use with students in the classroom. You can find over 16,000 educator-reviewed web resources, searchable by subject/grade or keyword. You can also find lesson plans/units, ready-to-go content you can share on student computers, a projector, or interactive whiteboard, and special topic collections of web resources. Everything we offer will show up via keyword searches, or you can simply browse. We even offer just-in-time collections organized into a classroom planning calendar.

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