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November 23, 2015

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

This week brings about thoughts of thanks, shopping, and food! The Thinking Teachers are very grateful that you choose us as a resource and that you share what we have to offer with your students. May you enjoy a peaceful, family-filled, stress-free Thanksgiving. You deserve it!


Winter Workshop Planning
Are you a professional development trainer, graduate professor, or ed tech coach planning a winter workshop? If you plan to feature TeachersFirst at an upcoming workshop or PD session, you can request materials to share by filling out this online form. As a free service from a non-profit, TeachersFirst relies on word of mouth from connectors like you to “get the word out.”


Shakespearean Feast: Food for Thought
What better way to venerate the Bard than to throw a party in his honor! Plan a feast to rival Thanksgiving! TeachersFirst’s Shakespearean Feast lesson plan will make any Shakespeare unit memorable. For food to nourish hungry minds throughout your Shakespeare unit, try TeachersFirst’s Shakespeare Resources.


Speaking of Food
This week brings about thoughts of food and feasts! Take a healthy approach to food and literacy in your elementary class with Food, Glorious Food! Serving Up Common Core Connections. This read-aloud from TeachersFirst provides resources and suggestions of books and activities on the theme of Food and Nutrition. With the current focus on childhood obesity, the popularity of school gardens and the farm-to-school initiatives, and the campaign to “eat local,” the connection to food-related books is compelling. What would the pilgrims say?


Donate by Shopping
TeachersFirst gives much and asks for little in return. Take an online shopping moment this gift-giving season to donate to TeachersFirst—at no cost to you! “Shop” a donation our way by doing some holiday shopping at Amazon. Just be sure to enter the Amazon site via the link at the bottom of our How TeachersFirst Stays Free page, and complete your purchase during that visit. TeachersFirst earns a percentage of the profits from the purchases completed via this entry point. Help us maintain our free, ad-free service to teachers. Our non-profit parent company, The Source for Learning, appreciates your help.


Calendar Happenings
The TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar offers resources related to events and observations on the calendar all throughout the year. Take a look at:


Native American Heritage Month

A Break For All?
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: Will you assign homework over the Thanksgiving Break? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites you will find:

  • Jellybean Writer
  • Thrively
  • Free Drama Activities
  • Animal Science for the Young
  • Twitter in Elementary
  • Math Magician
  • United Nations for You
  • The Great Thanksgiving Listen
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this November 29 or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived November 22 Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


May your students be “stuffed” with knowledge this short week!

The TeachersFirst Team