10 Resources for Making Learning Inclusive for All Students

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December 2 is National Special Education Day. This event celebrates the December 2, 1975 signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by Gerald Ford. IDEA is the basis for Special Education law in the United States and serves as the foundation for giving all children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education.  … read more »


Bringing the Gettysburg Address to Life With Video

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November 19 marks the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. This extraordinary speech is taught in classrooms around the country as an example of a powerful speech that shares the principles of democracy and freedom during a difficult time in American history.   Although relatively short (about 2 ½ minutes), this … read more »


3 Unique Resources for Spanish Language Learners

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¡Hola! September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. It is during this time we recognize the many contributions and history of the American Latino community. This month-long period also celebrates the independence days of several Central American countries.  A search on TeachersFirst reveals well over 100 resources tagged for Spanish content. Also, our … read more »


Engaging Students with Scavenger Hunts

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You might not know that August 19 is Geocaching Day. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt where players use GPS devices to find hidden containers located around the world. Hidden locations vary from easy to find areas to those that are more isolated and involve planning and preparation to access the site. Items found in … read more »


5 Steps to Planning a Successful School Garden

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  To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ~Audrey Hepburn   April is Gardening in Schools Month and now is the time to start planning and preparing for your school garden. Maybe you have created school gardens in the past, or have considered it. Either way, careful preparation is key to getting off to … read more »