TeachersFirst Special Topics Collections

TeachersFirst's Special Topics collections help you find just what you and your students need, just in time for an upcoming unit, a holiday, focused research, student-directed exploration, or projects on a curriculum topic or event. You can be comfortable sharing the Special Topic links with students or parents, knowing that TeachersFirst’s Thinking Teachers have selected and reviewed each resource. Find classroom and project suggestions within each review, use the collection to find just what you need for your lessons. Some teachers assign these lists as the core resources for a broader student assignment. Editor’s Choice collections offer "the best of the best" for topics of particular interest. TeachersFirst also offers collections on professional special topics to help you meet particular teaching challenges.

 

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Dinosaur Resources - TeachersFirst

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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply include explore dinosaur as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs...more
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Kids "dig" dinosaurs, whether they learn about them in science class while studying paleontology and geology or simply include explore dinosaur as a personal favorite topic. Dinosaurs are an elementary school perennial, but even high school students enjoy digging into fossils and geologic time. This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst features a wide range of lesson ideas and research sources for students of all ages. Spend some "geologic time" as you try some of the project ideas or simply make this collection available to your dino-maniacs.

tag(s): dinosaurs (54), fossils (44), paleontology (40)

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Use the resources on this site to supplement a unit about paleontology, fossils, or dinosaurs. The resources listed can be used for webquests, learning centers, lesson plans & the like! This is a great resource for Earth Science teachers.

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Dr. Seuss Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources is terrific on Dr. Seuss' birthday in March or to find resources to share via your teacher web page. There is information for ALL grade ...more
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This collection of reviewed resources is terrific on Dr. Seuss' birthday in March or to find resources to share via your teacher web page. There is information for ALL grade levels, and the subjects include everything from reading to history to science to math! Many of the sites are interactive, some include lesson plans, and others are great for research!

tag(s): preK (292), read across america (5)

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Why not find some special projects and activities for March 2? Whatever subject and grade you teach, you are sure to find something useful here.

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Earth Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resources for Earth Day. Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative ...more
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This extensive list is a full listing of TeachersFirst resources for Earth Day. Whether you seek ideas for a community service project for Earth Day or ways to use innovative technologies to bring the environment into your classroom, TeachersFIrst has the reviewed resources to meet your needs in this collection.

List too long? Explore our TeachersFirst Editors' Choice resources for Earth Day.

tag(s): earth (230), earth day (112), environment (322)

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Share this long list as options for student projects or use the narrower TeachersFirst Editors' Choice listing. Either one is certain to make Earth Day more than a one-day event!

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Earth Day: Editors' Choice Resources - TeachersFirst

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Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies,...more
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Earth Day presents a special opportunity to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience, not only in science but also for lessons in math, language arts, social studies, art, and more. With so many outstanding resources available on the web related to environmental concerns, TeachersFirst's editorial team has hand-selected this group of "Editors' Choices" for their potential to engage and involve your students in both the understanding of scientific concepts surrounding Earth Day and in environmental activism for any time of the year.

tag(s): earth (230), earth day (112), environment (322)

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Share this list with your students and parents via your class web page not only on Earth Day but throughout the year to heighten awareness of environmental issues. Allow students to team up and select Earth Day projects or choose one effort for your entire school. There are options here for all ages.

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Earthquake Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand how earthquakes happen and learn about famous earthquakes in history. Also...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand how earthquakes happen and learn about famous earthquakes in history. Also included are sites and tools well suited for projects about earthquakes.

tag(s): earthquakes (50), plate tectonics (25)

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Share this collection as a Favorite on your TeachersFirst public page so students can use the resources as part of a project during your unit on plate tectonics or natural disasters. Use the collection as a starting point, noting the resources that are more challenging for your more able students.

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Easter Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Easter in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are suited for elementary, and a few for middle school. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Easter in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are suited for elementary, and a few for middle school.

tag(s): easter (20)

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Use these resources to connect Easter to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Economics and Money: TeachersFirst Editors' Choices - TeachersFirst

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Understanding how world economic systems work can mystify even the experts, but all of us need to understand the basics of how an economy functions, especially as current events challenge...more
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Understanding how world economic systems work can mystify even the experts, but all of us need to understand the basics of how an economy functions, especially as current events challenge us to adjust to tough times. This special collection of resources has been hand-picked by the editors of TeachersFirst from among our many reviewed resources on economics and money. These selections were chosen to help students (and families) grasp basic economic principles, personal financial planning, and banking at an age-appropriate level.

tag(s): financial literacy (81), money (182), recession (3)

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Browse these editors' choice resources to find the best for your classroom needs. Don't forget that you can use economics information to teach math concepts. Make your lessons relevant in today's world by connecting the economic concepts as you teach writing, reading, and more. As your students master the concept, have them create a "Kids Guide to the Economy" on a class wiki or make videos on single concepts to be shared via tools such as SchoolTube (reviewed here) or TeacherTube (reviewed here).

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Election Resources: An Editors' Choice page - Teachersfirst

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Whether it is a presidential year or an off-year election cycle, there are many excellent election resources on the web to help your students understand and become involved in the ...more
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Whether it is a presidential year or an off-year election cycle, there are many excellent election resources on the web to help your students understand and become involved in the electoral process. This collection highlights the TeachersFirst editors' favorite election resources for all levels.

If you wish to choose from a more extensive list election-related resources or to narrow your list for a specific topic and grade level, try entering your topic and elections as search terms in the TeachersFirst keyword search (under Search menu), setting the grade level you seek, as well.

tag(s): elections (78)

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Use this handy "spcial topics" collection to find just the right student activity or reference information when you are studying elections. You can also share it on your teacher web page as an "approved" list of election resources for home and school study.

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Fifty Ideas (and more) for the 100th Day of School - TeachersFirst

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Here's a list of 50 things you and your students can do to celebrate the 100th day of school! ...more
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Here's a list of 50 things you and your students can do to celebrate the 100th day of school!

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Email this to your colleagues or share it with parents for them to join in at home.

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Fire Prevention and Safety Resources - TeachersFirst

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Whether you teach about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week each fall or as part of a general unit on safety, this collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is...more
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Whether you teach about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week each fall or as part of a general unit on safety, this collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand the basics of fire safety and planning for emergencies.

tag(s): fire (27), fire prevention (11), fire safety (12), safety (92)

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Use the resources on this site to help prepare and teach peers and students about Fire Safety. Share the link on your teacher web page to allow students to access the resources both in and out of the classroom!

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First Day of School Icebreakers - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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No matter what level you teach, establishing rapport with a new group of students is key to knowing how to help them learn. Here is a list of reviewed resources ...more
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No matter what level you teach, establishing rapport with a new group of students is key to knowing how to help them learn. Here is a list of reviewed resources that offer a chance for you and your students to get to know one another.

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Mark this list in your favorites to try new ideas on the first day of school or even at the start of a new marking period.

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Fourth of July Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Independence Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. ...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Independence Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

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Use these resources to connect Independence Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Game-Based Learning Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about game-based learning and how to incorporate games into teaching and learning....more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about game-based learning and how to incorporate games into teaching and learning. Engage your students in the way they love to learn - games! Explore resources for quick practice or create your own games using these tools. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity.

tag(s): coding (62), differentiation (48), game based learning (120), gamification (77), logic (236)

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Share these tools on your class website or blog for students to use both in and out of the classroom. Use these tools to differentiate and reach all students at the various levels. Challenge your students to create their own games for review of content or acceleration options.

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Gamification Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and use gamification in the classroom. Various subject areas are included...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and use gamification in the classroom. Various subject areas are included in the collection. Explore online workshops to learn more about gamification. Find tools that you can use to gamify your classroom. Remember to start small with gamification and add more to your gamification "toolbox" as you are more comfortable.

tag(s): coding (62), game based learning (120), gamification (77), polls and surveys (54)

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Create your own games for review and classroom activities. As a final assessment, challenge students to create their own games to share with their peers. Use this collection to find the best gamification tools on the TeachersFirst site!

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Geography Awareness and Exploration Resources - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst's editors selected these resources to inspire interest and explorations of world geography in any classroom from kindergarten through high school. There are many ways...more
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TeachersFirst's editors selected these resources to inspire interest and explorations of world geography in any classroom from kindergarten through high school. There are many ways to view and learn about our world: maps, statistics, photographs, narratives, interactive navigation systems, and mobile apps. Exploring geography and seeing relationships between natural resources, maps, landforms, climate, and human activity can seem overwhelming, but these resources will entice even the most reluctant student or adult to take a new "view" of the world.

tag(s): map skills (81), maps (292), natural resources (59), population (63)

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Mark this one in your favorites for Geography Awareness Week each November. Include the link on your class web page for students to access both in class and at home. Ask students to explore and choose their favorite geography resource, then give a "tour" of it to the rest of the class on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Grant Sources and Contests - TeachersFirst

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Read about possible grant sources and contests to fund your innovative ideas for teaching with technology or for professional development. TeachersFirst has no affiliation with the...more
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Read about possible grant sources and contests to fund your innovative ideas for teaching with technology or for professional development. TeachersFirst has no affiliation with the organizations offering these grants. We offer the information in support of your great ideas and hard work.

tag(s): grants (19)

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Groundhog Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day and to plan related projects and classroom...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day and to plan related projects and classroom activities. Whether you choose to focus on groundhogs during an animal unit or on the history of this pop-culture event in the context of superstitions and traditions, these ideas and resources will get you started.

tag(s): holidays (151), weather (198)

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Share this link on your class web page for use both in and out of class. Have students do a science journal about the groundhog or write a blog post as the groundhog! A word of warning: since Punxsutawney Phil is the focus of attention at a very specific time on a specific day, you may have trouble accessing these sites on the big morning. You may want to visit these sites with your class a day or two ahead!

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Halloween/Fall Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (37)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Hanukkah Resources - TeachersFirst

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Our own collection of Hanukkah resources helps students from all backgrounds understand the origins and symbolism of Hanukkah. ...more
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Our own collection of Hanukkah resources helps students from all backgrounds understand the origins and symbolism of Hanukkah.

tag(s): hanukkah (14), holidays (151)

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HIV and AIDS Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn more about HIV and AIDS and to plan curriculum-related projects and classroom...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn more about HIV and AIDS and to plan curriculum-related projects and classroom activities related to this sensitive but important topic. Whether you are teaching about the global economic impact of HIV and AIDS or simply helping students understand HIV and AIDS as a health topic, this list of reviewed resources and classroom ideas will provide a solid foundation.

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Find ideas and more as you plan for upcoming lessons on this powerful topic.

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