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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TeachersFirst's Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of resources for grades 6-8. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that relate to the ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources for grades 6-8. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your middle school classroom. This list also includes some cross-curricular sites.

tag(s): mental math (29), numbers (203), order of operations (40), prime numbers (33)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources with students on your class website.

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TeachersFirst's Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of editor's choice resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that ...more
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Explore this curated list of editor's choice resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): operations (126), order of operations (40)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students.

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TeachersFirst's Math Resources for Numbers & Operations - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of resources for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Help young students grasp the beginning ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Numbers & Operations. Help young students grasp the beginning concepts of counting, numbers, and basic operations. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard, math computer learning station, or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

tag(s): addition (239), counting (120), division (168), multiplication (222), numbers (203), operations (126), preK (292), subtraction (198)

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Share these tools during math learning centers or on your interactive whiteboard. List a few of these tools on your class website for students to use for additional practice outside of your classroom.

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TeachersFirst's Measurement Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn measurement and teachers plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn measurement and teachers plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts of both standard and metric measurement. Most are suited to elementary grades, but some of the conversion resources are useful at secondary level.

tag(s): measurement (160)

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Be sure to include some measurement activities during special sporting events such as the Olympics, World Series, or Super Bowl to give special relevance to your measurement "units"!

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TeachersFirst's Presidents' Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Presidents' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. Choices include information about various presidents, the White House, inaugurations,...more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Presidents' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst. Choices include information about various presidents, the White House, inaugurations, first ladies, elections, and more.

tag(s): holidays (151), presidents (132)

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Use these resources to connect Presidents' Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. This collection would also be useful during a unit on the three branches of government, specifically investigating the Executive branch.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Art in Schools Month - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that ...more
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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, math, science, and more.

tag(s): art history (72), artists (76), drawing (82), museums (50), painting (66), sculpture (22)

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Get your students geared up for Art in our Schools Month. Show the connection between art and math using various tools listed. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore independently.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Coding in the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about coding, and for use as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for use with all grade and skill levels. Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity. Find resources for just one hour of code or for use as ongoing technology lessons.

tag(s): coding (53)

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Explore these resources for use with after-school computer clubs or as an excellent tool when recruiting skilled parent volunteers. Turn the intimidating content of computer programming into an exciting learning adventure for all with these helpful sites!

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Columbus Day - TeachersFirst

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

tag(s): holidays (151)

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Use these resources to connect Columbus 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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TeachersFirst's Resources for Game-Based Learning - 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 (53), differentiation (49), game based learning (116), gamification (76), logic (243)

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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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TeachersFirst's Resources for Gamification - 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 (53), game based learning (116), gamification (76), 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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TeachersFirst's Resources for Halloween/Fall - 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 (39)

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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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TeachersFirst's Resources for Memorial Day - TeachersFirst

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Explore these resources for ideas you can use to connect classroom curriculum to Memorial Day. Whether you choose to focus on Memorial Day and its history for one class period ...more
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Explore these resources for ideas you can use to connect classroom curriculum to Memorial Day. Whether you choose to focus on Memorial Day and its history for one class period or to include a special curriculum project in honor of veterans, these ideas and resources will get you started.

tag(s): memorial day (13)

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Share these resources with your students as you learn about Memorial Day. Create a cross-curricular project by having students research the history of the holiday and then write a letter or poem.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Music in Schools Month - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Bring the beat into your classroom with this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about music! Prepare for Music in our Schools Month...more
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Bring the beat into your classroom with this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about music! Prepare for Music in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, drama, dance, and more.

tag(s): dance (28), music theory (42), musical instruments (47), musical notation (38), rhythm (20), sound (105)

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Use this site during units on sound in science class. Share the virtual instrument sites with students in music class, as they are learning to play a new instrument. If you are teaching (or learning) the piano, check out the virtual one. Consider displaying it on your interactive whiteboard.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Passover - TeachersFirst

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Educate your students about Passover using this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about Passover. Find resources for all grade...more
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Educate your students about Passover using this editor's choice curated list. All of these reviewed resources from TeachersFirst are all about Passover. Find resources for all grade levels. Engage your students in learning about this Jewish holiday.

tag(s): holidays (151), jews (26), religions (68)

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Use these resources as you prepare social studies lessons about Passover. Provide some of the links on your class website for students (and families) to explore on their own.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Robotics - TeachersFirst

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Bring robotics into your classroom using these fabulous tools and resources. Learn about National Robotics Month, celebrated in April. Use these resources for STEM or Makerspace activities....more
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Bring robotics into your classroom using these fabulous tools and resources. Learn about National Robotics Month, celebrated in April. Use these resources for STEM or Makerspace activities. Find resources for all grade levels.

tag(s): makerspace (4), robotics (24), STEM (156)

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Use these robotics resources during National Robotics Month (April) or any time of the year. If you are just getting started with Makerspace, and looking for some new resources, check out these sites!

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TeachersFirst's September 11 Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students understand the events of September 11, 2001, and to plan lessons or discussions so students can...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students understand the events of September 11, 2001, and to plan lessons or discussions so students can see the events of September 11 in connection with history, current events, and the challenges and balances of national security. Whether you stop to observe September 11 separately from your regular curriculum or include it through curricular connections to writing and social studies topics, these resources can help today's students imagine the events of a day before their memory but ever present in the American consciousness.

tag(s): sept11 (17), terrorism (47)

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Include one or more of these sites as your observe September 11 in your classroom or make the link available on your class web site for students who ask about the events of this pivotal day. You will find many specific project or class activity ideas within the reviews themselves.

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TeachersFirst's St. Patrick's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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Find resources and activities appropriate for St. Patrick's' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): st patricks day (14)

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Use these resources to connect St. Patrick's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Give new meaning to "going green"!

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TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers Resources - TeachersFirst

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Learn the basics about Twitter, the popular microblogging tool, and how it can help you with personalized, immediate professional development and collaboration with other teachers in...more
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Learn the basics about Twitter, the popular microblogging tool, and how it can help you with personalized, immediate professional development and collaboration with other teachers in other schools. This collection of reviewed resources related to Twitter will help you get started using Twitter safely for your own learning and possibly expand into using Twitter for class connections with other classrooms. The information includes basic terms such as "hastag," and even features a "widget" to show current "tweets" by educator-specific hashtag groups. Watch the sidebar (if it is not blocked in your school) to get a sense of the sharing possible on Twitter.

tag(s): social networking (112), twitter (44)

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Make this page a must-learn for teaching in the 21st century. Mark it in your favorites to return often to watch the embedded tweets from educators all over the world. Then muster your courage to set up a Twitter account of your own. Follow @teachersfirst or our lead Thinking Teacher @morerukus2, and we'll be sure to welcome you!

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TeachersFirst's Audio Books Resources - TeachersFirst

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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature and other reading...more
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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form to reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment.

tag(s): audio books (29), listening (92), preK (292)

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Mark this one in your professional favorites AND share it on a class web page for access by students and parents. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the audio books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways.

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TeachersFirst's Audio Books with Text Resources - TeachersFirst

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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books with accompanying text so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature...more
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These educator-reviewed resources from TeachersFirst offer audio books with accompanying text so all students, including emerging readers and ESL/ELL learners, can experience literature and other reading selections in audio form as they reinforce and inspire literacy skills and enjoyment. Be sure to explore each site, as many include multiple types of activities, including the audio books and texts.

tag(s): audio books (29), preK (292)

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Mark this one in your professional favorites AND share it on a class web page for access by students and parents. The helpful reviews suggest ideas for ways to use the books in the classroom or outside of school to reinforce literacy skills, improve English skills, or study literature in new ways.

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