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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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Atoms - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some ...more
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This curated list of resources will help you research information about atoms. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels.

tag(s): atoms (55)

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Many of these tools are more appropriate for middle and high school students. In the younger grades, the tools could be used as a teacher-led activity. Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test.

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Cells - Science Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read...more
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This collection of resources will help you research information about cells. There are resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Find tools for all grade levels. Read the recommended grade levels with each review. Materials include interactives, resource guides, and more. Check back often, as new resources are frequently added. Be sure to try several sources.

tag(s): cells (99)

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Share the interactive sites on your projector with the class. List these tools on your website for students to use for review and preparation for a test. A few of these are device agnostic and available as both an app and on the web.

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MakerSpace - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the MakerSpace movement and mindset. Engage your students, challenge their minds, teach cooperative learning, and more. There is no right or wrong way to do a MakerSpace. Use the tools provided to find digital options to use in your MakerSpace area. Read the professional information to educate yourself about the mindset of MakerSpace.

tag(s): circuits (23), coding (67), creativity (118), engineering (129), makerspace (11), musical instruments (51), robotics (29), STEM (173)

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Use these resources for your digital MakerSpace. Find tools for all grades. Don't miss the Twitter Chat for teachers just starting a MakerSpace. There are also a few sites that are more information for educators just learning about MakerSpace. Some of these resources are ideal for individual devices.

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Media Literacy - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide ...more
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Peruse this curated list to find resources related to media literacy. Media literacy is a set of skills that help people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats. To become media literate, students must learn to raise the right questions about what they are listening to, watching, or reading. Media literacy education is about helping students become competent, critical, and literate in all media forms so that they can appropriately interpret what they see or hear rather than blindly accepting what they are told. This collection of resources includes lesson ideas, activities, and resources for teaching media literacy skills. Be sure also to check out the media literacy professional learning resources.

tag(s): critical thinking (120), cyberbullying (48), digital citizenship (68), evaluating sources (16), internet safety (118), media literacy (65), news (262), primary sources (93), professional development (164), social media (24)

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Today's messages come in many forms and literacy can no longer refer simply to the ability to read and write. Prepare your students to be literate citizens with this collection. Many are ideal for whole-group instruction, while others would work best on individual devices. Read the reviews to find classroom use ideas with each review. Although the list of tools is mainly geared towards grades 4-8, there are a few resources for the primary grades.

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Computational Thinking - TeachersFirst

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Dig into the meaning of computational thinking with this collection of resources. Computational thinking is expressing solutions so that humans and computers can understand them. A...more
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Dig into the meaning of computational thinking with this collection of resources. Computational thinking is expressing solutions so that humans and computers can understand them. A great way to visualize how to embed it in your classroom is to have the students think like the physicist, economist, artist, mathematician, etc. to identify the problems that need to be explored. This is not programming computers but logical ways for problem-solving. It is a problem-solving tool for every classroom that has students think like a problem solver and use higher level cognitive skills.

tag(s): Computational Thinking (18), engineering (129), logic (248), problem solving (294), STEM (173)

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Bring problem-solving and computational thinking into your classroom with these tools. Share on your class website, projector, whiteboard, or on individual devices. Topics range from coding to charts to logic.

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Design Thinking - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list, all related to design thinking. Design thinking focuses more on understanding problems and developing creative solutions for people than on implementing generic...more
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Explore this curated list, all related to design thinking. Design thinking focuses more on understanding problems and developing creative solutions for people than on implementing generic solutions. Design thinking goes through phases of collecting feedback and data, using the data to identify the problems to be solved, developing prototypes, and testing solutions. Feedback from key stakeholders should be used often. The above phases are iterative and cyclical, using feedback and changing the design to solve the problem. In design thinking, failure isn't an end, it's an opportunity to refine and create something better. Design thinking focuses on divergent thinking -- generating and exploring as many ideas as possible before narrowing down to a solution.

tag(s): architecture (85), circuits (23), creativity (118), data (161), problem solving (294), STEM (173), thinking skills (16)

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Share these resources on your class website or your interactive whiteboard (where appropriate). Use these tools to deepen your students' understanding of this complex topic. There are tools here for all ages, although most are designed for secondary students.

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Data Literacy - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about data literacy. Data literacy is the ability to read, create, and communicate...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about data literacy. Data literacy is the ability to read, create, and communicate data as information and has been formally described in varying ways. Data literacy includes collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and telling stories using complex sets of data. Data literacy includes collecting information, deciding how to share the data in a meaningful way, identifying correlation and/or causation, and how to identify whether data is meaningful or misleading.

tag(s): data (161), literacy (106)

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Learn more about data literacy for both you and your students. Some curricular topics include climate, measurement, data, graphs, and more. Share these resources with your students to help them deepen their data literacy.

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Math Resources for All Grades - TeachersFirst

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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra,...more
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Find an extensive collection of resources for math. Curated lists are based on NCTM standards and divided by grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Topics include Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Each reviewed resource includes a description and technology integration ideas for your classroom.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197), data (161), equations (151), geometric shapes (173), measurement (175), number lines (32), number sense (96), numbers (197), operations (123), order of operations (40), probability (141)

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Save this list for when teaching any math class in grades K-12. Many of the resources would work in a BYOD environment. Share these lists on your class website for students to access for additional practice.

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Data Analysis and Probability Resources - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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This is your one-stop resource if you are a high school statistics teacher! Peruse this collection of data and probability resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the...more
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This is your one-stop resource if you are a high school statistics teacher! Peruse this collection of data and probability resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Read each reviewed resource to find a thorough description and classroom ideas.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197), data (161), probability (141)

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Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Have students work independently or with a partner on laptops or other devices.

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Data Analysis and Probability Resources - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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If you are a middle school math teacher, this is a must see collection. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Data Analysis and Probability Standards for grades 6-8. Many ...more
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If you are a middle school math teacher, this is a must see collection. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Data Analysis and Probability Standards for grades 6-8. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Use these resources to explain statistics, probability, graphs, polls, and data.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197), data (161), probability (141)

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Share with gifted students for additional enrichment and advancement opportunities. Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Find specific classroom use ideas within each review.

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Data Analysis and Probability Resources - Grades 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list of resources ideal for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Probability and Data Analysis. Many of these tools ...more
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Explore this curated list of resources ideal for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Probability and Data Analysis. Many of these tools would be useful on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Topics include line plots, graphs, surveys, numerical data, and more.

tag(s): charts and graphs (197), data (161), probability (141)

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Share the resources with students for additional practice, remediation, enrichment, or advancement. Display resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use these tools in your BYOD classroom to differentiate for math class.

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Data Analysis and Probability Resources - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection of resources to help your youngest students to start to learn the basics of probability and data analysis. Navigate this collection of resources specifically...more
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Peruse this collection of resources to help your youngest students to start to learn the basics of probability and data analysis. Navigate this collection of resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Find topics that you are currently teaching in your math class.

tag(s): data (161), operations (123), probability (141)

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Share these resources on your interactive whiteboard or projector for group instruction. Put a link to these resources on your website for student and parent use at home. Create computer learning stations or allow students to work on individual laptops or devices using these resources. Share these tools with other teachers of K-2 students in your building and district.

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Twitter Chat Archives - TeachersFirst

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View and explore this collection of all of the TeachersFirst archived Twitter chats. Topics range from flexible seating to music resources to personalized learning and more. New archives...more
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View and explore this collection of all of the TeachersFirst archived Twitter chats. Topics range from flexible seating to music resources to personalized learning and more. New archives are added frequently, so check back often.

tag(s): PLN (8), professional development (164)

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Explore the Twitter chat archives for ideas to add to your professional learning. Learn about new tools for your classroom and new educational trends.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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Peruse this collection of geometry resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or...more
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Peruse this collection of geometry resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Share these resources with students on your class website.

tag(s): geometric shapes (173)

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Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Use these resources in beginner through AP geometry classes.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of resources for grades 6-8, related to geometry. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive ...more
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Explore this collection of resources for grades 6-8, related to geometry. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your middle school classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (173)

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Share these resources with students on your class website for additional help or enrichment in geometry. Have partners explore the sites together on laptops.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of geometry resources specifically for grades 3-5. Start geometry instruction during the elementary years. Find tech integration ideas within each review. Use...more
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Explore this collection of geometry resources specifically for grades 3-5. Start geometry instruction during the elementary years. Find tech integration ideas within each review. Use these tools to meet the NCTM standards for geometry. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (173)

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Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Some resources are also appropriate for learning stations or individual devices. Use these tools for acceleration of your gifted students. Share these resources with students on your class website.

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Math Resources for Geometry - Grades K-2 - TeachersFirst

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Help your youngest students to understand the basics of geometry. Navigate this collection of resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards....more
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Help your youngest students to understand the basics of geometry. Navigate this collection of resources specifically for grades K-2. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): geometric shapes (173)

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Share these resources with students on your class website. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Find resources to use for remediation, enrichment, or acceleration.

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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades 9-12 - TeachersFirst

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This curated list includes measurement resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard...more
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This curated list includes measurement resources for grades 9-12. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom.

tag(s): measurement (175), volume (53)

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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades 6-8 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this curated list for middle school students, all related to measurement. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Measurement Standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on...more
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Explore this curated list for middle school students, all related to measurement. Use these resources to meet the NCTM Measurement Standards. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD (or 1:1) classroom. Find topics that relate to the content being taught in your classroom. Use these resources to explain the metric and customary systems of measurement.

tag(s): area (73), measurement (175), perimeter (31), volume (53)

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Explore and share information about angles, area, perimeter, and volume. Share these resources with students on your class website. Use these tools for remediation and review with all students. Share with gifted students for additional enrichment and advancement opportunities. Share these tools with families for at-home practice.

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Math Resources for Measurement - Grades 3-5 - TeachersFirst

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Explore this collection of resources for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Measurement. Many of these tools are ideal for use on ...more
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Explore this collection of resources for grades 3-5. Use these resources to meet the NCTM standards in the area of Measurement. Many of these tools are ideal for use on your interactive whiteboard or in your BYOD classroom. Share these resources for remediation or acceleration for all students.

tag(s): area (73), measurement (175), perimeter (31), volume (53)

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Demonstrate these tools on your interactive whiteboard for group instruction. Share these resources with students on your class website. Share these tools with families for at-home practice. Have students work on individual laptops or devices.

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