April 7, 2019

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April Happenings in the Classroom

In April we recognize and celebrate a wide variety of observances and this issue of the TeachersFirst Update is full of resources to help you prepare. For starters, leverage our collections related to Financial Literacy and Autism Awareness to enhance your April lessons.

Financial Literacy Month

Hone in on money matters by highlighting the importance of financial literacy and helping students understand basic economic principles, personal financial planning, and banking. Our curated collection includes: budgeting, investing, borrowing, and more.

Hand-picked tools for Financial Literacy Month »

World Autism Month

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 people in the US. Help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and Asperger with these reviewed resources. Find practical suggestions and ideas to help students learn and succeed.

Autism resources for educators and families »

Professional Learning to Engage & Empower

Invest in yourself with free, quality professional learning! Refresh your teaching toolbox by joining our upcoming OK2Ask® virtual workshop on BreakoutEDU Digital. And visit our Infusing Technology blog to read about new tech tools, virtual field trips, and more.

OK2Ask Free Virtual Workshop

Join us for OK2Ask this Tuesday, 4/9 at 7 pm ET, and learn from our edtech coaches how to engage students with BreakoutEDU Digital. Explore examples of how to implement this fun strategy in the classroom.

Engage & inspire with BreakoutEDU Digital »

Infusing Technology Blog

Treat yourself to recent blog posts related to school gardens, Jazz (virtual instruments), media literacy, virtual field trips, and more. New posts are added frequently, so be sure to check often to discover new ideas and tools.

Fill up on edtech inspiration »

It's Raining Resources

April offers an eclectic mix of events to celebrate, including: National Gardening Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, National Move More Month, National Robotics Week, School Library Month, World Book and Copyright Day, and more. And we've got just the tools you need to plan for and teach about these observences.  


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National Garden Month + School Library Month

Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Read-Alouds for Gardens

Gardens, gardening, and farm-based education provide a myriad of opportunities to integrate curriculum and solve real-world problems. View this book list (fictional and informational) for various topics related to food chains, soil, and more.

View our collection of garden-related books and websites »


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Jazz, Dance, and Get Moving!

CurriConnects Book List: In Motion

Honor both Jazz Month and Get Moving Month with this rich collection of fiction and informational books. Dancers, musicians, and athletes all apply the laws of motion to move quickly, defy gravity, or streamline their movements.

Share these books about motion with your students »


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National Robotics Week (April 6-14, 2019)

Celebrate STEM Related Fields

Leverage robotics related tools, videos, interactives, and resources to enhance your science lessons and to spark interest in STEM related fields. Learn about National Robotics Month and find cool tools for your STEM and Makerspace activities.

Pump up STEM lessons and Makerspaces with robotics »


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Celebrate Fair Use

World Book and Copyright Day

In honor of World Book and Copyright Day (4/23), organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote the enjoyment of books and reading, we share our copyright-related resources for images, music, texts, and more.

Teach students about copyright and fair use »


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Are You Growing a School Garden?

Weekly Poll

April is National Garden Month. Does your school have a garden and/or gardening curriculum? Tell us in our weekly poll and then view how others responded.

Garden or No Garden? Tell us here »

6 More Sections of TeachersFirst to Explore

Delve into these additional content areas filled with professional learning and classroom resources. 


Classroom Planning Calendar

Classroom Connection Events

Special Topics

Baseball Resources (Opening Day)

The Fifty States

Reading Treks

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