April 1, 2018

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"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."

This quote from Shakespeare reminds us of the youthful and fun happenings on this day, April Fools' Day! April is also a celebration of Spring, poetry, math, robotics, accomplishments in space, and more. Navigate this monthly newsletter to find an eclectic selection of resources to engage all grades.

Math Awareness Month

This must-see curated list, based on NCTM standards, is divided into grade levels K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Explore 5 topic areas: Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Explore our editors' top picks.

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National Robotics Week

Excite students with makerbots, C-STEM studios, engineering games, and more during National Robotics Week! Bring robotics and engineering into your classroom next week and all year with various STEM subjects, 3D printing, and other interactive activities!

Inspire with science, engineering »

Replenish Your Professional Learning Anew

The Spring season of OK2Ask® virtual workshops begins later this month. Sign up to be added to the OK2Ask® email list for registration announcements. We also have insightful Twitter chats planned for April.

OK2Ask® Spring 2018 Begins!

Sign up to receive email announcements about upcoming workshops this Spring! Registration opens in early April. Topics this season include Google Forms and Effective Feedback for Student Growth. Our moderators will share resources, tips, and more!

Get email alerts about upcoming sessions »

Chat With Us About Virtual Collaboration Using #OK2Ask

Our chat topic this Thursday (4/5) will be Virtual Collaboration Within the Classroom. Participants will explore tech tools to foster collaboration within the classroom, as well as share tips and tricks for managing student collaboration.

Learn more about our Twitter chats »

Additional April Observations

The month of April includes April Fools' Day, National Kindergarten Day, and spotlights Financial Literacy Month. The month is also filled with important space exploration milestones. Our selections below reflect these various April themes and offer resources to engage your students all month long!

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Comics for April Fools' Day & Beyond!

Create Comics for April Fools' & More!

Find tools for today and beyond to help you and your students create comics for any subject area! Explore our comics, graphic novel, and speech bubble resources for ideas to leverage comics as a tool for classroom learning.

Maximize the storytelling potential of comics »

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Money Smart Kids!

April Is Financial Literacy Month

This rather extensive financial literacy list, which includes prioritized spending simulations and money management interactives, highlights a variety of resources for all grades.

Teach students money management here »

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Space-tastic Book List

April Also Highlights Space Exploration

Apollo 13 Launched in 1970. The space shuttle Columbia first launched in 1981, crewed by John Young and Robert Crippen. And we can't forget 1961 - the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin (Russia). Find space-themed books for all ages!

Explore space with this book list »

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National Kindergarten Day Is April 21

Hooray for Kindergarten!

Book creators. Letter placement. Writing sparks. These and Kindergarten-friendly tools like these create engaging activities for Kindergarten classrooms and are timely for National Kindergarten Day (April 21).

Tech tools for Kindergarten »

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At what age/grade do you (or your school) begin to teach financial literacy? Answer our weekly poll and view others' responses after you cast your vote.

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