August 23, 2020
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With many districts choosing distance learning for the fall, we know teachers are feeling the pressure not just to keep students engaged and motivated, but also to keep them connected. TeachersFirst is here to help with a variety of lesson ideas and resources, including the new release of MySciLife, an educational social media platform to enrich science instruction (grades 5–9). Learn More About MySciLife >>
Introduce Your Students to Famous Artists
Learn about artists of the past and present with the resources shared in this section. Find books, lessons, and activities to integrate art throughout your curriculum.
CurriConnects Book List: The Artist's Eye
Feast your eyes on Caldecott winners and books with beautiful or unusual layouts or illustrations. Share this list with students to include art in your reading lessons and other subject areas.
Drop Me Off in Harlem
Take your students back in American History as you discover this wonderful kaleidoscope of information about Harlem from 1917 to 1935 and explore the writers, artists, actors, dancers, and musicians of that time.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Learn about prominent women artists of the past and those still working today. Simply click Art + Artists to find a collection of over 200 pieces of artwork by women, searchable by artist, title, time period, medium, and topic.
Teaching History with Hamilton
Listen to original Broadway cast recordings, play games, or read about Alexander Hamilton as a teen. Teaching materials are divided by grade level and include podcasts, special education tools, Spanish resources, and PD opportunities.
Celebrate National Coloring Book Day
Engage learners of all ages by celebrating National Coloring Book Day this August. The resources in this section include curriculum-correlated coloring activities—some printable and others for online coloring.
Click on an image to print the page or color online. Find hundreds of coloring pages in categories like holidays, colors, the alphabet, occupations, continents, dinosaurs, nursery rhymes, and numbers. When finished, share via URL or print.
Science Coloring Books
Explore these lesson plans and activities that include online and printable versions of coloring books and pages on science and health topics, including personal hygiene, environmental awareness, healthy eating, and helping the environment.
Find hundreds of print-friendly coloring pages for your students that relate to a variety of curriculum areas. Check out the online kids' activities including interactive word searches, memory games, and classic word games.
Create in Your Classroom
Encourage creativity in your students with these tools for drawing, creating music, photo editing, and other artistic activities.
Try your hand at this site that matches your online doodles with professional drawings. Begin a picture, and, as you add to the image, the site's algorithms offer possible matches for your attempt. Add text, change outline and fill colors, and add shapes.
Little Kids Rock
Come to this site to learn to write music, play instruments, and sing. You can begin with a video tour of the site or choose from links to learn a song, take a music lesson, or practice. Narrow your choices by the level of difficulty, title, or artist.
Sumo Paint 3.0
Edit images from a URL or file with no account necessary! This free web-based painting and photo editing application allows you to adjust contrast, hue saturation, and color balance. You can also add numerous effects.
This Week at TeachersFirst®
This week, we're sharing resources to help if you're starting the year with remote learning, a blog post that shares many helpful collections and resources to use with your students, and the new version launch of MySciLife®. Finally, we kindly ask for your reply in our weekly poll.
Infusing Technology Blog
Support Families During Remote Learning
Teachers can help make remote learning easier for families in a number of ways. Our blog post provides tips and strategies for helping families adapt while strengthening the home-school partnership that supports our students.
Tools and ideas for all ages
Resources for Teaching Remotely
Preparing to teach remotely this fall? TeachersFirst is here to help. Explore these collections of reviewed tools and resources (divided by grade level) containing instructional ideas, tips, and how-to information as you navigate distance learning.
Engage students & build community
We're excited to introduce the new version of MySciLife, an educational social media platform where students learn science by personifying and posting as science-themed identities. Enrich your lessons whether your class is in person, remote, or hybrid!
Help students better understand bias and racism
TeachersFirst Fall Book Club
Books are a great way to make difficult topics more approachable. This fall, we’re hosting a free, member-only virtual book club designed to help teachers at every level use popular literature to start meaningful discussions about equality and race.
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks: "In what ways do you incorporate art into your lessons?" We hope that you learned about some new tools and tips in our update and found inspiration! Choose your reply and then view how others responded.
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