February 10, 2019

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Dive Into STEM!

These four (free) finds, created and curated by our K12 team at TeachersFirst, showcase a STEM booklist, math topics (correlated with standards), a STEM-themed Twitter chat archive, plus a cool science opportunity for middle school classes.

Grades K-6

Roots of STEM: Books and ideas for real world problem solving in your classroom

This collection of books and activities offers approaches to problem-solving and assists you in taking some of the mystery out of STEM/STEAM education. Find entry points and resources to apply in your own classroom. Activities are organized by grade.

Grades K-12

TeachersFirst's Math Resources for All Grades

This extensive collection of math resources, all based on NCTM standards and divided by grades (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12), includes Numbers & Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data & Probability. Don't miss all our classroom ideas!

Grades K-12

Twitter Chat: Infusing STEM Into Any Classroom

This recent Twitter chat archive, hosted by our K12 coaches, discusses ways to incorporate STEM into any content area as well as highlights tech tools that promote STEM activities and critical thinking skills through STEM education.

Grades 6-9


Engage your students with this free social learning platform for middle school science. The platform works with any curriculum and includes resource materials aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Join our next training on Thursday, 2/28.

STEM for the Middle

Many of our featured sites this week are designed especially for middle school and include science lessons, an introduction to engineering, and science news. 

Grades 6-8

SCALE Science Education

Discover performance-based science lessons for middle school students correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. Each includes a complete set of materials for teachers and students; some include slide presentations and other features.

Grades 6-10

Those Amazing Engineers

View this introduction to engineering topics and careers through vibrant images, text, and video. Explore the many different types of engineers and follow links to learn more about each specific field. Additional links provide extra information.

Grades 4-8

Science News for Students

Written by science experts, Science News for Students, features a variety of topics aimed at readers 9-14 years old. Each story includes highlighted "power" words, which provide definitions for lesser-known vocabulary and the reading level.

Don't Miss New Additions

We have added many new reviews to our website in recent weeks, including the trio of science-related tools shared below.

Grades 7-12

UL Xplorlabs

Access these free STEM learning activities through exploration modules and hands-on learning all correlated to Next Generation Science Standards. Begin each module with a short overview of the topic then follow each step to investigate and solve.

Grades K-4

K-3 STEM Foundations: Life Science

Each of these NGSS-aligned (and free) curriculum units for grades K-3 includes a reading selection and worksheets for science, math, and reading activities. Teacher's guide, videos, slide presentations, and more are also available.

Grades 3-12

Space School Musical

Learn about the planets, the moon, and more through this "hip-hopera" correlated to science standards. The materials are designed to be used as a whole production, or as individual stand-alone parts. Each section includes a video download and transcript!

This Week at TeachersFirst

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field, starts today! If you plan to attend, don't miss our BYOD presentation Tuesday, 2/12. This week, we're also featuring excellent tools to share with students on snow days. And lastly, please take a minute to share your thoughts about our weekly poll related to STEAM (or STEM).

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Join us at PETE&C 2019

Nifty Fifty: 50 BYOD Tools to Meet the 4Cs

If you're attending PETE&C, we invite you to stop by Melissa Henning's session on Tuesday, 2/12 (3:30-4:30 PM in the Trinidad room), to learn about 50 BYOD tools that meet the 4Cs and work on web browsers or as Apps on Android or iOs.

View PETE&C's full program »

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Plan ahead for snow days!

Snow Day Resources

Our collection of snow-themed resources help you "plan ahead" for blizzards & inclement weather. Appreciate snow for snow's sake by creating snowflakes and studying this striking weather phenomenon! Handy online collaboration tools are also included.

Make a flake, snowball games, and more »

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Weekly Poll

This week we are curious to know if your school refers to science, technology, engineering, math (and arts), as STEM or STEAM?

Share your STEM vs STEAM thoughts with our community »

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