February 21, 2021
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Learn about Individuals from Then & Now
This week, we're highlighting resources that share information about an eclectic mix of people who have made a difference in the lives of many—some well-known, and others unsung heroes.
Peruse this robust collection of information that shares the stories of famous people from Wisconsin. Each biography includes an interactive featuring videos, images, teaching activities, and leveled reading booklets.
The National Archives Activities and Games
Learn about important people, government officials, and heroes of the past and present such as Charles Dickens and Florence Nightingale. Explore and research famous people and events like the American Civil Rights Movement or life during war times.
TeachersFirst's Inventors and Inventions Resources
Use this curated list of resources about famous inventors and inventions during science or social studies lessons for National Inventors' Day (celebrated on Thomas Edison's birthday) or any time of the year.
Celebrate Writers, Creators, & Changers
Many people who have made a lasting impact have birthdays in February—Langston Hughes, Charles Lindbergh, Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron, Charles Dickens, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jules Verne, Thomas Edison, Judy Blume, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington are just a few. Find resources related to many of these individuals in this section.
Ford's Theatre Abraham Lincoln Teaching Resources
Use the filters to locate videos, lessons, primary sources, and many other resources related to Abraham Lincoln on this site by Ford's Theater. Full lessons include correlation to Common Core Standards, handouts, videos, and rubrics for assessment.
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Take a virtual tour of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Beautifully executed and packed with special features, the tour is billed as the "second best way to visit Mount Vernon" and doesn't disappoint.
Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
Learn and discover new information about Rosa Parks with free printable lesson plans and worksheets and an interview, a biography, and other reading materials that can easily be viewed on your classroom's interactive whiteboard.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Engage with this blog that includes several pioneer recipes, comparisons between the "Little House on the Prairie" book and the TV show, printable activities, and information about the people and places in Laura's life.
Thomas Edison's Inventive Life
While most students know about the light bulb and the phonograph, this site peers into the full repertoire of Edison's invention inventory, telling the story of how one man became a sort of national invention hero.
Fans of Lindbergh (and the 1920s) will find this site has almost everything ever recorded about the aviator and his journeys. There is also information on several efforts to recreate the Ryan aircraft that Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic to Paris.
Judy Blume's Home Base
Visit the homepage of well-known author Judy Blume, a treasure for all fans. Discover writing advice, a biography, photos, messages from the author, book information, and a kid's page.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us this Tuesday (2/23) for the next virtual workshop in our winter series and be sure to check out the related blog post. Finally, we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, February 21, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask®: Assessment with Student-Centered Tools
Join us as we explore how you can use free Office and other Microsoft products to create better formative and summative assessments that reliably measure student learning, promote critical thinking, and help students develop real-world skills.
Infusing Technology Blog
Student-Centered Assessment Tools for Remote Learning
Read this recent blog post about developing student-centered assessment opportunities and technology tools to support them during remote and blended learning.
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