June 12, 2022
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Encourage Students to Learn about Camping
Warmer weather means more opportunities to explore the great outdoors! Check out this section for several resources related to camping, the forest, and wildlife. Find inspiration and information to share with your students and families.
Tread Lightly! Education Materials
Check out this growing collection to find downloadable coloring pages, pledge cards, a hiking checklist, and even a full standards-aligned elementary curriculum related to stewardship, relationships between organisms, protecting the environment, and more.
Ultimate Camp Resource
Enter the world of Ultimate Camp Resources and find a variety of songs, games, and more to use during camp activities or in your classroom. This site is updated frequently and includes videos that show how to do many of the activities and games.
Access trivia, jokes, interactives, and information about animals and people helping wildlife and the environment. Find videos, projects, crafts, songs, printables, recipes, and outdoor activities for individual students or an entire class.
An essential part of camping in the woods is preventing forest fires and teaching responsibility. Students can use this resource to learn about the importance of America's forests and how fire can threaten and destroy this valuable resource.
Get Your Students Gardening
Whether you are growing a school garden or encouraging students to plant seeds at home, the resources shared in this section will help as garden plans begin and continue to grow.
How Does Your Garden Grow? A Project-Based Approach to Learning.
Gardens are a perfect topic for libraries and classrooms because teachers can touch on many aspects of the curriculum using a picture book as a springboard. View suggested books (many with links for activities), background knowledge, standards, and more.
School Garden Resource Center
Find resources to start or support an existing school garden. Start with information about why your school needs a garden, then read about planning, planting, teaching through your gardening experience, and individual topics for specific grades.
Explore lesson plans, activities, and articles related to gardening. Click on Learning Tools to find a curriculum and a guide to designing a school garden, learning guides in Spanish, resources for families, and other information.
Cool Tools related to the Great Outdoors
This trio of unique resources offers a tool related to road trips, an informational site about fireflies, and a neat science site that teaches about summer weather.
Start your virtual road trip! Choose a destination and start planning your trip's hotels, attractions, natural wonders, and other details. Plan your trip by entering the starting address and the final destination, discovering gas costs, and more.
On this site, students can volunteer to help make observations of fireflies in their backyards, track their progress, and help scientists map fireflies! Check out the Get Involved section to learn about the many opportunities to take part.
SciJinks: It's All About Weather!
SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward secondary students as they learn about the weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side of the page to choose from topics, answers, games, and videos.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join us this Thursday for our next bimonthly Twitter chat and to register for our summer book club and our upcoming summer OK2Ask virtual workshops. We are also sharing a related blog post and kindly request your input on our weekly poll.
Thursday, 6/16, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Student Knowledge Construction
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst! During this chat, participants will discuss knowledge construction as an active process and explore classroom strategies that allow for student knowledge construction.
Share tech tools and resources for knowledge construction in the classroom »
Encouraging Empathy through Critical Thinking with Literature
Summer Book Club
In this free virtual book club, teachers will learn to use critical thinking strategies to help students develop habits of mind that encourage the growth of empathy. Apply for this discussion-driven professional learning opportunity by 6/24!
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OK2Ask Summer Virtual Workshops
Our summer season of OK2Ask virtual workshops will begin in July, but registration is now open! Register now to learn about persuasive writing, digital storytelling, digital escapes, Canva, media literacy, choice boards, and many other topics.
Infusing Technology Blog
Let’s Talk About: Great Outdoors Month
Read this blog post to learn ways to encourage your students to participate in a Green Hour daily. Read and discover the importance of citizen science and how students can participate in this activity during Get Outdoors Month or any time.
Share your thought with our community
This week, our poll asks: "What outdoor recreational activities are available close to your school?" Share your experience and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.
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