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Celebrate Great Outdoors Month and Camping Month with these helpful teacher-reviewed resources.
Share with students (and families) this book list featuring wild weather, camping, vacation, the ocean, and other outdoor topics. Find fiction and informational texts, for grades K-12, to keep minds fresh and thinking about the great outdoors.
Hone in on the primary grades with this collection of games, stories, and information about being safe and responsible outside. Visit the For Teachers area, download a coloring book, take the Tread pledge, or check off items on the hiking checklist.
It is time for camp! Download and print the skits, songs, or games to use at camps or as team-building activities. This myriad of songs, games, and more are ideal for use at home, at camp, or in a classroom (especially the first week of school).
Plan your trip by entering a starting point and the final destination. Find Hotels, Attractions, Natural Wonders, and Weird Stuff along your route. Discover the journey's duration, the amount of money needed for gas, and the mileage.
Beach & Ocean Exploration
From sediments to deep sea exploration to beach chair blogging, this eclectic collection is sure to spark curiosity and learning about beach and ocean environments.
View this highly informative and engaging 20-minute video to learn how sediments are transformed into beach sand. The many details make this useful across many age groups. Share on your class website for students to "view the beach" during their break.
Under the sea... what will you see? Take the plunge into a deep-sea dive to find out. As you scroll down this page, view fact-filled bubbles beginning at the surface and continuing down to 36,000 feet below the surface--the ocean's deepest point.
Discover this Beach Chair Scientist's unique blog. Read through the latest posts or scroll down the page to find links to archives and categories including Citizen Science and Environmental Education. Share this site during a study of biomes or the ocean.
Let's Start a Garden
Grow ideas and innovation with these three tools related to gardening. Find tips to start a school garden, a downloadable guide, and a collaborative community of gardening scientists.
Peruse these resources as you start a school garden or support an existing garden. Navigate the wealth of information about the benefits of school gardens, how to plan and plant one, and ideas for teaching through your gardening experience.
Looking to start a garden, but don't have much land? This guide offers tips and directions for using little to no land for a garden, plus a packet full of activity ideas to try while teaching about nurturing a garden. Find a new idea to "grow" together!
Join Project Budburst and become part of a community of citizen scientists! Record the observations of first leafing, first flower, etc., and have them reported to a national database. There are guides for using the site, videos, and activities.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Professional learning is blooming this week at TeachersFirst! We start with 10 presentations by SFL's K12 team during ISTE 2019, our summer OK2Ask® virtual workshops are open for registration, plus we have a related Twitter chat this Thursday (6/20). Also, we invite you to tell us about your school garden experiences in our weekly poll.
Will you be at ISTE 2019?
We hope to connect with you at ISTE 2019. Look for our 10 sessions led by SFL staff and collaborating education professionals. Topics include Low-Tech STEM, Augmentation/AR, Digital Storytelling, Active Listening, BOLD Coaching, and more.
See the full ISTE program »
Looking for summer professional learning?
OK2Ask is free, quality, virtual learning for K12 educators. Our summer series starts July 10th with a TeachersFirst focused session. Other topics this summer include Google and Microsoft tools, Coding, Primary Sources, Classroom Management, and more.
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Attend a Twitter chat
Join us this Thursday (6/20) at 8 pm ET for our Twitter chat topic: Ways for Educators to Stay Connected Over the Summer. We will discuss the importance of ongoing professional learning and development and share resources to stay connected. Use #OK2Ask.
Learn more about #OK2Ask Twitter chats »
Thoughts on school gardens
This week our poll question asks: What is the biggest challenge in starting (or maintaining) a school garden? Share your response and then see how other educators replied.
Share your thoughts with our community »
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