November 7, 2021

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Make Connections in Your Classroom

November brings us many opportunities to connect calendar events with lessons and technology. Read all about ways to recognize four unique dates in your class: America Recycles Day, National Day of Listening, and the anniversaries of both the Gettysburg Address and the assassination of JFK.  

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day (ARD) is celebrated on Monday, November 15th. 2021 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of this observance. In this section, you’ll find resources for all grade levels related to recycling.

Discover new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle »

National Day of Listening

Launched in 2008 by StoryCorps, the National Day of Listening encourages families and friends to get together and to record family stories and history. The goal of this program is to remind everyone of the value that our stories hold.

Learn about audio tools to record your stories »

President John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, as he rode through Dallas, Texas. In this section, we’re sharing a collection of resources related to the life, accomplishments, and tragic death of JFK.

Find resources for lessons and research projects »

Gettysburg by the Numbers

Discover a colorful infographic that connects the Battle of Gettysburg to numbers, history, and geography. Use this information to provide background when discussing the Gettysburg Address and the events leading up to this historical speech.

Bring history into your classroom »

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join us for our next free OK2Ask virtual workshop. We’re also including our gift to you to celebrate American Education Week and information about a unique global collaboration opportunity for your students. Finally, we kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll. 

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Tuesday, 11/9, 7 PM ET

OK2Ask: Classroom Activities to Promote Computational Thinking

Join us this Tuesday as we discuss the fundamental tenets of computational thinking—most notably, how this concept combines critical thinking skills with the power of computing to make decisions or find solutions. Learn about tools and collaborate.

Plan for the use of computational thinking in the classroom »

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Use blog posts to learn about many educational topics

American Education Week

In celebration of American Education Week, the week before Thanksgiving that "celebrates public education and honors the individuals working to ensure that every student receives a quality education," we’re sharing a timely collection of blog posts.

Celebrate education, learn new strategies, discover tools, and more »

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Make global connections

Across the World Once a Week

Make connections beyond your classroom and try out this simple, social way for students to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals from students around the world. Your class is presented with one question per week to answer about where you live.

Explore the details about XW1W and join the experience »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks, "What does your school do to recognize American Education Week?" Click to pick your choice and then view the replies of other educators.

How does your school handle American Education Week? »

Six More Educational Resources

Discover an additional six areas of TeachersFirst to use in your lessons.

Classroom Planning Calendar

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Thanksgiving Resources

Special Topics

Veterans Day Resources

Reading Treks

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