October 21, 2018

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Make a Difference Today!

For Make a Difference Day (October 27th), we honor many who have made a difference in the way we live and learn including Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Noah Webster, Teddy Roosevelt, Bill Gates, and John Adams. Find below resources to celebrate those who have made an impact in our world and to help students to become involved and to make a difference.

Grades 4-12


Visit the official website of the Nobel Prize to learn about Alfred Nobel and prizewinners. Explore videos of interviews of Nobel peace prizewinners, speeches, award ceremonies, and more. Activities are included, too!

Grades K-12

Pennies for Peace

"Pennies for Peace," an international service-learning project, offers a toolkit for grade levels K-4, 4-8, and 9-12. The curriculum directly links to grade level standards in social studies, math, and literacy. Register your class to begin.

Grades K-2

Like Father, Like Son: Presidential Families

Examine America's only two father-and-son presidents: John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The lesson plans include standards, assessments, activities, and more. Introduce young students to past presidents.

TeachersFirst Exclusives

Our trio below includes two biography-focused reading collections and a "ready-to-go" activity that highlights why this day in history matters!

Grades K-12

CurriConnects Book List - 100 Leaders

This CurriConnects list offers books for student independent reading about leaders and includes a wide sampling from politics to literature and the arts to entertainment. Introduce your students to leaders of the past and present.

Grades K-6

Biography Read-Alouds

Navigate your way through this article with book and activity suggestions for biography read-alouds. The information is divided into lower, middle, and upper elementary. Reading levels are included and many also include a brief description.

Grades 5-12

Dates That Matter

What happened today in history and why does it matter? Click on a date to reveal a single sentence about the date. Then click to see a sequence of thought-provoking questions to guide students to a greater understanding as they try to guess.

Heroes of Today & Yesterday

Introduce your students to heroes, both famous and unsung, and the characteristics of a hero.

Grades 5-12

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

Read the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. Each project features information about the hero and the storyteller. Some projects also include links to student-created web pages and videos.

Grades 4-12

History's Heroes

Learn the story of little-known people from history. Explore their timeline, read and hear other's views and opinions, listen or view audio stories with more information, and using the interactive decide for yourself if each person is truly heroic.

Grades 9-12

What Makes a Hero?

Share this multi-day lesson plan to help students to identify characteristics that are common to heroes, learn and recognize heroes from many diverse cultures, and discuss how heroes can be any type of person who has accomplished an inspiring action.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Join us this Tuesday (10/23) at 7pm ET for our next OK2Ask® virtual workshop: Tech Integration Made Easy with Animoto. Work toward turning conflicts into growth opportunities with our latest blog post. Plus, be sure to share your thoughts in our weekly poll!

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Tuesday (10/23) at 7 pm ET

OK2Ask: Tech Integration Made Easy with Animoto

Engage students and deepen content area knowledge using Animoto to create instructional videos with our upcoming OK2Ask virtual workshop. Add audio, text, and video to provide additional context to content area instruction.

Get started with Animoto & OK2Ask »

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Let’s Go There: Conflict Resolution

Create a positive school culture and climate with our latest blog post on conflict resolution -- a must-read for principals, team leads, and anyone in a leadership role.

Explore practical tips for resolving conflict »

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Which of the following "October-born" heroes do you teach about: Eleanor Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, or Bill Gates?

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