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Put the power of comics and cartoons to work in your classroom. From professional learning to curated collections, TeachersFirst has you covered with free, teacher-reviewed resources.
Learn ways to teach visual literacy strategies using comics. View this workshop recording to discover tools to create comics and assessment strategies for using comics in the classroom. The session resource page is full of great ideas!
Navigate your way through this selection of the BEST comic and cartoon resources! Find lesson plans, comic templates, printables, comics from history, single and multi-frame comic creators, and more. Each resource includes classroom use ideas.
Browse this Library of Congress collection featuring comics created explicitly for the web. Peruse the collection or use the search feature to narrow your selection by different criteria including format, date, or subject.
Create a Comic
Discover three fabulous tools to create comics for elementary through high school.
Great for all grades, this site offers several different comic strip templates to choose from with various numbers of panels and squares or arch tops. Click on any template to view and print the PDF version. Create a group class comic in younger grades.
Design a comic with dialogue between two characters. There are pre-drawn backgrounds and characters. Add a title for each scene/page, add dialogue between the two characters. Create three-page comics quickly and easily. Save the comic with registration.
Easily create simple cartoon strips. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to add frames, characters, balloons for speech text, and other items as you build a strip. Students can work independently or in pairs and share by URL or on your site.
Comics in the Curriculum
Discover comics to teach about physics, Shakespeare, and World War II, plus a site that offers lesson plans using comics for many subject areas.
Find lesson plans at this site, connected to the Pixton Comics site. Search by subject or keyword to find a particular topic. Each lesson plan includes a teacher guide, rubric, standards, and suggestions for how to use the comics.
Learn simple physics through cartoons, with new additions offered monthly. Use the drop-down menu to view countless past experiments. In addition to the cartoons, each activity includes a list of materials, instructions, and results with an explanation.
Engage your students with comic visuals and images related to the classic work of Shakespeare. Each act and scene is represented. Simply start at the beginning to view all cartoons or choose any act or scene desired. Have students create their own comics.
Seuss shows his serious side in this collection of over 400 political cartoons related to World War II. Each cartoon includes full citation and copyright information. The collection is sorted by year and by battle, people, places, and issues.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join our OK2Ask® virtual workshops to learn how to use technology in the classroom and earn PD credit. Our Fall season begins this Tuesday, September 24th. Visit the Infusing Technology Blog to read about Math, the 6Cs, and more. And, participate in our weekly poll to share your response about comics in the classroom.
Register now for OK2Ask Workshops
Ready. Set. Go! Our Fall OK2Ask sessions start this Tuesday (9/24) at 7pm ET. Join us to develop an understanding of the digital storytelling process, how digital storytelling can be used in the classroom, and tools to weave a story with all grades.
Learn more about this session and others »
Read about Math, the 6 Cs & more
Visit our Infusing Technology blog for insightful articles about hot edtech topics. Read about Math Storytelling Day, featured tech tools, the Six 6Cs (Deep Learning), game-based learning and more.
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Comics as a teaching tool
This week our poll asks: How have you used comics or cartoons in your classroom? Have you used them at all? Have students created comics or read cartoons? Tell us about your experience and see how other educators respond.
Do you use comics in the classroom? »
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