TeachersFirst Instructional Units
TeachersFirst's units include offerings for many grade levels and subjects. These units have been developed for actual classrooms, written in consultation with the teachers as they test them in the field or submitted by the teachers themselves. We continually add new teaching units, especially those that include options to use technology well as a tool for learning. Try these units as is or adapt the ideas to your curriculum or level. Don’t forget to use your free TeachersFirst membership to leave comments, sharing how the units worked or how you adapted them to your classroom.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomHave students work in cooperative learning groups to explore this site. Transform technology use and student learning by challenging students to create multimedia presentations about the biomes. Use Timeline JS, reviewed here; Timeline JS offers the option to upload and add photos, videos, audio, Tweets, and Google Maps making it interactive, or Typito, reviewed here; a video creation tool where you add images and video, add text, choose templates and layouts, and add music to personalize your work, or Genial.ly, reviewed here, which allows you to insert maps, surveys, video, audio and more. With Genial.ly students will have a choice of presentation styles (posters, infographics, etc.). Last, you could use Thinglink, reviewed here, where technology use will range from augmentation (narration of an image) to redefinition (adding media links, explanation, narration). Other options might include creating a wiki or blog.
Grades4 to 8
In the ClassroomSave this site as a favorite on your desktop and use it to add supplementary activities to your classroom before Winter Break. Many of the sites can be used as webquests, classroom activities or Learning centers. This could be a great way to mix the holidays into content, comparing today's celebrations to those of the 19th century.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomMark this unit in your Favorites to inspire students with scientific inquiry. Add new dimensions to the unit with technology options, such as keeping a lab journal on your class wiki and documenting steps with digital pictures. Students could also upload and "narrate" their lab pictures on Thinglink, reviewed here.
Grades7 to 12
tag(s): poetry (203)
In the ClassroomShare the start of the poem on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Then turn students or partners loose to explore the poem and discover the details on laptops or at home. Transform classroom technology use and extend the unit by challenging groups or individual students to create their own visual interpretations of a stanza using a tool such as Poster My Wall, reviewed here.
Grades1 to 4
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered on this site - a great resource for a Social Studies class.
Grades1 to 4
In the ClassroomStudents can hone counting skills with the "Birmingham Bus" or test their powers of scientific observation by comparing brown and white eggs.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomTry using this unit with a study of Thanksgiving, colonial settlements, or Native Americans of the eastern U.S. Share the hands-on crafts and be sure to take digital pictures. Ask students to write explanations of the crafts on your class wiki (with the accompanying pictures)! Or include the link to directions for one of these crafts on your class web page for students to try as a summer activity.
Grades6 to 10
tag(s): renaissance (35)