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March 28, 2016

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®


April is a busy time both in and out of the classroom. While your students prepare April Fools’ Day tricks, start preparing your own treats for this day. Why not challenge students to create a humorous cartoon using Comic Cartoon or a talking photo using Blabberize. It is also time for Spring baseball to begin. Hit a classroom homeroom using our baseball resources to teach music, math, and more. National Library Week is coming up in just a few weeks (April 10-15). If you are lucky enough to have a librarian/media specialist, take this week as an opportunity to thank them for their commitment to helping your students.


MySciLife—Seeking Science Teachers
MySciLife®—SFL’s social learning environment for middle school science—is recruiting interested teachers for next year. If you or one of your friends is a middle school science teacher (grades 6-9) who enjoys student-centered learning, please read the details, then submit the interest survey. Spaces are limited.


FREE OK2Ask Online Workshops
Click here to view our SPRING SCHEDULE! These FREE online workshops are offered on Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern. Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register for the best match for your learning needs.


Join EarthEcho in Ohio...Virtually!
Join EarthEcho on Tuesday April 12th at 1pm EST as they kick off their National Tree Planting campaign. This virtual field trip will take you and your students to Ohio, as a group of sixth grade students (along with Ohio EPA) restore a local stream bank. The class will also be planting over 500 trees! Bring your students on this adventure to learn about carbon emissions, climate change, stream banks, and more.


Calling all Poets
April is National Poetry Month. Are you looking for some new ways to recognize poetry in your classroom? Don’t miss TeachersFirst’s CurriConnects - Poets and Poetry. CurriConnects offers Lexile® leveled lists to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. We also have our Common Core Connections: The Power of Poetry. This article connects poetry with the Common Core, literacy, and more. Check out our entire collection in the Help! I lost my library/media specialist! series.


If you plan to attend the NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) Conference, come and meet TeachersFirst/Source For Learning. We will have a session, “Bringing Science to Life with Safe Online Social Learning” on Friday April 1, at 5:00pm.


Personalized PD
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What PD topic would you like to learn more about? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites you will find:

  • GrammarFlip
  • Great Expectations
  • Zoom
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting
  • Introducing Formal Analysis: Still Life
  • Zukeeni
  • Journeys in Film
  • Channel One News: One Vote
  • Quote Diaory
  • New York Times... Spanish Edition
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this April 3, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived March 27th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


The TeachersFirst Team