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September 14, 2015

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

Happy Grandparents Day to all of those grandparents both in and out of the classroom!


New Contributors
Do you enjoy helping colleagues learn about technology? Would you like to use that passion to contribute to TeachersFirst? The Source For Learning (SFL) is currently looking for new contributors for our TeachersFirst community. If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out this Google form.


September Specials!
The TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar offers resources related to events and observations on the calendar all throughout the year.

International Literacy Day
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Rosh Hashanah
International Dot Day
Constitution Day


Did You Say FREE?
Can you think of a better culminating activity for a lesson than a FREE field trip? The National Park Service offers a host of lesson plans for classroom use and now all fourth grade educators can get FREE passes for their students. Visit Every Kid in a Park to download your passes and have fun making that lesson come alive for your students.


A Few Weeks Until Take-off
Globetraker’s Mission: Locating Louie returns this year for social studies classes in grades 2-6. Preview Globetracker’s Mission beginning in late-September. Follow the travels of teens Geo and Meri as they traverse across North America and blog about it along the way. Readers get to vote on their next steps! Teachers tell us Globetracker's Mission is an effective, engaging way for students to master standards-aligned map skills, landforms, and geography terms and concepts, making students more curious about maps, geography, and social studies. Set aside time in your plans. You don’t want to miss this Mission!


OK2Ask: Fall Registration is OPEN
Registration is now OPEN for all fall sessions. 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.


Will They Come?
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What percentage of your parents attends Back to School Night? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


ISTE On-Demand
Our On-Demand video is now available. If you didn’t have a chance to attend ISTE, get inspired by watching and learning from many attendees.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites you'll find:

  • Headlines
  • School Lists
  • Logic
  • Pompeii
  • Photo Editing
  • Literature Trip Maps
  • Aviation with Kartveli
  • Shape America Back to School
  • 4 Numbers
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this September 20 or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived September 13th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


If you are blessed enough to have a grandparent still living—don’t forget to call and wish them a Happy Grandparents Day!

The TeachersFirst Team