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October 26, 2015

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

Not all ghosts are friendly, but as teachers we hope some friendly ghosts appear at this time of the year. Possibly ghosts of floating reminders of past lessons and concepts, gone by not quite forgotten. Bring the ghosts of learning back to life with resources—and creative ideas on how to use them—from TeachersFirst.


3...2..1...MISSION Begins!
Globetraker’s Mission: Locating Louie returns to action TODAY for social studies classes in grades 2-6. 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 has proven to be a more 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!


USA Regional Books
If you are joining us on our Globetracker’s Mission, you don’t want to miss our CurriConnects (book list) feature on USA Regional Books. CurriConnects lists include interest levels, ESL levels, and Lexile® levels to ensure the right match. Remember that you can always request books via interlibrary loan.


OK2Ask®: Free Online PD
Registration continues for our Fall sessions. We still have a few weeks for you to hop in and have a quick “learning” snack. We have several NEW 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. Coming up soon:

Create with Coding
Tuesday October 27, 2015 7pm Eastern

Resources for Energizing Your Math K-8 Classroom
Thursday October 29, 2015 4pm Eastern

3 Terrific Tech Tools to Poll/Quiz Students, Organize Tasks, and Make Your Images Come to Life!
Tuesday November 3, 2015


Calendar Happenings
The TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar offers resources related to events and observations on the calendar all throughout the year. Check out these resources:

Major League Baseball World Series

Red Ribbon Week


If Twitter Could Talk
Based on the number of tweets of this page, we can tell that it is VERY helpful for teachers. In case you missed it, check out our BYOD Dream Tools collection. These FREE, reviewed tools allow users to create and access projects using the same app, no matter what kind of device they have. If your school has Bring Your Own Device/Technology, make your teaching life easier with these tools in common.

Dress Up Day for YOU?
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: Do you dress up at all for Halloween? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites find:

  • Over the Edge (Map reading for the young)
  • A Day in the Life: Dress the Part
  • Multimedia Mania Project Checklist
  • 25 Moments that Changed America
  • Word Mover
  • Get HAPPY with Happier
  • Strimko Puzzles
  • Math 4 Raft Race
  • Icy and Sky
  • LEGO Friends Story Maker
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this November 1 or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived October 25th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


May you hear cries of “I remember!” haunting your classroom this week.

The TeachersFirst Team