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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

ThanksgivingCelebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.

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Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Grand Entry, Omaha Powwow Project collection (AFC 1986/038), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

November is Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Estimates of the population of the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans range from 8 million to more than 100 million. Cultures were as varied as the stationary Mayas in the Yucatan and the nomadic Plains Indians in North America. Explore Native American culture with the following lessons, activities, and resources.

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20 Teacher-Approved Apps You’ve Got to Try

Mobile apps have become “must have” classroom tools, and students are naturally drawn to their interactivity. Whether you’re looking for an app to help with classroom management, exploring different languages, or figuring out tricky geometry problems, there’s an app for anything and everything.

With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, finding the right ones to use can be a challenge. To help you navigate the waters, NEA Member Benefits asked your fellow NEA members for information about apps they find useful in their classrooms. Below are their picks along with some helpful advice. Read more

Veterans Day Lesson Plans and Activities

On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include all American veterans.

The following lessons, activities, games, and resources will help your students celebrate service men and women past and present.

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

San Miguel de Gualdape was the first European settlement in North America. It was founded in Georgia in 1526, 81 years before Jamestown. St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city in the United States. Hispanic Americans have been making contributions to life in the U.S. ever since.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month, which runs September 15 through October 15, with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.

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Back to School Guide for Educators

Classes are starting soon at schools across Connecticut. NEA has compiled a list of articles and resources to help you—whether you’re a new or veteran educator—get ready for the fall semester.

Classroom Setup

Creative Classrooms on a Budget
Take a walk through the elementary, middle, and high school classrooms of three DIY divas for ideas on how to create your own inspiring, efficient, and thrifty space.

Three Tips for a Welcoming Classroom
Is making connections with students on your daily to do list? The most powerful thing we do each day in the classroom is not on a checklist, and it can’t be measured or analyzed.

Classroom Setups
Mastering the art of arrangement can make all the difference in your classroom. Read more

Watching the Summer Night Sky

Brush up on your stargazing skills this summer, and enjoy humankind’s first TV, the night sky. These lessons, activities, and resources will help you locate and identify celestial objects with equipment as basic as your own eyes.

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Keeping Kids Cool at School

There is a heat advisory for parts of Connecticut this afternoon and, with temperatures forecasted to rise into the 90s, some schools are sending children home early today. For schools without air conditioning, these last, summer-like days present a challenge.

Connecticut state law does not set a maximum temperature for public school buildings. Many children are better off at home on a hot day, but when students don’t have air conditioning in their house or apartment, school can sometimes be the safer option.

If you’re struggling with today’s heat, Education World recommends keeping lights and electronics off when possible. Bring in a fan or two if you can and encourage students to sip water.

The website Peaceful Playgrounds offers information on keeping kids cool in school and on the playground. Read more

Read Across America in June!

To ward off the learning loss that many children experience during the summer, sharing books is a great way to launch reading and learning adventures in your own community. Encourage readers of all ages to pull on their reading suits!

For Younger Readers

OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner and art by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle, 2017)

As a small black boy and his mother paddle across a pond, she describes the plants and animals that inhabit that world in, under, and around the water.

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Warm summer days are ideal for combining reading and outdoor exploration. Take readers Over and Under the Pond and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt with books by Kate Messner before heading out on your own ecosystem adventure. Provide kids with a notebook to serve as their nature journal where they can sketch and note their outdoor observations, their feelings about nature, and any research they are inspired to undertake about specific plants or animals. Read more

7 Techniques for Managing End-of-Year Stress

Although many people think the weeks leading up to summer break are a breeze for educators, it is, in fact, one of the most stressful times of the year.

“There’s an incredible amount of paperwork for teachers to do, and students often take advantage of that,” says educational consultant Angela Watson, who worked as a classroom teacher for 11 years. Getting it all done while maintaining control of the classroom can be a challenge—but it’s not impossible.

NEA Member Benefits has gathered 7 stress-relieving tips to help you greet summer vacation with your sanity intact.
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