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Veterans Day Activities

On November 11, we honor the wartime 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 American veterans of all wars.

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

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Halloween Lessons, Activities & Resources

Our tradition of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Scotland and Ireland with the carving of turnip lanterns. Make your own turnip lantern, carve a virtual pumpkin, and download patterns for state-of-the-art pumpkins. Have fun this Halloween with the following lessons and activities. And keep your Trick-or-Treating safe.

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Autumn-Themed Classroom Resources

Autumn officially arrived on Monday, making it the perfect time of year to help your students learn about the reason for the seasons, why animals migrate, how an object’s shadow changes over the course of a year, and more.

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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 takes place September 15 – October 15, with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.

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Labor Day Curriculum Resources

CIO Education Department comic book pamphlet, c. 1948. Photo by Tobias Higbie, Flickr.

Labor Day honors the American worker and acknowledges the value and dignity of work and its role in American life. The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York. Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor.)

Here are some Labor Resources to help you and your students learn more about our working men and women. Read more

Teaching About Hurricane Season

June 1 to November 30 is hurricane season. With the following lessons, activities, and multimedia resources, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by global warming.

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Back-to-School Guide from NEA

Students may still be enjoying their summer vacations, but for educators, the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Check out this list of articles and resources compiled by NEA to help you—whether new or veteran—get ready for the year ahead.

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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. Check out these tips on creating a safe learning environment.

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

National Arts in Education Week Is Sept. 8-14

On July 26, 2010, the U. S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college- and career-ready students. The resolution states:

Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

Arts Education Partnership has created a hub site for sharing information about National Arts in Education Week – links to partner sites who are planning activities and finding out about arts education policy and practice in states and communities. To learn more, visit Arts Education Partnership.

To help you celebrate the arts in your classroom this week and throughout the year, we offer the following resources: Read more

How to Evaluate Tech Tools You’ve Never Used in Less Than Seven Minutes

When colleagues or workshop presenters recommend an app or other tech tool that’s worked well for them—how do you know whether it will meet the needs of your students?

Teachers don’t have hours to spend evaluating each new product that could be useful for students, so technology teacher Jacqui Murray offers a quick, two-step process for assessing tools to find the ones that are the best fit.

Read about her process here.

10 Must-See TED Talks for Educators

TED Talks are a source of inspiration, knowledge, and motivation for countless educators. Dig deeper to find more, but here are ten presentations teachers may find to be the most useful and informative.

Reimagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders

North Dakota teacher Kayla Delzer seeks to change how technology is viewed in the classroom. Instead of a force for distraction, she believes students and teachers can learn more by utilizing common apps and technology in the classroom. (For more on Delzer, check out “Farewell Desks, Here Come the Starbucks Classrooms”)
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