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Saturday, September 26, 2009

October Teaching Themes and Ideas 2009

Teaching Calendar of Themes October, 2009

Sep 15, Tue -Oct 15, Thu National Hispanic Heritage Month (continued from previous month) TeachersFirst's Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Oct 01, Thu -Oct 31, Sat International Dinosaur Month TeachersFirst's Dinosaur Resources

Oct 04, Sun -Oct 10, Sat National Fire Prevention Week TeachersFirst's Fire Prevention and Safety Resources

Oct 04, Sun -Oct 10, Sat National Bullying Prevention Week TeachersFirst's Resources for Bullying and Cyberbullying

Oct 12, Monday Columbus Day TeachersFirst's Resources for Columbus Day

Oct 28, Wed -Nov 05, Thu Major League Baseball World Series TeachersFirst's Resources for Baseball Season

Oct 31, Saturday Fall/Halloween TeachersFirst's Resources for Fall and Halloween

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October Lesson Plan Ideas

Lesson Plan Ideas For October

By: Teachnology Staff @

Thinking of Lessons for October? Here are a number of October events / themes you will want to include in your lessons.

1. On October 1st Henry Ford introduced the Model T.

2. On October 2nd Mahatma Gandhi was born.

3. October 4th through the 10th is Love Your Pets Week and World Space Week.

4. On October 6th Thomas Edison introduced motion pictures.

5. On October 11th Eleanor Roosevelt was born.

6. October 12th is Columbus Day.

7. On October 14th Dwight D. Eisenhower was born.

8. October 12th is World Food Day.

9. October 18th through the 24th is Teen Read Week.

10. October 19th is What's Your Invention Day.

11. October 24th is United Nations Day.

12. On October 26th Hillary Rodham Clinton was born.

13. On October 27th Theodore Roosevelt was born.

14. October 31st is Halloween.

This Week in History

1834: Charles Darwin returns to Valparaiso.
1916: The first
Native American Day was celebrated.

Inspiring Teacher Quote

"There is no education like adversity." Will Durant

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

National Punctuation Day 9-24

National Punctuation Day 9-24

September 24th, 2009 is the sixth annual National Punctuation Day! According to the official NPD website, this most auspicious day is: "A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis."

Jeff Rubin, 59, a former copy editor determined to rid the world of dangling participles, successfully bid for Sept. 24 to be listed as a holiday in Chase's Calendar of Events in 2004. Since then, he and his wife have cooked a meatloaf shaped like a question mark, performed in classrooms and dedicated a Web site to good grammar (

Sources: National Punctuation Day 9-24 Jeff Rubin Blog Blog Punctuation Day Blog Writing and Reading

Party Time for People With a Penchant for Proper Punctuation

Party Time for People With a Penchant for Proper Punctuation

Monday, September 21, 2009

Autumn or Fall Teaching Ideas

Mid-September has passed, and the first official day of fall is here. Don't lose sight of the great ideas you had before school started. The official start of fall is prime time. Seize it while you can! The students are still fresh, the review and placement activities are done, and the fall harvest of new ideas is just ripening for your students to pluck a new project from the tree. For more helpful suggestions from TeachersFirst users for upcoming events, go to the source at or get ideas from the following links: TeachersFirst's Classroom Planning Calendar TeachersFirst's Teacher Resources for Fall
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Constitution Day or Citizenship Day 9-17

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
Source: Constitution Day History

Resources: Citizenship Quiz Info-Links Naturalization Test Elementary School Links Resources Constitution Themes, Lessons, Resources Resouces and Activities Constitution Day and Week Activities Teaching Theme Theme Activities

Colman, Warren. The Bill of Rights

Colman, Warren. The Constitution

Fritz, Jean. Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

Johnson, Linda Carlson. Our Constitution

Maestro, Betsy. A More Perfect Union

Spier, Peter. We the People: The Story of Our Constitution

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

President Obama's Speech

My Education, My Future

On Tuesday, September 8 the President will talk directly to students across the country on the importance of taking responsibility for their education, challenging them to set goals and do everything they can to succeed. Help get America’s students engaged! Get all the information or read his remarks.

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama Back to School Event
When-Tuesday, September 8th, at 12:00 PM (EDT) Lessons-Class Activities PreK-6 Classroom Activities Grades 7-12

How to Watch

  • The President's message will be streamed live on, and broadcast live on C-Span

  • Downloadable video of the speech will be made available on this page later that day as it becomes available

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Goal Setting Rules for Success

Top 10 Rules for Back-to-School Success

Special thanks to John Bishop of Goal Setting for

These ten life skills will help your children develop a YES! Count On Me attitude that you can use in the classroom and in life. Good luck!

1. Use the "YES! Count On Me" words: yes, I can, and I will.
2. To get ahead in school and in life - read more, learn more, do more.
3. Learn how to set and achieve goals and how to use these principles in the classroom.
4. No Vision = No Direction. Write down what you want to accomplish in the first four weeks of the school year. Repeat for the next month.
5. Don't find a fault; find a solution.
6. Minimizing the Bummer Words - no, can't, won't, never, maybe, and if. These six words will hold you back from reaching your full potential.
7. Eliminating excuses.
8. Regularly ask yourself: "Did I give my best effort to today's activities?"
9. Help others.
10. Remember: Luck comes to those who work hard.

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This is your life, your goals and your success. You are a WINNER!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Labor Day Cards Click This Link for Happy Labor Day Card

Wishes for an easy, relaxing, glorious, and memorable Labor Day weekend. Add fun to your friend's, colleague's, or dear one's Labor Day with this cute wish. Labor Day Cards 32 Cards

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