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Yesterday our corporate website,, was unavailable from 4:30-6:30pm Pacific. This made it difficult for some students to find our “Student Sign In” button so they could sign in and do their homework. Our sincerest apologies.

If this ever happens again there are a couple things students can do…because the subscriptions themselves were never down.

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TCI Free Lesson: Getting Started and Getting to Know Each Other

Get students engaged right off the bat with this free lesson from TCI.

Get students engaged right off the bat with this free lesson from TCI.

All new for 2014, we have updated our popular start of the school year lessons.  This lesson is for teachers who want to start on that very first day by establishing procedures and protocols for a hands-on classroom.  Everything you need to teach this lesson – a presentation to use in class and all the handouts – are in this PowerPoint.

You can access this lesson via Google Docs here or use the embed below to download and personalize it.

Don’t forget our other lesson on the Interactive Student Notebook!


TCI Free Lesson: The Interactive Student Notebook

For over 25 years, teachers across the country have been using TCI's Interactive Student Notebook strategy in their classroom.

For over 25 years, teachers across the country have been using TCI’s Interactive Student Notebook strategy in their classroom.

The most popular free lesson on our site four years running has been our lesson on getting started with the ISN.  We’ve updated and redesigned the lesson with a presentation and directions for print AND digital ISN’s.


Everything you need to conduct this lesson from start to finish is in this slide show.  Feel free to take this and make it your own and share it with teacher friends as well.


Here is the link to the Google Presentation version of this lesson.  Below is a embed where you can download the PowerPoint.


Bring Science Alive! An Animated Introduction

TCI Funny: A Teacher Summer

It feels true…doesn’t it!?

A Teacher Summer


Summer-ize Your Students Guide

Mariners winterize their boats. Teachers should summer-ize their students. Get your students ready for summer break by providing resources and outlets for their learning to continue. You’ll discover enrichment activities and opportunities your students and their families can embrace. Summer-ize Your Students – How to get your students ready for next year.

Cinco de Mayo Scavenger Hunt

CincoCinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, many people use this occasion to honor Mexican contributions to our country. Take advantage of this holiday to have your students look around your community for examples of Mexican tradition and heritage. What better way to do that than with photographs!  In this scavenger hunt, students are challenged to capture three photographs depicting architecture, food, and arts/sports that have a direct connection to Mexican contributions.

Like this activity?  In our History Alive! The US Through Industrialism program we have a whole lesson built around Mexicano contributions to life in the Southwest.  See a teaser video of it HERE.

Have a great Cinco de Mayo everyone!Cinco de Mayo Scavenger Hunt

Create an Earth Day Lesson Plan

Earth Day, on April 22nd, is approaching us, and it’s the perfect time to incorporate some Earth Day curriculum into your lesson plan!

This holiday often focuses on appreciating Earth and discovering ways that individuals can help improve the environment. These topics correspond with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which asks students to learn about resources and consumption in standards on energy.

One way to teach these topics is to educate students on consumption habits and how they relate to the environment. A great web tool for this lesson is National Geographic’s Human Footprint Interactive, which you can find here. It lets students input their own consumption habits to see which energy resources they and their carbon footprint.

The tool is colorfully animated and extremely detailed! Students can see the effects of food consumption, transportation, showers, and more. It provides lots of statistics, behind-the-scene videos, and other cool tidbits!


Earth Day is also the perfect holiday to integrate some social studies. National Parks are an important part of preservation, and the Library of Congress offers great free resources that can be used in geography and history lessons.

One such resource is the collection of National Park Maps. It includes about 200 maps of different types—such as topographic and route maps—from the 17th century to the present. The maps cover four National Parks, including Yellowstone. Examining the maps allows students to see the historical, cultural, and geological changes that happened in these areas overtime.


Consider combining a mapping activity with a social studies lesson on John Muir or Theodore Roosevelt. Use some of the many historical photos available on Library of Congress for an engaging and dynamic lesson.

How would you use these resources in your classroom? Comment below to share some ideas!


How to Conduct a Mapping Lab

This 15 minute recorded webinar will show you how to conduct one of the seven mapping labs from Geography Alive! Regions and People.  Learn more about the middle school version HERE and the high school version HERE.  You can try this lab or any other lesson out free for 30 days at


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