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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.

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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TCI Free Lesson: April Fools Day

April Fools Day ThumbWhat are the biggest April Fools jokes of all time?

In this free lesson from TCI, students work in triads discussing and debating the best and biggest, historical April Fools jokes of all time. In a preview, students are given background on a fictional (unbeknownst to them) robot named “Boilerplate.” The story appears real and is complete with websites, images, and even a YouTube video.  Afterwards. students are assigned one of the biggest April Fools jokes in history. They learn a little about the background and must quickly present their findings to the class. The class will debate where to rank that prank against all the others presented.

Take advantage of this April Fools Day by using the day to explore some historical hijinx!  Download the lesson here: April Fools Lesson

St. Patricks Day Lesson

Irish eyes are smiling, and so are we at TCI.  For a little holiday fun in advance of March 17th, I have written a lesson to help students learn about Ireland’s most famous name.  This skill builder lesson utilizes an emerging tech trend as well, QR codes.  Now, have no fear if you’re not familiar with QR codes you can read a previous post on the blog:  Take advantage of the opportunity to have students learn about the life of St. Patrick and also get their geek on.  

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Get a Sneak Peek at Bring Science Alive! Coming Soon

TCI’s Nathan Wellborne gives you an insiders look at our exciting, upcoming Bring Science Alive program.  You’ll see how this program aligns to the NGSS and how it will super-charge your classroom.  Learn more about Bring Science Alive (K-5 available in summer 2014).


Bring Science Alive! See It – Grade 5 from TCI on Vimeo.

Winter Olympic Activity

Looking for a Winter Olympic activity? This is just for you then! Download the activity directions for yourself, use the provided links on the document, and get your students invested not only in the sport, but in learning about the world.


Winter Olympic Activity

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