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Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Welcome May Flowers

Weekend Sales

From April showers, come May flowers—and from TeacherPop deals, come new styles. Check out these sales below to welcome the new month and all the beauty and style May will bring.

The Limited: Save 40% on brand new styles for a limited time.

J.Crew: Take an extra 40% off sale styles—and 30% off everything else—with coupon code SCORE through April 29.

Loft: Save 60% on sale styles for a limited time.

Gap: Save 40% on dress and polos today only.

DonorsChoose Pick: Dirty Hands and Engaged Minds in Detroit


The students in Teach For America corps member Katie Rogers’ first-grade classroom at Carleton Elementary School in Detroit are curious, observant, and exploratory in nature. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that they want to learn about plant life cycles—and make their school more beautiful—by growing plants indoors.

“A hands-on experiment will help their minds grow, much like the seeds, beans, and vegetables they will be planting,” Ms. Rogers says.

5 Resources to Encourage Your Students to Pursue Higher Education

5 Resources to Encourage Your Students to Pursue Higher Education

Today is College Signing Day, the day we celebrate high school seniors across the country who have chosen to take control of their future and commit to higher education.

College Signing Day is a now an annual tradition thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. So how can you encourage your students to reach higher? Here are five resources you can use to support your students as they take charge of their future and pursue their education.

  1. American College Application Campaign

How to Analyze a Poem in 6 Steps

How to analyze a poem in 6 steps

Happy last week of National Poetry Month! We’re kicking things off this Monday with a few tips for helping your students unpack all that poetry has to offer. Check out these six ways to analyze a poem.

Step One: Read

Have your students read the poem once to themselves and then aloud, all the way through, at LEAST twice. Feel free to play a recording of the poem or show a video of someone reading the poem, too.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for Earth Day

weekend sales

Happy Earth Day, y’all! Today’s the day we celebrate our awesome planet and ensure it’s taken care of for future generations and beyond. Check out these deals in honor of this special day and don’t forget to do your part to protect our planet!

Trees for the Earth:  $1 for one tree to help reverse climate change and help impoverished communities.

The Shelving Store: Save 15% with coupon code EARTH15 through April 25.

Amazon: Save 20% on the Can Ram aluminum can crusher for a limited time.

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6 Ways to Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day

Poem in Your Pocket Day

As your students’ pockets are lined with their favorite poems in honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day, you may be wondering how to put these pocket poems to good use. Here are six creative ways to celebrate this special day that will guarantee National Poetry Month becomes your students’ favorite month of the year.

  1. Organize a “Poems for Pockets” giveaway

DonorsChoose Pick: Buggin’ Out in NOLA

DonorsChoose Pick

One subject in particular has captured the interest of Teach For America alumna Ms. Tolbert’s third grade students at KIPP New Orleans Leadership Primary—science!

Throughout the school year, Ms. Tolbert’s students have exhibited a tremendous amount of growth, which she attributes to their love of learning, curiosity, and grit. She hopes to foster even more growth among her students through interactive activity—specifically, a field trip to the Audubon Nature Center in New Orleans.

4 Easy Poetry Exercises for Your Classroom

4 easy poetry exercises for the classroom

A blank sheet of paper can create a tremendous amount of pressure for even the most seasoned poet. So if your class is having trouble crafting their own poems in honor of National Poetry Month, don’t fret—these easy poetry exercises are sure to get the prose flowing.

1. Mad Libs

Mad libs are a humorous way to engage students and make poetry a little more approachable.  All you have to do is take a famous prose poem and replace each noun and adjective with a blank space. Have your students fill in the spaces with either their own nouns and adjectives, or provide a word bank for them to choose from.