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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 20
    Actor Sidney Poitier was born in 1924.
    Students do a journal entry about barriers that have been broken,such as age, race, and gender, that might impede them in the future, and how they can break through those barriers.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 14
    Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953.
    Using one of Numeroff's books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 21
    Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day.
    Students write their own "Junie B." stories, based on the Junie B. Jones series, after brainstorming issues they've experienced during the school year.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 20
    Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today.
    Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 19
    Celebrate National Library Week!
    Students learn more about libraries as part of National Library Week.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980.
    Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 23
    Diarist Samuel Pepys was born.
    Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 23
    Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.
    "Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848.
    Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.

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