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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 30
    Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909.
    Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 25
    Caldecott-winning illustrator Lane Smith was born in 1959.
    Students discuss some of the ways in which illustrations can enhance a story and then become illustrators, using a variety of media.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4
    Celebrate John Venn's Birthday!
    Students celebrate the birth of English logician, philosopher, and creator of the Venn Diagram by building community within the classroom by comparing and contrasting likes, dislikes, and characteristics about one another.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 14
    Ernest Thayer, author of the famous poem "Casey at the Bat," was born in 1863.
    In small groups or individually, students make baseball cards for the players in the poem "Casey at the Bat." Students can use a word processor or the Character Trading Cards interactive to create their cards.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 1
    Get ready to go back to school!
    Students share details about their lives with one another using the interactive Graphic Map and share their memories in small groups or with the whole class.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 21
    Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall.
    After exploring the ways that monarch butterflies react to seasons, students complete an inquiry study to examine how other things change because of the seasons and create a class anthology.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 9
    Science writer Seymour Simon was born in 1931.
    Students select and explore a scientific topic in detail using Simon's nonfiction science books and then use what they learn to write original poetry on the topic.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 13
    The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.
    Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a "super" list of all printed materials that they interact with.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6
    The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.
    Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 1
    The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.
    Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.

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