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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 11
    Alex Haley, author of Roots, was born in 1921.
    Students explore their own roots by interviewing family members and use their family history to write a fictional account of their roots.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Amazing Biographies: Writing About People Who Change the World
    After reading about historical figures and other important people that have changed the world, children choose someone that they consider to be "amazing"—either someone they've heard about or someone they know—and create a book page that highlights this person.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 11
    Amelia Earhart completed her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland in 1935.
    Students explore the definition of a hero and use the interactive Venn diagram to identify the most common characteristics of a hero.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    Beguiling Billboards: Finding Inspiration along the Road
    For this activity, teens study "Pass It On" billboards created by The Foundation for a Better Life either online or on-the-go, and create an original billboard and inspirational phrase for a person of their choosing.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Boars and Baseball: Making Connections
    In this lesson, students will make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections after reading In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. After sharing and discussing connections, students choose and plan a project that makes a personal connection to the text.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 28
    Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, was born in 1914.
    After learning about Dr. Salk, students interview a family member or someone they know who remembers the polio epidemic.
  7. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Activity & Project
    Explore Summers Past and Present
    Have fun sharing favorite summer memories. In this activity, children think about their own memories and answer questions before asking the same questions of someone older.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Encourage Higher Order Thinking
    Practicing Higher Order Thinking (HOT) skills outside of school will give kids the tools that they need to understand, infer, connect, categorize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply the information they know to find solutions to new and existing problems.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Tip & How-To
    How to Start a Writer's Notebook
    Writer's notebooks allow children and teens to take in the world around them and document their daily lives. Use these tips to learn how to start a writer's notebook with your child.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Investigating Names to Explore Personal History and Cultural Traditions
    Students investigate the meanings and origins of their names in order to establish their own personal histories and to explore the cultural significance of naming traditions.

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