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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   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills Through Whole-Class Dialogue
    "That's my position and I'm sticking to it!" After reading about the Korean War, students will take a position in response to an open-ended question, support their position, and evaluate that support.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 28
    Esther Forbes, author of Johnny Tremain, was born in 1891.
    Students explore the genre of historical fiction by writing original works and comparing all of the finished pieces.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships
    Guided comprehension moves your students beyond decoding to become independent readers. Generating questions to guide reading helps readers make connections with the text and supports independent comprehension of new texts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 28
    Poor Richard's Almanack was first published in 1733.
    Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7
    Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.
    Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Skimming and Scanning: Using Riddles to Practice Fact Finding Online
    Students will learn to skim and scan to make sure they don't flounder when they're surfing the Internet for facts to help them complete riddles about the United States.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.
  10. 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.

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