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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 7
    The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959.
    After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 23
    The first typewriter patent was awarded in 1868.
    Students take part in an inquiry-based study that compares typewriters to computers.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 1
    The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874.
    Students consider how zoos have changed over the past century and design their own zoo of the future using drawings, posters, dioramas, or other displays.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18
    Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.
    Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 15
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
    Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 15
    The RMS Titanic sank on this day in 1912.
    Students use the Internet Workshop model to explore web links about the Titanic disaster.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 10
    The Scopes Trial began today in 1925.
    Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.

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