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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 9
    Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941.
    Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society's most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Not Your Usual History Lesson: Writing Historical Markers
    Students will develop their summarizing skills while learning about local history. They will learn to consider audience while selecting topics, conducting research and interviews, and writing historical markers for their town.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1
    November is National American Indian Heritage Month.
    Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27
    On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born.
    Students learn about Rachel Carson, explore different environmental websites, and write a Diamante Poem about a particular habitat.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 19
    On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.
    A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8
    On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.
    Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 11
    Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.
    Students write about the name "Patriot Day" and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18
    Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.
    Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 11
    Pedro Albizu Campos leads the Puerto Rican Independence movement.
    After learning about the story of Pedro Albizu Campos and his commitment to Puerto Rican independence, students research and share their learning about another nationalist figure from around the world.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Play Ball! Encouraging Critical Thinking Through Baseball Questions
    Cooperation and critical thinking are the name of the game as students use baseball facts they find online to create trivia questions for a class Jeopardy game.

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