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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 18
    Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872.
    Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 1
    Music in Our Schools Month is in March.
    Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 3
    National Public Radio began broadcasting in 1971.
    Students make predictions about the content of some of NPR's programs, then listen to the programs and report on the contents and discuss with the class.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    National Spelling Bee Finals are held this week.
    Students discuss why certain contests get more publicity than others and what counts as "knowledge."
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 10
    Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born in 1953.
    Students brainstorm a list of civil rights-related issues and use the Acrostic Poems interactive to create poems.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 14
    Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.
    After dividing students into small groups, students play a variation of the game Balderdash to celebrate the publication of Webster's dictionary.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21
    Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.
    Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 12
    On this date in 1901, Andrew Carnegie gave $5.2 million to New York City libraries.
    Students write expository and persuasive pieces with the help of the Persuasion Map and Essay Map interactives, and compare the essential features of the two modes of writing.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 24
    On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress.
    Students practice and refine research skills by visiting the Library of Congress website and conducting a research project.

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