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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 8
    Commercial ice cream is first sold in the U.S. in 1786.
    After finding advertisements from the past, students evaluate them and discuss how ads have changed over the years. Students then create an advertisement for a new flavor of ice cream.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 17
    Constitution Day is observed today in the U.S.
    Students explore an annotated online version of the Constitution before sharing what they learned about one aspect of the document through the Trading Card interactive.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 31
    César Chávez was born on this day in 1927.
    Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 17
    Davy Crockett was born in 1786.
    Students read selected excerpts from Crockett's biography and consider whether present-day politicians follow Crockett's advice.
  5. 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.
  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. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 28
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
    Students explore the "I Have a Dream" Foundation's website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 23
    Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849.
    "Famous Firsts" are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.
    Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 24
    Gold was discovered in California in 1848.
    Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator.

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