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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first human heart transplant.
    Students talk about the causes of heart disease and the role that diet and exercise play. Then, students find healthy dessert recipes and vote on one dessert to make in class.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 4
    It's Independence Day! Or is it?
    Students consider why there are so many different dates associated with the Declaration of Independence and why the nation's birthday is celebrated on July 4.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 11
    Jane Yolen was born in 1939.
    Students read one of Jane Yolen's books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 26
    John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born in 1775.
    Students use the Timeline Tool to organize details about Chapman's life, the Venn Diagram to organize information, and the Shape Poems Interactive to create poems about apples or Johnny Appleseed.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 7
    Labor Day honors the labor movement in the United States.
    Marked by parades, picnics, and other celebrations, Labor Day is a time set aside to recognize the achievements of the American labor movement and the dignity in all work.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 21
    Monarch butterflies begin their migration in the fall.
    After exploring the ways that monarch butterflies react to seasons, students complete an inquiry study to examine how other things change because of the seasons and create a class anthology.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 21
    NCTE's Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Award is announced today.
    Students conduct research and write original works of nonfiction on topics of their choice.

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