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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 14
    Kodak was issued a film patent on October 14, 1884.
    Students create a scrapbook of their favorite pieces throughout the year and present it to parents at an end-of-year party.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 18
    Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature.
    Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use online tools to make a flipbook.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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