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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26
    Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.
    After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Searching for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project
    Each small group of students researches one aspect of the same big topic, such as the Gold Rush, and teaches what they have learned to the rest of the class.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 1
    The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874.
    Students consider how zoos have changed over the past century and design their own zoo of the future using drawings, posters, dioramas, or other displays.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Tale of Despereaux: Fact or Fiction?
    Using the book The Tale of Despereaux, students look a closer look at medieval times to see if the novel accurately portrays this time in history. Looking at key sections of the book, students will use the Compare and Contrast Guide and Map to help them decipher between fact and fiction.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 17
    Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.
    Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1
    Today is Census Day!
    Learn more about Census Day which happens every 10 years.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 6
    Two famous Smiths share this birthday.
    Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Voting! What's It All About?
    Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Writing Acrostic Poems with Thematically Related Texts in the Content Areas
    Students read thematically related texts, scaffolded from simple to complex, to help them gather necessary concept vocabulary and background knowledge in a content area. They then write acrostic poems to organize and present their learning in a creative way.

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