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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 5
    Pocahontas married John Rolfe on this date in 1614.
    Students read "The Chieftan's Daughter" and are shown the fresco that tells the legend of Pocahontas. A class discussion follows regarding fact and fiction and students research Pocahontas.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 28
    Poor Richard's Almanack was first published in 1733.
    Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4
    President Barack Obama was born today in 1961.
    Students are introduced to a passage by President Barack Obama in his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to engage in an examination of the ways they are portrayed by the media.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 14
    Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.
    Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 5
    Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest.
    After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 26
    The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.
    A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 9
    The Barbie doll was unveiled in 1959.
    Students explore body image and advertising through an activity where they bring in pictures from magazines that they read and discuss gender representations in the media.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 10
    The Crystal Palace hosted the first display of life-size dinosaur replicas in 1854.
    After learning about Hawkins' dinosaur replicas, students work individually or in small groups to investigate a dinosaur of their choice, comparing their findings to Hawkins'.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6
    The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.
    Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.

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