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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 1
    CNN debuted as the first television news network in 1980.
    Students brainstorm a list of modern news sources and from previous centuries. Groups then research one of these sources and create a timeline showing the evolution of news.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer
    Connection Web
    Students use this printout to expand on connections they have made to a text and use those details to write essays or create projects about the text.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events
    Students interview family members, and then create graphic family timelines based on important and memorable family events.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Cultural Connections and Writing for Change
    A little understanding can go a long way. After learning about difficulties that Palestinian youths face, students will write a letter to an official discussing these issues.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills Through Whole-Class Dialogue
    "That's my position and I'm sticking to it!" After reading about the Korean War, students will take a position in response to an open-ended question, support their position, and evaluate that support.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 8
    Faith Ringgold was born on October 8, 1930.
    Students use Ringgold's books as a springboard for a discussion of race, gender, and civil rights, and then write and illustrate original picture books on these topics.

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