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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27
    Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.
    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 18
    Montgomery Ward published the first mail-order catalog in 1872.
    Students explore how and why catalogs have changed over the years and compare their findings about printed catalogs with online catalogs.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 23
    NCTE's Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Award is announced today.
    Students conduct research and write original works of nonfiction on topics of their choice.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1
    November is National American Indian Heritage Month.
    Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 27
    On this day in 1907, Rachel Carson was born.
    Students learn about Rachel Carson, explore different environmental websites, and write a Diamante Poem about a particular habitat.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 20
    On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born.
    A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals.
  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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