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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings
    Students are encouraged to understand a book that the teacher reads aloud to create a new ending for it using the writing process.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 15
    The RMS Titanic sank on this day in 1912.
    Students use the Internet Workshop model to explore web links about the Titanic disaster.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 17
    The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!
    Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Pictures to Build Schema for Social Studies Content
    How do you read an image? Students find out in this lesson in which they "read" several images of the Boston Massacre to better understand the event and recognize effects of propaganda.
  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   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Writers' Workshop: The Biographical Sketch
    Students use the faces and places they learn about in their research to write a biography about a contemporary or historical figure.

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