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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    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   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Myth and Truth: Independence Day
    By exploring myths and truths surrounding Independence Day, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the Independence Day holiday.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Native Americans Today
    This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 11
    Patriot Day is celebrated today on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.
    Students write about the name "Patriot Day" and how it marks the anniversary of a huge disaster. An alternative assignment could be to ask students to record their reflections about 9/11.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project
    Postcards from the Trail
    After enjoying an online book about traveling west on a wagon train, children create postcards from the point of view of the main character for one or more stops on the journey.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.

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