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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 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 1
    The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.
    Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 10
    The Scopes Trial began today in 1925.
    Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated.
  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   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
    Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Tiered Companion Texts to Comprehend Complex Nonfiction Texts
    Students progress through increasingly difficult tiered texts to gain the necessary background knowledge and problem-solving skills to comprehend complex nonfiction texts.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing
    Venn Diagram
    The Venn Diagram app allows users to compare and contrast information in a visually appealing way.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction
    Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Weather Detectives: Questioning the Fact and Folklore of Weather Sayings
    Students adopt a skeptical stance and become weather detectives who ask "Why?" and "Why not?" as they investigate the history and validity of some common weather sayings.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson
    What's Under the Slide? Making Inferences Using Microscopes
    Students hone their critical thinking skills by learning how to make inferences from textual clues.

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