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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 13
    The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.
    Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a "super" list of all printed materials that they interact with.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 7
    The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959.
    After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 23
    The first typewriter patent was awarded in 1868.
    Students take part in an inquiry-based study that compares typewriters to computers.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6
    The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.
    Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 26
    The Spanish town of Guernica was bombed on this date in 1937.
    After showing students Picasso's Guernica, they are provided with background information, share their impressions, and write about Picasso's purpose in creating the painting.

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