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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 18
    Paul Revere began his famous midnight ride in 1775.
    Through the study of Paul Revere, students learn about primary source documents while researching their family histories, with which they create and compare their family trees.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 28
    Poor Richard's Almanack was first published in 1733.
    Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Printout  |  Writing Starter
    RAFT Writing Template
    Students can utilize this printout to organize their writing as they learn to use the RAFT strategy. This printout enables students to clearly define their role, audience, format, and topic for writing.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 22
    Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846.
    Students explore the history of the Caldecott Medal and create a classroom literary award modeled after the Caldecott.

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