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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 5
    Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest.
    After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1
    Take part in the African American Read-In!
    Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Technology That Powers Up Learning
    By designing lessons to activate prior knowledge and linking these activities to reading and writing, teachers found that students were more engaged, that they learned more material more quickly, and that they more willingly incorporated reading into their lives.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 24
    The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.
    Students explore the literary concept of point of view by examining a pair of picture books that highlight the controversies surrounding the Brooklyn Bridge.
  6. 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.
  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   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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Tale of Despereaux: Fact or Fiction?
    Using the book The Tale of Despereaux, students look a closer look at medieval times to see if the novel accurately portrays this time in history. Looking at key sections of the book, students will use the Compare and Contrast Guide and Map to help them decipher between fact and fiction.
  10. 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.

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