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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 9
    The Barbie doll was unveiled in 1959.
    Students explore body image and advertising through an activity where they bring in pictures from magazines that they read and discuss gender representations in the media.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 16
    The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.
    Students create a political cartoon for the Boston Tea Party and use the interactive Comic Creator to publish them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 5
    Today is Cinco de Mayo.
    Students choose to research a piece of art, music, dance, literature, or food that suitably represents Mexico and create a presentation for the class.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Pictures to Build Schema for Social Studies Content
    How do you read an image? Students find out in this lesson in which they "read" several images of the Boston Massacre to better understand the event and recognize effects of propaganda.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using Technology to Analyze and Illustrate Symbolism in Night
    Images have power—they can trigger memories or symbolize abstract ideas. Students put the power of images to the test as they analyze symbolism in Night and create symbolic photomontages.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Vote for Me! Making Presidential Commercials Using Avatars
    After researching political platforms of past presidents through primary sources and other resources, students create commercials for these presidents using Voki, an online web tool that produces speaking avatars.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Voting! What's It All About?
    Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting.

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