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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 2
    Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.
    After discussing a statement made by Thurgood Marshall, students consider each piece of the comment and create a K-W-L chart to begin an investigation with other resources.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 21
    Today is the International Day of Peace.
    Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 21
    Today is World Hello Day!
    Students study a letter written by a famous author to determine purpose, and words and phrases that make the letter meaningful. They can use the Letter Generator to write their own letter promoting peace.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 6
    Two famous Smiths share this birthday.
    Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 11
    Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States today.
    Students write biographical poems about a soldier.

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