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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  |  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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 17
    The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!
    Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction
    In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 1
    Today is Census Day!
    Learn more about Census Day which happens every 10 years.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 29
    Today is Leap Day!
    Our solar year is 365.24219 days. Since our calendar does not deal in partial days, every four years, we add an additional day to February.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Traveling the Road to Freedom Through Research and Historical Fiction
    Students learn how to walk a mile in someone else's shoes by reading historical fiction about the Underground Railroad.

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