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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   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 13
    The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden was dedicated on October 13, 1995.
    Students select characters that they believe are the most memorable from Cleary's books and write short persuasive essays to explain their choices.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 10
    The Crystal Palace hosted the first display of life-size dinosaur replicas in 1854.
    After learning about Hawkins' dinosaur replicas, students work individually or in small groups to investigate a dinosaur of their choice, comparing their findings to Hawkins'.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6
    The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.
    Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 18
    Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937.
    Students brainstorm the kinds of stories they know and where these stories come from. Students return to these questions as they begin reading Hurston's novel.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 6
    The Jazz Singer debuted on this day in 1927.
    Students think about the sound in a movie they have seen multiple times. Then students predict what sounds they expect to hear in a short scene from a film with the sound turned down.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 15
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
    Students look at Kenneth Holder's paintings of the Lewis and Clark trail and transform their notes into a descriptive paragraph as if they were a member of the expedition.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 22
    The Pied Piper led the children out of Hamelin in 1376.
    After listening to The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, students compare Pratchett's version with Browning's version and discuss how perspective changes the story.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 16
    The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850.
    Students brainstorm the possible meaning of the title The Scarlet Letter and what its significance might be. The class' responses are returned to once the reading has begun to see how their definitions have changed.
  10. 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.

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