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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 13
    The first English printer, William Caxton, was born on this day in 1422.
    Students consider how the printing press affects their world by completing a printing inventory, comparing lists, and developing a "super" list of all printed materials that they interact with.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    The History Behind Song Lyrics
    Students research the items listed in the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel, noting their historical relevance, and then document their findings using an online chart.
  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   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    The Year I Was Born: An Autobiographical Research Project
    Students explore the year they were born through interviews and research, and then weave the details into a newspaper or booklet, written from another person's point of view.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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