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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   2 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    History Comes Alive: Developing Fluency and Comprehension Using Social Studies
    Let the power of imagination and inference serve as a "time machine" to bring Benjamin Franklin into the classroom! History and science come to life in a dialogue with Franklin the inventor, developed through lesson activities that incorporate research, imagination, writing, visual arts, and drama.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 8
    In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born.
    Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 3
    Jesse James robs the Obocock Bank in 1871.
    Students listen to folksongs and related information about Jesse James, and then research James' life and write new folk songs about James or another famous outlaw.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 15
    Latinx Heritage Month begins today.
    Students brainstorm all the various aspects of Latinx culture and compile topics to research. Groups then research topics and present their information to the class.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
    Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance in response to reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Looking at Landmarks: Using a Picture Book to Guide Research
    This lesson uses Ben's Dream by Chris Van Allsburg to highlight ten major landmarks of the world. Students research the landmarks and present their findings to the class.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Myth and Truth: Independence Day
    By exploring myths and truths surrounding Independence Day, students think critically about commonly believed stories regarding the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the Independence Day holiday.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Native Americans Today
    This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 19
    On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act.
    A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 8
    On this day in 1935, Elvis Presley was born.
    Students visit the National Archives to read a letter written by Elvis Presley to President Nixon. The Letter Generator is used to write a letter to a current artist suggesting a meeting with the President.

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