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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
    Where did the stars come from? What makes lightning and thunder? Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 4
    Rosa Parks was born on this day in 1913.
    Rosa Parks was committed to the struggle for social justice and human rights until her death, inspiring millions of people around the world. Today, we celebrate her!
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26
    Sally Ride, first American woman in space, was born in 1951.
    After exploring information about Sally Ride on the StarKids Who's Who site, students write a letter using the Letter Generator to Dr. Ride's foundation, Sally Ride Science.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Searching for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project
    Each small group of students researches one aspect of the same big topic, such as the Gold Rush, and teaches what they have learned to the rest of the class.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Skimming and Scanning: Using Riddles to Practice Fact Finding Online
    Students will learn to skim and scan to make sure they don't flounder when they're surfing the Internet for facts to help them complete riddles about the United States.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 10  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Songs of Our Lives: Using Lyrics to Write Stories
    Students learn about the life and music of John Lennon, write a short story from their lives integrating lyrics from some of their favorite songs, and create a class book of stories.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom
    People make the past come alive as students research and then share stories about famous Americans who promoted democratic ideals.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Strategic Reading and Writing: Summarizing Antislavery Biographies
    Antislavery heroes are the focus of this lesson. Students research a historical figure who played a key role in the abolition of slavery, and then create a three-dimensional biographical mobile.

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