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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Activity & Project
    Send a Smile: Make a Card for a Special Occasion
    Everyone loves getting a greeting card, especially if it's homemade. Make a funny or thoughtful greeting card or invitation with pictures and a poem, joke, or riddle.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 7
    Sherman Alexie was born in 1966.
    Students imagine they have been asked to participate in a museum exhibit, take photos/videos of a significant location, and write or record reflections. Students can also create an exhibit from something they have read.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 23
    The first typewriter patent was awarded in 1868.
    Students take part in an inquiry-based study that compares typewriters to computers.
  10. 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.

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