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  1. 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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 4  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 8
    Snowflake Bentley illustrator Mary Azarian was born in 1940.
    Students catch snowflakes outdoors and sketch some of the structures, or grow their own snow crystals and examine them using magnifying glasses or microscopes.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 22
    The "1984" Macintosh commercial aired today during Super Bowl XVIII.
    Original advertisements are created after students review advertising techniques they've studied.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 1
    The prototype for the World Wide Web was created in 1990.
    Students look at pictures from the past using the WayBack Machine and brainstorm a few websites to explore to think about how they have changed over the years.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 15
    The RMS Titanic sank on this day in 1912.
    Students use the Internet Workshop model to explore web links about the Titanic disaster.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.

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