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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Technology and Copyright Law: A "Futurespective"
    Students research and report on instances of how copyright laws have adapted to encompass new technologies. They write articles predicting copyright issues that may arise with new and future technologies.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 7
    The first picture of Earth was taken by the U.S. satellite Explorer VI in 1959.
    After students view the first picture from the Explorer VI Satellite, they discuss the differences between this first image and the images of the earth that we typically see today.
  3. 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.
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   K – 6  |  Activity & Project
    The Natural World as Inspiration: An Outdoor Art Show
    Children incorporate materials from outdoors with paints or crayons to create pieces of art to display on their clotheslines, fences, or porches for a neighborhood art show.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 10
    The Scopes Trial began today in 1925.
    Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 29
    Today is Leap Day!
    Our solar year is 365.24219 days. Since our calendar does not deal in partial days, every four years, we add an additional day to February.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
    Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing
    Venn Diagram
    The Venn Diagram app allows users to compare and contrast information in a visually appealing way.

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