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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 26
    The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.
    A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 6
    The first woman swam the English Channel in 1926.
    Students brainstorm a list of famous athletic competitors and establish criteria for what makes an athlete "famous." Students then forecast which of today's athletes will still be remembered in 75 to 100 years.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 26
    The United States celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.
    On this day, instead of teaching about a single day of Thanksgiving, use this as an opportunity to the concept of giving thanks.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson
    Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction
    In an effort to help motivate students to read nonfiction, students are challenged to use a timeline to help them name the year when certain products were invented.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 21
    Today is World Hello Day!
    Students study a letter written by a famous author to determine purpose, and words and phrases that make the letter meaningful. They can use the Letter Generator to write their own letter promoting peace.
  10. 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.

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