Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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December 2016

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November 27

First Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (1924)

First Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (1924)
Teach your students about this holiday tradition with Shana Corey's book Milly and the Macy's Parade.

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Mark Twain's Birthday

Mark Twain's Birthday
Introduce your students to the famous American author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and other novels.

December 1

Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Seat

Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Seat
In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. Share Rosa's story with your students with an online activity.

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Special Education Day

Special Education Day
Find strategies and tips for including students of all learning abilities in your classroom.

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National Write to a Friend Month

National Write to a Friend Month
Your students will make a literature connection and practice letter-writing skills in this lesson plan.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
The We Witnessed the Attack on Pearl Harbor online activity will help your students learn about this shocking day in American history.

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Eli Whitney's Birthday (1765)

Eli Whitney's Birthday (1765)
Share the story of Eli Whitney and his ground-breaking cotton gin with the help of this book by Nancy Robinson Masters.

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The Bill of Rights Ratified (1791)

The Bill of Rights Ratified (1791)
Teach your students about the Bill of Rights with this lesson plan.

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Las Posadas Begins!

Las Posadas Begins!
Introduce this Mexican Christmas tradition to your students with a poinsettia craft and a classroom celebration.

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First Airplane Flight (1903)

First Airplane Flight (1903)
Students will get to know the Wright Brothers, who achieved powered flight on this day, through this online activity.
             

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December Craft Projects

December Craft Projects
Send your students home with handmade winter-themed crafts.

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First Day of Winter

First Day of Winter
Teach your students about winter storms and staying safe in the snow.

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Celebrate the First Night of Hanukkah!

Celebrate the First Night of Hanukkah!
Use this online student activity to help introduce your students to the origins and traditions of Hanukkah.
             

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
This online activity will teach students about Christmas and its traditions and origins.

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First Day of Kwanzaa

First Day of Kwanzaa
Students can explore the history and traditions of Kwanzaa with this online student activity.

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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve
Encourage your class to research New Year celebrations around the world.
             
December 2016