Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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July 2016

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Helen Keller's Birthday (1880)

Helen Keller's Birthday (1880)
Help students answer the question Who Was Helen Keller? with this title from the Who Was… biography series.

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Meteor Day

Meteor Day
Take a field trip into space to teach your class about meteors.

July 1

Battle of Gettysburg Began (1863)

Battle of Gettysburg Began (1863)
Teach your class about the Civil War and President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address.

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Independence Day

Independence Day
Help your students learn the history behind Independence Day.

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Frida Kahlo's Birthday (1907)

Frida Kahlo's Birthday (1907)
Incorporate social studies and history into an art class as you teach your students about the famous Mexican artist with this lesson plan about self-portraits.

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First Woman Nominated to Supreme Court

First Woman Nominated to Supreme Court
Sandra Day O'Connor made history on this day in 1981. Teach your students about the United States judicial system with materials from Justice by the People.

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14th Amendment Ratified (1868)

14th Amendment Ratified (1868)
Quiz your students on their knowledge of the Constitution with this online student activity.
             

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Happy Birthday, Brian Selznick

Happy Birthday, Brian Selznick
Connect your students to Brian Selznick's books with lesson plans, activities, and a virtual field trip to the American Museum of Natural History.

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Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon (1969)

Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon (1969)
Use this student activity as part of a lesson about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

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Scopes Monkey Trial Ended (1925)

Scopes Monkey Trial Ended (1925)
Teach your students about Darwin's theory with the Animals, Adaptation, and the Galápagos Islands student activity.

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Alexander Calder's Birthday

Alexander Calder's Birthday
Send your gumshoe students into a fictional mystery called The Calder Game on the artist's birthday.

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Test Flight of First Jet Airliner (1949)

Test Flight of First Jet Airliner (1949)
The first jet-propelled airline was built more than 40 years after the Wright brothers' first flight. Teach students more about the history of flight!

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14th Amendment Adopted (1868)

14th Amendment Adopted (1868)
Two years after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment granted African American men the right to vote. Use this article to spur a discussion about citizenship.

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J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's Birthday

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's Birthday
Use this author study in your classroom to note J.K. Rowling's birthday, which she shares with her most famous character.

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President Barack Obama's Birthday

President Barack Obama's Birthday
Share this Scholastic News Kids Press Corps interview with the 44th president in your classroom.

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Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong

Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong
Students will discover more about NASA and the Apollo 11 crew's famous mission to the moon with an online student activity.

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Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima (1945)

Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima (1945)
Students will learn about WWII and read about the experiences of one man who survived the first atomic bombing with this student activity.
             
July 2016