Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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Happy Birthday, Coretta Scott King!

Happy Birthday, Coretta Scott King!
Choose a Coretta Scott King Book Award winner to read in honor of this civil rights leader's birthday.

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Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!

Happy Birthday, Harper Lee!
Read author Rodman Philbrick's book review of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, then learn how to write your own book review.

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Duke Ellington's Birthday (1899)

Duke Ellington's Birthday (1899)
Get your students moving with this History of Jazz online activity to celebrate Duke Ellington's birthday!

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Louisiana Statehood (1812)

Louisiana Statehood (1812)
Learn about all 50 of the United States.

May 1

Empire State Building Dedication (1931)

Empire State Building Dedication (1931)
Learn about the building of the Empire State Building with Sky Boys by Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome.

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Get Caught Reading Month

Get Caught Reading Month
Find books for all of your students with the Scholastic Book Wizard.

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
Celebrate your special day, teachers! Thank you for all you do!

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National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day
Encourage healthy eating with books on nutrition for National School Nurse Week.

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Get Ready for Mother's Day!

Get Ready for Mother's Day!
Use this booklist to find read-aloud books that celebrate all kinds of mothers.

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Dive Into Summer Reading!

Dive Into Summer Reading!
Challenge your students to Read for the World Record.

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May Is National Bike Month

May Is National Bike Month
Learn about the history of bicycles and their technology with this lesson plan!

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Limerick Day

Limerick Day
Get inspiration from the Poetry Engine to compose a five-line, rhyming poem called a limerick.

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Jamestown Founded in 1607

Jamestown Founded in 1607
Jamestown was the first English colony to succeed in the New World. Learn about early settlements with Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today.

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Lewis and Clark Begin Their Journey

Lewis and Clark Begin Their Journey
Follow the tracks of Lewis and Clark on the anniversary of the expedition's beginning.

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Happy Birthday, L. Frank Baum!

Happy Birthday, L. Frank Baum!
Share L. Frank Baum's most famous novel, The Wizard of Oz, with your students in honor of his birthday.

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Mount St. Helens Erupts (1980)

Mount St. Helens Erupts (1980)
Use these red-hot StudyJams! activities to teach students about volcanoes.

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Happy Birthday, Arthur Dorros!

Happy Birthday, Arthur Dorros!
Learn about this bilingual author to celebrate the day of his birth.

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First Solo Transatlantic Flight Begins

First Solo Transatlantic Flight Begins
Read about Charles Lindbergh, the first person to make a solo transatlantic flight, and other famous pilots with this online activity.

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Clara Barton Starts American Red Cross

Clara Barton Starts American Red Cross
In 1881, Clara Barton, who was a nurse during the Civil War, founded the American Red Cross organization. Learn more about Clara Barton in this biography.

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Happy Birthday, Arthur Conan Doyle!

Happy Birthday, Arthur Conan Doyle!
This Scottish writer is famous for writing the Sherlock Holmes detective stories!

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Remember the men and women who've died for our country.

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Happy Birthday, Sally Ride!

Happy Birthday, Sally Ride!
Celebrate this famous astronaut's birthday by learning how Sally Ride became a mission specialist for the Space Transportation System, STS-7.

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Amelia Bloomer's Birthday (1818)

Amelia Bloomer's Birthday (1818)
Amelia Bloomer was a famous women's rights activist in the 1800s. Students can learn about the fight for women's suffrage with this online activity.

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Story Starters

Story Starters
Use this student activity to get students writing every day!

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Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest

Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest
On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Learn more about their long and difficult journey.

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June 1

Kentucky and Tennessee Statehoods

Kentucky and Tennessee Statehoods
Kentucky became a state in 1792, and Tennessee followed suit in 1796! Use this fun student activity to learn about all 50 of the United States.

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Happy Birthday, Norton Juster!

Happy Birthday, Norton Juster!
Celebrate Norton Juster's birthday with these extension activities for The Phantom Tollbooth.

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Dive Into Summer Reading!

Dive Into Summer Reading!
Get your students excited to read over the summer break.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin Published

Uncle Tom's Cabin Published
Read Harriet Beecher Stowe's famous novel.

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