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United States Withdrew From Vietnam War

United States Withdrew From Vietnam War
On this day in 1973, the United States withdrew troops from Vietnam. Teach students about the war with this guide for Vietnam: I Pledge Allegiance.

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United States Purchased Alaska (1867)

United States Purchased Alaska (1867)
Make Alaska's Three Bears, an illustrated story peppered with facts about bears and the chilly state of Alaska, your next classroom read aloud.

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Eiffel Tower Opened (1889)

Eiffel Tower Opened (1889)
When the Eiffel Tower was built, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. Turn your students into architects by using Minecraft in the classroom.

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April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day
Be silly in the classroom today with fun ideas to get your class laughing.
             

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Children's Book Day

Children's Book Day
Check out teacher-recommended picture books on this holiday commemorating Hans Christian Andersen's birthday.

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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month
Find inspiration for limericks, haikus, and other poetic forms with these teaching resources.

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Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou
These teaching resources, including an interview with the late Maya Angelou, focus on tolerance and poetry.

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Booker T. Washington's Birthday (1856)

Booker T. Washington's Birthday (1856)
Read more about this inspirational African American educator, author, and presidential advisor.

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National Card and Letter Writing Month

National Card and Letter Writing Month
Use these free lesson plans and other fun resources to inspire your students in the art of letter writing.

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Civil Rights Act Signed (1968)

Civil Rights Act Signed (1968)
Use this book-based teaching guide to include fiction and non-fiction titles in a unit about the civil rights movement.

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Civil War Began (1861)

Civil War Began (1861)
The skirmish at Fort Sumter began the American Civil War. Use this interactive map to help teach the geography of the Civil War.

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Happy Birthday, Anne Sullivan (1866)

Happy Birthday, Anne Sullivan (1866)
Teach your class about the extraordinary teacher who changed Helen Keller's life.

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Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball. Introduce Robinson to your class with a book about his nine values.
             

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Paul Revere Made His Famous Ride (1775)

Paul Revere Made His Famous Ride (1775)
Use this lesson plan to teach about the American hero with The Many Rides of Paul Revere by James Cross Giblin.

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Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)
Help students see the first battles of the Revolutionary War through an adolescent perspective with We Are Patriots: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary.

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Amelia Earhart Flew With the First Lady

Amelia Earhart Flew With the First Lady
In 1933, Amelia Earhart took a flight with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Teach your class about the women's friendship with a book by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

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Happy Kindergarten Day!

Happy Kindergarten Day!
Celebrate the birthday of Friedrich Froebel, one of the creators of kindergarten, by hosting a kindergarten dance party.

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Earth Day

Earth Day
Use these lesson ideas and online student activities to get kids thinking about the environment.
             

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Coretta Scott King's Birthday (1927)

Coretta Scott King's Birthday (1927)
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
Teach students how to write a book review with an online activity that includes a review of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird as an example.

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May 1

May Is National Tennis Month

May Is National Tennis Month
Read about Althea Gibson, an African American tennis champ whose talent helped her break the color barrier in the 1930s, in this book by Karen Deans.

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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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Get Caught Reading Month

Get Caught Reading Month
Challenge your students to Read for the World Record this summer.

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo
Introduce this Mexican holiday, then engage students in fun math activities.

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