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United States Purchases Alaska (1867)

United States Purchases Alaska (1867)
Read the story of Alaska's Three Bears, an illustrated story peppered with facts about bears and the chilly state of Alaska.

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Eiffel Tower Opens (1889)

Eiffel Tower Opens (1889)
When the Eiffel Tower was built in the late 1800s, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world!

April 1

April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day
Be silly in the classroom on April Fool's Day!

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Hans Christian Andersen Is Born (1805)

Hans Christian Andersen Is Born (1805)
Celebrate the birthday of this famous fairy-tale writer!

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Pony Express Anniversary

Pony Express Anniversary
Take a trip with the Pony Express, which galloped off this week in 1860.

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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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Anniversary of the Metric System (1795)

Anniversary of the Metric System (1795)
Teach your students about measurement with David Swartz's Millions to Measure.

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17th Amendment Ratified (1913)

17th Amendment Ratified (1913)
Before the 17th Amendment, senators were elected by state legislatures instead of popular votes. Learn more about legislative amendments with this lesson plan.

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Robert E. Lee Surrenders (1865)

Robert E. Lee Surrenders (1865)
The Civil War ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Discover more about the Civil War period with Dear America.

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The Great Gatsby Published (1925)

The Great Gatsby Published (1925)
F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby was not a bestseller when it was first published. Today, it is considered an American classic.

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Civil Rights Act Signed (1968)

Civil Rights Act Signed (1968)
Investigate the Civil Rights Movement with Scholastic's Culture and Change: Black History in America student activity.
             

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Civil War Begins (1861)

Civil War Begins (1861)
The skirmish at Fort Sumter was the start of the American Civil War! Use this interactive map to learn about the Confederacy, the Union, and the Civil War.

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Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (1743)

Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (1743)
Practice wearing the president's many hats in honor of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.

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Happy Birthday, Anne Sullivan (1866)

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

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Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson Day
In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. Read a booktalk for Jackie's Nine.

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Apollo 16 Leaves for the Moon (1972)

Apollo 16 Leaves for the Moon (1972)
On the Apollo 16 mission, astronauts John Young and Charles Duke drove a rover on the moon's surface. Find out more about the moon with the Moon Olympics!

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StudyJams! Student Activities

StudyJams! Student Activities
These educational videos will teach your students about a variety of math and science topics, including weather, stages of matter, plants, and integers.

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Paul Revere Makes His Famous Ride (1775)

Paul Revere Makes His Famous Ride (1775)
Discover how the American Revolution began with an interactive Dear America online activity.
             

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Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)
Read about the first battles of the Revolutionary War in We Are Patriots: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary.

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Amelia Earhart's Flight With First Lady

Amelia Earhart's Flight With First Lady
In 1933, Amelia Earhart took First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on a flight! Teach your class about their friendship with Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride.

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Happy Kindergarten Day!

Happy Kindergarten Day!
Celebrate the birthday of Friedrich Froebel, one of the creators of kindergarten, with 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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Death of William Shakespeare (1616)

Death of William Shakespeare (1616)
Even fourth graders can appreciate Shakespeare's work with Tina Packer's Tales from Shakespeare.

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Launch of the Hubble Telescope

Launch of the Hubble Telescope
The Hubble Telescope launched on this day in 1990 with the space shuttle Discovery and has been photographing outer space ever since!

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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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