Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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May 2016

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May Is National Tennis Month

May Is National Tennis Month
Read about the longest tennis match ever, which occurred at Wimbledon in 2010 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.

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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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National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day
Encourage good health with books on nutrition.

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Happy Mother's Day!

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

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Sir James Barrie's Birthday

Sir James Barrie's Birthday
Author J.M. Barrie is most famous for writing Peter Pan.

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Happy Birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis

Happy Birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis discuss his life, his books, and his career in this video interview.

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May Is National Bike Month

May Is National Bike Month
Teach students about the history of bicycles and their technology with this lesson plan.

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Limerick Day

Limerick Day
The Poetry Engine activity will inspire your students to compose their own five-line, rhyming poems called limericks.

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Jamestown Founded in 1607

Jamestown Founded in 1607
Jamestown was the first English colony to succeed in the New World. Help your students understand Jamestown in the context of immigration with this activity.

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Biographers Day

Biographers Day
Students can write biographical sketches with the help of biographers Patricia and Fredrick McKissack in this online activity.

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Brown vs. Board of Education Ruling

Brown vs. Board of Education Ruling
Use these teaching resources to introduce your students to the 1954 Supreme Court case and how children like Ruby Bridges integrated all-white public schools.

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Mount St. Helens Erupts (1980)

Mount St. Helens Erupts (1980)
Engage students with a fun StudyJams! science video that covers volcano basics.

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World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day
This lesson plan asks students to research turtles and design their own turtle shells.

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NASA's Phoenix Sets Down on Mars (2008)

NASA's Phoenix Sets Down on Mars (2008)
Take your students to the red planet on the anniversary of NASA's first successful landing on Mars.

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Happy Birthday, Sally Ride

Happy Birthday, Sally Ride
Start a conversation about women in science as you introduce Sally Ride, a mission specialist for the Space Transportation System, STS-7.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Honor the men and women who have died for our country in your classroom this Memorial Day.

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Walt Whitman's Birthday (1819)

Walt Whitman's Birthday (1819)
Help your students discover Walt Whitman and other historic poets with this poetry-themed lesson plan.

June 1

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Keep Reading All Summer Long

Keep Reading All Summer Long
Get your students excited to read over the summer break.

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Dr. Charles Richard Drew's Birthday

Dr. Charles Richard Drew's Birthday
Introduce students to Dr. Charles Richard Drew, who invented a way to preserve donated blood, and other African American inventors with this student activity.

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