Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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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 and tested in England. This student activity will teach students more about the history of flight.

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14th Amendment Adopted (1868)

14th Amendment Adopted (1868)
The 14th Amendment finally granted African American men the right to vote. The amendment also helped define citizenship in the United States.

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Emily Brontë's Birthday (1818)

Emily Brontë's Birthday (1818)
Introduce your students to Emily Brontë and her two sisters.

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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.

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Happy Birthday, Walter Dean Myers

Happy Birthday, Walter Dean Myers
Introduce students to Walter Dean Myers and other authors with August birthdays.

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World War II Ended (1945)

World War II Ended (1945)
Students can find out more about the historic moment when Japan surrendered and World War II ended with this student activity.

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Davy Crockett's Birthday

Davy Crockett's Birthday
Teach a lesson about famous American folk heroes, like Davy Crockett and Johnny Appleseed, with this book-based teaching plan.

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National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day
Students can explore the history of more than 100 years of flight.

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End of the Civil War (1866)

End of the Civil War (1866)
This Dear America online activity allows students to discover more about the Civil War and America in the late 1800s.

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Hawaii Statehood (1959)

Hawaii Statehood (1959)
Celebrate the 50th state by asking students to locate all of the states in this online map game.

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Mount Vesuvius Erupted (79 A.D.)

Mount Vesuvius Erupted (79 A.D.)
Show students what makes volcanoes erupt with this Weather Watch activity.

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19th Amendment: Women Can Vote (1920)

19th Amendment: Women Can Vote (1920)
Students will learn how women won the right to vote in this online activity.

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Happy Birthday, Lisa Yee

Happy Birthday, Lisa Yee
Celebrate the author's birthday in your classroom by sharing her work and watching her video interview with Scholastic.

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MLK Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)

MLK Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech (1963)
Teach your class about the legacy of this civil rights leader with a collection of teaching resources.

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