Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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December 1

Rosa Parks Refused to Stand (1955)

Rosa Parks Refused to Stand (1955)
Learn more about the mother of the civil rights movement with this student activity.

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Special Education Day

Special Education Day
Find strategies and tips for including students of all learning abilities in your classroom.

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National Write to a Friend Month!

National Write to a Friend Month!
December is National Write to a Friend Month! Make a literature connection and practice letter-writing skills with this lesson plan.

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Computer Lab Favorites

Computer Lab Favorites
Check out these quick interactive learning activities for grades K–5!

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Walt Disney's Birthday (1901)

Walt Disney's Birthday (1901)
Who was the man behind the mouse? Find out with a biography of Walt Disney.

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13th Amendment Ratified (1865)

13th Amendment Ratified (1865)
Learn about the history of the Underground Railroad and the amendment that abolished slavery.
             

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Use the We Witnessed the Attack on Pearl Harbor online activity with students to teach them about this shocking day in American history.

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Eli Whitney's Birthday (1765)

Eli Whitney's Birthday (1765)
Research famous inventors and inventions.

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First New York Newspaper Begins (1793)

First New York Newspaper Begins (1793)
Students will write a breaking news article about the sinking of the Titanic, or another disaster, in this lesson plan.

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Happy Birthday, Cornelia Funke!

Happy Birthday, Cornelia Funke!
Learn about Cornelia Funke, author of Inkheart and The Thief Lord.

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Indiana Statehood (1816)

Indiana Statehood (1816)
Can you place all 50 states on a map?

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Winter is Coming!

Winter is Coming!
Get excited for winter by decorating your classroom with snowflakes while you teach about symmetry!

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The Bill of Rights Ratified (1791)

The Bill of Rights Ratified (1791)
Teach your students about the Bill of Rights!

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La Posada Begins!

La Posada Begins!
Find out how Mexico celebrates this winter holiday.

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First Airplane Flight (1903)

First Airplane Flight (1903)
Get to know the Wright Brothers, who achieved powered flight on this day!

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Celebrate Hanukkah!

Celebrate Hanukkah!
Use this online student activity to discover the origins and traditions of Hanukkah.

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Poor Richard's Almanack Published (1732)

Poor Richard's Almanack Published (1732)
Learn more about Ben Franklin, the author of Poor Richard's Almanack, as you interview him in this Scholastic News activity.

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Happy Winter!

Happy Winter!
Winter has begun! Learn about cold weather and the many holidays celebrated during this season.

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Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World
Kids around the world share how they celebrate winter holidays in this online student activity.

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Last Day of Hanukkah!

Last Day of Hanukkah!
Learn about the history of Hanukkah with an online activity.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Students can learn about Christmas and its traditions and origins with this online activity.

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First Day of Kwanzaa

First Day of Kwanzaa
Explore the history and traditions of Kwanzaa with this online student activity.

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Happy Birthday, Molly Bang!

Happy Birthday, Molly Bang!
Discover Molly Bang, an environmental activist, the author of When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry…, and a Caldecott Honor winner.

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Animals in Winter

Animals in Winter
Use these classroom activities to teach your students about hibernation and animal life cycles.

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Happy New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year's Eve!
Learn about New Year celebrations around the world.

January 1

Ellis Island Opened (1892)

Ellis Island Opened (1892)
Take a tour through this historical landmark and discover the story behind it.

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Happy Birthday, Jack Hanna!

Happy Birthday, Jack Hanna!
Explore the animal kingdom in honor of this American zookeeper's birthday!

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December 2014