Events, Lessons, and Resources for Teachable Moments

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December 2017

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First Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (1924)

First Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (1924)
Teach your students about this holiday tradition with Shana Corey's book Milly and the Macy's Parade.

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Mark Twain's Birthday

Mark Twain's Birthday
Introduce your students to the famous American author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and other novels.

December 1

Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Seat

Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Seat
In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. Share Rosa's story with your students with an online 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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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
The We Witnessed the Attack on Pearl Harbor online activity will help your students learn about this shocking day in American history.

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Eli Whitney's Birthday (1765)

Eli Whitney's Birthday (1765)
Share the story of Eli Whitney and his ground-breaking cotton gin with the help of this book by Nancy Robinson Masters.

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Celebrate the First Night of Hanukkah!

Celebrate the First Night of Hanukkah!
Use this online student activity to help introduce your students to the origins and traditions of Hanukkah.

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Roald Amundsen Reaches South Pole (1911)

Roald Amundsen Reaches South Pole (1911)
Read about the race to the South Pole in Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole by Walter Dean Myers.

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The Bill of Rights Ratified (1791)

The Bill of Rights Ratified (1791)
Teach your students about the Bill of Rights with this lesson plan.

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December Craft Projects

December Craft Projects
Send your students home with handmade winter-themed crafts.
             

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December Craft Projects

December Craft Projects
Send your students home with handmade winter-themed crafts.

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First Day of Winter

First Day of Winter
Teach your students about winter storms and staying safe in the snow.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
This online activity will teach students about Christmas and its traditions and origins.

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First Day of Kwanzaa

First Day of Kwanzaa
Students can explore the history and traditions of Kwanzaa with this online student activity.

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Darwin Sets Sail on HMS Beagle (1831)

Darwin Sets Sail on HMS Beagle (1831)
Learn about Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in this interactive investigation 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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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve
Encourage your class to research New Year celebrations around the world.

January 1

Ellis Island Opened (1892)

Ellis Island Opened (1892)
Take your students on a tour through this historical landmark and share the story of immigration to America.

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New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions
Refresh your students' goals with a new beginning and a lesson about the calendar year.

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Happy Birthday, Alma Flor Ada!

Happy Birthday, Alma Flor Ada!
Write your own folktale with Alma Flor Ada's Writing with Writers workshop.

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National Bird Day

National Bird Day
Teach your students about birds with these activities for kindergarten classrooms.

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December 2017