Celebrate International Dot Day

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International Dot Day began in 2009 when educator Terry Shay introduced Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot, to his classroom. The book shares the story of a teacher who builds confidence and courage in a frustrated art student by having her start with a single dot on a piece of paper. If you aren’t familiar with The … read more »


Celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Day!

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 July 28th is Buffalo Soldiers Day. Officially recognized in 1992, it commemorates the 1866  formation of six cavalry and infantry regiments of African American soldiers after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Buffalo Soldiers were African American soldiers who served on the Western Frontier after the Civil War. The name Buffalo Soldiers is said … read more »


Celebrate Juneteenth!

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 Though slavery technically ended with the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 and the Civil War effectively ended April 9, 1865, the announcement of the end of slavery did not reach Texas until June 19, 1865. On that day, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced that slavery had ended and that … read more »


Make Primary Sources by Documenting Thanksgiving with Students!

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 What better way to teach about Thanksgiving than with primary sources?! And, what can be more fun and a way to incorporate student voice than to teach students how to create their own primary sources documenting Thanksgiving in some way. One way to document Thanksgiving is to participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen.  The … read more »


10 Ideas for Teaching About Flag Day (even if you are out for the summer)

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Flag Day falls on June 14 and it provides opportunities for teaching about American history using the flag as a focal point. If your school is still in session, it is easy to find and plan lessons for Flag Day; however, with many schools on summer break, it is more difficult to reach out to … read more »