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Make a Difference Today!
For Make a Difference Day (October 27th), we honor many who have made a difference in the way we live and learn including Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Noah Webster, Teddy Roosevelt, Bill Gates, and John Adams. Find below resources to celebrate those who have made an impact in our world and to help students to become involved and to make a difference.
Visit the official website of the Nobel Prize to learn about Alfred Nobel and prizewinners. Explore videos of interviews of Nobel peace prizewinners, speeches, award ceremonies, and more. Activities are included, too!
"Pennies for Peace," an international service-learning project, offers a toolkit for grade levels K-4, 4-8, and 9-12. The curriculum directly links to grade level standards in social studies, math, and literacy. Register your class to begin.
Examine America's only two father-and-son presidents: John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. The lesson plans include standards, assessments, activities, and more. Introduce young students to past presidents.
Our trio below includes two biography-focused reading collections and a "ready-to-go" activity that highlights why this day in history matters!
This CurriConnects list offers books for student independent reading about leaders and includes a wide sampling from politics to literature and the arts to entertainment. Introduce your students to leaders of the past and present.
Navigate your way through this article with book and activity suggestions for biography read-alouds. The information is divided into lower, middle, and upper elementary. Reading levels are included and many also include a brief description.
What happened today in history and why does it matter? Click on a date to reveal a single sentence about the date. Then click to see a sequence of thought-provoking questions to guide students to a greater understanding as they try to guess.
Heroes of Today & Yesterday
Introduce your students to heroes, both famous and unsung, and the characteristics of a hero.
Read the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. Each project features information about the hero and the storyteller. Some projects also include links to student-created web pages and videos.
Learn the story of little-known people from history. Explore their timeline, read and hear other's views and opinions, listen or view audio stories with more information, and using the interactive decide for yourself if each person is truly heroic.
Share this multi-day lesson plan to help students to identify characteristics that are common to heroes, learn and recognize heroes from many diverse cultures, and discuss how heroes can be any type of person who has accomplished an inspiring action.
This Week at TeachersFirst
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