In addition to being tax day (for Americans) today is also the anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci‘s birthday (Apr 15, 1452), the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Apr 15, 1865), and the Titanic disaster (Apr 15, 1912).
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Barbara J. Feldman
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News for Students
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With so much to absorb and understand, discussing current events with our children will help not only them, but us too. The following news sites are my personal favorites, and will serve as excellent conversation starters.
New York Times Learning Network
With news, opinions, activities and lesson plans for grades K-12, the New York Times Learning Network really does have something for everyone. Best bets are the news summaries, daily news quiz, and printable topical crossword puzzles. Other don’t-miss-them clicks are Word of the Day (with sample usage from the newspaper), On this Day (with a snapshot of an historic New York Times front page) and 6 Q’s About the News.
Scholastic: News for Your Classroom
Well-designed and well-written, News for Your Classroom is a must-see site for news hungry elementary and middle-school students. Scholastic combines original reporting with coverage written by kids (Kid Reporter’s Notebook) and short videos. Some of the articles are only for print subscribers, but there is plenty of free content for the rest of us.
Smithsonian: Tween/Teen Tribune
With a focus on science and technology, Smithsonian’s Tween/Teen Tribune has editions for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Each news article closes with a grade-appropriate question. “Critical thinking challenge: Name three advantages of the 3-D printed hand over conventional prosthetics.” Most of the site is unfettered access, but for self-scoring quizzes, lesson plans, and access for students to post comments, teachers can register for free.
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“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else does and thinking something different.” ~~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi ~~ (September 16, 1893 – October 22, 1986) Hungarian physiologist. Read more quotes about experience at: http://www.lightafire.com/quotations/experience/
Surfing the Calendar
National Frog Month April
National Garden Month April
Distracted Driving Awareness Month April
Financial Literacy Month April
California Earthquake Preparedness Month April
National Humor Month April
National Mathematics Education Month April
National Poetry Month April
Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday Apr 15, 1452
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Apr 15, 1865
Titanic Disaster Apr 15, 1912
Holocaust Day Apr 16, 2015
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride Apr 18, 1775
San Francisco Earthquake Apr 18, 1906
Pet Owners Day Apr 18, 2015
National Park Week Apr 18-26, 2015
Revolutionary War Begins with Shot Heard ‘Round the World Apr 19, 1775
National Playground Safety Week Apr 20-24, 2015
John Muir’s Birthday Apr 21, 1838
Lyrids Meteor Shower Apr 21-22, 2015
Earth Day Apr 22, 2015
Ecology Games for Earth Day Apr 22, 2015
Endangered Species for Earth Day Apr 22, 2015