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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Exploring Customs and Cultures- Part 1
Description: Students meet both language arts and social studies objectives in this interdisciplinary unit on customs and cultures. In part 1 of the unit students practice research and writing skills to create a slideshow. In part 2 of the unit students explore culture through games and work with a partner to write a page in a class how-to book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Exploring Customs and Cultures- Part 2
Description: Students meet both language arts and social studies objectives in this interdisciplinary unit on customs and cultures. In part 1 of the unit students practice research and writing skills to create a slideshow. In part 2 of the unit students explore culture through games and work with a partner to write a page in a class how-to book.


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Subject: Mathematics (1), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: CELEBRATE!
Description: Students will be introduced to the different federal holidays celebrated throughout the year and will be asked to place pictorial representation of these holidays using a time line.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Become a Thanksgiving Historian
Description: Students may be surprised to find out that some ideas they have about the history of Thanksgiving are actually myths. In this lesson students become a true "Thanksgiving historian" by completing a Venn diagram about the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims with information acquired through Internet searches.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Christmas Around The World
Description: This technology-based lesson allows students to use the Internet as a research tool to locate information about different Christmas celebrations around the world. By discovering the way the world celebrates, students have an opportunity to learn about tolerance.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Traditions At Home and Around the World
Description: Each student will research his/her own family traditions and report findings to the class using presentation software. In partner groups, students will select a country to research. Their research will focus on traditions of a chosen country and will be compiled in brochure format.


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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Celebrating The Chinese New Year
Description: During this lesson, students will learn about the Chinese New Year celebration, including customs, symbols and their meanings, and roles of adults and children. Following the lesson, students will compare the celebrations in United States and China. The students will also draw a picture and write a sentence about their favorite holiday celebration.


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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather Today?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: What's Your Favorite Place?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are asked to think of their favorite place or a place they find particularly interesting. They draw pictures of that place and share information about it with a partner. They conclude by designing monuments that showcase their favorite place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts - Visual Arts - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Life on the Rivers of Asia     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students examine the influence of rivers on the populations of Asia. Using the Ganges, Yangtze, and Mekong as primary examples of Asian rivers, students consider the immediate influence of the rivers in the lives of the people who live along them, as well as the larger influence of the rivers on the regions in which they exist.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Native American Cultures Across the U.S.     
Description: This unit of two EDSITEment lessons discusses the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. Students learn about customs and traditions such as housing, agriculture, and ceremonial dress for the Tlingit, Dine, Lakota, Muscogee, and Iroquois peoples.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Weeping Camel: Finding Rituals in Our Daily Lives     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students identify characteristics of traditional and modern rituals found in different cultures. Through reading stories about rituals, students identify some of their characteristics. Finally, students apply their understanding to rituals which occur on familiar holidays.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: You re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance     
Description: Students will listen to Irish music, learn about ceilis, which are festive dance celebrations, view the intricate costumes worn by Irish dancers, and listen to an Irish poem.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: How's the Weather--in Africa?!     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students describe and compare how weather affects human activity in two places on opposite sides of the world. Students first identify the seasons and weather in their community and how human activities are affected by weather. They then cross the globe and compare how the weather of northern Africa impacts human activities there. Students look for a connection between the two environments and conclude that although the weather and activities may be very different in each place, the impact of weather on human activities is a common thread in human communities all over the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: Life in the Mountains     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the idea that people in different parts of the world have different customs and habits of daily life, even if they live in similar landscapes. They view pictures of and discuss life in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal and write stories describing what it might be like to live in the mountains of Nepal.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Should a House Do?     
Description: This set of nine lessons, from EDSITEment, compares and contrasts the homes built by the first American settlers with those of the Native American peoples. Students look closely at the design, construction, and materials of at least one Native American house and one house built by European settlers. Students also think about their own homes--and even their dream homes--to begin to understand why houses are designed the way they are, and to appreciate what is essential and what is desirable in any house.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - Human Behavior
Title: The Land of the Inca     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the ancient Inca people and the land on which they lived. They learn basic facts about the Inca and use a map to show where they lived. Students also look at pictures of the Andes mountains and Inca ruins and discuss the geography of the area. Finally, they talk about how the Inca lived and compare the Inca way of life to their own.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: Traditions and Languages of Three Native Cultures: Tlingit, Lakota, and Cherokee     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students learn about the environment, history, language, and culture of the Tlingit, Lakota, and Cherokee. They explore the meaning of cultural traditions and how they are maintained. They also learn to say a few words in the languages of these Native American tribes.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts - Writing (composition) - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Greeting Friends from Other Places     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are introduced to map reading by examining the Afghanistan, Land in Crisis map (available in print or online). Students practice different types of greetings and learn how children in Afghanistan might greet one another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: La Familia     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about families in various Spanish cultures and gain a preliminary knowledge of the Spanish language, learning the Spanish names for various family members. After completing the lessons in this unit, students are able to locate Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries on a map of the world and describe similarities and differences between family life in America and family life in Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Middle East Region: Flags and Facts     
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn basic facts about the Middle East by exploring maps of the region. They use National Geographic's Hot Spot: Iraq Web site to practice basic geography skills by reading maps and drawing their own. Finally, they learn basic information about the countries on their maps, comparing the geography of the Middle East with that of the United States.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Foreign Languages,Social Studies
Title: French and Family     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about French families and gain a preliminary knowledge of the French language, learning the French names for various family members. After completing the lessons, students are able to locate France on a map of the world and describe similarities and differences between French and American family life.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Family and Friendship in Quilts     
Description: In this unit of three EDSITEment lessons, students recognize how people of different cultures and time periods have used cloth-based art forms to pass down their traditions and history. Quilting continues to be largely a home-based form of art, primarily engaged in by women. This unit heightens students awareness of how quilts have reflected and continue to reflect the lives of the people who create them, and of how quilts record the cultural history of a particular place and time.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Foreign Languages,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: The Alphabet Is Historic: The Greek Alphabet: More Familiar Than You Think!     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about the culture and history of Ancient Greece. They then identify letters from the Greek alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Aesop and Anase: Animal Fables and Trickster Tales     
Description: In this two-lesson unit, from EDSITEment, students become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions. They explore how folktales employ animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and how this wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next. These lessons introduce students to the world of folklore and explore how folktales convey the perspectives of world cultures.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Agriculture - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Rhythm of Rice Production     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore the importance of rice in Asian communities. They then learn about the rhythm of rice production as they are introduced to its growing cycle. Finally, students create seasonal images of rice cultivation in a calendar format.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Painting     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. Students identify and represent in their own drawings figures from the Book of the Dead, a funereal text written on papyrus and carved on the walls of tombs to help guide the deceased through the afterlife.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, introduces students to the writing, art, and religious beliefs of ancient Egypt through hieroglyphs, one of the oldest writing systems in the world, and through tomb paintings. The class creates a pictorial alphabet of its own and then learns and uses the symbols of the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Educational Technology,Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. King's Dream     
Description: In this lesson from EDSITEment, students learn about the life and work of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Students listen to a brief biography, view photographs of the March on Washington, hear a portion of King's '' I Have a Dream'' speech, and discuss what King's words mean to them. Finally, they create picture books about their own dreams of freedom for Americans today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regions of a Grocery Store     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how regions are created by categorizing grocery store products into different regions of the classroom, which they pretend is a grocery store. They then discuss the concept of regions and the unique qualities of their home region, and they draw pictures of their home region.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts - Music - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - World History
Title: World View: National Anthems Around the World     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students visit the World Viewer exhibit in National Geographic's Xpedition Hall and explore geographic information about countries around the globe. Students consider the role of national anthems in preserving a nation's identity in changing times.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
Title: Musical Harlem     
Description: Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance     
Description: A hula dance is a choreographed interpretation of a poetic text, or mele, that tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Making Rain     
Description: In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: The Chinese Lion Dance     
Description: The Chinese Lion Dance is an important part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year, and it is believed to bring good luck and happiness.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Science,Social Studies
Title: NOVA: Pyramids     
Description: Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza. It contains textual information, diagrams, and images.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: August Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering August holidays and special events. August's theme is '' Lady Liberty,'' and the calendar links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Hispanic Heritage Month     
Description: This page from EDSITEment features resources relating to National Hispanic Heritage Month, and presents information about the history and artistic heritage of the Hispanic people. Learn more about Hispanic culture by visiting the EDSITEment lesson plans and EDSITEment-reviewed Web sites referenced on this page.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: April Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering April holidays and special events. April is National Poetry Month and the calendar links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 8: Santons
Overview:
Most Christians in America have a Nativity Scene.  We always include the same characters including shepherds, wisemen, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  In France, Santons or "little saints" are included.   Santons allow the everyday common working man to be part of this Holy Night.  Tune in to find out more about France's nativity or "creche" scenes.


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 5: La Befana
Overview:
This podcast retells the legend of La Befana, a famous gift-giver from Italy. We "flew" to Italy via Google Earth and learned about the country of Italy as well.  After studying about La Befana, children illustrated pictures to retell her story. We also made mini English muffin pizzas to celebrate Italy and their gift giver, La Befana!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 9: Fabric Balls
Overview:
In this podcast, the children share a tradition from Russia.  We cover a styrofoam ball with fabric scraps as the peasant farmers did so many years ago.  Learn why peasants in Russia wanted to do this.  And you can see how we celebrated by making this traditional ornament for own own trees! 


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 4: Christmas Cards
Overview:
In this podcast, students share what they discovered about Christmas cards. The first cards were actually sent by children just like us! This student also shares a class activity that we completed together to honor this classic Christmas tradition!


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Christmas Around the World Podcast Series: Episode 3: Caroling
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In this podcast, children share what they learned about Christmas caroling.  They also share the traditions of "wassailing"! Caroling is a tradition that children of all ages have enjoyed for years.  Watch this podcast to learn all about this holiday tradition!  It has brought smiles and joy to people for hundreds of years!


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Christmas Around the World: Episode 1: The Christmas Tree
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This podcast explains how the Christmas tree came to be an important part of many holiday traditions.


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Christmas Around The World Podcast Series
Overview:
Each year in December, second graders study the origins of different holiday traditions.  We "travel" (via Google Earth) to different countries and cities to explore where common customs originated.  View this podcast to catch a glimpse of how this unit is organized and how each country is "remembered". There is always a craft or special snack to remember each country. I hope this podcast can be used for students to research and learn about holiday customs as well as for teachers to learn and implement this unit into their own curriculums. 


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Alphabet , Foreign Languages - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Alphabet , Language Arts - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Mechanics , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Is It So Fun To Monkey Around?     
Description: Wonderopolis means monkey business today! Let's take a closer look at primates!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Is It Called "Black Friday"?     
Description: Is your tummy full of turkey? If so, that must mean it's time to go shopping! Let's learn more about Black Friday today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Why Do Graduates Wear Funny Hats?     
Description: Do you know someone who is graduating from high school or college this spring? If you do, chances are you might see them wearing a funny hat and a big robe. What's up with that? March over to Wonderopolis today to find out!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Storytelling , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Geography , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Are They Called Sloppy Joes?     
Description: Mmmm! Wonderopolis is cooking up a delicious new Wonder of the Day today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - General Science , Science - Metallurgy , Science - Physics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Why Are They Called "Flip-Flops"?     
Description: Ah, summer… a time to walk on the beach and feel the sand between your toes. Of course, one of the most popular types of summer shoes also gets between your toes. Let's find out more about flip-flops!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets
Title: Who Was St. Nick?     
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today for a closer look at a guy who makes a list… and checks it twice!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What's the Right Way To Button Up?     
Description: We're hoping today's Wonder of the Day really pushes your buttons!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Makes Something a Holiday Classic?     
Description: As the winter holidays approach, families everywhere look forward to watching familiar holiday classics together. Join us on the couch in Wonderopolis today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Games (educational) , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Makes Art Priceless?     
Description: Do you love to create your own unique works of art? They could be priceless. Read on to learn more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Checkmate?     
Description: Kings and queens, knights and bishops - let's learn more about a classic game of strategy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Gerontology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Tech Prep , Vocational Education - Trade and Industrial , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is a Vegan?     
Description: Ready to get your veggie on? Let's explore veganism in today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: What Foods Bring Luck in the New Year?     
Description: Do you have big plans for the new year? If so, you might want to start the year by eating some lucky foods!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Arts - Mass Media Design , Arts - History , Arts - Popular , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Stone Carving , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Are Mukluks?     
Description: Got cold feet? Don't worry! Jump feet-first into today's Wonder of the Day and they'll be warm in no time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Ways Can You Say Mom?     
Description: Wonderopolis has a special treat today for you and your mom!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Arts - Textile Art , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Botany , Science - Earth science , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Do You Walk the Dog?     
Description: June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day! We don't want to string you along, so head on over to Wonderopolis right away for a closer look at one of the most popular toys of all time.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Did the Pretzel Get Its Shape?     
Description: It's the 200th Wonder of the Day! What better way to celebrate than to join us in Wonderopolis as we explore how this tasty snack got its signature shape.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Educational Technology - Audio-Visual Equipment , Educational Technology - Integrating Technology into the Classroom , Educational Technology - Technology Planning , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Vocational Education - Technical , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: How Did Candy Canes Get Their Shape?     
Description: Hang out with us in Wonderopolis today as we take a closer look at a legendary Christmas candy.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Could You Be Royalty?     
Description: Today's royal Wonder of the Day is filled with kings, queens, princes and princesses. Grab your crown and join us!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Troy     
Description: This educational website about ancient Troy consists of archaeological information, animations, geography, history, time lines, legends, myths and teaching and learning resources. The project is the result of a collaboration between the University of Cincinnati's CERHAS (Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites) and the Troia Projekt of the University of Tubingen, Germany. Major funding for this project has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Grade Span: 2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Communication Arts , Arts - Decorative Arts , Arts - Graphic Design , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Painting , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can Easter Eggs Be Art?     
Description: While some people like their eggs scrambled, others prefer to turn them into beautiful works of art!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Storytelling , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Are Leprechauns Real?     
Description: If you read all the way to the end of today's Wonder, you just might find a pot of gold!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Religion - Christianity , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Are the Ides Of March?     
Description: Has a person - or a cookie - ever tried to predict your future? Find out what happened to Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 B.C. and learn why the "Ides of March" now carries with it a sense of foreboding.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Storytelling , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Why Is 2011 the Year Of the Rabbit?     
Description: Happy New Year! No, we're not a month late. Wonderopolis is celebrating the Chinese New Year!, Around the world (and even in some American cities), festivities are held to ring in the Chinese New Year. Want to know why 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit? Read on.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History
Title: Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?     
Description: The side dishes vary from house to house. Whether you enjoy mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole or sweet potato pie, most homes in America invite one guest of honor to the table each year - the turkey!, Each year Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? Join us as we learn about how our feathered friend the turkey earned a place of honor at America's most historic meal.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Foreign Languages - Bilingualism , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Where Does French Toast Come From?     
Description: French toast is a tasty treat that is easy to make. Craving more? Grab a fork and your passport - let's explore the history of French toast!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Ramadan?     
Description: Do you have any friends who are Muslims? Tune in today to learn more about the holiday they're celebrating right now!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Do People In Mexico Celebrate Cinco De Mayo?     
Description: It's the 5th of May! That means it's time to party! Why, you ask? Put on your sombrero, grab a pair of maracas and join us in Wonderopolis, as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.,
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Who Invented Cotton Candy?     
Description: Whether pink, blue or white, this sugar-puff cloud candy has been a favorite at circuses and fairs for decades. Step right up and get ready to take a bite out of the sweet history of cotton candy.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Did April Fools' Day Begin?     
Description: Practical jokers unite! Today is your day. It's April 1, and that means it's time for all sorts of shenanigans, tomfoolery and maybe even a little ballyhoo. Join us for a fun Wonder of the Day that explores how all this foolishness got started.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Why Do People Kiss Under Mistletoe?     
Description: Pausing for a smooch under a plant hanging above your head sounds a little crazy, but you may be surprised to discover this little green guy can be found beyond the doorway. It even thrives in the desert!, Take a sneak peak at the life of mistletoe, and then pucker up for the Wonder of the Day.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Advocacy , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - GED preparation , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning Disabilities , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning to Learn , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Numeracy , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Adult & Family Literacy - Program Management , Adult & Family Literacy - Reading , Adult & Family Literacy - Volunteering , Adult & Family Literacy - Writing , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Flamenco Dancing?     
Description: Get ready to sway to the sound of a Spanish guitar. Flamenco is a dance with quite a history. Keep reading to find out more about a beautiful dance that is sure to move you.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What's Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?     
Description: Today is Ice Cream Cone Day in Wonderopolis! Join us for the scoop on the sweet treat so many of us love.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Science - Biology , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - Criminology , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Makes Bloodhounds Good Detectives?     
Description: Meet Chief, one of the newest members of the Minneapolis Police Department. Chief may not look like the other officers, but he has a special talent - a super-sensitive sniffer!, Check out a bloodhound in action, then read on to learn what makes this breed an expert at hide-and-seek.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: How Old Is Soccer?     
Description: Pelé is undoubtedly one of soccer's greatest heroes, but the sport's long history did not begin with his career - no matter how old these video clips look! In fact, soccer has been around a lot longer than you probably imagined.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Religion - Buddhism , Science - Astronomy , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Who Is Punxsutawney Phil?     
Description: When most people are curious about the weather, they turn on the television, pick up a newspaper or go online for the forecast. On February 2, though, Americans around the country ask Phil., Who is Phil? Why, he's the four-footed furriest forecaster in North America, of course! Join us in Wonderopolis today as we head to Pennsylvania to meet Punxsutawney Phil.
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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Science - Astronomy , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Do Teachers Get To Be So Smart?     
Description: May 3, 2011, is National Teacher Day, so let's pay tribute to teachers everywhere as we investigate how they got to be so smart!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: How Do You Tap a Maple Tree?     
Description: What do you like on your pancakes? Butter? Chocolate chips? How about thick, sweet maple syrup?, If you enjoy pouring hot syrup over your flapjacks, you can thank a tree. A tree? Absolutely!, If you want to learn why, read on. We're about to tap into a super-sweet Wonder of the Day!
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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History
Title: What Is a Cornucopia?     
Description: While a cornucopia snack is an excellent way to honor the fall season, the traditional cornucopia isn't completely edible. Filled with pumpkins and gourds, nuts and berries, the cornucopia makes a beautiful centerpiece., But have you ever wondered what it represents? Get ready for a history lesson in harvest as we toot the horn of plenty.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?     
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Many Peanuts Are In a Jar Of Peanut Butter?     
Description: March is National Peanut Month, and March 1 is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Grab some bread, jelly and, of course, peanut butter, as we spread the love in Wonderopolis and learn just how many peanuts it takes to make a jar of this tasty treat!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Culture of Puerto Rico: Make Your Own Carnival Mask     
Description: In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will create their own paper mache Carnival masks as a way to learn about Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican culture. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Duke Ellington and Jazz Homepage     
Description: Children and adults can enjoy exploring the story behind one of America's pioneers of jazz music, Duke Ellington, through children's literature, museum collections, and hands-on activities. Focused around Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, a picture book biography of the Washington, DC native, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Slave Life and the Underground Railroad Homepage     
Description: Students will learn about slavery, slave life and the Underground Railroad in this OurStory module. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Pueblo Pots     
Description: In this "OurStory'' module entitled "Pueblo Pots'' , students will investigate the roles that pottery and water played in the lives of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Students will learn about Native American culture by reading the book entitled "When Clay Sings'' and discover the symbolism of two modern pots in a hands-on "Explore Pueblo Pots'' activity. The module includes links to the activities and a list of other recommended readings about Native American culture. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Mathematics,Physical Education,Science,Social Studies,Geography
Title: Great Websites for Kids     
Description: Created by the American Library Association, this portal website helps parents and children find age appropriate educational materials on the Internet.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage     
Description: In this interactive website, students explore the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the northern Plains. The website includes: online interactives, printable activities and a map of the Plain Indians, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, a teacher's guide and student worksheets, and a bibliography of related books and online resources appropriate for all ages.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Vamos a Celebrar!     
Description: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage through the Arts
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: August Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering August holidays and special events. August's theme is '' Lady Liberty,'' and the calendar links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Beyond Food and Fiestas     
Description: Practical ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies,Science
Title: Wessels Living History Farm     
Description: This EDSITEment-reviewed Web site provides a virtual visit to the Wessels Living History Farm, located in York, Nebraska. Users can find multimedia resources on farming in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Multidisciplinary learning activities are also featured on the site.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: April Calendar     
Description: This EDSITEment calendar is a collection of peer-reviewed Web sites and EDSITEment lesson plans covering April holidays and special events. April is National Poetry Month and the calendar links to many EDSITEment lesson plans, Web site features and additional learning activities related to this theme.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: African American History Month     
Description: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,C1,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: SmithsonianJazz.org     
Description: Explore jazz through listening activities, interviews with musicians, and background information on SmithsonianJazz.org. Prominently featured on this site are two suites of learning activities: one focusing on Duke Ellington for elementary students and one focusing on Louis Armstrong for middle and high school students. Students can also hone their skills at analyzing oral histories with a collection of over fifty recordings of jazz composers, arrangers, and performers.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: What was on Lady Bird's plate?     
Description: Take a close look at some special dishes that Lady Bird Johnson had created for the White House. Use the discussion and observation questions to think about the dishes and the dishes you have in your own home, and find out how these dishes connected to Lady Bird Johnson's work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. This activity is a part of the OurStory module called First Lady for the Environment. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: 2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Darkroom Detectives     
Description: What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Dress for the Ponce Carnival     
Description: A vejigante is a person who dresses in costume to help celebrate Carnival in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In this activity, students will read about being a vejigante and then design their own Carnival costume. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make Your Own Carnival Mask     
Description: In this activity, students will create their own paper mache Carnival masks as a way to learn about Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican culture. This resource is part of an OurStory module entitled A Puerto Rican Carnival. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: All the President's Children     
Description: In this activity, students will match clues with images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives as they lived in the presidential mansion. As part of the online exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, this activity will help students understand more about the Presidency and life in the White House.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make your Own Fish Kite     
Description: In this activity, students will learn how to make their own fish kites, called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp. OurStory is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Make A Quilt Square     
Description: Quilts do more than just keep us warm; they preserve history by telling us stories about the people who made them. In this hands-on activity, students will learn about women's history by studying quilts. They will then make a quilt square in honor of a person who is important to them. It is included in an OurStory module entitled Great Women of Our Pasts. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Japan: Arts and Culture     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Shin Tanaka: Paper Toys     
Description: Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in street fashion and designer toys.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sreevidhya Chandramouli     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Musical Theater in America     
Description: Through examples of the best that Broadway musicals have to offer, explore the history of musical theater in America; its structure and elements of a musical; musical theater's role in making social commentary, and its legacy.
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies
Title: Sounds of China     
Description:
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Life in a Sod House: Darkroom Detectives     
Description: What can we learn about life in a sod house by looking at photographs? In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze two photographs of families who lived in homes made of sod in order to answer questions about these families' lives. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Alphabet , Foreign Languages - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Alphabet , Language Arts - Listening Comprehension , Language Arts - Mechanics , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Is It So Fun To Monkey Around?     
Description: Wonderopolis means monkey business today! Let's take a closer look at primates!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Is It Called "Black Friday"?     
Description: Is your tummy full of turkey? If so, that must mean it's time to go shopping! Let's learn more about Black Friday today in Wonderopolis.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: Why Do Graduates Wear Funny Hats?     
Description: Do you know someone who is graduating from high school or college this spring? If you do, chances are you might see them wearing a funny hat and a big robe. What's up with that? March over to Wonderopolis today to find out!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Storytelling , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Science - Oceanography , Social Studies - Geography , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Why Are They Called Sloppy Joes?     
Description: Mmmm! Wonderopolis is cooking up a delicious new Wonder of the Day today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - General Science , Science - Metallurgy , Science - Physics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Why Are They Called "Flip-Flops"?     
Description: Ah, summer… a time to walk on the beach and feel the sand between your toes. Of course, one of the most popular types of summer shoes also gets between your toes. Let's find out more about flip-flops!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets
Title: Who Was St. Nick?     
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today for a closer look at a guy who makes a list… and checks it twice!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: What's the Right Way To Button Up?     
Description: We're hoping today's Wonder of the Day really pushes your buttons!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Makes Something a Holiday Classic?     
Description: As the winter holidays approach, families everywhere look forward to watching familiar holiday classics together. Join us on the couch in Wonderopolis today!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Games (educational) , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Science - General Science , Science - Meteorology , Science - Physical Sciences , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Makes Art Priceless?     
Description: Do you love to create your own unique works of art? They could be priceless. Read on to learn more today in Wonderopolis!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is Checkmate?     
Description: Kings and queens, knights and bishops - let's learn more about a classic game of strategy!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Gerontology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Tech Prep , Vocational Education - Trade and Industrial , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is a Vegan?     
Description: Ready to get your veggie on? Let's explore veganism in today's Wonder of the Day!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: The Underground Railroad Route     
Description: Activity. Students will identify slave states and free states during the time of the Underground Railroad, explore the challenges of escaping, and choose the route they would have taken.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: What Foods Bring Luck in the New Year?     
Description: Do you have big plans for the new year? If so, you might want to start the year by eating some lucky foods!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Art History , Arts - Mass Media Design , Arts - History , Arts - Popular , Arts - Sculpture , Arts - Stone Carving , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Are Mukluks?     
Description: Got cold feet? Don't worry! Jump feet-first into today's Wonder of the Day and they'll be warm in no time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Foreign Languages - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Human Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Many Ways Can You Say Mom?     
Description: Wonderopolis has a special treat today for you and your mom!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Characteristics of Place     
Description: Activity. Students learn about and brainstorm natural and cultural characteristics of places. Then students identify those characteristics in their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Arts - Textile Art , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Botany , Science - Earth science , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Do You Walk the Dog?     
Description: June 6 is National Yo-Yo Day! We don't want to string you along, so head on over to Wonderopolis right away for a closer look at one of the most popular toys of all time.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Did the Pretzel Get Its Shape?     
Description: It's the 200th Wonder of the Day! What better way to celebrate than to join us in Wonderopolis as we explore how this tasty snack got its signature shape.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Educational Technology - Audio-Visual Equipment , Educational Technology - Integrating Technology into the Classroom , Educational Technology - Technology Planning , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Vocational Education - Technical , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: How Did Candy Canes Get Their Shape?     
Description: Hang out with us in Wonderopolis today as we take a closer look at a legendary Christmas candy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Could You Be Royalty?     
Description: Today's royal Wonder of the Day is filled with kings, queens, princes and princesses. Grab your crown and join us!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: The Culture of Puerto Rico: Become a Collector     
Description: Becoming a collector is easy and fun! By following this guide, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodor Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Communication Arts , Arts - Decorative Arts , Arts - Graphic Design , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Painting , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can Easter Eggs Be Art?     
Description: While some people like their eggs scrambled, others prefer to turn them into beautiful works of art!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Storytelling , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Are Leprechauns Real?     
Description: If you read all the way to the end of today's Wonder, you just might find a pot of gold!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Religion - Christianity , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Are the Ides Of March?     
Description: Has a person - or a cookie - ever tried to predict your future? Find out what happened to Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 B.C. and learn why the "Ides of March" now carries with it a sense of foreboding.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Arts - Storytelling , Arts - Textile Art , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Why Is 2011 the Year Of the Rabbit?     
Description: Happy New Year! No, we're not a month late. Wonderopolis is celebrating the Chinese New Year!, Around the world (and even in some American cities), festivities are held to ring in the Chinese New Year. Want to know why 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit? Read on.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Ecology , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History
Title: Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?     
Description: The side dishes vary from house to house. Whether you enjoy mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole or sweet potato pie, most homes in America invite one guest of honor to the table each year - the turkey!, Each year Americans eat 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? Join us as we learn about how our feathered friend the turkey earned a place of honor at America's most historic meal.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Foreign Languages - Bilingualism , Foreign Languages - Speaking , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Where Does French Toast Come From?     
Description: French toast is a tasty treat that is easy to make. Craving more? Grab a fork and your passport - let's explore the history of French toast!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Science - Chemistry , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Ramadan?     
Description: Do you have any friends who are Muslims? Tune in today to learn more about the holiday they're celebrating right now!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Do People In Mexico Celebrate Cinco De Mayo?     
Description: It's the 5th of May! That means it's time to party! Why, you ask? Put on your sombrero, grab a pair of maracas and join us in Wonderopolis, as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.,
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Meteorology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Who Invented Cotton Candy?     
Description: Whether pink, blue or white, this sugar-puff cloud candy has been a favorite at circuses and fairs for decades. Step right up and get ready to take a bite out of the sweet history of cotton candy.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Did April Fools' Day Begin?     
Description: Practical jokers unite! Today is your day. It's April 1, and that means it's time for all sorts of shenanigans, tomfoolery and maybe even a little ballyhoo. Join us for a fun Wonder of the Day that explores how all this foolishness got started.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: Why Do People Kiss Under Mistletoe?     
Description: Pausing for a smooch under a plant hanging above your head sounds a little crazy, but you may be surprised to discover this little green guy can be found beyond the doorway. It even thrives in the desert!, Take a sneak peak at the life of mistletoe, and then pucker up for the Wonder of the Day.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Advocacy , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - English-language Learning , Adult & Family Literacy - GED preparation , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning Disabilities , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning to Learn , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Adult & Family Literacy - Numeracy , Adult & Family Literacy - Parent Education , Adult & Family Literacy - Program Management , Adult & Family Literacy - Reading , Adult & Family Literacy - Volunteering , Adult & Family Literacy - Writing , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Is Flamenco Dancing?     
Description: Get ready to sway to the sound of a Spanish guitar. Flamenco is a dance with quite a history. Keep reading to find out more about a beautiful dance that is sure to move you.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What's Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?     
Description: Today is Ice Cream Cone Day in Wonderopolis! Join us for the scoop on the sweet treat so many of us love.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Science - Biology , Science - Zoology , Social Studies - Criminology , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: What Makes Bloodhounds Good Detectives?     
Description: Meet Chief, one of the newest members of the Minneapolis Police Department. Chief may not look like the other officers, but he has a special talent - a super-sensitive sniffer!, Check out a bloodhound in action, then read on to learn what makes this breed an expert at hide-and-seek.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: How Old Is Soccer?     
Description: Pelé is undoubtedly one of soccer's greatest heroes, but the sport's long history did not begin with his career - no matter how old these video clips look! In fact, soccer has been around a lot longer than you probably imagined.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Religion - Buddhism , Science - Astronomy , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building , Informal Education - Drama and Puppets , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking , Informal Education - Homework Help/Tutoring , Informal Education - Movement and Music , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts , Informal Education - School to Career Experience , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: Who Is Punxsutawney Phil?     
Description: When most people are curious about the weather, they turn on the television, pick up a newspaper or go online for the forecast. On February 2, though, Americans around the country ask Phil., Who is Phil? Why, he's the four-footed furriest forecaster in North America, of course! Join us in Wonderopolis today as we head to Pennsylvania to meet Punxsutawney Phil.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Science - Astronomy , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Science - Biology , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Do Teachers Get To Be So Smart?     
Description: May 3, 2011, is National Teacher Day, so let's pay tribute to teachers everywhere as we investigate how they got to be so smart!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: How Do You Tap a Maple Tree?     
Description: What do you like on your pancakes? Butter? Chocolate chips? How about thick, sweet maple syrup?, If you enjoy pouring hot syrup over your flapjacks, you can thank a tree. A tree? Absolutely!, If you want to learn why, read on. We're about to tap into a super-sweet Wonder of the Day!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History
Title: What Is a Cornucopia?     
Description: While a cornucopia snack is an excellent way to honor the fall season, the traditional cornucopia isn't completely edible. Filled with pumpkins and gourds, nuts and berries, the cornucopia makes a beautiful centerpiece., But have you ever wondered what it represents? Get ready for a history lesson in harvest as we toot the horn of plenty.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Nutrition , Mathematics - Applied Mathematics , Science - Chemistry , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Do French Fries Really Come From France?     
Description: Who doesn't enjoy McDonald's French fries every now and then? But did you know this tasty treat isn't really French? Come explore a mysterious case of this potato's mistaken identity.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Consumer Health , Health - Nutrition , Science - Biology , Science - Chemistry , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: How Many Peanuts Are In a Jar Of Peanut Butter?     
Description: March is National Peanut Month, and March 1 is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day. Grab some bread, jelly and, of course, peanut butter, as we spread the love in Wonderopolis and learn just how many peanuts it takes to make a jar of this tasty treat!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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