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ALEX Lesson Plans


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Social Studies (K - 1)
Title: Listening Comprehension Read Aloud- Who Was Ruby Bridges?
Description: Listening to narrative text offers students a chance to go beyond decoding and word meaning. Listening as the teacher reads a story gives gives students an opportunity to appreciate, draw significance and meaning as well as informal practice using  story elements. Listening read-a-louds gives the teacher the opportunity to model "close" reading skills as well as model thinking. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1 - 2)
Title: The Life and Contributions of George Washington Carver
Description: This cross curricular lesson is a look into the life of George Washington Carver and the difficulties he overcame to be an important figure in Alabama and United States history. The students will explore and discuss the contributions he made through his studies and inventions. Students will also explore the structure and parts of a sweet potato plant and a peanut plant.   This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (K - 2), or Science (K - 3), or Social Studies (K - 5)
Title: The Medicine Leaf Man
Description: The teacher will briefly discuss Mississippian time period medicine men. The teacher will read Leaf Man by Louis Elhert and discuss leaves of various trees that grow in Russell Cave National Monument and the surrounding North Alabama area that were used for medicinal purposes. Students will then create a medicine man using the discussed medicinal leaves and tree parts. This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.


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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: Social Studies (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Now and Then and Back Again: A Study of Transportation
Description: By using a slideshow presentation and a Conestoga wagon project, students will experience different ways people have conquered the human and social need for transportation in America. Students will begin by studying ancient and Native American cultures and progress to the pioneer’s use of land vehicles for exportation of goods. They will create their own small wagon by using very simple materials, and have a contest to see whose cart can carry the most pennies. Upon conclusion of the study, students will compare and contrast our transportation today to that of the past by creating a multimedia presentation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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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: 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: Social Studies - Economics - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Would You Work Hard For?     
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, has students go through a simulation to learn about value, abundance, and scarcity. They are asked to consider the things that they would be willing to work very hard for.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Ecology - Social Studies - Anthropology - Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History
Title: The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: A Timeline of Change, a Model for Change     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students conduct research on the Chesapeake Bay, from Captain John Smith's explorations of Native American settlements in the early seventeenth century to the present, and examine how these changes over time can help illuminate the interrelationships between people and places. They then apply a similar approach to their local area. Through an examination of a timeline of change, students make connections between present interactions with a place and its future and consider ways that they can help shape the future course of both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and their own community.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies,Arts
Title: If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers. After creating, as a class, oral stories about contemporary cross-country journeys, students learn about the experiences of the emigrants who traveled on the Oregon Trail. They then create works of historical fiction in the form of picture books, drawing upon the information they have learned.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Eyewitness to History     
Description: Families connect us to our own history and to the history of the world around us. In this lesson from EDSITEment, students explore this second set of connections, talking with family members about landmark events they have witnessed in their lifetimes to learn how history touches our lives.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Then and Now: Life in Early America, 1740-1840     
Description: In this unit of 12 lessons, from EDSITEment, students use archival materials, re-creations, and classroom activities in order to consider which aspects of everyday life have changed and which have stayed the same in the last 200 years. The lessons include many hands-on and interactive activities and games including dressing an eighteenth-century paper doll, creating an early American toy, and guessing the function of historical mystery objects.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio     
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: What Is History? Timelines and Oral Histories     
Description: This lesson, from EDSITEment, aims to help students understand history and recognize that the past is different depending on who is remembering and retelling it. There are four activities, in which students construct a timeline based on events from their own lives and family histories, construct a class timeline through comparison with each other's histories, research oral history by interviewing family members, and study primary sources to write their own history of the Great Chicago Fire.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Educational Technology,Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Sodbusters!     
Description: In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a '' soddie'' to gain a firsthand perspective on the frontier period of American history. After completing the activities in this lesson, students will be able to identify where and when American settlers lived and describe how settlers used available materials to build sod houses. They will also be able to explain how sod houses helped settlers adapt to the environment of the plains and compare living in a sod house with life in a typical home today.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Where in the U.S. Would You Want to Live?     
Description: This Xpeditions lesson challenges students to think about why objects, in the classroom and in their community, are placed where they are, and how their placement affects our daily lives. In the process, they come to understand the benefits one geographic location might have over another.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Back in the Olden Days     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students discuss what it might have been like when, and where, their parents and grandparents grew up. The students conduct interviews to see if their guesses were right. They conclude by drawing pictures of their relatives living in this time and place.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2



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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, Social Studies
Title: Great Composers     
Description: Get inside the mind of a composer-- from a popular song, to a Broadway musical, to a symphony, how does a composer write music?
Thinkfinity Partner: ArtsEdge
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



ALEX Podcasts


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 15: Sacagewea
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Sacagewea!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 17: Theodore Roosevelt
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Theodore Roosevelt!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 16: Shirley Chisholm
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Shirley Chisholm!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 13: Mae Jemison
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Mae Jemison!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 12: Jackie Kennedy Onassis  
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans.  Each student chose which famous American to research.  They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report.  On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life.  Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life.  We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis!


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 11: Helen Keller
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Helen Keller.


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 8: Dwight Eisenhower
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Dwight Eisenhower!  


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 7: Dolley Madison
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Dolley Madison!


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 6: Davy Crockett
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Davy Crockett.    


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 3: Amelia Earhart
Overview:
This podcast is the final project of an in depth research project on Famous Americans. Each student chose which famous American to research. They all read a biography, researched their person using the AVL or other online resources and wrote a 1-2 page report. On a designated day, our "Living Museum" was opened and these characters came to life. Each child dressed as their famous American and came to school to give a speech to friends and family about the important events of their life. We hope you enjoy this podcast and learn more about the life of Amelia Earhart.


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Living Museum Podcasting Project: Famous Americans come to life!
Overview:
This podcast series incorporates second grade students' research, use of technology and presentation of historical figures.  Students self selected a Famous American to be the focus of their project.  They researched them in class using laptops and the Alabama Virtual Library.  Each student checked out and read a biography of their chosen American.  The students then wrote a 1-2 page report detailing the important events of the life of their American including what this person did to make a difference.  On a predetermined day, each student came dressed as their Famous American and our "Living Museum" was opened!  Students gave speeches sharing the main events of their life to an audience filled with delighted parents and friends.


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 10: George Washington
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the student's work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of George Washington's life is recorded via video.


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Living Museum Podcast: Episode 9: Eleanor Roosevelt
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the student's work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Eleanor Roosevelt's life is recorded via video.  


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Living Museum Podcast Episode 2: Alexander Graham Bell
Overview:
This podcast exhibits the student's work of a detailed research project.  The student's report is photographed and his speech recalling the important facts of Alexander Graham Bell's life is recorded via video.


Thinkfinity Podcasts


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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , 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 Movie Would You Play At Your Drive-In?     
Description: In June 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened in New Jersey. Join Wonderopolis for a look at the magic of the silver screen in the great outdoors.
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is the Smallest Computer?     
Description: If you want to be amazed by how much things have changed in the past 50 or so years, there's no better place to look than the computer. Let's take a look at how the computer has evolved over the years!
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 , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: What Is a Log Jam?     
Description: WOOD you believe today's Wonder of the Day is one of Paul Bunyan's favorites? It's true!
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 - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training
Title: How Smart Are Vending Machines?     
Description: Aren't you glad you don't have to drop a quarter into your computer to see 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 - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?     
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
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 - Communication Arts , Philosophy - Ethics , Philosophy - Logic , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Can You Pay It Forward?     
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn how to pay it forward with random acts of kindness!
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 , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Have We Always Said Hello?     
Description: We just wanted to say, "Hello! We're glad you stopped by Wonderopolis today!"
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Foreign Languages - Bilingualism , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Sociology
Title: Do Spies Really Use Gadgets?     
Description: If you're going to do a job, you need the right tools. But what if your job is being a spy?
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Photography , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Technical , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts
Title: Do Photographers Still Use Darkrooms?     
Description: Is a picture worth a thousand words? Let's explore photography 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 , Arts - Art History , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Paper Art , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can You Speak in Code?     
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn about a special type of alphabet!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Arts - Instrumental Music , Arts - Music , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Are Acoustic Guitars Different From Electric Guitars?     
Description: A wise man once said, "You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish!" OK… maybe he wasn't a wise man. And maybe he was talking about a piano instead of a guitar., In any case, April is International Guitar Month. Let's celebrate by taking a closer look at our six-stringed friends. Strum on over to Wonderopolis as we strike a chord that's sure to be music to your ears!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Educational Technology - Technology Planning , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - General Vocational Education , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning to Learn , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - School to Career Experience
Title: What Is a Mouse?     
Description: On April 27, 1981, Xerox unveiled the first ever computer mouse intended for use with a personal computer. Let's learn more about how all computer users came to depend on this nifty little piece of pointing technology!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , 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 a Patent?     
Description: Inventors come in all sizes, shapes, colors and ages. Just like the young inventors in Houston, anyone can create a promising invention worthy of a patent., Whether it's the Burn B Gone or The Alarm Assistant, a patent protects each of these inventions. Check out today's Wonder of the Day to learn what patents do and how they keep copycats away.
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 - 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.
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?     
Description: Chances are… there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of 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 - History , Language Arts - Speech , Philosophy - Ethics , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: How Do Roller Skates Work?     
Description: Roller skates give new meaning to the expression "going four wheeling." Want to learn more about how roller skates work? Roll on over to the Wonder of the Day and get ready for some fun.
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 - Ballet , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: When Were Ice Skates Invented?     
Description: No matter how old you are, with just a little practice, ice skating can be a great way to have fun and stay fit. Did you know that ice skates have been around for a very long time?, Lace up your skates and glide over to Wonderopolis. It's time for a history lesson on ice!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Mechanics , Language Arts - Phonics , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Story Telling , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Do All Jockeys Ride Horses?     
Description: Grab your records… or your MP3 player… and get ready to spin some tunes. Today, Wonderopolis is filled with the sound of music!
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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 - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Kite?     
Description: The winds are blowing hard in Wonderopolis today! March marks the start of National Kite Month, so grab the string and hold on tight., Get ready to soar toward the clouds as we take a closer look at the long history of the kite.
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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 , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Is Curling?     
Description: What do you get when you mix shuffleboard with bowling on an ice rink? Curling, of course! Grab a broom and join us in Wonderopolis as we explore a sport that's as cool as ice and as hard as a rock!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Podcast: Brad Brewer Animates the Inanimate     
Description: In this podcast, Brad Brewer of The Brewery Troupe, an African-American puppet company, brings an inventor's history to life with puppets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

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Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholasti...
An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

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Journey on the Mayflower
http://www.scholasti...
An interactive site for students to take the journey on the Mayflower. Provides text information regarding points on the journey.

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Plimoth Plantation Video Tour
http://www.scholasti...
Virtual field trips videos about Plimoth (Plymouth) Plantation and Thanksgiving.

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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio     
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin Model     
Description: In 1794, Eli Whitney patented a new kind of cotton gin. His invention, using rotating brushes and teeth to remove the seeds from cotton, was quickly pirated by others. Southern plantation owners depended on slaves for labor-intensive crops such as rice, sugar, tobacco, and especially cotton. As the market demand for cotton increased in the early 1800s, the Southern cotton industry expanded dramatically, as did the system of slave labor it relied on.
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: Fresnel Lighthouse Lens     
Description: In the early nineteenth century, lighthouses in the United States were considered inferior to those in France and England. American mariners complained about the quality of the light emanating from local lighthouse towers, arguing that European lighthouses were more effective at shining bright beams of light over long distances. While American lighthouses relied on lamps and mirrors to direct mariners, European lighthouses were equipped with compact lenses that could shine for miles.
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: Edison's "New Year's Eve" Lamp     
Description: Thomas Edison used this carbon-filament bulb in the first public demonstration of his most famous invention, the first practical electric incandescent lamp, which took place at his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory on New Year's Eve, 1879.As the quintessential American inventor-hero, Edison personified the ideal of the hardworking self-made man. He received a record 1,093 patents and became a skilled entrepreneur. Though occasionally unsuccessful, Edison and his team developed many practical devices in his "invention factory," and fostered faith in technological progress. strong Measurements: strong light bulb: 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.; 16.51 x 6.985 cmMaker: Thomas Alva Edison strong Date Made: strong 1879 strong Place Made: strong United States: New Jersey, Menlo Park strong Credit Line: strong from General Electric Co. strong Object ID: strong EM*181797
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 Hath God Wrought" Telegraph Message     
Description: Printed in Morse code and transcribed by Samuel Morse himself, this message was transmitted from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., over the nation's first long-distance telegraph line.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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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: Toy Fire Engine     
Description: Cast-iron toys are essentially American. Small foundries and factories were mass-producing them towards the close of the 19th century. These toys were sold in novelty stores, department stores, or mail order catalogs. One can follow along with shifts in technology by recognizing the changes in the different models of Sears toys...
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: Xerox 914 Plain Paper Copier     
Description: Introduced in 1959, the Xerox 914 plain paper copier revolutionized the document-copying industry. The culmination of inventor Chester Carlson's work on the xerographic process, the 914 was fast and economical. One of the most successful Xerox products ever, a 914 model could make 100,000 copies per month...
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: Richard Petty's 200th Victory Car     
Description: The Richard Petty Number 43 Pontiac is a NASCAR racing car, built to resemble a 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix passenger car. It ran in the Winston Cup division, the highest level of NASCAR competition, and it won the Firecracker 400 auto race at Daytona International Speedway on July 4th, 1984. It was Petty's 200th and final NASCAR Winston Cup victory. Among the spectators that day was President Ronald Reagan. The car was last driven in competition at the Talladega (Ala.) Speedway on July 29, 1984...
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: Mercury fuming box for daguerreotypes used by Samuel F. B. Morse     
Description: This Mercury fuming box for developing daguerreotypes is certainly among the earliest photographic equipment used in America, dating 1839-1840. Working closely with Dr. J.W. Draper in New York, Morse was instrumental in promoting photography in America, furthering experimentation, and producing early examples of the daguerreotypes...
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: Silver Teapot made for Abigail Robinson of Newport, RI     
Description: Teapots were among the fashionable items that fit many colonists' taste for stylish possessions in 18th-century British North America. Among the prosperous classes, growing numbers adopted the genteel practice of drinking afternoon tea in imitation of the English gentry. Some Americans imported ceramic tea services, while others patronized local silversmiths. Silver was intrinsically expensive, and it allowed engraved decoration and personalized initials, as on this teapot...
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: NBC Fireside Chat Microphone     
Description: On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of about thirty informal "Fireside Chat" addresses over the radio. His ability to communicate over this new medium directly and personally, addressing each listener as a respected friend, gave FDR a powerful tool to shape public opinion.
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: 1874 Remington Type Writer     
Description: Remington put its writing machines on the market in 1874 at a price of $125. The new Type Writer owed some of its identity to the sewing machines that Remington had recently added to its product line. The writing machine came mounted on a sewing machine stand, with a treadle to operate the carriage return and advance the paper on the platen. Even the Type Writer's shiny black case, elaborately decorated with floral designs and emblems, resembled the factory's sewing machines.
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: Spinning Wheel     
Description: Spinning wheels are believed to have originated in India between 500 and 1000 A.D. By the 13th century, they were seen in Europe, and were a standard piece of equipment for those making fiber into yarn. By the 17th century they were commonly found in homes in the colonies of North America.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Physical Education,Social Studies
Title: Muhammad Ali's Boxing Robe and Gloves     
Description: Muhammad Ali gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside the ring...
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: Slave Shackles     
Description: In the 15th century, decades before they sailed into the Caribbean, Spanish merchants, captains, and adventurers had already conquered and enslaved the people of the Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. On the western coast of continental Africa, the Portuguese had been cultivating a slavery-based economic policy. This legacy of conquest and slavery shaped the colonization of Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Some of the first American encounters between Europeans, Indians, and Africans took place in Puerto Rico, and its early history of genocidal violence and physical exploitation was repeated throughout the Americas.
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: WANN microphone     
Description: WANN represents a significant moment in American cultural history-the rise of black-oriented broadcasting. Although blacks constituted 10 percent of the population, black interest in broadcasting on any scale, didn't begin until 1948. That year WDIA in Memphis became the first station to go to a format with exclusively black on-air personnel. Shortly after, a handful of stations committed to black interests. WANN was one of the first half-dozen. The station went on the air in 1948, and by 1950 owner and manager Morris Blum had directed his station to the black community in Annapolis and the surrounding area.
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: Skinner Teaching Machine     
Description: From the 1920s, psychologists have explored ways to automate teaching. In the 1950s, the psychologist B. F. Skinner of Harvard University suggested that techniques he had developed for training rats and pigeons might be adopted for teaching humans.
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: Soldier's Pocket Bible     
Description: Religion has an essential role in military history, which is reflected in military material. Steel-covered New Testaments were popular keepsake gifts for soldiers going off to fight in World War II. Advertised in newspapers and magazines as protection from bullets, the small books were designed to be carried in the pocket over one's heart as both symbol and shield.
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: Sewing Machine Patent Model     
Description: This is a patent model of a sewing machine invented by John Bachelder of Boston, Mass., who was issued Patent No. 6439 on May 8, 1849. In his patent specification he claims "As my invention or improvement in the sewing machine is the combination, with the endless cloth-holder, of the curved bar or piece of metal v, for discharging the cloth from its points after being sewed, all as described."
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: John Deere Model D Tractor     
Description: The John Deere Model D tractor was introduced in 1923 and became the first tractor built, marketed, and named John Deere. It replaced the Waterloo Boy in the company's product line.
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: Spur     
Description: This spur, worn over a riding boot, was made in Mexico in the mid-1800s. Rubbed against the animal's side, spurs are one of the instruments that riders use to direct horses. The spikes on this spur are set on a small wheel called a rowel, making this a rowel spur. Horses and good riding equipment, such as spurs, saddles, stirrups, and leather coverings, played a fundamental role in the European conquest, exploration, and settlement of wide areas of North America. Much of the technique and craftsmanship of riding culture that was found in the American West among both Native Americans and later U.S. settlers was introduced by the Spanish in Mexico within the first century of colonization (1500s). During this period, huge herds of cattle and sheep (both newly introduced species, like horses) flooded the dry grasslands of northern Mexico and were tended by men who would later be called vaqueros —cowboys. The ranching culture that they developed, as well as the ecological destruction that grazing produced, stretched from Texas to California. This economy of raising livestock on the open range was embraced by settlers coming overland from the American East along routes like the Santa Fe, Old Spanish, and Gila trails. To this day, ranching remains a vital economic and cultural force in both the American West and northern Mexico.
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: Forty-Saw Cotton Gin     
Description: This 40-saw cotton gin and the wooden gearing came from a farm formerly owned by the Augustus C. Smith family in Monroe County, Georgia. The gin shed was built around 1840 and operated until approximately 1900. The gin stand was probably built in the decade following the Civil War; it bears no manufacturer's name or other identification. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper     
Description: Believed to be the first photographic portrait made in the United States, this portrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper was originally taken by her brother Dr. John W. Draper (1811-1882) in his Washington Square studio at the New York University in 1839 or 1840, within the first year of Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre's announcement in Paris of his invention of the daguerreotype process...
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Photograph of Louis Jacques Mand Daguerre     
Description: A popular portrait method of photography from the 1839 announcement of its invention to about 1860, the Daguerreotype was a unique photograph with no negative—each photograph was exposed on a copper plate coated with silver-nitrate. This half-length Daguerreotype portrait of Louis Jacques Mand Daguerre, inventor of this photographic process (1839), was taken by American photographer Charles R. Meade when he visited Daguerre at his home in Bry-sur-Marne, France, in 1848...
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: Game Boy     
Description: The Nintendo Game Boy was released in 1989. It was a handheld video game console that combined aspects of Nintendo's successful Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) television video game console with their earlier handheld electronic games marketed under the name "Game Watch.'' The Game Boy has continued to be the most popular handheld video game console ever released in the U.S. Today, the display is in color and is sold under the name Game Boy Advance. National Museum of American History
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: Send a Lincoln Letter     
Description: Writing and receiving letters is fun! In 1860, Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln and took it to her local post office to mail it. A week later, a very special letter was waiting for her when she returned! Write a letter and then take it to the post office using helpful advice in this resource from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Included in an OurStory module, entitled A Letter to Abraham Lincoln, this activity will encourage children to write letters to friends and family as well as learn more about their local post office. 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. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Visit Your Government     
Description: Find out about your local government through planning a short field trip, and then think about how you could make a difference in your community. The activity guide also includes tips for reviewing the experience once you're back at home or in the classroom. Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence'' , this activity is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies,Geography
Title: Time Warp Trio     
Description: ' Time Warp Trio'' is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 1,2,3



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Reading Dakota Dugout     
Description: In this activity, students will read Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner and answer questions about the book. They will then look at the image of an object that would have been important to women living in a house made of sod and try to determine what the object is. This resource is included in an OurStory module entitled Life in a Sod House.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: Sing, Play, and Cook Railroad-Style     
Description: Playing, singing, and cooking can bring learning about trains to life! Part of an OurStory module entitled All Aboard the Train! , this activity includes tips for incorporating special terms used by railroad workers into playing with trains, cooking a train caf car menu, or singing train-related classics like "I've Been Workin' On the Railroad" or "Chattanooga Choo Choo." OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Autobiography Through Objects     
Description: In this lesson plan, from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will analyze images and objects relating to Celia Cruz then create an autobiographical exhibition using personal objects.
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Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Women's Role in the Civil War     
Description: Women served in the Civil War as nurses, spies, and vivandieres. Explore these stories with students through a video clip and close examination of two dresses and a woman's uniform. This lesson plan (which includes background formation, guided analysis questions, and full-color primary sources) was produced to accompany the exhibition "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War,'' by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. National Museum of American History
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Grade Span: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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Subject: Arts, Social Studies, Science
Title: Japanese Robots!     
Description:
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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 - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , 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 Movie Would You Play At Your Drive-In?     
Description: In June 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened in New Jersey. Join Wonderopolis for a look at the magic of the silver screen in the great outdoors.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Process Skills , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is the Smallest Computer?     
Description: If you want to be amazed by how much things have changed in the past 50 or so years, there's no better place to look than the computer. Let's take a look at how the computer has evolved over the years!
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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 , 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 , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Geography - Physical Geography , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: What Is a Log Jam?     
Description: WOOD you believe today's Wonder of the Day is one of Paul Bunyan's favorites? It's true!
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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 , 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.
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Geography,Social Studies
Title: How Slaves Found Their Way North     
Description: Activity. Students learn about natural and human-made clues that helped slaves find their way north through the Underground Railroad. Then they create a quilt with clues about routes to freedom.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 1,2



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Business/Entrepreneurship training
Title: How Smart Are Vending Machines?     
Description: Aren't you glad you don't have to drop a quarter into your computer to see today's 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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education , Informal Education - Technology Training , Informal Education - Zoo/Aquarium/Nature Center Education
Title: How Can You Talk Without Speaking?     
Description: On June 27, 1880, Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Left blind and deaf after a childhood illness, Helen conquered long odds to learn to communicate. Come along as we take a closer look at sign language!
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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 - Communication Arts , Philosophy - Ethics , Philosophy - Logic , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Sociology , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: How Can You Pay It Forward?     
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn how to pay it forward with random acts of kindness!
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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 , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Have We Always Said Hello?     
Description: We just wanted to say, "Hello! We're glad you stopped by Wonderopolis today!"
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Foreign Languages - Bilingualism , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Psychology , Social Studies - Sociology
Title: Do Spies Really Use Gadgets?     
Description: If you're going to do a job, you need the right tools. But what if your job is being a spy?
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Arts - Photography , Science - General Science , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Technical , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Photography/Digital Arts
Title: Do Photographers Still Use Darkrooms?     
Description: Is a picture worth a thousand words? Let's explore photography today in Wonderopolis!
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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 , Arts - Illustration , Arts - History , Arts - Paper Art , Foreign Languages - Cultural Awareness , Philosophy - Aesthetics , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - World History , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Can You Speak in Code?     
Description: Join us in Wonderopolis today as we learn about a special type of alphabet!
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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 , Arts - Instrumental Music , Arts - Music , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Movement and Music
Title: How Are Acoustic Guitars Different From Electric Guitars?     
Description: A wise man once said, "You can tune a guitar, but you can't tuna fish!" OK… maybe he wasn't a wise man. And maybe he was talking about a piano instead of a guitar., In any case, April is International Guitar Month. Let's celebrate by taking a closer look at our six-stringed friends. Strum on over to Wonderopolis as we strike a chord that's sure to be music to your ears!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Educational Technology - Technology Planning , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Social Work , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - General Vocational Education , Adult & Family Literacy - Adult & Child Development , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Adult & Family Literacy - Learning to Learn , Adult & Family Literacy - Leveraging Technology , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - School to Career Experience
Title: What Is a Mouse?     
Description: On April 27, 1981, Xerox unveiled the first ever computer mouse intended for use with a personal computer. Let's learn more about how all computer users came to depend on this nifty little piece of pointing technology!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , 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 a Patent?     
Description: Inventors come in all sizes, shapes, colors and ages. Just like the young inventors in Houston, anyone can create a promising invention worthy of a patent., Whether it's the Burn B Gone or The Alarm Assistant, a patent protects each of these inventions. Check out today's Wonder of the Day to learn what patents do and how they keep copycats away.
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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 - Careers , Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Are Your Odds Of Winning the Lottery?     
Description: Chances are… there's a good probability you won't find a pot of gold at the end of today's 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 , Language Arts - Speech , Philosophy - Ethics , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States History , Adult & Family Literacy - Citizenship , Informal Education - Community service/Leadership/Team-building
Title: How Do Roller Skates Work?     
Description: Roller skates give new meaning to the expression "going four wheeling." Want to learn more about how roller skates work? Roll on over to the Wonder of the Day and get ready for some fun.
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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 - Ballet , Physical Education - Individual Sports , Physical Education - Motor/Movement Skills , Physical Education - Skill-Related Fitness , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: When Were Ice Skates Invented?     
Description: No matter how old you are, with just a little practice, ice skating can be a great way to have fun and stay fit. Did you know that ice skates have been around for a very long time?, Lace up your skates and glide over to Wonderopolis. It's time for a history lesson on ice!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Mechanics , Language Arts - Phonics , Language Arts - Spelling , Language Arts - Story Telling , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Geography - Physical Geography , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Arts and Crafts
Title: Do All Jockeys Ride Horses?     
Description: Grab your records… or your MP3 player… and get ready to spin some tunes. Today, Wonderopolis is filled with the sound of music!
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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 - Technology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , Social Studies - Criminology , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - Economics , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - United States Constitution , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Kite?     
Description: The winds are blowing hard in Wonderopolis today! March marks the start of National Kite Month, so grab the string and hold on tight., Get ready to soar toward the clouds as we take a closer look at the long history of the kite.
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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 , Physical Education - Team Sports , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Sports/Fitness/Recreation
Title: What Is Curling?     
Description: What do you get when you mix shuffleboard with bowling on an ice rink? Curling, of course! Grab a broom and join us in Wonderopolis as we explore a sport that's as cool as ice and as hard as a rock!
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Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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