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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 (1 - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Mexico
Description: In this lesson, students explore Mexico by navigating the Internet and reading a variety of literature. Traditions, holidays, clothing, etc., of Mexico will be compared to American culture. A newsletter creates a way for students to share and educate family members about Mexico.


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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: 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: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Stars and Stripes Forever: Flag Facts for Flag Day     
Description: In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn what a symbol is while developing their understanding of how one particular symbol, the American Flag, plays an important role in the everyday lives of American citizens. Learning the history of the flag helps instill in students respect for our national symbol and helps them learn appropriate etiquette regarding our flag. Students learn that other symbols of our country, such as the President and certain holidays, like Flag Day, are important to us as well. Students can also contribute symbols from their familial, ethnic and national cultures to show the diversity of American society and its links to other parts of the world.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Animals of the Chinese Zodiac     
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. As well as developing their knowledge of Chinese culture, students learn to recognize symbols and describe different human character traits.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles     
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,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
Overview:
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 , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Aren't There More Holidays?     
Description: If you're in the mood for a party, go for it! Today is the day to celebrate!
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is a Jack-O'-Lantern?     
Description: Nothing quite says "Halloween" like a jack-o'-lantern. Join us today in Wonderopolis as we take a closer look at how all this pumpkin carving got started!
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 - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: Do Jitterbugs Bite?     
Description: Do you like to dance? If so, swing on over to Wonderopolis today!
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 , 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 , 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.
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 - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Who Is Your Abuela?     
Description: Let's celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a closer look at your abuela!
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 - 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 - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , 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: What Is Boxing Day?     
Description: You may not find Boxing Day on American calendars, but the spirit of this holiday inspires people everywhere. The British even do a little dancing to celebrate Boxing Day in England. Are you ready to tear the wrapping off the international holiday that is Boxing Day?
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 - 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Preventative Health , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Gerontology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Why Do We Change the Clocks Twice a Year?     
Description: Blink and you'll miss it! New Year's Eve isn't the only night when we take note of the passage of time. Two other times a year, we pay special attention to the changing of time - even though you're probably not awake when it happens.,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Do You Pick a Banjo?     
Description: Are you ready for some fancy finger work? Grab the nearest banjo and let your fingers do the talking… or singing, as the case may be., No banjo? No problem! Check out today's Wonder of the Day instead. It's music for your mind.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
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.
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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Language Arts - Writing (composition) , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Unicycle?     
Description: May is American Bike Month, so grab a set of wheels - or just one wheel - and pedal on over to Wonderopolis to learn more about the unique and fascinating unicycle!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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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: Social Studies,Language Arts
Title: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence     
Description: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America's celebrated heroes for his use of nonviolent protest strategies during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring history together through children's literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around "Martin's Big Words'' , an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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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: Make Your Own Buffalo Hide Painting     
Description: In this activity, students will learn about the culture of the Native American people of the Great Plains as they create their own buffalo hide paintings using a printable buffalo hide outline. Inspired by the Indians of the Great Plains, they will draw pictures of things that represent important events in their lives and their family's history, or draw a hide with a geometric design. The choice is up to them! This activity is included in the interactive website Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting .
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8



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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,Social Studies
Title: Smithsonian American Art Museum     
Description: The Smithsonian American Art Museum website is a colorful, comprehensive collection of over 3,000 of the museum's digitized works that includes an online calendar showcasing different artwork for each day of the month.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: C1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Taking America to Lunch     
Description: For generations, the lunch containers many of us have hauled to school and work have reflected American culture. Taking America to Lunch is an online exhibition that includes a sampling of illustrated lunch boxes and beverage containers dating from the 1890s through the 1980s. Students will learn how television changed the metal lunch pails carried by industrial workers and students a century ago into an important commercial vehicle for popular culture. 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: 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: 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: Social Studies
Title: Become a Collector     
Description: Students will learn how to start their own collection after reading about Teodoro Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico in this OurStory activity. 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: American Eagle Pop-Up     
Description: Make your own American eagle pop-up and review symbols with students using this resource, developed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries for the exhibition Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn .
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: Social Studies
Title: Leaving Things Behind     
Description: What would you take if you were suddenly forced to move? In this activity, students will make this decision after reading and responding to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. It 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 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: Social Studies
Title: Freedom Songs     
Description: Songs played an important role during the civil rights movement. In this activity, students will listen to freedom songs and then make their own version of one of the songs. It is included in an OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Students Sit for Civil Rights. 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 children to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom. National Museum of American History
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 , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Current Events/Issues , Social Studies - State History , Social Studies - United States Government , Social Studies - United States History , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Aren't There More Holidays?     
Description: If you're in the mood for a party, go for it! Today is the day to celebrate!
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 , Cross-Disciplinary - Popular Culture , Cross-Disciplinary - Technology , Physical Education - Adventure and Risk Challenge Activities , Physical Education - Outdoor Education , Science - Earth science , Science - General Science , Science - Space Sciences , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Social Studies - Urban Studies , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: What Is a Jack-O'-Lantern?     
Description: Nothing quite says "Halloween" like a jack-o'-lantern. Join us today in Wonderopolis as we take a closer look at how all this pumpkin carving got started!
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: Geography,Social Studies
Title: Introduction to the Underground Railroad     
Description: Activity. Students learn about the Underground Railroad and why slaves used it.
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 - Agriculture , Social Studies - Geography , Social Studies - United States History , Vocational Education - Agriculture , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Environmental Education
Title: Do Jitterbugs Bite?     
Description: Do you like to dance? If so, swing on over to Wonderopolis today!
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 , 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.
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 - Nanotechnology , Social Studies - Technology and Civilization , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment , Informal Education - Technology Training
Title: Who Is Your Abuela?     
Description: Let's celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a closer look at your abuela!
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 - 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 - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Social Studies - Comparative Political Systems , 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: What Is Boxing Day?     
Description: You may not find Boxing Day on American calendars, but the spirit of this holiday inspires people everywhere. The British even do a little dancing to celebrate Boxing Day in England. Are you ready to tear the wrapping off the international holiday that is Boxing Day?
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 - 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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Health - Body Systems and Senses , Health - Preventative Health , Science - Biological and Life Sciences , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Gerontology , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Health/Wellness/Nutrition/Cooking
Title: Why Do We Change the Clocks Twice a Year?     
Description: Blink and you'll miss it! New Year's Eve isn't the only night when we take note of the passage of time. Two other times a year, we pay special attention to the changing of time - even though you're probably not awake when it happens.,
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Vocabulary , Social Studies - Anthropology , Social Studies - Civics , Social Studies - Human Behavior , Social Studies - Human Relations , Social Studies - World History , Adult & Family Literacy - Lifeskills , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Why Do You Pick a Banjo?     
Description: Are you ready for some fancy finger work? Grab the nearest banjo and let your fingers do the talking… or singing, as the case may be., No banjo? No problem! Check out today's Wonder of the Day instead. It's music for your mind.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
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.
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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Cross-Disciplinary - History , Cross-Disciplinary - Informal Education , Language Arts - Reading Aloud , Language Arts - Writing (composition) , Social Studies - World History , Informal Education - Academic Enrichment
Title: Who Invented the Unicycle?     
Description: May is American Bike Month, so grab a set of wheels - or just one wheel - and pedal on over to Wonderopolis to learn more about the unique and fascinating unicycle!
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
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.
Thinkfinity Partner: Wonderopolis
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Botany - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Arctic and Antarctic Circles     
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students research the ends of the Earth--the Poles--to compare and contrast the regions. Background information is provided, giving insight into the nature of these two areas and outlining their differences and similarities.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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