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Presidents’ Day Fun Facts and Classroom Resources

February 17, 2017

Did you know that Presidents’ Day is actually a holiday that honors George Washington and Abraham Lincoln? Or that its official name is “Washington’s Birthday”? Many people, however, consider the holiday a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all the U.S. presidents, and “Presidents’ Day” has become the name most people use. ...READ MORE

Meet Britannica, Part VI

February 13, 2017

The Meet Britannica blog series takes you behind the scenes to Britannica’s colleagues who have made significant impacts on how we create and deliver products for all ages. Our last Meet Britannica blog featured Kenny Chmielewski, Britannica’s in-house cartographer, who develops maps and charts for Britannica’s products.This month, we ...READ MORE

Love Notes, Part II: Grades 6-12 Valentine’s Day Annotation Strategy

February 09, 2017

Strengthen Middle and High School Students' Literacy Skills with This Valentine’s Day Annotation Strategy.What’s not to love about a new annotation strategy? A purposeful annotation will answer the first question students often ask about a text: Why are we reading this? It will also inspire meaningful engagement with a text by allowing students to track their thoughts as th ...READ MORE

Love Notes, Part I: PreK-5 Valentine’s Day Annotation Activities

February 08, 2017

What’s not to love about Valentine's Day annotation activities? When students read and take notes with a purpose, they have a dialogue with a text, track their thinking as they read, and engage  more meaningfully with their reading. The activities below have students focus on just one type of note, such as defining vocabulary words or finding evidence for an idea. By focusing o ...READ MORE

Classroom Activities for Black History Month

January 31, 2017

While Black History Month began in 1976, its inspiration dates back to 1926 when Carter G. Woodson and members of his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) organized an African American History Week. They selected the month of February for this celebration because it was close to the birthdays o ...READ MORE