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February Highlights

This February, we are highlighting the following topics:

  • Black History Month
  • Chinese New Year
  • Valentine's Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Digital Learning Day
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Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
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Presidents Buchanan, Lincoln, and Johnson believed that the Constitution protected the institution of slavery. Lincoln came to the conclusion that, in order to preserve the Constitution and the Union it created, he must apply a new understanding of the principles on which the nation was built. The time had come to bring the nationâ"s policies in line with the of the Declaration of Independence that "…all men are created equal…" In this lesson, students will analyze Abraham Lincolnâ"s views on slavery and the Constitution as evidenced in the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Provider:
Bill of Rights Institute
Date Added:
09/12/2022
Dragons Love Tacos
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Dragons Love TacosNarrative/Story Grammar Lesson Plan Could be added to any Narrative Retell Unit

Subject:
Elementary English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Tracy Janes
Date Added:
04/21/2022
The George Washington Seal
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: A pocket-sized ornament gives monumental insight into the private life of America’s best-known General: George Washington.

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Social Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
George Washington's Farewell Address 1796
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One of the most significant documents in Constitutional History, George Washington's Farewell Address, is a letter written by the first American President, George Washington, with the help of Alexander Hamilton, to "The People of the United States." Washington wrote the letter near the end of his second term as President.

Subject:
History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Lesson 3: George Washington: The Precedent President
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George Washington became President"”reluctantly"”at a critical time in the history of the United States. The Confederation had threatened to unravel; the weak central government (which included a weak executive with the sole responsibility of presiding over meetings of Congress and no special power to initiate laws beyond that of any member of Congress, enforce laws, or check acts of Congress) created by the Articles of Confederation had failed.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
11/06/2019
Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year
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The most important festival in the Chinese calendar is the New Year or Spring Festival. One of the annual events used to commemorate the festival is a colorful parade complete with animated dragon and lion figures.

In the first activity the student will learn the major differences between Eastern and Western dragons and discover why Eastern dragons are associated with Chinese New Year. They will hear a story about how the dragons came to rule major rivers of China. In the second activity, they will also learn about the Chinese New Year Dragon Parade and discover why firecrackers are used to drive off evil spirits, especially one called the Nian. In the third activity the students will see images of parading dragons, including sound-enhanced video and read poems about the New Year. In the fourth lesson the students will discover that the Chinese lion has imaginary characteristics similar to the dragon. They will view images of the lion and hear about how this highly stylized beast once fought the ferocious Nian. They will learn about the lion dancers in the New Year parade and compare them to the dragon dancers. Finally they will make their own lion masks.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
09/28/2010
The Papers of George Washington
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Once his political career had ended, George Washington made a deliberate effort to organize and preserve his personal papers. He had the incredible foresight to know that his life and career influenced the appeal of the documents, and that they would become the foundation for much knowledge about the Revolutionary period and first presidency. At one point he even considered building a library to house them. Unfortunately, Washington died in 1799 before the grand library could be constructed.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Sesame Street: Celebrate Black History Month Compilation
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Celebrate Black History Month on Sesame Street! Meet Elmo's new friends and neighbors, Gabrielle and Tamir. Sing out loud to their new song, "Listen, Act, Unite," from Sesame Street's "Power of We" special and rediscover favorites from Erykah Badu's song about friendship, and Will.I.Am's "What I Am."

Subject:
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Sesame Street
Date Added:
01/10/2023