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5 Ways to Celebrate National Pasta Day!

1) Pasta Origins The first two things that come to mind when most people think of pasta are spaghetti and Italians. But there are many different types of pasta, from acini to ziti. What’s more, pasta’s origins don’t lie in Italy. Pasta has its origins in China where it was allegedly “discovered” for Europeans by Marco Polo. Pasta quickly gained popularity and started evolving into different … Continue reading 5 Ways to Celebrate National Pasta Day!

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11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … just in time for Halloween, glaciers are giving up their ghosts. Read of the week! The photograph above is the Ötzal Alps, in northern Italy. Who gave up the ghost there?     … 41 phrases only people in the military understand. (Obvious warning: Salty language.) Learn more about the military with our collection of maps, articles, and media. … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing

Kristi Barnes engaged her sixth-grade world history students in an exploration of reading and writing around the world. By supplementing a unit on ancient Japan with haiku writing exercises and the novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, she helped students make personal connections to the material. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring History Through Reading and Writing

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Weekly Warm-Up: Chocolate Treats for Fair-Trade Month

How far do your students travel without ever leaving home? Well, what sort of products do they rely on? From cereal, toothpaste, and sneakers, to smartphones, e-readers, and video-game consoles, your students are a vital part of multiple global trading networks. Challenge your students to consider the journey behind everyday products with our Interdependence and You activity. By researching the path of bananas, chocolate, or … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Chocolate Treats for Fair-Trade Month

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Strategy Share: Inspiring Students to Become Nature Detectives

“Scientists don’t always know the answer, do they, Ms. Lebby?” a student asked from the back of the room during our investigation. No, they certainly do not. Searching for answers is where an explorer’s story begins, and that is what I hoped students would understand from our “Nature Detectives” investigation. Continue reading Strategy Share: Inspiring Students to Become Nature Detectives