Cadaver Dogs Sniff Out Likely Revolutionary War Burial Ground

UNITED STATES For nearly 240 years, fallen soldiers from the Battle of Kettle Creek lay in unmarked graves. The trained noses of so-called “cadaver dogs” helped tentatively locate them, and preserve the site. (Fox News) Put the Battle of Kettle Creek in perspective with today’s MapMaker Interactive map of key Revolutionary War battle sites in Georgia, and put the entire “Southern Strategy” in perspective with … Continue reading Cadaver Dogs Sniff Out Likely Revolutionary War Burial Ground

Preschool Aims to Keep the Dakota Language Alive

UNITED STATES A young educator plans to open an immersion school in Minnesota, where only five Dakota first-language speakers remain. Funding and staffing challenges often face such schools, but Vanessa Goodthunder is determined to “help heal historical trauma.” (Christian Science Monitor) How are Native Americans in California working to preserve another endangered language? Watch this great video lesson from our partners at the Global Oneness … Continue reading Preschool Aims to Keep the Dakota Language Alive

4 Facts to Puzzle You on Presidents Day

By Emily Connor Many people in the U.S. are enjoying a three-day weekend—a work- and school-free Presidents’ Day. The holiday originated as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday (February 22) and was officially declared a federal holiday by an act of Congress in 1879. The holiday was officially assigned the third Monday in February by the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” in 1971. Interestingly, this means … Continue reading 4 Facts to Puzzle You on Presidents Day

Escape from Alcatraz?

UNITED STATES A San Francisco television station has reported it’s obtained a letter that may have been written by one of the inmates who escaped from Alcatraz more than a half-century ago in one of the most notorious jailbreaks in U.S. history. (UPI) How did inmates escape from Alcatraz? Let our fun little article tell you. (Spoiler: Arts and Home Ec.) Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Escape from Alcatraz?

What’s Up with the Shutdown?

POLITICS The federal government failed to pass a spending bill, causing the first government shutdown since 2013. This process will complicate many lives—those of federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them. (Washington Post) Remember the last shutdown? Use our study guide to compare and contrast the impact on government and everyday citizens. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading What’s Up with the Shutdown?