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Valentine's Day | All About the Holidays

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No one knows for sure who St. Valentine was, but we still honor him with a holiday. Listen to one legend about who he was, and discover more about this celebration of love.

Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays

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Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

What Would YOU Save? Lesson Plan

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This lesson plan, to be used with the program The War of 1812, will share with students the story of First Lady Dolley Madison and the burning of the White House during the war. Notions of duty, symbolism, and nationalism will be discussed and related to the students' lives.

Scandinavian Traditions | Lutefisk

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Traditional food and cooking methods is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

Thanksgiving | All About the Holidays

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Thanksgiving is a day for us to remember what we're thankful for. Uncover the history behind this holiday!

The Sawyer Show | Take the Stage

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Learn about the achievements of George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dolores Huerta by acting them out! 

Sawyer, a student in history class, imagines himself hosting a talk show with guests George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dolores Huerta.  When Sawyer interviews these historical figures about their achievements, the viewers act out phrases that represent each of their legacies.

Learning Objective: 
Identify contributions of the historical figures George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Dolores Huerta.

View the Spanish version of The Sawyer Show by clicking here.

El Show de Gabby | Take the Stage en Español

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¡Aprende sobre los logros de George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, el Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. y Dolores Huerta actuandolos!

Sawyer, un estudiante de la clase de historia, se imagina que presenta un programa de entrevistas con los invitados George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, el Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. y Dolores Huerta. Cuando Sawyer entrevista a estas figuras históricas sobre sus logros, los espectadores actúan frases que representan cada uno de sus legados.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Identificar las contribuciones de las figuras históricas George Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, el Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. y Dolores Huerta.

View the English version of El Show de Gabby by clicking here.

Activity Starter | Native American Boarding Schools

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Learn about Native American boarding schools and complete an interesting activity. This video is part of Activity Starters, which is an animated video series. In each episode an animated character introduces a concept and an activity. 

Visit the Activity Starters website to learn more!

Rhode Island State Parks | Colt State Park

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Colt State Park is located in Bristol, Rhode Island. The public was granted access to this land by its owner long before the state acquired the park in 1965. Each state park has its own unique history and identity. Use this video and related support materials to help Kindergarten-Grade 2 students connect the past to the present and consider their own experiences with state parks.

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