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November, 2010
 
 


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National American Indian Heritage Month
November 11  Veterans' Day
November 25  Thanksgiving
   
 
 
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Aviation History Month. Check out Flights of Inspiration. For aviation biographies, visit Amelia Earhart and The Wright Brothers.

National Adoption Month. For more information, go here.

National American Indian Heritage Month. For more information, visit the Smithsonian Education Web site, the National Park Service Web site, as well as Infoplease.

National Diabetes Month. Go here for more information.

   

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National Author's Day. Started by the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

National Family Literacy Day. For more information, go here.

   

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Daniel Boone. Anniversary of Birth.
Born November 2, 1734; Died September 26, 1820. Boone was a famous United States pioneer and frontiersman. For more information, go here.




Warren G. Harding. Anniversary of Birth.
Born November 2, 1865; Died August 2, 1923, while in office. Harding served as the 29th President of the United States (1921-1923). For a brief biography, go here.

North Dakota Admitted to Union. On this day in 1889, North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 40th state. For more information, go here.

James K. Polk. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 2, 1795; Died June 15, 1849. Polk served as the 11th President of the United States (1845-1849). During his term, the Oregon Territory was established. Additionally, the United States acquired over one million square miles of western land through the Mexican-American war. For a brief biography, go here.

 
   
3 Election Day. For more information visit C-SPAN's Web site for educators.

National Sandwich Day.
Celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. The Earl is credited with creating the first sandwich. Supposedly, the Earl, while gambling, refused to leave the table during an all-night card game. Hungry, he told his servants to bring him some meat placed between two slices of bread so he could eat with one hand and continue to play with the other.
   

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Gail E. Haley. Birthday. Born November 4, 1939. Haley is a children's book author and illustrator. She won the Caldecott award for A Story, A Story. For more information, go here.

King Tutankhamen's Tomb Discovered. Anniversary. On this day in 1922, in Luxor, Egypt, the tomb of the child-pharaoh of Egypt was discovered by English archaeologist Howard Carter. For more information, go here. View National Geographic's photo gallery.

The following are links to lesson plans:


National Geographic: Kind Tut's Treasures. Grades: K-2.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis: Units of Study. Grades: 3-12.
IdahoPTV.org. King Tut's Tomb Exploring and Discovering. Grades: 5-7.
The New York Times Learning Network: Did Those Descriptions. Grades: 6-12.

   

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Guy Fawkes Day. Anniversary. On this day in England in 1605, conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I. The British Parliament established Guy Fawkes Day as a day of thanksgiving. For more information, visit the Gunpowder Plot Society.

National Association for Gifted Children Convention. November 5-8. Location: St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, go here.

National Middle School Association's Annual Conference. November 5-7. Location: Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, go here.

   

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Marie Curie. Anniversary of Birth. Born on this day in 1867, Curie was a Polish chemist and physicist. She was awarded, along with her husband, Pierre Curie, the Nobel Prize in physics for discovering radium. For more information, go here.

Recommended book: Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006; ISBN: 0374380368; 144 pages; Ages: 10 and up.)

   

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Hernán Cortés Conquered Mexico. Anniversary. On this day in 1519, Cortés and his troops took the Aztec leader Montezuma hostage, conquering Mexico for Spain.

Montana Admitted to Union. On this day in 1889, Montana was admitted to the Union as the 41st state. For more information, go here.

X-Ray Discovered. Anniversary. On this day in 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered X-Rays.

 
   

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Berlin Wall Opened. Anniversary. On this day in 1989, the Berlin Wall which separated West Germany and East Germany was opened, allowing citizens from both west and east to cross freely through checkpoints.

Kristallnacht. Anniversary. On the evening of November 9, 1939, and into the next day, Adolf Hitler's supporters burned and destroyed Jewish businesses, sacred texts, and artwork across Germany.

10 Sesame Street Television Show Premieres. Anniversary. On this day in 1969, the children's show was first shown.
   

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Geography Awareness Week. November 15-21. For more information visit National Geographic's My Wonderful World.

Veterans' Day Observed. By Presidential Proclamation. Visit the Veteran's History Project at the Library of Congress. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers general information as well as a printable teacher's guide. VA Kids is a Web site for students in grades 6-8.

The following are links to lesson plans:



Floresville Independent School District: Honoring Our Veterans.
Grade: K.
Scholastic: Veteran's Day, a Chance to Honor Those Who Served Our Country. Grades: 3-5.
read-write-think: Honoring Our Veterans Through Poetry Prewriting. Grades: 6-8.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Birthday. Born November 11, 1922. Novelist. Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse Five, among others. Visit his Web site.

Washington Admitted to Union. On this day in 1889, Washington was admitted to the Union as the 42 nd state. For more information, go here.

World War I Ends. Anniversary. On this day in 1918, the Allies and the Central Powers ended WWI with the signing of an armistice agreement.

   

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 12, 1815; Died October 26, 1902. Stanton was a suffragist and advocate for women's rights. For more information, go here. The Library of Congress's America's Story Web site offers student-friendly general information. Be sure to visit PBS's Not for Ourselves Alone.

The following are links to lesson plans:

EDSITEment: Who Were the Foremothers of Women's Equality? Grades: 6-8.
EDSITEment: Women's Equality: Changing Attitudes and Beliefs. Grades: 6-8.

   

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National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference. November 13-15. Location: Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, go here.


Robert Louis Stevenson. Anniversary of Birth.
Born November 13, 1850; Died December 3, 1894. Stevenson was a Scottish author who wrote the Child's Garden of Verses and Treasure Island, among others. Go here for more information.

   

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Nellie Bly Begins Trip Around the World. Anniversary. On this day in 1889, newspaper reporter Nellie Bly set off from New York in an attempt to beat the fictional character Phileas Fogg's record to voyage "around the world in 80 days." Bly made the trip in 72 days.

Astrid Lindgren. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 11, 1907; Died January 28, 2002. Lindgren was a Swedish author and playwright. She wrote the Pippi Longstocking book series.

Claude Monet. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 14, 1840; Died December 5, 1926. Monet was the founder of French impressionist painting. For more information, go here.

William Steig. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 14, 1907; Died October 3, 2003. Steig was a children's book author and illustrator. He won the Caldecott award for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Visit the author's Web site.

 
   

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American Education Week. November 15-21.
By Presidential Proclamation. This year's theme:"Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility" For more information, go here.



America Recycles Day.
For more information, go here.

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. November 19-22. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania For more information, go here.

Daniel Pinkwater. Birthday. Born November 15, 1941. Pinkwater is a children's book author. For more information, go here.

   

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Jean Fritz. Birthday. Born October 16, 1915. Fritz is a prolific and popular children's book author. Her many books include "question biographies" such as: And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

Robin McKinley. Birthday. Born November 16, 1952. McKinley is the author of the Newbery award winner, The Hero and the Crown. For more information, go here.

Oklahoma Admitted to Union. On this day in 1907, Oklahoma was admitted to the Union as the 46th state. For more information, go here.

United Nation's International Day for Tolerance. For resources and information, go here.

   
18 Canadian Children's Book Week. November 14-21. This year's theme: "Gold Medal Reading!" Go here for more information.
   

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James A. Garfield. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 19, 1831; Died September 19, 1881. Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States (March 4, 1881-September 19, 1881). For a brief biography, go here.

Gettysburg Address. Anniversary. On this day in 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln gave the two-minute address standing on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. The battlefield was dedicated as a national cemetery. For more information, visit the Library of Congress.

 


Great American Smokeout.
Go here for more information.

   

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Universal Children's Day. By resolution of the United Nations General Assembly. November 20th marks the day on which the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) were adopted.
   

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Elizabeth George Speare. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 21, 1908; Died  November 15, 1994. Speares was a children's book author. She won the 1959 Newbery Medal for The Witch of Blackbird Pond as well as the 1962 Newbery Medal for The Bronze Bow.
   

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John F. Kennedy Assassinated. Anniversary. On this day in 1963 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by a sniper. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder. Oswald was later shot and killed by Jack Ruby while in police custody. You may visit the National Archives for The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection.
   

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Franklin Pierce. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 23, 1804; Died October 8, 1869. Pierce served as the 14th President of the United States. For a brief biography, go here.

Gloria Whelan. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 23, 1923. Whelan is a children's book author. She wrote Parade of Shadows, Yatandou, and Homeless Bird among others. Visit the author's Web site.

   

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Mordicai Gerstein. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 24, 1935. Gerstein is a children's book author and illustrator. His book, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, won the Caldecott award in 2004. For more information, visit the author's Web site.



Francis Hodgson Burnett. Anniversary of Birth.
Born November 24, 1849; Died October 29, 1924. Burnett was a magazine writer, novelist, and children's book author. She wrote The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy among others.




Ruth Sanderson. Birthday.
Born November 24, 1951. Sanderson is a children's book author and illustrator.

Zachary Taylor. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 24, 1784; Died July 9, 1050. Taylor served as the 12th President of the United States. For a brief biography, go here.

 
   

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Marc Brown. Birthday. Born November 25, 1946. Brown is the creator of the Arthur series. Go here for more information on the series.

Crescent Dragonwagon. Birthday. Born November 25, 1952. Dragonwagon is a children's book author. She is the daughter of Charlotte Zolotow. For more information, visit the author's Web site.

Thanksgiving. By Presidential Proclamation. Always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Go here to visit Plimoth Plantation's Web site for students titled, "You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving."

   

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Charles Schulz. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 26, 1922; Died February 12, 2000. Schulz was a cartoonist best known for his comic strip Peanuts. For more information, go here.

   
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Anders Celsius. Anniversary of Birth. Born: November 12, 1701; Died April 25, 1744. Celsius was a Swedish astronomer. He is known for his centigrade temperature scale, first described in 1742. Interesting fact: It wasn't until 1948 that the centigrade scale was renamed Celsius temperature scale.

Kevin Henkes. Birthday. Born November 27, 1960, Henkes is a children's book author and illustrator. His book, Kitten's First Full Moon, won the Caldecott award in 2005. Be sure to visit the author's Web site.

   
28 Ed Young. Birthday. Born November 28, 1931. Young is a children's book author and illustrator. He won the Caldecott award for Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China. For more information, go here.
   

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Louisa May Alcott. Anniversary of Birth.
Born November 29, 1832; Died March 6, 1888. Alcott was an American author best known for Little Women. For more information, go here.




Madeline L'Engle. Anniversary of Birth.
Born November 29, 1918; Died September 6, 2007. L'Engle was a children's book author. She won the Newbery Medal for A Wrinkle in Time. Visit the author's Web site.

C.S. Lewis. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 29, 1898; Died November 22, 1963. Lewis, an Irish author and scholar, is best known for his series The Chronicles of Narnia. For more information, go here.

   

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L. M. Montgomery. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 30, 1874; Died April 24, 1952. Lucy Maud Montgomery was the Canadian author of the series Anne of Green Gables.

Jonathan Swift. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 30, 1667; Died October 19, 1745. Swift was an Anglo-Irish priest, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and poet. He wrote, among others, Gulliver's Travels. For more information, go here.

Mark Twain. Anniversary of Birth. Born November 30, 1835; Died April 21, 1910. Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He authored The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among other classics. For more information, go here.

 
 
 
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