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Looking for fresh timely content to teach about annual holidays, commemorations and celebrations? Look no further. Whether you’re looking for resources to teach about Constitution Day in September, Black History Month in February, Pi Day in March, or Earth Day in April, Discovery Education has you covered with just the content you need to deliver a meaningful lesson. Here, each month, you will find engaging instructional resources, lesson starters, webinars, live events, and more. For additional resources, explore our archive from 2016-17 packed with ideas for you to use all year long.


2017-18 Timely and Thematic Content Ideas

December

This December, Discovery Education will host an Holidays around the World Virtual Viewing Party providing a great opportunity to explore the importance of the origins of the holiday and learn about the traditions observed in a veriety of cultures. Later in the month we will also be sharing content around World Soil Day, Pearl Harbor, Winter Holidays, Biomimicry, Winter Solstice and more.

Holidays around the World Virtual Viewing Party

December 12 | 1:00PM ET
#CelebrateWithDE and join classrooms from around the world and explore the origins and meaning of a variety of holidays. With this Virtual Viewing Party, you can teach your students about the most-common traditions that are associated with each holiday.

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November

This November, Discovery Education will host an Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party providing a great opportunity to explore the importance of the origins of the holiday and learn about the traditions observed on Veterans Day with your students. Later in the month we will also be sharing content around National Bison Day, Time Management, Healthy Living, Veteran's Day, Agriculture, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday and more.

Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
#CelebrateWithDE and explore the history of Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed on November 11th every year. With this virtual viewing party, your students will explore the importance of the origins of the holiday in the Armistice Agreement of World War I and learn about the traditions observed on Veterans Day.

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Instructional Suggestion:
Bison Day


On November 4, 2017, celebrate the Bison: the national mammal of the United States thanks to President Obama’s official designation in 2016. On this day, we recognize the magnificence and significance of the bison, also known as the buffalo, in regards to our environment, economy, and history.

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Thanksgiving


Giving thanks is a timeless act, but the Thanksgiving holiday has a history that includes many true and tall tales. Take some time this year to let your students learn one of the classic stories of an early Thanksgiving feast shared by the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims.

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October

This October we bring you two virtual experiences. Our first experience is our biannual Fall VirtCon where we focus on three simple but important goals: learn, share, connect. Then, a few days later, we will be live from the Tundra to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Additionally, don't miss our content around World Space Week, World Teacher Day, Autumn, Red Ribbon Week, Halloween, and more.

Fall VirtCon 2017


On-Demand Event
Join us for VirtCon, where your peers from the Discovery Education Community will present the very best of their practice, share ideas and instructional tools, and demonstrate the latest resources available to you. This virtual learning experience brings our community together for professional development, conversation, and inspiration.

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Tundra Connections Virtual Experience

On-Demand Event
Join us as we return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration. Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Find out about these extraordinary animals and learn more about the careers open to you on the tundra.

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World Space Week

World Space Week, celebrated annually October 4 - 10, is an international celebration of science and technology. Explore the Discovery Education resources below and introduce your students to the wonder of space exploration. You can also watch the on-demand archive of our Generation Beyond Virtual Field Trip to learn more about deep space exploration.

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September

This September, Discovery Education will host a virtual field trip to the U.S. Senate providing a great opportunity to learn about the unique role that the Constitution established for the Senate. We'll also be sharing content around International Literacy Day, Dot Day, Hurricanes, the Fall Equinox and more.

Virtual Field Trip: Constitution Day

On-Demand Event
Celebrate Constitution Day with a 30-minute virtual field trip to the U.S. Senate! Join us on Capitol Hill as we learn about the unique role that the Constitution established for the Senate, and how the work of the Senate preserves American democratic principles.

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Instructional Suggestion: Labor Day

Celebrate the achievements of workers throughout history with resources and ideas for exploring Labor Day. Established as a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day recognizes workers and the labor movement. Today, the holiday is marked with parades, news stories, and personal celebrations on the first Monday in September.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, a date that marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries. Explore these Discovery Education resources and celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

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August

This August, we hosted The Great American Eclipse virtual experience as well as shared instructional suggestions around Pythagorean Theorem Day and Women’s Equality Day.

Virtual Experience: The Great American Eclipse

On-Demand Event
On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total eclipse of the sun passed over the continental United States for the first time in 99 years. During this celestial event, the Moon completely blocked the Sun, and as the skies darkened and the temperature dropped, students' natural sense of curiosity and wonder was ignited!

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Instructional Suggestion: Pythagorean Theorem Day

A few days in advance of a total solar eclipse, mathematicians everywhere celebrated Pythagorean Theorem Day, August 15, 2017, on one of the rare dates that lined up with the theorem (8² + 15² = 17²). You and your students can add these resources together to equal lots of great learning!

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Instructional Suggestion: Women’s Equality Day

August 26, we celebrated Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the many strides citizens of the United States have made to ensure that women enjoy equal rights and equal treatment under the law. Inspire your students by studying the stories of people who met resistance with persistence in their fight to ensure equality for all women.

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