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May 27, 2015 - The Maryland Ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland is a beehive of activity this morning. From 285 spellers who began preliminary rounds yesterday, one, or maybe two, will be crowned the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.
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orthographer: noun;person who spells words correctly; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of May 25

anxiously: adverb; with great anticipation, urgently;
Scientists busy studying Philae data

autonomously: adverb; with autonomy, independence, acting on one's own;
The sky is the limit for digital citizen scientists

microscopically: adverb; too small to be seen with the eye;
Calling all bird sleuths

scrupulously: adverb; with great attention to detail, honesty;
One new case of Ebola but US containing virus

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May 27

1937: Library of Congress: San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge was opened to the public for the first time for "Pedestrian Day," marking the start of the weeklong "Golden Gate Bridge Fiesta" held to celebrate its completion. More than 200,000 people paid twenty-five cents each to walk the bridge. The following day at noon President Franklin Roosevelt, from across the continent at the White House, pressed a telegraph key and the Golden Gate Bridge was officially opened for vehicular use.

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2012-2013 has been a busy and exciting time and we are really looking forward to 2014 with our continuing coverage of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The stories to the right are some of our favorites with video and/or printable activities to support learning.

70th anniversary of D-Day
Rosie the Riveter had no time for selfies
Whiskey 7 on her way to Normandy (SNN Video)
World War I Centennial
The 'No. 1225' transports magic (SNN Video)
War of 1812 Bicentennial
America wins Battle of Lake Erie - again (SNN Video)
Don’t Give Up the Ship
(Printable activity used by students in 1813!)
Get ready for battle on Lake Erie
(Video and music – “Some Nights” by Fun)
Brig Niagara: living history lesson (SNN Video)
Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Battle of Bull Run reenacted (SNN Video)
Battle of Antietam (SNN Video)
Gettysburg 150th begins (SNN Video)
Tiny photos reveal untold Civil War history

Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)
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Informational Text: Reading and Writing - with 40 articles and Extra! Extra! activities for students and a separate edition for teachers with assessments. For more information, email SNN at or call 1-888-970-9710. Bundle of print and digital available.

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Extra! Extra! Writing Practice Practice your writing skills by summarizing the information contained in the story at the left. What is the main point of the story? What are the key findings? Why is the story an important one? What are its implications? When finished, you can either print or email your document.
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U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 Sesquicentennial
Weekly News Quiz
Of the following, what is an accurate statement about overall ice cover this winter on the Great Lakes?
At its peak, ice covered about 50 percent of the five Great Lakes.
At its peak, ice covered about one-third of the five Great Lakes.
At its peak, ice covered more than three-fourths of the five Great Lakes.
Thomas Jefferson: 'I cannot live without books'Thomas Jefferson: 'I cannot live without books'
May 19, 2015 - 'Out of the Ashes' is a new exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Strong aftershock strikes NepalStrong aftershock strikes Nepal
May 12, 2015 - A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 3:05 a.m. EDT today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS.
Flyover marks VE anniversaryFlyover marks VE anniversary
May 11, 2015 - Friday marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day - Victory in Europe, the end of World War II in Europe.
May 7, 1915: Sinking of the R.M.S. LusitaniaMay 7, 1915: Sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania
May 7, 2015 - Two torpedoes fired from a German submarine sank R.M.S. Lusitania 100 years ago today.
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