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Friday is 'once in a blue moon'
July 30, 2015 - At sunset Friday, take a peek at the full moon. It's the second full moon this month, a phenomenon that only happens about every two and a half years or 'once in a blue moon.' Will the moon be blue?
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smoldering: verb;to burn but not with flames; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of July 27

anchored: verb; based firmly in;
Dairy holds 'udderly' cool event

gleaned: verb; learned, usually over a period of time;
New Horizons 'phoned home'

relieved: verb; comforted, glad;
Get ready for Pluto Flyby

surpasses: verb; goes beyond, exceeds;
New Horizons hits it out of the park

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August 2

1939: Albert Einstein wrote a letter on this day to President Franklin D. Roosevelt informing him of the potential for an atomic bomb marking the beginning of the era of atomic weaponry.

1924: Library of Congress: Novelist, essayist, and playwright James Baldwin was born in New York City. The eldest of nine children, Baldwin grew up in poverty-stricken Harlem, where his stepfather was a preacher. Between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, Baldwin himself preached at a small revivalist church, the Fireside Pentecostal. His first and most critically acclaimed novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), was inspired by his experiences there. Baldwin was heavily influenced by his Harlem middle school-French teacher, famed poet Countee Cullen.

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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 has defined the life of Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot who flew the last mission of WWII?
It's 'thumbs up' for the 1966 Volkswagen 'hippie' busIt's 'thumbs up' for the 1966 Volkswagen 'hippie' bus
July 27, 2015 - One vehicle on display at last weekend's Concours d'Elegance begged the question: Is it a car? Is it a bus?
Dairy holds 'udderly' cool event Dairy holds 'udderly' cool event
July 23, 2015 - For travelers keeping a destination diary, digital or otherwise, add Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Circle back to cycle historyCircle back to cycle history
July 8, 2015 - In 11 days, 10,000 bicycle riders will start a ride across Iowa. Did you know the bicycle has an almost 200-year history?
Wildfires in Alaska rageWildfires in Alaska rage
July 7, 2015 - Wildfires have burned more than 1.8 million acres in Alaska so far this season.
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