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  Hubble turns 25
Hubble turns 25
April 17, 2015 - Once hobbled, the Hubble Space Telescope, known around the world simply as Hubble, will celebrate its 25th anniversary next week. NASA and its partners have many events planned to honor one of the greatest engineering feats and fixes of all time.
Word of the Day
disintegrating: verb;to fall apart; to break up; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of April 13

actuate: verb; to make happen; to put into action;
World's largest ice festival now open

allotted: verb; to give or designate, usually in terms of time or money
Young adults to retrace the Selma to Montgomery March

ameliorate: verb; lessen the impact of;
Wisconsin birders and badgers having banner month

deluged: verb; overwhelmed with a large amount, usually water
GBBC is on!

festered: verb; to grow and get worse;
Cell towers and bell towers to ring for anniversary

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April 19

1775: Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts began the Revolutionary War between the colonists and the British government that ruled the colonies. Library of Congress: At Lexington Green, the British were met by approximately seventy American Minute Men led by John Parker. At the North Bridge in Concord, the British were confronted again, this time by 300 to 400 armed colonists, and were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. By the end of the day, the colonists were singing "Yankee Doodle" and the American Revolution had begun.

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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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U.S. Civil War 1861-1865 Sesquicentennial
Weekly News Quiz
What is the preferred diet of polar bears?
diet high in lipids
diet high in protein
diet high in carbohydrates
Descendants of Civil War soldiers keeping history aliveDescendants of Civil War soldiers keeping history alive
April 13, 2015 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee still had many problems to solve even after his surrender.
Access to safe, potable water is a global issueAccess to safe, potable water is a global issue
March 23, 2015 - Yesterday was World Water Day to call attention to water, covering almost three-fourths of Earth's surface.
Cheer up; cherry trees to bloom! Cheer up; cherry trees to bloom!
March 20, 2015 - At 6:45 p.m. EDT today, winter ends. Soon over 3,000 cherry trees will bloom in the nation's capital, a sure sign spring has arrived!
Vikings visit AmericaVikings visit America
March 12, 2015 - For a look back at the original Vikings from the 8th-11th centuries, visit a new exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum - Vikings.
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