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  Edna Griffin and Rosa Parks held nation accountable
Edna Griffin and Rosa Parks held nation accountable
Sept. 22, 2017 - Two African American women – Edna Griffin in Des Moines, Iowa in 1948 and Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 – stood up for their civil rights by quietly sitting at a lunch counter and on a bus respectively. On this 155th anniversary of President Lincoln's preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, learn about these two amazing women.
 
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accountable: adjective;noted by being held to account or report on something for evaluation purposes; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.
 
Weekly VOCAB

Week of September 18

analyzing: verb; the action of studying data and/or events to determine future actions and to produce an analysis;
Irma makes first landfall in the Florida Keys

coalesced: verb; came together, united in focus;
Ken Burns previews his new documentary - The Vietnam War

installed: verb; put in, assembled to working order, constructed;rnStory ID: 8676
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Space Station!

waived: verb; not required, canceled;
Friday is a fee-free day at national parks

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September 24

1936: Jim Henson, creator of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and many other muppets that became stars of television and movies, was born.

1896: Library of Congress: Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, best known for his classic American novel The Great Gatsby, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Named for his distant cousin Francis Scott Key, author of the "The Star-Spangled Banner," Fitzgerald was descended, on his father's side, from a long line of Marylanders. His mother, Mary McQuillan, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune as a wholesale grocer in St. Paul. Fitzgerald achieved fame almost overnight with the 1920 publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise.

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Top of the morning, noon and night on St. Patrick's Day! Top of the morning, noon and night on St. Patrick's Day!
March 17, 2017 - Ed Beczynski visited more than 35 pubs in Ireland before opening one in Ohio. Pub culture centers on family and friends.

 

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1. Why are Irish pubs so important to Irish culture?

2. What types of products are exported from Ireland to the United States? 

3. How is Ireland governed? 


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  • Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day

    Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day

    Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home is located 14 miles south of Cresco in northeast Iowa. The site served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders for INSPIRE Day. Students literally walked in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug (1914-2009). He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. He saved one billion lives. He developed disease resistant strains of wheat and worked with farmers to increase yields.

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  • Cassini

    Cassini's final plunge into Saturn has begun

    Sept. 12, 2017 - Normally NASA is counting down to a launch from planet Earth. This week the countdown clock is ticking away for an out of this world event. The Cassini spacecraft is in its last orbit around Saturn, Orbit #293. It's the start of Cassini's final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. The mission will culminate on Friday morning when its signal is lost.

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  • Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day

    Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day

    Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home is 14 miles south of Cresco in northeast Iowa. The site served as an outdoor classroom Friday. More than 250 fifth graders attended INSPIRE Day. Students literally walked in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug (1914-2009). He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. He saved one billion lives. He developed disease resistant strains of wheat. He worked with farmers to increase yields.

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  • Cassini

    Cassini's final plunge into Saturn has begun

    Sept. 12, 2017 - Normally NASA is counting down to a launch from planet Earth. This week the countdown clock is ticking away for an out-of-this-world event. The Cassini spacecraft is in its last orbit around Saturn, Orbit #293. It's the start of Cassini's final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. The mission will culminate on Friday morning when its signal is lost.

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If the population of the United States is 320 million, what percent of that number is represented by the population of Ireland?
about 15 percent
about 5 percent
about 1.5 percent
 
 
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