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Uncovering the Past

September 13, 2017

Dinosaurs are long gone, but scientists keep finding new types of the extinct creatures. Two recent discoveries are providing insight into North America’s distant past. In May, the fossil of a 110-million-year-old armored herbivore went on display at the…

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TFK Explains: North Korea

September 12, 2017

North Korea has been in the news. The country’s leader has been testing nuclear weapons. Here’s what you need to know about the situation. North Korea recently tested nuclear weapons. Why? North Korea has one of the world’s largest armies.…

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A Sweet Business

September 12, 2017

JOHN TRUEL, 12, has found a way to make the world a little sweeter—one cupcake at a time. With the help of his mother, Patricia, John opened a bakery called Cupcakes on 8th in his hometown of Marshfield, Wisconsin. Patricia…

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What's Up, Dog?

September 11, 2017

A 3-year-old pit-bull mix named Ninja trots into a lab at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She catches sight of the magnetic resonance imager (MRI)—a clanging, coffin-like machine—and leaps happily onto the table. Ninja has been trained to sit still…

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G5-6 Text Set: Refuge Seekers

August 30, 2019

People around the world flee their homes to find safety for themselves and their families. Some are even forced to leave. They must leave behind all they know, often with only the things they can carry. This text set explores…

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Tracing the Journey Video

September 9, 2017

Watch this video as an optional extension activity for the refugee text set.

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A Hero's Story

September 8, 2017

As a boy, Welles Crowther (pictured, center) sometimes wore a red bandanna. He dreamed of growing up to be a fireman. After college, he worked in finance at the World Trade Center in New York City. When terrorists attacked on…

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She Gets It Done!

September 7, 2017

MARLEY DIAS loves nothing more than getting lost in a book. But the 12-year-old grew frustrated with the reading list she was assigned in school. A black girl was hardly ever a main character. So Marley took matters into her…

Technology

Brain Builder

September 7, 2017

Every month, more than 40 million students from around the world flock to Khan Academy to learn about everything from the Civil War to the Pythagorean Theorem. The education organization, which offers free online courses in hundreds of subjects, will…

Opinion

Guard Your Privacy

September 7, 2017

Jay Stanley works on the speech, privacy, and technology project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Here, he explains why we must protect our privacy when using new technology. Many new toys and products include microphones and cameras. They can…

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From Apollo 11 to Now Video

November 15, 2019

Watch this video to introduce the Space Exploration Text Set

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Helping Others

September 6, 2017

If you see a problem, you should find a solution. That is what Alex Knoll, 12, of Post Falls, Idaho, believes. So when he noticed a man struggling to open a heavy door from a wheelchair, Alex’s brain started buzzing.…

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Surviving the Storm

September 1, 2017

Houston, the fourth-largest city in America, is home to 2.1 million people. And it is underwater. On August 25, Hurricane Harvey roared out of the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall in southeast Texas as a Category 4 storm with…

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Protesters gather in Boston on August 19 to rally against white supremacists and racists

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Marching Against Hate

August 21, 2017

Thousands of counterprotesters marched through Boston on August 18. It was in response to a “free speech” rally that took place one week after deadly clashes erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That rally was organized to…

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For the Love of Reading

August 21, 2017

Andrew Clements achieved success as an author in 1996, when his first children’s novel, Frindle, was published. Since then, the book has sold more than 6 million copies and won more than 20 awards. Clements has written dozens of additional…

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Why Total Solar Eclipses Are So Rare

August 17, 2017

A solar eclipse will cross the continental United States on August 21, from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Millions of people will witness the spectacular space event. They won’t show up just because solar eclipses are extremely beautiful. They…

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How To Watch the Solar Eclipse

August 17, 2017

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States on August 21, 2017. In a total solar eclipse, the moon moves directly between the Earth and the sun. The moon completely blocks the sun and casts a shadow on Earth.…

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Mummies Revealed!

May 5, 2017

New tools help scientists look inside mummies without damaging them. If you visit the new Mummies show at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), in New York City, don’t miss the mummy called the Gilded Lady. Her case is…

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Bright Lights, Big Ideas

April 28, 2017

Researchers are looking to nature for innovative ideas. Imagine a world where everyday objects produce their own light. Glowing trees illuminate city streets. Crops gleam to signal that they need water or they are ready to be picked. Street signs…

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Cricket for All

April 21, 2017

Cricket is one of the world's most popular sports. But once, only the wealthy enjoyed it. Clubs around the world slowly opened their doors to all. In Malawi, the Under-19 Women's Cricket Team wants to bust the sport's doors wide…