November 28 Is Red Planet Day

Each November 28 is celebrated as “Red Planet Day.”  Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28, 1964. Its 228-day mission brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965, sending us back the first close-up photos of the red planet. Mars is a very bright planet, and…
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The Powhatan Confederation

By Jane Kosa and Virginia Johnson Pocahontas, the Powhatan princess who befriended the Jamestown colonists, married the Englishman John Rolfe in 1614, and is believed by many to have saved John Smith's life—that is what the world knows about the Powhatan Confederacy. Her father, Powhatan, almost alone, united the small, scattered Algonquian tribes of present-day…
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Excerpts from The Monroe Doctrine

James Monroe expressed his thoughts on how foreign policy should be conducted at his seventh annual message to Congress on December 2, 1823. His words are considered an essential part of America's political history and became known as "the Monroe Doctrine." .... The political system of the allied powers is essentially different in this respect…
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Make a Terrarium

Whether it's filled with mossy rocks and ferns or sands and cactus, a terrarium is an amazingly fun way to learn more about nature. With a terrarium in your room, something of the outdoors can always be inside. Terrariums that feature plants (not animals!) lock water inside to keep the soil moist. When the plants…
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The Louisiana Purchase

In 1800, all the land held by the new United States was about the same as what was then called Louisiana. Louisiana was named for King Louis XIV of France. It was part of a large claimed area in the New World called New France. It stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico…
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If you like The Darkest Minds

  Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run 'rehabilitation camp' for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children. The Darkest Minds The Darkest Minds is an upcoming American science fiction action film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. The film will be released in theaters and IMAX on August 3, 2018. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline…
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Kangaroo Questions & Answers

They have sweet faces and tough guy moves. Kangaroo mothers carry their babies (called joeys) around in their pouches, which is part of what makes them a kind of animal called a marsupial. And, that's only the start of their strangeness. Read on to learn more about these amazing creatures from Australia's outback. Do kangaroos…
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Make Your Own Board Games

Gather your family together for an hour or two of face-to-face gaming with a twist: you can make the games yourselves to match your family's interests. Create a trivia game for the sports nuts or a dinosaur trek for Land Before Time fans. You can also make your own boards for checkers, chess, or a Monopoly-style game…
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