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November 2015  
Monthly Update  
Curriculum Focus
HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
The Great Thanksgiving Listen
This Thanksgiving you and your students can participate in StoryCorps' The Great Thanksgiving Listen to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Watch Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition provide useful tips for students who are conducting interviews, such as avoiding questions that lead to a yes or no answer. Annenberg Learner is proud to sponsor this project.
Thanksgiving: A Historical Perspective

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors and allies in 1621. While the holiday is often depicted as emblematic of the American experience, historical records tell a different story about relations between native peoples and European settlers. Read the blog post to find free resources for teaching the historical perspective of this holiday.
LITERATURE/LANGUAGE ARTS
What Good Readers and Writers Do 
In John Sinnett’s kindergarten class, students learn the strategies that good readers and writers employ. His lesson from Teaching Reading K-2 Library of Classroom Practices includes helping students who have not experienced the Thanksgiving holiday to build background knowledge through reading and sharing with peers.    
Your Students Can Write Novels
Who says writing novels is just for the adults? November is National Novel Writing Month, when the nonprofit NaNoWriMo challenges adults and children to write a first draft by the end of the month. Learner has resources that can help! Get started by exploring the genesis of characters, plot, themes, and interpretation from the novelist's point of view in In Search of the Novel.
MATHEMATICS
Practice Geometry with Quilts

Young students practice geometry skills of spacial sense and pattern recognition while creating a Thanksgiving quilt in the lesson from Teaching Math Library, K-4, program 18.    
                                 
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The Mysterious Möbius Strip
Mathematics Illuminated, unit 4, “Topology’s Twists and Turns,” explains the mysteries of the Möbius Strip. The Möbius Strip was discovered by German mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius, born November 17, 1790. High school students can make their own strips and explore the curious properties of this non-orientable geometric surface.

SCIENCE
Neutrinos in the News
This year’s Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to two scientists who head teams that explore the subatomic particle, the neutrino. Read about their work and then check out Physics for the 21st Century, section 6, to see a photo of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory’s detector and how the neutrino fits into the Standard Model, the analog to the periodic table for physics.       
                                         
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WORLD LANGUAGES AND THE ARTS
Teach English Related to Family
Students learning English as a second language develop vocabulary related to relationships as they join the Casey family in Thanksgiving Dinner. Watch episode 37,  "Thanksgiving," of Connect With English, complete with online vocabulary and grammar exercises.   
Students Use Arts to Create Culture
Middle school students explore the idea of culture by creating their own in Connecting With the Arts, program 7, "Creating a Culture-The Story Begins." In one activity, students use jars filled with water to determine what sounds good to them and then develop their new culture's music based on a mathematical, scientific, or aesthetic concept.

Annenberg Learner Announcements
NCSS Conference, November 13-15
Visit Annenberg Learner at The National Council for the Social Studies conference in New Orleans, LA, November 13-15, booth 930. 

On Friday, November 13, 2:15-3:05, join us for our session "Capturing the World: Photographs as Primary Sources." Dr. Bruce Larson of Western Washington University will lead the workshop. In this interactive session participants will learn how to integrate photographs into their teaching. Participants will use photos of the 1968 worldwide student protests and accompanying lesson plans from the Essential Lens site.
NCTE Conference, November 20-22
Visit Annenberg Learner at The National Council of Teachers of English conference in Minneapolis, MN, November 20-22, booth 338. 

On Saturday, November 21, 11-12:15, join us for our session "Drilling Down into Discipline Literacy." Teachers will learn how to shift to a discipline literacy focus, equipping students to understand a range of content, both text and visual. Participants will view and discuss video classroom lessons in ELA, math, science and history, and hear a professional filmmaker discuss literacy skills used in her work.
Professional Development
Look for Annenberg Learner courses offered for graduate credit and CEU opportunities through PBS TeacherLine, Colorado State, and San Diego State. 
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Annenberg Foundation Announcements
Watch Iris Nights Lectures Live
The Annenberg Space for Photography is excited to present the 2015 Iris Nights lectures for the new exhibit LIFE: A Journey Through Time. These free talks by renowned photographers and ecologists are held at Skylight Studios in Century City, CA and live streamed to the world on Thursday nights at 6:30PM PT. The LIFE exhibition is a photographic interpretation of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present by acclaimed National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.   
 
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