Ind. students learn about Myaamia tribe's history | NYC classroom closet becomes archaeological dig | How some grading practices are eliminating zeros
November 20, 2017
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Ind. students learn about Myaamia tribe's history
Ind. students learn about Myaamia tribe's history
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An Indiana school's third- and fourth-graders recently learned about the history and culture of the Myaamia tribe from member Dani Tippmann and author Helen Frost, who wrote "Salt," a novel about a friendship between a white boy and a Myaamia boy in the 1800s. The classroom visit was arranged as part of Native American Heritage Month in November.
The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.) (11/20) 
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NYC classroom closet becomes archaeological dig
Third-graders at a 100-year-old New York City school have been finding items -- among them antique school supplies and animal mummies -- as they dig under the floor of classroom closets. Teacher Miriam Sicherman says the hands-on digs have boosted student interested in history and archaeology, and that some found items are now displayed in a museum exhibit as an "accidental time capsule."
CBS News (11/17) 
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Standards & Assessments
How some grading practices are eliminating zeros
How some grading practices are eliminating zeros
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Educators in some schools are adopting nontraditional grading practices. Officials in a Kentucky school district use new grading practices, such as no longer giving zeros, using a rubric system for grading, and providing separate grades for behavior and achievement.
District Administration magazine online (11/15) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Minecraft levels up to challenge students
Microsoft has introduced a more challenging version of its Minecraft educational game ahead of the upcoming Hour of Code. Officials say the change was introduced after receiving feedback from students that the game was too easy.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (11/14) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Mo. students give Thanksgiving baskets to families
About 400 students from a Missouri school's student council and junior ROTC recently prepared food baskets to give to 80 families for Thanksgiving. Each basket included a turkey, a box of stuffing, canned green beans, a pie crust and filling, and other foods that will provide the families with a full holiday meal.
The Sedalia Democrat (Mo.) (11/16) 
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Students design, run school escape rooms
Students design, run school escape rooms
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Students at a California middle school have designed and created three escape rooms as part of a fundraiser for their school. They participated in commercial escape rooms for research, filmed videos explaining the rules of the escape room and developed puzzles to solve for each scenario.
The Signal (Santa Clarita Valley, Calif.) (11/16) 
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