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Journey into Chinese Folktales to Discover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Moon over cumulus clouds. Photo, Fir0002, courtesy Wikimedia Commons
The roundest moon can be seen in the autumn. It is time for reunions. I wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Day and a wonderful life. —Chinese greeting for mid-autumn Moon FestivalThe moon figures large in the folklore of China. Legend has it that a jade rabbit lives on the moon and spends its time manufacturing elixirs of immortality while serving as a companion to Chang’e, the Moon goddess. The moon is so important in the Chinese cultural tradition that it even rates its own annual festival!Read More »
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Leadership and Legacy of the Roosevelts

Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt
Perhaps you have been watching the recent Ken Burns series The Roosevelts and were inspired by some aspect of the lives and achievements of these figures. You may also have noticed that Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt are listed among the 100 leaders on the new National History Day minisite. If your students are interested in doing National History Day projects on one or more members of this distinguished family, EDSITEment has some resources for them. (Note: The entire series remains online for a limited time).Read More »
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Esperanza Rising for the Common Core

Mexican girl takes a moment's rest from her strenuous picking job
I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there? ― Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza RisingRead More »
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Back to School 2014 with EDSITEment

Boy at library table writing
The dog days and cat nights of summer are behind us!School bells and homework assignments beckon! *PARCC on the horizonOutdoor temperatures may have cooled, but all across the nation teachers find themselves in the hot seat. For most states, 2014 will be the first school year that the Common Core State Standards will be both fully implemented and tested.Read More »
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