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Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach

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The 227th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights:  Celebrate with Classroom Resources from the National Constitution Center

Did you know that December 15th marks the 227th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights? The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA has put together a few easy ways teachers can integrate the Bill of Rights in their lesson planning this week - including pdf resources, vidoes, and some pretty creative lesson plan ideas (Bill of Rights BINGO, anyone?)

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Topics: National Constitution Center

New Exhibit at Jamestown Settlement Tells the Personal Stories of Real Women from Jamestown

Colonial Virginia has long been one of NationsClassroom’s most popular school trip destinations.  In fact, Forbes just counted Colonial Williamsburg as one of their “14 Best Places to Travel in 2019.”   The Forbes article highlighted Jamestown’s new exhibit Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia as a “timely exhibit” and “a must-see."

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Topics: Colonial Virginia

Forbes' List of 14 Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in 2019

Forbes magazine just released the 14 Best Places to Travel in the U.S. - and Colonial and Greater Williamsburg, Virginia made the list!  To compile the list, Forbes Senior Contributor Laura Begley Bloom reached out to 14 of the most “plugged-in travel experts and influencers” to find their opinions for the top places that are on their radars for 2019.


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Topics: Colonial Williamsburg

Our Reviews of the Top Five Washington, D.C. Attractions, reported by U.S. News & World Report

US News & World Report has come out with their “17 Best Things to do in Washington, D.C.” list - can you guess which Washington, D.C. attractions made their top five?

Not surprisingly, their top five attractions are some of our most popular student group attractions when putting together travel itineraries with teachers.  In fact, for each of the top five attractions below, we’ve linked to our blog post providing you personal reviews with the licensed tour guides we work with at NationsClassroom.  For each blog post, our guides provide their tips and advice for taking school groups these popular D.C. spots.


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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

USA Today’s Travel Section: 3 Benefits of Educational Travel for Children

USA Today’s Travel Writer Michelle Kulas outlines a variety of benefits of educational travel in her article “The Benefits of Educational Travel for Children.”  As travel leaders who see the impact of these trips on students regularly, this news does not come as a surprise to us at NationsClassroom.  We’ve highlighted three of Kulas’ major benefits below.

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The History of the Thanksgiving Pardon

Have you or your students ever been curious about the annual presidential turkey pardon?  The White House Historical Association sheds some light on the annual tradition of the White House “Pardoning” of the Thanksgiving Turkey.  

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Treaties with Native Nations on View at the National Archives at New York City

This year, the National Archives at New York City opened a new exhibit titled “Be it Remembered: Treaties with Native Nations.” The exhibit is located in the recently-transformed first floor of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan, now a dedicated museum space.

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Thank-A-Vet Postcards and Other Ways to Honor Veterans Day This Year

As Veterans Day approaches, many of my colleagues are finding creative and cross-categorical ways to integrate classroom activities that honor our nation's veterans.  To make it even easier, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia released a list of three ways to recognize Veterans Day: 

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20 Things to Know about Midterm Elections

What age group historically has the lowest voter turnout?  What is the average voter turnout for midterm elections?  Test your knowledge of elections with these twenty facts from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute.  

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Midterm Elections Matter: Lesson Plan for Analyzing Midterm Election Results

Looking to help your students understand and analyze the impact of the 2018 midterm election results tomorrow morning? 


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute has put out a three-part lesson plan specifically tailored to helping secondary students comprehend the importance of midterm elections and the implications for the next Presidential Election in 2020.

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