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Lesson of the Day: ‘After 17 Years Underground, Cicadas Stage a 2020 Southern Invasion’

Lesson of the Day: ‘After 17 Years Underground, Cicadas Stage a 2020 Southern Invasion’

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In this lesson, you will learn about cicadas and the hype over their emergence in several states. Then you will determine the degree to which you believe the hype is warranted.Warm UpThe article you will read today begins, “They break through the ground, like the undead emerging from graves.”How does that sentence make you feel?…
Lesson of the Day: ‘When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where to Dig’

Lesson of the Day: ‘When Cadaver Dogs Pick Up a Scent, Archaeologists Find Where...

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Have you ever watched a dog follow a scent? What have you noticed how they move? They might have their tail alert while advancing quickly along the ground using their nose as a guide. If it’s a pet dog — rather than a working dog — they could be following the smell of leftover food…
Lesson of the Day: ‘The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List.’

Lesson of the Day: ‘The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s...

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The coronavirus has dominated headlines for the past two months. But all the while the Trump administration has continued to pursue other federal policy actions that shape our country and world.In this lesson, you’ll learn about one such action: In the three years that President Trump has held office, his administration has officially rolled back…
Lesson of the Day: ‘A 92-Year-Old Piano Teacher Won’t Let Students Miss Bach in the Pandemic’

Lesson of the Day: ‘A 92-Year-Old Piano Teacher Won’t Let Students Miss Bach in...

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Cornelia Vertenstein, a Holocaust survivor, is still teaching piano lessons over FaceTime from her Denver home. In this lesson, you will consider the ways students sometimes learn more about life from their teachers than just the subject they are studying. Warm UpHave you ever played a musical instrument? If so, did you take lessons? What…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Praying Mantises: More Deadly Than We Knew’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Praying Mantises: More Deadly Than We Knew’

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Praying Mantises: More Deadly Than We Knew” by Cara GiaimoPraying mantises have long been viewed as “sit-and-wait predators”; they observe their prey and do not strike until the moment is right. As a result, this kind of predator is often thought of as being robotic…
Lesson of the Day: ‘What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery’

Lesson of the Day: ‘What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery’

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After video footage of Mr. Arbery’s killing was leaked this month, two men were arrested and charged with murder. Widespread protests and 2.23 mile solidarity runs ensued, posted on social media with the hashtag #IRunWithMaud.In this lesson, you’ll investigate the facts of this case. You’ll make connections between this case and a larger narrative about…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Teenager, an Aspiring Detective, Returns $135,000 He Found’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Teenager, an Aspiring Detective, Returns $135,000 He Found’

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In this lesson, you will consider what Mr. Nuñez’s actions, and the community’s response to those actions, say about him and about our larger society.Warm UpImagine you are walking down the street and you see a wallet. You open it and it has an ID but no money. Would you return it? What if it…
Lesson of the Day: ‘“Murder Hornets” in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet’

Lesson of the Day: ‘“Murder Hornets” in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the...

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Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations.In this lesson, you will learn why this insect is such a threat, what is being done to stop it, and why experts believe there is a short amount of time to…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Their Met Gala, Their Way. You’re Invited.’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Their Met Gala, Their Way. You’re Invited.’

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Find all our Lessons of the Day here.Lesson OverviewFeatured Article: “Their Met Gala, Their Way. You’re Invited.” by Vanessa FriedmanThis year, the Met Gala, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion show, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, a virtual fashion event, planned by teenagers, remains on the calendar. High Fashion Twitter,…
Lesson of the Day: ‘Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the Dust’

Lesson of the Day: ‘Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the...

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In this lesson, you will explore some of the world’s greatest museums and artistic treasures and consider the role of art in chaotic times. In a Going Further activity, you will respond to one artwork in depth.Afterward, respond to the following prompts:Questions for Writing and DiscussionRead the article, then answer the following questions:1. Jason Farago…

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