What to teach this month
Read why this key moment of the American Revolution, made iconic in a portrait by Emanuel Leutze, does not tell the whole story about what actually happened that cold day in December.
On December 18, 2010, the first protests of what became the “Arab Spring” took place in Tunisia.
On December 19, 1843, the short novel A Christmas Carol, by English author Charles Dickens, was published for the first time.
The Treasures in the Permafrost infographic helps students understand the important role permafrost plays in preserving artifacts—such as those of the Thule people of Greenland—in the soil.
On December 24, 1955, engineers and navigators at what would be the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracked the journey of Santa Claus for the first time.
On December 24, 1968, the American Apollo 8 mission made the first live broadcast from space.
On December 26, 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor in Long Beach, California, created the African American celebration of Kwanzaa.
On December 28, 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act, which protects plants and animals threatened by extinction.
Watch this video to see how Paul Mayewski and his multidisciplinary team of scientists are collecting data on one of the most extreme places on earth: Mount Everest.
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