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Calendar of Cool: John T. Scopes Born

Calendar of Cool: John T. Scopes Born

On August 3, 1900, John T. Scopes was born. He became a biology teacher in Tennesee and was accused of teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. Scopes violated a state law barring the teaching of any theory that countered the Bible’s story of creation. The 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial,” pitting prosecutor William Jennings Bryan against defense attorney Clarence

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DE Essentials Presents: Board Builder Collaboration!

Discovery Education has recently made a big change to one of our most popular features: it’s now possible for users to collaborate on Board Builders!   These new sharing features allow teachers to view and make edits to their own copy of other users’ Board Builders, meaning that they can build on other teachers’ work

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Calendar of Cool: Titan Arum Blooms in the N.Y. Botanical Garden

On June 8, 1937 a Sumatran Titan Arum bloomed in the U.S. The world’s largest flower, the Titan Arum is also known as the “corpse flower” because it gives off a putrid rotting-corpse fragrance. Fascinated by its strange appearance, massive size, and bizarre odor, people have lined up to see and sniff this unusual plant! Since it’s so

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Calendar of Cool: Mark Twain Responds to Rumors of his Death

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens but better known by his pen name, Mark Twain was a popular American humorist, writer, and lecturer. After apprenticing to a printer, working on Mississippi steamboat, travelling with a militia unit, and mining silver, Twain finally turned to journalism and began his career as a writer. Perhaps his most famous book

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