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  One if by land - or was it two if by land?
One if by land - or was it two if by land?
April 18, 2014 - On this day in 1775, Paul Revere borrowed a horse to ride from Boston to Lexington to warn his fellow rebels that British Regular troops were coming. It was the dawn of the American Revolution. Paul Revere rode in the dark of night, accomplished his mission but was detained by British troops who took his horse.
 
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interrogate: verb;to question thoroughly, to seek answers to solve a mystery or crime; Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
Weekly VOCAB

Week of April 14

amenable: adjective; agreeable, aligned with;
This is not a movie set

blatant: adjective; on purpose, intentional, outrageous;
World leaders focus on Ukraine

fatuous: adjective; foolish;
Winter is here even if it is still fall

grandiose: adjective; elaborate, important, grand,
Olympic Games on in Sochi!

recurrent: adjective; repetitive, quality of happening over and over again
Wildlife, water, coffee and chocolate - taken for granted?

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April 19

1775: Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts began the Revolutionary War between the colonists and the British government that ruled the colonies. Library of Congress: At Lexington Green, the British were met by approximately seventy American Minute Men led by John Parker. At the North Bridge in Concord, the British were confronted again, this time by 300 to 400 armed colonists, and were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. By the end of the day, the colonists were singing "Yankee Doodle" and the American Revolution had begun.

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2012-2013 has been a busy and exciting time and we are really looking forward to 2014 with our continuing coverage of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The stories to the right are some of our favorites with video and/or printable activities to support learning.

World War I Centennial
The 'No. 1225' transports magic (SNN Video)
 
War of 1812 Bicentennial
America wins Battle of the Lake Erie - again (SNN Video)

Don’t Give Up the Ship
(Printable activity used by students in 1813!)

Get ready for battle on Lake Erie
(Video and music – “Some Nights” by Fun)

Brig Niagara: living history lesson (SNN Video)
 
Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Battle of Bull Run reenacted (SNN Video)

Battle of Antietam (SNN Video)

Gettysburg 150th begins (SNN Video)

Wildlife
Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)
 
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  • FedEx delivers history

    FedEx delivers history

    April 16, 2014 – A very large, prehistoric guy named Rex arrived in the nation's capital. Thousands of tourists are there. And millions of people live in that area. Rex is moving to Washington for at least the next 50 years. Rex arrived yesterday at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History via FedEx!

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  • Time to stop and smell the - cherry blossoms

    Time to stop and smell the - cherry blossoms

    April 14, 2014 – The spring season officially began on March 20 in the nation's capital. The Vernal Equinox occurred on that day. March 20 was also the start of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival ended yesterday as cherry blossoms on over 3,000 trees were in full bloom. It’s an annual event sponsored by Mother Nature.

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  • FedEx delivers history

    FedEx delivers history

    April 16, 2014 - A very large, prehistoric guy named Rex arrived in the nation's capital. Thousands of tourists are there. And millions of people live in that area. Rex is moving to Washington. Rex will live there for at least the next 50 years. Rex arrived yesterday. FedEx delivered Rex to Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History!

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  • Time to stop and smell the - cherry blossoms

    Time to stop and smell the - cherry blossoms

    April 14, 2014 - The spring season began on March 20 in the nation's capital. The Vernal Equinox occurred on that day. March 20 was also the start of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival ended yesterday. Cherry blossoms on over 3,000 trees were in full bloom. It’s an annual event sponsored by Mother Nature.

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Weekly News Quiz
The news on dark chocolate is sweeter and sweeter. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants. What are the beneficial effects of antioxidants in the body?
Antioxidants prevent DNA from replicating.
Antioxidants make proteins in the body.
Antioxidants prevent free radical formation.
 
 
 
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