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In what year were 18-year-olds first
allowed to vote?

What was the United States’ first astronaut team named?

Which track and field legend was the first to break the four-minute mile?
Hank Aaron
Sir Roger Bannister
Tenley Albright

Every Vote Counts

VotingStep Inside the Voting Booth, pbskids.org/democracy/vote, with the PBS Kids Democracy Project. While you can’t cast an official ballot until you are 18, it’s never too early to learn about the candidates and the voting process. With millions of people voting in next month’s presidential election, you may be wondering What a Difference One Vote Makes. In the interactive timeline, find out how a single vote has changed history many times. Step Into a Voting Time Machine and into someone else’s shoes to see how voting rights have changed over the years. Cast Your Vote and express your opinion on the important issues.

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Jetski Addition

Research Is Fun

AstronautsView thousands of artifacts in a digital museum format at the Smithsonian Learning Lab, learninglab.si.edu. Images, videos, texts and amazing facts can be gathered into Collections for you to use in your next research project. For instance, if your assignment is about astronauts, simply type in your topic to see more than 5,000 resources. Customize images to include your own annotations, quizzes and hot spots to highlight interesting facts about the topic. Your collections can be published online and shared during class presentations. Bookmark this site to remember for your next project.

Achieve Greatness

Kareem Abdul JabarThe Achiever Gallery, www.
, is dedicated to people who have made great contributions in the areas of art, business, science, sports and public service. Some names are in history books; others will be familiar from news stories. Read an interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Sports. You might be surprised to find that basketball was not his favorite sport when he was younger! Explorer Robert Ballard located the most famous shipwreck in history. Read more about his famous discoveries. Learn about the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace. Select a role model that fits your interests.

Speak Out

What helps you avoid being nervous when giving class presentations?

Speak Out Here!

Improve Presentations

Are you ever nervous before a class presentation? Speaking before your peers can be daunting, but you can make a huge impact if you consider a few simple tips. For instance, if you are creating a slide presentation, avoid crowding your slides with too many words. A large graphic and short phrases with large lettering can have a bigger impact than a page full of text.

Keeping your audience’s attention is crucial; people can “zone out” during a presentation and may not notice that you’ve changed to a new slide. Interesting transitions can prevent that potential problem.

Practice your talk in front of your family. The more you practice, the more prepared you will feel in front of your classmates. Your family can help you remember to smile and make eye contact, and point out any habits you might not be aware of, such as saying “um” between phrases or fidgeting. These things can distract your audience from the information you are sharing.

Check out 8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations, edutopia.org/blog/8-tips-classroom-presentation-jason-cranford-teague, for more ideas.


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