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December, 2002

Happy Holidays!
December 1: Rosa Parks got Arrested (1955) December 5: Walt Disney's Birthday (1901) December 7: Pearl Harbor (1941) December 16: Ludwig van Beethoven's Birthday (1770) December 17: Wright Brothers Fly at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (1903) December 21: Pilgrims Land at Plymouth Rock (1620) December 22: First Day of Winter December 25: Christmas December 26: Kwanzaa Begins

"Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture." -- Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by plane, the second person and first woman to make a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, the first person to fly from Hawaii to California, the first person to make a solo flight across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the first person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City.

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Archives - Quote of the Week


Here's how the IMA Hero™ Bears are spending their holidays. Wolfgang led his friends in singing "Frosty, the Snowman." The December holidays are one of the bears' favorite holidays because they love to watch their Frosty, the Snowman video. What is your favorite holiday?

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Archives - Picture of the Week


Schoolhouse Rock! - Special 30th Anniversary Edition [DVD]
THE VERY BEST OF SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! Get this Special 30th Anniversary Edition DVD and relive your favorite childhood songs or experience the fun for the first time.

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Archives - Feature Book


The first Olympic Winter Games were held in 1924. When did ice skating first appear in the Olympic Games?

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Archives - Trivia Question


Did you know Pikes Peak is named for Zebulon Montgomery Pike?

Yes. Zebulon Montgomery Pike was an explorer in the early 1800's. In 1806, Pike explored the Arkansas River, the Red River, and the Rocky Mountains. In the Rocky Mountains, Pike saw a towering peak and called it "Grand Peak." Today, we call this mountain Pikes Peak. Did you know Pikes Peak is 14,110 feet high?

>>Read about Zebulon Montgomery Pike
>>Read about Exploring and Mapping the American West

Archives - Did You Know…


Walt Disney. He made "The Happiest Place on Earth." -- Grandma and Grandpa

Did you know Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901?

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Archives - Who's Your Hero?


Where can I find nonfiction books about Sojourner Truth for 3rd graders? (Sue)

The IMA Hero™
Sojourner Truth Bookstore is categorized into "ages 4-8" and "ages 9-12," therefore, you may find books relevant to 3rd graders in both categories. We recommend A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth for young readers who are first reading about Sojourner Truth. (We also recommend any "Picture Book" by David A. Adler as an introduction to biographies for young readers.) The Amazon.com review for Walking the Road to Freedom mentions it was a useful book for 3rd grade book reports and biography assignments.

Sojourner Truth

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The first Olympic Winter Games were held in 1924. When did ice skating first appear in the Olympic Games?

In 1908.
Wait a minute! You may be asking, "If the Olympic Winter Games did not occur until 1924, how could ice skating be an Olympic event in 1908?" Here's how: When the Modern Olympic Games were first held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, there were no Olympic Winter Games. Ice skating was introduced in the 1908 London Games. The introduction of ice skating in 1908, and the introduction of ice hockey in 1920, led to the creation of a separate Olympic Winter Games in 1924.

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