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November 2017
 
Veterans Day
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Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation
Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th. To mark this important holiday, we encourage you and your students to explore this special collection that takes viewers on a journey through the history of World War II aircraft, as told firsthand by WWII pilots and other aviation veterans from the U.S., U.K., Soviet Union, Germany, and Japan.

This 20-video original series, produced by NBC Learn in partnership with Vulcan Productions and the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum, draws on social studies and STEM concepts, while aligning to state and national education standards. Lesson plans developed by the National Science Teachers Association and NBC Learn are available for high school and middle school students.
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Chronicles of Courage: F6F Hellcat
One story from “Chronicles of Courage” that we’d like to highlight is about the legendary Grumman F6F Hellcat. In 1944, Navy pilot Robert Turnell launched his Hellcat from the deck of the USS Wasp to fight against the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
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72 Years Later: A Live Reunion
Now, 72 years after he last flew, Navy pilot Robert Turnell and a fellow WWII veteran from the USS Wasp were reunited through our #ThisIsCourage project, and the meeting was captured on video! Watch these veterans answer questions from the curator of the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in this video from October 31st.
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Thanksgiving
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Puritans and Indians
The Wampanoag Indians first helped the English Puritans survive at their new colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts. They introduced them to pumpkins, corn, potatoes, and other local foods. Chief Massasoit and Plymouth Governor William Bradford signed a treaty of peace that lasted more than 50 years and resulted in the first Thanksgiving. Eventually however, the Pilgrims would undertake the vast expansion of their colonized territories, even though it meant destroying the lives and land of Indian peoples who did not assimilate.
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Chemistry of Pumpkin Pie
Most recipes for Thanksgiving pumpkin pies call for clove and nutmeg — two distinct spices that come from two nearly identical molecules: eugenol and isoeugenol. Check out the original video, “The Chemical Bond Between Cloves and Nutmeg,” to learn how the strength and placement of just one chemical bond makes eugenol responsible for the taste and aroma of cloves, and isoeugenol responsible for the taste and aroma of nutmeg.

Also in this Thanksgiving collection: some pumpkin history and background from the NBC Learn collections; facts and figures on pumpkins and spices; and a 1910 Army pumpkin pie recipe that calls for products with the molecular properties of both eugenol and isoeugenol.
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Giving Back
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This Man Cooks Up a Feast for a Crowd of Strangers
When Scott Macaulay's parents were getting a divorce he had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving, so he put an ad in the local paper offering to cook for those who did not have a place to go for the holiday. 31 years later, Scott Macaulay's tradition has expanded from 12 dinner guests to 60, demonstrating that giving and togetherness is what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about.
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Family of Fallen U.S. Soldier Keeps Memory Alive Through Donated Soccer Balls

When Private Nick Madaras was home on leave in 2006, he shared with his family hundreds of pictures of Iraqi children playing with a few beat-up soccer balls. Only a few months later, his family received news that their son was killed in Iraq. That prompted the family to turn their heartbreak into a mission, and donations for the newly formed foundation Kick For Nick poured in.

“Give a kid that doesn't have anything a soccer ball” Nick would always say. Today his fellow soldiers are living out that mission, delivering soccer balls to children who are in war-ravaged areas around the world. You can find many more feel-good videos like this by simply searching "Making a Difference" in NBC Learn.
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Fall Foliage
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Chemistry of Changing Leaves
Look around and you’ll notice that fall foliage is here! You and your students can explore the science behind the changing colors with NBC Learn’s original mini-collection, “Chemistry of Changing Leaves,” produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

How can organic materials like plants and leaves replace fossil fuels like natural gas and petroleum? Are there countries already replacing their non-renewable energy with these alternative sources? Why do leaves in the Northern Hemisphere change from summer green to autumn reds and oranges? Find the answers to these and dive deep into many other environmental science topics with this exciting video collection. The signature video of the series, “Chemistry of Changing Leaves,” includes a supplemental activity as well! All you have to do is open the video, and click on the “Activity” tab.
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Parent Toolkit
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Tips to Teach Thankfulness
As we head into the holiday season, we wanted to share resources on thankfulness from our friends at Parent Toolkit. They have advice for parents looking to promote thankfulness in their kids, from 5 Tips to Teach Kids Real Gratitude to Promoting a Spirit of Gratefulness in Kids. Teachers may find the tips can even work for the classroom, like making a gratitude photo book. And what better way to get the entire class into the giving mood than by volunteering together? This Parent Toolkit original video explains the benefits students get when they volunteer.

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