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Classroom Spice

Dr. Jeanne Mather, Editor

Welcome to Classroom Spice

Classroom Spice is published twice a year through the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, in Chickasha Oklahoma.  It is a free service provided to help teachers adjust to an ever changing student population and a global citizenry. It provides background information on a variety of subjects as well as  teaching strategies to help with multicultural education and social studies.  There is a wide range of topics from African American inventors to  Native American tribes, from tips for teaching ELL to teaching children of poverty, and many more.  Each issue contains feature articles and a children's literature section (K-12), and many include a student activity page. 

While the publication is copyrighted, feel free to duplicate it for use in your classroom, or in the classrooms of others.

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Current ISSUE

Table of Contents:

Oklahoma Civil Rights Activist; Washington’s Slave

Professional Athletes with Physical Challenges

Literature Connection; World War II Heroine

Hallway Education?

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Archived ISSUES

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Train to Death Camps; Victoria Woodhull

African American Inventors

Literature Connection; Re-disenfranchisement of American Voters

Gulabi Gang

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What Do You Know about Immigration?; Man? Woman? Nurse? Soldier? Spy?

Patolli

Literature Connection; The Hall of Remembrance

Guitarist—Les Paul

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The First Lady of the World; The Forgotten War

Quipu

Literature Connection; America’s First Homerun King

Pyrotechnics in 1859?

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The Founding Fathers and Slavery; Patience Lovell Wright

Colonial Games

Literature Connection; Daughters of Liberty

What is a Slave Tag?

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The History of Voting Rights in America, The “Sound” of ASL

Chinese Games

Literature Connection; The Invention of the Windshield Wiper

Blind Man’s Invention

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The History of Oklahoma’s Black Towns, When Politics and The Olympics Collide

Olympic Trivia

Literature Connection; When is a Doctor Not a Doctor?

Incan Communication

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Elizabeth Keckley, Confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln; The Lady Edison

What Do You Know about Dominoes?

Literature Connection; Native American Baseball Player Makes History

Submarine

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First African American U.S. Senator; Chinese Inventions

Borrowed Words in English

Literature Connection; Who was the First Important Agriculturalist in the U.S.?

Female Referee Removed

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Immigrant Students and School; What’s the Significance of April 15, 1947?

What Famous People Had Disabilities?

The Literature Connection; What’s So Special About David Paterson?

First Legally Blind Governor

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Bass Reeves; How Much Can a Paper Clip Hold?

Women’s History IQ

Muslim Children in Indonesia; The Literature Connection

Olympic Street Sweeper

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Annie Oakley; Leonardo da Vinci

Inventors

Justice for All? The Literature Connection

Top Ten Indian Tribes

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The Genius Kid Next Door; Dust Bowl Balladeer

Yote

Who Was Boudica? The Literature Connection

Alvarado's Leap

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Bronze Buckaroo; Women Airforce Service Pilots

Go-Bang—Asian board game

Who was Dorothea Lange; The Literature Connection

Nystatin

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George McJunkin; Mexican Repatriation

Hubbub—An Arapaho Game

Who was Wilma Briggs; The Literature Connection

Women in Combat

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Bill Pickett; Spanglish, Not the Movie

What Time is It?

Babe Didrikson Zaharias; The Literature Connection

Spanish Vocabulary Size: The "Jewish" Spanish Language

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Science Takes a Back Seat; Unofficial Members of the Corps of Discovery

Lewis and Clark Trivia

Classroom Resources; The Literature Connection

Mosquito, Prairie Dogs

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Brown v. Board of Education; History and Old White Guys

African American Contributions

Susan B. Anthony; The Literature Connection

Sin

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What Comes to Mind When You Hear Asian American? ; Quanah Parker

What is Rangoli?

Tips for Effectively Teaching The Hearing Impaired; The Literature Connection

Pancho Villa Hero, Villain, or German Spy?

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Who Makes Up Our Cabinet?; America’s Melting Pot

Women’s History Month

10 Worst Ways to Make a School Parent Friendly; The Literature Connection 

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El Grito; Five Civilized Tribes

Mexican Culture and The Mexican Flag

The Literature Connection An Hispanic Focus

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Who is Wilma Mankiller?; Children, Poverty, and Schools

Successful American Women

The Literature Connection

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Native American Tribes; Leading Our Students Through Difficult Times

Native Americans - Word Search of Tribal Names

Native American Tribes continued; Difficult Times continued

What is Kwanzaa?

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Teaching Tolerance; Teaching About the Holocaust

Arab Culture Trivia

The Literature Connection

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Hispanic Parental Involvement; Using the Internet for Multicultural Resources

Hispanic Trivia

The Literature Connection

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Winter Holidays and Their Roots; Multicultural Resources

Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement

The Literature Connection; An Oklahoman Who Changed American History

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Thanksgiving & Other Harvest Holidays, Hispanic / Native American Resources

Famous Hispanics and Native Americans

The Literature Connection, Halloween History

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Internet Sites; African American Resources for the Classroom Teacher

Famous Black Americans Quiz

The Literature Connection, Discovery Themes

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The Mascot Debate; Native American Resources; Hispanic Month

The Great Law of Peace; Keepers of the Peace

The Literature Connection

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JANUARY

Multicultural Resource Center Opens; What is Culture?

Tips for ESL or Foreign Language Teaching; Movie Release

Survey What Can We Do to Help You?; Teaching about Women in History

Parental involvement and ESL Students 4

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MARCH

Women of Courage; Women’s Rights Movement; Celebrating Diversity

Scientists; Multicultural Math

The Literature Connection; Extraordinary People

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