English Language Arts

Gaylord Nelson: A Vision for the Earth

Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson had an idea for a day focused on the environment. That idea would become the internationally recognized annual event Earth Day. Born and raised in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, Nelson went on to become a state senator, governor of Wisconsin, and a United States senator.

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Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Milly Zantow

When Milly Zantow learned about a problem in her Sauk County community—a landfill closing much earlier than it should—she took action. Seeing for herself that there was too much plastic waste, she thought it should be recycled. At that time, no one was recycling plastics, but Milly worked with others to make it happen.

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Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace (Hmong Version)

Joe Bee Xiong (Hmong Version)

After fighting as a child soldier in Laos during the Vietnam War era, Joe Bee Xiong moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a refugee in the 1980s. He dedicated his life to serving the community including on the community’s city council, making him the first Hmong American in Wisconsin elected to public office.

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Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace

Joe Bee Xiong

After fighting as a child soldier in Laos during the Vietnam War era, Joe Bee Xiong moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a refugee in the 1980s. He dedicated his life to serving the community including on the community’s city council, making him the first Hmong American in Wisconsin elected to public office.

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Charles Clark: From Rags to Riches

Charles Clark

To Charles Clark, success meant finding ways to serve his family, community, and country. Clark is best remembered as a founder of the consumer products corporation, Kimberly-Clark, but his work in Neenah, Wisconsin, dates back to the 1850s when he worked in a furniture factory to help support his family while he simultaneously attended school.

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Making Conections

In this episode, Mrs. Pingel teaches students how to make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections using a newspaper article. During self-selected reading, Julia goes into her book (Solo Girl by Andrea Davis Pinkney), where she is able to help a character named Cass by making connections.

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PBS LearningMedia

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100K+ Resources. PBS LearningMedia offers teachers more than 100,000 videos, images, interactives, lesson plans and articles drawn from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid, and from expert content contributors like The National Archives and NASA. 

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Stephen Babcock: Agriculture's MVP

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​Not driven by fame or fortune, Stephen Babcock worked to help make other people’s lives better. This agricultural chemist at the University of Wisconsin Madison invented the Babcock Test, which enabled people to accurately and efficiently find the amount of butterfat in milk.

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