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How Salt Shook an Empire
Sara Wilson Etienne
In 1930, the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi protested the British Empire by walking to the sea and gathering his own salt.
Sì Se Puede!
Cesar Chavez was an important civil rights leader who fought for farm workers’ rights.
Fun and Games
Kelsie Ingham describes the games and sports that Native American children played.
From “The Wild Horses of Assateague Island”
National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Wild horses continue to roam on Assateague Island, in the United States.
Home Sweet Home
Sarah J. Bell
Sarah J. Bell discusses the houses that Native Americans built hundreds of years ago.
How Pixar Tells a Story
Rachel Slivnick discusses the stories of Pixar movies.
Excerpt from “Inuit”
Carol White describes how a group of people, known as the Inuit, live in the Arctic.
The Elephant and the Crocodile
H. Berkeley Score
A Crocodile and an Elephant attempt to find out which is the better animal.
Meet Hannah Wynne: Teen Storyteller
Kathiann M. Kowalski
Kathiann M. Kowalski discusses a teen storyteller.
Johnny Chuck Finds the Best Thing in the World
Thornton W. Burgess
A group of animals search for the best thing in the world.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
The Three Sisters
Barbara Hagen discusses the food that many Americans Indians ate hundreds of years ago.
How the Stories Came to Be
Mabel Powers retells a folktale about the beginning of stories.
The Peanut Man
George Washington Carver showed farmers the benefits of growing peanuts.
The Mysterious Egg
A group of farm animals waits for a mysterious egg to hatch.
Obento: Art in a Lunch Box
Teresa V. Mitchum
Teresa V. Mitchum describes the lunches children bring to school in Japan.
Reaching New Heights
A successful basketball player inspires kids who have the same skin disease as him.
These Pumpkins Sure Can Kick!
Patricia Cuff discusses a young girls’ soccer team in Namibia, Africa.