Resources For Learning About Skyscrapers


skyscrapersWhen we looked over this week’s special days (, the 3rd caught our attention, “Skyscraper Day”! This is a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest skyscrapers. With all the fantastic resources I found, this study will probably hold our interest for more than just a day.  I’m thinking it’s going to be “Skyscraper Rest of the Week or Longer” for us.  Below are the links we’ll be following as we learn about skyscrapers.  This study will cover the subjects of science, math, language arts, history, geography, literature, and art.  Most of the resources will apply to all ages.

Skyscraper Day Information

Fun Facts About Skyscrapers  (there’s related links on the right side of the article)

How Skyscrapers Work Articles with Diagrams

Time-lapse Construction Video

Virtual Field Trip – 360 degree Panoramic View from the Empire State Building

Skyscraper Emergency Engineering Lab Interactives

Videos, Lesson Plans and Printable Resources, and More

Video Algebra Lesson

Window Cleaning Skyscraper Math (multiplication) Interactive Game

Another math lessons will be skyscraper word problems game.  I’ll make up and write some math problems on cards. The kids will be making some too.   For example, “If the elevator travels 30 seconds between each floor and does not stop until it reaches the 37th floor.  How many minutes will it take to reach the 37th floor from the ground floor?”  We’ll each be able to come up with construction time and cost problems too.  Once there’s a stack of question cards, we’ll take turns drawing and answering.  With each correct answer, the player gets a Lego block.  The player with the highest Lego Tower will be the winner.

Skyscraper Building Activity Challenge

To add a Bible study to our lessons, I entered “skyscrapers” into the search feature at  I was pleasantly surprised to see more than the Tower of Babel to choose from!

The Runaway Skyscraper written by  Murray Leinster, is a  science fiction novelette , originally published in Argosy magazine (a general-interest fiction magazine) in 1919,  now it’s a free read from Project Gutenberg

The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child is one of the short stories of the Rootabaga Stories written in 1922 by  Carl Sandburg and is a free read here

Skyscrapers are tall. “Tall” isn’t a greatest choice of adjectives for describing a skyscraper.  Here’s the link to synonyms and words related to “tall” for a grammar, writing, and vocabulary lesson.

A Word Mining Game  will be another language arts connection.  After we have as many words made as possible from the letters in “SKYSCRAPER”, we’ll categorize them into the relative parts of speech they belong to, noun, verb, adjective, etc.  Then we’ll try to put those words together for silly sentences.

How to Draw a Cityscape

Print, Cut, and Fold Skyscraper Models -

I’ve been on my local library’s web site and reserved a few skyscraper books  to pick up this week and while we’re out, we’ll take a close look at our city’s 2 tallest buildings – 19 stories and 10 stories.

betty jo



Teaching Resources for September


Here’s a BIG list of online resources for teaching and learning with some of September themes and special days.  (Special Days in September, 2014  Some of these are resources from past studies and others are links I have bookmarked to investigate as I make our September learning plans.  There’s wonderful learning opportunities all month long!


Apples – Nutrition, crafts, Johnny Appleseed (his birthday is the 26th), recipes, experiments and general information

Disaster Preparedness -

Happy Cat – Domesticated Cats Resource Page

People Skills -

Update Your Resume – This link belongs to our resources from Career Week,

Special Days:

3- Skyscraper Day

11 – Remembrance Day/Patriot Day

15 – President William B. Taft born 1857

19 – Talk Like a Pirate Day – Last year around this time we were finishing up a unit study on pirates.

17 (?????) – Constitution Week –

22-25  – Homeschool Spirit Week – Always the 4th Week in September.  Join homeschoolers from all over the world, to have a blast celebrating homeschool spirit!

22 – Elephant Appreciation Day

22- Autumn Equinox –

Please leave a comment about what “special” themes and days you’ll be learning about in your homeschooling lessons.  Share links too, if you have them.  And if you have a question, please ask!

Happy September Learning!

betty jo



Special Days in September, 2014


If you are looking for a special history or science study, a day to celebrate, or food ideas for your menu, this listing of special days should give you plenty to choose from!   September, 2014 is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!

September Themes

  • ADHD
  • Baby Safety
  • Backpack Safety America
  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers
  • Campus Safety
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Children’s Good Manners
  • College Savings
  • Courtesy
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • DNA, Genomics, and Stem Cell Education
  • Guide Dogs
  • Happy Cat
  • Hat Month
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Home Furnishings
  • Hunger Action
  • Library Card Sign-up
  • Literacy
  • Million Minute Family Challenge (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Mold Awareness
  • One-On-One
  • People Skills
  • Piano
  • Preparedness
  • Prosper Where You Are Planted
  • Read a New Book
  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • Save a Koala
  • Save a Tiger
  • Sea Cadet
  • School Success
  • Self Improvement
  • Sewing
  • Square Dancing
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Subliminal Communications
  • Update Your Resume

September Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Better Breakfast
  • Chicken
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Food Safety Education
  • Fruit and Veggies — More Matters
  • Honey
  • Ice Cream Shake
  • Mushroom
  • Organic Harvest
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Whole Grains

September 2014 Daily Specials  (the * behind the special day means that the day falls on a different date from year to year)

Sept. 1

  • American Newspaper Week begins
  • Calendar Adjustment Day
  • Chicken Boy’s Day
  • Child Injury Prevention Week begins
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • Enthusiasm Week begins
  • Labor Day (US) * (1st Mon.)
  • No Rhyme Nor Reason Day
  • Nutrition Week begins
  • Self-University Week begins
  • Waffle Week Begins

Sept. 2

  • Another Look Unlimited Day * (Tues. after Labor Day)
  • Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • Great Fire of London – 1666
  • Play Days begin (Sept. 2-6)
  • US Treasury Dept. established 1789
  •  VJ Day 1945

Sept. 3

  • 1777 – American Flag 1st Flown in Battle
  • National Wilderness system established 1964
  • Skyscraper Day
  • Treaty of Paris signed  1783

Sept. 4

  • Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
  • Macademia Nut Day
  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • Popcorn Days (Sept. 4-6)
  • Wildlife Day
  • Missionary Marcus Whitman born 1802

Sept. 5

  • Be Late For Something Day
  • Bring Your Manners to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Cheese Pizza Day
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Jesse James born 1847
  • Lazy Mom’s Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Voyager 1 launched 1977

Sept. 6

  • Jane Addams born 1860
  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • 1620 – Pilgrims Set Sail to the New World
  • Read a Book Day
  • Writing Date Day * (1st Sat.)

Sept. 7

  • Acorn Squash Day
  • ADHD Awareness Day
  • Queen Elizabeth 1 born 1533
  • Google founded 1996
  • Artist, Grandma Moses born 1860
  • Grandparent’s Day * (1st Sun. after Labor Day)
  • Feel the Love Day
  • Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
  • Pet Rock Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Raggedy Ann patented 1915
  • Salami Day
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week begins (1st full week)
  • Suicide Prevention Week begins (the week of the 10th)
  • Tongue Twister Day

Sept. 8

  • Boss/Employee Exchange Day *(1st Mon. after Labor Day)
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • Line Dance Week begins *(2nd Mon.)
  • Literacy Day
  • 1519 – Magellan Set Sail for the 1st Around the World Voyage
  • Pardon Day
  • 1st Star Trek TV broadcast 1966
  • Vegetarian Awareness Week begins
  • Virgin Mary born  20 BC

Sept. 9

  • 1850 – California Statehood
  • Chrysanthemum Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Wonderful Weirdos Day

Sept. 10

  • Sewing Machine Patented 1846
  • Swap Ideas Day
  • Suicide Prevention Day
  • TV Dinner Day

Sept. 11

  • I Want to Start My Own Business Day
  • Make Your Bed Day
  • Odd Day
  • 9-11-2001 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day

Sept. 12

  • Banana Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning married 1846
  • 1940 – Lascaux Cave Painting Discovery
  • Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • Video Game Day

Sept. 13

  • Author, Roald Dahl born 1916
  • Bald is Beautiful Day
  • Celiac Awareness Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children * (2nd Sat.)
  • Farmer’s Consumer Awareness Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • Milton Snavely Hershey (founder of Hershey’s Chocolate) born 1857
  • Hollerin’ Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • International Chocolate Day
  • Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
  • Peanut Day
  • Prairie Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Programmers Day

Sept. 14

  • Balance Awareness Week *(3rd week)
  • Clean Hands Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Creme Filled Donut Day
  • Eat a Hoagie Day
  • Farm and Ranch Safety Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Hug Your Hound Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Margaret Sanger born 1879
  • Pollution Prevention Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • 1814 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week *(3rd full week)
  • Truck Driver Appreciation Week begins

Sept. 15

  • Author Agatha Christie born 1890
  • Choose Your Favorite Color Day
  • Dot Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Felt Hat Day
  • Greenpeace founded 1971
  • Health Information and Technology Week begins
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Linguine Day
  • Make a Hat Day
  • Penicillin discovered 1928
  • President William B. Taft born 1857

Sept. 16

  • Collect Rocks Day
  • Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
  • Get Ready Day * (3rd Tues.)
  • Guacamole Day
  • Play-Doh introduced 1955
  • Ozone Preservation Day
  • Author, H.A. Rey born 1898
  • Step Family Day
  • Trail of Tears Commemoration Day

Sept. 17

  • Apple Dumpling Day
  • Citizenship Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution Week begins
  • Country Music Day
  • School Backpack Awareness Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Time’s Up Day
  • Singer/Songwriter Hank Williams born 1923

Sept. 18

  •  US Air Force Founded 1947
  • Cheeseburger Day
  • 1851 – 1st Edition of the New York Times Published
  • Hummingbird Celebration begins (Sept. 18-21)
  • Respect Day
  • 1949 – Debut of the Roadrunner Cartoon
  • World Water Monitoring Day

Sept. 19

  • Mickey Mouse 1st appearence 1928
  • POW / MIA Recognition Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sept. 20

  • Big Whopper Liar Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Coastal Cleanup Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Eat an Apple Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Farm Animals Awareness Week * (3rd Sat.)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Wife Appreciation Day *(3rd Sat.)

Sept 21.

  • Alzheimer’s Day
  • Banned Book Week begins * (last week)
  • Build a Better Image Weed begins *(last week)
  • Clean Hands Week * (3rd full week)
  • Dog Week begins (last week)
  • Farm Safety and Health Week begins *(last full week)
  • International Day of Peace
  • Keep Kids Creative Week begins * (last week)
  • Sea Otter Awareness Week begins * (last full week)
  • Tolkien Week begins * (week of Sept. 22)
  • Author H.G. Wells born 1866
  • Wife Appreciation Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Women’s Friendship Day *(3rd Sun.)
  • World Gratitude Day
  • World Reflexology Week begins (last full week)
  • Worldwide Day of Play

Sept. 22

  • Autumnal Equinox *
  • Band Aid Invented 1922
  • Car Free Day
  • Centenarian’s Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Family Day *(4th Mon.)
  • Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
  • Hobbit Day
  • Ice Cream Cone Day
  • International Day of Radiant Peace
  • International Homeschool Spirit Week begins * (last full week)
  • International Interpreters and Translators Week begins * (last full week)
  • Mabon *
  • Peace Corps established 1961
  • Rock n’ Roll Dog Day
  • White Chocolate Day

Sept. 23

  • Autumn Stroll Day
  • Checkers Day
  • Missionary John Hyde born 1858
  • Innergize Day (day after equinox)
  • Author William Holmes McGuffey born 1800
  • Neptune discovered 1846
  • Pot Pie Day
  • Victoria Woodhull born 1838

Sept. 24

  • The Bullwinkle Show 1st aired 1961
  • Cherries Jubilee Day
  • Jim Henson born 1936
  • Monopoly (board game) introduced 1935
  • Punctuation Day
  • Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset *
  • Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
  • See You at the Pole *(4th Wed.)

Sept. 25

  • Bill of Rights ratified 1789
  • Comic Book Day
  • Mars Observer launched 1992
  • Math Story Telling Day
  • One-Hit Wonder Day
  • Poet, author, song writer Shel Silverstein born 1930
  • Teach Ag Day
  • World Maritime Day *
  • World School Milk Day

Sept. 26

  • Johny Appleseed born 1774
  • Better Breakfast Day
  • Poet T. S. Eliot born 1888
  • Composser George Gershwin born 1898
  • Hug a Vegetarian Day * (last Fri.)
  • Love Note Day * (4th Fri.)
  • The Muppet Show 1st aired 1976
  • Native American Day
  • Save the Koala Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Shamu (the whale) Day

Sept. 27

  • US Revolutionary /Patriot Samuel Adams born 1722
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Crush a Can Day
  • Family Health and Fitness Day *(last Sat.)
  • Hunting and Fishing Day *(4th Sat.)
  • Lace Day * ( last Sat.)
  • Evangelist / Philanthropist George Mueller born 1805
  • Museum Day
  • Rabbit Day * (last Sat.)
  • Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
  • Thank You Day
  • World Tourism Day

Sept. 28

  • Artist Caravaggio born 1573
  • Confucius born 551 BC
  • Fish Tank Floorshow Night
  • Good Neighbor Day * (4th Sun.)
  • International Right to Know Day
  • Love Note Day
  • Mutation Day (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • World Heart Day * ((last Sun.)

Sept. 29

  • Coffee Day
  • Fall Astronomy Week begins
  • Physicist Enrico Fermi born 1901
  • Happy Goose Day
  • Heart Day
  • Scotland Yard Formed 1829
  • VFW Day
  • William the Conqueror invaded England 1066
  • World Maritime Day * (2nd Mon.)

Sept. 30

  • Ask a Stupid Question Day *(last Fri)
  • Hot Mulled Cider Day
  • International Translation Day
  • Mud Pack Day
  • Stapler patented 1841

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

A collection of some teaching/learning resources for September

Have a Happy September!

betty jo




Mother Teresa


According to Special Days in August (, the 26th is Mother Teresa’s birthday.  This means that she will be our study and timeline addition of the day.  Below are the online resources I found for us as we learn about this wonderful lady and perhaps one of the greatest and most inspiring humanitarians of modern history.

A short biography for kids

Timeline –

Worksheet Printables –

The Life of a Healer a video biography –

A wonderful selection of quotes –

And because Mother Teresa will be such an inspiration to us, we can’t complete the study without trying to feed the poor and hungry. We’ll cover all the rest of our subjects (math, geography, science, art, grammar) through this site today

Just in case you don’t know about about the Free Rice site…
To simply explain, you play educational quiz games (lots of subjects to choose from) and for every correct answer you can collect rice. Real rice that goes to real people! The questions start off easy and get harder and harder. There is an option to join that would keep track of progress and your place in the games so each time you visit you may play from where you last left off. Or you can just play without sign up/sign in. Also, they offer a couple of printables and lesson plans (I liked the creative writing idea).

betty jo