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Special Days in March, 2020

March is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for seasonal studies, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of special days for March, 2020 gives you plenty to choose from!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of March’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

March Themes, Awareness, and Observances 

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig
Athletic Training
Brain Injury Awareness
Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Child Life
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
Clean Up Your IRS Act
Colic Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness
Color Therapy
Craft
Credit Education
Deaf History
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Diabetes Alert
Dolphin Awareness
Employee Spirit
Endometriosis Awareness Ethics Awareness
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering
Flower
Gender Equality
Hemophilia
Honor Society
Humorists Are Artists
Hypothermia Awareness and Training
International Ideas
Irish American Heritage
Kidney
Kite
Listening Awareness
Mad for Plaid
March Into Literacy
Mirth
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
Music In Our Schools
On Hold
Optimism

Play the Recorder
Poison Prevention Awareness
Problem Gambling Awareness
Red Cross Save Your Vision
Sing With Your Child
Social Work
Spiritual Wellness
Umbrella
Women’s History
Women Inventors
Youth Art

March Food Themes
Bell Peppers
Berries
Broccoli
Caffeine Awareness
Celery
Cherries
Exotic Winter Fruits
Flour
Frozen Foods
Green Onion
Leeks
Meatout
Noodle
Nutrition
Peanut
Sauce

March’s Daily Specials    (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)                                                                                                               

March 1

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence 1992
  • Celebrate Your Name Week
    begins * (1st full week)
  • Cheer-leading Week begins
  • Dadgum That’s Good Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Fruit Compote Day
  • Ghost Writers Week begins
  • Horse Protection Day
  • Namesake Day * (Sun. of 1st full
    week)
  • Nebraska Statehood 1867
  • Ohio Statehood 1803
  • Peace Corps Week begins – established 1961
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • Pet Sitters Week begins
  • Pig Day
  • Plan a Solo Vacation Day
  • Procrastination Week *
  • Read an E-Book Week * (1st full week)
  • Save Your Vision Week begins
  • Share a Smile Day
  • Sock Monkey Day
  • Teen Tech Week *
  • Universal Human Beings Week begins
  • Words Matter Week * (1st full week)
  • World Compliment Day
  • Write a Letter of Appreciation Week begins
  • Yellowstone National Park established 1872

March 2

  • Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Fun Facts About Names Day * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Dr. Seuss Day – Author Theodor Geisel born 1904
  • Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev born 1931
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Newspaper in Education Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Read Across America Day
  • Return the Borrowed Books Week *
  • School Breakfast Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Share a Story – Shape a Future Week begins * (1st Mon.)

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st TV Appearance 1955
  • Severe Storm Preparedness Week
  • Speech and Debate Education Day
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • Unique Names Day * (Tues. of 1st full week)
  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Discover What Your Name Means Day * (Wed. of 1st full week)
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a G.I. Day
  • March Forth – Do Something Day
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Scrapbooking Industry Day
  • Slinky patented 1947
  • Toy Soldier Day
  • US Constitution went into effect 1789
  • Vermont Statehood 1791
  • Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678
  • World Math Day * (1st Wed.)

March 5

  • Absinthe Day
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • Cheese Doodle Day
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • Name Tag Day * (Thurs. of 1st full week)
  • St. Piran’s Day
  • World Book Day * (1st Thurs.)

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Corndog Day
  • ● Day of Unplugging * (1st Fri.)
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Dress Day
  • Dress in Blue Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Frozen Foods Day
  • Ghana Independence 1957
  • Middle Name Pride Day * (Fri. of 1st full week)
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • Science and Engineering Week (UK) *
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
  • World Day of Prayer * (1st Fri.)

March 7

  • Be Heard Day
  • Cereal Day
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Descendants Day * (Sat. of 1st full week)
  • Iditarod Race *
  • International Festival of Owls * (1st
    full weekend)
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • No More Week begins
  • Roast Pork Day
  • Telephone patented 1876

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Check Your Batteries Day *
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week * (2nd week)
  • Daylight Savings Time begins *
  • Girl Scout Week * (week of 12th)
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Sleep Awareness Week *
  • Universal Women’s Week begins
  • Women of Aviation Worldwide Week begins * (week with March 8)

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Commonwealth Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Crabmeat Day
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Napping Day * (day after Daylight Savings Time)
  • Panic Day
  • Ta’anit Esther/Purim *
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Bagpipe Day
  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • International Day of Awesomeness
  • Mario Day
  • Organize Your Home Office Day * (2nd Tues.)
  • Pack Your Lunch Day
  • Ranch Dressing Day
  • Salvation Army Day
  • 1st Telephone Call Made 1876
  • Harriet Tubman born 1820
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Ken Day (the boy Barbie)
  • Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
  • Plumbing Day
  • Rattlesnake Roundup begins
  • Worship of Tools Day

March 12

  • Baked Scallops Day
  • Genealogy Day
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • Kidney Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Mauritius Independence 1968
  • 1st Parachute Jump from an Airplane 1912
  • Plant a Flower Day

March 13

  • Coconut Torte Day
  • Comet Day
  • Commonwealth Day (Canada)
  • Donald Duck debuted 1942
  • Earmuffs Day (earmuffs patented 1877)
  • Ginger Ale Day
  • Good Samaritan Day
  • Jewel Day
  • K9 Veterans Day
  • Ken Day
  • Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
  • Uranus discovered 1781

March 14

  • Ask a Question Day
  • Children’s Craft Day
  • Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Learn About Butterflies Day
  • Pi Day (3.14)
  • Potato Chip Day
  • Reuben Sandwich Day

March 15

  • Button Week * (3rd full week)
  • Buzzards Day
  • Chocolate Week * (3rd full week)
  • Escalator patented 1892
  • Everything You Think is Wrong Day
  • Folktales and Fables Week * (3rd Week)
  • Ides of March
  • President Andrew Jackson born 1767
  • Maine Statehood 1820
  • Pears Helene Day
  • Shoe the World Day
  • True Confessions Day
  • World Consumer Rights Day
  • World Speech Day

March 16

  • Act Happy Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Artichoke Hearts Day
  • Brain Awareness Week *
  • Curlew Day
  • Everything You Do Is Right Day
  • Fix a Leak Week *
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • Lips Appreciation Day
  • 1st Liquid-Fuel-Powered Rocket launched 1926
  • President James Madison born 1751
  • Panda Day
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • Shakespeare Week *
  • St. Urho’s Day
  • Wellderly Week begins * (3rd Mon.)

March 17

  • Corn Dog Day
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day

March 18

  • Awkward Moments Day
  • Biodiesel Day / Inventor Rudolph Diesel born 1858
  • President Grover Cleveland born 1837
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Mount St. Helen erupted 1980
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Sloppy Joe Day

March 19

  • Absolutely Incredible Kid Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Let’s Laugh Day
  • Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813
  • Naw-Ruz *
  • Nurses Day
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom began 2003
  • Ostara *
  • Poultry Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Spring Equinox *

March 20

  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • Great American Meat Out
  • Hugh of St. Cher’s Concordance 1263
  • International Day of Happiness
  • French Language Day
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Tunisia Independence 1956
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin published 1852
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928)
  • World Frog Day
  • World Story Telling Day

March 21

  • Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685
  • Common Courtesy Day
  • Reformer Thomas Cranmer Burnt at the Stake 1556
  • Down Syndrome Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Day of the Forests and the Tree
  • Fragrance Day
  • French Bread Day
  • Namibia Independence 1990
  • Quilting Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Renewable Energy Day
  • Single Parents Day
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • Strawberry Day
  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • Agriculture Week *
  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Carbonated Water invented 1733
  • Cleaning Week begins * (last week)
  • Coq Au Vin Day
  • Education and Sharing Day
  • Goof-off Day
  • International Day of the Seal
  • Mothering Sunday (UK) *
  • Tuskegee Airmen Day
  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Chia Day
  • Chip and Dip Day
  • Ponce De Leon discovered Florida 1513
  • Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition began the return journey 1806
  • Melba Toast Day
  • Meteorological Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • Puppy Day

March 24

  • Ag Day *
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Week begins
  • Harry Houdini born 1874
  • King James Crowned 1603
  • Tuberculosis Day

March 25

  • Annunciation Day/Tichborne Dole/Lady’s Day
  • Democracy Celebration Day
  • Greek National Day/Greece Independence 1821
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • Little Red Wagon Day * (last Wed.)
  • Lobster Newburg Day
  • Manatee Appreciation Day * (last
    Wed.)
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Tsunami Awareness Week *
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Bangladesh Independence 1971
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day
  • Nougat Day
  • Poet Robert Frost born 1874
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Spinach Day

March 27

  • Celebrate Exchange Day
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • 1st Radio Transmission 1899
  • Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen born 1845
  • Spanish Paella Day
  • World Theater Day

March 28

  • Accidents at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 1979
  • Barnum and Bailey Day
  • Black Forest Cake Day
  • Brother and Sister Day * (last Sat.)
  • Earth Hour * (last Sat.)
  • Nano Days *
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Washing Machine patented 1930
  • Weed Appreciation Day

March 29

  • Borrowed Days begin
  • Coca Cola invented 1886
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
  • Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
  • Niagara Falls Runs Dry 1848
  • Pop-up Toaster patented 1919
  • President John Tyler born 1790
  • Week of the Ocean begins

March 30

  • Doctor’s Day
  • Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Pencil patented 1858
  • Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31

  • Scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen born 1811
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Clams on the Half Shell Day
  • Crayon Day
  • Diabetes Alert Day * (4th Tues.)
  • Composer Joseph Hayden born 1732
  • Eiffel Tower Opened 1889
  • Oranges and Lemon’s Day
  • She’s Funny That Way Day
  • Tater Day
  • World Backup Day

SPECIAL DAYS RESOURCES:

FREE PRINTABLE – SPECIAL DAYS IN MARCH

MARCH RESOURCES – Currently being updated and edited for 2020

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

I make my monthly special days lists 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.

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/march.htm

http://food.unl.edu/march-food-calendar

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/march.html

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-march

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/month/march/

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/holidays-march.asp

Happy March!

betty jo

For the Birds! Ornithology Resource List

 

Adding ornithology to our homeschooling science started years ago when my daughter set up a “Bird Mart” outside out biggest window.  She offered different foods and nesting supplies.  She checked out a bird field guide from the library.  She made graphs and charts. Everyone in the family got interested in her project.  Looking out that window at the variety of birds was better than looking at the tv!  She took her project to that year’s science fair and brought home a blue ribbon.

Here’s a collection of free resources for your family’s bird studies and budding ornithologists. I’ve also added some resources for bird related language arts and electives, too.

Bird Watching Activities and Resources                                                                            https://franw.com/2014/03/27/bird-watching-activities/

Bird Lesson Plans and Activities by the Month                               https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/feathered-friends/

More Bird Lesson Plans                                                                      https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/

Migratory Birds Math and Science Lessons                                     https://hubbardbrook.org/lessons_birds

Hummingbird Math Activities                                       http://www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html

A-Z List of Bird Sounds                                                                                                                https://www.bird-sounds.net/alphabetical/

Identification Guide                   https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/identification.php

Nest Cams                                                                                                     https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/

Bible Verses about Birds                                                                  https://www.openbible.info/topics/birds

Bird Facts                                                                                                       https://www.factretriever.com/bird-facts

A- Z Birds Taxon Information                                                                        https://animaldiversity.org/search/?q=birds&feature=INFORMATION

Track Migrations                                                                                                             https://journeynorth.org/

Outdoor Biology Activities                                                                                http://www.outdoorbiology.com/

Pet Birds Guide                                                                                                      https://www.allpetbirds.com/

Backyard Birds Note Pack and Lapbook Printables https://www.homeschoolshare.com/backyard_birds_lap_n_note.php

Birds of Prey Lapbook Printables                             https://www.homeschoolshare.com/birds_of_prey.php

Great Backyard Bird Count                                                       https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

Bird Feeder Crafts                                                                                                  https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/

Materials to Help Birds Build Their Nests                                               https://www.thespruce.com/attract-birds-with-nesting-material-386423

Stories of Birds (copyright 1903)                                                https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20547/20547-h/20547-h.htm

Birds Vocabulary                                                                                             https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/birds-vocabulary/

Bird Idioms                                                                                                       https://www.thespruce.com/bird-idioms-explained-386739

Bird Jokes and Riddles (kid friendly) https://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/bird.shtml

Birds in the News                                                                                  https://www.audubon.org/news/birds-news?page=1

Top 40 Songs About Birds                                                                                   http://www.top2040.com/2014/07/top-40-songs-about-birds.html

John James Audubon’s Birds of America Digital Library                               https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america

Realistic Bird Coloring Pages                                                                                     https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-coloring-pages.html

How to Draw Birds – Step by Step Instruction                                                   http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-birds.html#.Xj-BE2hKiM8

And Another How to Draw Birds – Step-by-Step Instruction  https://easydrawingguides.com/search/birds

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Hummingbird                                https://www.hodgepodge.me/hummingbird-video-chalk-art-tutorial/

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Cardinals in Snow                              https://www.hodgepodge.me/cardinals-snow-chalk-art-tutorial/

Bird Origami                                                                                                                            https://en.origami-club.com/animal/bird/index.html