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Special Days in February, 2017

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January Resources

 

Here’s a handy resource list for teaching and learning with January’s Special Days!

BIG List of January’s Holidays, Themes, Historic Events, and more   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/12/27/special-days-in-january-2020/

Helpful Educational Calendars and Monthly Theme Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

A “Homeschool Mom Approved” Youtube Excercise Playlist (for when we can’t get outside)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/10/get-up-and-move-a-break-time-playlist/

Tips, Benefits, and Ideas for Outside Winter Play https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/15/but-its-cold-out-there/

SNOW is one of my families favorite January studies!    https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/07/snow-week/

Braille Literacy – Study Resources and Activities                                  https://www.franw.com/2016/01/louis-braille.html?fbclid=IwAR2O1Tf3uUIsddAfFcQlLWB212lUqnRRLxpIVefYsHqzkVWxV6F45T3B0nY

Resources for Specific Special Days in January, 2017

1  –  New Year’s Day  –  Learning Resources, Games, and Activities  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/12/30/new-years-resources-2/

3  –  J.R.R. Tolkien Day  –  Read about the author, book reviews, events,  and more from his fan club, The Tolkien Society  –  http://www.tolkiensociety.org/  and The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings inspired projects  http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Hobbit-Lord-of-the-Rings/

4  –   Louis Braille born 1809  –  Resources and Activities  –  http://www.franw.com/2016/01/louis-braille.html

4  –  Jacob Grimm born 1785  –  Read Brothers Grimm fairy tales  –  http://www.familymanagement.com/literacy/grimms/grimms-toc.html

4  –  Isaac Newton born 1693  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdnewt.htm

5  –  Bird Day  –  Make one or more of these bird feeders  http://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/  and learn some bird calls  http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp

5  –  Explorer Zebulon Pike born 1779  –  Unit Study Resources  http://diyhomeschooler.com/pikes-peak-a-mini-unit/

6  –  Bean Day  –  Bean Resources and Activities  – http://www.franw.com/2015/01/bean-resources.html

6  –  Joan of Arc born 1412  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdjoan.htm

7  –   President Millard Fillmore born 1800 –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

7  –  Old Rock Day  –  Rock and Mineral  –  http://www.franw.com/2015/08/rock-mineral-resources.html

8  –  Joygerm Day  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/08/happy-joygerm-day/

9  –  President Richard Nixon born 1913  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

9  –  Static Electricity Day  –  This is Z’s all time favorite experiment  –  http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/staticroll.php

10  –  Cut Your Energy Costs Day  –  Tips and Resources for Kids               https://quiethut.com/energy-conservation-for-kids/

11  –  Cuckoo Dancing Week begins  –  “Laurel and Hardy” article, music, and photos  –  http://imaginemdd.blogspot.com/2014/01/dance-cuckoo-for-ollies-birthday-laurel.html

11  –  Grand Canyon National Monument dedicated 1908  –  Take a virtual tour  –  http://www.grandcanyonvirtualtour.com/

11  –  Thank You Day (International)  –  How to say “Thank You” in other languages  –  http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/say-thank-50-languages/

13  –  Poetry Break Day  –  Reading and Writing Poetry Resource List  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/08/21/poetry-resources/

14  –  Nobel Prize Winner Albert Schweitzer born 1875 –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdschw.htm

15  –  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born 1929  –  (20 – MLK Day *) –  Learning Resources –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/17/teaching-resources-for-martin-luther-king-day/

16  –  Appreciate a Dragon Day  –  Fast Facts and resource links  –  http://www.franw.com/2018/01/dragons.html

17  –  Ben Franklin born 1706  –  Unit Study Resources and Guide   https://www.mamaslearningcorner.com/ultimate-guide-studying-benjamin-franklin/

17  –  Kid Inventors’ Day  –  Tips, Teacher Guides, and Quotes  –  http://www.kidinventorsday.com/

18  –  Scott reaches South Pole 1910  –  Antarctica Facts, Pictures, and Lesson Plans –  http://www.coolantarctica.com/index.php

18  –  Winnie the Pooh Day  –  http://www.just-pooh.com/

19  –  Artist Paul Cezanne born 1839  –  Inspired Art Lesson  http://www.teachkidsart.net/cezanne-inspired-still-life/

19  –  Edgar Allan Poe born 1809  –  Research Project  –  http://www.franw.com/2013/10/edgar-allan-poe-research-project.html

20  –  Draw a Dinosaur Day  –  Try  these step-by-step instructions  –  http://www.dragoart.com/google_search.php?cx=partner-pub-6207428572838690%3A2440456717&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&q=dinosaur

Jan. 20  –  Penguin Awareness Day  –  Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/01/20/penguins/

21  –  Squirrel Appreciation Day  –  Huge list of unit study resources  –  http://lastingthumbprints.com/free-squirrel-resource-unit/

23  –  Handwriting Analysis Week begins  –  Learn about the forensics analysis of handwriting  –  http://science.howstuffworks.com/handwriting-analysis.htm

24  –  Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill 1848  –  California Gold Rush Resources –  https://cybraryman.com/goldrush.html

24  –  Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day  –  How about a Yosemite Sam cartoon?  –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO4JcgD3vq0

25  –  Burns Night  –  Robert Burns born 1759  –  http://activityvillage.co.uk/burns-night

25 – Chinese New Year * –  Resources and Activities   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/01/25/resources-for-teaching-chinese-new-year/

26  –  Australia Day  –   Ideas and Resources                         http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/news/ten-resources-and-teaching-ideas-for-australia-day

27  –  Author Lewis Carrol born 1832  –  Study guide for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/alice/

27  –  Composer Mozart born 1756  –  Biography and Printables  –  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdmozart.htm

29  –  President William McKinley born 1843  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

29 –  Patriot Thomas Paine born 1737  –  Watch the Common Sense episode of Liberty’s Kids –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE

30  –  Franklin Roosevelt born 1882-  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

30  –  Yodel For Your Neighbors Day  –  How to Yodel Instructions   https://www.yodelcourse.org/

31  –  Inspire Your Heart With Art Day  –  When looking for an art project, this is my usual “go to” site.  No matter what subject you’re studying, this link has something to tie art in with it!  –  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/craftsbytheme.html

31  –  Composer Franz Schubert born 1797  –  Biography, Quiz, and Music  http://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=25

Check back from time to time throughout the month for updates and added daily resources!  And if you’re able to share your favorite January studies, please do!

betty jo

 

Learning Resources for Special Days in November

novemberThere are wonderful opportunities for learning from the November calendar!  Here’s a BiG  resource list for teaching and learning with November’s themes, holidays, and special days.  Be sure to check back occasionally throughout the month, for I’ll be adding to this collection as more resources become available.

November, 2019  holidays, observances, food themes, and awareness days, historic figures, composers, artists and authors birthdays, science and history based anniversaries,  and more!   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/10/26/special-days-in-november-2019/

Printable SPECIAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER

Helpful “go-to” resources for educational calendars, monthly themes, and special days studies  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

November Themes

Adopt a Turkey  – Wild Turkey Resources, Crafts, and Activities  http://www.franw.com/2011/11/wild-turkeys.html

Aviation  – The study resources we used during August’s “Aviation Week” are great and will work just as well in November.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/

Diabetes  –  Pre-K – 12 Teacher Guides, Worksheets, and Quizzes –  Just enter “diabetes” into the search bar to pull up which level you need  –  http://classroom.kidshealth.org/index.jsp?Grade=0&Section=welcome

Historic Bridges  –  Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/05/27/bridges/

Music  –  We also go to this site often for music theory, composer biographies, and free sheet music printables  http://makingmusicfun.net/

NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) –  Young Writers Program  –  Guides, Lesson Plans and Workbooks  –  https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pages/educator-resources   and the NaNoWriMo homepage  http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Native American Heritage – Resources and Activities  http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html

Squash – Resources and Recipes  http://www.franw.com/2011/11/3-sisters-squash-pumpkins.html

Sweet Potato Awareness –  Resources and Recipes   http://www.franw.com/2015/09/sweet-potato-resources.html

World Communication  –  Communication Skill Building Videos  https://www.edutopia.org/topic/communication-skills

Presidents With Nov. Birthdays:

  • Nov. 2 – Warren Harding 1865
  • Nov. 2 – James Polk 1795
  • Nov. 23 – Franklin Pierce 1804
  • Nov. 24 – Zachary Taylor 1784

Presidents Resources and Activities –   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

Nov. Statehood Anniversaries

  • Nov. 2 – North and South Dakota1889
  • Nov. 8 – Montana 1889
  • Nov. 16 – Oklahoma 1907
  • Nov. 21 – North Carolina 1789

Special Days and Geography                         https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

November Daily Specials

Nov. 1  –  Plate Tectonics Day  –  Lesson Plans and Activitieshttp://geology.com/teacher/plate-tectonics.shtml

Nov. 2 – Alternate birth date for Daniel Boone 1734 (other sources say Oct, 22) https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/

Nov. 3  –  First Dog in Space 1957  – Article and Resource List   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/dogs/

Nov. 4 – Common Sense Day – Read the Thomas Payne Publications  http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Thomas_Paine/Common_Sense/   and watch this episode of Liberty’s Kids  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE

Nov. 5 – Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night –  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/guy-fawkes

Nov. 6  –  Marooned Without a Compass Day  –  8 Ways to Find North Without a Compass  https://www.wikihow.com/Find-True-North-Without-a-Compass

Nov. 6 –  Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854  –  Audio Biography with Music Selections   http://www.classicsforkids.com/shows/shows.php?id=60

Nov. 7 –  Scientist Marie Curie born 1867  –  Short Biography and Printables  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdcurie.htm

Nov. 7 –  Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918 –  K-12 Downloadable Lesson Plans  –https://billygrahamlibrary.org/educational-resources/

Nov. 8  – Tongue Twister Day – How fast can you say these?   http://www.funenglishgames.com/funstuff/tonguetwisters.html

Nov. 9 –  Berlin Wall Opened, 1989 –  Article, Facts, and Quiz   http://www.ducksters.com/history/cold_war/berlin_wall.php

Nov. 9 –  Kristallnacht Anniversary 1938 – Exhibition, Video, and Educational Resource List  https://www.lookstein.org/professional-dev/kristallnacht-resources/

Nov. 10 – Theologian Martin Luther born 1483 –  Resource and Activity List

https://simplelivingcreativelearning.com/reformation-day-resources-and-activities/

Nov. 11 –  Geography Awareness Week begins * –  Geography Activities, Ideas, and Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

Nov. 11 – Origami Day –  http://www.franw.com/2013/12/holiday-and-winter-origami.html

Nov. 11 –  Remembrance/Veterans Day –  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/veteransremembrance-day.html

Nov. 12 –  Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815 –  http://www.franw.com/2013/11/womens-suffrage-research-resource.html

Nov. 13 –  World Kindness Day  –  100 Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids and Families  https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/100-acts-kindness-kids/

Nov. 14 –  Artist Claude Monet born 1840  –  http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/04/art-unit-for-claude-monet.html

Nov. 15 – America Recycles Day –  Crafting with Recyclables  http://www.franw.com/2013/04/make-your-own-crafts-from-repurposed.html

Nov. 15 –    Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887 –  Big Flower and Color Art Project    http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/05/create-color-like-okeeffe-a-georia-okeefe-arty-unit.html

Nov. 16 – Fast Food Day  – Fast Food Nutrition Lesson Plans (middle school/high school) –    http://www.fastfoodnutrition.org/lesson-plans.php

Nov. 17 – Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805 (some sources say 15th)-  Student Activities  http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/lewis-and-clark-student-activity

Nov. 18 – Mickey Mouse Debut 1928  Watch the first Mickey Mouse cartoon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6c_WgxTsMo

Nov. 19 – World Toilet Day –  Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/11/19/world-toilet-day/

Nov. 21 – First Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763 –   http://www.franw.com/2014/06/hot-air-balloons.html

Nov. 25 – Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946 –  Educator Resources, Activities, and Lesson Plans  http://marcbrownstudios.com/school/educators-faq/

Nov. 25 – Woody Woodpecker Debut 1940  –  Watch These 1940’s Episodes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOTOpybYf20

Nov. 26 – Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922 – Peanuts resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

Nov. 28 –  Thanksgiving (US)  *

Nov. 29

Nov. 29 – Author CS Lewis born 1898 –  Interactive Biography and Fun Facts  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/cs_lewis/

Nov. 30 – Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835 –

Happy November Learning!

betty jo

Learning Resources for Special Days in October

The October calendar has lots of learning opportunities.  Below is a wonderful collection of free resources for themed and special day studies all through the month!  Be sure to check back often for updates throughout October.

For the complete list of Special Days in October, 2019   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2019/09/26/special-days-in-october-2019/

Free Printable Special Days in October

October’s Special Days Activity Companion is available for purchase!

Resources for October Themes

Presidents Born in October:

  • Oct. 1 – Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Oct. 4 – Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Oct. 5 – Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Oct. 14 – Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Oct. 27 – Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Oct. 30 – John Adams born 1735

Resources for studying any president. https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

October Statehood Anniversaries and Country Independence Days

  • Nigeria Independence Oct. 1, 1960
  • Guinea Independence Oct. 2, 1958
  • Lesotho Independence Day Oct. 4, 1966
  • Uganda Independence Day Oct. 9, 1962
  • Fiji Independence Day Oct. 10, 1970
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day Oct. 10, 1949
  • Zambia Independence Day Oct. 24, 1964
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day Oct. 27, 1979
  • Nevada Statehood– Oct. 31, 1864

Resources for Special Days and Geography   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

October’s Daily Specials

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Oct. 3 –  SOS (distress code) established 1906  –  Resource List   http://www.franw.com/2017/08/sos-international-code.html

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Oct. 7 –  Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885  –  Resource List  –  http://www.franw.com/2017/08/niels-bohrs.html

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Oct. 18  –  Alternative Fuel Day  –

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Oct. 23  –  TV Talk Show Host Day – Tips to be a Successful Talk Show Host                   https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-be-a-talk-show-host-3176989

Oct. 24  –  United Nations Day – Lesson Plans, Activity Guides, Resources                       http://www.unausa.org/global-classrooms-model-un/for-educators/resources

Oct. 25

Oct. 26

Oct. 27 –  Tell a Story Day  –  Resources                                                     http://www.franw.com/2017/08/tell-story.html

Oct. 28

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Oct. 31

The list of my favorite “go to”and “cross curriculum” resources to help with monthly themes, calendar, and special days lesson planning  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

Happy October Learning!

betty jo

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl birthday quiz - how well do you know your Dahl? Quentin Blake

September 13 is “Roald Dahl Day” and our top pick for this week’s learning!

We started reading The BFG yesterday and I can already tell that it’s going to be one of our favorite stories.  A movie marathon (with the help of our local library) is part of this week’s agenda, too:  The Fantastic Mr. FoxMatilda, James and the Giant Peach, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Here’s our family’s list of the online resources as we learn about Roald Dahl and his career as one of the most popular children’s authors of all time.

Biography, Timeline, Quotes, Printables, and More  http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/news/celebrate-roald-dahl-100-with-teaching-ideas

Lesson Plans and Literature Study Guides for Dahl’s best known stories  https://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/teach/teach-the-stories

Character Study Notebooking  http://activityvillage.co.uk/roald-dahl-character-studies

Printable Quote Notes  http://activityvillage.co.uk/roald-dahl-lunch-box-notes

Coloring Pages and Craft  (scroll down a little bit for the pdf’s)  http://www.corkcitylibraries.ie/hollyhill/colouringcraftsdownloads/

Trivia and Quizzes  http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/kid_lit_authors_a_-_k/roald_dahl.html

roald-dahl-quote-secrets-magicbetty jo

 

 

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. And, in his honor, April 23 is “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”!  A couple of years ago, we learned about his life and works as part of our Renaissance Unit Studies. Below are online Shakespeare resources for today or any day.

Fun Facts and Timeline                                                                https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/william-shakespeare

Guide for How to Talk like Shakespeare  http://www.shakespeare400chicago.com/talklikeshakespeare.html

Shakespeare Translator to Modern English                                        https://www.shmoop.com/shakespeare-translator/

Shakespeare Invented Words and Phrases                                       http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/word-lists/list-of-words-and-phrases-shakespeare-invented.html

Teacher and Student Resources                                                                                https://www.folger.edu/

Shakespearean Sonnet Generator                                                                                            https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/

Globe Theater Educational Resources                                   http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education

Tour Stratford Upon Avon                                                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D57ji9MnM2U

Notebooking pages  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/shakespeare_notebook_pages.php

https://notebookingfairy.com/words-coined-by-shakespeare-free-notebooking-pages/

And, the kids will like playing some of these online puzzles and games  http://www.folger.edu/education/sfk_kids/

Tales from Shakespeare for young readers                                  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/573

Stories of Shakespeare’s plays written for children                       http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1430

Literature Guides (scroll down a little bit for the Shakespeare collection)   http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/index_author_s.html

Wishbone Shakespaw   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MsSMBrkHWI&list=PLA95D27DD44814AB9

Animated Tales Video Playlist                                                                  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0l3PC79f6wHJ4D7f_CtK9b21_9DzGlpl

Of course, there should be cake, because studying anyone on their birthday is better with cake!

Shakespeare Party Ideas and Printables                 https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/printable-party-kit-shakespearean-soiree

betty jo

For more of our Middle Ages/Renaissance Unit Studies click   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/08/keeping-the-code/

And here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/

And here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/07/art-day-sistine-chapel-style/

And here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

And here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/12/gothic-revival-in-western-kentucky/

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