Penguins

April 25 is “World Penguin Day”! In case you didn’t get to learn about penguins back on “Penguin Awareness Day” (Jan. 20), here’s a wonderful list of resources for today.

Still Learning Something New

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I was going over the Special Days in January list with my boys and J got excited when he saw that “Penguin Awareness Day” was coming up Jan. 20.  J is my kid who hardly ever gets excited about anything “school”.  I wasn’t planning for a science/research study this week, but his excitement over penguins inspired me to plan a penguin study anyway.  Below are the resources we found to incorporate the topic of penguins over several subjects and for all of our learning levels.  I apologize for the few links that didn’t highlight in blue.  I’m not sure what my technical difficulty is about, but I’m working on getting those fixed.  Until then, you will need to copy and paste those links into your browser search bar.

Penguin Vocabulary Glossary  –  http://www.penguinscience.com/education/glossary.php

Penguin Information, Facts, Conservation, Photos – http://www.penguins-world.com/

Wonderful Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode where he visits with penguins …

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Special Days in April, 2018

 

“April Showers  bring May flowers”. However, April brings a lot of special days too! Here’s the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, and famous birthdays for April, 2018.

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

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Arab American Heritage
  • Astronomy
  • Autism Awareness
  • Car Care
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Home Improvement
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness

April Food Themes

  • BLT Sandwich
  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soft Pretzel
  • Soy Foods
  • Tomato

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

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Easter Sunday *
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Easter Monday *
  • Egg Salad Week begins * (Mon. after Easter)
  • Explore Your Career Options Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Public Health Week begins *
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • NATO established 1949
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day
  • Walking Day * (1st Wed.)

April 5

  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Island “discovered” 1722
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Tartan Day (Scottish Heritage)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Just Pray No! Weekend of Prayer and Fasting *
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Robotics Week begins *
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Garden Week begins * (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • National Library Week begins *
  • Roma Day
  • National Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Georgia Independence 1991
  • Name Yourself Day

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Library Day * (Tues. during Library Week)
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • American Indian Awareness Week begins *
  • Big Wind Day
  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Teen Literature Day * (Thurs. of Library Week)
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Baby Massage Day (2nd Sat.)
  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • Slow Art Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Boys & Girls Club Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Spring Astronomy Week begins * (always week of Spring Astronomy Day)
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912
  • Volunteer Week begins *

April 16

  • Boston Marathon * (3rd Mon.)
  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Week of the Young Child begins *
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Primrose Day
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775

April 20

  • Chinese Language Day
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day *
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • Astronomy Day *
  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Day of Silence
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Global Youth Service Days  * (3rd weekend)
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Husband Appreciation Day  * (3rd Sat.)
  • Infant & Toddler Immunization Week begins *
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Money Smart Week begins *
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • National Park Week begins *
  • Rome Founded 753 BC

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Preservation Week begins *
  • Princess Week begins * (last full week)
  • Roller Skates patented 1823
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week with the 24th)

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • Environmental Education Week * (Mon. of last full week)
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Playground Safety Week begins *
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564 (other sources say April 26)
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Dance Week begins
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Ireland Independence 916
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Sky Awareness Week *(last full week)
  • Fiddler’s Frolic begins *
  • Gathering of Nations Pow Wow *
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day *
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th Thurs.)

April 27

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Save the Frogs Day (last Fri.)
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960
  • World Tapir Day

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Floralia
  • Frog Day * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Veterinary Day  * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day * (last Sat.)

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Animal Advocacy Day
  • Buggs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • National Gardening Week * (UK)
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

Free Printable – Special Days in April

April Resource List

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 April calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

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

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

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

Happy April!

betty jo