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Wiffle Ball

According to the  Special Days in August  list, the 14th is the anniversary of the invention of Wiffle Ball.  Wiffle Ball is one of the best backyard activities!  The game doesn’t require expensive equipment, a large area, or a lot of people.  It’s wonderful for PE and science (and history too)!  Here’s some resources to learn about the history of the game, the science behind the Wiffle ball, and the rules on how to play.

“It all began in the summer of 1953 …”                  http://www.wiffle.com/pages/welcome.asp?page=welcome

The Science of How a Wiffle Ball Works              https://www.popsci.com/article/technology/how-it-works-wiffle-ball-pitch

Game Rules                                                            http://www.wiffle.com/pages/game_rules.asp?page=game_rules

Wiffle Ball Pitch – Science Video

Have fun learning and playing!

betty jo

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Memorial Day

I’ve found some wonderful free cross curriculum resources for learning with a Memorial Day theme!

Memorial Day Lesson Plans, Projects, Printables, and Activities (I love the arts and craft idea of making a shoe box parade float!)                                    https://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/memorial-day/

More Memorial Day Projects, Printables, and Activities               http://www.theholidayzone.com/memorial/

Memorial Day Bible Lessons and Resources                                                      https://mintools.com/veterans-memorial-day-resources.htm

History of Memorial Day video                                                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRXrfs0f1Fo

Soldiers placing flags at Arlington National Cemetery video                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHhIkWlHw60

Memorial Day Vocabulary List and Word Puzzles                                           https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/memorial-day-may-30th-vocabulary/

Free Printable Patriotic Writing Paper              https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:patriotic%20writing%20paper/Price-Range/Free

Memorial Day Math Lesson                                              https://www.yummymath.com/2018/memorial-day-2018/

Poppy Classification            http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2009/wasicek_lind/Classification.htm

Poppy Description, Uses, Symbolism, Photo Gallery                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy

Timeline of American Wars                                      http://www.roswellmemorialday.com/history/timeline-of-americas-wars/

My friend Dawn has some awesome ideas for “War” studies on her Journey Through History list!     https://schoolinswag.wordpress.com/our-journey-through-history/

betty jo

 

 

 

 

Special Days in May, 2018

May is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2018 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

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

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2018  (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • National Day of Reason * (1st Thurs.)
  • Paranormal Day
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Latvia Independence (from Soviet Union) 1990
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Oyster Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • Office Fax introduced 1964

May 6

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Tourist Appreciation Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Tourism Day
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)

May 8

  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • School Nurse Day *

May 10

  • Ascension Day *
  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Shrimp Day

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Food Alegery Week begins *
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week begins * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Ramadan begins *
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Drawing Day
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day

May 18

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day
  • Shavuot begins *

May 20

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cuba Indeendence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Pentecost *
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF: Special Days in May

May Resources  (currently being updated for 2018)

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.

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

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.se7en.org.za/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

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

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

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Happy April!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

Special Days in February, 2018

Here is the list of February 2018 holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures, composers and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

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

February Awareness and Observation Themes

  • African American History
  • American History
  • Bird Feeding
  • Black History
  • Boost Self Esteem
  • Dental Health
  • Dog Training/Education
  • Expect Success
  • Friendship
  • Heart
  • Haiku Writing
  • Hoof Care
  • Humpback Whale Awareness
  • Laugh Friendly
  • Library Lovers
  • Love the Bus
  • Low Vision
  • Mend a Broken Heart
  • Plant Seeds of Greatness
  • Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall
  • Responsible Pet Owner
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Time Management
  • Youth Leadership

February Food Themes

  • Avocado
  • Bake for Family Fun
  • Banana
  • Beans
  • Berry Fresh
  • Canned Food
  • Celebration of Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Lovers
  • Exotic Vegetables
  • Great Pies
  • Hot Breakfast
  • Grapefruit
  • Potato Lover’s
  • Snack Food
  • Star Fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato

Free PDF and resources are available at the end of the list.

February’s Daily Specials  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Feb. 1

  • Be an Encourager Day
  • Bureau of Forestry created 1905 (US)
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week begins
  • G.I. Joe Day
  • Hula in the Coola Day
  • Imbolc
  • Oxford English Dictionary published 1884
  • Serpent Day
  • 1st Single rpm Record released 1949
  • Reader’s Digest 1st published 1922
  • Robinson Crusoe Day
  • Spunky Old Broads Day
  • 1st US Supreme Court 1790

Feb. 2

  • Blame Someone Else Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Bubble Gum Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Candlemas
  • Green Week begins
  • Groundhog Day
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Kiwi Day
  • Marmot Day
  • Sled Dog Day
  • World Wetlands Day

Feb.3

  • Bean Toss Day/Risshun
  • Carrot Cake Day
  • The Communist Party of Vietnam  established 1930
  • The Day the Music Died (Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson and their pilot died in an aviation accident 1959)
  • Feed the Birds Day
  • Artist Norman Rockwell born 1894

Feb. 4

  • Apache Wars begin 1861
  • Artist Appreciation Day
  • Create a Vacuum Day
  • Homemade Soup Day
  • Income Tax established 1913 (US)
  • Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902
  • Cilvil Rights Activist Rosa Parks born 1913
  • Sri Lanka Independence Day 1948
  • Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • Super Bowl LII *
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day
  • Thank a Mailman Day
  • USO Day
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • World Cancer Day

Feb. 5

  • Baseball’s Hank Aaron born 1934
  • Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Loop-the-Loop Centrifugal Railway patented 1901
  • Theologian Dwight L. Moody born 1837
  • Nutella Day
  • Robert Peel born 1788
  • Weatherman’s Day
  • Western Monarch Day
  • Wildlife Federation founded 1936 (US)

Feb. 6

  • Chopsticks Day
  • Baseball’s Babe Ruth (George Herman) born 1895
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Frozen Yogurt Day
  • Massachusetts Statehood 1788
  • Monopoly Game introduced  1935
  • Pay a Compliment Day
  • President Ronald Reagan born 1911
  • Sami National Day
  • Waitangi Day (New Zealand)

Feb. 7

  • Author Charles Dickens born 1812
  • Fettuccine Alfredo Day
  • Grenada Independence Day 1974
  • Risk Awareness Week begins
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Send a Card to a Friend Day
  • 1st Unattached Spacewalk 1984
  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • Author Laura Ingalls Wilder born 1867

Feb. 8

  • Bake Pizza Week begins
  • Boy Scouts (US) founded 1910
  • Celebration of Love Week begins
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day * (2nd Thurs.)
  • Hershey Chocolate Founded 1894
  • Kite Flying Day
  • Laugh and Get Rich Day
  • Opera Day
  • Propose Day
  • PyeongChang  2018 Winter Olympic Games begin *
  • Author Jules Verne born 1828

Feb. 9

  • Bagels and Lox Day
  • Happy Chocolate Day
  • President William Harrison born 1773
  • Pizza Pie Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week begins
  • Read in the Bathtub Day
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Toothache Day

Feb. 10

  • Reformer Samuel Plimsoll born 1824
  • French and Indian War Ends 1763
  • Umbrella Day

Feb. 11

  • Be Electrific Day
  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • Inventor Thomas Edison born 1847
  • Inventor’s Day
  • Iran National Day
  • Jello Week begins (2nd full week)
  • Make a Friend Day
  • Nelson Mandela released 1990
  • Peppermint Patty Day
  • Shut-in Visitation Day
  • White Shirt Day

Feb. 12

  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • Clean Out Your Computer Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Scientist Charles Darwin born 1809
  • Family Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • President Abraham Lincoln born 1809
  • Lost Penny Day
  • Oatmeal Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Safety Pup Day

Feb. 13

  • Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras *
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Pancake Day
  • 1st Public School opened 1635 (US)
  • Radio Day
  • Stamp Collectors Day
  • Tortellini Day
  • Artist Grant Wood born 1892
  • World Radio Day

Feb. 14

  • Arizona Statehood 1912
  • Comedian Jack Benny born 1894
  • Creme Filled Chocolates Day
  • Frederick Douglass Day
  • Ferris Wheel Day (Inventor George Ferris born 1859)
  • Have a Heart Day
  • League of Women Voters Day
  • Library Lovers Day
  • Lent begins *
  • Oregon Statehood 1859
  • Race Relations Day
  • Quirkyalone Day
  • Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15

  • Susan B Anthony born 1820
  • Author Norman Birdwell born 1928
  • Decimal Day
  • Flag Day – Canada
  • Scientist Galileo Galilei born 1564
  • Gum Drop Day
  • Hippo Day
  • Singles Awareness Day
  • Total Defense Day (Singapore)

Feb. 16

  • Almond Day
  • Chinese New Year *
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Lithuania Independence Reinstate 1918
  • Nylon introduced 1937
  • Read Aloud Day
  • King Tutankhamen’s Tomb opened 1923

Feb. 17

  • Human Spirit Day
  • Athlete Michael Jordan born 1963
  • My Way Day
  • Newsweek Magazine 1st Published 1933
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • World Cabbage Day

Feb. 18

  • Battery Day (Inventor Volta born 1745)
  • Hernando Cortes sets sail for Mexico 1519
  • Engineers’ Week begins *
  • Gambia Independence Day 1965
  • International Friendship Week * (last full week)
  • Kid Inventors Day
  • Queen Mary I born 1516
  • Pluto discovered 1930

Feb. 19

  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week * (3rd Mon.)
  • Scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born 1473
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • Iwo Jima Day (battle began 1945)
  • Phonograph patented 1878
  • Presidents’ Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Temporary Insanity Day

Feb. 20

  • Photographer Ansel Adams born 1902
  • Cherry Pie
  • Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere)
  • Love Your Pet Day
  • Social Justice Day
  • Student Volunteer Day
  • Toothpick patented 1872
  • Women in Blue Jeans Day

Feb. 21

  • Card Reading Day
  • The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx first published 1848
  • Confederate Constitution 1862
  • Entrepreneurship Week begins
  • Mother Language Day
  • Polaroid Camera 1st demonstrated 1947
  • Single Taking Day
  • Sticky Bun Day
  • Washington Monument dedicated 1885

Feb. 22

  • Be Humble Day
  • Chili Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Cook a Sweet Potato Day
  • Future Farmers of America Week begins
  • Wildlife Expert Steve Irwin born 1962
  • Saint Lucia Independence Day 1979
  • Walking the Dog Day
  • President George Washington born 1732
  • World Thinking Day

Feb. 23

  • Banana Bread Day
  • Curling is Cool Day
  • Diesel Engine Day
  • Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • Dolly the Sheep Cloned 1997
  • French Fry Friday  * (4th Fri.)
  • Composer George Frederick Handel born 1685
  • Writer Samuel Pepys born 1633
  • Play Tennis Day
  • Polio Vaccine 1st used 1954

Feb. 24

  • Missionary Gladys Aylward born 1902
  • Dia de la Bandera (Mexico)
  • Flying Scotsman begins service 1923
  • Gregorian Calendar introduced 1582
  • Author Wilhelm Grimm born 1786
  • Artist Winslow Homer born 1836
  • Mexican Independence 1821
  • Sword Swallowers Day * (last Sat.)
  • Tortilla Chip Day

Feb. 25

  • 1st Anderson Shelter 1939
  • Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • Clam Chowder Day
  • Let’s All Eat Right Day
  • Paper Currency introduced (US) 1862
  • Peace Corp Week begins
  • Pistol Patented 1836 (Samuel Colt)
  • 1st Power Driven Vacuum Cleaner introduced 1902
  • Artist Rierre Renoir born 1841

Feb. 26

  • Buffalo Bill born 1846
  • Carnival Day
  • Communist Manifesto  published 1848
  • Grand Canyon National Park established 1919
  • 1st Grand National Steeplechase 1839
  • Author Victor Hugo born 1802
  • For Pete’s Sake Day
  • Pistachio Day
  • Levi Strauss born 1829
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Feb. 27

  • Dominican Republic Independence Day 1844
  • Author Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow born 1807
  • Polar Bear Day
  • No Brainer Day
  • Author John Steinbeck born 1902
  • Strawberry Day
  • Texas Cowboy Poetry Week begins
  • World NGO Day

Feb. 28

  • Chocolate Souffle Day
  • DNA discovered 1953
  • Floral Design Day
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day * (4th Wed.)
  • Scientist Linus Pauling born 1901
  • Public Sleeping Day
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Smokey the Bear introduced 1944
  • Tooth Fairy Day

Free Printable – Special Days in February (1)

 February Resources    – Currently being updated and edited for 2018

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 calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web.  These are the best sites for finding special days resources online.

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/february

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

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2018/02/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

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

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

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 to the list.

Happy February!

betty jo

Special Days Archive

A friend asked if I could put the links for a year’s worth of Special Days in one post so she wouldn’t have to search each time she worked ahead on her lesson plans.  That’s a good idea! So …

These are the direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.  (Note – The 26th of each month is usually when the updates are finished for the next month.)

Special Days in January 2018

January Resources

Special Days in February 2018

February Resources

Special Days in March 2018

March Resources

Special Days in April 2018

April Resources

Special Days in May 2018

May Resources

Special Days in June 2018

June Resources

Special Days in July 2018

July Resources

Special Days in August 2018

August Resources

Special Days in September 2017

September Resources

Special Days in October 2017

October Resources

Special Days in November 2017

November Resources

Special Days in December 2017

December Resources

 

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!

Several years ago my family included Hanukkah as one of our December holiday studies.  The older kids remember it, but the younger boys do not.  So, that’s my cue to include Hanukkah learning into our homeschooling lessons!  Below are some wonderful online resources and activities that I’ve found for us as we explore this 8 night celebration.

Candle lighting, Maccabees, Dreidels, Latkas, and more … https://www.myjewishlearning.com/category/celebrate/hanukkah/

How to Make and Play a Dreidel Printable   https://www.familyeducation.com/…/hanu…/hanukkah-dreidel

Menorah Craft Instructions                                                           http://blog.jugglingfrogs.com/2007/12/how-to-make-chanukah-menorah-chanukiyah.html

Hanukkah Arts and Crafts Projects   http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/hanukahartscraftsideaskidsprojects.html

Printable Writing and Coloring Pages and More   https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/hanukkah-printables

Lapbook Printables                                http://www.homeschoolshare.com/hanukkah_lapbook.php

Printable Word Games and Activities          http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/hanukkah/

3 Hanukkah Math Lessons                                                           https://www.yummymath.com/2017/why-are-the-dates-of-hanukkah-different-every-year/

8 Christian Hanukkah Readings and Devotions on Light   http://heartofwisdom.com/biblicalholidays/2016/12/07/hanukkah-readings-for-eight-nights/

Hanukkah Piano Sheet Music Printables and MP3 Downloads   http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/Holidays/Hanukkah.html

Maccabeats Haukkah Music Videos                                                      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgWWM18u2RI0sAiiWDjmaPFa6s16KLd7A

Hulu is currently streaming Rugrats Chanukah!   Also, if you have access to Disney Jr., Little Einsteins, Special Agent Oso and Puppy Dog Tales have Hanukkah episodes.

Hanukkah Sameach!  (Happy Hanukkah in Hebrew)

betty jo

 

 

Learning Resources For Special Days In December

December has such wonderful learning opportunities.  Here’s a helpful resource list for learning from the December calendar.  And, check back often throughout the month for updates, edits, and more resources!

BIG List of holidays, birthdays, themes, and historic dates for December, 2017   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/11/26/special-days-in-december-2/

My favorite calendar based learning resources for any month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

This will be my twentieth December of teaching Christmas related lessons!  However only a few of those have been with online resources.  And each one has been more than helpful!

This is my collection of Advent and Christmas Countdown, cross curricular resources from a couple of years ago.  These made everyday until Christmas even more special  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/06/countdown-to-christmas/

Also we have learned about Christmas traditions from around the world.  It was an awesome study.  We used these resources  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=melting+pot

Christmas Science –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/13/how-holidays-are-made-and-other-christmas-science-lessons/

Christmas Break Fun –   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/12/20/christmas-break-fun/

Hanukkah Activities and Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/12/12/hanukkah-oh-hanukkah/

President’s with birthdays in December

  • Dec. 5 – Martin Van Buren born 1782
  • Dec. 28 – Woodrow Wilson born 1856
  • Dec. 29 – Andrew Johnson born 1808

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

December Statehood Anniversaries:

  • Illinois – Dec. 3, 1818
  • Delaware – Dec. 7. 1787
  • Mississippi – Dec. 10, 1817
  • Indiana – Dec. 11, 1816
  • Pennsylvania – Dec. 12, 1787
  • Alabama – Dec. 14, 1819
  • New Jersey – Dec. 18, 1787
  • Iowa – Dec. 28, 1846
  • Texas – Dec. 29, 1845

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

December’s Daily Specials

Dec. 1  –  Cookie Cutter Day  –  Craft Projects                                           https://www.redtedart.com/cookie-cutter-craft-ideas/

Dec. 2 – Missionary Mary Slessor born 1848 – Find a biography suitable for most any reading level  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpslessor.html

Dec. 2 – CT Studd born 1860  Pick one of these biographies to read  http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpstudd.html

Dec. 3  –  Galileo invented the Telescope 1621 –  Galileo Resources   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/25/galileo/

Dec. 4  –  World Wildlife Conservation Day  –  Endangered Species Index   https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/directory

Dec. 5  –  Bubblegum Day  –  Resource and Project List   http://www.franw.com/2011/09/bubblegum.html

Dec. 6 – Mitten Tree Day – Video story                                                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EODSI1vGOA&list=RD0EODSI1vGOA&index=1

Then donate a pair of gently used or new mittens to a clothing charity.  Also, if you have any mixed matched mittens, (I know we do),  don’t toss them, use them for these cute mitten puppets  http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/03/easy-mitten-puppets.html

Dec. 6 – St. Nicholas Day  –  Biography, Traditions, Games, and Stories  http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home/

Dec. 7 – Letter Writing Day – How to Write Christmas Letters and Printables  http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/write-christmas-letters-free-templates/

Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 1941 —  Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities   http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/pearl-harbor-attacked-japanese-20363.html

Dec. 7  –  Sculptor/Artist Marie Grosholtz Tussand born 1761  –  Museum Website with a peak at “What’s Inside”                                                                     https://www.madametussauds.com/london/en/

Dec. 8  –  First Greeting Card printed 1843  –  The History of Christmas Cards             https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/cards.shtml

Dec. 8  –  Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day  –  Creative Writing Assignment                 https://layers-of-learning.com/more-creative-writing-time-travel-style/

Dec.9 –  Debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 – “Peanuts” Learning Resources and Activities  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/

Dec. 9 – Petrified Forest National Park established 1962 –  http://www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm

Dec. 10  –

Dec. 11 – Northern Lights Recorded for First Time 1719 –  http://www.kidsastronomy.com/Aurora_article.php

Dec. 12  –  Ginger Bread House Day  –  Resources and Activities   http://www.franw.com/2017/12/gingerbread-activities.html

Dec. 12  –  Hot Cocoa Day  –  Recipe and Projects       http://www.franw.com/2013/12/homemade-hot-cocoa-mix.html

Dec. 12 – Poinsettia Day –  Resources and Activities            http://www.franw.com/2017/12/poinsettia-resource-page.html

Dec. 13 – Ice Cream Day – Resources, Activities, and Recipes – http://www.franw.com/2011/07/ice-cream.html

Dec. 13  –  Santa Lucia Day  –  Origins and Traditions  https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/sweden.shtml

Dec. 14 – Christmas Bird Count Week begins – Resources and Activities – http://www.franw.com/2014/03/bird-watching-activities.html

Dec. 16 – Missionary Amy Carmichael born 1867 – Learning ideas and resources  http://www.playeatgrow.com/2012/05/grow-amy-carmichael-may-missionary.html/

Dec. 17 – Missionary Isobel Kuhn   Read a short biography about her http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1901-2000/the-kuhns-rainy-season-bible-school-11630767.html

Dec. 31 –  New Year’s Eve  –  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/01/01/new-years-resources/

My apologies for not having a quick resource for the other special days in December, but we take our winter break before Christmas and continue it through New Year’s Day.

betty jo