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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 17
    The Wright brothers made their phenomenal flight!
    Students celebrate the Wright brothers' flight in 1903 by having a classroom celebration that includes a multimedia timeline and comparisons of the Wright Flyer to the planes we have today.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 18
    Today is Chris Van Allsburg's birthday.
    Students explore varying points of view, one of Van Allsburg's common themes, by rewriting a traditional story.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 12
    Today is D.E.A.R. Day!
    April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for "Drop Everything and Read," a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 29
    Today is Leap Day!
    Our solar year is 365.24219 days. Since our calendar does not deal in partial days, every four years, we add an additional day to February.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 3  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 5
    Today is Leo Lionni's birthday.
    As a child growing up in Holland, Leo Lionni taught himself how to draw and later became an author and illustrator of children's books. Leo Lionni is the winner of four Caldecott awards.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 17
    Today is St. Patrick's Day.
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by reading Irish folk tales and using the Story Cube tool to create a graphic organizer and see what characteristics are unique to Irish tales.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 27
    Today is the birthday of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.
    After reading one of Carroll's chapters, students plan an unbirthday party and do activities and preparation for the event.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 21
    Today is the International Day of Peace.
    Students brainstorm a list of current conflicts and why people fight. Groups discuss and present possible solutions and create posters that promote their particular solution.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 21
    Today is World Poetry Day.
    Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 6
    Two famous Smiths share this birthday.
    Students research Captain John Smith and Jedediah Smith, and compare them. Students then investigate the meaning of their last name.

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