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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 13
    Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.
    Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 23
    The Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children is announced today.
    Students read and discuss an award-winning book before writing their own story that demonstrates compassion.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 10
    The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846.
    After exploring an exhibit online, students use the information they learned to write "A Day in the Life" narratives that tell about a person, animal, or object they saw in the exhibit.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 23
    The Summer Olympics start today!
    Students explore a variety of themes such as peace, culture, motion, sports, and competition using 2020/21 Summer Olympics games in Tokyo as the backdrop.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Time Magazine launches its "Tom Swifty" contest today in 1963.
    Students have fun with language by creating a special kind of pun with its origin in a literary source.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 31
    Today is Walt Whitman's birthday.
    Students write and illustrate their own children's stories using the text from a Walt Whitman poem.
  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 27
    Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.
    Students research different awards given by the ALA and do an activity based on one of the awards.

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