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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 17
    Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday.
    Students discuss Benjamin Franklin's contributions to postal history, investigate the roles of the Postmaster General, and write letters to their classmates using the Letter Generator.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Today is National Grandparents Day.
    National Grandparents Day, first proposed in 1970, was officially proclaimed in 1978.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 3
    United States Congress officially adopted the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1985.
    Students investigate the website of a past Poet Laureate's project and use it as a model to celebrate poetry that appeals most to them.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 20
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.
    Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 7
    Write letters that make things happen!
    In a small group or as individuals, students write letters related to a unit of study or particular topic they have studied.

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