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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 21
    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.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 6  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 1
    The first U.S. zoo opened in Philadelphia in 1874.
    Students consider how zoos have changed over the past century and design their own zoo of the future using drawings, posters, dioramas, or other displays.
  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  |  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.
  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   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.
  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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