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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 28
    The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986.
    Students interview a parent or another adult about the Challenger and hypothesize about differences. Students can also write about the Columbia disaster in 2003.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 26
    The United States celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.
    On this day, instead of teaching about a single day of Thanksgiving, use this as an opportunity to the concept of giving thanks.
  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 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 5
    Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko's birthday.
    Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   4 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 3
    Today is World Read Aloud Day.
    Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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