We love bringing attention to special days and current events that can be supported and celebrated with digital resources in the classroom. In 2017, we posted suggestions and instructional strategies almost every week, and sometimes more. Here are the most popular posts and a description of the select multimedia resources and easy-to-implement classroom activities they provided. Use them now or paste a link into your calendar to prepare for celebrations in 2018.
Features accounts of the sometimes bizarre history of the holiday. Showcases creepy stories found in Discovery Education and encourages students to write their own (includes the use of spine-tingling sound effects to spark creativity.)
Even though it’s not an inauguration year, this post includes timeless resources about the presidential oath, the peaceful transfer of power, and the history of inaugurations in this country.
In last year’s lively lesson – still relevant this year – students were introduced to fun facts about St. Patrick and then invited to learn about and try to create an “illuminated manuscript” in the style of text from the Middle Ages.
4. Phelps vs shark
Who can forget this incredible race? Michael Phelps versus a great white shark. Relive the event and revisit the science and adaptations behind the best swimming in the world, achieved by both human and shark.
Valentine’s always brings a sweet series of resources and activities, and our post in 2017 focused on the heart and greeting cards and sent some love to math, ELA, and the arts.
6. Read Across America Day
In our 2017 post, students were treated to FOUR virtual experiences about reading on this day: the Read Across America Live Read Aloud, the International Dot Day Virtual Experience, the Shakespeare 400 Virtual Field Trip, and Barbara Bush Reads. This blog also provides Shmoop guides, the Great Books series, and Films by Weston Woods. So much to read, so little time.
The story of the first Thanksgiving is full of lore and this post encourages students to read several versions of the story of Squanto. Then, continuing in the storytelling tradition, student write their own very short account.
8. Veterans Day
Every day is a good day to celebrate veterans and this post helps you do that with a virtual viewing party (archive always available) and supporting activities for before, during, and after viewing. Also features remarks about veterans and their service by presidents throughout history.
Black History Month 2017 was celebrated on the blog by a content collection, lively lessons, and two collections of resources: one about life before the Emancipation Proclamation and one about the contributions of African Americans to art and culture.
Students considered the world of work by learning about the history of labor day and thinking about how they might like to enter the workforce. This post encouraged students to research jobs, compare the details, and consider their appeal.