Posts tagged ‘holidays’

October 14, 2011

Eisenhower’s Birthday

by stryson

Today is President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday. Eisenhower’s famous for many things, clearly, but one interesting point of note is that he was the earliest candidate to really start advertising via television. The ads are archived and still available online, along with the others from 1952 forward, on The Living Room Candidate. I’m going to show some of Ike’s ads to my classes today; I’ll be interested to see how they react. They look hokey by our standards, but they were groundbreaking for their time.

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October 13, 2011

Molly Pitcher

by stryson

Good morning!

It’s Molly Pitcher’s birthday today. I searched Discovery Education Streaming, but the only Molly Pitcher information they had was geared toward older kids. Thus, I went searching elsewhere, and found this brief video. I’ll be starting my classes off with it today. I’m continuing my quest to build their background knowledge through holidays and special events each day, as I mentioned here.

Enjoy your Thursday!

September 22, 2011

Happy Hobbit Day!

by stryson

Happy Hobbit Day!

What better way to start this day than with a ridiculous, nerdy sing-along with Leonard Nimoy?

For those of you not in the know, Hobbit Day is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpieces, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In addition to doing age-appropriate readings about hobbits, thanks to edhelper.com, I’ll be using The Hobbit Name Generator for some fun with my kids.

If you’re not in a position to spend the day reading or walking about barefoot, perhaps you can create a hobbit name for yourself and make the effort to eat six meals today. You can’t beat hobbits for lifestyle choices.

September 21, 2011

Morning updates

by stryson

Today is international peace day… or maybe tomorrow is. Both are marked as such on my calendar of holidays. Oh, well! I think an extra day of peace can’t be a bad thing. In any case, today is also World Alzheimer’ Day and World Gratitude day. So – don’t forget to be thankful!

I know, that was a terrible joke. I couldn’t resist.

I should be able to finally start teaching my sixth graders today, though my fourth and fifth graders are not yet done testing, so we cannot begin yet. I feel like the testing is never ending, but I know it seems that way every year.

Things will get more interesting around this blog as my classes get going. I’ve also been looking into some new educational games to share, but I like to play them through before I link them. Look for those to come.

I’m also open to recommendations for books on a fifth or sixth grade reading level. What did you really enjoy reading at that age?

September 19, 2011

Talk Like a Pirate Day

by stryson

Avast, mateys! Don’t ye forget it be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It also be time for diagnostic standardized testing (we use the Stanfords) for the young mateys. I suspect they’ll have me walkin’ the plank by the end of the day.

OK, I stink at this pirate-talk thing. Here’s hoping it sounds more convincing to fourth graders. Enjoy your day!

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September 13, 2011

Small Celebrations

by stryson

Happy birthday, Roald Dahl!

It’s also International Chocolate Day.

Anyone else suddenly have an urge to throw a party? Or is it just me? Roald Dahl was such an influence on my love of reading, and chocolate just speaks for itself.

I have much still to accomplish this morning, but the day progresses so much easier when you start it on a celebratory note.  Happy Wear a Dress Tuesday, everyone!

September 12, 2011

More than I bargained for

by stryson

I used to love it when I had teachers that knew about all of the obscure holidays and themed months and would toss them into lessons, so I went searching for a calendar today to enable me to do the same. Apples 4 The Teacher has a section with exactly the resource I wanted. Great, right? Well, yes – mostly.

I knew that there were many different causes and concepts that claim each month as “theirs,” but WOW the list is long! To top that off, there are 2, 3, and sometimes even 4 things listed on each day. Wow! Clearly, I’ll pick and choose what I share, but I’m surprised, even though I thought I was prepared for a lot.

By way of closing:

Happy National Boss Day!

Happy Video Games Day!

Also, watch out for the full moon tonight.