Celebrating Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Flights

Imagine traveling around during late 1900′ Ohio and then to Kittyhawk, North Carolina to learn about the Fathers of Flight. Celebrate the invention of flight by observing Wright Brothers Day on December 17th with the help of NASA! Engage in learning with activities, simulations, primary sources, photos, historical articles and blueprints plus watching video clips of their early flights. Place yourself back in history and see how their inventions have helped transform the lives of people around the world.

See more at https://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/index.htm

Nobel Prize Day

Nobel Prize Day

Nobel Prize Day is December 10th.  Nobel Prizes are awarded annually for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature. Check out this resource to learn about the current winners including Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for creating a new style of music. Find out why Alfred Nobel created the Prize; learn about any of the recipients since 1901! Read about the “Women Who Changed the World” and the youngest Nobel Laureate ever, who was only 17. In the Educational section, check out the educational games; try the Blood Typing Game to learn about human blood types and blood transfusions or The Diabetic Dog Game, where you take care of a dog with diabetes.

See more at http://www.nobelprize.org

PBS LearningMedia: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks Day (12/1)

December 1st is the day to celebrate “The Women Who Changed a Nation” and “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement”. These honorable titles are attributed to Rosa Parks. In honor of Rosa Parks Day, watch an interview with Rosa Parks as she describes her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Support materials for teachers are included, such as background information, discussion questions, and a student handout.

See more at https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/iml04.soc.ush.civil.parks/rosa-parks/.

Native American Heritage Month (November)

Native American Heritage Day (11/24)

November is a month to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Native Americans. With this website you can take a virtual tour of eighteen totem poles along the Totem Trail is Sitka National Historical Park. Click through exhibits and collections from the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Digital Library. Watch videos of Native American speakers, look through teaching resources, and view a collection of images. This multimedia resource celebrates the history, art, and tradition of Native Americans both past and present.

See more at http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/.

History of Western Philosophers

World Philosophy Day (11/16)

Follow the links on this website to learn all about Western Philosophy. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy contains information about Plato, Aristotle, and various ideas of thought. Then move onto Early Modern Philosophy with the Renaissance, Descartes, Locke, and more. Recent Modern Philosophy includes the Enlightenment, Kant, Idealism, and Pragmatism among other things. And, finally, Contemporary Philosophy ideas including existentialism, Postmodernism, feminism, and more. Other links also include a dictionary, study guide, timeline, logic, and more in this comprehensive introduction to Western Philosophy. So whether you’re just getting started or want to learn more, this resource will be exactly what you are looking for.

See more at http://www.philosophypages.com/hy/index.htm.

Sesame Street: Games

Sesame Street Day (11/10)

Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and many more characters as you find your way to Sesame Street. Celebrate Sesame Street Day, November 10th, by playing games that reinforce the colors, shapes, letters, sounds, and basic math concepts. Additional links to videos and art will provide an opportunity to fully observe the show that first broadcasted in 1969 by the Children’s Television Workshop. The Sesame Street Day will bring the importance of early childhood education back to the forefront, along with the fully immersed values in arts education, play, and healthy choices in each activity.

See more at http://www.sesamestreet.org/games#media/game_1d5fc163-c225-42da-bb59-75e763ba038f.

Scholastic: Harry Potter

National Magic Day, on Halloween, with Harry Potter? Sounds like a marvelous magical mix of mystery! Celebrate National Magic Day (10/31) this year by diving into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Explore each of the seven Harry Potter novels with this complete interactive experience. Unlock the magic with mind-bending tasks, participate in trivia challenges, practice all things Potter pronunciation, read about the books’ illustrators, or find out what your Patronus is! Read provided chapter excerpts of each book, or even listen to an audio read-aloud of each installment’s first chapter. This Harry Potter exhibit will leave you immersed in JK Rowling’s imaginative world.

See more at http://harrypotter.scholastic.com/.

Comic Books and Cartoon Squares

October 18th is Comic Strip Appreciation Day! The art and genre of comic strips have become a common format in today’s society. Comic strips often portray real-life situations in a somewhat light-hearted way to express many viewpoints of politics, family, etc. Daily newspapers always contain comic strips. Some of us might even use the comics pages as wrapping paper! Here is an option to explore the graphic writing concept in the form of a book report. This lesson will challenge students’ critical thinking skills, writing, drawing, and reading comprehension to relate a book they have read. Included, users will find an online format for their new creation, a rubric for educators, and a couple informative external resources to enhance learning about the story of comics. Celebrate this special day!

See more at http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/book-report-alternative-comic-195.html.

Science News for Students: A Woman’s Place is in Science

Celebrate the achievements of women in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day (10/10)! This international celebration day focuses on increasing the awareness of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical fields. This article discusses how research is showing an increase of women working in the science fields. Learn how women are bridging the gap but there is still room for improvement. This article also features current women’s role in STEM careers which aligns with the focus of the day to create new role models to encourage more young women to pursue STEM careers.

See more at https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/women-science-girls-STEM.