Holidays and Special Themes

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General Labor Day
Beginning of School Fall/Apples/Pumpkins/Harvest
Remembering September 11th
Columbus Day/Discoverer's Day Bats/Spiders
Halloween/Dia de los Muertos Elections
Thanksgiving Veterans Day
December Holidays New Year Celebrations
Winter/Snow Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School Black History Month
Presidents' Day Groundhog Day
Iditarod Valentine's Day
St. Patrick's Day March is Reading Month/Dr. Seuss
Spring April Fool's Day
Earth Day Easter
Cinco de Mayo Michigan Week
Mother's Day End of School
Memorial Day Flag Day
Father's Day Summer
Olympics
Character Education Safety

General:

Education World: Holiday Center Archives    Links to lesson plans, activities and resources

Multi-Cultural Calendar   Children from all over the world have submitted descriptions of holiday celebrations in their countries

The Earth Calendar   Lists holidays from around the world for every day of the year.

Yahooligans: Holidays Around the World   List of links to worldwide celebrations

Holiday Lesson Plans   TeacherLink has compiled a collection of holiday lesson plans for K-6th Grade students.

Holidays Around the World  This series of articles from World Book includes information about a variety of holidays.

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Beginning of School:

First Day of School Activities  Ideas submitted by classroom teachers

It's That Time: 25 Great Reasons to Start Thinking About Going Back to School  Education World has compiled "icebreaker activities, classroom management tips, quick activity ideas when you have five minutes to spare, and much more".

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Memorial Day:

Memorial Day  Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

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Mother's Day:

Mother's Day  and Mother's Day Magic: Today's Gift, Tomorrow's Treasure  Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

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Michigan Week:

Michigan Week  Official site from the State of Michigan

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Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo  Learn about the history and traditions of this celebration.

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Easter:

Easter  Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

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Earth Day:

Earth Day  Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

Lorax Save the Tree Game  Play this interactive game at Seussville.

Earth Day Page  Planet Pals has a whole list of activities, lessons and resources for students and teachers.

Also see:  Fourth Grade Language Arts: Earth Patrol

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April Fool's Day:

April Fool's Day  Background information and classroom activity ideas.

April Fool's Day Unit  Background and lessons for Grades 3-4

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St. Patrick's Day:

St. Patrick's Day.  Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

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Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day   Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

In a Heartbeat   Heart-related experiments from the Franklin Institute.

How Your Heart Works?  A detailed explanation and fun facts from HowStuffWorks.

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Presidents' Day:

Presidents' Day   Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States   "Find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included to enrich this site."

Presidents of the United States    This information comes from the official White House site.

National Portrait Gallery: Hall of the Presidents   Official presidential portraits and brief biographical information.

United States Presidents   Play a game of hangman and guess the hidden name.

Who is That?   This FunBrain quiz has the player view a portrait of a President and 1-4 clues then choose the correct name.

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Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day   Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

Official Site of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club  Includes a history of the holiday and activities.

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100th Day of School:

100th Day of School Homepage   Loogootee West Elementary School has a list of links to 100th Day web sites.

100th Day of School web site   Joan Holub, illustrator of the book, The 100th Day of School, created this web site which contains 300 ideas for activities.

Celebrate the 100th Day in 100 Ways  100 activities from Education World.

Teachers.Net 100 Days Projects   This chat board has messages from teachers who have project and activity ideas for the 100th day of school.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Martin Luther King, Jr.   Houghton-Mifflin's Education Place has links to activities and Internet resources.

Dr. King Timeline   A student created timeline of the major events in Dr. King's life.

Martin Luther King Day  Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.

Martin Luther King, Jr.   The Seattle Times has biographical information, a history of the holiday and teacher resources.

Martin Luther King, Jr.   Education Planet has compiled a list of links to Internet resources including audio files, video files, children's activities, biographical information and lesson plans.

Also see Special Themes: Black History Month

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New Year Celebrations:

New Year's Customs   Includes lesson plans and student activities related to New Year celebrations in many cultures and religions.

Lunar Celebration  Ten easy Chinese New Year celebration ideas from Asia for Kids.

Chinese New Year   Background information and student activities.  This site includes a list of K-5 activities to introduce Chinese culture

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December Holidays :

Education World: December : A Month of Multicultural Holidays  Articles, lesson ideas, site reviews, books, crafts, clipart and more 

Colonial Christmas Customs  Information from Colonial Williamsburg.  

Christmas Around the World  Yahooligans links to Christmas web sites

December Holidays Theme Page   Links to lesson plans and holiday resources

Education Planet Archives   Click on Ramadan, Kwaanza, Christmas or Hanukkah to see a list of links to Internet resources including audio files, video files, children's activities, biographical information and lesson plans.

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Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving in American Memory   A Library of Congress exhibit

A Feast of November Resources   Education World presents teaching resources for Thanksgiving, Native American lessons, and Veteran's Day.

Education Planet: Thanksgiving  Includes Internet resources, lesson plans and activities

Thanksgiving Theme Page: A to Z Teacher Stuff   Lesson plans and units

American Thanksgiving: Education World   Lesson plans, units, crafts, sounds, recipes, activities, etc.

The First Thanksgiving   This Scholastic site lets you tour the Mayflower and learn about the Pilgrims' first year in America

also see 5th Grade Social Studies: Colonization

also see 3rd Grade Social Studies: Northeast Region

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Veterans Day:

Veterans Day  This Department of Veterans Affairs page includes a teacher resource guide.

A Feast of November Resources   Education World presents teaching resources for Thanksgiving, Native American lessons, and Veteran's Day.

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Halloween/Dia de los Muertos:

Education World: Halloween

Education Planet: Halloween   Includes Internet resources, lesson plans and activities

Dia de los Muertos

see also Special Themes: Apples/Pumpkins/Harvest

see also Special Themes: Bats/Spiders

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Columbus Day/Discoverer's Day:

Surfing the Net with Kids: Columbus

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

Discoverer's Day: Education World

see also Fifth Grade Social Studies: Exploration

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Labor Day:

Surfing the Net with Kids: Labor Day

American Labor Day  Activities and Internet resources from Education World.

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Summer:

Summer Solstice  Lesson plans, links and activities for summer from Education World

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Character Education:

Character Education Resources  This is a list of character education sites available on the Internet.

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Spring:

First Day of Spring  and Spring to Life!   Education World has holiday ideas, clipart, crafts, recipes, and lesson plans.

New Science: The First Day of Spring  NASA Kids explains the science behind the changing seasons.  This site includes an animation and activities.

Journey North: Spring 2001  This Internet project tracks the signs of spring as they spread across North America including migrations.

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March is Reading Month/Dr. Seuss:

Dr. Seuss' Seussville  The official site from Random House includes games, contests, and other activities

Read Across America  This NEA project is in its fourth year.  The site includes resources and ideas for celebrations.

The Read In!  This event was an an online interaction between K-12 students and children's authors and illustrators.  Click on "Support Materials for Class" to see an extensive list of literacy activities for elementary students.

Reading Activities and 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers    Ideas to celebrate reading from Education World 

also see Reading Promotion Ideas

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Iditarod:

Iditarod.com   This is the official race web site.

Iditarod Activities Across the Grades and Iditarod: The Last Great Race  Lesson plans and links from Education World.

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Black History Month:

Black History Education World has lesson plan ideas and links to Internet resources.  

Black History Activities  This is a list of six web sites that suggest ways to integrate the Internet and videoconferencing into the study of African-American history.

Celebrating Black History Month  The Gale Group has created a biographical directory, a timeline of African American history, a quiz and activities for students.

The Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History  An encyclopedia articles, Internet links, study guide and timeline are included in this resource.

Black History Web Sites for Teachers and Students  Links to Internet resources about Slavery, Civil Rights, Culture and General Information.

Also see Holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Winter/Snow:

Snowtastic Snow  A student-developed web site with activities, scientific information, books, etc.

A Blizzard of Winter Lessons!  Over 50 cross-curricular activities from Education World.

Snow Crystals   The science behind snowflakes including links to a photo gallery

Snow School  Includes Physical Education activities and science experiments.

Winter Lesson Plan Links   Links to Language Arts, Science, Math, and Art lessons

Winter and Snow Theme Page   Links to lesson plans and resources mainly geared toward lower elementary grades.

Winter Weather Home Page   USA Today has compiled a guide to understanding winter weather including information about wind chill, weather records, snow & ice, and the science behind winter weather phenomena.

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Fall/Apples/Pumpkins/Harvest:

Autumnal Equinox  Lesson plans, links and activities for fall from Education World

An Apple for the Teacher: Education World  Cross-curricular Activities

Michigan Apple Committee

Miracle of Fall  Links to lesson, information, foliage cams, and activities from the University of Illinois Extension.

Museums in the Classroom Pumpkin Project

Pump Up the Curriculum with Pumpkins: Education World

see also Special Themes: Halloween/Dia de los Muertos 

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Bats/Spiders:

Bats in the Classroom: Education World   Cross-curricular activities

Bats Curriculum Index   Cross-curricular activities at the bottom of the page

Bats Theme Page: Gander Academy  Includes information about species and teacher resources

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Remembering September 11th

America Responds  Lesson plans and resources from PBS

Remembering September 11  Five lesson plans from Education World with links to other resources

Remembering September 11th  Links to news accounts/web sites for children from Surfing the Net with Kids.

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Safety:

Code Red Rover  Games and activities that reinforce home safety.  Sponsored by the Lowe's Home Safety Council. Includes teacher resources.

Sparky the Fire Dog

National Fire Protection Agency

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Elections:

Elections the American Way  A Library of Congress exhibit featuring information about the history of elections in our country

Scholastic NewsZone: Election 2004

Primaries, Voting and Elections:  Education World

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 Olympics:

Salt Lake City 2002  Official web site of the Winter 2002 Olympics.  Includes athlete biographies and activities for students.

Winter Olympics 2002   This New York Times Learning Center site includes puzzles, web explorations, and Olympic history.

2002 Olympics Education  This site was created by "Utah teachers, curriculum designers, and Olympic organizers".  You will find lesson plans/activities as well as information about the participants, sports and venues.

2002 Winter Games  Stories from the Detroit Free Press Yak's Corner about the 2002 Olympics.

Lesson Planning: Countdown to Salt Lake City  Lessons to teach history, vocabulary, decimals, sportsmanship, and more from Education World.

Ancient Greek Olympics for the Classroom: Simulation Unit

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Father's Day:

Father's Day   Internet resources from Education World.

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Flag Day:

Flag Day  Internet resources from Education World.

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End of School:

Making the Most of the Dreaded End-of-School Day End-of-the-year activity ideas from Education World.

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