March Activities

Mar
1

It’s National Pig Day!
Books (a selection):
Add the titles below to your list of favorite books about pigs.
Axelrod, Amy.  Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money.  Illus. by Sharon McGinley-Nally.  Simon &
Schuster, 1994.  Gr. 2-4.  Other titles in the series: Pigs on a Blanket: Fun with Math and Time (1996); Pigs Go to Market: Fun with Math and Shopping (1997); Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking (1997); Pigs on the Ball: Fun with Math and Sports (1998); Pigs on the Move: Fun with Math and Travel (1999); Pigs at Odds: Fun with Math and Games (2000); and Pigs in the Corner: Fun with Math and Dance (2001)
Bailey, Linda.  Good Night, Sweet Pig.  Illus. by Josée Masse.  Kids Can Press, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2
Black, Michael Ian.  A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea.  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Simon & Schuster,
2010.  Gr. K-3
Breathed, Berkeley.  Pete & Pickles.  Philomel, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Carlson, Nancy L.  “Louanne Pig” series.  Carolrhoda.  Gr. K-3
Costello, David Hyde.  Little Pig Joins the Band.  Charlesbridge, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Crew, Gary.  Pig on the Titanic: A True Story.  Illus. by Bruce Whatley.  HarperCollins, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Denise, Anika.  Pigs Love Potatoes.  Illus. by Christopher Denise.  Philomel, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2
DiCamillo, Kate.  Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes.  Illus. by Chris Van Dusen.
Candlewick, 2009.  Gr. 1-3.  Other titles in the series: Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (2008); Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (2007); Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2006); Mercy Watson Fights Crime (2006); and Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005)
DiPucchio, Kelly.  Bed Hogs.  Illus. by Howard Fine.  Hyperion, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Emmett, Jonathan.  The Princess and the Pig.  Illus. by Poly Bernatene.  Walker, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Falconer, Ian.  Olivia.  Atheneum, 2000.  Gr. Pre-2.  Others in the series: Olivia Saves the Circus (2001);
Olivia…and the Missing Toy (2003); and Olivia Forms a Band (2006); Olivia Helps with Christmas (2007); Olivia Goes to Venice (2012); Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (2012)
Gibbons, Gail.  Pigs.  Holiday House, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Harris, Trudy.  20 Hungry Piggies.  Illus. by Andrew N. Harris.  Millbrook, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2
Himmelman, John.  Pigs to the Rescue.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Hobbie, Holly.  Toot & Puddle.  Little, Brown, 1997.  Gr. K-3.  Other titles in the series: Toot & Puddle: A
Present for Toot (1998); Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine (1999); Toot & Puddle: Puddle’s ABC (2000); Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home for Christmas (2001); Toot & Puddle: Top of the World (2002); Toot & Puddle: Charming Opal (2003); Toot & Puddle: The New Friend (2004); Toot & Puddle: Wish You Were Here (2005); Toot & Puddle: The One and Only (2006); and Toot & Puddle: Let It Snow (2007)
Ichikawa, Satomi.  My Pig Amarillo.  Philomel, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Jamieson, Victoria.  Olympig!  Dial, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Kasza, Keiko.  The Pigs’ Picnic.  Putnam, 1988.  Gr. K-2
Kennemore, Tim.  Alice’s Birthday Pig.  Illus. by Mike Spoor.  Eerdmans, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
King-Smith, Dick.  All Pigs Are Beautiful.  Illus. by Anita Jeram.  Candlewick, 1993.  Gr. K-2
Kurtz, Chris.  The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage.  Illus. by Jennifer
Black Reinhardt.  Harcourt, 2013.  Gr. 4-6
Lobel, Arnold.  The Book of Pigericks: Pig Limericks.  Harper, 1983.  Gr. 2-5
Mansfield, Howard.  Hogwood Steps Out: A Good, Good Pig Story.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Roaring Brook
Press, 2008.  Gr. K-3
McPhail, David.  Those Can-Do Pigs.  Dutton, 1996.  Gr. Pre-2. Also: Pigs Aplenty; Pigs Galore! (1993)
and Pigs Ahoy! (1995)
McPhail, David.  Pig Pig Meets the Lion.  Charlesbridge, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2. Other titles in the series:
Pig Pig Grows Up (Dutton, 1980); Pig Pig Rides (Dutton, 1982); Pig Pig Goes to Camp (Dutton, 1983); Pig Pig and the Magic Photo Album (Dutton, 1986); Pig Pig Gets a Job (Dutton, 1990); Pig Pig Returns (Charlesbridge, 2011)
Numeroff, Laura.  If You Give a Pig a Pancake.  Illus. by Felicia Bond.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. Pre-2.
See also: If You Give a Pig a Party (2005)
Oxenbury, Helen.  Pig Tale.  McElderry, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Palatini, Margie.  Piggie Pie.  Illus. by Howard Fine.  Clarion, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Plourde, Lynn.  Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud.  Illus. by John Shoenherr.  Down East Books,
2006.  Gr. K-2
Schwartz, Corey Rosen.  The Three Ninja Pigs.  Illus. by Dan Santat..  Putnam, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Spratt, R.A.  The Adventures of Nanny Piggins.  Illus. by Dan Santat.  Little, Brown, 2010.  Gr. 3-6
Also: Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan (2012)
Van Leeuwen, Jean.  the “Oliver and Amanda” series.  Illus. by Ann Schweninger.  Dial Books.  Gr. K-2
White, E.B.  Charlotte’s Web.  Illus. by Garth Williams.  HarperCollins, 1952.  Gr. 2-5
Versions of The Three Little Pigs (Folktales and Variants):
Artell, Mike.  Three Little Cajun Pigs.  Illus. by Jim Harris.  Dial, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Davis, Donald.  The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday: An Appalachian Folktale.  Illus. by Jennifer
Mazzucco.  August House LittleFolk, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Galdone, Paul (retold).  The Three Little Pigs.  Clarion, 1970.  Gr. Pre-2
Hooks, William H. (retold).  The Three Little Pigs and the Fox.  Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  Macmillan,
1989.  Gr. K-3
Kellogg, Steven (retold).  The Three Little Pigs.  Morrow, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Lowell, Susan.  The Three Little Javelinas.  Illus. by Jim Harris.  Northland, 1992.  Gr. 1-3
Marshall, James (retold).  The Three Little Pigs.  Dial, 1989.  Gr. K-3
Moser, Barry (retold).  The Three Little Pigs.  Little, Brown, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Rounds, Glen (retold).  The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.  Holiday House, 1992.  Gr. K-2
Rubin, Vicky.  The Three Swingin’ Pigs.  Illus. by Rhode Montijo.  Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Scieszka, Jon.  The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!  Illus. by Lane Smith.  Viking, 1989.  Gr. 1-4
Wiesner, David.  The Three Pigs.  Clarion, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Zemach, Margot (retold).  The Three Little Pigs.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988.  Gr. K-2
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about pigs.

Weblinks:
The Joy of Pigs, from the “Nature” series on PBS
Information about pigs on farms, pigs as pets, and pigs around the world
Pork4kids
Information about raising pigs, facts about pigs, games and activities

Activities:
Compare versions of “Three Little Pigs.” Organize information on a chart.
Make stick or paper bag puppets and retell favorite pig stories.
Fold an origami pig.
As a class, write a sequel to “Three Little Pigs.” Have students brainstorm ideas for the story and write them on a chart. Decide on a sequence; eliminate some ideas and add others. Type the story so that each student has a sentence to illustrate (someone can make the cover, title page, end page, etc.). Before they draw the pictures, decide on identifying characteristics of each pig (e.g., clothing, etc.) so they can be depicted uniformly throughout the book. Bind the pages into a book for the classroom or school library.
Go hog wild with book buddies! Have older students each choose a favorite pig book, practice reading it, and make a bookmark that represents the book. Pair up with a classroom at a lower grade level so each student can read the book to a younger friend and present the bookmark to that child.
View the “Reading Rainbow” episode of Perfect the Pig and take a look at the Teacher’s Guide for even more piggy ideas.

Mar
2

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Author/illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on this date in 1904. He published more than 60 books under his pen name Dr. Seuss, many of them among the best-selling books in children’s literature. He passed away in 1991.
Books:
Krull, Kathleen.  The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Be Dr. Seuss.  Illus. by Steve
Johnson & Lou Fancher.  Random House, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Weidt, Maryann N.  Oh, the Places He Went: A Story about Dr. Seuss.  Carolrhoda, 1994.  Gr. 3-5
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Dr. Seuss published in library editions.
Gather a collection of books by Dr. Seuss to display. Invite students to bring their Dr. Seuss books from home. Add stuffed animals of Seuss characters and student-drawn pictures to the display.

Weblinks:
Seussville
Lots to do here! There are several “click-and-play” games on the computer in the “Playground” section, some downloadables, and a Seuss biography (kind of long). The “Storymaker” section is good interactive fun—students can write a 3-scene story (they choose characters, backgrounds, and music, and write their own words; they can view their story when they finish).
Dr. Seuss
Long biography, slide show of photos, and a collection of familiar and lesser known Seuss art images.
Dr. Seuss National Memorial
Biography plus photos of the sculpture garden of Seuss characters
Dr. Seuss Books
List of Dr. Seuss books in the order in which they were published

Activities:
Read books by Dr. Seuss. Discuss with students how books can be “old friends” that we enjoy visiting over and over again.
Go to Activities for Books by Dr. Seuss and find suggestions for enjoying selected titles with students.

Mar
3

1938 – birthday of author Patricia MacLachlan, recipient of the 1986 Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall
Books:
Novels:
Arthur, for the Very First Time.  Harper, 1980.  Gr. 4-6
Cassie Binegar.  Harper, 1982. Gr.  4-6
Tomorrow’s Wizard.  Harper, 1982.  Gr. 2-4
Unclaimed Treasures.  Harper, 1984.  Gr. 4-6
The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt.  Harper, 1988.  Gr. 4-6
Sarah, Plain and Tall.  HarperCollins, 1985.  Gr. 3-5.  Sequels: Skylark (1994); Caleb’s Story (2001);
More Perfect Than the Moon (2004), and Grandfather’s Dance (2006)
Journey.  Delacorte, 1991.  Gr. 4-6
Baby.  Delacorte, 1993.  Gr. 4-7
Edward’s Eyes.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. 4-6
The True Gift: A Christmas Story.  Illus. by Brian Floca.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Word After Word After Word.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2010.  Gr. 3-6
Waiting for the Magic.  Illus. by Amy June Bates.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. 4-6
Kindred Souls.  Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins Books, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
White Fur Flying.  McElderry, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
The Truth of Me.  Katherine Tegen, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
Fly Away.  McElderry, 2014.  Gr. 4-6
Picture books:
Through Grandpa’s Eyes.  Illus. by Deborah Kogan Ray.  Harper, 1980.  Gr. K-3
Mama One, Mama Two.  Illus. by Ruth Bornstein.  Harper, 1982.  Gr. K-3
Seven Kisses in a Row.  Illus. by Maria P. Marrella.  Harper, 1983.  Gr. K-2
Three Names.  Illus. by Alexander Pertzoff.  HarperCollins, 1991.  Gr. 1-4
All the Places to Love.  Illus. by Mike Wimmer.  HarperCollins,1994.  Gr. 1-4
What You Know First.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  HarperCollins, 1995.  Gr. 2-5
The Sick Day.  Illus. by Jane Dyer.  Doubleday, 2001.  Gr. K-2 (reissue)
Painting the Wind (with Emily MacLachlan).  Illus. by Katy Schneider.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
Bittle (with Emily MacLachlan).  Illus. by Dan Yaccarino.  HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. Pre-2
Who Loves Me?  Illus. by Amanda Shepherd.  HarperCollins, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Once I Ate a Pie (with Emily MacLachlan Charest).  Illus. by Katy Schneider.  HarperCollins, 2006.
Gr. K-4
Fiona Loves the Night (with Emily MacLachlan Charest).  Illus. by Amanda Shepherd.  HarperCollins,
2007.  Gr. K-3
I Didn't Do It (with Emily MacLachlan Charest).  Illus. by Katy Schneider.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. K-4
Before You Came (with Emily MacLachlan Charest).  Illus. by David Diaz.  Katherine Tegen, 2011.
Gr. K-2
Your Moon, My Moon: A Grandmother's Words to a Faraway Child.  Illus. by Bryan Collier.  Simon &
Schuster, 2011.  Gr. Pre-3
Cat Talk (with Emily MacLachlan Charest).  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Katherine Tegen, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Nora's Chicks.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Snowflakes Fall.  Illus. by Steven Kellogg.  Random House, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Biography:
Ruffin, Frances.  Meet Patricia MacLachlan.  PowerKids Press, 2006.  Gr. 2-4

Weblinks:
Patricia MacLachlan at Web English Teacher
Access to discussion guides and activities for Sarah, Plain and Tall; Baby; and Journey
Teacher’s Guides from HarperCollins
Discussion and cross-curricular activities for Sarah, Plain and Tall; Skylark; and Caleb’s Story

Activities:
Patricia MacLachlan’s books, both picture books and novels, provide many excellent examples of word choice for use in writing lessons. Read examples of her writing aloud to students and discuss how she uses words to create pictures “in their minds.”
Compare characters across her novels. Create character webs for main characters (Arthur, Cassie Binegar, Minna Pratt, Journey, etc.) by writing the name of the character in the hub of the web and personality traits on lines radiating from the center. Use dotted lines to connect traits that characters have in common.
Have students choose a favorite book by Patricia MacLachlan and create a poster promoting the book. The poster should identify main characters, the setting, and a plot “teaser” and incorporate illustrations to help “sell” the book to potential readers.

Mar
4

March is Music in Our Schools Month
Books:
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about various aspects of music, including biographies of composers, musicians, and singers; fiction and nonfiction about types of music, musical instruments, and participation in musical events; and song picture books. Be sure to check school and public library shelves for additional nonfiction and biography published in library editions.
Weblinks:
Exploratorium: The Science of Music
Online exhibits and interactivity help users understand technical aspects of music in an engaging way.
Children’s Music Web
Links to resources for teachers, children, parents, and performers intended to extend enjoyment of and enhance participation in music activities
Morton Subotnick’s Creating Music
Interactive site in which users can create melodies, experiment with instruments and rhythms, and learn about various aspects of music
SFS Kids, Fun with Music, from the San Francisco Symphony
An inviting site in which users can explore the basics of music in the “music lab” and become familiar with the instruments in an orchestra
DSOKids, from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Colorful site in which users can learn about musical instruments, find easy-to-read biographies of many composers, hear music play, and so much more

Activities:
Collaborate with the music teacher on a variety of activities that cross the curriculum.
Brainstorm all the different kinds of music the students can think of. List their ideas and discuss what each type of music they mention sounds like and whether it is usually played loudly or softly, fast or slowly.
Have students survey family members regarding their favorite types of music and graph the results at school. Discuss how different age groups may have different preferences in music. Invite students to bring in some favorite family music to share with the class.
Have students use rhythm instruments to accompany the reading of stories and poems. Encourage them to listen to the beat (rhythm) of the words and play the instruments accordingly. (If you don’t have rhythm instruments, plastic water or soda bottles may be recycled for this purpose by placing dried beans in them. They make a nice “rattle” when they are shaken!)
Have students look around the classroom for objects they can use to create a musical sound. Encourage them to be creative.
Invite the orchestra from the high school or musicians from the community into the classroom to demonstrate their instruments. Obtain permission from the musicians for the students to examine the instruments “up close” by fingering keys, plucking strings, beating a drum, etc. Reinforce the names of the instruments and their parts as the students explore.
Clap hands, snap fingers, slap knees, etc., to create rhythmic patterns. Start simple and have students copy the pattern and then move to more complex rhythms.
Write poems and set the words to familiar tunes.
Listen to different types of music and explore with art materials, choosing colors, shapes, and images that the music suggests.
Research composers and musicians for “quick facts:” when they lived, where they lived, type of music most associated with, a well-known composition or song, and an unusual fact. Have students write the facts on the music note pattern and display them.
Have students research musical instruments and styles of music from other countries of the world. See this internet glossary for useful information.

Mar
5

1946 – birthday of Australian children’s book author Mem Fox
Books:
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.  Illus. by Julie Vivas.  Kane/Miller, 1985.  Gr. 1-3
Hattie and the Fox.  Illus. by Patricia Mullins.  Simon & Schuster, 1986.  Gr. Pre-2
Guess What?  Illus. by Vivienne Goodman.  Harcourt, 1988.  Gr. K-2
With Love at Christmas.  Illus. by Gary Lippincott.  Abingdon, 1988.  Gr. 2-4
Koala Lou.  Illus. by Pamela Lofts.  Harcourt, 1989.  Gr. K-2
Night Noises.  Illus. by Terry Denton.  Harcourt, 1989.  Gr. K-2
Possum Magic.  Illus. by Julie Vivas.  Harcourt, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Shoes from Grandpa.  Illus. by Patricia Mullins.  Orchard, 1992.  Gr. K-2
Time for Bed.  Illus. by Jane Dyer.  Harcourt, 1993.  Gr. Pre-1
Tough Boris.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Harcourt, 1994.  Gr. Pre-2
Sophie.  Illus. by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.  Harcourt, 1994.  Gr. Pre-1
A Bedtime Story.  Illus. by Elivia Savadier.  Mondo, 1996.  Gr. Pre-2
Feathers and Fools.  Illus. by Nicholas Wilton.  Harcourt, 1996.  Gr. 2-5
Wombat Divine.  Illus. by Kerry Argent.  Harcourt, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Zoo-Looking.  Illus. by Candace Whitman.  Mondo, 1996.  Gr. Pre-2
The Straight Line Wonder.  Illus. by Marc Rosenthal.  Mondo, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Whoever You Are.  Illus. by Leslie Staub.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. K-4
Boo to a Goose.  Illus. by David Miller.  Dial, 1998.  Gr. Pre-2
Sleepy Bears.  Illus. by Kerry Argent.  Harcourt, 1999.  Gr. Pre-1
Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!  Illus. by Marla Frazee.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-2
The Magic Hat.  Illus. by Tricia Tusa.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. Pre-2
Where Is the Green Sheep?  Illus. by Judy Horacek.  Harcourt, 2004.  Gr. Pre-2
Hunwick’s Egg.  Illus. by Pamela Lofts.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. 1-3
A Particular Cow.  Illus. by Terry Denton.  Harcourt, 2006.  Gr. Pre-2
Where the Giant Sleeps.  Illus. by Vladimir Radunsky.  Harcourt, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.  Illus. by Helen Oxenbury.  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Hello Baby!  Illus. by Steve Jenkins.  Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2009.  Gr. Pre-1
The Goblin and the Empty Chair.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  Beach Lane, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Let's Count Goats!  Illus. by Jan Thomas.  Beach Lane, 2010.  Gr. Pre-1
Two Little Monkeys.  Illus. by Jill Barton.  Beach Lane, 2012.  Gr. Pre-1
Tell Me about Your Day Today.  Illus. by Lauren Stringer.  Beach Lane, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Good Night, Sleep Tight.  Illus. by Judy Horacek.  Orchard, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!  Illus. by Laura Ljungkvist.  Beach Lane, 2013.  Gr. Pre-1

Weblinks:
Mem Fox…Teaching, Learning, Living
Mem’s home page, that includes biographical information, a book list, the “stories” behind individual books, and pages for parents and teachers about the importance of reading aloud and professional aspects of teaching reading; also audio of Mem reading from three of her books
Video Interview with Mem Fox, from Reading Rockets
Print transcript also available

Activities:
Make a display of books by Mem Fox. Select some for reading aloud and invite students to read others independently. Depending on the grade level, several of the titles are likely to be “old book friends.” Discuss the enjoyment one can experience from reading books that are old favorites. Check Mem’s home page from the weblinks above for tidbits about the inspirations for her books. Share these with students when you read aloud.
Many of Mem’s books are ideal for beginning readers because they contain repeated language patterns and invite choral reading by students.
Locate Australia on a map of the world and research some basic information about Australia. See Australia Day (January 26) for books, weblinks, and activities related to Australia.

Mar
6

1475 – birthdate of Italian artist (painter, sculptor, architect) Michelangelo Buonarroti
Books:
Parillo, Tony.  Michelangelo’s Surprise.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Stanley, Diane.  Michelangelo.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
Venezia, Mike.  Michelangelo (“Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists”).  Children’s Press,
1991.  Gr. 3-5
Ventura, Piero.  Michelangelo’s World.  Putnam, 1989.  Gr. 5-8
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Michelangelo published in library editions.

Weblinks:
Michelangelo at Olga’s Gallery
Biography plus images of paintings and sculptures, in full and detailed views of segments (some advertisements)
Michelangelo.com
Longer, but highly readable, biography and links to several of his works
The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from Social Studies for Kids
A brief overview of Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel

Activities:
Introduce students to the work of Michelangelo by projecting a few of his paintings and sculptures on a large screen or SMART Board. Discuss similarities in his style across different pieces of art.
To give students a small bit of understanding about how difficult painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel must have been for Michelangelo, tape large pieces of drawing paper to the underneath side of low table tops. As a class, decide on a topic to draw (e.g., scenes from a favorite book, perhaps). Using crayons or pastels, have students draw scenes on the paper.
Collaborate with the art teacher to have students make sketches of their hands. Use soft lead sketching pencils. Discuss finger proportions, appearance of joints and fingernails, and lines and creases.

Mar
7

Celebrate Your Name Week, March 2-8
Books:
Ada, Alma Flor.  My Name Is María Isabel.  Illus. by K. Dyble Thompson.  Atheneum, 1993.  Gr. 2-4
Arnold, Marsha Diane.  Heart of a Tiger.  Illus. by Jamichael Henterley.  Dial, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Benton, Jim.  The Fran That Time Forgot.  Simon & Schuster, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Choi, Yangsook.  The Name Jar.  Knopf, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Costanzo, Charlene.  The Perfect Name.  Illus. by LeUyen Pham.  Dial, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Catalanotto, Peter.  Matthew A.B.C.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Cummings, Mary.  Three Names of Me.  Illus. by Lin Wang.  Albert Whitman, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
dePaola, Tomie.  Andy, That’s My Name.  Aladdin, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Duffey, Betsy.  Virtual Cody.  Illus. by Ellen Thompson.  Viking, 1997.  Gr. 3-5
Engel, Diana.  Josephina Hates Her Name.  Morrow, 1989.  Gr. K-3
Foreman, George & Manushkin, Fran.  Let George Do It!  Illus. by Whitney Martin.  Simon & Schuster,
2005.  Gr. K-3
Harper, Jessica.  Four Boys Named Jordan.  Illus. by Tara Calahan King.  Putnam, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Heide, Florence Parry & Gilliland, Judith Heide.  The Day of Ahmed’s Secret.  Illus. by Ted Lewin.
HarperCollins, 1990.  Gr. 1-3
Henkes, Kevin.  Chrysanthemum.  Greenwillow, 1991.  Gr. K-3
Lester, Helen.  A Porcupine Named Fluffy.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Houghton Mifflin, 1986.  Gr. K-2
Monk, Isabell.  Hope.  Carolrhoda, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Onyefulu, Ifeoma.  Welcome Dede! An African Naming Ceremony.  Frances Lincoln, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Recorvits, Helen.  My Name Is Yoon.  Illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.
Gr. K-3
Rochelle, Belinda.  When Jo Louis Won the Title.  Illus. by Larry Johnson.  Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Gr. K-3
Sadu, Itah.  Christopher Changes His Name.  Illus. by Roy Condy.  Firefly, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Sutton, Jane.  Don't Call Me Sidney.  Illus. by Renatta Gallio.  Dial, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Swanson, Susan Marie.  The First Thing My Mama Told Me.  Illus. by Christine Davenier.  Harcourt,
2002.  Gr. Pre-2
Williams, Karen Lynn & Mohammed, Khadra.  My Name is Sangoel.  Illus. by Catherine Stock.
Eerdmans, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Williams, Suzanne.  Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name.  Illus. by Andrew Shachat.  Houghton Mifflin,
1990.  Gr. K-2

Weblinks:
History and Meaning of Names
Very comprehensive data base of names with definitions, representing many cultures
Behind the Name, the Etymology and History of First Names
Unique site with definitions, plus popular names by year since the late 1800s, namesakes of famous people, names for twins, and much more
Think Baby Names
Easy to search, by name and by meaning, also most popular names (advertisements)
American Nameday Calendar of First Names
Identifies the “nameday” for thousands of names and gives the history of the Nameday tradition

Activities:
Have students interview their parents about how/why they were named, for whom were they named or where they got the idea.
Have students research the meaning of their first names and make a tri-fold showing the results. In the center panel, they need to write their name; on the two side panels, they write the definition in one panel and draw a picture of what their name means in the other panel.
At the beginning of the day, have students create “wish names” for themselves and make decorative nametags. Encourage them to call each other by their new names all day.
Discuss middle names of students, nicknames (and where they came from), “pet” names (e.g., Sweetie, Baby Girl, Sissy, etc.), and the use of initials.
Interview other school personnel (principal, secretary, specialists, cooks, etc.) to find out their first names.
Have students write their names using a variety of materials (e.g., cut apart magazines and newspapers looking for different fonts of letters; paint, markers, chalk, charcoal, etc.; tactile materials, such as yarn, glitter, glue, clay dough, etc.; stencils or rubber stamp letters).
Have students write their names in code, research how their names would look in different alphabets, or learn their names in sign language.
Have younger students make a graph comparing the number of letters in their names.
Older students may investigate names that are also other objects (e.g., Robin, Will, Penny, Rod, Brad, Lily, Ruby, Sue, Ray, Grace, Victor, Bill, Lance, etc.)
Make a class book adapting the pattern in A My Name Is Alice by Jane Bayer (Dial, 1984; Gr. 2-4). For example: K, my name is Kaitlyn; I come from Kentucky; My favorite food is ketchup, and I like kittens.

Mar
7

The 2015 Iditarod, the annual sled dog race in Alaska from Willow (designated the starting point in 2008) to Nome, begins today.
Books:
Blake, Robert J.  Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod.  Philomel, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Blake, Robert J.  Togo.  Philomel, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Frost, Helen.  Diamond Willow.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
Gill, Shelley.  Kiana's Iditarod.  Illus. by Shannon Cartwright.  Paws IV Publ., 1992.  Gr. 2-4
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.  Balto and the Great Race (Stepping Stones).  Illus by Nora Köerber.  Random
House, 1999.  Gr. 3-5
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.  Legend of the Ghost Dog.  Scholastic, 2012.  Gr. 4-6
McCarthy, Meghan.  The Incredible Life of Balto.  Knopf, 2011.  Gr. 1-3
Miller, Debbie S.  The Great Serum Race: Blazing the Iditarod Trail.  IIlus. by Jon Van Zyle.  Walker,
2003.  Gr. 3-5
Paulsen, Gary.  Dogteam.  Illus. by Ruth Wright Paulsen.  Delacorte, 1993.  Gr. 1-3
Paulsen, Gary.  Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled
Dogs.  Delacorte, 1996.  Gr. 4-8
Paulsen, Gary.  Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod.  Harcourt, 1994.  Gr. 7 &
above
Paulsen, Gary.  Woodsong.  Simon & Schuster, 1990.  Gr. 5 & above
Riddles, Libby.  Storm Run: The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  Illus. by
Shannon Cartwright.  Sasquatch Books, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
Schultz, Jeff.  Dogs of the Iditarod.  Sasquatch, 2003.  Gr. 3-6
Seibert, Patricia.  Mush: Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race.  Illus. by Jan Davey Ellis.
Millbrook, 1994.  Gr. 2-4
Standiford, Natalie.  The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading, 3).  Illus. by
Donald Cook.  Random House, 1989.  Gr. 2-4
Whitelaw, Ian.  Snow Dogs: Racers of the North.  DK Children, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
Wood, Ted.  Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska's Jr. Iditarod.  Walker,
1996.  Gr. 3-6

Weblinks:
The Official Site of the Iditarod
Videos, historical information, race coverage (including a "Tracker"), past race photos, and more (some advertisements)
Iditarod: Race across Alaska, from Scholastic
Information about the history of the Iditarod, the training of the dogs, mushers, the trail, and more.
Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod, from the Discovery Channel
Includes information about dogs, mushers, "anatomy of dogsled," a trail map, accompanied by video clips (some advertisements)
Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic, from "Nature" on PBS
Has separate pages on the history of the Iditarod and Balto, plus an interactive feature, "Dogsledding 101," which gives information about mushers, dogs, and equipment (be aware of blog comments)

Activities:
Follow the news of the Iditarod daily using the "Tracker" on the official website (see above).
Divide the class into small research groups with the following topics: historical origin of the race (the 1925 serum run), the trail and its various checkpoints (odd and even year trails), the training of sled dogs, sleds and equipment, mushers and their preparation, and winners (including four-time winner Susan Butcher, Libby Riddles—first woman to win, Martin Buser—fastest time, Rick Swenson—only five-time winner, and other interesting facts). Allow each group to choose its own method of presenting its findings to the class.
Start an Iditarod glossary. As students encounter vocabulary terms unique to any aspect of the event, have them add the words and definitions.

Mar
8

1965 - birthday of author/illustrator Robert Sabuda
Books (a selection):
Pop-up books
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up.  (adapted from L. Frank Baum).  Little Simon/
Simon & Schuster, 2000
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation. (adapted from Lewis Carroll).  Little Simon/
Simon & Schuster, 2003
The Night Before Christmas Pop-up. (poem by Clement Clarke Moore).  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster,
2003
Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia: Based on the Books by C.S. Lewis. (with Matthew Armstrong and Matthew
Reinhart).  Katherine Tegen, 2007
Peter Pan: A Classic Collectible Pop-up. (adapted from J. M. Barrie).  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster,
2008
Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 2012
Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-up.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 1997
The Movable Mother Goose.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 1999
America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 2004
The Christmas Alphabet.  Orchard, 2004
The 12 Days of Christmas: A Pop-up Celebration.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 2006
Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen.  Candlewick, 2011
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-up. (with Matthew Reinhart).  Candlewick,
2005
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters. (with Matthew Reinhart).  Candlewick,
2006
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Mega-Beasts Pop-up. (with Matthew Reinhart).  Candlewick, 2007
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Fairies and Magical Creatures Pop-up. (with Matthew Reinhart).
Candlewick, 2008
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-up. (with Matthew Reinhart).  Candlewick, 2010
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Dragons and Monsters Pop-up. (with Matthew Reinhart).  Candlewick, 2011
The Little Mermaid: A Pop-up Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale.  Little Simon/Simon & Schuster,
2013
Other books illustrated by Robert Sabuda
Saint Valentine. Atheneum, 1992. Gr. 2-4
Tutankhamen's Gift. Atheneum, 1994. Gr. 3-5
Arthur and the Sword. Atheneum, 1995. Gr. 2-4
The Paper Dragon by Marguerite W. Davol. Atheneum, 1997. Gr. 1-4
The Blizzard's Robe. Atheneum, 1999. Gr. 1-4
See the article by Robert Sabuda in Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art
(Philomel, 2007)

Weblinks:
Robert Sabuda's Official Website
Includes directions and templates for making a variety of pop-ups, in addition to a biography and booklist; also links to resources about pop-ups
Video interview with Robert Sabuda at Reading Rockets
Students can watch the video, read the interview transcript, read a short bio, and obtain a selected list of titles
Robert Sabuda & the Pop-up Book
Video in which a child interviews Sabuda about his interest in and work with pop-up books. Sabuda demonstrates how to make a simple pop-up

Activities:
Students can make simple pop-ups. The information on Sabuda's website is an excellent place to start. It will give them ideas and provide patterns. They may also wish to experiment with their own ideas and incorporate them into cards and illustrations of their personally written stories.
Helpful resources:
Diaz, James & Carter, David A.  The Elements of Pop-Up: A Pop-up Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers.
Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Diehn, Gwen.  Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn: Books for Kids to Make.
Lark Books, 2006.
Jackson, Paul.  The Pop-up Book: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Over 100 Original Paper
Projects.  Holt, 1993.
http://pinterest.com/sharonkturner/paper-art-pop-up/ has instructions for projects at a variety of difficulty levels.

Mar
9

March is Youth Art Month
Books:
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about various aspects of art, including biographies of artists and fiction and nonfiction about types of art and creating works of art. Be sure to check school and public library shelves for additional nonfiction and biography published in library editions.
Weblinks:
Art Education Links
Compendium of resources (links) to art education curriculum, lesson plans, art criticism, art history, drawing, images, art/technology, and MUCH more
Just for Kids
Numerous links to creating art online, museums, activities, art in other cultures, and MUCH more
Art Pad
Paint a work of art online—what fun!
Inside Art
An interactive adventure into art history that teaches about artists and their styles by answering questions along the way—very engaging!
KidsArt Masters’ Gallery
Masters' Gallery segments for the PBS Television drawing show, “Mark Kistler's Imagination Station;” for each of the works of art represented, there is a child-friendly discussion of the work and an introduction to the artist
Art History Lesson Plans, from teAchnology
A variety of lesson plans that incorporate styles of artists, art from different cultures, or art applications across the curriculum
Styles of Art
Styles of art are defined, as are artists who are known to work in that style
Art Galleries
Links to major art museums/galleries around the world

Mar
10

1862 – Paper money was first issued in the United States on March 10, 1862, and became legal tender by an act of Congress seven days later. Use today as an opportunity to review money concepts and acquire new information.
Books:
Adler, David A.  Money Madness.  Illus. by Edward Miller.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Axelrod, Amy.  Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money.  Illus. by Sharon McGinley-Nally.  Simon &
Schuster, 1994.  Gr. 2-4
Baylor, Byrd.  The Table Where Rich People Sit.  Illus. by Peter Parnall.  Scribners, 1994.  Gr. 1-4
Carlson, Nancy.  Start Saving, Henry!  Viking, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Chinn, Karen.  Sam and the Lucky Money.  Illus. by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu.  Lee & Low,
1995.  Gr. K-3
Clements, Andrew.  Lunch Money.  Simon & Schuster, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Glass, Julie.  A Dollar for Penny (Step into Reading, 2).  Illus. by Joy Allen.  Random House, 2000.
Gr. K-2
Greene, Stephanie.  Owen Foote, Money Man.  Illus. by Martha Weston.  Clarion, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Hall, Alvin.  Show Me the Money: How to Make Cents of Economics.  DK, 2008.  Gr. 4-7
Hoban, Lillian.  Arthur’s Funny Money.  Harper, 1981.  Gr. K-2
Hoban, Russell.  A Bargain for Frances.  Illus. by Lillian Hoban.  Harper, 1970.  Gr. 1-3
Jenkins, Emily.  Lemonade in Winter: A Book about Two Kids Counting Money.  Illus. by G. Brian Karas.
Schwartz & Wade, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Leedy, Loreen.  Follow the Money!  Holiday House, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Leedy, Loreen.  The Monster Money Book.  Holiday House, 1992.  Gr. 2-4
McMillan, Bruce.  Jelly Beans for Sale.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Mollel, Tololwa M.  My Rows and Piles of Coins.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Clarion, 1999.  Gr. 1-3
Murphy, Stuart J.  The Penny Pot.  Illus. by Lynne Woodcock Cravath.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. 2-4
Robinson, Elizabeth Keeler.  Making Cents.  Illus. by Bob McMahon.  Ten Speed Press, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Schwartz, David. M.  If You Made a Million.  Illus. by Steven Kellogg.  HarperCollins, 1989. Gr.  2-5
Slater, Teddy.  Max’s Money. (Hello Math).  Illus. by Anthony Lewis.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. 1-3
Stewart, Sarah.  The Money Tree.  Illus. by David Small.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991.  Gr. K-3
Sun, Chyng Feng.  Mama Bear.  Illus. by Lolly Robinson.  Houghton Mifflin, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Viorst, Judith.  Alexander Who Use to Be Rich Last Sunday.  Illus. by Ray Cruz.  Atheneum, 1978.
Gr. K-2
Wells, Rosemary.  Bunny Money.  Viking, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Williams, Rozanne Lanczak.  The Coin Counting Book.  Charlesbridge, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Williams, Vera B.  A Chair for My Mother.  Greenwillow, 1982.  Gr. K-2
Worth, Bonnie.  One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money.  Illus. by Aristides Ruiz.
Random House, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Zimelman, Nathan.  How the Second Grade Got $8,205 to Visit the Statue of Liberty.  Illus. by Bill Slavin.
Albert Whitman, 1992.  Gr. 1-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books published in library editions about various aspects of money.

Weblinks:
Department of Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Youth Education section includes games and activities, lessons related to the redesigned currency (some interactive), and a link to the history of currency
h.i.p. pocket change, from the U.S. Mint
History, games, news, and information on coin collecting
Hands on Banking, from Wells Fargo Bank
An internet guided tour of money—where it comes from, saving it, the role of banks, and much more (teacher’s guide included)

Activities:
Play online money games: Change Maker; Ed’s Bank; Cash Puzzler; Coffee Shop.
Find lessons plans, activities, and publications at Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Collaborate with the library media specialist in helping students locate images of U.S. currency and print them. Have them make a two-column chart beginning with one dollar and ending with the largest denomination of currency in production today (they will need to research this). In one column, they place their printed images of currency denominations; in the other column, they write facts about that bill (e.g. whose picture is on it, what is on the reverse side, interesting facts, etc.). The Portraits and Design page at the U.S. Department of Treasury will be a good source of information.
Older students might be interested in currency of other countries. See Gallery of World Banknotes.

Mar
10

1913 - Death of Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad who is credited with leading numerous slaves to freedom. Born Araminta “Minty” Ross to slave parents at an unknown time 1820-1822, Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and by the end of 1850, had begun her work of returning to slave states and helping others escape.
Books:
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman.  Illus. by Samuel Byrd.  Holiday House, 1992.
Gr. 2-4
Adler, David A.  Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.  Holiday House, 2012.  Gr. 5-8
Allen, Thomas B.  Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: How Daring Slaves and Free Blacks Spied for the
Union During the Civil War.  National Geographic, 2006.  Gr. 5-8
Gayle, Sharon.  Harriet Tubman and the Freedom Train (Ready-to-Read, Level 3).  Illus. by Felicia
Marshall.  Aladdin, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Kulling, Monica.  Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman (Step-into-Reading, 4).  Illus. by Teresa
Flavin.  Random House, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Lawrence, Jacob.  Harriet and the Promised Land.  Simon & Schuster, 1993.  Gr. 1-3
Ringgold, Faith.  Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky.  Crown, 1992.  Gr. 2-5
Schroeder, Alan.  Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman.  Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.  Dial, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Sullivan, George.  In Their Own Words: Harriet Tubman.  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. 5-8
Turner, Glennette Tilley.  An Apple for Harriet Tubman.  Illus. by Susan Keeter.  Albert Whitman, 2006.
Gr. 1-4
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.  Illus. by
Kadir Nelson.  Hyperion, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Search school and public library shelves for biographies of Harriet Tubman published in library editions.

Weblinks:
Harriet Tubman, at the National Women's History Museum
Short biography with links to additional resources
Harriet Tubman Biography
Detailed biography accompanied by a chronology, photos, and additional resources

Activities:
Based on their research, students can create a timeline of Harriet Tubman’s life.
Using events from the timeline, students can create a biography quilt of individual quilt blocks that depict those events.
Harriet Tubman was the first African American woman to be honored on a U.S. stamp. Her stamp was also the first stamp in the USPS Black Heritage series, which was launched in 1978. Pose to the students the possibility that she might be honored by placing her likeness on a coin. Examine the Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea dollars as models. The images on state quarters might also give students ideas. Have them design a coin to honor Harriet Tubman.
Discuss with students what makes a person a “hero.” Is Harriet Tubman a hero? What character traits did she possess that made her a hero?

Mar
11

1916 – birthdate of children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, recipient of the 1963 Caldecott Medal for A Snowy Day and 1970 Caldecott Honor Book, Goggles! Known for his collage style of art, Keats was also one of the first children’s book authors to place his stories in urban settings.
Books (a selection):
The Snowy Day.  Viking, 1962.  Gr. Pre-2
Whistle for Willie.  Viking, 1964.  Gr. Pre-2
John Henry, An American Legend.  Pantheon, 1965.  Gr. 1-3
Jennie’s Hat.  HarperCollins, 1966.  Gr. Pre-2
Peter’s Chair.  HarperCollins, 1967.  Gr. Pre-2
A Letter to Amy.  Harper & Row, 1968.  Gr. Pre-2
Hi, Cat!  Macmillan, 1970.  Gr. Pre-2
Apt. 3.  Harper & Row, 1971.  Gr. K-2
Pet Show!  Macmillan, 1972.  Gr. Pre-2
Skates!  Franklin Watts, 1973.  Gr. Pre-2
Dreams.  Macmillan, 1974.  Gr. Pre-2
Kitten for a Day.  Macmillan, 1974.  Gr. Pre-2
Louie.  Greenwillow, 1978.  Gr. Pre-2
The Trip.  Greenwillow, 1978.  Gr. Pre-2
Goggles!  Macmillan, 1979.  Gr. K-2
Maggie and the Pirate.  Four Winds, 1979.  Gr. Pre-2
Regards to the Man in the Moon.  Four Winds, 1981.  Gr. Pre-2
Clementina’s Cactus.  Viking, 1982.  Gr. K-3
Alexander, Lloyd.  The King’s Fountain.  Dutton, 1989.  Gr. K-3
Over in the Meadow (Illus.)  Viking, 1999.  Gr. Pre-2 (reissue)
(Reissues of Keats’s books in print are published by Viking.)
Keats, Ezra Jack.  Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury.  Viking, 2002.  (includes 10
complete stories, plus commentaries by other authors, a biography, sketches, and photographs)
Engel, Dean & Freedman, Florence B.  Ezra Jack Keats: A Biography with Illustrations.  Silver Moon,
1995.  Gr. 3-6

Weblinks:
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Longer biography illustrated with photographs, book list, “corners” for educators and children
Ezra Jack Keats: A Virtual Exhibit, at the de Grummond Collection
Biography, photos of items in the collection, and a discussion of how a picture book is made (complete with definitions of terminology)
Ezra Jack Keats Author Study
Articles and activities using the books of Ezra Jack Keats

Activities:
Gather a collection of Keats’s books to display. It is likely that many of these books will be familiar to students. Discuss how books can be “old friends” that we enjoy visiting over and over again.
Collaborate with the art teacher to explore the collage style of art. Examine Keats’s books for evidence of collage. Gather a variety of types of papers and materials and invite students to create their own collages modeled after Ezra Jack Keats’s style.
See Keats across the Curriculum for activities and internet sites for 11 of Keats’s books. Also see Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats for activities related to 5 of his books.

Mar
12

March is Women’s History Month
Books:
See On the Shelves for an annotated list of books related to women in history.
Weblinks:
National Women’s Hall of Fame
Biographical sketches of 236 women who have been honored for a variety of achievements
Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Links to information about an extensive list of accomplished women from many different fields; generally multiple links for those who are most well known
Timeline of Women
Students searching for a woman to research might find a subject on this timeline.
Famous Women Inventors
Introduction to 20 women known for their inventions
Creative Women
Long lists of women (occupation and inclusive dates of their lives) organized by profession (includes women in: the arts, business, literature, drama, medicine, science, the military, politics, sports, law, social activism, education, journalism, and religion) and links to some of their famous quotations
National First Ladies’ Library
Substantial biographies of each of the First Ladies of the United States, plus additional resources
National Women’s History Project
Background information on Women’s History Month (adult interest)

Activities:
Women’s History Month is an excellent opportunity for students to research the accomplishments of famous women and share their findings in a variety of ways.

Mar
13

1852 – Believed to be the date of the first illustration of Uncle Sam
Books (a selection about symbols of America):
Borden, Louise.  America Is….  Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  McElderry, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Coury, Tina Nichols.  Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose.  Illus. by Sally Wern Comport.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
Herman, John.  Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag (All Aboard Reading).  Illus. by
Robin Roraback.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Hewitt, David.  Uncle Sam’s America.  Illus. by Kathryn Hewitt.  Simon & Schuster, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
Keenan, Sheila.  O, Say Can You See?: America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words.  Illus. by
Ann Boyajian.  Scholastic, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Kroll, Steven.  By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star Spangled Banner.  Illus. by Dan
Andreasen.  Scholastic, 1994.  Gr. 4-6
Magaziner, Henry Jonas.  Our Liberty Bell.  Illus. by John O’Brien.  Holiday House, 2007.  Gr. 2-5
Martin, Bill, Jr. & Sampson, Michael.  I Pledge Allegiance.  Illus. by Chris Raschka.  Candlewick,
2002.  Gr. 1-5
McDonald, Megan.  Saving the Liberty Bell.  Illus. by Marsha Gray Carrington.  Atheneum, 2006.  Gr. 1-3
Melmed, Laura Krauss.  Capital!: Washington, D.C. from A to Z.  Illus. by Frané Lesac.  HarperCollins,
2002.  Gr. 1-4
Mora, Pat & Martinez, Libby.  I Pledge Allegiancel.  Illus. by Patrice Barton.  Knopf, 2014.  Gr. K-3
National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (Compiled).  Our White House: Looking In, Looking
Out.  Candlewick, 2008.  Gr. 3 & above (contributions from 108 authors and illustrators)
The Pledge of Allegiance.  Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. All ages
Prince, April Jones.  Meet Our Flag, Old Glory.  Illus. by Joan Paley.  Little, Brown, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  The Flag We Love.  Illus. by Ralph Masiello.  Charlesbridge, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Scillian, Devin.  A Is for America.  Illus. by Pam Carroll.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
Slate, Joseph.  The Great Big Wagon That Rang: How the Liberty Bell Was Saved.  Illus. by Craig
Spearing.  Marshall Cavendish, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Smith, Charles R., Jr.  Brick by Brick.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  HarperCollins/Amistad, 2013.  Gr. 1-4
Smith, Marie & Smith, Roland.  N Is for Our Nation’s Capital: A Washington D.C. Alphabet.  Illus. by
Barbara Gibson.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Spier, Peter (Illus.).  The Star-Spangled Banner.  Doubleday, 1973.  Gr. 4-8
Suen, Anastasia.  Uncle Sam.  Illus. by Matthew Skeens.  Picture Window Books, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Thomson, Sarah L.  Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag.  Illus. by Bob Dacey & Debra
Bandelin.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
West, Delno C. & West, Jean M.  Uncle Sam and Old Glory: Symbols of America.  Illus. by Christopher
Manson.  Atheneum, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
See Calendar Events for the Washington Monument (October 9) and the Statue of Liberty (October 28) for additional book titles.
Check school and public library shelves for series of nonfiction books published in library editions about American symbols.

Weblinks:
Uncle Sam
A discussion of how the image of Uncle Sam evolved
Pictures of Uncle Sam
Several historical posters depicting various images of Uncle Sam
Symbols of U.S. Government, at Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Readable information about symbols of the United States, divided into categories of “Government Buildings,” “Symbols,” “Statues and Memorials,” and “Songs and Oaths”
The History or Meaning behind Patriotic Symbols of America
Detailed overviews of several American symbols

Activities:
Several different images of Uncle Sam have existed historically. Ask students to imagine they are designing “Uncle Sam” and have them draw the figure they envision representing America.
As a class, make an alphabet book of U.S. symbols. Brainstorm a list of everything students can think of and then research books and the internet to complete the list of 26. Have them locate pictures on the internet and write blurbs about the symbol on each page. This is a good opportunity to teach a lesson on citing sources for the pictures and facts they find. Bind the book for the classroom or school library.

Mar
14

Go fly a kite! (A just-for-fun day!)
Books:
Bell, Juliet Clare.  The Kite Princess.  Illus. by Laura-Kate Chapman.  Barefoot Books, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Buckley, Helen E.  Moonlight Kite.  Illus. by Elise Primavera.  HarperCollins, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Chen, Jiang Hong & Moissard, Boris.  The Legend of the Kite: A Story of China.  Soundprints, 2000.
Gr. 1-4
Compestine, Ying Chang.  The Story of Kites.  Illus. by Yongsheng Xuan.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Demi.  Kites: Magic Wishes That Fly Up to the Sky.  Knopf, 1999.  Gr. 2-5
Fenner, Carol.  The King of Dragons.  McElderry, 1998.  Gr. 5-7
Garay, Luis.  The Kite.  Tundra, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Gibbons, Gail.  Catch the Wind!: All About Kites.  Little, Brown, 1989.  Gr. 1-4
Hall, Bruce Edward.  Henry and the Kite Dragon.  Illus. by William Low.  Philomel, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Hillenbrand, Will.  A Kite Day.  Holiday House, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Jiang, Ji-li.  Red Kite, Blue Kite.  Illus. by Ruth Greg.  Disney, 2013.  Gr. 1-3
Lies, Brian.  Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite.  Houghton Mifflin, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Lin, Grace.  Kite Flying.  Knopf, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Mayer, Mercer.  Shibumi and the Kitemaker.  Marshall Cavendish, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
Murphy, Stuart J.  Let’s Fly a Kite (Math Start,2).  Illus. by Brian Floca.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
O'Neill, Alexis.  The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension
Bridge.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Calkins Creek, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
2Park, Linda Sue.  The Kite Fighters.  Clarion, 2000.  Gr. 5-7
Torres, Leyla.  The Kite Festival.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Williams, Laura E.  The Best Winds.  Illus. by Eujin Kim Neilan.  Boyds Mills, 2006.  Gr. K-3 (Korea)
Yolen, Jane.  The Emperor and the Kite.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Philomel, 1988.  Gr. 1-3
Check school and library shelves for nonfiction books about making kites.

Weblinks:
Kites, at NASA
A brief history of kites, information about types of kites, and some technical discussion about flying kites
Make Your Own Kite!
Definitions of terms about the parts of a kite accompany directions for making one; also pages on the history of kites and how they fly.
Virtual Kite Zoo
For serious kite flyers, detailed information about different types of kites and links to pictures of unusual kites.
Professor Kite and the Secret of Kites
Tips for flying kites

Activities:
Brainstorm a list of things that fly. Divide the list in two parts: “Fly in Nature” and “Made by Humans.”
Have students make colorful paper kites for a bulletin board display. Start with squares of construction paper (retain the pieces left over from cutting the squares) and fold in two of the opposite corners so that the sides meet, forming a diamond shape. Punch a hole in the bottom and tie yarn through it. Use markers or crayons to decorate it. Use the leftover pieces for bows on the yarn tail.
Write kite couplets and display them with the kites. A couplet is a two-line poem in which the last words of the lines rhyme. For example:
      When the wind’s just right,
      I can fly my kite.
Brainstorm lists of words that rhyme with kite, sky, blow, etc., that students might use in their couplets.
Collaborate with the library media specialist on an internet activity about kite flying of historical significance. Kite History and Historic Kite Events will be helpful in the students’ research. Have students record the facts they locate on kite-shaped paper and display them.
Make kites and take them outside to fly. An easy-to-make kite may be found at 20 Kids*20 Kites*20 Minutes.

Mar
15

1767 – birthdate of Andrew Jackson, 7th president of the United States
Books:
Marrin, Albert.  Old Hickory: Andrew Jackson and the American People.  Dutton, 2004.  Gr. 6-10
Search school and library shelves for biographies of Andrew Jackson published in library editions.

Weblinks:
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Andrew Jackson, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents
Facts and trivia about Andrew Jackson
The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
A longer biography, timeline, “Did you know?” section, and FAQs, plus history, photos, and artists’ renderings of the Hermitage

Activities:
On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Andrew Jackson, using the fact recording sheet. Jackson was quite a colorful figure and had many “firsts” associated with his life and political career—have students incorporate those facts on the timeline.

Mar
16

1751 -- birthdate of James Madison, 4th president of the United States, considered a “Founding Father,” and often described as the “Father of the Constitution.”
Books:
Adler, David A. & Adler, Michael S.  A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison.  Illus. by Ronald
Himler.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Don.  Dolley Madison Saves George Washington.  Houghton Mifflin, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Fritz, Jean.  The Great Little Madison.  Putnam, 1989.  Gr. 5-9
Search school and library shelves for biographies of James Madison published in library editions.

Weblinks:
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
James Madison, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents
Facts and trivia about James Madison

Activities:
On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding James Madison, using the fact recording sheet. Because Madison’s contributions before becoming president are notable, have a student add his work as a Founding Father to the timeline as well.
Dolley Madison achieved prominence as a first lady. Have students assemble “quick facts” about her contributions.

Mar
16

National Quilting Day, celebrated on the third Saturday in March, was started in 1991 by the National Quilting Association
Books:
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about quilts.
Weblinks:
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
The location of more than 2300 quilts from 24 countries, many can be viewed, with their histories, online. Lots of information here, plus an interactive feature in which one can "make a quilt."
America's Quilting History
Informative site about history, quilt styles, multicultural quilters, quilt patterns, and more
Patches from the Past
Articles on history of quilting from a variety of perspectives and trends
Quilting with Children
Teachers share ideas about quilt projects they have done with their students.

Activities:
View the "Reading Rainbow" episode of The Patchwork Quilt and visit the Teacher's Guide for a description of several activities related to quilts and quilt making. There is also a segment of the "Reading Rainbow" episode, The Carousel, in which a quilt maker explains her process of making a quilt.
Older students might research quilts made by slaves and their role on the Underground Railroad. Which patterns did slaves use and what was their significance? Locate pictures of the patterns. What colors were significant and why? How were the quilts used to aid in the escape of slaves? In what other ways were slave quilts used? (It is possible in their research that students will find scholars who do not believe slaves used quilts as "codes" for escape. This is a good opportunity to discuss fact and opinion in research, the validity of sources, and how to arrive at a conclusion.) These books from the ON THE SHELVES bibliography might be helpful: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson, The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud, The Secret to Freedom by Marcia Vaughan, and Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard.
See Quilts in "Literature Learning Ladders" for links to quite a number of classroom units and webquests on quilts at different grade levels (scroll down the page).

Mar
17

Top o’ the morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Books:
Balian, Lorna & Balian, Lecia.  Leprechauns Never Lie.  Star Bright, 2004.  Gr. K-3 (reissue)
Bateman, Teresa.  Leprechaun Gold.  Illus. by Rosanne Litzinger.  Holiday House, 1998.  Gr. K-2
Bateman, Teresa.  Traveling Tom and the Leprechaun.  Illus. by Melisande Potter.  Holiday House,
2007.  Gr. 1-5
Bateman, Teresa.  Fiona’s Luck.  Illus. by Kelly Murphy.  Charlesbridge, 2007.  Gr. 1-5
Bateman, Teresa.  The Leprechaun Under the Bed.  Illus. by Paul Meisel.  Holiday House, 2012.
Gr. K-3
Bunting, Eve.  St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning.  Illus. by Jan Brett.  Clarion, 1980.  Gr. 1-4
Bunting, Eve.  That’s What Leprechauns Do.  Illus. by Emily Arnold McCully.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. 1-3
Bunting, Eve.  Green Shamrocks.  Illus. by Joelle Dreidemy.  Cartwheel, 2011.  Gr. K-2
dePaola, Tomie.  Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill.  Holiday House, 1991.  Gr. K-3
dePaola, Tomie.  Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka.  Putnam, 2000.  Gr. K-3
dePaola, Tomie.  Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.  Putnam, 1992.  Gr. K-3
Dillon, Jana.  Lucky O’Leprechaun.  Pelican, 1998.  Gr. K-2
Dillon, Jana.  Lucky O’Leprechaun Comes to America.  Pelican, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Dillon, Jana.  Lucky O’Leprechaun in School.  Pelican, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.  The Leprechaun’s Gold.  Illus. by Henry Cole.  HarperCollins, 2004.
Gr. K-2
Gibbons, Gail.  St. Patrick’s Day.  Holiday House, 1994.  Gr. 1-4
Holub, Joan.  Good Luck!: A St. Patrick’s Day Story (Ready-to-Read, Level 1).  Illus. by Will Terry.
Aladdin, 2007.  Gr. K-1
Krensky, Stephen.  Too Many Leprechauns: Or How That Pot o’ Gold Got to the End of the Rainbow.
Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  Simon & Schuster, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Kroll, Steven.  Mary McLean and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Illus. by Michael Dooling. Scholastic,
1991. Gr. K-3
Krull, Kathleen (Selected & Adapted).  A Pot O’ Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and
(Of Course) Blarney.  Illus. by David McPhail.  Hyperion, 2004.  Gr. 2-8
McDermott, Gerald.  Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk.  Viking, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Nolan, Janet.  The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh.  Illus. by Ben F. Stahl.  Albert Whitman, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Osborne, Mary Pope.  Leprechaun in Late Winter (Magic Tree House #43).  Illus. by Sal Murdocca.
Random House, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Osborne, Mary Pope & Boyce, Natalie Pope.  Leprechauns and Irish Folklore.  (Magic Tree House
Research Guide #21).  Random House, 2010.  Gr. 3-5
Rockwell, Anne.  St. Patrick's Day.  Illus. by Lizzie Rockwell.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Roop, Peter & Roop, Connie.  Let’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Illus. by Gwen Connelly.  Millbrook,
2003.  Gr. 2-4
Schertle, Alice.  Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day.  Illus. by Linda Shute.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard,
1987.  Gr. K-3
Shute, Linda.  Clever Tom and the Leprechaun.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1988.  Gr. K-3
Tucker, Kathy.  The Leprechaun in the Basement.  Illus. by John Sandford.  Albert Whitman, 1999.
Gr. K-3
Wojciechowski, Susan.  A Fine St. Patrick’s Day.  Illus. by Tom Curry.  Random House, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about St. Patrick’s Day published in library editions.

Weblinks:
St. Patrick’s Day, at Alphabet Soup
A brief history, a note about leprechauns, songs and poems, recipes, games (online and printable), crafts, and downloadable special paper for St. Patrick’s Day (advertisements at this site!)
How St. Patrick’s Day Works, at How Stuff Works
Introduction to St. Patrick’s Day including the origins of the holiday and the significance of the Blarney Stone and the shamrock
St. Patrick’s Day, at History.com
History of the holiday and its symbols and traditions, information about parades, and popular toasts and sayings (advertisements)
St. Patrick's Day Jokes and Riddles for Kids
Lots of riddles! (advertisements)

Activities:
Read stories and poems, sing songs, ask riddles, and enjoy the day!
Locate books about Ireland that contain many photographs and browse them with the class.
Discuss shamrocks and “luck of the Irish.” Give each student a paper shamrock with the instruction to write something on it about which she/he feels “lucky.” Make a bulletin board display, “We are lucky….”
Have a green foods tasting party (celery, grapes, kiwi, honeydew melon, etc.)
Draw leprechauns.

Mar
18

1837 – birthdate of Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and the 24th president of the United States; he was the only president to leave the office and return for a second term four years later.
Books:
Search school and library shelves for biographies of Grover Cleveland in library editions.
Weblinks:
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Grover Cleveland, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents
Facts and trivia about Grover Cleveland

Activities:
On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have two students take the responsibility for adding Grover Cleveland, using the fact recording sheet, for each of his terms of office.

Mar
19

It’s National Nutrition Month, a time dedicated to nutrition education information established by the American Dietetic Association
Books:
Barron, Rex.  Showdown at the Food Pyramid.  Putnam, 2004.  Gr. K-3 (former Food Pyramid)
Butterworth, Chris.  How Did That Food Get in My Lunchbox?  Illus. by Lucia Gaggiotti.  Candlewick,
2011.  Gr. 1-4
Castaldi, Elicia.  The Food Parade: Healthy Eating with the Nutritious Food Groups.  Henry Holt, 2013.
Gr. K-3
D’Aluisio, Faith.  What the World Eats.  Photos by Peter Menzel.  Tricycle Press, 2008.  Gr. 4 & above
Durant, Alan.  Burger Boy.  Illus. by Mei Matsuoka.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. K-2
French, Vivian.  Oliver’s Vegetables.  Illus. by Alison Bartlett.  Orchard, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Haduch, Bill.  Food Rules: The Stuff You Munch, Its Crunch, Its Punch and Why You Sometimes Lose
Your Lunch.  Dutton, 2001.  Gr. 3-7
Hoberman, Mary Ann.  The Seven Silly Eaters.  Illus. by Marla Frazee.  Harcourt, 1997. Gr.  K-2
Hollyer, Beatrice.  Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World.  Henry Holt, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Hopkins. Lee Bennett (Ed.).  Yummy! Eating through a Day: Poems.  Illus. by Renee Flower.  Simon &
Schuster, 2000.  Gr. K-4
Leedy, Loreen.  Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate.  Holiday House, 2013.  Gr. K-4
Miller, Edward.  The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active & Feeling Great for
Monsters & Kids.  Holiday House, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Mora, Pat.  Yum! MmMm! Qué Rico: America’s Sprouting.  Illus. by Rafael López. Lee & Low, 2007.
Gr. K-2
My Food Pyramid.  DK Children, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Palatini, Marjorie.  Zak’s Lunch.  Illus. by Howard Fine. Clarion, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Philip, Neil (Ed.).  Hot Potato: Mealtime Rhymes.  Illus. by Claire Henley.  Clarion, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Robbins, Ken.  Food for Thought: The Stories behind the Things We Eat.  Roaring Brook Press,
2009.  Gr. 3-5
Rockwell, Lizzy.  Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition.  HarperCollins, 1999.
Gr. K-3 (former Food Pyramid)
Rosen, Michael J.  (Ed. & Illus.) Food Fight: Poets Join the Fight Against Hunger with Poems to Favorite
Foods.  Harcourt, 1996.  Gr. 4-7
Sayre, April Pulley.  Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant.  Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Gr. K-3
Rotner, Shelley & Kelley, Sheila M. Photos by Shelley Rotner.  Yummy! Good Food Makes Me Strong!
Holiday House, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Sayre, April Pulley.  Go, Go Grapes! A Fruit Chant.  Beach Lane, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Schlosser, Eric & Wilson, Charles.  Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know about Fast
Food.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  Gr. 6 & above
Sears, William; Sears, Martha & Kelly, Christie Watts.  Eat Healthy, Feel Great.  Illus. by Renee
Andriani.  Little, Brown, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Sharmat, Mitchell.  Gregory, the Terrible Eater.  Illus. by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey.  Simon &
Schuster, 1984.  Gr. K-2
Solheim, James.  It’s Disgusting and We Ate It: True Food Facts from Around the World and
Throughout History.  Illus. by Eric Brace.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. 3-6
Weinstock, Robert.  Food Hates You, Too and Other Poems.  Hyperion, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Search school and library shelves for nonfiction books about healthy eating published in library editions.

Weblinks:
ChooseMyPlate.gov
Very comprehensive site that includes a blank food plate for students to label and color, a worksheet for keeping track of food choices, an interactive game, a breakdown of the food plate with lengthy lists of foods in each of the categories; printable handouts from the "Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series;" several downloadable brochures about nutrition, and numerous links to additional resources
Food Timeline.org
Timeline of foods from early B.C. times with links to period recipes; links to historical food prices, state foods, real people/brand name connections, teacher resources, and more—great site for browsing!

Activities:
Fold a sheet of drawing paper into 9 parts. Have students draw their picture in the center or place a picture taken with a digital camera in the center. In the boxes that surround their picture, have them draw pictures of their favorite foods and label them.
Give students a few days to bring in empty food product containers. Spend some time reading labels and comparing calories, fat, vitamins, and sugar content.
Make a food plate collage. Have students cut out pictures of food from magazines and newspapers and glue them in the correct areas on an oversized plate (plus dairy). Display their plate.

Mar
20

Happy First Day of Spring!
Books:
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about the spring season.
Weblinks:
Web Hunt: Vernal Equinox, from Scholastic
Science lesson plan on the spring equinox (printable chart and video needed for the lesson are included)
Spring Songs and Poems
Several poems and songs (to familiar tunes) related to spring months and themes
Spring Games
Online puzzles, word search, and matching games
Music and Rhyme Station
Younger students will enjoy the songs for spring (and other occasions)
Spring Activities for Kids
Crafts activities, short stories to print and read, poems, and games

Activities:
Brainstorm a list of what we typically think of as (winter climate) signs of spring (snow melts, days grow warmer, birds return and start to build nests, baby animals are born, trees begin to leaf, spring flowers, etc.). Start a chart called, “Our Spring Journal,” and make daily entries about what students have observed outside in their neighborhoods, on their way to and from school, and the like. Date the entries and watch the number of items grow as the days get warmer.
Make available art supplies, such as watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils, and invite students to create springtime scene. Discuss colors usually associated with the spring season and encourage them to experiment with blending colors (for example, to make different shades of green).
Paint a springtime scene on the classroom windows. In a small margarine tub, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with 1/2 tablespoon of tempera paint for each color. Remind students to use a different brush for each color. Spills or mistakes are easily remedied with a damp paper towel.
Check the weblinks above for many ideas for spring activities.

Mar
21

Listening Awareness Month
Books:
Binkow, Howard.  Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen.  Illus. by Susan F. Cornelison.  Lerner,
2006.  Gr. K-2
Lester, Helen.  Listen Buddy.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Showers, Paul.  The Listening Walk.  Illus. by Aliki.  HarperCollins, 1991.  Gr. K-3

Weblinks:
Teaching Listening, at Learning through Listening
Includes steps for effective listening, suggestions for teaching listening skills, inventories, and articles about listening

Activities:
Discuss with students why good listening is important at school, at home, and in other places they may find themselves.
Brainstorm a short list of listening guidelines and post them in the classroom so everyone can refer to them. Inform parents of these guidelines so they can reinforce them at home as well. For younger students, establish a picture cue for each guideline.
Make read-alouds interactive--invite predictions, recap story events, discuss illustrations, and make connections with students' own experiences and with other books you have read together.
Play group listening games or individual internet games.

Mar
22

World Water Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992 to call attention to the lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide.
Books:
Asch, Frank.  Water.  Harcourt, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Emoto, Masaru.  The Secret of Water.  Atria, 2006.  Gr. 1-5
Frasier, Debra.  The Incredible Water Show.  Harcourt, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Hamilton, Kersten.  This Is the Ocean.  Illus. by Lorianne Siomades.  Boyds Mills, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Hollyer, Beatrice.  Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World.  Henry Holt, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Hooper, Meredith.  The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet.  Illus. by Chris Coady.
Viking, 1998.  Gr. 3-5
Jenkins, Emily.  Water in the Park.  Illus. by Stephanie Graegin.  Schwartz & Wade, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Johnson, Neil & Chin, Joel.  The Falling Raindrop.  Tricycle Press, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Kerley, Barbara.  A Cool Drink of Water.  National Geographic Society, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Koch, Michelle.  World Water Watch.  Greenwillow, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Locker, Thomas.  Water Dance.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. 2-5
Lyon, George Ella.  All the Water in the World.  Illus. by Katherine Tillotson.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Morrison, Gordon.  A Drop of Water.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  Gr. 1-3
Neye, Emily.  Water (All Aboard Science, 1).  Illus. by Cindy Revell.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Seuling, Barbara.  Drip! Drop!: How Water Gets to Your Tap.  Illus. by Nancy Tobin.  Holiday House,
2000.  Gr. K-2
Shoveller, Herb.  Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together.  Kids Can,
2006.  Gr. 3-6
Strauss, Rochelle.  One Well: The Story of Water on Earth.  Illus. by Rosemary Woods.  Kids Can,
2007.  Gr. 4-6
Waldman, Neil.  The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story.  Millbrook, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Wells, Robert E.  Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?  Albert Whitman, 2006.  Gr. 1-3
Wick, Walter.  A Drop of Water.  Scholastic, 1997. Gr. 3-6
Yolen, Jane.  Water Music: Poems for Children.  Photos by Jason Stemple.  Boyds Mills, 1995.  Gr. 3-6
Check school and public library shelves for books about water conservation, the water cycle, and water consumption published in library editions.

Weblinks:
Official Website of World Water Day
A discussion of the 2014 event plus past themes and FAQs
Water Science for Schools, from the U.S. Geological Survey
All sorts of information about water, including Earth’s water, water basics, water use, a Q&A and glossary, plus activity center and trivia quizzes
Drinking Water and Ground Water Kids’ Stuff
For younger students: a graphic presentation of the water cycle, an interactive water cycle that offers information, instructions for building a water cycle, and a downloadable activity guide; also activities and lesson plans for K-12
Water Cycle Diagram
An animated diagram with terms labeled and a follow up quiz
Droplet and the Water Cycle
An interactive online game that requires getting Droplet back to the comfort of his cloud after he has fallen down

Activities:
The focus of World Water Day 2014 is "Water and Energy." Water and energy are interdependent. Discuss the linkages and the needs and challenges associated with safe, clean water and energy security for all.
Brainstorm a semantic map of “water” exploring its many uses, sources, benefits, bodies of water, disasters, and other categories students might think of.
The Official Website of World Water Day lists previous annual themes (e.g., sanitation, scarcity of water, water as it relates to different cultures, disaster, water and health, and others). Older students might wish to select a topic to research further.
Have students take a look at Water Facts and Trivia and choose spectacular water facts that they would like to share with others. Use the water drop pattern for their facts and make a display titled, “How Much Do YOU Know about Water?”

Mar
23

National Bubble Week
Take time for soap bubbles AND bubble gum this week!
Books:
Bayrock, Fiona.  Bubble Homes and Fish Farts.  Illus. by Carolyn Conahan.  Charlesbridge, 2009.
Gr. 2-5
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.  Pop! A Book about Bubbles.  Photos by Margaret Miller.  HarperCollins,
2001.  Gr. K-2
dePaola, Tomie.  The Bubble Factory.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Hale, Bruce.  This Gum for Hire: A Chet Gecko Mystery.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. 3-5
Hayes, Joe.  The Gum-Chewing Rattler.  Illus. by Antonio Castro L.  Cinco Puntos, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Krensky, Stephen.  Bubble Trouble (Ready-to-Read, Level 1).  Illus. by Jimmy Pickering.  Aladdin,
2004.  Gr. K-2
Levine, Shar & Johnstone, Leslie.  The Ultimate Bubble Book: Soapy Science Fun.  Illus. by Simon
Shaw.  Sterling, 2003.  Gr. 3-6
Mahy, Margaret.  Bubble Trouble.  Illus. by Polly Dunbar.  Clarion, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Mayer, Mercer.  Bubble Bubble.  Parent’s Magazine Press, 1973.  Gr. K-3
McCarthy, Meghan.  Pop!: the Invention of Bubble Gum.  Simon & Schuster, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
O’Connor, Jane.  Benny’s Big Bubble (All Aboard Reading).  Illus. by Tomie dePaola.  Grosset &
Dunlap, 1997.  Gr. Pre-1
Rubin, Adam.  Big Bad Bubble.  Illus. by Daniel Salmieri.  Clarion, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Smith, Stu.  The Bubble Gum Kid.  Illus. by Julia Woolf.  Running Press, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Spiro, Ruth.  Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist.  Illus. by Thor Wickstrom.  Dutton, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Wardlaw, Lee.  Bubblemania: A Chewy History of Bubble Gum.  Illus. by Sandra Forrest.  Simon &
Schuster, 1997.  Gr. 3-6
Wells, Rosemary.  Bubble Gum Radar.  Illus. by Jody Wheeler.  Hyperion, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Wheeler, Lisa.  Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum.  Illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith.  Little, Brown, 2004.
Gr. Pre-1

Weblinks:
Bubble Gum, from The Great Idea Finder
Facts about the history and inventor of bubble gum, plus some trivia
The Art and Science of Bubbles
Easy to understand science regarding bubbles, a bubble recipe, activities, and a bubble poem
Bubbles
The science of bubbles—information is more technical with a higher reading level

Activities:
Have free exploration with bubbles. Make a simple bubble solution (4-1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup dishwashing detergent makes a good solution; for stronger bubbles, add 1/2 cup corn syrup or glycerine). Have students experiment with blowing bubbles of different sizes, connecting bubbles, blowing bubbles inside bubbles, making piles of bubbles, keeping bubbles aloft, allowing them to land on different surfaces and comparing the residue, blowing bubbles through different objects (sifter, slotted spoon, small funnel, etc.), and the like. Experiment with straws (remind students of the proper way to blow) and bubble wands and discuss the differences. Give students small pieces of plastic coated wire and have them design their own bubble wands and investigate the differences in bubbles.
Paint with bubbles. Place a small amount of bubble solution in margarine tubs. Add food coloring (more drops of food coloring will yield darker colors) OR tempera paint (about 1/3 paint to 2/3 bubble solution) to the tubs. Students dip bubble wands into the solutions and blow bubbles on white paper. The bubbles will burst on their own, making colorful areas. After the areas dry, have students draw features, backgrounds, etc., to create a picture.
Make bubble wrap art. Fasten large pieces of bubble wrap to a table. Provide different colors of paint and large brushes, and have students paint designs on the bubble wrap. When they finish painting and the paint is still wet, press white paper on top of their creations.
Distribute bubble gum and chew away! Practice blowing bubbles. Have students write a “how-to” piece with step-by-step directions for blowing a bubble.
Have a bubble gum “blowability” test. Sample different types of bubble gum, soft pieces and gumballs, and graph the students’ preferences with regard to consistency for blowing a good bubble.
Give each student a round pink construction paper circle (about 5 inches in diameter) and instruct the class to glue their circles on another piece of paper. Have them add legs and arms, but the rest of the “body” is concealed by the bubble gum bubble. Have them write this rhyme at the bottom of their pictures: “I wonder what happened to poor _________________. He’s/she’s disappeared in his/her bubble gum!” Students need to name the individual with a rhyme for “gum.” Below the rhyme, have them write what did indeed happen to their bubble gum character.
Read the poem, “The Contest,” in the Poetry Corner.

Mar
24

1874 – birthdate of Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss, world-famous magician and considered one of the greatest escape artists in history
Books:
Adler, David A. & Adler, Michael S.  A Picture Book of Harry Houdini.  Illus. by Matt Collins.  Holiday
House, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Burleigh, Robert.  The Secret of the Great Houdini.  Illus. by Leonid Gore.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. 2-5
Cox, Clinton.  Houdini: Master of Illusion.  Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. 5-9
Fleischman, Sid.  Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini.  HarperCollins, 2006.  Gr. 5-9
Kimmel, Eric A.  A Spotlight for Harry.  Illus. by Jim Madsen.  Random House, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Krull, Kathleen.  Houdini: The World’s Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.
Walker, 2005. Gr. 2-5
Kulling, Monica.  The Great Houdini: World Famous Magician and Escape Artist (Step into Reading, 4).
Illus. by Anne Reas.  Random House, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Lakin, Patricia.  Harry Houdini: Escape Artist (Ready-to-Read, Level 2).  Illus. by Rick Geary.  Aladdin,
2002.  Gr. 1-3
Lalicki, Tom.  Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini.  Holiday House, 2000.  Gr. 5-9
Lalicki, Tom.  Danger in the Dark: A Houdini & Nate Mystery.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  Gr. 5-8.
See also: Shots at Sea: A Houdini & Nate Mystery (2007)
Lutes, Jason.  Houdini: The Handcuff King.  Illus. by Nick Bertozzi.  Hyperion, 2007.  Gr. 6-9
MacLeod, Elizabeth.  Harry Houdini.  Illus. by John Mantha.  Kids Can Press, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Selznick, Brian.  The Houdini Box.  Simon & Schuster, 2008.  Gr. 3-5 (re-issue)
Weaver, Janice.  Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist.  Illus. by Chris
Lane.  Abrams, 2011.  Gr. 4-6

Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about Houdini from series published in library editions. Also search for books of magic tricks for children.
Weblinks:
Houdini, at magictricks.com
Longer biography, photo gallery, poster gallery, commemorative postage stamp, and video clips
Houdini, from “American Experience” on PBS
Longer biography, extensive poster gallery, timeline, film clips of some of his famous escapes, “secrets” to four of his escapes, a “Save Houdini Game,” and more
Magic Tricks!
Directions for 18 simple magic tricks plus tips on being a successful magician

Activities:
Read a book about Houdini aloud and discuss why his act was so appealing to people.
Through research, have older students compare Houdini as a magician with contemporary magicians (e.g., David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Siegfried and Roy, Doug Henning, David Blaine, and others).
Consult books of magic tricks and the “Magic Tricks!” weblink above for directions for simple magic tricks and have students try some of them.
Brainstorm a list of magic words, such as “abracadabra,” “alakazam,” “hocus pocus,” “open sesame,” “presto chango,” and “shazam.” Have students make up their own magic words.

Mar
25

1964 – birthday of Kate DiCamillo, winner of the Newbery Medal for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2014) and The Tale of Despereaux (2004) and recipient of a Newbery Honor Book for Because of Winn-Dixie
Books:
Because of Winn-Dixie.  Candlewick, 2000.  Gr. 4-6
The Tiger Rising.  Candlewick, 2002.  Gr. 4-6
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of
Thread.  Candlewick, 2003.  Gr. 3-8
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline.  Candlewick, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Great Joy.  Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline.  Candlewick, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken.  Illus. by Harry Bliss.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. K-3
The Magician’s Elephant.  Illus. by Yoko Tanaka.  Candlewick, 2009.  Gr. 4-6
McGhee, Alison (co-author).  Bink & Gollie.  Illus. by Tony Fucile.  Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. 1-3
Also: Bink & Gollie: Two for One (2011)) and Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever (2013)
Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes.  Illus. by Chris Van Dusen.  Candlewick, 2009.
Gr. 1-3.  Other titles in the series: Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (2008); Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (2007); Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2006); Mercy Watson Fights Crime (2006); and Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005).
Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures.  Illus. by K.G. Campbell.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. 4-6

Weblinks:
Kate DiCamillo
Her personal website includes a biographical sketch, FAQs about some of her books, her “journal” (which has poems and narrative entries), some thoughts on writing, and photographs.
Video interview at Reading Rockets
DiCamillo discusses the writing of some her books and the challenges of being a writer; print version of the interview also available
Author Talk, at KidsReads
Short biography, booklist, reviews of her books, and excerpts
Kate DiCamillo Biography at Scholastic
Includes a biographical sketch in which she talks about writing and a lesson plan on connecting an author’s life with her work (has an audio of the author discussing drafts of her writing, plus print versions of the drafts)

Activities:
Display Kate DiCamillo’s books and select one of her novels to read aloud. Project biographical information or one of the interviews on a SMART board or screen so students can get to know her.
For the purpose of discussion groups, Teachers’ Guides for some of DiCamillo’s books are downloadable from the internet (these include discussion questions and activity suggestions):
The Mercy Watson Books
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride and Mercy Watson Fights Crime
The Tale of Despereaux
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Magician's Elephant
Bink & Gollie

Mar
26

1874 – birthday of American poet Robert Frost, recipient of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry
Books:
Bober, Natalie S.  Papa Is a Poet: A Story about Robert Frost.  Illus. by Rebecca Gibbon.  Henry Holt,
2013.  Gr. 2-5 (biography)
Bober, Natalie S.  A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost.  Henry Holt, 1998.  Gr. 6 & above
(biography)
Birches.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Henry Holt, 1988.  Gr. 3 & above
Christmas Trees.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Henry Holt, 1990.  Gr. 2-6
The Runaway.  Illus. by Glenna Lang.  Godine, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.  Illus. by Susan Jeffers.  Dutton, 2001.  Gr. 2 & above
(re-issue)
A Prayer in Spring.  Illus. by Grandma Moses.  Rizzoli, 2013.  Gr. 2 & above
Schmidt, Gary D.  Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost.  Illus. by Henri Sorensen.  Sterling, 1994.
Gr. 4 & above
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Robert Frost from series published in library editions and for other collections of his poetry.

Weblinks:
Robert Frost, at poets.org
For older students, a biography, selected list of works, and links to other information about Frost; links to some of his poems including an audio version of Frost reading “The Road Not Taken”
A Robert Frost Exhibit
Photo gallery of Frost at different ages, covers of his books, photos of his home, his tombstone, and more
Robert Frost, at Modern American Poetry
Two longer biographies about Frost’s life and work, analyses of several of his poems, and additional links

Activities:
Use today as an opportunity to introduce students to the poetry of Robert Frost. Make some collections of his poetry available for students to peruse. Read selections aloud. Provide a variety of art supplies (pastels, watercolors, construction paper, colored pencils, markers, sketching pencils, etc.) and invite students to illustrate a poem by Frost.

Mar
27

1868 – birthday of Patty Smith Hill, American nursery school and kindergarten teacher, best known for her collaboration with her sister Mildred on the song, “Good Morning to All,” which became “Happy Birthday to You.”
Books:
Asch, Frank.  Happy Birthday, Moon.  Simon & Schuster, 1982.  Gr. Pre-2
Avi.  Ereth’s Birthday.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
Beck, Scott.  Happy Birthday, Monster!  Abrams, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Becker, Bonny.  A Birthday for Bear.  Illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton.  Candlewick, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Bottner, Barbara.  You Have to be Nice to Someone on Their Birthday.  Illus. by Tatiana Mai-Wyss.
Putnam, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Brown, Marc.  Arthur’s Birthday.  Little, Brown, 1989.  Gr. K-3
Bruel, Nick.  Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty.  Roaring Brook, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Bunting, Eve.  Happy Birthday, Dear Duck.  Illus. by Jan Brett.  Clarion, 1988.  Gr. Pre-2
Carle, Eric.  The Secret Birthday Message.  HarperCollins, 1972.  Gr. K-2
Carlstrom,  Nancy White. Happy Birthday, Jessie Bear!  Illus. by Bruce Degen.  Simon & Schuster,
1994.  Gr. K-2
Christelow, Eileen.  Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake.  Clarion, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2  (formerly
titled: Don’t Wake Up Mama)
Cox, Judy.  Happy Birthday, Mrs. Millie!  Illus. by Joe Mathieu.  Amazon Children's Publishing, 2012.
Gr. K-2
Daly, Niki.  Happy Birthday, Jamela!  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Day, Alexandra.  Carl’s Birthday.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995.  Gr. Pre-2
deGroat, Diane.  Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo.  HarperCollins, 1999.  Gr. K-3
English, Karen.  Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues.  Illus. by Laura Freeman.  Clarion, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Erlbach, Arlene.  Happy Birthday Everywhere.  Illus. by Sharon Lane Holm.  Millbrook, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Frasier, Debra.  A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake.  Harcourt, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Hoban, Russell.  A Birthday for Frances.  Illus. by Lillian Hoban.  Harper, 1968.  Gr. K-2
Hobbie, Holly.  Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot.  Little, Brown, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Holabird, Katharine.  Angelina’s Birthday.  Illus. by Helen Craig.  Viking, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.  Lulu’s Birthday.  Illus. by Pat Cummings.  Greenwillow, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Howe, James.  Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise.  Illus. by Marie-Louise Gay.
Candlewick, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Huget, Jennifer LaRue.  The Best BIrthday Party Ever.  Illus. by LeUyen Pham.  Schwartz & Wade,
2011.  Gr. K-3
Hurwitz, Johanna.  Birthday Surprises: Ten Great Stories to Unwrap.  HarperCollins, 1995.  Gr. 4-6
Hutchins, Pat.  It’s MY Birthday!  Greenwillow, 1999.  Gr. Pre-1
Kasza, Keiko.  My Lucky Birthday.  Putnam, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Lankford, Mary D.  Birthdays Around The World.  Illus. by Karen Dugan.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Lester, Helen.  Happy Birdday, Tacky!  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Houghton Mifflin, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Lewis, Rose A.  Every Year on Your Birthday.  Illus. by Jane Dyer.  Little, Brown, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Look, Lenore.  Henry’s First Moon Birthday.  Illus. by Yumi Heo.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Mass, Wendy.  11 Birthdays.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. 5-7
McPhail, David.  Big Brown Bear’s Birthday Surprise.  Illus. by John O’Connor.  Harcourt, 2007.
Gr. Pre-2
Mora, Pat.  A Birthday Basket for Tía.  Illus. by Cecily Lang.  Simon & Schuster, 1992.  Gr. K-3
Munsch, Robert N.  Moira’s Birthday.  Illus. by Michael Martchenko.  Annick, 1992.  Gr. K-2
Noble, Trinka Hakes.  Jimmy’s Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash.  Illus. by Steven Kellogg.  Dial,
1989.  Gr. K-3
Numeroff, Laura.  Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever.  Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  Abrams, 2010.
Gr. Pre-1
Patricelli, Leslie.  The Birthday Box.  Candlewick, 2007. Gr.  Pre-K
Pfister, Marcus.  Happy Birthday, Bertie!  North-South, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Polacco, Patricia.  Some Birthday!  Simon & Schuster, 1991.  Gr. K-3
Raven, Margot Theis.  Happy Birthday to You: The Mystery Behind the Most Famous Song in the
World.  Illus. by Chris Soentpiet.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Rose, Deborah Lee.  Birthday Zoo.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Albert Whitman, 2002.  Gr. Pre-2
Rylant, Cynthia.  Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All.  Illus. by Sucie Stevenson.  Simon &
Schuster, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Rylant, Cynthia.  Birthday Presents.  Illus. by Sucie Stevenson.  Orchard, 1987.  Gr. K-2
Sendak, Maurice.  Bumble-Ardy.  HarperCollins, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Seuss, Dr.  Happy Birthday to You!  Random House, 1976.  Gr. 1-5 (re-issue)
Thomas, Jan.  A Birthday for Cow!  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Thompson, Alicia.  The Secret Language of Birthdays.  Teen Edition.  Razorbill, 2010.  Gr. 6 & above
Tryon, Leslie.  Albert’s Birthday.  Atheneum, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Valentine, Madeline.  The Bad Birthday Idea.  Knopf, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Walker, Anna.  I Love Birthdays.  Simon & Schuster, 2010.  Gr. Pre -1
Wells, Rosemary.  The Secret Birthday.  Illus. by John Nez.  Hyperion, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Wood, Audrey.  The Birthday Queen.  Illus. by Don Wood.  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Yolen, Jane.  Mouse’s Birthday.  Illus. by Bruce Degen.  Putnam, 1993.  Gr. Pre-2

Weblinks:
Birthday Traditions in Different Countries
Brief descriptions of birthday traditions in 37 countries
FamousBirthdays.com
An incredible number of links to all sorts of information about people—much more than just birthdays—great fun to browse!
Birthday Traditions around the World
In addition to cultural traditions, links to “Happy Birthday” in different languages, birthday signs and symbols, birthday flowers and stones, quotes and humor, birthday trivia, and more

Activities:
Set up a basket or tub of birthday books (or poems) and let students choose one for you to read on their birthday (It’s OK to read the same book more than once!).
For fun, older students might enjoy collecting statistics, calendar information from different cultures, calculations about their age, and much more related to the day they were born at Birthday Calculator (some advertisements).
Have students design a cake using the blank cake pattern. The whole class can decorate one of these cakes and give them to students on their birthday.
Allow students to browse the weblinks above to learn traditions associated with birthdays and to find famous people who share their birthdays. If they are not familiar with their birthday “mates,” have them do a little research to find out why these people are famous.

Mar
28

1592 – birthdate of Johann Amos Comenius, a Czech teacher and writer, and author of Orbis Pictus, published in 1658 and considered to be the first picture book intended for children
Books:
A wide variety of picture books that represent many different types of literature (e.g., folk tales, poetry, biography, nonfiction, narrative fiction) and styles of art.
Weblinks:
Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 1938-Present
A complete listing
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know, from the New York Public Library
Brief annotation for each title
Picturing Books
General, all-purpose site focusing on picture books; has a glossary of terms, a discussion of parts of a picture book (including design elements), list of bestsellers, list of author birthdays, downloadable pages, and an extensive database (fee required for access to the database).

Activities:
Take the class to the school library media center to select some old picture book favorites. Check them out and take them back to the classroom for a display. Give each student a chance to explain why she/he chose a particular book.
When reading a picture book to students, use the opportunity to engage them in a discussion of the illustrations. For example, ask what types of materials they think the illustrator used to create the pictures; discuss the realism or abstract nature of the illustrations; discuss how the illustrations affect the mood of the story; examine the different perspectives or viewpoints the illustrator used; discuss other features, such as borders, endpapers, changes in the font, cover and title page illustrations, etc. Encourage students to look for details in the illustrations. (This necessitates having the read-aloud book available for students to explore individually or with a partner.) Make connections to other books with the same illustrator. Ask them what types of art they like.
Visit websites of illustrators. (You can find a selection of illustrators here.) Many of them discuss their process of making a book.

Mar
29

1790 – birthdate of John Tyler, 10th president of the United States
Books:
Search school and library shelves for biographies of John Tyler in library editions of series about the presidents.
Weblinks:
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
John Tyler, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents
Facts and trivia about John Tyler

Activities:
On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding John Tyler, using the fact recording sheet.

Mar
30

1853 – birthdate of artist Vincent van Gogh
Books:
Anholt, Laurence.  Camille and the Sunflowers.  Barron’s, 1994.  Gr. 2-4 (paperback is titled van Gogh
and the Sunflowers)
Bernard, Bruce.  Van Gogh (Eyewitness Art).  DK, 1992.  Gr. 9 & above
Dionetti, Michelle.  Painting the Wind: A Story of Vincent van Gogh.  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Little,
Brown, 1996.  Gr. 2-5
Greenberg, Jan & Jordan, Sandra.  Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist.  Delacorte, 2001.
Gr. 6 & above
Isom, Joan Shaddox.  The First Starry Night.  Whispering Coyote Press, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Lossani, Chiara.  Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind.  Illus. by Octavia Monaco.  Eerdmans,
2011.  Gr. 3-5
Lucas, Eileen.  Vincent van Gogh.  Illus. by Rochelle Draper.  Carolrhoda, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Rubin, Susan Goldman.  The Yellow House: Vincent van Gogh & Paul Gauguin Side by Side.
Illus. by Jos. A. Smith.  Abrams, 2001.  Gr. 3-5
van Gogh, Vincent.  Vincent’s Colors.  Metropolitan Museum of Art/Chronicle, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Waldman, Neil.  The Starry Night.  Boyds Mills, 1999.  Gr. 1-4

Weblinks:
Van Gogh Gallery
Everything anyone would want to know about van Gogh: a biography, the text of his letters, a catalog of his artwork (including paintings, drawings, watercolors, self-portraits), a chronology, and so much more—a spectacular site! (some advertisements)
The Vincent van Gogh Gallery
Endorsed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, another very comprehensive site about the artist and his work

Activities:
Introduce students to the work of van Gogh by projecting a few of his paintings on a large screen or SMART Board. Discuss with students what materials they think he used. Do the paintings evoke any feelings or emotions? Discuss the visual elements of the paintings, such as color, line, shape, and composition.
Van Gogh drew more than one self-portrait. Have students draw their self-portraits. If you prefer not to use small mirrors, take a digital photo of the students so they can study their faces while drawing. Collaborate with the art teacher on how to draw a portrait.
In several of his paintings, van Gogh utilized a technique of applying short thick strokes in close proximity. Project a couple of examples (for example, Starry Night, Olive Trees, Starry Night Over the Rhone, The Red Vineyard at Arles, Wheatfield with Cypresses, and others) in which this technique is apparent and discuss its effect on the visual elements of the paintings. Allow students to experiment with this technique by starting with a simple sketch of an object or scene and using oil pastels, pastels, or markers (paint might be difficult for them to control) as their media.

Mar
31

1927 – birthdate of Cesar Chavez, farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist, who co-founded the National Farm Worker Association (United Farm Workers) with Dolores Huerta
Books:
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.  César: Sí, se puede!/Yes, We Can!  Illus. by David Diaz.  Marshall
Cavendish, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
Brown, Monica.  Side by Side/Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez/La historia
de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez.  Illus. by Joe Cepeda.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
del Castillo, Richard Griswold.  Cesar Chavez: The Struggle for Justice/Cesar Chavez: La lucha por la
justicia.  Illus. by Anthony Accardo.  Piñata Books, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Krull, Kathleen.  Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez.  Illus. by Yuyi Morales.  Harcourt, 2003.
Gr. 2-5
Wadsworth, Ginger.  Cesar Chavez.  Illus. by Mark Schroeder.  Carolrhoda, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Warren, Sarah E.  Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Two Lions,
2012.  Gr. 2-5
Related titles:
Ada, Alma Flor.  Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and English.  Illus. by Simon Silva. Lothrop,
Lee & Shepard, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Altman, Linda Jacobs.  Amelia’s Road.  Illus. by Enrique O. Sanchez.  Lee & Low, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Atkin, S. Beth.  Voices from the Fields: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories.  Little, Brown,
2000.  Gr. 5 & above
DeFelice, Cynthia.  Under the Same Sky.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. 6-9
Herrera, Juan Felipe.  Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas.  Illus. by Elly Simmons.  Childrens
Book Press, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Jiminez, Francisco.  The Circuit.  Houghton Mifflin, 1999.  Gr. 6-9.  Sequels: Breaking Through (2001)
and Reaching Out (2008)
Perez, L. King.  First Day in Grapes.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Lee & Low, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Search school and public library shelves for the many biographies of Cesar Chavez published in library editions.

Weblinks:
Cesar E. Chavez Foundation
Biography, interactive timeline, photo gallery, several videos, text of several speeches, and audio quotes
“The Fight in the Fields,” a film from PBS
Good information about Chavez and the United Farm Workers, a timeline, an elegy, and quotes
About Cesar Chavez, at the Los Angeles Public Library
Biography, chronology, Chavez's precepts, picture and discussion of United Farm Workers flag

Activities:
Have students research the life and work of Cesar Chavez and compare his non-violent civil rights activism with that of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi. Discuss this quote by Chavez, “Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.” How can these thoughts be applied to contemporary society?
Read Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull and use the Teacher’s Guide to expand upon the impact of Cesar Chavez on American history.

 

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