Make your plans for El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), which takes place on Monday, April 30th.
Developed under the leadership of author Pat Mora, this event focuses on providing children with books in many languages and making reading an integral part of their lives. It’s a wonderful time to have students read, write, and share multilingual stories with one another.
For classroom materials on other timely topics, just keep reading! We have materials on William Shakespeare, Coretta Scott King, the Library of Congress, and more!
- Celebrate Teaching! Register now to join the celebration at IRA’s 2012 Annual Convention in Chicago.
- Enter the Humorous Math Poem Contest to celebrate Math Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, and National Humor Month.
- Enter your best piece of fiction in the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers for a chance at $10,000.
From the Calendar
- April 22: Celebrate Earth Day! In celebration of Earth Day, students research famous environmentalists and write letters to them asking for their opinions on current issues and turn their letters into a poem. (For grades 3–12)
- April 23: In 1564, William Shakespeare was born on this day. Based on grade level, students learn about rhyming structure, experiment with the Shakespearean Insult Kit, or study scenes from Othello and watch an adaptation of that scene from the movie O. (For grades 1–12)
- April 24: On this day in 1800, Congress approved the purchase of books to start the Library of Congress. Students practice and refine research skills by visiting the Library of Congress website and conducting a research project. (For grades 7–12)
- April 26: The Spanish town of Guernica was bombed on this date in 1937. After viewing Picasso’s Guernica, students are provided with background information, share their impressions, and write about Picasso’s purpose in creating the painting. (For grades 3–12)
- April 26: Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day! Students select a poem and create a Stapleless Book using the interactive tool. (For grades 3–6)
- April 27: Coretta Scott King was born on this day in 1927. Students do a book report assignment based on a current or past winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. (For grades 3–12)
- April 27: Playwright August Wilson was born in 1945. Students use the Timeline Tool and Drama Map to create a decade-by-decade record and play of their community’s history. (For grades 9–12)
- April 28: Author Lois Duncan was born on this date in 1934. Mysteries are shared with students for them to solve and brainstorm the attributes of a good mystery. Small groups then compose short mysteries using the Mystery Cube. (For grades 3–12)
- Next month, find lesson plans and activities on reading, teacher appreciation, Cinco de Mayo, Asian Pacific American Heritage, and more!
Discuss These Topics with Other Teachers
- Favorite Resources for Teaching Fairy Tales?
- What resources do you use to teach students to “go green” and “save the earth”?
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