These are great days to visit ReadWriteThink. You’ll find resources on Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of School. Just as exciting, you will also find student activities for Digital Learning Day, which takes place Wednesday, February 6. But our celebration of Digital Learning Day isn’t limited to the classroom.
In honor of Digital Learning Day on February 6th, join ReadWriteThink, our Thinkfinity partners, and the Verizon Foundation on Twitter for an education technology chat (#EdTechChat) from 8-9 p.m. ET. Educators and learning advocates from across the country will be discussing new and innovative ways to use digital technology in the classroom. You can read more information in the Thinkfinity Community Hub.
Find other timely classroom activities and ReadWriteThink calendar entries below.
- Looking for mobile apps? Check out the Word Mover and the Trading Cards Mobile Apps.
- Mark Black History Month by taking part in the African American Read-In!
- Have you told us what you want to see in a mobile version of ReadWriteThink? Complete our survey, and have your say!
- On-demand professional development:
- Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning presented by Scott Filkins and Cara Gutzmer
- Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts presented by Doug Buehl
- Celebrate teachers making a difference. Register now for IRA’s Convention in San Antonio.
From the Calendar
- February 3: In 1927, Joan Lowery Nixon was born. As a class, a genre study of mysteries takes place and a chart is made about what makes a good mystery. (For grades 3–8)
- February 3: Celebrate Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week. Students “step into the shoes” of their favorite author by reading several of their books, conducting research, and preparing displays and presentations for the class. (For grades 3–12)
- February 9: Author Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944. After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group. (For grades 9–12)
- February 10: The New York Times used the slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” After discussing newspapers and their different points of view, students choose a current event, read editorials on the event, and share them with the class to identify the editor’s point of view. (For grades 7–12)
- February 10: The Chinese New Year starts today. Today is the first day of the New Year on the Chinese lunar calendar. (For grades 2–12)
- February 11: Jane Yolen was born in 1939. Students read one of Jane Yolen’s books, retell the story in the form of a puppet show, research animals in the book, and document their findings with the Animal Study interactive tool. (For grades 1–5)
- February 12: Judy Blume was born in 1938. Students work with a partner or individually to create cartoons of their favorite scenes from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. (For grades 3–6)
- February 13: Celebrate the 100th day of school! As a class, students work in small groups to create a “100th Day” book. (For grades K–12)
- February 14: Valentine’s Day is today! Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class. (For grades 3–12)
- February 16: LeVar Burton, longtime host of Reading Rainbow, was born in 1957. After reading two complementary Reading Rainbow selections, students compare the selections using the Venn Diagram and write a comparison essay. (For grades 1–4)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on the Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, and more!
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