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You’ll find everything you need in our archived video, featuring Barbara DeSantis, the In-Class Support Technology Specialist at the Sayreville School District.
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From the Calendar
- March 19: On this day in 1918, the United States passed the U.S. Standard Time Act. A video conference with a class from a different country or time zone is planned. Students brainstorm questions to ask and figure out how many time zones they would have to travel through to have the conference. (For grades 3–12)
- March 21: Today is World Poetry Day. Students read and respond to Billy Collins' poem "Introduction to Poetry." Students then write about a favorite poem and imagine the perfect way to read it. (For grades 3–12)
- March 22: Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846. Students explore the history of the Caldecott Medal and create a classroom literary award modeled after the Caldecott. (For grades K–12)
- March 24: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered in New York in 1955. Students are introduced to the characteristics of drama, read a chapter from a novel the class has read, and create a script from the chapter that they will present to the class. (For grades 5–12)
- March 25: Celebrate Kate DiCamillo's birthday today. After examining the characters in one of DiCamillo's stories, students write original short stories featuring animals as central characters. (For grades 3–6)
- March 26: Poet Robert Frost was born in 1874. Students celebrate Frost's birthday by exploring his innovation in the sonnet form by studying poems and presenting them to the class. (For grades 9–12)
- March 30: Black Beauty author Anna Sewell was born in 1820. Through Sewell's novel, students explore the cruelty to animals and extend the discussion to current events, eventually presenting the information. (For grades 3–12)
- March 31: César Chávez was born on this day in 1927. Students work in small groups to research a civil rights leader and do a creative writing piece, followed by a short story, with their group. (For grades 7–12)
- In April, find lesson plans and activities on National Poetry Month, William Shakespeare, Earth Day, Paul Revere, and more!
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