October 17- National Mulligan Day! If you play golf you know that this means you get a "do-over". This day was set aside to remind us all that no one is perfect. We are usually our own worst critic so let' all cut ourselves some slack today!
October 18 - The Seneca Falls Convention began in 1848. The announcement in the newspaper read, A Convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women will be held in the Wesleyan Chapel, at Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Wednesday and Thursday, the 19th and 20th of July current; commencing at 10 o’clock A.M. During the first day the meeting will be exclusively for women, who are earnestly invited to attend. The public generally are invited to be present on the second day, when Lucretia Mott, of Philadelphia, and other ladies and gentlemen, will address the Convention.”
October 19 - National Hagfish Day! Yep! These fish get their very own holiday. Hagfish Day is observed annually on the third Wednesday in October. Yall feel free to celebrate this one without me.
October 20 - international Sloth Day was created in 2010 by the AIUNAU Foundation, a non-profit conservation and wildlife organization based in Colombia. The unofficial holiday raises awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of the Sloth. The day also calls on people to learn more about these native South and Central American animals.
October 21 - Reptile Awareness Day is here, Yippee!! (Gulp!) Each year on October 21, people across the nation celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day. This day was created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but also to promote education, conservation and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing.
10-11 is the International Day of the Girl! "On International Day of the Girl, we recognize our obligation to lift up women and girls at home and abroad and to build a world where all girls feel safe and empowered in their classrooms, their communities, and their homes." President Obama
10-12 National Fossil Day!!! This nationwide celebration was first held on October 13, 2010, during Earth Science Week.
10-13 Let's celebrate World Sight Day! World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day 2016 is on 13 October 2016.
10-14 On this date in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
9-3 Today is World Blue Shirt Day. to remind everyone to stand up against bullying. Bullying is ongoing and purposeful behavior that is intended to make another person hurt, embarrassed, angry or shunned by others. Although 49 out of 50 states have laws against bullying there is not yet a federal law against bullying. I would insert a "snarkly" comment about our legislators here but it mey get perceived as bullying so I will remain quiet. In the meantime, at least we can bring awareness to our students.
9-4 is World Animal Day! World Animal Day is a social movement charged with the Mission of raising the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.
9-5 Let's celebrate teachers! Today is World Teachers' Day. World Teachers' Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates teacher organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers
9-6 is Mad Hatter's Day! In 1986 some computer-folk in Boulder, CO celebrated a general day of silliness, inspired by the drawings of the Mad Hatter by John Tenniel in Alice In Wonderland. It was announced that year on computer networks, becoming more popular as people realized its value. n 1988 it was first recognized as an official holiday and received its first national press coverage.
9-7 is World Smile Day. What a great way to end the work week. World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball.
9-26 Today is the official love note day! TRULY! Did you know that the oldest surviving love letter in the English language was dated for this day in 1477? The note was written by Margery Brews to her fiance John Pasto. Why not send an ecard to someone you love, just because. My favorite ecard services are Blue Mountain and 123 Greetings. Today is also Shamu the Whale Day. Maybe you can send Shamu a love note! I wish I could swim. I would really love to swim with Shamu!
9-27 Google's Official Birthday! Well, not actually. Google celebrated September 7 (the day when the company was incorporated) as its birthday till 2005. In 2005 Google changed the date to September 27 to make it coincide with the announcement of the record number of pages that the search engine was indexing. I really don't care what day we celebrate. I all for eating cake any day of the week and if there is one digital service worth celebrating, it Google!!
9-28 National Good Neighbor Day! This day was created to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of a good neighbor. It is a blessing to have a good neighbor but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor.
9-29 World Heart Day is today! World Heart Day on 29 September is the World Heart Federation's biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD).
9-30 Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. This was a new one on me. You know, everyone always says there is no such thing as a dumb question but I totally disagree! So the first dumb question would be why are we celebrating dumb questions?
No one seems to really know the actual date of this day, although most folks believe it is the last school day of September. I guess by then teachers have heard (and reheard) every dumb question in the book. Instead of letting it bother you, it seems appropriate to try and celebrate it.
9-19 Ahoy, Mates! It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This is is a holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. According to Summers, the day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. During a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of the Normandy landings, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember. You can get ideas for celebrations here: http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/
9-20 Being prepared to deal with an emergency is important for anyone and this is what Get Ready Day is all about. It is staged each year as a way of encouraging individuals, families, and communities to consider what is required in the event of natural disasters, pandemic illnesses, infectious diseases, and other crisis events. The day was first established in the mid 2000’s by the Public Health Association and the Get Ready website has a wealth of information to help those that are interested.
9-21 The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political. You can get resources to help your celebration here: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
9-22 will be my favorite day this week.. It is the first official day of AUTUMN!!! Perhaps it will bring on some cooler weather. Check out the almanac online!
9-23 Innergize Day is observed annually on the day after the Autumnal Equinox. This is a day for me! Innergize Day was created by Michelle Porchia of Inner Dimensions who says, "Take this day to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Focus on your personal well-being. Do things you enjoy that make you feel good about yourself. Let stress and worry fade away for the day."
This week is full of both historic and family friendly celebrations.
9-11 It is overwhelming to think that freshmen who enter high school this year are the first who will study September 11, 2001 as a historic event that didn't even occur in their lifetime. As I was reading articles across the web it was amazing to me that some educators are avoiding the subject all together. While I do realize that 9/11 is a sensitive topic due to the horror of the day, I don't believe we should sidestep it. I found an article put out by the 9/11 memorial that has some good ideas for broaching the subject with students. You could also visit the 9/11 Memorial site for more lesson plan ideas.
9-12 is National Day of Encouragement. The National Day of Encouragement in the United States was announced in 2007 and occurs each year on September 12. The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas launched an effort to get Americans to participate in this Day of Encouragement. Why not try to have your students create a positive meme. Most folks know that memes are typically sarcastic but have your students turn the tables on a sarcastic meme. Cheezeburger is pretty safe and easy for students in grades 4 & up. Or you could use READ Write Think's Comic Creator to have your students create comics that are encouraging.
9-13 is Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day! Originally pioneered by the Young Chefs Academy, this is a fun movement with its roots in a serious cause. It was designed to help children start thinking about healthy eating choices. For young children you may just want them to plan the dinner and then help you with the preps. Older children could plan, shop, and then prepare the entire dinner. Wouldn't it be amazing to see our Facebook pages fill up with pictures of kids in the kitchen.
9-14 On this day in history, Francis Key Scott Wrote “The Star Spangled Banner in 1814. Children know that this song plays at the beginning of many of our sporting events but they often do not understand the history behind the song. You can find lesson plans and videos on the The History Channel Site.
9-15 is International Dot Day! The website by Peter Reynolds posts, "Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites." What a fun day! On Dot Day students could be encouraged to wear dots, polka dots or paint their faces with dots. Read the book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds or show the Youtube video of the story being read. You can then teach your students The Dot Song. Have them create a dot and pull all the dots together into a Google Slide Show to share with parents or create a Photostory of all the dots.
9-16 is the official National Constitution Day; however, the real anniversary of the signage is Saturday 9-17. At Constitution Center.org they have some great lesson plans and interactives you can use with your kids.
I love celebrations. I have decided that in addition to my weekly five on Fridays, I am going to try to do a weekly post on things to celebrate. I think everyday should be celebrated!
So as I was hunting up special days to celebrate,
I thought about waiting to share the following but then thought better of it.
Believe it or not today is
Worldwide Fight Procrastination Day!!!
“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do — the day after.”
~ Oscar Wilde
Other events to celebrate this week are:
9-7: National Grandma Moses Day. Grandma Moses teaches us that we are never too old to learn something new.
9-8: International Literacy Day In fact this is the 50th anniversary of UNESCO's International Literacy Day. What a great day to focus your read alouds on multicultural topics!
9-9: My favorite is Wonderful Weirdos Day! Yes, this is a real day to celebrate. This celebration started in Austin TX with the Hippie culture. It's a day to celebrate the uniqueness in each individual. I think this will be my favorite day!
As a lover of trivia, I think a fun anchor activity for early finishers of any age would be to have them daily look up facts about that day to share with the class. Or maybe you could post the upcoming day for homework and let anyone who cares share something the next day.
Of course, this idea is coming from one that would be highly celebrated on Wonderful Weirdos Day!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
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I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler