Activities & Lessons for March Events
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate all of the special events in March.
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American Red Cross Month
--Invite a Red Cross representative to your school to share with children what the Red Cross does.
--Students conduct fundraisers/drives with money/goods to be donated to your local Red Cross.
--Listen to/read the news looking for locations where the Red Cross is currently helping others.
Music in our Schools Month
--Work in cooperation with your music teacher to create/perform a musical. Invite parents!
--Students create their own songs. These songs could be based on a current unit of study.
National Craft Month
--Work in cooperation with your art teacher to incorporate educational crafts with your current unit of study.
--Invite local experts/parents of various crafts into your classroom/school for "How-to Presentations."
--Students can teach their classmates how to create a certain craft.
National Frozen Food Month
--Visit your local supermarket's frozen food section. Visit with a store manager about how frozen food is cared for. While on your trip, students may complete a scavenger hunt, writing activity, or graphing/counting activity.
--If possible, visit a frozen food plant. See first hand how food is packaged and shipped.
--Visit with the cafeteria manager about how they use frozen foods in the school lunches.
--"Frozen Food Day" - Students bring in a frozen food for lunch. Graph students' favorite frozen food.
National Noodle Month
--Have students bring in their favorite type of noodle and have a "Noodle Lunch."
--Purchase a variety of noodles and have students create noodle art. (Don't forget...you can dye noodles with food coloring to add variety.)
--Visit a noodle making factory.
--Students write a story with a noodle as the main character.
--Research the history of noodles. How have they changed over time?
National Nutrition Month
--Invite a nutritionist into your classroom to share with students the importance of nutrition.
--Learn about the basic food groups.
--Have students keep a daily eating log.
--Invite the school cafeteria manager into your class to share with students how they use nutrition in meal planning.
--Ask your families to plan meals together. Record the meals.
Woman's History Month
--Present your students with a list of famous Women in History. Allow them to select one and learn more about her. Students can present an oral or written report.
--Present an important woman each week.
--Invite important women from your community into your classroom.
--Have students interview their mother and find out what women influenced her life.
--Have students predict in writing what women of today will be looked upon later as important "Women in History."
Youth Art Month
--Work in cooperation with your art teacher to incorporate students' art time with the current unit of study.
--Create an art gallery containing students' work.
--Have students interpret art through music. Turn on some music (ie: classical) and have students draw what they are hearing.
1st Week - Newspapers in Our School Week
--Contact your local newspaper and find out what type of programs they offer for school children.
--Create a newspaper scavenger hunt. Provide students with a sheet of what they are looking for and have them cut out, or write down, their answers.
--Students can create a classroom newspaper that would share information with parents.
--Students learn about the different types of writing involved with the newspaper. (Inform, persuade, etc.)
2nd Week - Bubble Gum Week
--Graph students' favorite type of bubble gum.
--"Gum Day" - Students are able to chew gum in class. (Be sure to lay down a few ground rules.)
--Students write a story that involves bubble gum in the problem or goal.
17th - 24th - Clean Your Closet Week
--Students can clean out their desks.
--Give awards for the cleanest desk/cubby.
--Teachers...get your self organized!
1st - National Pig Day
--List all of the uses for pork.
--Students write a story with a pig (or pigs) as the main character(s).
--Read the various versions of The Three Little Pigs.
1st - Peanut Butter Lover's Day
--Students list their favorite peanut butter foods.
--Grow peanut plants. Chart and graph their growth and development.
--Make your own peanut butter.
--Visit a peanut butter factory.
--Create a peanut butter poem.
--Create puppets from peanut shells.
--List reasons you love peanut butter.
1st - Saint David's Day
--Research this Welsh holiday.
1st - Share a Smile Day
--List all of the things that make you smile.
--Have students create a joke book.
--Share information about dental health...keeping a healthy smile. (Invite a dentist in or contact one for resources.)
--Send an electronic card to a friend.
--Write a story about someone who smiles too much/too little.
--Write a paragraph persuading people to smile.
2nd - Dr. Seuss's Birthday
--Send Dr. Seuss a birthday card.
--Make green eggs & ham. (Food coloring)
--Write a poem in Dr. Seuss's honor.
--Using various Dr. Seuss books, have students create a new endings.
--Have a costume party...students dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
3rd - National Anthem Day
The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as the national anthem in 1931.
--Students research and present an oral/written report on The Star Spangled Banner.
--Research other anthems.
--Learn more about the author of The Star Spangled Banner.
--Students write and produce their own anthem.
--Students learn and perform The Star Spangled Banner.
6th - Oreo Cookies for Sale
On Sale for the first time in 1912.
--Students write a story/paragraph about the best way to eat an Oreo cookie. (You may want to provide each student with their own cookie.)
--Take a survey of other classes about Oreo cookie eating habits. Consider the following questions: Do you eat out the middle first? Do you dunk your Oreo in milk? Students can graph and report out on their findings.
--Give each child an Oreo cookie and have them write a story of how they think the cookie got to their desk.
7th - Telephone Patent Granted In 1876 to Alexander Graham Bell.
--Students write about what they think life was like before the invention of the telephone.
--Research and present an oral/written report on Alexander Graham Bell and/or the telephone.
--Students write about the telephones of the future. How will they look? operate? sound? etc.
--Visit a museum that contains telephones.
--Discuss what a patent is and how/why they are issued.
--Students create their own telephones using cans and strings.
8th - Working Women's Day
--Students can research the role of women in the workplace.
--Invite working moms in to share their jobs.
--Students of working moms can create a card for their mom.
9th - Barbie's Birthday
Barbie Doll was introduced on this day in 1959.
--Using the Internet, research the history of the Barbie doll.
--Students can create their own theme Barbie.
--Visit a doll museum.
10th - First Paper Money Issued Issued this day in 1862.
--Research the history of money.
--Have students discuss the value of having paper money.
--Conduct an economics unit.
--Students create their own type of money. (Could be used for items in the classroom.)
--Visit a mint or treasury.
--Visit a bank.
11th - Johnny Appleseed Day
The anniversary of the death of John Chapman a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed.
--Conduct a mini-unit on Johnny Appleseed (Have student work published to the Internet.)
--Students research and present an oral/written report on John Chapman.
--Learn about apples.
--Create a poem in John's honor.
--Compare and contrast John Chapman to another famous person from history.
12th - Commonwealth Day The Second Monday in March.
--Students research this holiday celebrated by all Commonwealth countries.
12th - Girl Scout Day Girl Scouts founded in 1912.
--Learn about the Girl Scout organization.
--Have students who are Girl Scouts share information.
--Learn how Girl Scout Cookie money is used.
13th - Good Samaritan Day
--Define what a good Samaritan is.
--Brainstorm ways that students can be good Samaritans.
--Have students record the ways they are good Samaritans.
13th - Uranus Discovered In 1781.
--Students research and present an oral/written report on this planet.
--In cooperation with the art teacher, students can create space art.
--Write a poem in honor of Uranus.
--Write and create a song in honor of Uranus. (Could include the other planets as well.)
--Students write a story about their adventure on or to this planet.
14th - Albert Einstein's Birthday Born in 1879.
--Students research and create an oral/written report on Albert Einstein.
--Students learn about all of Einstein's contributions. They can pick one to learn more about.
--Visit the Einstein memorial in Washington, D.C.
14th - Casey Jones' Birthday Born John Luther Jones in 1864.
--Students research this American locomotive engineer.
--Students learn and perform the songs that honor him.
15th - Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
Tell your kids how great they are!
--Have a special celebration today for your students. (Speak to other teachers and try to have a school-wide celebration.)
--Create special certificates recognizing the uniqueness of each student.
--Hand-out "Free Homework" passes.
15th - Ides of March
--Research the details of this deadly event.
--Learn about Julius Caesar.
--Learn about astrology.
17th - Rubber Band Invented In 1845.
--List all of the possible uses for the rubber band.
--Learn more about the history of the rubber band and it's inventor.
--Visit a rubber band factory.
--Create some type of tool/gadget using rubber bands as the main component.
17th - St. Patrick's Day
--Hold an Irish snack time and/or lunch.
--Students can research and report about the history and traditions of this popular holiday.
--Focus your day on anything and everything GREEN!
--Write a St. Patrick's Day Poem.
--Students create leprechaun stories. (Or stories including the setting of Ireland.)
--Sharpen geography skills by learning about Ireland/Europe.
--Students write and perform a song and/or play.
18th - First Walk in Space In 1965.
--Students learn more about the people involved with this event.
--Find a piece of literature to share with the students.
--Students write a story about what it would have been like to walk in space.
--Research the history of the space program.
--Construct a timeline depicting the monumental moments of space history.
--Visit NASA online.
--Bring in dehydrated (space) food for students to try.
--Create a space capsule for your room. (Get the exact dimensions to make it more realistic. After spending a little time in the capsule, have students discuss/write about their feelings of this small space.
18th - Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog
Official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
--Invite a fireman in to discuss fire safety.
--Research and learn more about Sparky. (ie: How he came to be the Fire Dog.)
--Practice your fire drill.
--Have students discuss fire safety at home with their parents. Ask them to come up with their own fire/emergency plan.
--Students can make fire safety posters.
19th - Swallow's Return Day
The traditional return of swallows to San Juan Capistrano.
--Students research and report on the swallow.
--Sharpen geography skills and have students map the route of the swallows. Learn about the countries that they pass.
--Learn about migration.
20th - Big Bird's Birthday
Sesame Street Character.
--Create a birthday card.
--Write a poem in honor of Big Bird.
--Rent Sesame Street videos to share with students.
--Depending on the age, have students write about their best Big Bird memory.
20th - First Day of Spring
--Students create a story or poem about Spring.
--Students list all of the reasons they like Spring.
--Teach a science lesson on the seasons.
--Talk about Spring flowers and the process they go through.
--Start some seeds! Use the plants for an indoor or outdoor school garden.
--Sort/classify various types of seeds or Spring plants/flowers.
--Learn about the local/regional Spring weather. (Average temp., precip., etc.)
21st - Children's Poetry Day
--Teach students about the various forms of poetry.
--Invite parents in to conduct poetry readings.
--Invite in a famous poet.
--Share some of your own poetry.
21st - National Teen-agers Day
--Let your teen-ager know how much they are appreciated.
--Take this day to talk to your teen-ager about important issues.
--If you have high school student aides, do something special for them.
21st - Single Parents' Day
--Have students of single parents create an appreciation card/gift.
22nd - Randolph Caldecott
--Explain the Caldecott Award to students.
--Read various Caldecott Award winning books throughout the day.
--Have students look at nominated books and have them discuss why they feel that particular book did not win.
22nd - National Goof Off Day
--Students write about their favorite "goof off" activity.
--Students can survey other classes about their favorite activity. Create graphs so show the results.
--Give students the opportunity to earn "goof off minutes" throughout the day. Give them this extra time at the end of the school day.
22nd - National Sing-Out Day
--Have students bring in tapes/CDs of their favorite songs.
--Have students write songs dealing with your current topic of study.
--Work in cooperation with the music teacher to create a special activity.
--Students research and report on a famous musician.
23rd - Toast Day
Nellie Melba revealed her Melba Toast recipe.
--Bring in melba toast for students to eat.
--Take a survey of student's favorite toast toppings. (Create graphs for results.)
--Learn more about Nellie Melba.
--Create a list of all the ways toast can be used.
24th - Harry Houdini's Birthday Born in 1874.
--Hold a magic day. Invite students to share their favorite magic trick.
--Invite a magician into your class.
--Students can research and report on the various aspects of Harry Houdini's life.
--Students write about how they think a popular trick works.
25th - Pancakes First Made
First made in New York City in 1882.
--Have a pancake breakfast. (For the staff and/or students.) This can be a great measurement activity.
--Take a survey of everyone's favorite pancake topping and create a graph.
--Students write an "Ode to Pancakes" poem.
--Read "The Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett. Have students create a similar story with a pancake as the main character.
25th - Purim Begins at sundown.
--Research the most festive of Jewish holidays.
--Invite a Jewish speaker in to share information about this holiday.
26th - Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
--Discuss with students how various holidays have come to be. Also discuss how there is usually a symbol to accompany most holidays.
--Students create and describe their new holiday. Remind them to include details and a symbol.
--Have students write a persuasive paragraph on why their holiday should be celebrated.
29th - Coca-Cola was Invented In 1886.
--Have students research the history of Coca-Cola (include the types of cans.)
--Bring in Coke for students to drink.
--Hold a Pepsi and Coca-Cola taste test.
--If able, visit a bottling/canning business.
--Have students write a descriptive paragraph about a Coca-Cola can, not giving away to the reader what they are describing.
30th - Alaska Purchased Purchased from Russia in 1867.
--Students learn and report on Alaska. Have individuals or small groups learn about the different aspects of this state.
30th - Doctor's Day
--Invite a doctor into your class. Have students prepare questions before hand that they would like to ask him/her.
--Have students learn about the history of the doctor. Compare and contrast the duties of a doctor during a different time period with that of today.
30th - Pencil with Eraser Patented Patented in 1858.
--Present students with new or even personalized pencils.
--Students create a story with a pencil as the main character.
--Students write a story from a pencil's point of view.
--Have students list all the possible uses of a pencil.
31st - First Map of the US Published
--Use this day to sharpen map skills.
--Find maps from different decades and compare them.
--Have students create maps of various areas/locations: school, room, home, neighborhood, state, etc.
--Have a topographer visit your class.
--Create a treasure hunt map.
31st - Tater Day
--Write a story with a potato as the main character.
--Cut a potato in half. Fill a glass or small bowl with water. Keeping a portion of the cut-end of the potato in water, push in 3 toothpicks evenly spaced around the side. Place in a sunny window and maintain the water level.
--Have students bring in potatoes and cook them in a variety of ways.
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