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Here's this term's selection of days to celebrate, and websites where you can do so. There's something for everyone...

 

Days to celebrate:

                                              

February 14th - Valentine’s Day
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/valentines/worksheets.htm
Valentine’s Day worksheets for younger learners.

 

 

February 16th - Pancake Day
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pancake_day_puzzles.htm
Pancake Day printable puzzles for Primary levels.

 

http://www.stuff4teaching.com/school-chat/154-pancake-day-shrove-tuesdayMore

Pancake Day activities: games, a quiz and lots of information about the history of Shrove Tuesday and how Pancake Day is celebrated around the world.

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/valentine.html

Test your Secondary students’ knowledge of Valentine’s Day with this online quiz!

 

 

February 21st - International Mother Tongue Day
http://www.celebratelanguages.com/
Stacks of resources with the theme of languages around the world.

 

 

March 8th - International Women’s Day

http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/womwrite.htm

Get your students to put themselves in the skin of a famous woman in history such as Sally Ride, Joan of Arc or Marie Antoinette and write about how they felt!

 

 

March 21st - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0212302/index.html
Learn what it’s like to be a kid in different countries. Lots of dynamic activities for teens.

 

March 21st - World Poetry Day

http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm

Acrostic poems, Bio Poems, Diamond Poems, Cinquains… learn how to create these and many more.

 

   

This day in history:

 

51 years ago:

February 13th, 1959 - Barbie went on sale for the first time.
http://www.chiff.com/toys/barbie.htm
An informative site dedicated to the history of the ever-young doll who turned 50 last year. There’s even a video showing how Barbie has changed through the ages. Ideal for a reading comprehension activity for Secondary students.

  

http://searchwarp.com/swa134012.htm
16 more Barbie facts! 

 

http://www.barbie.com/activities/fashion/makeover/makeover.aspx
Activities for younger Primary pupils – give Barbie a fashion makeover...

 

http://www.mattel.com/games
… or try out a Barbie fashion shoot!

 

78 years ago:

March 30th, 1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic 

http://www.patriapress.com/earhartre.html
Download a ready-made webquest about the ace aviator and a teacher guide to the activity.

 

http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-famous/Earhart.html
Lesson plans for higher Secondary students for individual or group work.

 

http://www.allaboutspace.com/history/us/bioprintouts/earhart/
Sign up to the Enchanted Learning site to download this worksheet for older Primary or younger Secondary students. However, there is a subscription fee.

 

http://www.instructorweb.com/lesson/ameliaearhart.asp
Sign up for free for the InstructorWeb (the Limited Access option is sufficient). Then type Amelia Earhart into the Google ‘Search InstructorWeb’ box. A reading comprehension lesson plan with multiple choice questions is available.

 

http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_transportation/ameliacp.htm
Why not try a colour dictation with your young Primary pupils?

 

195 years ago:
March 29th, 1815 - Jane Austin completed her novel Emma 

http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/austen.htm
Loads of links, lesson plans, web quests and information about Jane Austin and her novels from the excellent AC Nancy-Metz school site.

 


This term's festivals:

 

Easter:

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/teacher/easter.htm

Tons of activities, crafts and information from the excellent Woodlands Junior site. Even ideas for your interactive whiteboard!

 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/easter/
The Enchanted Learning site never disappoints – loads of crafts and worksheets for Easter and spring.

 

 

 

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