November Activities


Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that takes place on November 1-2. It is a festival that celebrates the reunion of families with relatives who are no longer living. Customs include decorating an altar, la ofrenda, in memory of a loved one, with flowers, food, and personal items. Humorous skeletons, calacas, are everywhere, and pan de muerto, bread of the dead, is always present. Graves are weeded and repaired, and people spend the whole night at the cemetery eating, singing, and remembering those who have died.
Ancona, George.  Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Days of the Dead.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard,
1993.  Gr. 1-4
Barner, Bob.  The Day of the Dead/El Dia de los Muertos.  Holiday House, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Bracegirdle, P.J.  The Dead Family Diaz.  Illus. by Poly Bernatene.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
Freschet, Gina.  Beto and the Bone Dance.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Goldman, Judy.  Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead.  Illus. by René King Moreno.  Boyds Mills,
2008.  Gr. 1-3
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.  Day of the Dead: A Mexican-American Celebration.  Holiday House, 1994.
Gr. 3-6
Johnston, Tony.  Day of the Dead.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Joosse, Barbara.  Ghost Wings.  Chronicle, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Keep, Richard Cleminson.  Clatter Bash!: A Day of the Dead Celebration.  Peachtree, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Krull, Kathleen.  Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead.  Macmillan, 1994.  Gr. 1-3
Lasky, Kathryn.  Days of the Dead.  Hyperion, 1994.  Gr. 3-6
Levy, Janice.  I Remember Abuelito/Yo recuerdo a Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story/Un cuento del
dia, de los muertos.  Illus. by Loretta Lopez.  Albert Whitman, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Levy, Janice.  The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story.  Albert Whitman, 1995.  Gr. 2-4
Luenn, Nancy.  Gift For Abuelita / Un regalo para Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead/En
celebracion del Dia de los Muertos.  Illus. by Robert Chapman.  Luna Rising, 1998.  Gr. 2-4
Muller, Birte.  Felipa and the Day of the Dead.  North-South, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Telgemeier, Raina.  Ghosts.  Graphix, 2016.  Gr. 4-7 (graphic novel)
Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. 3-6
Winter, Jeanette.  Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book.  Harcourt, 2004.  Gr. K-4

Día de los Muertos, from AZCentral
Comprehensive site on the history, traditions, crafts, and foods with videos and many photographs; downloadable packet for teachers is available (many advertisements).

Read books about Día de los Muertos and discuss some of the traditions. This holiday takes place in the days following Halloween. Compare similarities in the celebrations. For example, skeletons are “scary” for Halloween, yet generally created for fun as part of Día de los Muertos.
Ask students to think of a loved one (human or pet) that they might honor. What types of objects might they gather to remember that individual?
Make tissue paper flowers in bright colors.
Sugar skulls are a common sight in marketplaces before the holiday. Make paper plate skull masks and decorate. Use the books for design ideas.
Make skulls with homemade clay dough and decorate with markers or paints. Use small plastic molds and the following recipe for clay dough:
2 c. baking soda
1 c. cornstarch
1 1/2 c. warm water
Directions: Mix baking soda and cornstarch in a pan. Add water and stir until smooth. Bring to boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour onto a board to cool. Knead when it is cool. Store in a covered container. The dough is white and easy to decorate after the skulls have hardened.


1734 -- birthdate of frontiersman Daniel Boone
Adler, David A. & Adler, Michael S.  A Picture Book of Daniel Boone.  Illus. by Matt Collins.  Holiday
House, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
Allen, Nancy Kelly.  Daniel Boone: Trailblazer.  Illus. by Joan C. Waites. Pelican, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Glass, Andrew.  Bewildered for Three Days: As to Why Daniel Boone Never Wore His Coonskin
Cap.  Holiday House, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Harness, Cheryl.  The Trailblazing Life of Daniel Boone and How Early Americans Took to the
Road.  National Geographic, 2007.  Gr. 4-8
Kramer, Sydelle.  Who Was Daniel Boone?  Grosset & Dunlap, 2006.  Gr. 4-6
Spradlin, Michael.  Daniel Boone’s Great Escape.  Illus. by Ard Hoyt.  Walker, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Streissguth, Thomas.  Daniel Boone.  Illus. by Loren Chantland.  Carolrhoda, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Daniel Boone from series published in library editions.

The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boone from Archiving Early America
Chapters from a book published by John Filson on Boone’s 50th birthday in which Boone relates his adventures in Kentucky from May, 1769 to October, 1782 (difficult vocabulary, but in Boone’s own words).

Brainstorm with students what they know about “pioneers” and record their ideas. Leave space to write additional information or to modify the original ideas. Read a biography of Daniel Boone. Discuss how his life compared to their previous thoughts about pioneers. Use a map of the United States to show where Boone spent most of his life and areas he “pioneered” compared to lands that pioneers traveled nearly 100 years after he lived.


It’s National Sandwich Day!
John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was born on this day in 1718. According to some stories, he asked for his dinner to be brought to him on bread, so that he could continue with his activity.
Andriani, Vincent.  Peanut Butter Rhino.  Scholastic, 1994.  Gr. K-2
Benjamin, Alan.  1000 Silly Sandwiches.  Illus. by Sal Murdocca. Simon & Schuster, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Dunnington, Rose.  Super Sandwiches: Wrap ‘em, Stack ‘em, Stuff ‘em.  Lark Books, 2006.  Gr. 4-8
Herman, Debbie.  Carla’s Sandwich.  Illus. by Sheila Bailey.  Flashlight Press, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Hill, Mary.  Let’s Make a Sandwich.  Children’s Press, 2002.  Gr. K-1
Hoban, Russell.  Bread and Jam for Frances.  Illus. by Lillian Hoban.  HarperCollins, 1964.  Gr. K-3
Marois, André.  The Sandwich Thief.  Illus. by Patrick Doyon.  Chronicle, 2016.  Gr. 2-4
Lord, John Vernon.  The Giant Jam Sandwich.  Houghton Mifflin, 1972.  Gr. K-3
Pelham, David.  Sam’s Sandwich.  Dutton, 1990.  Gr. 1-3
Pelham, David.  The Sensational Samburger.  Dutton, 1995.  Gr. 1-3
Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with Kelly DiPucchio.  The Sandwich Swap.  Illus. by Tricia Tusa.  Hyperion,
2010.  Gr. K-2
Robbins, Ken.  Make Me a Peanut Butter Sandwich (and a glass of milk).  Scholastic, 1992.  Gr. 2-4
Sarcone-Roach, Julia.  The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.  Knopf, 2015.  Gr. Pre-2
Vaughan, Marcia.  The Sandwich That Max Made.  Illus. by Ellen Giggenbach.  Rigby, 1989.  Gr. K-2
Westcott, Nadine Bernard.  Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Dutton, 1987.  Gr. K-2
Ziefert, Harriet & Nicklaus, Carol.  So Hungry!  Random House, 1987.  Gr. K-2

“Recipe for a Hippopotamus Sandwich” in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
“Peanut Butter Sandwich” in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
“Recipe” by Bobbi Katz. In Poem Stew, selected by William Cole.
“The Perfect Turkey Sandwich” by Steven Kroll. In Munchings: Poems about Eating, edited by Lee
Bennett Hopkins.
“Yellow Butter” in Yellow Butter, Purple Jelly, Red Jam, Black Bread by Mary Ann Hoberman.
“Hero Sandwich” by David A. Elliott. In Food Fight, edited by Michael J. Rosen.
“Baloney!” by Florence Parry Heide. In Never Take a Pig to Lunch, selected by Nadine Bernard
“Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich” in Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex.
“Sandwich Stan” in My Dog May Be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky.

Brainstorm different types of sandwich “fixings” and breads and put the words on a chart. Write sandwich recipes using the sandwich writing paper. Bind the recipes into a book.
Conduct a survey of favorite sandwiches and graph the results. Use the sandwich cutouts to make the graph. If possible, extend the survey beyond the classroom to include other groups.
Make sandwiches for a snack. For fun, use large cookie cutters to cut the bread into shapes. Or, make painted bread for the sandwiches: place a small amount of milk in four cups and add a few drops of food coloring to make each cup a different color. Using paintbrushes (that have never been used for paint), have students paint a design on their bread. They should paint only one side of the bread and not so much that the bread is soaked. When they have finished painting, put the bread in a toaster on a “light” setting to “dry.” Put sandwich fillings on the unpainted sides of the bread slices.
Search magazine and newspaper advertisements for pictures and make a sandwich collage showing different types of sandwiches and sandwich ingredients.
Play a memory game about sandwich ingredients. For example, “I am making a sandwich, and I need two slices of wheat bread.” The next player must recall what the first player said and add an ingredient to it.


1922 – Tut’s tomb was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter
Aliki.  Mummies Made in Egypt.  HarperCollins, 1979.  Gr. 3-5
Caselli, Giovanni.  In Search of Tutankhamen: The Discovery of a King’s Tomb.  Peter Bedrick,
2001.  Gr. 3-5
Davis, Kenneth C.  Don’t Know Much about Mummies.  Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  HarperCollins,
2005.  Gr. 3-6
Demi.  Tutankhamun.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. 3-6
Donnelly, Judy.  Tut’s Mummy: Lost…and Found.  Random House, 1988.  Gr. 1-4
Edwards, Roberta.  Who Was King Tut?  Grosset & Dunlap, 2006.  Gr. 4-6
Frank, John.  The Tomb of the Boy King: A True Story in Verse.  Illus. by Tom Pohrt.  Farrar, Straus, &
Giroux, 2001.  Gr. 3-6
Green, Jen.  Tutankhamen’s Tomb: Uncover the Secrets and Treasures of Ancient Egypt.  Barron’s,
2006.  Gr. 2-6
Hawass, Zahi.  Tutankhamen: The Mysteries of the Boy King.  National Geographic, 2005.  Gr. 4-8
Morley, Jacqueline.  King Tut’s Curse.  Illus. by David Antram.  Book House, 2007.  Gr. 4-6
Osborne, Mary Pope & Osborne, Will.  Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #3: Mummies and Pyramids.
Illus. by Sal Murdocca.  Random House, 2001.  Gr. 3-6
Pemberton, Delia.  Egyptian Mummies: People from the Past.  Harcourt, 2001.  Gr. 3-6
Sabuda, Robert.  Tutankhamen’s Gift.  Atheneum, 1994.  Gr. 3-5
Sloan, Christopher.  Mummies: Dried, Tanned, Sealed, Drained, Frozen, Embalmed, Stuffed,
Wrapped, and Smoked ...and We're Dead Serious.  National Geographic Children's Books, 2010.
Gr. 3-6

Stewart, David.  You Wouldn't Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy!: Disgusting Things You'd Rather Not
Know. (revised edition).  Illus. by David Antram.  Franklin Watts, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
Tanaka, Shelley.  Secrets of the Mummies: Uncovering the Bodies of Ancient Egyptians.  Hyperion,
1999.  Gr. 3-5
Weinberger, Kimberly A.  Mummies Unwrapped.  Illus. by Portia Sloan.  Scholastic Cartwheel, 2002.
Gr. 2-4
Williams, Marcia.  Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. 3-5
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.  The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy.  Illus. by James Nelson.  Random
House, 2007.  Gr. 2-4

King Tut from National Geographic
Information about King Tut, photographs of CT scans of his mummy, and an interactive segment, “Unraveling the Mysteries of King Tutankhamun”
Guardian’s Ancient Egypt Kids Connection
Links to a considerable amount of information about ancient Egypt, including activities and projects.
Ancient Egypt for Kids
Very readable information about all aspects of life in ancient Egypt. Some advertising.

Research facts about mummies, as well as King Tut. Use the mummy case and mummy burial mask fact recording sheets. If using the burial mask fact sheet, mount on a piece of construction paper with the outline burial mask as a cover.
Enlarge the mummy case outline on a piece of bulletin board paper (roll-type). Working in small groups, have students create a mummy case based on facts from their research about symbols, designs, and colors used by ancient Egyptians. View the “Reading Rainbow” episode Mummies Made in Egypt. Ancient Egypt is a fascinating, high-interest topic of study. Tie in other areas of research with the mummies project. Topics might include, among others: pyramids, pharaohs, every day life of ancient Egyptians, games, hieroglyphs, art, the gods, maps.


1912 – birthdate of movie and television cowboy Roy Rogers, “King of the Cowboys.” Celebrate the day with a cowboy/cowgirl western theme.
Adkins, Jan.  What If You Met a Cowboy?  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
Anderson, Joan.  Cowboys: Round Up on an American Ranch.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 3-6
Appelt, Kathi.  Cowboy Dreams.  Illus. by Barry Root.  HarperCollins, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Brett, Jan.  Armadillo Rodeo.  Putnam, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Carlson, Laurie.  Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West.  Illus. by Holly Meade.  DK, 1998.
Gr. 2-4
Danneberg, Julie.  Cowboy Slim.  Illus. by Margot Apple.  Charlesbridge, 2006.  Gr. 1-3
Demarest, Chris.  Cowboy ABC.  DK Children, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Frank, John.  The Toughest Cowboy, or, How the West Was Tamed.  Illus. by Zachary Pullen.  Simon &
Schuster, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Freedman, Russell.  In the Days of the Vaqueros: America’s First True Cowboys.  Clarion, 2001. Gr. 4-6
George-Warren, Holly.  The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America's Women of the West.  Houghton Mifflin,
2010.  Gr. 4-6
Gibbons, Gail.  Yippee-yay!: A Book about Cowboys and Cowgirls.  Little, Brown, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Harrison, David.  Cowboys.  Illus. by Dan Burr.  Boyds Mills/Wordsong, 2012.  Gr. 3-5 (poetry)
Herzig, Alison Cragin.  Bronco Busters.  Illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root.  Putnam, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Hoefler, Kate.  Real Cowboys.  Illus. by Jonathan Bean.  Houghton Mifflin, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Home on the Range: John A. Lomax and His Cowboy Songs.  Illus. by S.D.
Schindler.  Putnam, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Kalman, Bobbie.  Bandannas, Chaps, and Ten-Gallon Hats.  Crabtree, 1999.  Gr. 3-6
Kellogg, Steven.  Pecos Bill.  HarperCollins, 1986.  Gr. 1-4
Lester, Julius.  Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story.  Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.  Dial, 1998.  Gr. 2-4
Murdoch, David S.  Cowboy (Eyewitness).  DK Children, 2000. Gr. 3-6
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney.  Harcourt, 1996.
Gr. 2-4
Rounds, Glen.  Cowboys.  Holiday House, 1991.  Gr. 1-3
Rubel, Nicole.  A Cowboy Named Ernestine.  Dial, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Scott, Ann Herbert.  Cowboy Country.  Illus. by Ted Lewin.  Clarion, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Scott, Ann Herbert.  Someday Rider.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Clarion, 1989.  Gr. 1-3
Warren, Andrea.  The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas.
Two Lions, 2015.  Gr. 5-8
Whitney, Louise Doak & Whitney, Gleaves.  B Is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet.  Illus. by Susan
Guy.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2003.  Gr. 2-5

National Cowboy and Heritage Museum
Exhibits and information about the American West
The Wild West
Comprehensive site about men and women of the old west. Songs, poetry, biographies, and recipes are included. (Some advertisements)
Happy Trails Children's Foundation
Not a student-oriented site, but contains some helpful biographical information.

Have students research aspects of cowboy life, including clothing, work tasks, equipment, trail drives, famous cowboys, etc., and create an illustrated “Cowboy Dictionary.”
Give students the cowboy hat pattern and have them design a hat and cut it out. Take digital pictures of their heads, cut them out, and place them under the hats for a bulletin board display.
Request cowboy/western/horse items that families might have at home and make a display.
Have students think of a name to call their ranch and design their own brand.
An educator's packet about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans can be downloaded.
Collaborate with the music teacher to teach the students western songs. Sing “Happy Trails,” the signature song of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (composed by Dale Evans).
Inquire within the school community about someone who might show the students how to line dance.
With younger children, use brown grocery sacks as western vests that they can decorate. Cut an opening in the front, armholes, and fringe along the bottom.
Watch the “Reading Rainbow” episode of Meanwhile Back at the Ranch. You can access the teacher’s guide online.


American Indian Heritage Month had its origins in 1986 when Congress authorized President Ronald Reagan to proclaim the week of November 23-30, "American Indian Week." As requested by Congress, a similar proclamation was made in 1987, 1988, and 1989. In 1990, Congress requested that President George H.W. Bush proclaim the month of November "National American Indian Heritage Month." Annual proclamations have continued since that time.
Books (a selection):
Alexie, Sherman.  Thunder Boy Jr.  Illus. by Yuyi Morales.  Little, Brown, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian.  LIttle, Brown, 2007.  Gr. 7-10
Bruchac, Joseph.  Talking Leaves.  Dial, 2016.  Gr. 5-9
Bruchac, Joseph.  Hidden Roots.  Scholastic, 2004.  Gr. 5-9
Bruchac, Joseph.  Skeleton Man.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 4-7. Sequel: The Return of Skeleton Man
(HarperCollins, 2006)
Bruchac, Joseph & Ross, Gayle.  The Story of the Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale.  Illus. by Virginia A.
Stroud.  Dial, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Bruchac, Joseph.  A Boy Called Slow.  Illus. by Rocco Baviera.  Philomel, 1995.  Gr. 2-5
Bruchac, Joseph.  Crazy Horse's Vision.  Illus. by S.D. Nelson.  Lee & Low, 2000.  Gr. 2-5
Carlson, Lori Marie (Ed.).  Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today.  HarperCollins,
2005.  Gr. 6 & above
Carvell, Marlene.  Who Will Tell My Brother?  Hyperion, 2002.  Gr. 6-10
Charleyboy, Lisa & Leatherdale, Mary Beth (Eds.).  Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American
Voices.  Annick, 2014.  Gr. 6 & above
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story.  Bison Books,
2008.  Gr. K-3
Dennis, Yvonne Wakim & Hirschfelder, Arlene.  Children of Native America Today.  Charlesbridge,
2003.  Gr. 3-6
Dennis, Yvonne Wakim & Hirschfelder, Arlene.  A Kid's Guide to Native American History: More Than 50
Activities.  Chicago Review Press, 2009.  Gr. 4-6
Dorris, Michael.  Sees Behind Trees.  Hyperion, 1996.  Gr. Gr. 4-8
Dorris, Michael.  Guests.  Hyperion, 1994.  Gr. 4-8
Dorris, Michael.  Morning Girl.  Hyperion, 1992.  Gr. 4-8
Erdrich, Louise.  The Birchbark House.  Hyperion, 1999.  Gr. 5-9. Sequels: The Game of Silence
(HarperCollins, 2005), The Porcupine Year (HarperCollins, 2008), Chickadee (HarperCollins, 2012), and Makoons (HarperCollins, 2016).
Frost, Helen.  Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.  Gr. 5-7
Gansworth, Eric.  If I Ever Get Out of Here..  Scholastic, 2013.  Gr. 6-9
Harjo, Joy.  The Good Luck Cat.  Illus. by Paul Lee.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-3
King, Thomas.  A Coyote Solstice Tale.  Illus. by Gary Clement.  Groundwood, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Lacapa. Kathleen & Lacapa, Michael.  Less Than Half, More Than Whole.  Illus. by Michael Lacapa.
Northland, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Lewis, J. Patrick.  The Navajo Code Talkers.  Illus. by Gary Kelley.  Creative Company, 2016.  Gr. 4-8
Littlechild, George.  This Land Is My Land.  Children's Book Press, 1993.  Gr. 3-6
Marshall, Joseph III.  In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse.  Illus. by James Mark Yellowhawk.  Abrams,
2015.  Gr. 5-9
McLaughlin, Timothy P. (Ed.).  Walking on Earth & Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth
at Red Cloud Indian School.  Illus. by S.D. Nelson.  Abrams, 2012.  Gr. 6-9
Medicine Crow, Joseph & Vida, Herman.  Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation
and Beyond.  National Geographic Children's Books, 2006.  Gr. 6 & above
National Museum of the American Indian.  Do All Indians Live in Tipis?  HarperCollins, 2007.
Professional interest
Nelson, S.D.  Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. 4-6
Nelson, S.D.  Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender.  Abrams, 2017.  Gr. 4-6
Nelson, S.D.  Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story.  Abrams, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
Nelson, S.D.  Black Elk's Vision: A Lakota Story.  Abrams, 2010.  Gr. 3-5
Orie, Sandra de Coteau.  Did You Hear the Wind Sing Your Name?: An Oneida Song of Spring.
Illus. by Christopher Canyon.  Walker, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Robertson, Robbie.  Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.  Illus. by David Shannon.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. 2-5
Sockabasin, Allen.  Thanks to the Animals.  Illus. by Rebekah Raye.  Tilbury House, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Jingle Dancer.  Illus. by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu.  Morrow, 2000.
Gr. K-3
Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Indian Shoes.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 3-5
Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Rain Is Not My Indian Name.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 5-9
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.  Standing Bear of the Ponca.  Illus. by Thomas Floyd.  University of
Nebraska Press, 2013.  Gr. 4-6
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.  The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood.  Illus. by Ellen
Beier.  Holiday House, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.  High Elk's Treasure.  Holiday House, 1995.  Gr. 4-6
Strete, Craig Kee.  The World in Grandfather's Hands.  Clarion, 1995.  Gr. 5-8
Tallchief, Maria, with Rosemary Wells.  Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina.  Illus. by Gary Kelly.  Viking,
1999.  Gr. 2-4
Tapahonso, Luci.  Songs of Shiprock Fair.  Illus. by Anthony Chee Emerson.  Kiva, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
Tingle, Tim.  How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story.  Roadrunner, 2013.  Gr. 4-7
Tingle, Tim.  Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light.  Illus. by Karen Clarkson.  Cinco
Puntos, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Tingle, Tim.  Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom.  Illus. by Jeanne Rorex
Bridges.  Cinco Puntos, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Tingle, Tim.  Walking the Choctaw Road.  Cinco Puntos Press, 2003.  Gr. 7 & above
Waboose, Jan Bourdeau.  SkySisters.  Illus. by Brian Deines.  Kids Can Press, 2000.  Gr. K-3

American Indians in Children's Literature
Professional site maintained by Debbie Reese includes articles, book reviews (positive and negative-some are quite in-depth), evaluation guidelines, and links to many useful resources for educators
As described on the website, "Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us." Of particular interest to educators is the Resources section, which presents guidelines to evaluating books for bias.
Teaching Respect for Native Peoples
Guidelines for educators and parents

Although November is designated as American Indian Heritage Month, it is important to include the contributions of Native American cultures (and ALL cultures) in literature experiences all year round.
See Jim Thorpe (May 28) on the Activities Calendar for additional resources.
The titles listed here were taken from recommended book lists by advocates of American Indian children's literature that is free of stereotypes. For additional titles, try books by American Indian authors. Possibilities include: Sherman Alexie, Joseph Bruchac, Louise Erdrich, S.D. Nelson, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Tim Tingle.


Saxophone Day – Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, was born on this day in 1814. Collaborate with the music teacher to celebrate the instrument and its music.
Golio, Gary.  Bird & Diz.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. 3-6
Knight, M.J.  Brass and Woodwind (Musical Instruments of the World).  Franklin Watts, 2005.  Gr. 2-5
London, Jonathan.  Hip Cat.  Illus. by Woodleigh Hubbard.  Chronicle, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Raschka, Chris.  Charlie Parker Played Be Bop.  Scholastic, 1992.  Gr. K-3
Raschka, Chris.  John Coltrane’s Giant Steps.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane.  Illus. by Sean
Qualls.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. 1-3

Famous Saxophonists
Lengthy list of saxophonists and their style of music.
Saxophones made by Adolphe Sax at the National Music Museum
See "Checklist of Saxophones Made by Adolphe Sax." Color photos of each instrument - photos can be enlarged.

Work with the music teacher to obtain recordings of different types of music played on a saxophone. Be sure to include legendary saxophonists, such as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, along with contemporary saxophonists, such as David Sanborn and Kenny G. Discuss the sound compared to other instruments students know. Research woodwind instruments and compare and contrast them. Invite a musician who plays the saxophone to the classroom to demonstrate how to play this instrument.


1867 – birthdate of scientist Marie Curie, known for her pioneering work in radioactivity, and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize as well as the first person to win Nobel Prizes in two disciplines (physics and chemistry).
Atkins, Jeannine.  Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie
Curie, and Their Daughters.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. 6-10
Cobb, Vicki.  Marie Curie.  DK, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
Fisher, Leonard Everett.  Marie Curie.  Atheneum, 1994.  Gr. 3-5
MacLeod, Elizabeth.  Marie Curie: A Brilliant Life.  Kids Can Press, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
McClafferty, Carla Killough.  Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium.  Farrar, Straus, &
Giroux, 2006.  Gr. 5-10
Wishinsky, Frieda.  Manya’s Dream: A Story of Marie Curie.  Illus. by Jacques Lamontagne.  Maple Tree
Press, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Check public and school library shelves for the many biographies of Marie Curie from series published in library editions.

Marie Curie: From Poland to Paris (1867-1891), from the American Institute of Physics
Biography with considerable information that is not difficult to read and includes some interactive elements.
Madame Curie's Passion
Longer article from Smithsonian magazine (some advertisements)

Provide an opportunity for students to get to know Marie Curie as one of the most influential scientists in history. Have them use books and the internet to accumulate some “Fast Facts.” Focus on how her contributions have influenced our lives today.


1731 – The Library Company of Philadelphia met for the first time under the leadership of Benjamin Franklin. In July of that year, Franklin and a group of his associates drew up a set of “articles of agreement” to found a library. Fifty initial subscribers paid 40 shillings each and agreed to pay 10 shillings annually thereafter for the purchase of books and maintenance. Thus, the first lending library in what would become the United States was established. The Library Company of Philadelphia still exists as an independent research library with an extensive collection of historical materials.
Abouraya, Karen Leggett.  Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books.  Illus. by
Susan L. Roth.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Appelt, Kathi & Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer.  Down Cut Shin Creek: The Packhorse Librarians of
Kentucky.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 4-6
Becker, Bonny.  A Library Book for Bear.  Illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton.  Candlewick, 2014.  Gr. K-2
Bottner, Barbara.  Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't).  Illus. by Michael Emberley.  Knopf, 2010.
Gr. K-2  Also: Miss Brooks' Story Nook (2014)
Brown, Marc.  D.W.’s Library Card.  Little, Brown, 2001.  Gr. Pre-2
Brown, Monica.  Waiting for the Biblioburro.  Illus. by John Parra.  Tricycle Press, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Buzzeo, Toni.  No T. Rex in the Library.  Illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa.  McElderry, 2010.  Gr. Pre-1
Caseley, Judith.  Sophie and Sammy’s Library Sleepover.  Greenwillow, 1993.  Gr. K-2
Deedy, Carmen Agra.  The Library Dragon.  Peachtree, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Ernst, Lisa Campbell.  Stella Louella’s Runaway Book.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Fraser, Mary Ann.  I.Q. Goes to the Library.  Walker, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Garland, Michael.  Miss Smith and the Haunted Library.  Dutton, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Gassman, Julie.  Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library.  Illus. by Andy Elkerton.  Capstone, 2016.
Gr. K-2
Grabenstein, Chris.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  Random House, 2013.  Gr. 4-7
Grambling, Lois G.  Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder?  Illus. by Judy Love.  Charlesbridge,
2012.  Gr. K-3
Henson, Heather.  That Book Woman.  Illus. by David Small.  Atheneum, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Ed.).  Jumping Off Library Shelves.  Illus. by Jane Manning.  Wordsong, 2015.
Gr. K-5
Houston, Gloria.  Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile.  Illus. by Susan Condie Lamb.  HarperCollins,
2011.  Gr. K-3
Hubbell, Patricia.  Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping.  Illus. by Nancy Speir.  Marshall Cavendish,
2011.  Gr. K-3
Kimmel, Eric A.  I Took My Frog to the Library.  Illus. by Blanche Sims.  Viking, 1990.  Gr. K-2
King, M. G.  Librarian on the Roof!  Illus. by Stephen Gilpin.  Albert Whitman, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Kirk, Daniel.  Library Mouse.  Abrams, 2007.  Gr. 1-3.  Also: Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale (2009) and
Library Mouse: A World to Explore (2010)
Knudsen, Michelle.  Library Lion.  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Candlewick, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Levinson, Nancy Smiler.  Clara and the Bookwagon.  Illus. by Carolyn Croll.  HarperCollins, 1988.
Gr. K-2
Lewis, J. Patrick.  Please Bury Me in the Library.  Illus. by Kyle M. Stone.  Harcourt, 2005. (poetry)
Gr. All ages
Lies, Brian.  Bats at the Library.  Houghton Mifflin, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Meng, Cece.  The Wonderful Thing about Hiccups.  Illus. by Janet Pedersen.  Clarion, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Miller, William.  Richard Wright and the Library Card.  Illus. by Gregory Christie.  Lee & Low, 1997.
Gr. 2-4
Mora, Pat.  Tomás and the Library Lady.  Illus. by Raul Colόn.  Knopf, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Morris, Carla.  The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians.  Illus. by Brad Sneed.  Peachtree, 2007.
Gr. K-3
Myron, Vicki & Witter, Bret.  Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!  Illus. by Steve James.  Little, Brown,
2009.  Gr. K-3
Numeroff, Laura.  Beatrice Doesn’t Want To.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Candlewick, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Ohora, Zachariah.  The Not So Quiet Library.  Dial, 2016.  Gr. Pre-2
Oppenheim, Joanne.  Dear Miss Breed.  Scholastic, 2006.  Gr. 7 & above
Pinborough, Jan.  Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for
Children.  Illus. by Debby Atwell.  Houghton Mifflin, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
Ruurs, Margriet.  My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World.
Boyds Mills, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Stadler, Alexander.  Beverly Billingsly Borrows A Book.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Stewart, Sarah.  The Library.  Illus. by David Small.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Thaler, Mike.  The Librarian from the Black Lagoon.  Illus. by Jared Lee.  Scholastic, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.
Candlewick, 2017.  Gr. 4-6
Williams, Suzanne.  Library Lil.  Illus. by Steven Kellogg. Dial, 1997. Gr. K-3
Willis, Jeanne.  Delilah D. at the Library.  Illus. by Rosie Reeve.  Clarion, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Peck, Richard.  Here Lies the Librarian.  Dial, 2006.  Gr. 4-8
Spinelli, Jerry.  The Library Card.  Scholastic, 1997.  Gr. 5-8
Stamaty, Mark Alan.  Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iran.  Knopf, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  The Library Ghost.  Illus. by Lee White.  Upstart, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Winter, Jeanette.  The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Winter, Jeanette.  Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia.  Beach Lane, 2010.  Gr. K-3

Books for library lessons:
Berg, Brook.  What Marion Taught Willis.  Illus. by Nathan Alberg.  Upstart, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Berg, Brook.  What Happened to Marion’s Book?  Illus. by Nathan Alberg.  Upstart, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Berg, Brook.  When Marion Copied.  Illus. by Nathan Alberg.  Upstart, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Buzzeo, Toni.  The Great Dewey Hunt.  Illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa.  Upstart, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Buzzeo, Toni.  The Library Doors.  Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  Upstart, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Buzzeo, Toni.  Our Librarian Won’t Tell Us Anything.  Ill. by Sachiko Yoshikawa.  Upstart, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Enderle, Dotti.  The Library Gingerbread Man.  Illus. by Colleen M. Madden.  Upstart, 2010.  Gr. 1-3
Hopkins, Jackie Mims.  The Shelf Elf.  Illus. by Rebecca Thornburgh.  Highsmith, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Hopkins, Jackie Mims.  The Shelf Elf Helps Out.  Illus. by Rebecca Thornburgh.  Highsmith, 2006.
Gr. 1-3
Hopkins, Jackie Mims.  Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians.  Illus. by John Manders.  Upstart,
2007.  Gr. K-2
Miller, Pat.  We're Going on a Book Hunt.  Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  Upstart, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Morton, Carlene.  The Library Pages.  Illus. by Valeria DoCampo.  Upstart, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Schoenherr, Ian.  Read It, Don’t Eat It!  Greenwillow, 2009.  Gr. Pre-1
Wong, Nicole.  “L” Is for Library.  Upstart, 2006. Gr.  1-3

Your own public library website
Most public libraries have pages specifically designed for young people that include book lists, book reviews, games, information about special events of interest to children and teens, homework help, links to information resources, and much more.

Celebrate libraries!
Collaborate with the library media specialist in creating lessons on using the online catalog and locating items in the media center.
Take digital pictures of students modeling the appropriate care of books. Have the class create captions for the pictures and make a book for the library media center.
Arrange to visit the local public library for a tour. Highlight the many materials and services, and have the librarian demonstrate the features of the young people’s pages of the library website.
As a class, create an “@our library” slogan. Make posters and bookmarks incorporating the slogan into the design. Display the posters around the school, and place the bookmarks in the library for others to use.


1934 – birthday of author/illustrator Lois Ehlert
Books (a selection):
Under My Nose (Meet the Author).  Richard C. Owen, 1996.  Gr. 1-4 (autobiography)
The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life.  Beach Lane, 2014.  Gr. 1-4 (autobiography)
Heart to Heart.  Beach Lane, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Rain Fish.  Beach Lane, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Holey Moley.  Beach Lane, 2015.  Gr. Pre-3
Mice (text by Rose Fyleman). Beach Lane, 2012. Gr. Pre-3
Ten Little Caterpillars (text by Bill Martin, Jr.). Beach Lane, 2011. Gr. Pre-2
RRRalph.  Beach Lane, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Lots of Spots.  Beach Lane, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Boo to You!  Simon & Schuster, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
Oodles of Animals.  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Wag a Tail.  Harcourt, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Leaf Man.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Waiting for Wings.  Harcourt, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Snowballs.  Harcourt, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.  Harcourt, 1991.  Gr. K-2
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On.  Harcourt, 1990.  Gr. K-2
Eating the Alphabet.  Harcourt, 1989.  Gr. Pre-2
Color Zoo.  HarperCollins, 1989. Gr. Pre-2
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  by Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault.  Simon & Schuster, 1989.  Gr. Pre-2
Planting a Rainbow.  Harcourt, 1988. Gr.  Pre-2
Growing Vegetable Soup.  Harcourt, 1987.  Gr. K-2
Check public and school library shelves for additional titles written and/or illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

Reading Rockets: Books and Authors
Video interview with Lois Ehlert
A Life Filled with Picture Books
Ehlert discusses The Scraps Book and the materials she uses

Display Lois Ehlert’s books and read several of them to the students. Discuss her distinctive collage illustration style. Collect materials, including brightly colored construction paper, other papers (wallpaper scraps, wrapping paper, etc.), leaves, cloth scraps, fabric trims, yarn, and buttons, and supplies, such as pinking shears, hole punches in different shapes, and the like. Have students do collage art pictures in Ehlert’s style.


1969 – “Sesame Street” premiered on television. Created by Joan Ganz Cooney and her staff, “Sesame Street” is the longest-running children’s program on television in the United States. The program uses a combination of puppets, animation, and live actors to develop concepts in reading, math, health, safety, and social skills.
Invite students to bring in “Sesame Street” related books from home. Provide some free reading time for them to read their books to each other in partners or small groups.
Sesame Street
Games, songs, videos, fun facts about the Muppets, all things “Sesame Street”
Sesame Street at PBS
Games, songs, coloring pages, interactivity
Sesame Street at Random House
Books on various topics featuring “Sesame Street” characters; some activities

Discuss students’ recollections of watching “Sesame Street.” What did they like best about the show? What did they learn from it? Watch some clips of the program as it is now. What differences do they notice from what they remember?
Conduct a survey of favorite Muppet character from “Sesame Street” and graph the results.
Divide the class into three groups. Give each group one of the top three characters identified by the survey results. The task of each group is to create an election campaign for “President of Sesame Street.” Each group must create a campaign slogan, a platform identifying what the candidate will do for the residents of “Sesame Street” if elected, campaign posters, and give one speech in support of its candidate.


Veteran’s Day – In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I ended. Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is set aside to honor veterans, living and dead, for their contributions.
Books (a selection):
Ansary, Mir Tamim.  Veterans Day.  Heinemann Library, 2000.  Gr. 2-5
Brill, Marlene Targ.  Veterans Day.  Illus. by Qi Z. Wang.  Carolrhoda, 2005.  Gr. 2-5
Bunting, Eve.  The Wall.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Clarion, 1990.  Gr. 1-4
Bunting, Eve.  My Red Balloon.  Illus. by Kay Life.  Boyds Mills, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Catalanotto, Peter & Schembri, Pamela.  The Veterans Day Visitor.  Henry Holt, 2008.
Gr. 2-4
Hardin, Melinda.  Hero Dad.  Illus. by Bryan Langdo.  Amazon Children's Publ., 2010.  Gr. K-3  Also:
Hero Mom (2013)
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Ed.).  America at War.  Illus. by Stephen Alcorn.  McElderry, 2008.
Gr. 4 & above. (poetry)
Kerley, Barbara.  Brave Like Me.  National Geographic, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Nelson, Robin.  Veterans Day.  Lerner, 2005.  Gr. 1-3
Pelton, Mindy L.  When Dad’s at Sea.  Illus. by Robert Gantt Steele.  Albert Whitman, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Raven, Margot Theis.  America’s White Table.  Illus. by Mike Benny.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2005.
Gr. 2-5
Scillian, Devin.  H Is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet.  Illus. by Victor Juhasz.  Sleeping Bear
Press, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Snyder, Robert C.  What Is a Veteran, Anyway?  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Blue Marlin, 2016.  Gr. 3-5
Spinelli, Eileen.  While You Are Away.  Illus. by Renee Graef.  Hyperion, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Tomp, Sarah Wones.  Red, White, and Blue Good-bye.  Illus. by Ann Barrow.  Walker, 2005.  Gr. K-3

Celebrate Veteran's Day with Your Children
Suggestions for celebrating Veteran's Day.
Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress
A site for older students, this massive collection of oral histories covers WWI through present conflicts.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Updated daily, this site links to events and information and includes a downloadable educator’s guide.

Collect names of veterans from students and staff and make thank-you cards for them.
Invite veterans to school to tell their stories.
Make tribute posters in honor of veterans and ask local businesses to display them.


1815 – birthdate of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement
Books related to women's suffrage:
Bausum, Ann.  With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote.  National
Geographic, 2004.  Gr. 6 & above
Colman, Penny.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the
World.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. 7-10
Fritz, Jean.  You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?  Illus. by Dyanne DiSalvo Ryan.  Putnam,
1995.  Gr. 3-6
Grimes, Nikki.  Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired
by Historical Facts.  Illus. by Michele Wood.  Orchard, 2015.  Gr. 4-7
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Women’s Rights.  Illus. by Amy June Bates.
Aladdin, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid.  Secrets on 26th Street (History Mysteries).  American Girl, 1999.  Gr. 3-5
Kamma, Anne.  If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights.  Illus. by Pamela Johnson.  Scholastic,
2008.  Gr. 2-5
Karr, Kathleen.  Mama Went to Jail for the Vote.  Illus. by Malene Laugesen.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Kops, Deborah.  Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights
Amendment.  Calkins Creek, 2017.  Gr. 6 & above
Malaspina, Ann.  Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President.  Illus. by Steve James.  Albert
Whitman, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
McCully, Emily Arnold.  The Ballot Box Battle.  Knopf, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Murphy, Claire Rudolf.  Marching with Aunt Susan.  Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  Peachtree, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
O’Neal, Zibby.  A Long Way to Go: A Story of Women’s Right to Vote.  Illus. by Michael Dooling.  Puffin,
1992.  Gr. 3-5
Rappaport, Doreen.  Elizabeth Started All the Trouble.  Illus. by Matt Faulkner.  Disney, 2016.  Gr. 1-4
Robbins, Dean.  Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote.
Illus. by Nancy Zhang.  Random House, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Robbins, Dean.  Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.  Illus. by Sean Qualls.
Scholastic, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Rockliff, Mara.  Around America to Win the Vote.  Illus. by Hadley Hooper.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Schwabach, Karen.  The Hope Chest.  Random House, 2008. Gr. 5-8
Stone, Tanya Lee.  Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote.  Illus. by
Rebecca Gibbon.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Swain, Gwenyth.  The Road to Seneca Falls: A Story about Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  Illus. by Mary
O’Keefe Young.  Carolrhoda, 1996.  Gr. 3-5
Van Rynbach & Shea, Pegi Deitz.  The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story about Suffrage.  Illus. by
Emily Arnold McCully.  Clarion, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Wallner, Alexandra.  Susan B. Anthony.  Holiday House, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
White, Linda Arms.  I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Wooldridge, Connie Nordhielm.  When Esther Morris Headed West: Women, Wyoming, and the Right
to Vote.  Illus. by Jacqueline Rogers.  Holiday House, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of suffragists from series published in library editions.

“Not for Ourselves Alone” at PBS
Highlights the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and key events in the suffrage movement.
“Meet Amazing Americans: Activists and Reformers: Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” at America’s Story from America’s Library (Library of Congress)
Easy-to-read selections about the life and work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Stanton’s Seneca Falls Address, from Great American Documents
Older students might be interested in Stanton’s address at the Seneca Falls Convention,
delivered July 19, 1848

See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities for related topics: 19th Amendment (August 26).
Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, research women associated with the suffrage movement, including Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Esther Morris, Amelia Bloomer, Carrie Chapman Catt, Julia Ward Howe, Alice Paul, Anna Howard Shaw, Frances Willard, and others.
Construct a timeline of the women’s suffrage movement based on the research. Extend it beyond the passage of the 19th Amendment to include women who were the first to run for major political offices.


1982 – dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Ashabranner, Brent K.  Always to Remember: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Dodd,
Mead, 1988.  Gr. 5-8
Bunting, Eve.  The Wall.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Clarion, 1990.  Gr. 1-4
Caputo, Philip.  10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War.  Atheneum, 2005.
Gr. 5 & above.
Daynes, Katie.  The Vietnam War.  Usborne Books, 2008.  Gr. 4-6
Donnelly, Judy.  A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Random House,
1991.  Gr. 2-5
Harvey, Jeanne Walker.  Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines.  Illus. by Dow Phumiruk.
Henry Holt, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Kadohata, Cynthia.  Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. 5-9
Myers, Walter Dean.  Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam.  Illus. by Ann Grifalconi.  HarperCollins,
2002.  Gr. 4-8
Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands.  Chronicle, 2017.  Gr. 4-7
Stone, Amy.  Maya Lin.  Raintree, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Zeinert, Karen.  Valiant Women of the Vietnam War.  Millbrook, 2000.  Gr. 5-8
Check public and school library shelves for nonfiction books about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from series published in library editions.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Includes a photo gallery and an excellent information page
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Information on structural details, comments from Maya Lin, limited photos
"Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision," a documentary about the designing and creation of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, is available for free viewing online from a number of sources--search by title

Read an age-appropriate book about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to students. Look at some actual photographs and note its construction and appearance. Focus the discussion on The Wall as one of our national monuments in Washington, D.C. and its significance.


It’s National American Teddy Bear Day!
Alborough, Jez.  My Friend Bear.  Candlewick, 1998.  Gr. Pre-2.
Alborough, Jez.  It’s the Bear!  Candlewick, 1994.  Gr. Pre-2.
Alborough, Jez.  Where’s My Teddy?  Candlewick, 1992.  Gr. Pre-2.
Aylesworth, Jim.  Teddy Bear Tears.  Illus. by Jo Ellen McAllister-Stammen.  Atheneum, 1997.  Gr. Pre-2
Bart, Jane.  A Tale of Two Teddies: The First Teddy Bears Tell Their True Stories.  Reverie Publishing,
2005.  Gr. 1-4
Docherty, Thomas.  Wash-a-Bye Bear.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Dunn, Jancee.  I'm Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today.  Illus. by Scott Nash.  Candlewick, 2017.
Gr. Pre-2
Freeman, Don.  Corduroy.  Viking, 1968.  Gr. Pre-2
Freeman, Don.  A Pocket for Corduroy.  Viking, 1978. Gr. Pre-2
Gretz, Susanna.  Teddy Bears Take the Train.  Illus. by Alison Sage.  Four Winds, 1988.  Gr. K-2
Gretz, Susanna.  Teddy Bears Moving Day.  Illus. by Alison Sage.  Four Winds, 1988.  Gr. K-2
Gretz, Susanna.  Teddy Bears Cure a Cold.  Illus. by Alison Sage.  Four Winds, 1984.  Gr. K-2
Gretz, Susanna.  Teddy Bears Go Shopping.  Illus. by Alison Sage.  Four Winds, 1982.  Gr. K-2
Hague, Michael (Illus.).  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.  HarperCollins, 1993.  Gr. Pre-2
Howe, Deborah & Howe, James.  Teddy Bear’s Scrapbook.  Atheneum, 1980.  Gr. 2-5
Kennedy, Jimmy.  The Teddy Bears’ Picnic.  Illus. by Alexandra Day.  Simon & Schuster, 1991.  Gr. K-3
(many published versions of this song exist)
Krauss, Ruth.  Bears.  Illus. by Maurice Sendak.  HarperCollins, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
McPhail, David.  The Teddy Bear.  Henry Holt, 2002. Gr. K-2
Meyers, Susan.  Bear in the Air.  Illus. by Amy Bates.  Abrams, 2010.  Gr. Pre-K
Miller, Sara Swan.  Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear.  Illus. by True Kelley.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Murphy, Frank.  The Legend of the Teddy Bear.  Illus. by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.  Sleeping Bear
Press, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Schertle, Alice.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.  Illus. by Linda Hill Griffith.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. Pre-2
Ungerer, Tomi.  Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear.  Phaidon, 2010.  Gr. 1-3

Teddy Bear History on the 100th anniversary of the teddy bear
Includes the Theodore Roosevelt story about the bear plus information about making the first teddy bears

Invite students to bring in their teddy bears from home. If they do not have a teddy bear, another favorite stuffed animal will do. Have some extra teddy bears on hand for those who forget. Have them make name tags for their bears: Hello! My name is _____________. I belong to ________________. Attach the tags to the bears with yarn. Allow students time to introduce their bears to the class. Make sure the bears get to participate in all the story times!
Set up an estimation jar of Teddy Grams®. Have everyone record their estimates on a sheet of paper. Later in the day, count the bears by groups of 10. (No snacking until the counting is completed!)
Have students write stories about their teddy bears. Use the bear-shaped writing paper. Bind the stories in a book with the bear cover page. Read or tell a story about how teddy bears came about.
Use the teddy bear outline and have students use crayons or markers to make appropriate seasonal outfits for the bear. Divide the class into four groups, one for each season. Display the bears on a bulletin board.
Give students working in groups of three a small ball of yarn, some scissors, glue, and a copy of the teddy bear measurement recording sheet (run copies on paper that is a little heavier than copy paper). Choose one bear to measure. Instruct them to use lengths of yarn to measure parts of the bears: circumference of the head, circumference of the tummy, length of legs, length of arms, and overall length head to toe. Demonstrate how to make the yarn measurements as exact as possible. On the recording sheet, they will need to put a small spot of glue on each dot and place one end of the length of yarn on the dot by the appropriate measurement. Hang all the recording sheets. Discuss a variety of mathematical comparisons and write sentences on a chart (e.g., More bears have longer legs than arms.)


1887 – birthdate of artist Georgia O’Keeffe
Bryant, Jen.  Georgia’s Bones.  Illus. by Bethanne Anderson.  Eerdmans, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Lasky, Kathryn.  Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Illus. by Ora Eitan.  Farrar,
Straus & Giroux, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Lowery, Linda.  Georgia O’Keeffe.  Illus. by Rochelle Draper.  Carolrhoda, 1996.  Gr. 2-5
Novesky, Amy.  Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased.  Illus. by Yuyi
Morales.  Harcourt, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Rodriguez, Rachel.  Through Georgia’s Eyes.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  Henry Holt, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Wideness and Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O'Keeffe.  Chonicle,
2011.  Gr. 5-9
Turner, Robyn Montana.  Georgia O’Keeffe: Portraits of Women Artists for Children.  Little, Brown,
1991.  Gr. 3-6
Winter, Jeanette.  My Name is Georgia.  Harcourt, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Check public and school library shelves for the many biographies of Georgia O’Keeffe from series published in library editions.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Biography and slideshows of her work
Georgia O’Keeffe
Biography and images of her work
Georgia O'Keeffe at Artcyclopedia
Numerous links to locations of O'Keeffe's paintings

Introduce students to Georgia O’Keeffe by reading one of the picture book biographies. Project a few of her paintings on a large screen or SMART Board. Her paintings of flowers, bones, and desert scenes are probably her most well-known. Of her work, O’Keeffe said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.” Discuss with students how they think she accomplished this in her paintings. What materials do they think she used? Do the paintings evoke any feelings or emotions? Discuss the visual elements of the paintings, such as color, line, shape, and composition.


It’s Button Day!
No information is available about the origins of this day, but it is always celebrated on November 16. So whether Button Day is about displaying button collections or wearing a button to offer a message or make people laugh, celebrate it with students by having some fun!
Aber, Linda Williams.  Grandma’s Button Box.  Illus. by Page Eastburn O’Rourke.  Kane Press,
2002.  Gr. K-2
Accorsi, William.  Billy’s Button.  Greenwillow, 1992.   Gr. Pre-1
Bunting, Eve.  The Memory String.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Clarion, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Cole, Brock.  Buttons.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Davis, Aubrey.  Bone Button Borscht.  Illus. by Dusan Petricic.  Kids Can Press, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Dean, James.  Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  Illus. by Eric Litwin.  HarperCollins. 2012.
Gr. Pre-2
Fanelli, Sara.  Button.  Little, Brown, 1994.  Gr. 1-3
Freeman, Don.  Corduroy.  Viking, 1968.  Gr. Pre-2
Reid, Margarette S.  The Button Box.  Illus. by Sarah Chamberlain.  Dutton, 1990.  Gr. K-2
“The Lost Button” in  Frog and Toad Are Friends  by Arnold Lobel.  HarperCollins, 1970.  Gr. K-2

The History of the Button
One of the FEW sources of information on the internet about buttons, tracing their history back to more than 3000 years ago.

Buttons are made to be sorted and classified! Ask for donations of all kinds of buttons. Let students think of their own classification by attribute, e.g., size, shape, color, number of holes, etc. Ask them to explain their reasoning, or they might draw pictures or write sentences describing their categories (use circle-shaped paper). If you are fortunate enough to have some unusual buttons or some with designs, students might wish to choose their favorite button and draw a picture of it.
Play a singing game (to the tune of “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?”: “Have you ever seen a button? A button? A button? Have you ever seen a button? A button that’s ________? A button, a button, a pretty _______ button. Have you ever seen a button? A button that’s ________?” One child chooses a button from the collection she/he has been working with and starts the game by walking around the room with the button. Everyone sings, and other students who have a button like that one (e.g., a blue button) follow the first child. When the song ends, they all put the buttons in a zip-locked bag for a future activity and sit down. Another child chooses a different button, and the game continues.
Have students work together to count buttons by 10s and put them in snack size zip-locked bags. Supply markers for them to label each bag with a 10. As they accumulate bags of 10, have them make paper labels for 100. Eventually, they will need labels for numbers in 10s and 1s. Use the bags for practice with place value.
If Button Day is for wearing message buttons, have students design a button. Perhaps this button is for promoting reading or being a friend—they will have many ideas. Enlist the assistance of a parent volunteer and check on the availability of a button-making machine.


It’s Homemade Bread Day!
Ahlberg, Allan.  Hooray for Bread.  Illus. by Bruce Ingman.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Badt, Karin Luisa.  Pass the Bread!  Children’s Press, 1995.  Gr. 3-6
Carle, Eric.  Walter the Baker.  Simon & Schuster, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Czernecki, Stefan & Rhodes, Timothy.  The Sleeping Bread.  Illus. by Stefan Czernecki.  Hyperion,
1992.  Gr. 1-3
dePaola, Tomie.  Tony’s Bread.  Putnam, 1989.  Gr. 2-4
Dooley, Norah.  Everybody Bakes Bread.  Illus. by Peter J. Thornton.  Carolrhoda, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Gershator, David & Philis.  Bread Is for Eating.  Illus. by Emma Shaw-Smith.  Henry Holt, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Gibbons, Gail.  The Too-Great Bread Bake Book.  Warne, 1980.  Gr. K-2
Harbison, Elizabeth M.  Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Activities and Recipes from Around the
World.  Illus. by John Harbison.  Chicago Review Press, 1999.  Gr. 4 & above
Hoopes, Lyn Littlefield.  The Unbeatable Bread.  Illus. by Brad Sneed.  Dial, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Keller, Kristin Thoennes.  From Wheat to Bread.  Capstone, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Kleven, Elisa.  Sun Bread.  Dutton, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Levenson, George.  Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and A Loaf to Eat.  Photos by Shmuel
Thaler.  Tricycle Press, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Lipp, Frederick.  Bread Song.  Illus. by Jason Gaillard.  Mondo, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Morris, Ann.  Bread Bread Bread.  Photos by Ken Heyman.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989.  Gr. K-2
Myers, Edward.  Forri the Baker.  Illus. by Alexi Natchev.  Dial, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Paulsen, Gary.  The Tortilla Factory.  Illus. by Ruth Wright Paulsen.  Harcourt, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Taus-Bolstad, Stacy.  From Wheat to Bread.  Lerner, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Teevin, Toni.  What To Do? What To Do?  Illus. by Janet Pedersen.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Willems, Mo.  Nanette's Baguette.  Disney Hyperion, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Wolff, Ferida.  Seven Loaves of Bread.  Illus. by Katie Keller.  HarperCollins, 1993.  Gr. K-3

Best Easy Bread Recipes
In spite of the advertising, there are MANY easy recipes for different types of breads including ethnic breads.
Our Daily Bread
Fun facts and trivia about bread
History of Bread
Rather lengthy discussion of bread through the ages
Food Timeline: Bread
Tons of information about different types of bread

Watch the “Reading Rainbow” episode of Bread Is for Eating.
Research breads from other countries. Organize the information on a large chart according to: country, ingredients, how it is baked, and what it looks like. (Students might search the internet for pictures of different breads and print them for the chart.) Attach small word labels of the types of bread to a map of the world.
Look at the food pyramid to note where bread and cereals are located and how much of a person’s daily diet should be from this group. Older students might examine bread wrappers of different breads and compare nutritional values.
Have students make a flow chart of bread from wheat seed to table.
Have a tasting party of some fairly common types of bread, such as bagels, English muffins, croissants, rye bread, baguette, sourdough, whole wheat bread, pumpernickel, tortilla, etc. Before students sample the breads, discuss the appearance (color, texture) of each type of bread. As they taste the breads, have them compare other characteristics, such as chewiness, hardness of crust, softness, etc, and use the bread tasting recording sheet to write their observations. Encourage students to use as many of their senses as possible. Compile the data from the tasting party by tallying “yes” and “no” responses to the question, “Would you like to eat this bread again?” As a class, draw conclusions from the results.
Have students invent a new kind of bread. Use the bread outline paper. (If their invention does not look like the typical bread, they will need to draw a picture of it.)
Bake bread with students using an easy recipe.
If there is a bread-baking factory in your community, arrange for a field trip.
Create an ABC book about bread. Possible items to include: types of breads, ingredients in breads, bread making processes, uses of breads, the people involved, and the like.


National Geography Awareness Week – November 15-21
Baer, Edith.  This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book about Children around the World.  Illus. by Steve
Björkman.  Scholastic, 1990.  Gr. K-2
Baer, Edith.  This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch: A Book about Children around the World.  Illus. by
Steve Björkman.  Scholastic, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Chesanow, Neil.  Where Do I Live?  Illus. by Ann Iosa.  Barron’s, 1995.  Gr. 1-3
Cuyler, Margery.  From Here to There.  Illus. by Ya Cha Pak.  Henry Holt.  Gr. 1-3
Fanelli, Sara.  My Map Book.  HarperCollins, 1995. Gr.  K-3
Gammell, Stephen.  Git Along, Old Scudder.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983.  Gr. 1-3
Grandits, John.  The Travel Game.  Illus. by R.W. Alley.  Clarion, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Hartman, Gail.  As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps.  Illus. by Harvey Stevenson.  Simon & Schuster,
1991.  Gr. K-2
Hartman, Gail.  As the Roadrunner Runs: A First Book of Maps.  Illus. by Cathy Bobak.  Simon &
Schuster, 1994.  Gr. K-2
Holub, Joan.  Geogra-fleas!: Riddles All over the Map.  Illus. by Regan Dunnick.  Albert Whitman,
2004.  Gr. 2-4
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Sel.)  GOT Geography!  Illus. by Philip Stanton.  Greenwillow, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Jenkins, Steve.  Looking Down.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Kandoian, Ellen.  Is Anybody Up?  Putnam, 1989.  Gr. K-2
Leedy, Loreen.  Mapping Penny’s World.  Henry Holt, 2000.   Gr. 1-4
Leedy, Loreen.  Blast Off to Earth!: A Look at Geography.  Holiday House, 1992.  Gr. K-2
Lewis, J. Patrick.  A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme.  Illus. by Alison Jay.
Dial, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Ljungkvist, Laura.  Follow the Line Around the World.  Viking, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Murphy, Stuart J.  Treasure Map.  Illus. by Tricia Tusa.  HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
North, Sherry.  Because You Are My Teacher.  Illus. by Marcellus Hall.  Abrams, 2012.  Gr. 1-3
Perrin, Clotilde.  At the Same Moment, Around the World.  Chronicle, 2014.  Gr. 1-4
Rabe, Tish.  There’s a Map on My Lap!: All about Maps.  Illus. by Aristides Ruiz.  Random House,
2002.  Gr. 2-4
Ritchie, Scott.  Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills.  Kids Can Press, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Saul, Carol.  Someplace Else.  Illus. by Barry Root.  Simon & Schuster, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Schuett, Stacey.  Somewhere in the World Right Now.  Knopf, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Shulevitz, Uri.  How I Learned Geography.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Sweeney, Joan.  Me on the Map.  Illus. by Annette Cable.  Knopf, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Check public and school library shelves for books about map concepts and atlases of the world and the United States.

Geography Action! Mapping the Americas, from National Geographic
A downloadable toolkit and companion CD of activities and games; also at this site K-12 lesson plans for learning about the continents and countries of the Americas.
Including Geography in Your Curriculum
Links to games, activities, maps, photos and interactives, and homework help.
Geography for Kids
Colorful site with reader-friendly informational text and games (some advertisements)

Build map awareness. Make available a variety of maps (city, state, U.S., world), plus a globe and atlases for the purpose of exploration. Discuss common features of maps, such as symbols, map key, directions. Have students locate unusual place names, famous sites, physical features (e.g., mountains, rivers, lakes, etc.). Provide time for them to share some of their discoveries.
As a whole class project, make a mural-sized map of the school building and grounds. In addition to including classrooms, offices, and other important rooms (cafeteria, library, etc.), decide on points of interest in the school that should be on the map. Display the map in a central location.
Give each student a blank map of the United States. (Some students may need a world map.) Have them interview family members (grandparents, parents, siblings) to find out where they were born and color these places on the map. Include places where relatives presently live. Make sure they include themselves. Have students make word labels or hand-drawn cutouts of houses or people to glue on the map. If families have moved, have students draw arrows on the map to show movement. Each student’s map should reflect places that are significant to her or his family. If they have used several different colors, remind them to make a map key.
Have students do some research so they can write their complete address, beginning with their street address, city, and state, and continuing with their country, continent, hemisphere, planet name, galaxy name, and universe.
Consult the websites above for the MANY activities ideas designed to enhance students’ understanding of concepts related to geography.


1863 -- Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln delivered this speech at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on this date, about four and a half months after Union armies defeated Confederate armies at the Battle of Gettysburg. The speech lasted a little over two minutes.
Armstrong, Jennifer.  The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.  Illus. by Albert Lorenz.
Aladdin, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
Fritz, Jean.  Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln.  Ilus. by Charles Robinson.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1993.
Gr. 2-4
Lincoln, Abraham. The Gettysburg Address.  Illus. by James Daugherty.  Albert Whitman, 2013.
Gr. 3 & above
Lincoln, Abraham.  The Gettysburg Address.  Illus. by Michael McCurdy.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
Gr. 3 & above
Tanaka, Shelley.  A Day That Changed America: Gettysburg.  Illus. by David Craig.  Hyperion, 2003.
Gr. 4-6
Check public and school library shelves for books about the Gettysburg Address published in library editions.

The Gettysburg Address, exhibit at the Library of Congress
Drafts of the Gettysburg Address, a copy of Lincoln’s invitation to Gettysburg, and the only known photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, from the Gettysburg Foundation
Information about the event, reactions to the speech, the text of the address, and five existing manuscript copies of the speech

Connect to a study of the Civil War. Discuss the ideas in the speech in relation to what students know about the Battle of Gettysburg and the progress of the war to that time.
Given students’ experiences with hearing long speeches from government officials on television, discuss the fact that the Gettysburg Address, considered one of the most powerful speeches in history, lasted only a little over two minutes.
Have students research lines from other famous speeches of presidents as well as other figures whose lines have been quoted often.


Universal Children’s Day
In 1954, the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day. On November 20, 1959, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child; thus, Universal Children’s Day is observed on this date.
Ajmera, Maya.  Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World.
Charlesbridge, 1997.  Gr. 3-6
Ajmera, Maya.  To Be a Kid.  Charlesbridge, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Ajmera, Maya & Ivanko, John D.  Be My Neighbor.  Charlesbridge, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Castle, Caroline.  For Every Child.  Fogelman, 2001.  Gr. 2-6
Fox, Mem.  Whoever You Are.  Illus. by Leslie Staub.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Gibson, Amy.  By Day, By Night.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Boyds Mills, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Hollyer, Beatrice.  Wake Up World: A Day in the Life of Children around the World.  Henry Holt,
1999.  Gr. 1-3
Kerley, Barbara.  One World, One Day.  National Geographic Children's Books, 2009.  Gr. All ages
Kindersley, Barnabas & Anabel.  Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children around the
World.  DK, 1995.  Gr. 2-6
Lamothe, Matt.  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids Around the World.
Chronicle, 2017.  Gr. K-3
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live around the World.  DK, 2002. Gr. 2-6
Montanari, Donata.  Children around the World.  Kids Can Press, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Scanlon, Liz Garton.  All the World.  Illus. by Marla Frazee.  Beach Lane, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Smith, Charles R., Jr.  I Am the World.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Smith, David J.  If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People.  Illus. by Shelagh
Armstrong.  Kids Can Press, 2002.  Gr. 3-8
Smith, David J.  This Child, Every Child: A Book about the World's Children.  Illus. by Shelagh
Armstrong.  Kids Can Press, 2011.  Gr. 3-6

Children’s Rights, from UNICEF
Using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a framework, UNICEF UK has several free materials that can be downloaded, including booklets and posters

Brainstorm with students a list of “children’s rights.” Discuss why there is a need for “children’s rights,” how what they need might be different from what adults need, and who is responsible for taking care of what children need. Place the class into small groups and give each group 10 cards along with the instruction to draw one thing on each card that would make a child happy. Post all the cards under the heading of “Needs.” Tell the class to suppose that the government is out of money and cannot afford 5 of the items. (This number might be higher depending on how many different items there are on the cards.) Decide which 5 to remove and place those cards under the heading “Wants.” Go back to the first set of cards again with more cuts (e.g., remove 3 more) and move cards to “Wants.” Discuss the difference between needs and wants and what would happen if they had to continue eliminating needs.
Ask students to imagine that a new country has been discovered. It has no name, no laws, no history, and no one lives there. They will be the first people to live there. Divide the class into small groups with the task of giving the new country a name and devising a list of five rights that they feel would be appropriate for the people of this new country. When they finish, post ALL of the rights. Have each group present its list of five and tell why they think their rights should be accepted for the new country. As a class, they need to decide on a name for the country from those suggested and 10 rights to live by. Item for discussion, if they do not have a means in place for fair decision-making (e.g., voting), how will they decide?
Activities today can be combined with activities for tomorrow, World Hello Day, which promotes peaceful interactions among people of the world through communication.


It’s World Hello Day!
2013 marks the 41st annual observation of this day around the world to show the importance of communication in preserving peace. Participation involves greeting ten people.
Aliki.  Hello! Goodbye!  Greenwillow, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Deedy, Carmen Agra.  14 Cows for America.  Illus. by Thomas Gonzalez.  Peachtree, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Evans, Lezlie.  Can You Greet the Whole Wide World?: 12 Common Phrases in 12 Different
Languages.  Illus. by Denis Roche.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Fox, Mem.  Whoever You Are.  Illus. by Leslie Staub.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Gilley, Jeremy.  Peace One Day.  Illus. by Karen Blessen.  Putnam, 2005.  Gr. 3-6
Halperin, Wendy Anderson.  Peace.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. 3 & above
Hamanaka, Sheila.  All the Colors of the Earth.  HarperCollins, 1994.  Gr. 1-5
Hines, Anna Grossnickle.  Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts about Peace.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Katz, Karen.  Can You Say Peace?  Henry Holt, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Kerley, Barbara.  A Little Peace.  National Geographic, 2007.  Gr. 2-6
LeBox, Annette.  Peace Is an Offering.  Illus. by Stephanie Graegin.  Dial, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Mortenson, Greg.  Listen to the Wind.  Illus. by Susan Roth.  Dial, 2009.  Gr. K-4
Parr, Todd.  The Peace Book.  Little, Brown, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Peace Warriors.  Scholastic, 2017.  Gr. 4-7
Preus, Margi.  The Peace Bell.  Illus. by Hideko Takahashi.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Proimos, James.  Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace.  Little, Brown, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Radunsky, Vladimir.  What Does Peace Feel Like?  Atheneum, 2003.  Gr. K-4
Spinelli, Eileen.  Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class.  Illus. by Anne Kennedy.  Albert Whitman, 2009.
Gr. K-3
Stojic, Manya.  Hello World! Greetings in 42 Languages around the Globe!  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Thomas, Shelley Moore.  Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace.  Photos by Eric Futran.  Albert Whitman,
2002.  Gr. K-3

“Say Hello to the World,” from Internet Public Library
How to say “Hello” in 31 languages, plus Braille and sign language, and links to many more sources for speaking languages; common English words derived from each language; links to information about the cultures; numbers of people in the world who speak that language
Stop War!
A list of words for "peace" in hundreds of languages, some written in proper script and with phonetic pronunciations

Have each student learn to say “Hello” in a different language and practice greeting friends in that language. Alert school staff that this is taking place.
Students are familiar with some fairly universal signs and symbols of peace. Have them create their own signs/symbols for peace.
Have each student select a word for “peace” in another language and create a poster. For resources, have world atlases handy so they can incorporate a map if they wish. Books or websites of flags of the world may also be of interest. Work with the library media specialist to have books about countries for reference.


November is Aviation History Month
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Amelia Earhart.  Illus. by Jeff Fisher.  Holiday House, 1998.  Gr. 2-4
Aldrin, Buzz.  Look to the Stars.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  Putnam, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Atkins, Jeannine.  Wings and Rockets: The Story of Women in Air and Space.  Ill. by Dušan Petričic.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. 5 & above
Biggs, Brian.  Everything Goes: In the Air.  Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Bildner, Phil.  The Hallelujah Flight.  Illus. by John Holyfield.  Putnam, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Borden, Louise.  Good-bye, Charles Lindbergh: Based on a True Story.  Illus. by Thomas B. Allen.
McElderry, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Borden, Louise & Kroeger, Mary Kay.  Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman.  Illus. by Teresa Flavin.
McElderry, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Brown, Don.  Ruth Law Thrills a Nation.  Houghton Mifflin, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Brown, Don (Adapted & Illus.).  The Good Lion.  Houghton Mifflin, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Burleigh, Robert.  Flight..  Illus. by Mike Wimmer.  Philomel, 1991.  Gr. 1-4
Burleigh, Robert.  Amelia Earhart Free in the Skies.  Illus. by Bill Wylie.  Harcourt, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Burleigh, Robert.  Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  Simon &
Schuster, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Cummins, Julie.  Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart.  Illus. by Malene R.
Laugesen.  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. 2-5
Cummins, Julie.  Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 5-8
Denenberg, Barry.  An American Hero: The True Story of Charles A. Lindbergh.  Scholastic, 1996.
Gr. 5 & above
Fleischman, John.  Black and White Airmen: Their True History.  Houghton Mifflin, 2007.  Gr. 6 & above Fleming, Candace.  Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.  Schwartz & Wade,
2011.  Gr. 5-8
Giblin, James Cross.  Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero.  Clarion, 1997.  Gr. 5 & above
Griffith, Victoria.  The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont.  Illus. by Eva Montanari.
Abrams, 2011.  Gr. 3-5
Grimes, Nikki.  Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.
Orchard, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Grove, Tim.  Milestones of Flight: From Hot-Air Balloons to SpaceShipOne.  Abrams, 2016.  Gr. 5-8
Grove, Tim & National Air and Space Museum.  First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the
American Fliers Who Won the Race.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. 5-8
Hodgkins, Fran.  How People Learned to Fly.  Illus. by True Kelley.  Collins, 2007.  Gr, 2-4
Hubbell, Patricia.  Airplanes!: Soaring, Diving, Turning.  Illus. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy.  Marshall
Cavendish, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Johnson, Dolores.  She Dared to Fly: Bessie Coleman.  Benchmark, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Joseph, Lynn.  Fly, Bessie, Fly.  Illus. by Yvonne Buchanan.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Klier, Kimberly Wagner.  You Can’t Do That, Amelia!  Ill. by Kathleen Kemly.  Calkins Creek, 2008.
Gr. 1-4
Kramer, Sydelle A.  Night Flight: Charles Lindbergh’s Incredible Adventure.  (All Aboard Reading).
Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Kulling, Monica.  Vanished! The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart.  (Step Into Reading).
Illus. by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu.  Random House, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Lakin, Patricia.  Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier.  Illus. by Alan & Lea Daniel.  Aladdin, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Lang, Heather.  Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine.  Illus. by Raúl Colón.  Calkins Creek,
2016.  Gr. 1-4
Leoni, Cristiana.  A History of Aircraft.  Illus. by Alessandro Baldanzi.  Blackbirch, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Lewis, J. Patrick.  Skywriting: Poems to Fly.  Illus. by Laszlo Kubinyi.  Creative Editions, 2010.  Gr. 4-6
Lindbergh, Reeve.  Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of “Brave Bessie” Coleman.  Illus. by Pamela
Paparone.  Candlewick, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Lyon, George Ella.  Planes Fly!  Illus. by Mick Wiggins.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. K-2
McCarthy, Meghan.  Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton.  Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster,
2013.  Gr. 2-4
Moss, Marissa.  Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee.  Illus. by Carl Angel.  Tricycle Press, 2009.
Gr. 2-4
Moss, Marissa.  Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel.  Illus. by C. F. Payne.
Harcourt, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Nahum, Andrew.  Flying Machine (Eyewitness).  DK, 2004.  Gr. 4-8
O’Brien, Patrick.  Fantastic Flights: One Hundred Years of Flying on the Edge.  Walker, 2003.  Gr. 3-6
Olshan, Matthew.  A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by
Balloon in 1785.  Illus. by Sophie Blackall.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016.  Gr. 3-5
Provensen, Alice & Martin.  The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot.  Viking, 1983.
Gr. 1-4
Riehle, Mary Ann McCabe.  A Is for Aviation.  Illus. by David Craig.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Rinard, Judith E.  Book of Flight: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum   (2nd Ed.).  Firefly,
2007.  Gr. 5-8
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride.  Illus. by Brian Selznick.  Scholastic, 1999.
Gr. 2-4
Sís, Peter.  The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 2014.  Gr. 2-5
Szabo, Corinne.  Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart.  National Geographic, 1997.
Gr. 4-8
Tanaka, Shelley.  Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator.  Illus. David Craig.  Abrams, 2008.
Gr. 3-5
Taylor, Sarah Stewart.  Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.  Illus. by Ben Towle.  Hyperion, 2010.  Gr. 5-9
Van Leeuwen, Jean.  The Amazing Air Balloon.  Ilus. by Marco Ventura.  Dial, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
van Lieshout, Maria.  Flight 1-2-3.  Chronicle, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Walker, Sally M.  Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly.  Illus. by Janice Lee Porter.  Carolrhoda, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Wells, Rosemary.  Wingwalker.  Illus. by Brian Selznick.  Hyperion, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Whitaker, Suzanne George.  The Daring Miss Quimby.  Illus. by Catherine Stock.  Holiday House, 2009.
Gr. 2-4
Yep, Laurence.  Dragonwings.  HarperCollins, 1975.  Gr. 4-8
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of aviators and books about the history of flight published in library editions.

History of Aviation, from
Categories on the history of flight, aircraft, airlines and airports with several subtopics (people, events, etc.) in each category.
Links to sites at NASA, National Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian), and other locations, good for exploring.

Although November is designated as Aviation History Month, begin the observation now and extend it to December 17, the date of the Wright Brothers first flight. Students can research people and events associated with the history of flight and create a timeline. Set up the timeline as a series of “newspaper articles” using the printable news page.
Read biographies of aviators such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Colemen, and Charles Lindbergh. Place students in small groups to create and perform radio/television interviews of these people based on their research of their accomplishments. Students will need to write scripts for the interviews for both the broadcaster and the aviator and decide who else might be involved in performing them.
Watch the “Reading Rainbow” episode of Ruth Law Thrills a Nation.
See the birthday of Charles Lindbergh (May 21) in the Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities related to aviation.


National Game and Puzzles Week – November 22-28
Eduar, Gilles.  Gigi and Zachary’s Around-the-World Adventure: A Seek-and-Find Game.  Chronicle,
2003.  Gr. 2-4
Eduar, Gilles.  Gigi and Zachary Go to Work: A Seek-and-Find Game.  Chronicle, 2005. Gr.  1-4
Lankford, Mary D.  Hopscotch Around the World.  Illus. by Karen Milone.  HarperCollins, 1992.  Gr. 2-5
Lankford, Mary D.  Jacks Around the World.  Illus. by Karen Dugan.  HarperCollins, 1996.  Gr. 2-5
Lankford, Mary D.  Dominoes Around the World.  Illus. by Karen Dugan.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. 2-5
Van Allsburg, Chris.  Jumanji.  Houghton Mifflin, 1981.  Gr. K-4
Van Allsburg, Chris.  Zathura.  Houghton Mifflin, 2002.  Gr. K-4
Wick, Walter.  Walter Wick’s Optical Tricks.  Scholastic, 1998.  Gr. 2-5
This is a good time to gather books that are visual puzzles, such as the “I Spy” books created by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, published by Scholastic; the “Can You See What I See?” books by Walter Wick, published by Scholastic; and some of the older “Magic Eye” and “Where’s Waldo” books. Check public and school library shelves for series such as “Games Around the World,” published by Compass Point, including these titles: Chess, Dominoes, Card Games, Jacks, Marbles, and others.

Jigsaw Puzzles, at the Kidz Page
Online jigsaw puzzles at different levels of difficulty in several different categories (e.g., animals, flowers, food, landscapes, people, etc.) Some advertisements on the site.
Kids Puzzles and Games, at Puzzle Choice
Printable puzzles, including crosswords, word searches, number puzzles, word play, logic, rhymes, and others; also an array of puzzles and games to play online, including memory games, word games, tic-tac-toe, and others. Advertisements on the site.
Online puzzles, including hidden pictures, mazes, connect-the-dots, word searches, visual discrimination puzzles, math puzzles, trivia, and others. Easy and more challenging puzzles. Some advertisements on the site.
Puzzlemaker at Discovery Education
A tool for creating customized word searches, math puzzles, mazes, and more. Advertisements on the site.

Have fun! Because it is a short week at school, it’s the perfect time to get out board games and all sorts of puzzles. Bookmark the puzzle sites above on classroom or library computers and provide time for students to work with the online puzzles.
Have students mount pictures from magazines or pictures they have drawn and colored on cardstock. They can then draw puzzle pieces on the pictures, cut them apart, and make them available for others to put together.
Place students in small groups to invent a board game. The theme of the game might be a curriculum topic the class is studying or about a particular book they have enjoyed together. Each group will need to decide on rules for playing (they might model it after a familiar game), design and make the game board, and make any cards or other game materials needed to play the game. Provide time for groups to trade games and play them.


Happy Thanksgiving!
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about Thanksgiving.
Plimoth Plantation
Kids' page includes a considerable amount of information (in "Homework Help") for research, stories, recipes, coloring pages, vocabulary, and much more.
"You Are the Historian" at Plimoth Plantation
Interactive experience allows students to learn about the life of the colonists and the Wampanoag with two children as their tour guides. The purpose is to learn "What really happened at the first Thanksgiving?"
Thanksgiving Activities at DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Crafts, games and puzzles, poems and songs, coloring pages, recipes, and links to other Thanksgiving sites.
The American Turkey
Facts, puzzles, coloring pages, and glossary. Slide show of color photographs

Focus discussions on the many reasons we have to be thankful in our lives.
Discuss Thanksgiving holiday traditions of families.
Research subjects related to Thanksgiving using sources that present authentic information. Possible topics include: the Mayflower, travel to the new world, the establishment of the Plymouth colony, daily life of the colonists, the Wampanoag, people (e.g., Squanto, William Bradford, Myles Standish) and the first harvest feast. Older students and educators might be interested in the information presented in an article "Deconstructing the Myths of the First Thanksgiving," which explores various myths and quotes from several children's books that perpetuate them.


1784 – birthdate of Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States
Search school and library shelves for biographies of Zachary Taylor in library editions.
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Zachary Taylor, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about Zachary Taylor; must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Taylor
American Presidents at the Miller Center
Extensive information on all aspects of the presidents' lives, including a photo gallery, speeches, and more. Excellent for research

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Zachary Taylor, using the fact recording sheet.


1946 – birthday of author and illustrator Marc Brown, creator of more than 100 books for children, including the enormously popular series of books about Arthur, D.W., their family and friends
Books (a selection):
Monkey Not Ready for the Baby.  Knopf, 2016.  Gr. Pre-2
Monkey Not Ready for Kindergarten.  Knopf, 2015.  Gr. Pre-2
In New York.  Random House, 2014.  Gr. K-4
the “Arthur” series
Hand Rhymes..  Dutton, 1985.  Gr. Pre-2 (also: Finger Rhymes; Play Rhymes; and Party Rhymes)
The Bionic Bunny Show (with Laurene Krasny Brown).  Little, Brown, 1984.  Gr. 1-3
Brown, Laurie Krasny.  Visiting the Art Museum.  Dutton, 1986.  Gr. K-3
Brown, Laurie Krasny.  How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them.
Little Brown, 1998.  Gr. K-3 (also: Dinosaurs to the Rescue: A Guide to Protecting Our Planet; Dinosaurs Alive and Well!: A Guide to Good Health; Dinosaurs Divorce; When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death; and Dinosaurs Travel: A Guide for Families on the Go)
Craig, Lindsey.  Dancing Feet!  Knopf, 2010.  Gr. Pre-K
Craig, Lindsey.  Farmyard Beat.  Illus. by Marc Brown.  Knopf, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Krensky, Stephen.  Dinosaurs Beware!: A Safety Guide.  Little Brown, 1984.  Gr. K-3
Krensky, Stephen.  Perfect Pigs: An Introduction to Manners.  Little, Brown, 1983.  Gr. K-3
Pinder, Eric.  If All the Animals Came Inside.  Little, Brown, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Prelutsky, Jack (Ed.).  Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young.  Knopf, 1986.  Gr. Pre-3
Rennert, Laura Joy.  Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur.  Knopf, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Sierra, Judy.  Wild About Books.  Knopf, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Sierra, Judy.  Born to Read.  Knopf, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Sierra, Judy.  ZooZical.  Knopf, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Sierra, Judy.  Wild About You!  Knopf, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Stine, R. L.  The Little Shop of Monsters.  Little, Brown, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Tarpley, Todd.  Ten Tiny Toes.  Little, Brown, 2012.  Gr. Pre-K
Wells, Rosemary.  The Gulps.  Little, Brown, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Woods, Mae.  Marc Brown.  Checkerboard Books, 2001.  Gr. 2-4

Arthur at PBS Kids
Related to the series on PBS, activities, games, lesson plans, printables, special pages for each of Arthur’s friends and family members.
Video interview with Marc Brown, from Reading Rockets
Marc discusses how he works and the inspiration for his books
Mark Brown Studios
Includes a brief biography, project news, pages for kids and teachers, and links.

Use the day to enjoy Marc Brown’s books. Have lots of books available for students to peruse. Consult the PBS website (see above) for MANY ideas for activities with the Arthur books.
Make paperbag puppets of characters from the Arthur stories. Students need to draw the face of their character and attach it to a paperbag. Use the puppets to tell favorite Arthur stories, or have students write two-person dialogues between characters and perform them.
Working with partners, have students read from the “Dino” series that Marc Brown co-authored with his wife Laurie and collect pieces of advice from each book. Have them create small posters with drawings of the dinosaurs and the advice in word bubbles.


1883 – death of Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and advocate for women’s rights. Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree some time around 1797 in New York, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843, traveling and speaking to hundreds of audiences. She delivered her best-known speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth.  Illus. by Gershom Griffith.  Holiday House, 1994.
Gr. 2-4
Clinton, Catherine.  When Harriet Met Sojourner.  Illus. by Shane Evans.  HarperCollins, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
McKissack, Patricia.  Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman?  Scholastic, 1994.  Gr. 5-8
Merchant, Peter.  Sojourner Truth: Path to Glory.  Illus. by Julia Denos.  Aladdin, 2007.  Gr. 2-5
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney.  Hyperion, 2009.
Gr. 1-4
Rockwell, Anne.  Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.
Knopf, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Turner, Ann.  My Name Is Truth.  Illus. by James E. Ransome.  HarperCollins, 2015.  Gr. 2-5
Check public and school library shelves for the many biographies of Sojourner Truth from series published in library editions.

Sojourner Truth Institute
Biography, timeline, collection of historical photos
“Ain’t I a Woman?”
Text of her 1851 speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention

To introduce students to her role in American civil rights, read one of the shorter biographies of Sojourner Truth and look at some of the photos on the internet. Compare the activities of her life to those of Harriet Tubman, whose work may be more familiar.


1960 – birthday of author/illustrator Kevin Henkes, recipient of the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon in 2005 and Caldecott Honor Book for Owen in 1994 and the Newbery Honor Book for Olive’s Ocean in 2004
Books (a selection):
All published by Greenwillow
Picture books (written and illustrated):
A Weekend with Wendell.  1986.  Gr. K-3
Sheila Rae, the Brave.  1987.  Gr. K-3
Chester’s Way.  1988.  Gr. K-3
Jessica.  1989.  Gr. K-3
Julius, the Baby of the World.  1990.  Gr. K-3
Chrysanthemum.  1991.  Gr. K-3
Owen.  1993.  Gr. K-2
The Biggest Boy.  1995.  Gr. Pre-1 (illustrated by Nancy Tafuri)
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  1996.  Gr. K-3
Oh!  1999.  Gr. Pre-1 (illustrated by Laura Dronzek, Kevin’s wife)
Wemberly Worried.  2000.  Gr. K-3
All Alone.  2003.  Gr. K-2
Kitten’s First Full Moon.  2004.  Gr. Pre-2
Lilly’s Big Day.  2006.  Gr. K-3
A Good Day.  2007.  Gr. Pre-2
Old Bear.  2008.  Gr. Pre-2
Birds.  2009.  Gr. K-3 (illustrated by Laura Dronzek, Kevin’s wife)
My Garden.  2010.  Gr. Pre-2
Little White Rabbit.  2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Penny and Her Song.  2012.  Gr. K-2
Penny and Her Doll.  2012.  Gr. K-2
Penny and Her Marble.  2013.  Gr.K-2
Waiting.  2015.  Gr. P-K
When Spring Comes.  2016.  Gr. P-1 (illustrated by Laura Dronzek)
Egg.  2017.  Gr. Pre-1
In the Middle of Fall.  2017.  Gr. Pre-2 (illustrated by Laura Dronzek)
Words of Stone.  1992.  Gr. 4-6
Protecting Marie.  1995.  Gr. 5-8
Sun & Spoon.  1997.  Gr. 4-6
The Birthday Room.  1999.  Gr. 5-7
Olive’s Ocean.  2003.  Gr. 5-8
Bird Lake Moon.  2008.  Gr. 5-7
Junonia.  2011.  Gr. 4-6
The Year of Billy Miller.  2013.  Gr. 3-5

Kevin Henkes’s Homepage
Biography, book lists, games, and downloadables related to Henkes’s books
“A Not-So-Modest Mouse: Kevin Henkes’ Lilly Dances into Children’s Heart” by Alice Cary, from Bookpage
Interview with Henkes that focuses on his mouse characters, Lilly in particular
Kevin Henkes at Web English Teacher
Links to lesson plans for Chrysanthemum and other Henkes books

Make a display of books by Kevin Henkes. Choose some for reading aloud and invite students to read others independently.
The “mouse” books provide an opportunity to discuss feelings and emotions. Focus on different characters, e.g., Chrysanthemum, Wemberly, Owen, Lilly, and brainstorm a list of different feelings they have in the stories, such as fear, jealousy, pride, loneliness, etc. Discuss with students circumstances in which they have had similar feelings.
Students can make mouse stick puppets of Lilly and the other characters and create dialogues assuming their personalities.


1931 – birthday of author and illustrator Ed Young, recipient of the Caldecott Medal in 1989 for Lon Po Po. Young was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1992, the highest international recognition given to an author or illustrator of children’s books.
Books (a selection):
Written and illustrated by:
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China.  Philomel, 1989.  Gr. 1-4 (Caldecott Medal)
Seven Blind Mice.  Philomel, 1992.  Gr. K-3 (Caldecott Honor Book)
Little Plum.  Philomel, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac.  Henry Holt, 1995.  Gr. 2-4
Voices of the Heart.  Scholastic, 1997.  Gr. 3-6
Mouse Match.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. K-3
The Lost Horse.  Harcourt, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
What About Me?  Philomel, 2002.  Gr. K-3
I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket.  Philomel, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Sons of the Dragon King: A Chinese Legend.  Atheneum, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem about China.  Chronicle, 2005.  Gr. 3-6
My Mei Mei.  Philomel, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Hook.  Roaring Brook, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China (with Libby Koponen).  Little, Brown, 2011.
Gr. 3-5
Should You Be a River: A Poem about Love.  Little, Brown, 2015.  Gr. 4 & above
The Cat from Hunger Mountain.  Philomel, 2016.  Gr. K-4

Burleigh, Robert.  Tiger of the Snows Tenzing Norgay: The Boy Whose Dream was Everest.  Atheneum,
2006.  Gr. 2-5
DaCosta, Barbara.  Nighttime Ninja.  Little, Brown,  2012. Gr. P-2
Golio, Gary.  Bird & Diz.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. 3-6
Guiberson, Brenda Z.  Moon Bear.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Haseley, Dennis.  Twenty Heartbeats.  Roaring Brook Press, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Howe, James.  I Wish I Were a Butterfly.  Harcourt, 1987.  Gr. K-3
Kajikawa, Kimiko.  Tsunami!  Philomel, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Louie, Ai-Ling.  Yeh Shen: a Cinderella Story from China.  Philomel, 1982.  Gr. 1-4
Martin, Rafe.  Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake.  Putnam, 1985.  Gr. K-2
Pollock, Penny.  The Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella Story.  Little, Brown, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Ramsden, Ashley.  Seven Fathers.  Roaring Brook, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Reibstein, Mark.  Wabi Sabi.  Little, Brown, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Singer, Marilyn.  A Strange Place to Call Home: The World's Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals
That Call Them Home.  Chronicle, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Yolen, Jane.  The Emperor and the Kite.  Philomel, 1967.  Gr. K-3 (Caldecott Honor Book)
Check public and school library shelves for additional titles written and/or illustrated by Ed Young.

Ed Young
Young’s home page includes a brief biography, book list, and awards
Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith (2005)
Young discusses his artistic process and influences on his work.

Display a map of China and some nonfiction books about China so students can see the influences of Ed Young’s home country on his art and stories.
Young’s art is somewhat impressionistic in appearance, often done in pastels. He also utilizes a collage style in some of his books. Work with the art teacher and have students experiment with both types of media using Young’s books as models.


1898 – birthdate of author C.S. Lewis
Books (a selection):
The Chronicles of Narnia (in publication order), all published by HarperCollins
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
Prince Caspian (1951)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
The Silver Chair (1953)
The Horse and His Boy (1954)
The Magician’s Nephew (1955)
The Last Battle (1956)
With regard to numbering the books in “reading order,” HarperCollins and the publisher of the current British editions place them in Narnian chronology, as follows:
The Magician’s Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle
Dorsett, Lyle & Mead, Marjorie Lamp (Eds.).  C.S. Lewis: Letters to Children.  Scribner, 1996.
Gr. 5 & above
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of C.S. Lewis from series published in library editions.

The Chronicles of Narnia, at HarperCollins Children’s Books
Explore Narnia with an interactive timeline, read a biography of C.S. Lewis, test Narnia trivia, listen to excerpts of the books, play interactive puzzles and games.
Into the Wardrobe
A biography of C.S. Lewis in the form of a timeline, various artists' interpretations of Narnia maps (in “Multimedia: Picture albums: Narnia”), list of works, links, and other items.
Study guides to the Chronicles of Narnia from HarperCollins
Information and discussion questions for books in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

Have students compare the book to its movie version. Major motion picture adaptations of the books currently available or in production: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).
Have students make maps of Narnia and then compare their ideas with the interpretations from artists shown in the “Into the Wardrobe” website listed above.


1835 – birthdate of author Mark Twain
Anderson, William.  River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain.  Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  HarperCollins,
2003.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Don.  American Boy: The Adventures of Mark Twain.  Houghton Mifflin, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Burleigh, Robert.  The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn.  Illus. by Barry Blitt.  Atheneum,
2011.  Gr. 2-5
Buzbee, Lewis.  Bridge of Time.  Feiwel and Friends, 2012.  Gr. 5-8
Fleischman, Sid.  The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West.  Greenwillow,
2008.  Gr. 5-8
Goldsmith, Howard.  Mark Twain at Work!  Illus. by Frank Habbas.  Aladdin, 2003.  Gr. 1-3
Harness, Cheryl.  Mark Twain and the Queens of the Mississippi.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. 3-5
Kerley, Barbara.  The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy).  Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham.
Scholastic, 2010.  Gr. 3-6
Lasky, Kathryn.  A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Harcourt, 1998.
Gr. 3-5
Maltbie, P.I.  Bambino and Mr. Twain.  Illus. by Daniel Miyares.  Charlesbridge, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
Prince, April Jones.  Who Was Mark Twain?  Illus. by John O’Brien.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Ross, Stewart.  Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Viking, 1999.  Gr. 4-6
Check public and school library shelves for other biographies of Mark Twain from series published in library editions.

Mark Twain House and Museum
A fairly lengthy biography, a timeline, an annotated list of his major works, information about his house in Hartford, Connecticut and the museum.
Mark Twain, at PBS
Companion website to the film by Ken Burns, shown on PBS. Information is organized as an interactive scrapbook that includes text, photos, quotes, etc. (many primary source documents). Classroom activities and lesson plans available.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
A biography in timeline format; FAQs; information about the various sites at the museum in Hannibal, Missouri; lesson plans, and a very creative virtual tour developed by a group of students in a young authors workshop.

Because so many of Mark Twain’s life experiences found their way into his stories, introducing him to students is preparation for the time when they will be reading his books. Read an age-appropriate biography to students and discuss some of those experiences, such as how he chose his pseudonym “Mark Twain,” the appearance of Halley’s Comet on the day he was born and on the day he died, his adventures on the Mississippi River (locate it on the map), his time as a newspaperman, and others. Twain was known for his humor. Share some of his quotes with students and discuss what they mean.


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