Make Autumn Awesome!
Squirrel away these resources for a fun fall and winter.
October 1–7: Animal Action Week
Elephants Never Forget
All grades. The International Fund for Animal Welfare, www.ifaw.org/education.
October 20: National Day on Writing
Writing involves more than a pencil and paper—it also includes words spoken, drawn, texted, and recorded. Celebrate the remarkable varieties of writing by holding writing marathons, poetry slams, journal read-ins, and even graffiti art writing events. For celebration ideas and writing samples, check out www.ncte.org/dayonwriting.
November 23: National Day of Listening
Celebrated every year on the day after Thanksgiving, this event is designed to encourage people to record an interview with someone special, such as a favorite relative or teacher, a patient in a veteran's hospital, or someone in a senior center or homeless shelter. Find instructions, including how to put your interview on the website's Wall of Listening, at nationaldayoflistening.org.
December 21: Winter Begins
The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art & Science of Snowflakes
Ages 9–10, $17. Voyageur Press, (800) 458-0454, voyageurpress.com.
All Year Long
101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make
Ages 3–8, $19.95. Gryphon House, Inc.; (800) 638-0928; www.gryphonhouse.com.