It’s time to start planning for March! Easter is early this year and of course there is the fun celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but ideas for those holidays are pretty easy to find. Let’s take a look at a few other ideas connected to holidays and events in March to get your creative juices flowing.
March 2nd is the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss! Many schools celebrate Read Across America on this day with students dressing up as their favorite characters and other fun activities in the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
Ask students to reflect on what makes a Seuss book great, by taking their picture with their favorite book. Import the image into Wixie and have students write or record why it is their favorite book. They can even use the Paint tools and Stickers to add a thematic frame. Wixie also incluse a Seuss Hat Organizer you can have students use to identify key details in a Seuss book of their choice or brainstorm ideas for their own Seuss-style story.
Many people don't know that Seuss worked as a political cartoonist and wrote many of his stories about events or people in the news. Older students could use the Seuss Hat Organzier to compare Yertle the Turtle and Hitler. On the red stripes write an action of Hitler and on the white, write an action about Yertle.
March is Women’s History Month, with March 8th being International Women’s Day and International Working Women’s Day. I have seen some great projects, ranging from presentations to trading cards to infomercials of famous women. I also like the bookmarks that students create and share by leaving in the media center at the checkout counter! (March 10th is Harriet Tubman’s Day.)
In the thick of testing season, students often need a reminder that they are awesome. Celebrate the awesomeness of students (as well as teachers, administrators, staff and volunteers) at your school on March 10th: International Awesome Day. Pair students up to create a cards or posters to hang around the school showing someone “Caught Being Awesome."
In 7th grade I won a school wide writing contest on Water Conservation. While essay-writing is important, have students transform the information and argument in their essays into a much more exciting Water Conservation Public Service Announcement or infographic. Water Day is March 22nd.
World Poetry Day is also in March, March 21st to be exact. Wixie includes templates with poetry forms. You might also consider having them create visual poems of their writing or others. Using the audio record tool to have the students read their poem will help them with the cadence of poetry.
Puppy Day is celebrated every day in my house (my puppy Chewie is laying at my feet right now), but National Puppy Day is March 23rd. Have students share their favorite tips on training or taking care of puppies and new pets to create a class how-to book.You can also combine this Students can even write a poem about their favorite puppy!
Move beyond filling in the bubbles and make March exciting with projects that have students think and create!