Monthly Curricula Calendar of supplemental conceptual groupings and classroom activities.
MONTHLY CURRICULA CALENDAR
The Day the Music Died--February 3
National Kazoo Day--January 28
- National Women's History Month
- Computer Wonder Women
- Women's Special Edition
- Ethics Awareness Month
- Music in Our Schools Month
- Arts Education Month
- Play-the-Recorder Month
- Youth Art Month
- Read Across America Day (3/2)
- National Craft Month
- National Athletic Training Month
- National High Tech Public Safety Month
- Mental Retardation Awareness Month
- National Kidney Month
- Read an E-book Week (3/9-3/15)
- Johnny Apple seed Day (3/11)
- St. Patrick's Day (3/17)
- Ireland: National Day (3/17)
- Freedom of Information Day (3/17)
- UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (3/21)
UN Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and
Racial Discrimination (3/21-3/23)
- Deaf History Month (3/13-4/15)
- National Poison Prevention Week (3/16-3/22)
- Mathematical Education Week
Crane Watch '03 (3/1-4/15)
Honor Society Awareness Month
- National Eye Donor Month
Save Your Vision Month
Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month
Save Your Vision Week (3/2-3/8)
- National Frozen Food Month
National Nutrition Month
National Professional Social Work Month
National Talk With Your Teen About Sex Month
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week (3/1-3/7)
Return the Borrowed Books Week (3/1-3/7)
Celebrate Your Name Week (3/2-3/8)
National Pancake Week (3/2-3/8)
National Procrastination Week (3/2-3/8)
National Professional Pet Sitters Week (3/3-3/9)
National School Breakfast Week (3/3-3/7)
Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) (3/4)
Courageous Follower Day (3/4)
Ash Wednesday (3/5)
Good Samaritan Involvement Day (3/14)
National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day (3/13)
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and Convention (3/14-3/16)
Camp Fire USA Birthday Week (3/16-3/22)
National Agriculture Week (3/16-3/22)
National Safe Place Week (3/16-3/22)
Awkward Moments Day (3/18)
Swallows Return to Capistrano (3/19)
National Agriculture Day (3/20)
Great American Meatout (3/20)
Spring (northern hemisphere, 3/20-6/21; Vernal Equinox 8:00 p.m. EST)
Memory Day (3/21)
National Cleaning Week (3/23-3/29)
St. Gabriel Feast Day (3/24)
UN World Tuberculosis Day (3/24)
Pecan Day (3/25)
Legal Assistant Day (3/26)
India: Holi (3/28)
National Sleep Awareness Week (3/31-4/6)
National Garden Month National Gardening Association (NGA).
"April is National Garden Month, a time to celebrate making our lives greener." The site features materials to help commemorate this event in your community.
April 22 Earth Day
Doesn't Earth deserve to be better understood and appreciated?
National Kite Month
The site features a calendar of
events, materials for organizing an event, an overview and timeline of kite history, materials for teachers (including four simple kite plans and images of kites from around the world), and games and activities
Astronomy Day, held annually in April or May (a Saturday near or before the first quarter moon), "is a grass roots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the general population."
International Guitar Month--April 1-30
International Guitar Month
National Teacher Day
Overview of this unofficial observance Celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week of May honoring public school teachers for"the contributions they make to our lives."
Teacher Appreciation Week is in May
Music Appreciation Week is in May
National Tap Dance Day--May 25
National Dance Like a Chicken Day--May 14
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Facts and statistics about this observance planned "to coincide with two important anniversaries: the arrival in the United States of first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869).
Nat'l Park Service Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Buy-a-Musical-Instrument Day--May 22
International Tuba Day--May 7
"Stars and Stripes Forever" Day--May 14
Black Music Month
Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of over 250,000 slaves at the close of the Civil War. The holiday is based on events that occurred mainly in Texas but is now celebrated nationwide. The celebration takes its name from June 19, 1865, the day federal troops arrived in Galveston to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Although the Proclamation had taken effect on January 1, 1863, it freed few, if any, slaves.
"Pop Goes the Weasel" Day--June 14
National Accordion Awareness Month--June 1-30
National Country Music Day--July 4
July 28 is Singing Telegram Day
Fil-American Friendship Day (Phillippines, United States)
26 - Women's Equality Day (United States)
National Polka Festival-August 9
National Hispanic Heritage Month
9/19 Talk Like a Pirate Day: Official UK HQ
'How To Talk Like A Pirate.' The talk like a pirate page includes vocabulary and tips such as starting sentences with "Arr, me hearty."
Classical Music Month--September 1-30
International Square Dance Month--September 1-30
National Piano Month--September 1-30
National Diversity Awareness Month Week 2002 - October 13 - 19
Week of the Classroom Teacher (October 1-7) and UNESCOs World Teachers Day (October 5). These are important celebrations that acknowledge the contributions teachers make to education.
- First Nation Resources
- Folk Arts in K-12 Classroom
- Folktales in the Classroom
- Folksong History
- Literacy & Dialect Speakers
- National Children's Folksong Repository
- Diwali Hindu Festival of Lights and its celebration over five days usually takes place from late October to early November.
- Country Music Month
October 31 Halloween Songs, Scary Spooky Sounds,Safety, Ghosts Goblins and Monsters Celtic History, Werewolf Protection and Dracula
- Thanks Giving - National American Indian Heritage Month
- World Usability Day (3rd November)
- National Veterans Awareness Week (November 6-12)
- American Education Week (November 13-19)
- International Education Week (November 14-18)
- International Drum Month--November 1-30
- Saxophone Day--November 6
- Square Dance Day--November 29
Dec. 1 World Aids Day
Winter Solstice Hundreds of years ago, a Roman culture celebrated its major festival on the Winter Solstice. When Julius Caesar instituted a new calendar in Rome, the festival fell on December 25, a date that was retained for many years. About 1600 years ago, Pope Julius I chose this date for Christmas in order to replace the pagan tradition with a Christian one.
Kwanzaa is celebrated on December 26 by the lighting of the first candle on a candleholder called the kinara.
Resources: Kwanzaa ties African-Americans to their roots
Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday about the festival of the first harvest of the crops. It begins on December 26, and lasts for seven days. The name Kwanzaa, sometimes spelled Kwanza, comes from a phrase which means "first fruits" in Swahili, an East African language. Kwanzaa
The Official Kwanzaa Web Site includes a greeting from Dr. Maulana Karenga, who created Kwanzaa.
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a joyous celebration about the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days when there was only enough oil left in the temple for one day!
Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar (November/December).
All About Chanukah. Chanukah or Hanukkah? Why do some people write Chanukah while others say Hanukkah?
Ice Cream and Violins Day--December 13