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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. This year, that’s May 11th. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.
- Mother’s Day activities
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- Mother’s Day cards
- Mother in different languages
- Mother’s Day Quotes
- Mother’s Day Sayings
- Mother’s Day Templates from Canva
Anyone have some favorite websites to share? My list isn’t terribly robust.
Enjoy your day with your children!
I posted this article last year, got lots of reads, so am republishing with some updates. I’ve included information about:
- How tech teachers are different than other teachers
- Why tech and the teacher who manages it in your school has become more important than ever
- How to talk to a tech teacher (hint: they’re a little different; heed these suggestions)
- Gifts tech teachers will love
Tech Teacher Appreciation Week: The First Full Week of May
There’s always been something mystically cerebral about people in technical professions like engineering, science, and mathematics. They talk animatedly about plate tectonics, debate the structure of atoms, even smile at the mention of calculus. The teaching profession has our own version of these nerdy individuals, called technology teachers. In your district, you may refer to them as IT specialists, Coordinators for Instructional Technology, Technology Facilitators, Curriculum Specialists, or something else that infers big brains, quick minds, and the ability to talk to digital devices. School lore probably says they can drop a pin through a straw without touching the sides.
When I started teaching K-8 technology, people like me were stuffed into a corner of the building where all other teachers could avoid us unless they had a computer emergency, pretending that what we did was for “some other educator in an alternate dimension”. Simply talking to us often made a colleague feel like a rock, only dumber. When my fellow teachers did seek me out — always to ask for help and rarely to request training — they’d come to my room, laptop in hand, and follow the noise of my fingers flying across the keyboard. It always amazed them I could make eye contact and say “Hi!” without stopping or slowing my typing.
That reticence to ask for help or request training changed about a decade ago when technology swept across the academic landscape like a firestorm:
Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. To non-Christians (or non-traditional Christians), that event signifies a rebirth of spring that is filled with joy and gifts — and chocolate! Overall, it is America’s most-popular holiday with Christmas a close second. The date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox. This year, it’s April 17, 2022.
Here’s a good mixture of games, lesson plans, stories, and songs that can be blended into many academic subjects (for updates on this Easter-themed list of websites, click here):
- 18+ Interactive Easter websites
- ABCYa Easter Egg Hunt
- Classroom Easter Egg Hunt
- Easter Color Me
- Easter Fun
- Easter games from Primary Games
- Easter Lesson plans
- Easter poems and songs
- Easter Puppies
- Easter puzzles
- Easter Science Experiment
- Easter Bunny Song
- Easter Egg story
- Easter Videos
- Easter Word hunt
- Here Comes the Easter Bunny
- History of Easter
- It’s Easter Little Critter
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle
- Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle
- Puzzles and games
- Physical Education St. Patrick’s Day Activities from Elementary PE Teacher.com
- Resources for St. Pat’s Day from Education.com by grade and subject
- St. Patrick’s Day history–video
- St. Pat’s Day songs–video
- Tic tac toe
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 19, 2018. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still unofficially called “Washington’s Birthday” by many. The holiday became known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. Several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures.
Here are nine ways to celebrate in your classroom including websites, games, activities, printables, quizzes, audios, songs, interactive maps, crafts, flashcards, videos, webquests, books, posters, trading cards, lesson plans, word searches, puzzles, speeches, articles, animations, biographies, and more (click the titles for the link):
From Apples 4 the Teacher, a well-known resource site for teachers and homeschoolers, this site provides links to President-themed coloring pages, stories, biographies, word searches, word jumbles, puzzles, and book reviews that can be used to reinforce learning about all of America’s presidents.
Created by Family Education, this site includes President’s Day quizzes, crafts, flashcards, as well as patriotic activities.
With the quality and ease-of-understanding teachers expect from all BrainPop resources, this link provides classroom resources on fifteen presidents including Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Madison, Adams, Jackson, Nixon, Clinton, Kennedy, Reagan, and Obama. It also includes videos on the Presidential Election and Presidential Power.
From Enchanted Learning, one of the most respected names in classroom printables, find crafts, printables, short printable books, a general collection of activities, spelling and writing activities, math worksheets, US symbols activities, quizzes, and more.
From Primary Games, popular home of a wide variety of edutainment for kids, this link includes a President’s Day Wordsearch, games, coloring pages, worksheets, jokes, stationary, and mobile games.
This site is part of Google’s Arts and Culture, reputed to be well-done, visual, and immensely enticing to viewers. It is a curation of websites and web-based resources on each president, as well as general information on life in the White House. Each President’s archive is anchored by his official Presidential portrait.
From History.com, this is one of the most comprehensive, engaging collections of Presidents Day activities you’ll find online. It includes videos, animations, Presidential speeches, and articles as well as background on the White House and the holiday itself.
Curated by WhiteHouse.gov, this site includes links to each President. From there, you get a fairly short though comprehensive biography of each president, interesting facts, and the part he played in creating the nation.
From Education World, this lesson plan guides students and teachers in creating a timeline of events in the life of the president. It includes materials required, time allotted, objectives, lesson plan, assessments, and tie-ins to academic subjects.
There you are — nine highly-differentiated activities for students on President’s Day. Do you have a favorite I missed?
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
- Apps for Valentine’s Day
- Drag-and-drop games
- Google Drawings Magnetic Poetry from Ctrl Alt Achieve
- Games and puzzles
- Games and stories
- ‘I love you’ in languages Afrikaans to Zulu
- Poem generator
- Puppy jigsaw
- Rebus game
- Write in a heart
Do you use any I missed?
Holiday Lesson Plans
Looking for holiday lesson plans? Here’s my collection.
- Free Printables and Worksheets
- Fun Facts About Groundhogs–video
- Groundhog Day Digital Activities–grades 3-5
- Groundhog Day for Kids–a video
- Groundhog Day Games
- Groundhog Day Teaching Resources
- History of Groundhog Day–from History.com
- Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Website
- Why Groundhogs Supposedly Predict the Weather–video
If this is the 100th day of school, here are resources for that:
Here are some Winter activities to share the joy of winter:
- 5 Videos to teach about winter
- Animal Winter Games
- Winter Facts and Worksheets
- The Winter Solstice, from PBS–a video for youngers
- Winter Vocabulary–a video
- What is a Solstice, from National Geographic–a video
- What is the Winter Season–a video
- Winter Coloring Pages, Printables, and more
- Winter Games–digital
Every year, January 1st, is Public Domain Day. This is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain–free for all to use. According to Public Domain Review, here are some of the newly-available artistic works you might like a/o January 1, 2022:
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