Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekly Blog Plan: May 18-22

Here's the weekly blog plan! Again, please remember this is subject to change and is dependent upon whether or not my materials come in from the library as planned. I realize that this may fall too late for you to use in your classroom this year, but the activities will definitely swing from year-to-year! If you see something you really want to incorporate into your classroom, leave me a comment on this post or send me an e-mail, I'd be glad to provide you with the links I have, if nothing more!

Monday, May 18 - Lillian Hoban's Birthday (1925)
  • Will I Have a Friend?, Miriam Cohen
  • Bread and Jam for Frances, Lillian Hoban
  • The Little Brute Family, Russell Hoban
Tuesday, May 19 - National Egg Month
  • Mr. MacGregor's Breakfast Egg, Elizabeth MacDonald
  • The Perfect Nest, Catherine Friend
  • Sunny Side Up, Gregory Valiska
Wednesday, May 20 - Anniversary of the Homestead Act (1862)*
  • Wagon Wheels, Barbara Brenner
  • Dust for Dinner, Ann Turner
Thursday, May 21 - Saturday is World Turtle Day!
  • Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, Douglas Wood
  • Look Out for Turtles, Melvin Berger
  • Emma's Turtle, Eve Bunting
Friday, May 22 - National Barbecue Month
  • The Teddy Bear's Picnic, Jerry Garcia
  • We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past, Jacqueline Woodson
  • Picnic at Mudsock Meadow, Patricia Polacco

*I may fore-go this post... I've had a difficult time locating related materials. It will all depend on how relevant I feel the two books are!

If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to


style='clear: both;' Ranger Doris said...

Did you know there is a National Park site devoted to telling the story of the Homestead Act of 1862? To learn more about what may be the most influential piece of legislation this country has ever created go to or visit Homestead National Monument of America. Located in Nebraska, the Monument includes one of the first 160 acres homestead claims but tells the story of homesteading throughout the United States. Nearly 4 million claims in 30 states were made under the Homestead Act and 1.6 million or 40 percent were successful. The Homestead Act was not repealed until 1976 and extended in Alaska until 1986. Homesteads could be claimed by “head of households” that were citizens or eligible for citizenship. New immigrants, African-Americans, women who were single, widowed or divorced all took advantage of the Homestead Act. It is estimated that as many as 93 million Americans are descendents of these homesteaders today. This is a story as big, fascinating, conflicted and contradictory as the United States itself. Learn more!