Good Morning! Grandma is trying to make some more time to see about more product. Some people have offered things on her email that people might be interested in that Grandma will see about as soon as possible. I forgot to remind you yesterday about your tasks, language, Childrobotics, Physical education of dancing, etc., writing, extra reading, and assignments, journals, yearbooks, animals, family scrapbooks, recipes, and newspapers. Grandma really did not expect to run into the stuff on vinegar so I hoped you enjoyed it. Grandma put vinegar on the dogs paw that night because it was swelled and she was not walking on it. We were taking her to the vet in the morning and had put antibiotic on it that she licked off and got sick on. By morning she was all fine.
Grandma is moving to the Calendar History. The first birthday is for Johann Sebastian Bach, German musician and composer born in 1685 on March 21. Book (1) says to "Tell your (children) that Bach composed music for the harpsichord and clavichord, keyboard instruments predating the piano. Check your local library for Bach recordings. Play a selection performed on one of these early instruments and one performed on the piano. What differences do your students hear? The next birthday was in 1806 in which Benito Juarez, Mexican statesman, was born. Grandma's husband has told her things about him and they have watched a movie together about him. He is probably distantly related but not sure where yet. He was and still is highly respected by the people in Mexico and from Mexico. In 1905 Phyllis McGinley, poet and children's author, was born. Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labor leader another highly respected person in Mexico and by the Mexican people was born in 1927. Grandma feels it is amazing they were both born on the same day. Margaret Mahy, children's author was born in 1936.
In 1859 an event of The Philadelphia Zoo--the First zoo in the United States--opened. In 1871 Henry M. Stanley left for Zanzibar to find Dr. David Livingstone.
March 21 is also Children's Poetry Day, which under Free-flowing poetry Book (1) says, "To celebrate Children's Poetry Day, read aloud poems of various forms, and have each student select one form in which to write a poem. Then have the kids recite their work while you make an audiotape recording." It is also World Poetry Day.
It is also "No-Ruz (Iran; first day of spring); No-ruz celebrates the beginning of the Iranian New Year and the arrival of spring. Just before the big event, families give their houses a thorough cleaning, and one family member places wheat, celery, or lentil seeds in a clay jug filled with water. The seeds, which soon sprout, are kept in a place of honor and tended every day. On the 13th day of the new year, the family tosses the sprouts over a garden wall or into running water to symbolically end all family quarrels and begin the new year in peace. Can your (children suggest some rituals to celebrate family harmony? It is also Fragrance Day so talk about your favorite fragrances. It is also National Teenagers Day which if you have any teenagers in the family it would build their security, self-esteem and be fun to celebrate the fact they are part of your lives.
March 22 is National Goof Off Day. Grandma really feels she is Goofing off because she is falling to sleep. The first birthday is in 1599 for Anthony Van Dyck, Flemish painter. The next one is for Randolph Caldecott, English illustrator and painter, was born in 1846. Book (1) says, "Randolph Caldecott was the first to bring an interpretive touch to the art of illustrating. His picture books were imaginative and appealing, adding delightful life to the stories. Today, the literary world honors his contributions by annually bestowing the Caldecott Medal for excellence in a children's picture book. Share some Caldecott Medal books with your (children), asking them to concentrate on the illustrations only. Then have them choose one illustration and make up a story based on what they see. How close is their story to the actual one?
In 1923 Marcel Marceau, French mime, was born. Book (1) says, " Marcel Marceau's body and facial movements entranced millions who watched him mime everyday occurrences using invisible props. Have (the children) take turns miming an everyday activity--for example, brushing teeth, eating a meal, or playing a sport." Andrew LLoyd Webber, British composer, was born in 1948.
The events for the day include that of 1765 when The English Parliament passed The Stamp Act to raise revenue in the American colonies. It was intended to defray the costs of maintaining royal troops there. In
1894 The first Stanley Cup hockey game was played. J. W. Smith patented the Lawn Sprinkler in 1898.
Grandma has one book out of her Book (3) about Ireland called Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott.
cottage scoundrel eke out porridge
henchmen lilting poverty bemoaning
wages peered hollow (noun) fake
tarried delectable wee scurrying
If you were the author and you wanted to change the ending of this story, how would you change it?
How is this story like another story you've read? Use a chart to compare and contrast the two.
(For the next activity circle wheels are formed with a smaller circle in the middle for words that have other words with the same meaning. One example given is wee in the middle and tiny, small inbetween the
spokes.) Book (3) says Gerald McDermott uses many descriptive words in his writing. Use a thesaurus to locate additional synonyms for the words written in the middle of the word wheels shown below. Create your own word wheels. Word wheels provide a variety of words for students to use in their writing.
Ireland is an island country. With a partner, locate other island countries in the world. Discuss and record similarities and differences that you find in your research.
Using a good map, calculate the distance between Dublin, Ireland, and your own town. Calculate it in miles and in kilometers.
Throughout history the Irish shamrock has been associated with good luck. Use green paper to create a three-leaf shamrock and give it to someone special (parent, friend, etc.) Write a good luck statement on it.
Either for other cards for special friends, posters, or plain paper art. Sponge-paint green shamrocks on the paper or ink stamps. You could Title it "Good luck to You."
How would you have caught the McGoons in the act of their stealing?
You could also form a puppet play about the story or your own story.