In addition to Women’s History Month, March also marks Music in Our Schools Month. Whether you want to talk about the literary elements in pop music or explore history with some ballads, students are bound to be engaged as you combine the standard strategies of the language arts classroom with a melodic soundtrack.
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- Will March come in like a lion? Invite students to explore weather sayings with our Weather Detectives lesson for grades 3–5 students.
- Join us in New Orleans, May 9–12, 2014, for the 59th Annual Conference of the International Reading Association to explore the theme “Reading... The Teachable Moment.”
- Ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Talk about Irish tales and world culture with resources from ReadWriteThink.
- What are your plans for Teen Tech Week? Find some ideas on the ReadWriteThink calendar entry.
From the Calendar
- March 1: March is National Women’s History Month. A scrapbook highlighting the accomplishments of famous American women is created as a class using the Alphabet Organizer and Bio-Cube. (For grades 3–12)
- March 1: Read Across America Day celebrates Dr. Seuss. After sharing The Cat in the Hat and other patterned books with students, groups brainstorm sets of rhyming words and create a story using these words. (For grades K–2)
- March 3: Music in Our Schools Month is in March. Students explore the effects of music on a story by reading a story, novel, or play, viewing the musical version, and comparing the two. Students can then select a text read in class and create a musical adaptation. (For grades 3–12)
- March 5: Today is Native American writer Leslie Marmon Silko’s birthday. Students revive elements of the oral tradition by writing about something funny that happened to them recently, sharing with classmates, and discussing the changes that occur during the retelling of the stories. (For grades 3–12)
- March 6: Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day. Students take place in a collaborative creative writing activity to begin to understand the hallmarks of the literary style known as magical realism. (For grades 7–12)
- March 6: Today is World Read Aloud Day. Students celebrate the power of words by reading aloud to their classmates and spreading the word of global literacy to their friends and family. (For grades 4–12)
- In March, find lesson plans and activities on Teen Tech Week, the Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day, author birthdays, and more!
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