Here are some of the historical events & holidays you may want to cover this week, March 13th-19th, with your students.
- Daylight Savings Time Begins in many American states and several countries. Ben Franklin suggested DST in 1784, but it was not proposed until 1895, by a New Zealander. The British implemented it first, so pretty much, we can say that DST is a worldwide conception. Read more of the history here. Show your students a schedule of who turns their clocks when, here.
- Uranus was discovered by William Herschel is 1781. Others had seen it before, but thought it was just a star.
- Happy Birthday, Einstein! He was born in 1849.
Here is a full two-hour lesson plan on Einstein, for teachers of high school especially.
Here is a book our son enjoyed reading on Einstein (not free; look for it at your library – for elementary grades, especially):
- Pi Day: There are many ways to celebrate Pi Day. First, visit this site where you can view a full history of Pi and browse Pi activities. Then, use your imagination! I think we'll be baking a pie with the Pi symbol today!
- St. Patrick's Day. Read more about the holiday here, at History.com
- The Rubberband was invented in 1845. I know, that information is a bit useless, but your boys might want to use this day as an excuse to shoot a few rubberbands.
- Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed! Read a bit about Johnny Appleseed's history here. Or, look for this good book for elementary students at your library:
- Purim, a Jewish holiday. Read about the history of Purim, find lesson plans, activities to do with your students, plays & skits for your class to perform and more at this Jewish Education site.
If you know of any historical events (from any country) that occurred between March 13th-19th, please share them in the Comments section. Also, let us know if you find any good lesson plans or other resources for the above events and holidays. Thank you for helping!
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