## Stories and Jokes with Holes

When you give stories and jokes with holes to your kids you have to teach them to look at them differently.  Teaching them that the nonsense or confusing language they are reading is part of “the trick” will help them to find solutions.

Guide them to look for a word or a phrase that may have more than one meaning.  Check that they understand what the question is asking. Encourage them to reread the story and the question aloud SLOWLY, thinking about each word.  Just knowing that these are “tricky” will help them get in a mindset to figure out the answer.

Need a little help to get you thinking? Check out the hints listed below.

### Stories and Jokes with Holes Challenges

1. What has a large mouth but cannot talk?
2. What 3 syllable word contains all twenty-six letters
3. What has cities without people, rivers with no water, and forests without trees?
4. How long would it take someone to cut a log into ten pieces if each cut takes one minute?
5. Emily bragged about her softball team.  “Three of our ladies hit home runs, and two of those were grand slams.  We won but not a single lady crossed the plate.” How is this possible?
6. The car salesperson was selling lots of cars last week.  Each day she sold 5 more cars than she did the day before.  How many cars did she sell on the first day? How many cars did she sell at the end of the entire week?
7. Two teenagers traveled to Tennessee to talk to the governor about voter’s rights.  How many T’s are in that?
8. What question can you never answer “yes” to?

1. A jar
2. Alphabet
3. A map
4. 9 minutes- it only takes 9 cuts.
5. All of the players were married.
6. On the 1st day, she sold 0, 2nd day -5, 3rd day – 10, 4th day 15, 5th day 20, 6th day 25, 7th day 30.  At the end of the first day, she did not sell any cars. Total cars sold in a week was 105.
7. There are only two T’s in the word THAT.
8. Are you asleep?

### Stories and Jokes with Holes Hints

1. HINT:  It is an item that can be found in a refrigerator or a cupboard.
2. It is a word that many kids learn about in preschool.
4. HINT: Try using a chart to solve the problem and include how many pieces are cut each minute.
5. HINT:  The two words “single lady” is key to the answer.
6. HINT: Try using a chart to solve the problem and include how many cars are sold each day.
7. HINT: Focus only on the question and NOT on the story.
8. It is something that everyone does every day (usually at nighttime)

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## National Park Service: Virtual Resource

The United States has 62 officially protected areas designated as national parks. Since they are spread across the country, most of us can’t get to visit a park easily.  Lucky for us, the National Park Service (NPS) has created an extensive list of digital opportunities and activities to do at home or at school. The resources are good for all ages and can be integrated into all content areas and subject areas.

Virtual visitors can access live tours, kid’s activities, reading lists, digital suggestions and participate in live presentations. There are also online galleries of photos, videos, webcams, podcasts, and sound recordings. They also have made it easy to connect 24/7 to their websites and through social media.  You can share stories, photos, trip ideas. Park experiences, and more with park staff and other enthusiasts.  Many parks and programs have their own account to follow but you can also follow national NPS accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

### National Park Service (NPS) Social Media

• Instagram: Get your daily inspiration of photos, videos, and live stories from parks around the country.
• YouTube: Explore videos about wildlife, history, events, trip planning, and more.

### National Park Service (NPS) Activities

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Calendar Dates for June/July

Just because kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean you don’t celebrate special dates.  Calendar dates can help to make days special and opportunities to learn. Special days and observances can be everything from silly to serious and everything in between.

I know I have NOT included every celebration in the list below.  But the list below should get you started with some “hours of fun!”  ENJOY!

### June Daily Calendar Dates

• June 3: World Bicycle Day
• June 5: National Doughnut Day (first Friday)
• June 8: World Ocean Day
• June 10: Iced Tea Day
• June 19: Juneteenth
• June 20: Summer Solstice/Summer Begins (varies)
• June 21: Father’s Day (third Sunday)

### June Weekly/Monthly Calendar Dates

• Teacher Thank You Week (first week)
• National Gardening Week (first week)
• National Flag Week (usually third week with Flag Day)
• Dairy Month

### July Daily Holidays and Observances

July 4: Independence Day

• July 4: Independence Day
• July 18: World Listening Day
• July 19: National Ice Cream Day (third Sunday)
• July 23: Gorgeous Grandma Day
• July 26: National Parents Day (fourth Sunday)
• July 30: International Day of Friendship

### July Weekly/Monthly Holidays and Observances

• Clean Beaches Week (July 1-7)
• National Ice Cream Month
• National Make a Difference for Children Month
• National Picnic Month

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

So, in looking for additional things to do with my granddaughters on virtual school days, I started exploring Google Earth. Google Earth is a learning tool to experience new places and adventures around the world without leaving your home. It is one of the easiest distance learning resources requiring little prep and the kids love it; almost as much as I do. Without travel this year, it has become our virtual “staycation”.

### Kids Favorite Google Earth Activities:

• Voyager Games and Activities – A collection of interactive guided tours, quizzes and layers that uses rich media, 360 videos, and street views that allow you to see the world. Kids can explore National Parks, track hurricanes, and explore space. They can even play travel games using Carmen Sandiego and discover new places, cultures, and customs.
• I’m Feeling Lucky button – As a kid, I would spin the globe and see where my finger landed.  I had read the name, but I never researched anything about where my finger landed.  Now, with a simple “click” you can stop the globe from spinning and learn about the place where the globe stopped.

Be sure to check out the Resource Hub on the Google Earth Education website. It has amazing resources for teachers that are READY to GO.  Complete lesson plans are available on multiple topics and on many grade levels. The site, complete with tutorials, makes learning fun and easy.  There are also opportunities to join global projects with other classrooms and publish student writing.   This site is a win-win for everyone! Have Fun!

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

### Other posts related to this topic:

• Virtual Aquariums Are Fun
• Historical Landmarks Virtual Tours

## South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center

You do not have to be a South Dakota resident to take advantage of this great website to support early learners. The South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center (SD SFEC) has partnered with other education agencies to create early learning kits.  For South Dakota friends (teachers, families, and childcare providers) you can request early learning kits for young children. However, for non- South Dakota residents there are 24 Kindergarten Readiness cards that can be downloaded on its website.

## June Dates for Classroom FUN

June dates are sure to bring lots of fun to classrooms. Calendar dates can help to make days special and opportunities to learn. Special days and observances can be everything from silly to serious and everything in between.

These special days don’t have to be only celebrated at home.  Knowing the days can extend to homes and family activities too.  Aren’t we all looking for ways to make learning at fun everywhere?  After a year of being in the midst of a pandemic aren’t we all ready for some FUN?

I know I have NOT included every celebration in the list below.  But the list below should get you started with some “hours of fun!”  ENJOY! If you are ready for even more fun, check out the websites below that list additional holidays and celebrations.  Along with basic information you will find classroom resources and lesson ideas.  ALL FREE!

### June Dates: Daily Celebrations

• June 4                  National Donut Day
• June 8                  World Ocean Day
• June 14                Flag Day
• June 18                International Picnic Day
• June 18                National Flip Flop Day
• June 19                Juneteenth
• June 20                Start of Summer
• June 20                Father’s Day
• June 21                World Music Day
• June 27                National Sunglasses Day

### June Weekly Observances

• Teacher Thank You Week (1st week)

### June Monthly Observances

• National Safety Month
• Child Vision Awareness Month
• National Safety Month

### FREE Celebration Resources

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Mini Detective Mysteries

Great detectives have an awesome eye for details.  They solve crimes by looking carefully at crime scenes, interviewing suspects, and listening to alibis. Read the Mini Detective Mysteries below CAREFULLY  and THINK like a detective.  Happy Investigating!

### Detective Mysteries

• Two girls played five complete games of chess.  Each girl wins the same number of games. There are no ties.  How?
• If it takes 5 women to dig 5 holes, how long does it take one woman to dig half a hole?
• A farmer has seventeen sheep.  All but nine of them die.  How many sheep does he have left?
• The landscaper at the circular mansion was found unconscious in the foyer.  He had been poisoned.  The detective interviewed the cook, maid, and babysitter.  The cook’s alibi was that she was in the kitchen preparing breakfast.  The maid was dusting the corner of all the rooms.  The babysitter was in the yard playing with the kids. Who was not telling the truth?
• The red house is on one side of the street and the blue is on the other, where is the White House?
• A man was found dead early Thursday morning.  He was killed while his wife was sleeping.  The wife knew everyone’s whereabouts and shared it with the detective.  The wife tells the detective that the cook was cleaning the oven, the maid was making the beds and the butler was polishing the candlesticks.  The detective immediate arrested the person responsible.  Who is responsible and why?
• Kelly tells Chris, “This isn’t the \$20 bill you left on the table. I found it in between pages 38 and 39 in the book on the table. Chris tells Kelly, “You’re not telling the truth and I can prove it”. How did Chris know?
• Joan was killed one Sunday morning.  The investigator knew who to arrest after they discovered where everyone was at the time of the murder. Who killed Joan? Here are the clues.
• Nancy was getting the mail.
• Joe was cooking.
• Karen was planting in the garden.
• Pat was doing the laundry.

### Detective Mysteries Solutions

• The two girls were not playing against each other.
• There is no such thing as half a hole.
• Nine
• The maid because a circular mansion does not have corners to dust.
• In Washington, D.C.
• The wife because if she were sleeping as she stated, how could she have known where everyone was?
• Books have odd-numbered pages on the right and even-numbered on the left.  So, it is impossible to find the \$20 bill between the pages.
• Joan was killed by Nancy because there is no mail delivery on Sundays.

## Historical Landmarks Virtual Tours

I always loved field trips with my own family and with my students.  Field trips give kids an opportunity to explore different places and learn new things.  But with COVID-19 limits this past year online adventures have been the GO-TO for many kids and families. Historical Virtual Tours brings the world TO your students.  It is an opportunity for kids to explore different cities, customs, and cultures.  They are not as good as “the real thing” but hopefully, they will leave a lasting impression on kids and they will choose to revisit them in the future. Two great things about online adventures are that you can “visit” then any time of the day and they are FREE!  Enjoy!

### Historical Landmarks in USA

• Ellis Island Tour – New York City, New York -The Ellis Island Virtual tour includes lots of information to give a clear explanation of the historical significance of Ellis island in American history. The tour includes great pictures and views of the island.  The information is appropriate for grade 4 and up.
• Mount Vernon – Fairfax County, Virginia
• Liberty Bell –  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• White House Virtual Tour Washington D.C.

### Landmarks Outside USA

This post gave you Historical Places to “visit”. Check back for upcoming posts that will include aquariums, zoos, museums, and National Parks. If you still want to “visit” other places, check out https://www.360cities.net/This site is the world’s largest collection of stock 360 degree images and videos. Teacher can bring hundreds of thousands of incredible 360 panoramas to your students.  It is Google Classroom compatible and Teachers can sign up for a FREE account.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## May Dates for Classroom FUN

May dates are sure to bring lots of fun to classrooms. Calendar dates can help to make days special and opportunities to learn. Special days and observances can be everything from silly to serious and everything in between.

These special days don’t have to be only celebrated at home.  Knowing the days can extend to homes and family activities too.  Aren’t we all looking for ways to make learning at fun everywhere?  After a year of being in the midst of a pandemic aren’t we all ready for some FUN?

I know I have NOT included every celebration in the list below.  But the list below should get you started with some “hours of fun!”  ENJOY! If you are ready for even more fun, check out the websites below that list additional holidays and celebrations.  Along with basic information you will find classroom resources and lesson ideas.  ALL FREE!

### May Dates: Daily Celebrations

May 1         Kentucky Derby Day

May 1         Mother Goose Day

May 4         Brothers and Sisters Day

May 4         National Teachers Day

May 5         Cinco de Mayo

May 6         No Homework Day

May 9         Mother’s Day

May 12       National School Nurse Day

May 14       National Dance Like a Chicken Day

May 15       National Chocolate Chip Day

May 24       First Morse Code Message Sent

May 31       Memorial Day

### May Weekly Observances

• National Bike Week – Third Week in May
• National Children’s Book Week – May 3-9, 2021
• Teacher Appreciation Week – May 3-7, 2021 (First Full Week in May)

### May Monthly Observances

• Home Schooling Awareness Month
• American Bike Month

### Other posts related to this topic:

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Math Websites: Fun for Kids

I have found 4 great Math websites that contain varied resources that can be used to review, remediate, and enrich student learning. The resources are easy to incorporate into home packets, math centers, homework, and classroom assignments. Many of the kid-friendly websites listed below also include games that review and reinforce concepts in a fun environment. There is a variety of topics and games that will give kids hours of learning and of course, FUN!

### 4 Great Math Websites to Explore

• Fun Brain – Fun Brain math games can be searched by topic or grade level.  The games reinforce key math concepts and engage young learners. Many of the games are kid-friendly theme based.  Be sure to check out the videos which help visual learners.  For pre-K and kindergarten students the “Playground” section will provide hours of fun. I have been using Fun Brain for over 20 years. This site includes other subject areas also.
• Hooda Math – Extensive resources that with a range of math activities from math fact practice to logic and reasoning. Site includes games that focus on higher order thinking and problem solving.  These challenges help to sharpen students’ math skills.
• Math Game Time – Site is designed for students from pre-K through 7th grade.  The site offers educational games focused on critical math concepts.  Games are fast paced and quickly engage students.  A favorite of 3rd through 5th graders.
• Cool Math Games – One of my favorite because it has some unique learning activities that are not seen in other websites.  The photo puzzles are great for developing spatial relations in young learners.  It also contains an extensive preview and review of precalculus and calculus in addition to both elementary and middle school games and reviews. A comprehensive website worth investigating. There is a fee if you choose to go ad-free.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Classroom Management for Student Teachers

Student Teachers and novice teachers reach those classroom doors armed with coursework and minimal classroom experience.  Along with teaching they are charged with managing student behavior.  While coaching student teachers, I have learned that many of them are looking for “tried and true” classroom management ideas to get them through the first few months of teaching.

What I learned through my years as a new teacher, administrator and college supervisor is not to “invent the wheel”. We all need to heed the advice of those who have already walked in our novice shoes. If you are struggling with classroom management or are worried that you might; here are 10 tips that might be helpful.

### 10 Classroom Management Tips

• Speak only when students are quiet and ready – Waiting for ALL students to be quiet and ready will send the message that what you are all doing is important and we need to be ready to learn. It works because kids will start to cue each other that you are waiting.
• Set Acceptable Voice Levels -If we want kids to talk at a normal, acceptable volume, we must tell them our expectations. A common Voice Level strategy in schools is 3 – outside voice level, 2- inside voice level, 1 – whisper level and 0 – no talking.
• Hand signals and nonverbal cues – Clear and consistent hand signals will help students know and follow your nonverbal communication cues. Examples: raise your hand, fingers up, eye contact.
• Flick the lights – Flicking the lights off and on once to get students’ attention is an “oldie but goodie”. It is an easy to understand cue to get student attention to complete a direction. It works in the theater to get people back to their seats, so it will work in your classroom.
• Echoing – Echoing” either a verbal or movement command is an active way to get the attention of our youngest students.
• Address behavior issues quickly and wisely – Remember praise in public and criticize in private. A problem-solving approach with the child is often the best strategy to address problem issues.
• Have a well-designed, engaging lesson – Students that are not engaged will not stay on task.  Keeping them busy cuts down excess talking and disruptive behavior.
• Always plan extra – Better to run out of time than to run short on a lesson.  Use any over-planning for future lesson, follow up lesson, a time filler or an assessment.
• Prepare time fillers – Valuable lesson extensions, class incentives or breaks from difficult lessons for the students or their tired teacher.
• Use Your Teacher Voice – Use your “teacher voice” to show you are in charge of the classroom. Try differentiating your tone, not your volume.
• Classroom discussion – try a matter-of-fact tone.
• Giving direction -use a declarative routine voice.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Mystery Puzzles Make You Think

I first gave the 3 mystery puzzles below to my students in the Talented and Gifted program over 20 years ago. Prior to sharing the mysteries with the class, I had to review and review them again to make sure that I REALLY understood them.

The students tried all different ways of figuring out the answers. They talked it out, they drew pictures, they labeled their pictures and they asked questions. Finally, I shared the answers (thankfully, I had an answer key). But the answers did not come easy to most of us and we still had some non-believers in the group.

These are great activities for group work or challenge problems. They certainly will get people thinking.  Have fun friends!

### Mystery Puzzles

1. Soup for All – GG made a big pot of chicken soup and wanted to share it with her neighbors. She filled 3 flowered bowls and gave them to her neighbors– a family of two fathers and two sons.  They all loved the soup!  How could 3 bowls of soup be divided equally and fairly between two fathers and two sons?
2. Floating Family – Mom and Dad and two kids must cross a lake.  They find a 2-person kayak, but it is not big enough for them all to go over at the same time.  Luckily both kids are good rowers but how can the whole family get across the river? How many times does the kayak cross the lake? (HINT:  Might find it easier to label the kids Kid #1 and Kid #2 to avoid confusion)
3. The Wolf, the Goat, and the Cabbage – You are traveling through the woods with a wolf, a goat, and a cabbage.  The wolf wants to eat the goat and the goat wants to eat the cabbage and you must keep everyone apart to prevent a disaster.  You come to a river and find a small boat that you can only fit 1 other person. You must get everyone across the river, but you cannot leave the wolf alone with the goat, nor the goat alone with the cabbage.  What is your plan? How many times did you have to cross the river to be successful?

1. The neighbors were a grandfather, son, and grandson, so they each got a bowl of soup.
2. The two kids row across. Kid #1 stays on the other side of the lake alone and Kid #2 brings the kayak back. Kid #2 and mom cross back over the lake.  Mom stays behind and Kid #2 goes back to get dad.  Dad and Kid #2 go back across the lake. Answer: they kayak crosses the lake 5 times.
3. Take the goat across, go back; and take the wolf across. Then take the goat back with you.  Take just the cabbage back with you and leave it with the wolf.  Go back alone and bring back the goat. It took 7 trips across the river, but the goat was never alone with the wolf or the cabbage.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Stories with Holes Challenge

Kids love to try to figure out “Stories with Holes”. Sometimes referred to as “one minute mysteries” or “red herring stories, they were one of the favorite activities for my students when I was teaching in the Talented and Gifted programThe stories contain 1 or more “red herrings” which are facts that are “not as they seem”.  Asking questions about facts in the story leads to the evidence needed to solve the mystery.

Take a look at the following stories I found while cleaning out old files. After our 4-6th graders got stumped a few times, they learned to ask the “right” questions. They enjoyed solving the mysteries in group setting and LOVED the competition. To get you started, I underlined the word in the first 2 examples to give you a hint to the solution. No hint for the last 3 stories.  You are on your own. Have fun!

### Stories with Holes

1. If a plane lands on the border of the US and Canada, where are the survivors buried?
2. An airplane landed in the middle of a school playground. Children were playing all over the playground when it landed but no one got hurt.  How come?
3. There was a tornado in Oklahoma.  The power went out and the woman went to her basement for cover.  As she was carrying the candles down the old, creaky, wooden stairs, she tripped, and the candles dropped on the stairs.  Why didn’t the stairs catch fire?
4. Two identical twins (biologically and physically identical) go into a restaurant and each order a cup of coffee.  The contents of the cup are identical. Each twin drinks the coffee and finishes it.  One twin lives and one twin dies.  Why?
5. A man is in the desert.  In the distance he sees a refreshment stand.  He walks in and says to the attendant, “Please, please, a glass of water.”  The attendant takes out a gun and fires three shots in the air.  The man said, “Thank you,” and left satisfied.  Why did he leave satisfied?

1. Survivors are NOT buried.
2. It was a paper airplane.
3. The candles were not lit.
4. The twins are identical twins NOT TO EACH OTHER but to two other people.
5. The man was satisfied because he had hiccups and the gunshot scared them away.  He was not thirsty.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Easter Jokes to Make You “HOPPY “

With Easter right around the corner, you know it is time to start some Easter Joke fun. Now, what are Easter jokes without certain words included in the punchline.

Challenge older kids to think of the 2 categories that will have many of common words in the category to answer some of the jokes. IF they can name the 2 categories of words and some examples, they are bound to figure out some of the jokes below.  For our younger kiddos, I have underlined the “hint” word to get the fun started.

Be ready for some “eye rolling” either yours or theirs!  Have fun!

## Easter Jokes

Q. How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself?
A. With a hare dryer!

Q. What kind of beans never grow in a garden?
A. Jellybeans!

Q. What kind of bunny cannot hop?

A. A chocolate bunny.

Q. How does Easter end?

A. With an “R”!

Q. What do you get if you give an Easter Bunny a pair of socks?

A. A sock hop!

Q. What happened when the Easter Bunny met the rabbit of his dreams?
A. They lived hoppily ever after!

Q. What do you call a rabbit who tells jokes?
A. A funny bunny.

Q. What is a rabbit’s favorite dance?
A. The Bunny Hop.

Q. What happens if you tell a joke to an Easter egg?

A. It cracks up.

Q. How does the Easter Bunny stay in shape?

A. Eggs -ercise

Q. What proof is there that carrots are good for the eyes?

A. You don’t see rabbits wearing eyeglasses.

Q.  What road did the Easter Bunny take from New York to South Carolina that he arrived so quickly?

A. He used the Eggs-press lane!

Q. What does the Easter Bunny plant next to the green beans in his garden?

A. Jellybeans

Q. How does Easter end?

A. With an “R”!

Q. What happens if Winnie the Pooh drops his dinner on the Easter Bunny?

A. A honey bunny

Q. What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

A. Bugs Bunny.

Q. What do you call a rabbit that tells good jokes?

A. A funny bunny.

Q. What do you call a rabbit with the sniffles?

A. A runny bunny.

Q. What is Easter Bunny’s favorite kind of music?

A. Hip-hop!

Q. Why did the Easter Bunny have on a hat?

A. Because he was having a bad hare day.

Q. What do you call a mischievous Easter egg?

A. A practical yolker.

Q. Where did the Easter Bunny learn how to ski?

A. The bunny hill.

Q. How does the Easter Bunny travel on vacation?

A. On hare planes.

Q. What compliment did the Easter Bunny give about the Easter parade?

A. It was eggs-cellent.

Q. What did one Easter egg say to the other?

A. Heard any good yolks today?

Q. What do you call an Easter egg from outer space?

A. An egg-straterrestrial!

Q. What do you say to the Easter Bunny on his birthday?

A. Hoppy birthday.

Q. What’s an Easter egg’s least favorite day?

A. Fry-day.

Q. Which side of the Easter Bunny has the most fur?

A. The outside.

Did you figure out the 2 popular categories in many Easter jokes?

1. Rabbit words/actions – hare, hop, bunny, carrots
2. Chicks words/actions – eggs

These jokes were hilHAREous weren’t they?  An EGGS-cellent challenge, huh?

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## April Dates for Classroom Fun

April dates are sure to bring lots of fun to classrooms. Calendar dates can help to make days special and opportunities to learn. Special days and observances can be everything from silly to serious and everything in between.

These special days don’t have to be only celebrated at home.  Knowing the days can extend to homes and family activities too.  Aren’t we all looking for ways to make learning at fun everywhere?  After a year of being in the midst of a pandemic aren’t we all ready for some FUN?

I know I have NOT included every celebration in the list below.  But the list below should get you started with some “hours of fun!”  ENJOY! If you are ready for even more fun, check out the websites below that list additional holidays and celebrations.  Along with basic information you will find classroom resources and lesson ideas.  ALL FREE!

### April Dates: Daily Celebrations

April 1: April Fools’ Day

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, International Children’s Book Day (first Thursday)

April 4: National School Librarian Day

April 11: National Pet Day

April 15: World Art Day

April 16: Wear Pajamas to Work Day

April 20: Volunteer Recognition Day

April 22 Earth Day, Administrative Professionals Day (Wednesday of last full week)

April 23: Take Your Daughter and Son to Work Day (fourth Thursday)

April 24: National Arbor Day (last Friday)

### April Weekly Observances

Laugh at Work Week (first week)

National Library Week (April 19-25)

National Volunteer Week (third week)

### April Monthly Observances

Autism Awareness Month

National Garden Month

National Poetry Month

### FREE Celebration Resources

The Teacher’s Corner

Education World

Calendar at a Glance- National Day Calendar

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Reading Websites (FREE) for Kids

Who does not like the word FREE?  I am always looking for new FREE reading websites for parents and teachers and I have found a few more to share with you. With so many kids learning at home, many parents are looking for additional learning activities for their kids. The sites below are ideal for review, reinforcement and FUN! These websites are not only FREE they are also kid and parent friendly.

Oxford Owl – After registering for a FREE account as a parent or a teacher you have access to over 250 children’s audio books. The free eBook library has been created to help children aged 3-11 develop their reading skills.

ABCya! – Children can listen to short stories read alound to them as they follow allong with the highlighted text.  There are a variety of educational games that are categorized by grade levels too   Resources focus on grades K through 5. There is a premium service available for a cost but there are many FREE resources available.

Storynory – A great collection of classic, fairytales and original stories.  Students can follow text while the story is read to them. Some of the stories are also translated into different languages.  Great resource for ENL students.

Storyline Online – I love this site.  Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation the site features actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on Vimeo, YouTube or SchoolTube.

Read to Me – Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular children’s books being read by famous performers.  There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted for classrooms. The site has been updated to include the Read to Me International Workshop Recordings and Materials.

### Encore Mention

• Starfall – I have listed this one before, but it is certainly worth an encore mention.  It is used quite often in schools and homes. A premium service is also offered but there are many early reader stories available for FREE. The site is highly engaging and is a favorite of young readers. Activities are available from PreK through Grade 3.

Great resources that allow kids to access pages on their own.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Virtual Aquariums Are Fun

I have been a fan of aquariums for years. But getting to all the great ones throughout the country is impossible.  The next best thing is taking virtual aquarium tours. It is so much fun to see things that you probably will not ever see in face to face. If your are ready to take a deep dive without leaving your chair, check out some of the virtual aquariums below.

Many of the experiences allow you to click and drag images to navigate your way around and use arrows, the maps, or scenes to explore various exhibits. Many of the aquariums have webcams of small and big sea animals.  The Aquarium of the Pacific will even take you into the world of sharks.  Happy exploring!

### 6 Virtual Aquariums to Explore

These aquarium resources are accessible 24-7 and FREE.  Can’t beat that!  Check back again to see upcoming posts on resources for virtual trips to zoos, museums, and National Parks.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## St. Patrick’s Day Jokes to Make You Smile

St. Patrick’s Day jokes can make us all laugh! But, there is nothing like it when a child realizes the value of jokes and riddles.  For little ones, after they hear someone tell a joke and watch people laugh, they start “silly joke telling”. Those are the jokes that make no sense, and they wait for you to laugh. Of course, we do, and we will try once again, to explain all about jokes!  For older kids, we enjoy it when we see the look in their eyes, when they “get” the inferences in the jokes. Or the roll of their eyes when they realize you just told them a silly joke!

Jokes are a great way to bond with your kids or grandkids or just to add a little silliness into our lives.  Check out some of the St. Patrick’s Day jokes I dug up from my Principal Files.

After the last year of COVID-19, don’t we all need a few laughs?

### St. Patrick’s Day Jokes

1. What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?
2. What’s a leprechaun’s favorite cereal?
3. What do they call the Irish jig at McDonald’s?
4. Why do leprechauns recycle?
5. What does it mean if you find a horseshoe in Ireland?
6. What did the leprechaun say when the video game ended?
7. Why do frogs like St. Patrick’s Day?
8. What type of bow cannot be tied?
9. When does a leprechaun cross the road?
10. How is a best friend like a 4-leaf clover?
11. They are both hard to find and lucky to have.

### And the punchline is…..

1. He gets wet!
2. Lucky Charms
3. A Shamrock Shake
4. They like to go green!
5. A horse lost its shoe.
6. Game clover!
7. Because they are already wearing green
8. They like to go green!
9. A rain-bow
10. When the light turns green
11. They are both hard to find and lucky to have.

## Happy St. Patrick’s Day Friends!

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Resources for Remote Teaching

The NYS Education Department has an extensive list of remote teaching resources. The links are specifically intended for teachers to provide ideas and inspiration as they plan and implement remote and/or online learning during extended closures.  Although NYS has provided the information, most of the links will be beneficial for all teachers.

• Remote Education Resource Center, SUNY Albany – Resources for teaching online, from “Where to Start,” to content resources and suggested tools.
• Tips for Distance Learning with PBS Learning Media – In this one-hour virtual learning seminar, PBS master trainers and educators share tips and techniques to support engaging, effective distance learning. Educators of children of all ages are introduced to virtual learning technologies, tools, and hacks to set up a digital classroom with confidence.
• NYSUT Webinar Series: Teaching in Blended & Hybrid Models – In this two-part webinar series hosted by NYSUT, educators discuss practical strategies for teachers to confront the challenges of working with blended/hybrid classes split between in-person and remote environments.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

## Thanks to Everyone Supporting Our Students

THANKS to all the teachers and student teachers,

who are going above and beyond,

to find creative ways,

to engage students during virtual learning.

THANKS to our parents, grandparents and caregivers,

for working with our students,

while balancing life’s demands,

to support students during virtual learning.

And THANKS to our students

who are working hard

learning, growing and actively participating

in this new form of learning!

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.