The Giving Tree at Amazon.com
It's hard to believe that September is almost gone. Join with me in celebrating the following Weekly Celebrations taken from About.com September Fundays Calendar. I'm glad to learn that I've not missed all of September!
September 25th, Shel Silverstein's Birthday, 1930
- Shel Silverstein has a fun website with activities for kids and information for parents.
- Visit the library or the bookstore and pick out one of Shel Silverstein's books like Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up and The Giving Tree.
- Googling for lesson plans brings up lots of hits, though many point back to Shel Silverstein's own site. Here are a selection of interesting ones: How Smart Are You With Money, Collaborative Poetry Writing, Fill In the Blank Poetry, Critical Thinking with Seuss and Silverstein, Ethical Thinking on The Giving Tree. More lesson plans from Web English Teacher.
- About.com has plenty of links, though many of them are no longer active. Try the Johnny Appleseed printables.
- Some links that look useful: The Story of Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Appleseed Junior Ecology Club, Johnny Appleseed the Pioneer, 2nd grade Johhny Appleseed art and writing, The History of Johnny Appleseed.
- More links and ideas on Johnny Appleseed and apples, including recipes, a Kindergarten lesson plan, and apple math ideas.
- Lots of apple recipes from Simply Recipes.
- Lots of books at different reading levels from Amazon.com.
- Send a free e-card to celebrate and share.
- If you are an American there's a pretty high probability that your ancestors came from another part of the world. For Ancestor Appreciation Day bring out a globe, atlas or wall map and talk with your family about where you came from. Research the places, traditions, food and culture and share stories. Take a few moments to say thank you to your ancestors; after all you'd not be here without them!
- Archive some family stories for Ancestor Appreciation Day. If you can't visit with an older relative call or e-mail them. If you have no older relatives visit with an older neighbor or a resident of a retirement community or nursing home and record or write notes about their stories.
- Take the time to familiarize your children with ceremonies related to the end of life transition. Talk about your experiences and what you like and don't like about ceremonies. Visit the grave or memorial of a relative if possible, or talk about people you knew growing up who are no longer alive and how you are happy to have known them.
- The official Berenstain Bears website
- Stan's obituary at The Washington Post
- Teacher resources and related lesson plans
- Books by Stan Berenstain
- The Berenstain Bears' treehouse
- Flintstones websites: webrock, unofficial site, A Flintstones World.
- Flintstones cartoon art
- Bedrock City theme park
- Prehistoric Cave Art at Edsitement.com - scroll down for a Flintstones tie-in
- Pop Culture Icons including the Flintstones
- Flintstones stuff at Amazon.com and E-Bay