CLASSROOM – Ampersand

(Last Updated On: December 15, 2022)

CLASSROOM – Ampersand

And just like that August is over, and September takes over. And, in the classroom, we take a look at a symbol called the ampersand. It’s curly, elegant, and troublesome to draw. Though it shortens sentences in an instant when we replace the word “and” with it. What is an ampersand? Well, it looks like this: &.

And it has quite the history, too. However, this week we’re going to have some artistic fun with it.


Download and print this week’s projects and give your students the opportunity to explore the ampersand. You can also follow the suggestions below to help your students explore the days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.


This week the classroom offers a coloring page with a twist. Can you find all the word pairs hidden in the ampersand? A word pair is a set of two words that are often seen together like Suit & Tie or Milk & Honey. Download and print the coloring page to see if you can find them all. We also have a key so you can check your work.

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