NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM – Week 9
We’re back in the classroom, and we kick off the week with National Authors’ Day and National Family Literacy Day on November 1. Later in the week, National Bison Day on November 4 and National Saxophone Day on November 6 are observed. Combining the days, we will explore the history of the bison in the United States and the sonorous adventures of the woodwind and the authors who bring those stories to us.
NATIONAL AUTHORS’ DAY BOOKLIST
Magic Tree House – Buffalo Before Breakfast
Written By: Mary Pope Osborne
Written By: Kim Doner
Written by: Tracey Fern
Thunder on the Plains: The Story of the American Buffalo
Written by: Ken Robbins
Written by: Valerius Geist
Written by: Jonathan London
The Sound that Jazz Makes
Written by: Carole Boston Weatherford
Saxophone Sam and His Snazzy Jazz Band
Written by: Cristine M.Schneider
Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom
Written by: Kara Kootstra
NATIONAL AUTHORS’ DAY
National Day Calendar’s reading list is just a start. Don’t hesitate to read other offerings by these and other authors. Invite a local author to read to the class. Allow the students to ask questions about the writing process, where they get their ideas, publishing, and partnering with an illustrator.
NATIONAL BISON DAY
Long before Europeans arrived, bison roamed the nearly the entire breadth of what is now known as the continental United States. From the Dakotas to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Atlantic to desert, these magnificent creatures made the Earth tremble. We’ve provided a brief timeline. Can your students fill in the gaps?
At the beginning of 1500, 60 million bison populated North America.
By 1803 Bison disappeared from Ohio. Thirty years later, they were extinct east of the Missippi River.
Their existence hung on by a thin thread in the West. Now, bison inhabit each of the 50 states once more.
NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY
Invite a saxophonist to perform and explain the study of the saxophone. What types of music does the musician enjoy? How many hours a week does he practice per day? How long has she been performing? Does he play more than one instrument? Ask the musician to read one of the books to your students. Does the musician identify with the character in the book?