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Looking for fresh timely content to teach about annual holidays, commemorations and celebrations? Look no further. Whether you’re looking for resources to teach about Constitution Day in September, Black History Month in February, Pi Day in March, or Earth Day in April, Discovery Education has you covered with just the content you need to deliver a meaningful lesson. Here, each month, you will find engaging instructional resources, lesson starters, webinars, live events, and more. For additional resources, explore our archive from 2016-17 packed with ideas for you to use all year long.

2017-18 Timely and Thematic Content Ideas

May

This May, in addition to our Cinco de Mayo Virtual Viewing Party, we will share content to support your teaching of Space Day, International Museum Day, Memorial Day, and more.

Cinco de Mayo
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
Join Discovery Education as we will learn about the importance of Earth Day, how humans impact the environment and the best ways to promote environmentalism in local communities, all while allowing students to compare ideas with others around the globe.



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National Space Day


On the first Friday in May, we celebrate National Space Day, a holiday established to celebrate achievements in space exploration and encourage students to pursue careers in space-related STEM careers. There are plenty of resources about the space sciences waiting to be discovered in your Discovery Education account.

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April

This April, in addition to our Earth Day Virtual Viewing Party, we will share content to support your teaching of April Fools' Day, Librarian Day, Friday the 13th, and National Park Week.

Earth Day
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
Join Discovery Education as we will learn about the importance of Earth Day, how humans impact the environment and the best ways to promote environmentalism in local communities, all while allowing students to compare ideas with others around the globe.

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April Fools' Day


Keep it light and kind and April Fools’ Day can be a great time to play some tricks on your students and encourage them to get in on the fun. We’ve collected some resources that talk about the history of the holiday, get students moving, and highlight how even animals engage in trickery.

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Friday the 13th


Triskaidekaphobia: the fear of the number 13. It’s a great word to say, spell, and study. If you want to embrace the day, Discovery Education has plenty of creepy and spine-tingling content to keep your students’ attention and pique their interest in storytelling.

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March

This March, in addition to our St. Patricks Day Virtual Viewing Party, we will share content to support your teaching of Read Across America Day, International Women’s Day, Pi Day, Daylight Savings Time, Spring, and World Poetry Day.

St. Patrick's Day
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
Join Discovery Education and learn about the history and mythology associated with this holiday that honors Irish culture and legend. Encourage your students to learn about popular traditions like wearing green and sporting shamrocks.



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Pi Day


It’s time to celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, otherwise known as Pi. The infinite number is commonly shortened to 3.14 so mere humans can wrap their heads around it. We started giving Pi its due on 3/14/1988, the first national Pi Day, and have been eating pie and calculating ratios to celebrate every year since.

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World Poetry Day


Provide your students with a fun and engaging entry into poetry to celebrate World Poetry Day. Although poetry can sometimes be difficult to understand or appreciate, these resources showcase some of the most interesting and accessible work by famous poets and then suggest some activities that will help students practice writing poetry about familiar topics.

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February

This February, in addition to our Presidents Day virtual viewing party, we will share content to support your teaching of Black History Month and Chinese New Year, as well as Valentines Day.

Presidents' Day
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
Join Discovery Education and explore the history of Presidents' Day, a federal holiday honoring the legacies of former U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The program reveals how the meaning of the day changed over time, morphing into a holiday celebrating all U.S. presidents, and provides information about how communities across America celebrate the day.


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Black History Month


There is much to celebrate during Black History Month as we focus on the many accomplishments made by blacks throughout history. We are reminded to take time to remember and learn from struggles, political and social movements, and triumphs over injustice. With these activities and resources, though, we specifically honor those who led the way by being first in their achievements, opening doors to their respective fields.

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Valentines Day


Valentine’s Day is all about heart. Heart candy, heartfelt emotions, heart-shaped cards and gifts. Why not celebrate this day by studying the actual heart with your students? The possibilities are endless: anatomy, biology, art, careers, history. We’ve gotten the ideas pumping and offer these resources and activities for you. Happy Valentine’s Day!


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January

This January, Discovery Education is starting the new year with our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Virtual Viewing Party providing a great opportunity to explore the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. while connecting to other classrooms around the world. Later in the month we will also be sharing content around the Golden Globes, MLK Day, a Year in Review and more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
Join Discovery Education in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Together, students across the country will explore the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. while connecting to other classrooms around the world.



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Golden Globes


January 7th is the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes! This celebration of film and television is sure to bring excitement and controversy throughout Hollywood and, perhaps, in your classroom. Celebrate the power of filmmaking by having students create and critique their own award-winners.

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Top 10 Blogs in 2017


Here are the most popular posts and a description of the select multimedia resources and easy-to-implement classroom activities they provided. Use them now or paste a link into your calendar to prepare for celebrations in 2018.


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December

This December, Discovery Education will host an Holidays around the World Virtual Viewing Party providing a great opportunity to explore the importance of the origins of the holiday and learn about the traditions observed in a veriety of cultures. Later in the month we will also be sharing content around World Soil Day, Pearl Harbor, Winter Holidays, Biomimicry and more.

Holidays around the World
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
#CelebrateWithDE and join classrooms from around the world and explore the origins and meaning of a variety of holidays. With this Virtual Viewing Party, you can teach your students about the most-common traditions that are associated with each holiday.



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Remembering Pearl Harbor


The day that would live in infamy, December 7, 1941, saw the attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II. Help your students understand the historical context of the event and the experiences of those who were there by studying these resources and reflecting on their meaning.

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World Soil Day


Celebrate World Soil by encouraging your students to consider this wonder beneath their feet with the resources below. Since studying soil requires you to get your hands dirty, we have some resources that encourage that – both literally, with a STEM in Action activity, and virtually, with an exploration for every grade level.

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November

This November, Discovery Education will host an Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party providing a great opportunity to explore the importance of the origins of the holiday and learn about the traditions observed on Veterans Day with your students. Later in the month we will also be sharing content around National Bison Day, Time Management, Healthy Living, Veteran's Day, Agriculture, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday and more.

Veterans Day
Virtual Viewing Party

On-Demand Event
#CelebrateWithDE and explore the history of Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed on November 11th every year. With this virtual viewing party, your students will explore the importance of the origins of the holiday in the Armistice Agreement of World War I and learn about the traditions observed on Veterans Day.

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Bison Day


On November 4, 2017, celebrate the Bison: the national mammal of the United States thanks to President Obama’s official designation in 2016. On this day, we recognize the magnificence and significance of the bison, also known as the buffalo, in regards to our environment, economy, and history.

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Thanksgiving


Giving thanks is a timeless act, but the Thanksgiving holiday has a history that includes many true and tall tales. Take some time this year to let your students learn one of the classic stories of an early Thanksgiving feast shared by the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims.

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October

This October we bring you two virtual experiences. Our first experience is our biannual Fall VirtCon where we focus on three simple but important goals: learn, share, connect. Then, a few days later, we will be live from the Tundra to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Additionally, don't miss our content around World Space Week, World Teacher Day, Autumn, Red Ribbon Week, Halloween, and more.

Fall VirtCon 2017


On-Demand Event
Join us for VirtCon, where your peers from the Discovery Education Community will present the very best of their practice, share ideas and instructional tools, and demonstrate the latest resources available to you. This virtual learning experience brings our community together for professional development, conversation, and inspiration.

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Tundra Connections Virtual Experience

On-Demand Event
Join us as we return to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the annual polar bear migration. Since 2010, Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to bring students a series of webcasts during the annual polar bear migration. Find out about these extraordinary animals and learn more about the careers open to you on the tundra.

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World Space Week

World Space Week, celebrated annually October 4 - 10, is an international celebration of science and technology. Explore the Discovery Education resources below and introduce your students to the wonder of space exploration. You can also watch the on-demand archive of our Generation Beyond Virtual Field Trip to learn more about deep space exploration.

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September

This September, Discovery Education will host a virtual field trip to the U.S. Senate providing a great opportunity to learn about the unique role that the Constitution established for the Senate. We'll also be sharing content around International Literacy Day, Dot Day, Hurricanes, the Fall Equinox and more.

Virtual Field Trip: Constitution Day

On-Demand Event
Celebrate Constitution Day with a 30-minute virtual field trip to the U.S. Senate! Join us on Capitol Hill as we learn about the unique role that the Constitution established for the Senate, and how the work of the Senate preserves American democratic principles.

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Instructional Suggestion: Labor Day

Celebrate the achievements of workers throughout history with resources and ideas for exploring Labor Day. Established as a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day recognizes workers and the labor movement. Today, the holiday is marked with parades, news stories, and personal celebrations on the first Monday in September.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, a date that marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries. Explore these Discovery Education resources and celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

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August

This August, we hosted The Great American Eclipse virtual experience as well as shared instructional suggestions around Pythagorean Theorem Day and Women’s Equality Day.

Virtual Experience: The Great American Eclipse

On-Demand Event
On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total eclipse of the sun passed over the continental United States for the first time in 99 years. During this celestial event, the Moon completely blocked the Sun, and as the skies darkened and the temperature dropped, students' natural sense of curiosity and wonder was ignited!

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Instructional Suggestion: Pythagorean Theorem Day

A few days in advance of a total solar eclipse, mathematicians everywhere celebrated Pythagorean Theorem Day, August 15, 2017, on one of the rare dates that lined up with the theorem (8² + 15² = 17²). You and your students can add these resources together to equal lots of great learning!

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Instructional Suggestion: Women’s Equality Day

August 26, we celebrated Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the many strides citizens of the United States have made to ensure that women enjoy equal rights and equal treatment under the law. Inspire your students by studying the stories of people who met resistance with persistence in their fight to ensure equality for all women.

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