Earth Day is today! This year’s theme is “End Plastic Pollution.” Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. The original theme was “Give Earth a Chance.” Today is a good day to plant some trees or clean up some trash or build a compost pile or make a bird house or…Children could learn more at: http://www.earthday.org/. Children could also read Earth Day – Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy. The book incorporates some great math concepts with an emphasis on the environment.
Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovered Brazil in 1500. Brazil was claimed by Portugal, and it is the only South American country where Portuguese is the principal language.
Oklahoma Land Rush began at twelve noon 1889 when the government opened 1,900,000 acres of land bought from the Creek and Seminole Indians. People raced to obtain the best plots of land. By evening 50,000 people had established home sites in the region. Children could learn more at: http://www.okhistory.org/kids/lrexhibit. They could research the differences between a “sooner” and a “boomer.”
Babe Ruth made his pitching debut in 1914 when the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Buffalo Bison 6-0.
Borge Ousland, a Norwegian explorer, became the first person to trek to the North Pole solo in 1994. He left Cape Atkticheskiy, Siberia, on March 2, 1994. He averaged about 19 miles a day over the 630-mile trip.
Eileen Christelow (born Washington, DC, 1943) writes and illustrates books for children. Her works include the Five Little Monkeys series and Where’s the Big Bad Wolf. Children can visit her very interesting website at: http://www.christelow.com/.
Paula Fox (born New York, New York, 1923; died Brooklyn, New York, March 1, 2017) wrote about 20 books for children. One of her books, The Slave Dancer, earned the 1974 Newbery Medal. She received the very prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1978 for her body of works.
Yehudi Menuhin (born New York, New York, 1916; died Berlin, Germany, March 12, 1999) was a renowned violinist. Idea: Children could find out how a violin makes sounds.