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June, 2011
 
 


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June 1     International Children's Day
June 5     World Environment Day
June 19   Father's Day
   
 
 
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Great Outdoors Month. By Presidential Proclamation: "During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate our Nation's natural heritage, reaffirm our commitment to conserve our environment, and recognize the many volunteers who help maintain our natural spaces." For more information, visit the Great Outdoors Month Web site. Read the article, "Enjoying the Great Outdoors with Your Students" for activity ideas.

National Safety Month. This year's theme: Celebrating Safe Communities. For more information, visit the National Safety Council Web site.

 

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International Children's Day.
Celebrated around the world (although not necessarily on June 1). Dates back to the World Conference for the Well being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925.



Kentucky Admitted to Union.
On this day in 1792, Kentucky was admitted to the Union as the 15th state. For more information, go here.

National Family Recreation Week. Celebrated on June 1-7 each year. For more information, go here.

Tennessee Admitted to Union. On this day in 1796, Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state. For more information, go here.

 
   

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American Indians Granted U.S. Citizenship. On this day in 1924, the Snyder Act granted Native Americans U.S. citizenship. For more information, go here.

Helen Oxenbury. Birthday. Born June 2, 1938. Oxenbury is a children's book illustrator. For a brief biography, go here.

U.S. Civil War Ends. On this day in 1865, the last Confederate general, Edmund K. Smith, surrendered, officially marking the end of the war.

 

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Anita Lobel. Birthday. Born June 3, 1934. Lobel is a children's book illustrator.

 

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Battle of Midway, World War II. The battle between Japan and the United States began on this day in 1942. Many historians believe it was the most important and decisive battle fought in the Pacific during World War II. For an overview with images, visit the Naval Historical Center. Visit Discovery School for the lesson plan: World War II: The Pacific. Appropriate for grades 9-12.

 
   

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Marshall Plan Proposed. On this day in 1947, General George Marshall proposed a plan to help Europe recover after World War II. Be sure to visit the Library of Congress's online exhibit.

National Trails Day. For more information, go here.

Richard Scarry. Birthday. Born June 5, 1919; Died April 30, 1994. Scarry was a prolific, popular children's book author and illustrator.


World Environment Day.
Commemorated each year on June 5. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day "is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action." This year's theme: Melting Ice—A Hot Topic? For informational material, photos, and more, go here.
 

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1984 Published. On this day in 1949, George Orwell's book, 1984, a political satire concerning totalitarianism, was published. (George Orwell was the pen name of British writer Eric Arthur Blair.) The following are links to Web sites, activities, and lesson plans:

Web sites
1984. Summaries and interpretations, character bios, and more.
Privacy Issues and Manipulation of Public Opinion.

Activities/Study Guides
Book Rags: Study Guide.
CliffNotes: 1984 Study Guide.
Reading Group Guide: 1984.
Spark Notes: 1984 Study Guide.

Lesson Plans
Discovery School: 1984, How Much Fact in Fiction? Grades: 9-12.
SCORE: Teacher Cyberguide. Grades: 11-12.

D-Day, World War II. On this day in 1944, the Allies crossed the English Channel and invaded western Europe. Codename: Operation Overlord. Be sure to visit the National D-Day Memorial Web site as well as the PBS: American Experience: D-Day Web site.

Cynthia Rylant. Birthday. Born June 6, 1954. Rylant is a children's book author. She won the Newbery Medal in 1993 for Missing May. For a brief biography, go here.

YMCA Founded. On this day in 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London, England. For more information, visit the YMCA Web site.

 
   

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Louis XIV Crowned King. On this day in 1654, Louis XIV was crowned king of France.

Louise Erdrich. Birthday. Born June 7, 1954. Erdrich, a Native American author, has written The Beet Queen among others. For more information, go here.

 

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Death of Muhammad. On this day in 632, the Muslim prophet Muhammad died in Medina (in present-day Saudi Arabia).

Frank Lloyd Wright. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 8, 1867; Died April 9, 1959. Wright was an influential architect. For images of buildings Wright designed, go here. You may also want to visit the PBS Documentary: Frank Lloyd Wright Web site. For quotes by Wright, go here.

Robert Schumann. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 8, 1810; Died July 29, 1856. Schumann was a German composer during the Romantic era. Go here for a biography.

 

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Maurice Sendak. Birthday. Born June 10, 1928. Sendak, a highly acclaimed children's book author, is perhaps best known for Where the Wild Things Are. For a brief biography as well as links to other sites, go here. The following are links to lesson plans and activities based on Sendak's books:

Chicken Soup With Rice
Scholastic: Birthday Soup. Grade: K.

Where the Wild Things Are
Easy Fun School: Where the Wild Things Are. Grade: K.
LearnNC: Monstrous Masks. Grade: K.
Incredible@rtDepartment: Wild Things: Textures and Patterns. Grade: K.
RichlandOne: Monsters are Make-Believe. Grade: K.
Hot Chalk: Beginning, Middle, Ending. Grade: 1.
Hot Chalk: On the Road Again (Observing). Grades K-1.
Hot Chalk: Elements of a Story: Where the Wild Things Are. Grades: K-2.
EduRefMonster Art. Grade: 5.

 
   

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Great Barrier Reef Discovered
. On this day in 1770, Captain James Cook discovered the reef off the coast of Australia. Be sure to visit National Geographic's Great Barrier Reef. National Geographic Xpeditions also offers a lesson plan appropriate for grades 9-12.


King Kamehameha Day.
This day honors King Kamehameha who unified the Hawaiian Islands. For more information, go here.
 

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Anne Frank. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 12, 1929; Died about March 12, 1945. Frank was a German-born Jewish girl who, with her family, went into hiding during World War II. Her diary was later made into a book and published. Be sure to visit the Anne Frank Center Web site. Teacher guides are available here:

Anne Frank in the World: A Teacher Workbook
The Diary of a Young Girl: Teacher Guide

The following are links to lesson plans based on The Diary of a Young Girl:

Utah Education Network: Anne Frank: Turning Pages—Journal Writing. Grade: 6.
EDSITEment: Anne Frank: Writer. Grades: 6-8.
C·R·E·A·T·E: The Power of the Written Word: The Diary of Anne Frank Research Project. Grade: 8.
 

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Thurgood Marshall Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court. Nominated on this day in 1967, Marshall was the first African-American nominated to the court. For a brief biography, go here.

William Butler Yeats. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 13, 1865; Died January 28, 1939. Yeats was an Irish poet and dramatist. For more information, go here.

 

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U.S. Army Founded. Founded on this day in 1774.



Stars and Stripes Adopted
. On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the U.S. (Flag Day.)



Harriet Beecher Stowe. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 14, 1811; Died July 1, 1896. Stowe was an abolitionist and author, perhaps best known for her book Uncle Tom's Cabin which was published in 1851.

Laurence Yep. Birthday. Born June 14, 1948. Yep is the author of books for children and teens. Go here to see a video interview with Yep.

 

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Arkansas Admitted to Union. On this day in 1836, Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state. For more information, go here.  

Brian Jacques. Birthday. Born June 15, 1939. Jacques is an author books for children and teens. He is best known for the Redwall series. Visit the author's Web site.

King John Signs Magna Carta. On this day in 1215, at Runnymede in Surrey, England, King John placed his seal on a document that would become known as the Magna Carta. To read about its influence on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, go here.
 

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Battle of Bunker Hill, American Revolution. The battle occurred on this day in 1775 during the Siege of Boston. For more information and resources, go here. Be sure to visit the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Father's Day.

 

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First Trans-Atlantic Flight by Woman. Amelia Earhart became the first woman to complete a trans-Atlantic flight on this day in 1928. For more information, go here. You may also want to visit the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum Web site.

Chris Van Allsburg. Birthday. Born June 18, 1949. Van Allsburg is a children's book author and illustrator. He won the Caldecott Medal in 1982 for Jumanji and in 1986 for The Polar Express. The following are links to activities and more:

Jumanji
Houghton Mifflin: A Teacher's Guide. Grades: K-3.
Carol Hurst: Review and Activities. Grades: 4-5.

The Polar Express
Storyline Online: Reading by Lou Diamond Phillips. Activities. Grades: 3-6.
Houghton Mifflin: Downloadable Activities. Grades: 3-5.

Father's Day.

War of 1812. The war between the United States and the British Empire began on this day in 1812. The war ended in 1815 in a stalemate. For information about the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war, go here.

 
   

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West Virginia Admitted to Union. On this day in 1863, West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state. For more information, go here.  



World Refugee Day.
In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as World Refugee Day "to recognize and celebrate the contribution of refugees throughout the world." For more information, go here.

 

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Johannes Gutenberg. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 23, 1400; Died February 3, 1468. Gutenberg is credited with the invention in Europe of a printing press using movable type.

Theodore Taylor. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 23, 1924; Died October 26, 2006. Taylor was a children's book author perhaps best known for The Cay. Visit his Web site. The following are links to activities and lesson plans for The Cay:

Bayview Education Centre: A Novel Unit Study. Grades: 6-7.
ClassZone: Novel Guide.
Grades: 6-7.
Novelinks: Unit Plan.
Grades: 6-7.
Random House: Teacher's Guide.
Grades: 6-7.

 

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American Library Association Annual Convention. June 24-30. Location: Washington, D.C. For more information, go here.

Henry VIII Crowned King of England. Born June 28, 1491; Died January 28, 1547. Crowned on this day in Westminster Abbey, Henry ruled until his death. For more information, go here.

 

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Eric Carle. Birthday. Born June 25, 1929. Carle is a children's book author and illustrator. Best known for the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Visit his Web site. Be sure to also visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Korean War Begins. The conflict between North Korea and South Korean began on this day in 1950. The war ended with a cease fire on July 27, 1953. For more information, go here. Visit also the Naval Historical Center.

George Orwell. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 25, 1903; Died January 21, 1950. George Orwell was the pen name of British author and journalist Eric Arthur Blair. He is best known for his book 1984. See June 6th on this calendar for more information.

Virginia Admitted to Union. On this day in 1788, Virginia was admitted to the Union as the tenth state. For more information, go here.

 
   

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Pearl S. Buck. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 26, 1892; Died March 6, 1973. Buck was an American author best known for her book The Good Earth, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. She also won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

Charlotte Zolotow. Birthday. Born June 26, 1915. Zolotow is a children's book author and editor. Visit her Web site.

 

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Helen Keller. Anniversary of Birth. Born June 27, 1880; Died June 1, 1968. At nineteen months of age, Keller came down with an illness which left her deaf and blind. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan, taught Keller how to communicate. A play, The Miracle Worker, chronicled that task. Keller later went on to college and became an author and activist. Be sure to visit the American Foundation of the Blind's Web page concerning Keller as well as the Helen Keller Kids Museum Online. For a lesson plan about The Miracle Worker, go here.

Newbery Medal First Awarded. First given on this day in 1922, the medal is administrated by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The medal is awarded for the "most distinguished American children's book published the previous year." The award is named after John Newbery, an eighteenth-century English bookseller. For more information, visit the Newbery Medal's official Web page. For a list of winners, go here.

 

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Treaty of Versailles, World War I. Signed on this day in 1919 by Germany's foreign minister, Hermann Müller, the peace treaty officially ended World War I. For more information, go here.

 

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26th Amendment to U.S. Constitution Ratified. On this day in 1971, the amendment to lower the voting age to 18 was ratified.

 
 
 
 
 
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