American Holidays:

General Ideas:

  • Resources in the community to support planning for American holidays include:
      • Sailors from the USS Constitution will come, especially to support literacy events, Judi Paradis has contact information
      • Kelly Erwin Everett (Former Plympton parent) is a member of the Waltham American Legion Band
  • Have students learn Patriotic Songs to sing at these events and at all-school meetings; perhaps each grade could learn a song each year
  • Grade level projects with ties to holidays can be shared

Holiday Celebrations recognized at Community meetings:
  • Veterans' Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Patriot's Day
  • Earth Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day

Veteran's Day:
Possible ideas for Observance:
  • Students and staff share names of friends and relatives who are serving in the military. Classes can make cards and letters to send them to lift their spirits.
  • School secretaries group often collects items for those in active service; and we can support this effort
  • During announcements we have a student read a description of the Veteran's Day observance and sing a patriotic song.
  • At each lunch, we designate a student who can share a poem with students after lunch is eaten.\
  • Invite a member of a veteran's organization to come in and talk to students

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
H is for Honor by Devin Scillian
Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden
Nubs by Brian Dennis
A Poem for Every Day! by Susan Moger p. 33
Veterans' Day by Robin Nelson
The Wall by Eve Bunting

Enchanted Learning has a nice short description of the holiday and some ideas for crafts

Thanksgiving Day:
Possible ideas for Observance:
  • A study of Thanksgiving is embedded in the curriculum at several grade levels - notably grades 2 and 3. Grade 3 students often share feedback from trip to Plimouth Plantation at community meeting.

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp
Giving Thanks by Kate Waters
Gracias by Pat Mora
Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley
Holidays Around the World Celebrate Thanksgiving by Deborah Heiligman
How Many Days to America by Eve Bunting
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O'Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
On the Mayflower by Kate Waters
Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
Sarah Morton's Day by Kate Waters
Squanto's Journey by Joseph Bruchac
Strawbeater's Thanksgiving by Irene Smalls-Hector
Tapenum's Day by Kate Waters
Thanksgiving by Dana Rau
Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons
Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday:

Plan for Observance
  • Grade 1 students typically share classroom projects at community meeting
  • Juliet Najumba (Plympton Parent) will share African dance with her students

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Jill Foran
A Poem A Day by Helen H. Moore p. 63
As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson
The Beatitudes by Carol Boston Weatherford
Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis Pinckney
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
Freedom on the Menu by Carol Boston Weatherford
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
John Lewis in the Lead by James Haskins
Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson
March On! by Christine King Farris
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Martin Luther King, Jr. A Man Who Changed Things by Carol Greene
Martin Luther King, Jr. by Rob Lloyd Jones
Martin Luther King Jr. by Pamela Walker
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler
Let's Read About...Martin Luther King, Jr. by Courtney Baker
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
My Brother Martin by Christine King Farris
Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
Ruby Bridges Goes to School by Ruby Bridges
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Sit In by Andrea Davis Pinckney
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan

President's Day:

Possible ideas for Observance:
  • Grade 1 students share projects at community meeting

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
Poem A Day by Helen H. Moore p. 65, 66
A Poem for Every Day! by Susan Moger p.22, 28
Abe's Honest Words by Doreen Rappaport
Abraham Lincoln by Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt
Barack by Jonah Winter
Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes
Breakfast at the Liberty Diner by Daniel Kirk
George Washington The Man Who Would Not Be King by Stephen Krensky
Let's Read About...George Washington by Kimberly Weinberger
Let's Read About...Abraham Lincoln by Sonia Black
George Washington by Michael Burgan
Abraham Lincoln by Pamela Walker
Abe Lincoln the Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
George by Frank Keating
George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
George Washington by Cheryl Harness
Jack's Path of Courage by Doreen Rappaport
Legend of the Teddy Bear by Theodore Roosevelt
Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt by Judith St. George
A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower by David Adler
A Picture Book of John Kennedy by David Adler
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett
So, You Want to be President by Judith St. George
To Dare Mighty Things by Doreen Rappaport
Young Abraham Lincoln Log-Cabin President by Andrew Woods

Patriot's Day:
Possible ideas for Observance:
  • Grades 3 and 5 study Battle of Lexington and Concord
  • Provide students with information about local observances of the holiday to bring home and share with their families.

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
A Poem for Every Day! by Susan Moger p. 24
The Boston Coffee Party by Doreen Rappaport
Daniel Brown at the Battle of Lexington by Ellen Leroe
Henry and the Cannons by Don Brown
Joining the Boston Tea Party by Diane Stanley
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, illustrated by Christopher Bing
Paul Revere's Midnight Ride by Stephen Krensky
Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley
Let it begin here by Dennis Fradin
Dangerous Crossing by Stephen Krensky
Sybil's Night Ride by Karen Winnick

Earth Day:

Possible ideas for Observance:
  • Students can participate in recycling efforts or cleaning playground

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
Bamboo Valley by Ann Whitehead Nagda
Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Capucilli
Choose to Reuse by Lisa Bullard
A Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell DePalma
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
How to Help the Earth by Trish Rabe
Just Grace Goes Green by Charise Mericle Harper
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
The Story Goes Onby Aileen Fischer
Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen

Memorial Day:

Possible ideas for Observance:
  • Ask staff and students to wear red, white and blue clothing.
  • Grade 5 students share about visit to Mount Feake cemetary
  • Invite service members to visit school
  • Opportunity to share patriotic songs

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
Across the Blue Pacific by Louise Borden
Crow Calls by Lois Lowry
Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden
The Drummer Boy by Anne Warren Turner
Hold the Flag High by Catherine Clinton
Hyam Salomon by Susan Goldman Rubin
Jack's Path of Courage by Doreen Rappaport
L'il Dan the Drummer Boy by Romare Bearden
Memorial Day by Lynn Hamilton
Patrol by Walter Dean Myers
A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower by David Adler
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfman
The Unbreakable Code by Sara Hoagland Hunter

The Wall by Eve Bunting



Flag Day:
Possible ideas for Observance:
  • Ask students and staff to wear red, white, and blue clothing to school.
  • Flag ceremony in front of school with patriotic songs
  • Share grade 1 "translations" of Pledge of Allegiance

Recommended Read-Alouds Available in Plympton Library:
A Poem A Day by Helen H. Moore, p. 72
A Poem for Every Day! by Susan Moger, p. 21, 33
Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner
Hold the flag high by Catherine Clinton
I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora
The Flag we Love by Pam Munoz Ryan
Wow America by Robert Neubecker