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May 23rd is... (Includes Printable Freebies)

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, May 23, 2016 | 0 comments
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May 23rd is... World Turtle Day, National Taffy Day, Lucky Penny Day, Bifocals Invented, South Carolina Admission Day, Declaration of the Bab Day, National Taffy Day, World Crohn's and Colitis Day.

PLUS - books to read and free printable crafts, activities and coloring pages.

Image: Fun Facts About Turtles! (I Like Reptiles and Amphibians!), by Carmen Bredeson. Publisher: Enslow Publishers (March 1, 2009)World Turtle Day
-- The purpose of World Turtle Day, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Source
Read: Fun Facts About Turtles!, by Carmen Bredeson
-- What is a turtle s shell made of? How long do turtles live? Accompanied by pictures of turtles in their environment, author Carmen Bredeson answers these, and other, questions.
Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Turtles Coloring Page
Sea Turtle Printables
Turtles Colouring Pages
Turtle Crafts
Lazy Turtle Paper Craft

Image: Atlantic City Then and Now (Then and Now Thunder Bay), by Edward Arthur Mauger. Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (October 1, 2008)National Taffy Day
-- The origins of taffy is one that is debated, but this chewy candy has been part of American life since the late 1800s. Salt water taffy was created in Atlantic City in 1883 by a shopkeeper on the boardwalk named David Bradley. In 1883 a storm surge flooded Bradley's store and covered his candy inventory in sea water, the day after the storm he was cleaning up when a girl entered the store and asked for a bag of taffy. With sarcasm he told the girl to help herself to his "salt water taffy", and the name stuck. Source
Read: Atlantic City Then and Now, by Edward Arthur Mauger
-- Welcome to Atlantic City, New Jersey, the birthplace of many pop culture phenomena, including Monopoly, the Miss America Pageant, salt-water taffy and The Donald (Trump, that is). Discover the extraordinary history of this glamorous resort town in Atlantic City Then and Now.
Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Saltwater Taffy Recipe
Salt Water Taffy Centerpiece
Beach Boardwalk Frame
Beach Colouring Pages

Image: Deena's Lucky Penny (Math Matters Series) (Math Matters (Kane Press Paperback)), by  Barbara Derubertis, Cynthia Fisher. Publisher: Kane Press (January 1, 1999)Lucky Penny Day
-- Make it a point to look on the ground everywhere that you go today and see if you can find a lucky penny. Finding a penny is sometimes considered lucky and gives rise to the saying, "Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day: you'll have good luck." Source
Read: Deena's Lucky Penny (Math Matters Series), by Barbara Derubertis, Cynthia Fisher
-- Deena's mom's birthday is coming and Deena has no money to buy a present for her. She finds a lucky penny and through the help of neighbors and family, she trades up until her penny gradually becomes a dollar. Now Deena can afford a gift for mom.
Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Counting Pennies
Creative Ideas for Teaching Money
Money Colouring Pages
Coin Worksheets

Image: Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, by Gene Barretta. Publisher: Square Fish; 1 Reprint edition (December 23, 2008)Bifocals Invented
-- Benjamin Franklin is widely credited as the inventor of bifocals. According to the Antique Spectacles and Other Visual Aids museum, curated by Dr. David A. Fleishman, an archived political cartoon dated 1764 and held by The Library Company of Philadelphia, which was co-founded by Franklin, shows Franklin wearing an "unusual pair of eyeglasses" that resemble bifocals. Source
Read: Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, Gene Barretta
-- What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you’d set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight saving time, invented bifocals and the odometer—all inspired by his common sense and intelligence.
Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Benjamin Franklin Printables
Glasses Coloring Page
Fun Glasses Craft
Spectacles Holder Craft

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