May 18th is... (Includes Printable Freebies)

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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Image: SunFlower by Ian Britton | (c), licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
Photo Credit: SunFlower by Ian Britton |
May 18th is... Lupus Day, Mount St. Helens Erupts, No Dirty Dishes Day, International Museum Day, National Bike to Work Day.

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

National Bike to Work Day
Image: The Bike to Work Guide, by Roni Sarig, Paul Dorn. Publisher: Adams Media (November 17, 2008)
-- Began on May 9, 2012, during the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia worked together to encourage kids to bicycle or walk to school safely. Source
Read: The Bike to Work Guide
-- Expert bikers Roni Sarig and Paul Dorn teach potential bikers the tips and tricks to traveling to and from work. From buying the right bike, to fueling the body, to road safety, this all-inclusive primer will get bikers on the road in no time.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Planning and Outreach Tools
Bike to work colouring pages and books to make
BC Bike Sense Manual for safe riding tips!
Bicycle Safety Activities

Image: Mount St. Helens Erupts (a report by the Everett Herald and Western Sun), by  Evertt Herald and Western Sun, Ralph Langer. Publisher: Johnson Printing Inc.; First edition (1980)Mount St. Helens Erupts
-- On this day, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in Washington state. The eruption (a VEI 5 event) was the first significant volcanic eruption to occur in the US since the 1915 California eruption of Lassen Peak. Source
Read: Mount St. Helens Erupts (report by Everett Herald and Western Sun)
-- A special report produced just one month after the eruption to provide a durable record of the extrordinary event. 50 pages of amazing photos, many not seen elsewhere.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Volcanoes: A Unit Study
The Eruption of Mount St. Helens (Grades 4-6) Worksheet
Washington State Legislature Colouring Book
Volcano Activities: Printouts, Quizzes, and other Activities

Image: Thank God for Dirty Dishes - Wood Sign
No Dirty Dishes Day
-- a day giving us all a break from this regular daily routine. You have two options: eat all your meals out. Or, use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware. Best choice is biodegradable. Source
Read: Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur's Story of Passion, Pain, and Pasta
-- Everyone has an opinion about Pino Luongo. To Tony Bourdain, he was the notorious Pino Noir, the shadowy kingpin of a restaurant empire. To Manhattanites, he was either the savior or the scourge of the city's dining scene. To the many fans of his cookbooks, he was the herald of Tuscan cuisine.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Free Printable {dirty dishes, clean dishes}
Dirty Dishes Printable - Great Reminder of God's Provisions for Us
Dirty Dishes quotes
Free Kawaii Functional Cleaning Stickers

Image: Museums 101, by Mark Walhimer. Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (May 28, 2015)
International Museum Day
-- The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, "Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples." Source
Read: Museums 101
-- Looking for an A-Z, one-stop, comprehensive book on museums? Wish you were able to have one of the world’s leading museum consultants spend a couple of days with you, talking you through how to start a museum, how museums work, how to set up an exhibit, and more? If so, Museums 101 is the answer to your wishes.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Fourth Grade Community Project: Going to the Museum
Educational activities for kids to celebrate International Museum Day
23 FREE ESL museum worksheets
Printable worksheets - Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

Lupus DayImage: What's Lupus, Mama?, by Wanda Tann O'Loughlin, Brennan Tann O'Loughlin, Najee Freeman. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 24, 2010)
-- began with a Proclamation 8 years ago by an international steering committee representing lupus organizations from 13 different nations when they met in Eaton, United Kingdom to organize the first observance of World Lupus Day. The Proclamation is a call to action for governments around the world to increase their financial support for lupus research, awareness and patient services. Source
Read: What's Lupus, Mama?
-- On a trip to visit a friend who has Lupus, Michelle explains to her children what Lupus is and how to help others with it.
Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Lupus Pledge
Lupus Lewey Colouring Book
Lupus Awareness Day: Images to download for free

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day

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