As we step into the second half of 2020, I hope you continue to stay well and happy. So many changes occurred during the first half of the year and life has not yet returned, if it ever will, to how it once was. In some areas where change is required, that’s perhaps a good thing, but many of us mourn the freedoms and security we once enjoyed.
In this post, I list some days and events you may wish to celebrate with your children, whether at home or at school, hopeful that some may inspire you and renew your resolve to work towards a better future.
International Plastic Bag Free Day on 3 July is a great way to start the month focusing on the environment and making small steps towards a positive future. The aim of the day is to increase awareness of the harmful effects of plastic waste upon the environment, especially the marine environment, and encourage everyone to reduce their use of plastics.
Some things to think about and discuss:
- More than 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world each year, about one million every minute.
- Each plastic bag is used on average for less than half an hour.
- Plastic bags remain in the environment for up to 500 years. Plastic pollution doesn’t just affect those of us alive today. It affects generations for hundreds of years to come.
If we can all reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, it will have a positive impact upon Earth’s future and the future of all its inhabitants, including plants, animals and humans.
What can you do?
Use paper instead of plastic.
Use reusable bags at the supermarket or in other shops. There are many available for purchase or you could make your own.
Recycle plastics as required by your local authority. (In my area, packaging plastics can be returned to the supermarket for recycling.)
Pick up any plastic you see discarded in the environment.
Perhaps you and your class could decide on strategies that can be implemented at school. Why not make some posters to place around the school and educate others?
Independence Day on 4 July is a special holiday in the United States when American people celebrate the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. People gather with family and friends to celebrate what is special about the United States.
While NAIDOC Week is generally celebrated in early July each year. This year, due to the coronavirus, the celebrations have been postponed until November. This year’s theme Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that the First Nations people have lived in and cared for Australia for over 65,000 years. Of course, there is no need to wait until November to start celebrating Australia’s First Peoples, their history and their culture.
Previous readilearn posts about NAIDOC Week include:
Celebrating NAIDOC Week (2017)
In both of these posts, I listed some picture books and provided links to resources to assist your teaching.
World Chocolate Day on 7 July. Surely this day is only for those who need an excuse. Enjoy!
A moon cake is a delicious chocolatey cake that is fun to make with children and includes lots of opportunity for learning in literacy, maths and science as well.
National Pyjama Day is organised by the Pyjama Foundation and celebrated on 17 July. The aim of the event is to raise funds to support children in foster care by raising their educational expectations and helping them reach their potential. What a good excuse to wear your pyjamas to school. Why not have a family or class pyjama day and support children in need?
Beatrix Potter’s birthday is on 28 July. She was born in 1866 so this is her 154rd birthday. Why not read some of her stories to celebrate? Perhaps the children could write another adventure for the mischievous Peter Rabbit.
Here is a delightful video of the story to view.
Maybe they could draw him in a guided drawing lesson.
Schools’ Tree Day on 31 July and National Tree Day on 2 August encourage people to do something positive for the community and the environment by connecting with nature. It is Australia’s largest tree-planting event. Suggestions and resources, including lesson plans, for celebrating the event are available on the website. As they suggest, if you can’t do something on tree day, “every day can be Tree Day”.
Tree Day is a perfect complement to your celebrations of the International Year of Plant Health.
To help your celebrations we have:
International Day of Friendship on 30 July. One of the aims of the day is to foster a culture of peace through education and is “based on the recognition of the relevance and importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings around the world”. How will you celebrate friendship in your class?
Here at readilearn, we have a focus on the development of friendship skills. Teaching resources include:
Check out these and other friendship themed resources in the friendships skills collection.
This list of July days and events and is now available to download and print free in the readilearn collection of teaching resources.
And, in keeping with the tree, theme, I also made a jigsaw puzzle of trees in my backyard which is available for you to complete online at this link. It’s completely free to use. Enjoy!
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