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July 2012 Activities

Posted by lindamartinandersen on July 1, 2012

“July 2012 Activities” by Linda Martin Andersen

  “A Writer’s Playground”

A place to find word play, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

Think:  What does the word “July” bring to mind?

  • Fourth of July, fireworks, picnics, and family reunions.
  • Swims in the pool, lake or ocean. 
  • And no school. 
  • Time to read whatever you like.  If you are interested in nonfiction, David L. Harrison and Cheryl Nathan’s book is sure to spark attention.  It compares volcanoes to fireworks.  Visit David L. Harrison at  http://www.davidlharrison.com/.  Check out his blog too.  There’s a page for kids to publish their poems.  See the illustrator’s site at http://www.cherylnathan.com/books.html .

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What else happens in July?  Choose one of the conversation starters below and leave a comment.

Special Days in July:

  • I Forgot Day: 2 (Name a time you forgot something.  What did you do about it?)
  • Made in USA Day: 2 (Divide the room in half.  Check labels on one side of the room and have a friend check the other side.  Set a timer for three minutes.  The winner is the one who locates the most USA products.)
  • World UFO Day: 2 (Watch old movies about UFOs.  Share titles you liked with a friend.)
  • Fourth of July or Independence Day: 4  (Read books that mention the Fourth of July or Independence Day.  Suggested Middle Grade title:  Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.  See http://augustascattergood.com/books/bk_glory.html)  Historical fiction centered around segregation of a public pool in Mississippi in 1964.  Apple Pie Fourth of July (Chinese American girl) and Declaration of Interdependence (poems) by Janet S. Wong.  See http://www.janetwong.com/books/index.cfm
  • Global Forgiveness Day: 7 (Who do you need to forgive?  Send them a card.  Who do you need to ask to forgive you?  Send them a card.)
  • Tell the Truth Day: 7 (What is that promise made on the witness stand at a trial?  Watch a movie about a court trial.)
  • Chocolate Day: 7 (Plan a menu for the day.  Serve chocolate at each meal.  Help prepare the chocolate dishes.  Be sure to eat some.  Share with a friend.)
  • Gummi Worm Day: 15 (Eat gummi worms while reading books about worms such as Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin at http://www.doreencronin.com/www.doreencronin.com/Home.html  and illustrated by Harry Bliss.  See http://www.harrybliss.com/main_content.html  Write a diary entry pretending you’re a gummi worm.  Look for Wiggle and Waggle (chapter book)by Caroline Arnold.  See www.carolinearnold.com  It is illustrated by Mary Peterson.  See http://www.marypeterson.com/  Check out the worm facts in the back of the book.)
  • National Lollipop Day: 20 (List as many lollipop flavors as you can.  Assign a flavor to each friend and tell why you chose that one.)
  • Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day: 21 (When have you used these words in a sentence?  Write down what you said and then toss the paper away.  Example:  I could have made a home run, if I hadn’t stopped at third.)
  • Paperback Book Day: 30.  (Fill your backpack with paperback books.  Pull one out and reread it.  What’s your favorite paperback?  Recommend it to someone.  Swap  with a friend)
  • Tell an Old Joke Day: 24 (Here’s one for you:  What are 3 good reasons to be a teacher?Answer:  June, July, and August.  Ask a friend to join you in  reading and sharing old jokes. Favorite first words of your conversation:  “Here’s one for you.” or “Do you know this one?”  Make up jokes or riddles of your own.) 

Special Weeks in July:

  • Dog Days (3-11): (Do you know why this week got this name?  What does it mean?  Name three things you do to stay cool during Dog Days.  Ask friends for their ideas.)
  • National Zoo Keepers Week (15-21): (When was the last time you visited a zoo?  What was your favorite animal doing when you visited his area?  What would you like to ask a zookeeper?  Be sure to visit “A Writer’s Playground” during National Zoo Keepers Week for your chance to ask a zookeeper a question.)
  • National Ventriloquism Week: (18-21) (Find a ventriloquism act to watch in person or see one on television or a movie.)
  • World Lumberjack Championship: 27-29.  (Research.  Can you name a real lumberjack and one from a folktale? What was his/her record?)

July is…

  • Cell Phone Courtesy Month (Describe a sign you’ve seen in a public place reminding customers to use cell phone courtesy)
  • Family Reunion Month (Do you know all your cousins, aunts, uncles?  Could you help plan a reunion?  What about a skype reunion?)
  • National Grilling Month (What is your favorite grilled food?  Does your family grill inside, outside, with gas, charcoal,  or wood?  Who does the grilling at your house?)
  • National Ice Cream Month (Have you ever churned ice cream?  What flavor of homemade ice cream is your favorite?)

*Thank you Brownie Locks.com for July celebration information.  For more July observances check out: http://www.brownielocks.com/july.html

Let’s talk:  Choose one or more of the conversation starters above and leave a comment.  Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Please come again soon.  Bring a friend.

*Resources:  http//vertex42.com (calendar) and http://www.brownielocks.com/july.html (calendar observances)

Coming next:  Meet Melissa Barr,a zookeeper from the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro.  Celebrate National Zookeeper Week (July 15-21)

Copyright © 2012 Linda Martin Andersen


29 Responses to “July 2012 Activities”

  1. Roxie said

    how fun to have an I forgot day! I remember when I needed to consult the calendar for the special days to share with kids and this one definitely rocks! should be a theme for a whole month…can you imagine the lesson plans created by that? One of my favorite things when I wrote curriculum was to tie everything in thematics, kinda miss the challenge. keep up the awesome work Linda! 🙂

  2. Janet Wong said

    Your blog is such a great resource, Linda. And thank you so much for mentioning my 4th of July books. I hope you have a fabulous 4th–not too hot and no thunderstorms. We’re going to have a Chinese food-plus BBQ (pulled pork, NC style)-plus soft tacos . . . a truly multicultural celebration!!

    • Janet, thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting on my blog post. It was my pleasure to feature your Fourth of July books. I love the way you celebrate the Fourth. A multicultural menu sounds like so much fun.

  3. National Grilling month? cool. I’ve got that covered! 🙂 Great links, Linda. This blog is fantastic. So glad you’ve joined the blogsphere!

  4. maureen wartski said

    Ola from Barcelona! Have a happy fourth!

    • Howdy yourself! Thanks for sending greetings out to those of us who missed the plane. Send back pictures and we’ll pass them around at “A Writer’s Playground.” Have a great vacation!

  5. oops. I posted my comment in the wrong part. Anyway– just passed this along to some of my FB friends who still have young kids. YOu put together a lot of resources for families!

    • Joan,
      Thanks for sending a comment from way out west. How special! I hope your vacation is packed with fun. Yes, that was a pun and done on purpose. And yes, it is Family Reunion Month. The thing about family renunions is that any month is a good one to get together. I imagine it’s easier in the summer though while kids are out of school. Thanks for saying the readers here are learning lots to celebrate. I’m having fun and I hope everyone visiting is too. Send pictures from your vacation and I’ll be glad to pass them around here at “A Writer’s Playground.”

    • Carol,
      I appreciate you passing on the word about my posts to families with small children. That’s just what I’m hoping for. You’re a good friend and I appreciate you. I see I’m in the wrong response spot too. But here at “A Writer’s Playground,” we like to mix things up a bit. More fun!

  6. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    What a lot of fun days to celebrate during the month of July! We’re having a Meyer Family Reunion this month and I didn’t even know it was family reunion month. I know your blog readers are enjoying learning about so many fun things to celebrate.
    Enjoy July by celebrating your sweet self.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

  7. Phenomenal list, Linda! A favorite July activity with my children and grands is dressing up for National Cow Day on July 15. It’s a Chik-Filet thing! Dress like a cow and get a free meal. I’ve got some really cute pics. Maybe I should blog or facebook it!

  8. Linda, I should say – this is not something I do with the grands. Their parents do it and then bring them by for admiration and pics.

  9. Joyce,
    Your family knows how to have fun on National Cow Day! Way to go! Thanks for sharing the cow costume pictures and for linking them to my blog. Great!

  10. Thanks so much for letting me know about Gummi Worm Day and for telling readers about my book Wiggle and Waggle! I’m glad to know that there is a day to celebrate worms. I posted a link to it on my blog http://www.carolinearnoldart.blogspot.com .
    Good luck with your blog!

    • Caroline,
      I enjoyed telling readers about Wiggle and Waggle. I hope they will get a copy and select many other of your titles. Thanks for posting a link on your blog to the July activities here. Isn’t it fun to celebrate silly days? Thanks again for joining us at “A Writer’s Playground.” Visit again soon and bring a friend.

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