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Canada Day

doodles-ave-canada-squirrelHappy Canada Day! On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.

The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.

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National Rising Star Month

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Worldwide Rising Star Month is in January.
 It is dedicated to urging people to reach for the stars 
by designing a personal life plan. 
It takes place in January because that is the month 
that people can review the past year 
and design, revise, or redesign their life plan for the year.
”Remember to reach for the stars
by designing your life plan!”*This world wide month promotes personal life planning 
by encouraging people to celebrate their past success and 
reach for the stars 
by looking toward their entire future success
 in year long blocks. 
The first year they celebrate the month 
by developing a plan that considers family, friendships, 
work, faith, education, health, sports, and entertainment. 
While every subsequent year they evaluate, modify, 
and institute their revised plan. 
So, every January people reach for the stars 
as they develop or revise their life plans.*Encourage your students and children to dream big and act on it daily. Click the image above to download the coloring sheet. Enjoy! *http://www.risingstarmonth.info/


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Adjective Activities

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Remember that adjectives can be identified using a number of formal criteria.

But the ones used in the above worksheets take on different forms to indicate their position on a scale of comparison. 
For example: Big, Bigger, Biggest 

The lowest point on the scale is known as the ABSOLUTE form, the middle point is known as the COMPARATIVE form, and the highest point is known as the SUPERLATIVE form*.
To learn more about adjectives Click Here
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*http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/adjectiv/adjectiv.htm


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Today in History Doodle

One Hundred and Forty Five years ago on October 18, 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska and it became the 49th state to join our union.* The art for these coloring sheets is from the coloring book Doodles United States Coloring Fun. Click here to purchase.
Click the images above to download the coloring sheets. Enjoy!

* http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history


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My Size Scarecrow Doodle

Scarecrows are one of the more popular symbols of Fall and the harvest season. The origin of scarecrows dates back thousands of years, protecting ripening crops from birds. While we think of them as constructed of straw, they were made of many things. Often, scarecrows were also men hired to roam fields, to scare birds. If this is your job, YOU are a scarecrow.

Scarecrows continue to be popular today, in many home gardens. They help to protect fruits and vegetables, as they begin to ripen. That’s why scarecrows are so closely associated with the fall and harvest season, making them a popular symbol of Fall.

History of Scarecrows:

The first scarecrows were in Ancient Egypt, dating back over 3,000 years. They used scarecrows to protect wheat fields along the Nile river from quail. The Greeks, Romans, Japanese and many other cultures, used them to protect their crops, too. Many forms of scarecrows, from life-sized wooden carvings of scary men, to real-live humans were used. In the middle ages, Europeans believed scarecrows had special powers. Native Americans used scarecrows, to keep crows and other birds from their corn crops.

Click the above images to download the coloring sheets/crafts.
To finish the My Size Scarecrow, you’ll need colors, scissors, and brads.
Enjoy! 

* http://www.gardenersnet.com/birds/scarecrow.htm


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Celebrate Native American Day

When: 4th Friday in SeptemberThis day is set aside to honor and celebrate Native Americans, the first Americans to live in the U.S. Still commonly referred to as American Indians, the term “Native Americans” has been used in recent years as a sign of respect and recognition that they were indeed the first people to populate our great and wonderful nation. By the time the first explorers and settlers arrived from Europe, Native Americans had populated the entire North American continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the northern reaches of Canada.* http://holidayinsights.com/other/native.htm
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Today in History Doodle: Etch-A-Sketch

52 years ago, July 12th 1960, the first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale. 

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Today in History Doodle-American Roller Coasters

Today on June 16, 1884,
the first roller coaster in
America opened.*
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* http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-roller-coaster-in-america-opens