The big holidays get all of the attention, but those little obscure holidays can provide great teachable moments too. We have gathered some of Spring’s most unusual celebrations and listed them for you below. Whether you mention them to your students in passing, or create a mini-unit based on them, we encourage you to have a really good time with them.
Wacky Spring Holidays
Everything You Do Is Right Day (March 16th)
This holiday of unknown origin can provide a great day of classroom fun if you think of “right” as a direction instead of as a correct action. For the littlest learners, distinguishing their left from their right can be challenging. On this unusual holiday, make “right” the direction of choice. You could pass things to the right, hop on your right foot, or keep turning to the right as you walk around the school. Older students could work with right triangles or discuss the different meanings of the word “rights”.
National Goof Off Day (March 22nd)
It might be tempting to skip mentioning this day altogether, but it can yield some fun and educational classroom activities. Have students create “goof balls” made from tennis balls. They can use markers, glue on hair, add google-eyes or decorate them however they want. After they are decorated, hold a Goof Ball Competition. See which goof ball can bounce the highest and roll the farthest. Have students make predictions and analyze the outcome of the event.
Big Wind Day (April 12th)
Big Wind Day was started to commemorate the highest wind speed ever recorded. It was on April 12, 1934 at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire that the wind speed was measured at 231mph. Discuss wind and windspeed with your students on this day. Let them stand or sit outside and enjoy the breeze while writing in their poetry journals about the feel of the wind. Even without an educational activity, it is a great excuse to get outside during the school day!
Look-Alike Day (April 20th)
This unusual holiday is a great chance for students and teachers to dress alike. You could also have your students dress like their favorite book character. Have a game of 20 Questions and ask the class to try to guess who each person was dressed as. Another option is to show solidarity in your school by having everyone dress alike on that day.
Is there an unusual holiday that you enjoy celebrating with your students? Share your favorite wacky holiday below. We would love to hear how you use obscure celebrations to make learning fun!