Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
November: American Education Week
American Education Week is celebrated annually in schools and libraries across the nation in November. This year’s celebration takes place November 11-17. This is an excellent time to engage students in various activities that commemorate the importance of education in our country. Here are programming ideas for this week:
Monday – Veterans Day – Suggest that students focus on Nick’s father in Scat (Middle Grade) by Carol Hiaasen and Brother’s dad in Heart of a Shepherd (Middle Grade) by Rosanne Parry, both soldiers in the Middle East.
Tuesday – Parents Day – Instruct readers to suggest a book for their parents to read. These may include: Faith, Hope, and Ivy June (Middle Grade) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; Child of the Mountains (Middle Grade) by Marilyn Sue Shank; Blubber (Middle Grade) by Judy Blume; Laugh with the Moon (Middle Grade) by Shana Burg; and Liar & Spy (Middle Grade) by Rebecca Stead.
Wednesday – Support Professionals Day – Remind students that this includes teachers’ aides, office staff, cafeteria staff and janitorial staff. Readers may enjoy introducing the Lunch Lady series (Elementary and Middle Grade) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka to the cafeteria staff.
Thursday – Educator for a Day – This is a time to celebrate all teachers. Sponsor an essay contest titled “What it’s like to Teach _________” Have student fill in the blank with a character from a favorite book. They may select Junie B. Jones, Anastasia Krupnik, Olivia Bean, Rosie Sprout, or Stanley and Zero from Holes (Middle Grade). Instruct them to think about the chosen character as a student. Would they be fun to teach, or a pain? Illustrate conclusions with specific examples from the books.
Friday – Substitute Educator Day – Introduce readers to Miss Matlock in To Come and Go Like Magic (Middle Grade) by Katie Pickard Fawcett. What is she like as a substitute? Then write a letter to a teacher from a novel and ask them to substitute in your class for a day. Readers might consider Mrs. Starch from Scat (Middle Grade) by Carol Hiaasen; or Tia Lola in How Tia Lola Learned to Teach (Middle Grade) by Julia Alvarez. Tell them why you would like for them to teach you for a day.