12 May Celebrations + a Birthday!

Celebrate National Bike MonthIn The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, you’ll find May poems about:
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
National Photo Month
National Bike Month
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
National Pet Week
National Teacher Appreciation Week
World Laughter Day
World Red Cross Day
Children’s Book Week
Mother’s Day
National Etiquette Week
World Hunger Day
and a Birthday!

May Highlights

National Photo Month

May is National Photo Month! Here’s the Spanish version of “Selfie” by Lorie Ann Grover; find the original English version in The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations!

 Selfie by Lorie Ann Grover

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Learn more about it here. Then—Ready? Set? Let’s GO!

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National Pet Week

Celebrate National Pet Week from May 2-8, 2016 with these classroom activities! And play this video of Eric Ode’s “Pet Week Show-and-Tell”—a great sing-along!National Pet Week


Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week will take place from May 2-8, 2016. Here’s a poem to celebrate the power of books, “Treasure Hunt” by Sandy Asher. You’ll find a ton of resources at the CBC website here!

Treasure Hunt by Sandy Asher



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National Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (the first week of May; May 2-6, 2016) with Eric Ode‘s video performance of his poem/song “A Teacher Knows”! Teachers: do you know what that rattling-teeth instrument sound is? Try searching for “rattle-like instrument” because your students will expect you to know!



Look for the Helpers

World Red Cross Day

Start a discussion with this video of “Look for the Helpers” by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes on May 8, World Red Cross Day. Talk about the many different types of helpers for different needs and identify the helpers in your own community!


May 28 Is World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day

Raise awareness of hunger issues on May 28, World Hunger Day, by playing this video of “A Day Without Hunger” by Michael J. Rosen. Follow this video by visiting No Kid Hungry, the website of Share Our Strength, to spark a discussion about how to fight hunger.