March ushers in the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it, a sense of renewal as temperatures warm and new growth blooms. Along with all that growth, there’s plenty of green! If you’re looking for creative, engaging ways to introduce students to new ideas about nature and world culture, March is teeming with opportunities, from the founding of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System to Johnny Appleseed Day, to the history of St. Patrick’s Day.
Here are some resources you can use to incorporate these and other March-related learning opportunities in your classroom or library:
- S. President Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge as the first unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System by executive order on March 14, 1903. Explore the National Wildlife Refuge System with fun facts, maps, and science-based arts curriculum resources to help spark students’ interest in conservation.
- Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates John Chapman, an American pioneer responsible for introducing apple trees to parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He is considered by many to be one of America’s first conservationists. Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated in March to coincide with apple-planting season, and September to mark his birth month. ReadWriteThink offers educator resources designed to introduce Chapman and separate fact from fiction about this legendary man. This grade 3 – 8 adaptable lesson plan complements media literacy education, supporting students learning about using multiple sources and verifying source credibility.
Introduce Johnny Appleseed to young readers with Rourke’s rhyming title that can be sung to the tune of “The Muffin Man.”
- St. Patrick’s Day, like the story of Johnny Appleseed, is also laden with legends: pots o’ gold and leprechauns aplenty! Explore the myths and truths intertwined in Irish culture with these lesson plans from Education World and the National Education Association. Then head over to the Incredible Art Department for more St. Patrick’s Day resources.