March Activities

  • NYS Agriculture Literacy Week is March 16-20, 2015 – The NYNPA NIE Program has developed a 6-part series that describes and illustrates an artist who raises sheep, shears them, cards and spins the wool, dyes it, and then weaves a colorful picture.  Click here to download all seven features and here for a complete set of graphic organizers. Although created in cooperation with NYS Ag in the Classroom for Ag Literacy Week, these features do not have dates and can be used at any time. The series includes:
    • An Introduction to NYS Agriculture
    • Two sheep farmer profiles
    • A feature explaining other animal fibers used to create treads and yarns
    • A Weaving Crossword and Word Search Puzzle
    • A Wool Dying Activity so kids can make their Own Weaving Rainbow.
  • Sunshine Week is March 15-21, 2015 – A national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and all others interested in the public’s right to know. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.
    • The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) has collected and posted resources for educators and students for Sunshine Week 2014. Visit their website at
    • Click here to download graphic organizers and a list of web resources about Sunshine Week  created by NYNPA NIE Program.
  • Women’s History Month – If you haven’t completed “From Seneca Falls to the Polling Booth,” check out January and February Activities page for links to the story and activities.
  • Weekly news driven questions in our daily paper every Tuesday –Access by logging in to your e-edition account. Look for the NIE logo!
  • Quote of the Month – “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” – Maya Angelou
  • Activity – In a world where most of our news consists of violence and negativity, it is important to teach students at a young age the importance of respect and supporting each other! Here is a fun activity for elementary students to complete.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Activities – Celebrate the Luck of the Irish with some fun activities you can do with the class.

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