Share these two made-up events that might become part of a calendar page on FDR.
- An FDR-inspired wacky holiday might be “New Deal Day.”
- An FDR-inspired theme of the month might be "Fireside Chat" month
Ask students for their input on how they'd design the calendar page that features these two events. How would they decide what day of the month will be the holiday? How will they celebrate the theme of the month? How would they illustrate the calendar? What historical dates about FDR's life might they also include on the calendar? What are four or five other events that pertain to FDR's life that might also be included on this calendar page?
Show the teacher-made sample below, or show them a teacher-made sample you have created on a different topic.
Students will publish a wacky calendar about the researched topic. Each month must have a different theme that relates to the topic. Each month must feature an original holiday about their topic. Each month will have an illustration.
If students are designing a 12-month calendar in a group, make sure they end up with 12 different themes, holidays, and illustrations. This project works nicely with groups of 3, 4, 6, or even 12.