Teaching May 2018

by Kids Discover

Happy May! This month we’re focusing on health science Units to prepare for Physical Fitness Month, National Nurses’ Day and World Asthma Day! We’re also diving into some historical resources to learn about the beginning of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Memorial Day, JFK’s Birthday, and the anniversary of the birth of the U.S. Constitution. As always, follow us on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to keep up with these timely resources throughout the month. Have a great one!

May is Physical Fitness Month!

#GetActive with your students this month and read up on important Health Science units like The Heart, Lungs, and Muscles. Kids will read about the science behind Exercise, The Body’s Major Muscles, and Dos and Don’ts for Lungs. Knowledge about how our bodies work will motivate kids to keep moving! 

May 1st – World Asthma Day

Different Ways Lungs Help

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. Asthma is a disease that makes it hard for a person to breathe, and many things can trigger an attack, like allergies, a change in the weather, or physical exertion.

May 6th – National Nurses’ Day


For kids with parents or relatives who are nurses, this week may be filled with celebratory dinners and flowers from patients and loved ones. Teach kids about the valuable work this profession with resources from our Human Body Discover Map for inspiration.

May 14th – Beginning of Lewis and Clark Expedition In 1804


May 14th marks the beginning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition which took place in 1804. Students will read about their encounters with Native Americans, grizzly attacks, and roaring rapids. Discover the bravery and teamwork that made their journey a classic tale of American exploration and adventure.

May 18th – Endangered Species Day


The purpose of Endangered Species Day is to raise awareness about the national conservation efforts designed to protect endangered species and their habitats.

May 25th – Anniversary of the Constitutional Convention (1787)


On May 25, 1787, delegates from seven states met in Philadelphia with the goal of revising the Articles of Confederation. Soon, delegates from five more states arrived. Through the long, hot summer, the delegates debated many issues. In the end, they changed history.

May 26th – Sally Ride’s Birthday (The First American Woman in Space)


Sally Ride was the first American female to visit space. She was part of a mission called STS-7 where she controlled a robotic arm to send satellites into orbit.

May 28th – Memorial Day

Marines_6040_1Memorial Day is a day to remember everyone who has fought and died for the United States in our armed forces. Take a tour online through historic monuments of Washington D.C., including the Arlington National Cemetery, The Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more.

May 29th – John F. Kennedy’s Birthday

JFK_6_1400John F. Kennedy III, our 35th president, was born on this day in 1917. In his short time in office he established the Peace Corps, put the first man on the moon, and helped integrate black students into segregated college campuses.


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