Teaching With Books
April 1 is April Fools' Day. People all around the world celebrate by pulling pranks on their friends. A prank is a practical joke. It is not meant to be mean; it is a way to be silly with friends. The exact origins of the holiday are unknown. Most researchers believe the day comes from old European spring festivals. During these festivals, people would play pranks and wear disguises to celebrate the beginning of spring.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. Some types of bamboo can grow a foot in one day! Different bamboo species vary in size. The smallest bamboo species are less than six inches tall. The largest species can grow to more than 130 feet tall! Most bamboo species grow in Africa, Asia, and South America. In Asia, bamboo is used as a building material because it is so strong. It is also cooked as a vegetable.
To burn the candle at both ends means to try to do too much or to never give yourself a rest.
When Susie signed up for the student play, her mother cautioned that she might burn the candle at both ends, as she was already playing soccer, writing for the school newspaper, and volunteering on weekends.
Do you burn the candle at both ends? Explain why or why not.
In 1800, the capital of the United States moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. In 1831, the network of people helping slaves escape to the North became known as the Underground Railroad. In 1861, the Civil War began.
Where do these historical events fall on the timeline below?