Teaching With Books
In 1870 Congress passed legislation making Thanksgiving a national holiday. They allowed the president to set the date each year. U.S. presidents generally declared the last Thursday of November to be a national day of Thanksgiving. During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving earlier. He hoped to boost business and the U.S. economy by extending the Christmas shopping season. In 1941 Congress passed legislation mandating that Thanksgiving would occur on the fourth Thursday of November.
A dormouse is not actually a mouse, but it is a rodent. Dormice are famous for their long winter sleeps. They can sleep for up to six months. In Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one character is called the Dormouse. Can you guess what he does in the story? He keeps falling asleep!
A simile is a figure of speech that uses the words as or like to describe a noun or an action.
Read the sentence and underline the simile. What does the simile mean? Write your own sentence using the same simile.
Her laughter was like a ray of sunshine.
At the school fair, Keisha bought jacks and a ball for 58¢. If Keisha used nine coins and no quarters to pay exactly, which coins did she use?