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Picnic Day


Plan to have a picnic in the classroom or outside on the school grounds for this day.  The students may simply pack a lunch to eat together, or dishes may be prepared as part of a science lesson.

KidsHealth - Contains information on the Food Guide Pyramid.  May be used in planning a healthy picnic menu.

Activities for Kids - A page of ideas for planning a picnic theme party.

Zoom - Explains a game called "Going on a Picnic".

PBSKids  - A lesson plan idea for "Planning a Picnic".

USGS - A mapping lesson plan about giving directions to a spot for a picnic.

Ants - Filled with information on ants to be used in a science lesson.

Ant Feats - More good information on ants.

The 512 Ants on Sullivan Street by Carol A. Losi.
A great math lesson on doubling numbers.  This multiplying group of ants sets out to ruin a picnic.

Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros.
A good nonfiction book about ants.

Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries.
A great nonfiction book about the life of any ant.

Higgledy Piggledy Hobbledy Hoy by Dorothy Butler.
A brother and sister make up rhymes about each other as they set off for a picnic.

How Hungry Are You? by Donna Jo Napoli.
A group of animals headed on a picnic will have to decide how to divide up their food as more guests are added.

The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci.
A good reference book on ants.

The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants by Scholastic.
This time Miss Frizzle and her class end up in an ant colony.

Monster Math Picnic by Grace Maccarone.
A great book to use in a math lesson for different combinations of numbers equaling ten.

Mop and the Birthday Picnic by Martine Schaap.
A family and their dog go on a celebratory picnic.  However, the dog eats their lunch!

Once Upon a Picnic by John Prater.
The illustrations in this book are filled with familiar storybook characters!  Students will enjoy finding the familiar faces entangled with a family on a picnic.

The Picnic by Ruth Brown.
What happens to a group of forest animals when a human family comes in their territory for a picnic.

Picnic Farm by Christine Morton.
A simple book of picnic foods and items and how they originate from farm animals. 

Pignic by Anne Miranda.
This rhyming alphabet book follows pigs bringing a variety of foods to a picnic.

Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy.
A family goes on exciting picnic adventures in their old car.

We had a Picnic this Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson.
This is a delightful book of a family gathering.

We're Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins.
Duck, Goose and Hen, set out for a picnic, but lose their food along the way.

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