Everyday is a holiday, so why not use that in your classroom? I post Today's Holiday on the board each day just to make the board dynamic (I do this with a pun of the day as well). It keeps some students checking it out regularly and then they sometimes notice other things I want them to see on the board (due dates, notes, etc.).
The holidays can also be great prompts for writing activities, provide themes for grammar practice sentences, or give an excuse to share the story of the sappy love letter romance between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.
The calendar to the right of this blog lists out several holidays, birthdays (both real and fictional), and more like:
- International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) - Also Hermione Granger's Birthday
- Grammar Day (March 4)
- Dunce Day (Nov. 8)
- Opposite Day (Jan. 25)
- Superman's Birthday (Feb. 29)
- Tell a Story Day (Apr. 27)
Just to name a few!