According to the PBS Kids Reading Activity Calendar - the one that reminded us to celebrate Pandemonium Day yesterday - July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day.
There's something about cows. Is it those big velvety eyes, fanned by long lashes? Is it the warmth and contentment you feel when you're watching their rhythmic chewing of the cud? Is it the pied beauty of their skin patterns, none of them quite the same?
Why not read books with your kids today that celebrate cows? Here's a review of one called This is the Mud, by Australian author, Kathryn Apel. You could write a list of facts that you and your children think you know about cows, and check your facts online or at the library. Follow up with a list of what you would like to learn about cows. You could also take a trip to a farm and visit some real cows.
To celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, I came up with a list of simple questions and answers and tried creating an arcade game at ClassTools.net where you can get free customisable flash templates to embed into blogs, wikis etc. Once I'd put my set of questions and answers in, I tried the game, and got the code to embed on my blog, plus a url. As you will see, there are five different choices of game, but all are built around my original ten questions and answers. Click on the blue words of Matching Pairs, Wordshoot, Flashcards, Manic Miner or Cannonball Fun to try the games below. There are other choices at ClassTools.net, all free, and I think they would make a great addition to a class blog or wiki.
Another way to harness (ahem!) technology to express our appreciation for cows would be to use Motivator from Big Huge Labs to design a poster. It's a simple matter of choosing a few options, then uploading your cow picture. I quickly downloaded one from Morguefile so I didn't need to include an attribution on my poster, which you can see above. (Thank you Morguefile!)
Winston Churchill said,"Odd things animals. All dogs look up to you. All cats look down to you. Only a pig looks at you as an equal." I think cows look at us that way too, and that's A Good Thing, right?