I am hoping you will find my teaching resources of value to use in your classrooms. I taught for 33 1/2 years. I was awarded both the NY State Elementary Social Studies Teacher and the National Council for Social Studies Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year(1988). I am the author of over 30 books for children and teachers.
Thanks to Education World for use of my Mrs. Waffenschmidt illustration.
Click on icon to go to my website: http://www.gailhennessey.com
Monday, January 9, 2017
January 13th falls on a FRIDAY.
Friday the 13th!
Some people fear high places, other people fear closed places, and some people fear germs. There are many different things which bring out fear in people. For me, it's snakes! Some people don't like the number 13 thinking it is a very unlucky number. Others specifically fear Friday the 13th. The fear of the number thirteen has a special name. It's called triskaidekaphobia. Fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia.(Yikes-try pronouncing both words!) Did you know that many hotels don't have a 13th floor?(Well, actually there IS a 13th floor but it isn't named 13th). Some airplanes don't have a row named 13 and many hospitals don't have a room 13. There WAS an Apollo 13, a space mission that blasted into space on April 11, 1970.(It was launched at 13:13!) On April 13(not a Friday), there was an explosion. Fortunately, the crew was able to come home safely. In many Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece)and not Friday the 13th, is considered a day of bad luck.
Do something today to make Friday the 13th an awesome day! Make it a positive day!
Do you pick up a penny for good luck? Another penny superstition is if you find a penny HEADS up, make a wish!
If you have an eyelash on your face, make a wish and blow it away!
Some people like to knock on wood to make sure something bad doesn’t happen after they say something. For example, “I never get a cold.”
A superstition says you must leave a building by the same door you entered or you will have bad luck.
A superstition says that catching a falling leave in the fall brings good health for you throughout the winter months!
On your birthday, do you try and blow out all the candles in one breath? Superstition says if you do, your wish made will come true.
A superstition says that if you see a spider on Halloween, it means a loved one’s spirit is protecting you.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt refused to travel on the 13th of the month. He also would not sit at a table with only 13 people.
Black cats are thought to bring bad luck in the USA but it is a WHITE cat that is thought be bring bad luck in Great Britain.
* Illustrate a superstition.
* What is something you can do as an act of kindness for someone else on Friday the 13th?