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Observance Days

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Observance Days

Wisconsin's 21 special observance days are part of state statutes governing general school operations (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.02).  In addition, there are federal observances which are either designated by Congress in Title 36 of the United States Code (36 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.), or by presidential proclamation.  

Resources for WI Observance Days

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The links below will take you to Pinterest boards for each specific Wisconsin observance day.  The curated resources are from trusted partners such as universities, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian.  

The resources often suggest the use of primary source documents and photographs to help students critically analyze people and events.  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction encourages educators to recognize people and groups throughout the year nad not just on their special day or month.

Observance days are listed in the order they will arrive during the school year.

 

November

11th: Veterans Day

 

April

9th: Prisoner of War Remembrance Day

13th: American's Creed Day

19th: Patriots' Day (not the same as Patriot Day, September 11)

22nd: Environmental Awareness Day (also known as Earth Day)

29th: Arbor Day

Federal Observances and Presidential Proclamations Related to Social Studies

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The links below will take you to Pinterest boards for each specific federal observance day.  As with the Wisconsin resources, these are from trusted partners such as universities, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian.  

The resources often suggest the use of primary source documents and photographs to help students critically analyze people and events. 

Observance days are listed in the order they will arrive during the school year.

 

Please note:  All links to outside resources are free to public use.  Any links those sites may have to resources for purchase are not reviewed or endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

 

For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207