Iowa Public Television

K-12 Connections Event
Arthur's Birthday Party
Subject Areas:
    Language Arts/Communication

Happy Birthday Arthur! Arthur will always be 8 years old, but on May 25th, 2011, he celebrates his 35nd anniversary! Yes, it was over 30 years ago when author Marc Brown first created Arthur as a bedtime story for his son.

Join us as we prepare to celebrate this monumental occasion! Presenters engage students in interdisciplinary activities designed to foster learning while having fun celebrating Arthur's birthday. We will vote for our favorite snacks, sing Arthur's theme song, create a personalized napkin, read Arthur's Birthday by Marc Brown, and use our language arts skills to write clues to guess Arthur's gift.

Your students may send Arthur homemade birthday cards c/o IPTV. We will read some of the cards aloud during the ICN session.

Iowa Public Television
6450 Corporate Drive
PO Box 6450
Johnston, Iowa 50131
*Attention: Abby Brown

Registrants agree to provide the following materials for each student:

  • pencil
  • blank sheet of paper
  • 'Arthur's Napkin Art' sheet
  • 'My Partner's Napkin Says' sheet (OPTIONAL)
  • 'Our Favorite Birthday Snacks' sheet (OPTIONAL)
  • crayons (OPTIONAL)

DO NOT complete the sheets. We complete the sheets as a group during the ICN session.

Download the worksheets Classroom Resources prepared and compiled by IPTV K-12 Connections staff. The sheets are posted on the 'Arthur's Birthday' section.

Following this ICN session, confirmed registrants receive the complimentary books Making Books and Mega-Fun Map Skills or alternate titles.

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Classroom Resources:

The following related programs are available on IPTV's broadcast or from the AEAs: (Check The Classroom Resource ( Web site for broadcast dates and times.)

  • ARTHUR: program 110 'Arthur's Birthday' (Grade Level: PreK-3)
  • BETWEEN THE LIONS (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • MARTHA SPEAKS (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • SUPER WHY! (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • WORDGIRL (Grade Level: PreK-4)

Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa. If you are not employed by a school district or an AEA please register at library sites only.

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Contact Person:
Abby Brown or Debbie Wineland
Educational Telecommunications
(800)532-1290 or (515)242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
May 22, 2014
 Thursday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 1-4
Friday, May 9, 2014
May 22, 2014
 Thursday, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Audience: Grades 1-4
Friday, May 9, 2014
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