Special Days In October, 2014

october-550x205Colorful leaves, jackets, pumpkins, and candy! There’s so much to celebrate with October!  There’s a lot of special days on the calendar as well!  This month is packed with  holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, celebrate, or add to the menu, this listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Fair Trade
  • Financial Planning
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Walk To School

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian

Oct. 1

  • Balloons Around the World Day *(1st Wed.)
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Financial Planning Week begins *
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Lace Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950

Oct. 3

  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • Denim Day  *(1st Fri.)
  • Diversity Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Hajj Day
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Story Telling Weekend begins *(1st Fri.)
  • Techie’s Day
  • World Smile Day *(1st Fri.)

Oct. 4

    • Card Making Day *(1st Sat.)
    • Cinnamon Roll Day
    • Fall Astronomy Day *
    • Frappe Day
    • Frugal Fun Day *(1st Sat.)
    • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
    • Improve Your Office Day
    • St. Francis Day
    • Sputnik launched 1957
    • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
    • World Animal Day
    • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Carry A Tune Week begins *
  • Change A Light Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Eid-Al-Adha *
  • Fire Prevention Week begins *
  • Get Organized Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Great Books Week begins &(1st full week)
  • Inter-generation Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Mystery Series Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Newspaper Week begins *
  • Work From Home Week *(1st full week)
  • World Communication Day *(1st Sun.)
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Child Health Day *(1st Mon.)
  • German-American Day
  • Kid’s Goal Setting Week begins *
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Pet Peeve Week begins (2nd week)
  • Spinning and Weaving Week begins *
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Habitat Day *(1st Mon.)

Oct. 7

  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871

Oct. 8

  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day *(2nd Wed.)
  • Draconid Meteor Shower
  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction *(2nd Wed.)
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Top Spinning Day *((2nd Wed.)
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Wald To School Day *

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Sukkot *
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day
  • World Sight Day *(2nd Thurs.)

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Egg Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 lauched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Free Thought Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884
  • Universal Music Day *(2nd Sat.)

Oct. 12

  • Chestnut Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • Food Bank Week begins *(the week of the 16th)
  • Fossil Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Teen Read Week begins *

Oct. 13

  • Clergy Appreciation Day
  • Columbus Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Native American Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Thanksgiving (Canada)
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Face Your Fears Day *(2nd Tues.)
  • William Penn born 1644

Oct. 15

  • Grouch Day
  • Hagfish Day *(3rd Wed.)
  • I Love Lucy Day
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Dictionary Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Bridge Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Sweetest Day *(3rd Sat.)

Oct. 19

  • Character Counts Week *(3rd week)
  • Chemistry Week begins *
  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Friends of Libraries Week begins *
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Chemistry Week begins
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Freedom of Speech Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day
  • Nuclear Science Week begins *

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • 1st Lightbulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Nut Day

Oct. 23

  • Diwali *
  • iPod Day
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Food Day
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

Oct. 25

  • Magic Week begins
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Make a Difference Day *
  • Mother-In-Law Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Mule Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolate Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 1938

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Frankenstein Day (Last Fri.)
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/october-2014.html

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/Monthly-Special-Days-Calendars/a/Special-Days-And-Observances-In-October.htm

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-october

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/october

Happy October!

betty jo

 

Arrrrgh! Pirates!

Betty Jo:

Sept. 19th is “Talk Like a Pirate” Day! We did a whole pirate unit study last year and it was great fun! Here’s the resources we used. I checked them all and they are working fine.

Originally posted on Still Learning Something New:

1328026975arvadacenter-pirate-tattoos-big-pngAccording to the special days in September calendar, the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day!  And on our planner, it’s the last day of our pirate unit study that we have been working on a couple of days a week for the past several weeks.  It’s been a fun and interesting study.  Below are some of the resources we have been using.

For biographies, lore, sea sickness, and more  http://the-pirate-ship.com/

For learning about how much work it was to sail a full-rigged ship  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6DZIvMZWzQ

Since pirates needed sewing skills for sail repairs we have added some sewing instruction to our lessons.

553537_506050852810215_1177626745_nHow to tie knots was also a valuable pirate talent, so we’ve given that a try as well. http://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/

Navigation by the night sky was another important sailor skill.  For a slide show of Polaris (the north star)  and brief facts  http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/diglib/science/cultural_astronomy/interactives/polaris/polaris.swf

This PDF is the instructions…

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9/11 Remembrance

 

9-11-memorial

Last year our Patriot Day studies were geared a little more toward the younger boys than my big kids.  Here’s the link to that study and the resources we used.  http://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/09/10/teaching-resources-for-patriot-day/

This 9/11 the younger boys can revisit some of last year’s study, and we’ll add these resources.

“Teach and Learn” from the 9/11 Memorial Museum  https://www.911memorial.org/teach-learn

President Bush’s Address to the Nation from 9/11   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbqCquDl4k4

Photo Gallery and More from the New One World Trade Center  http://onewtc.com/gallery-images/2069/august-2014-site-update-looking-north-east-image-2

B and I (and which ever big kids happen to be home) will be researching and learning from these more mature sites:

Video Facts and Timeline of 9/11 Attacks   http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks

Post 9/11 and Terrorist Attacks Articles   http://www.factmonster.com/spot/sept11features.html

How to Prepare for a Terrorist Attack and Links to Other More Detailed Preparedness Plans and Facts  from The Dept. Of Homeland Security     http://www.nationalterroralert.com/default/

Remembering with you all,

betty jo