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Special Days in October, 2015

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Updated for 2017 : click here!

October is packed full  of  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, Special Days in October, 2015 gives you plenty to choose from!

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family

October’s Food Themes

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

Daily Specials for October, 2015  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1

  • CD Player Day
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Lace Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Denim Day  *(1st Fri.)
  • Diversity Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Story Telling Weekend begins *(1st Fri.)
  • World Smile Day *(1st Fri.)

Oct. 3

  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • Card Making Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend *
  • Frugal Fun Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Techie’s Day
  • Virus Appreciation Day

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Carry a Tune Week begins * (week with the 7th)
  • Change A Light Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Fire Prevention Week begins *
  • Frappe Day
  • Get Organized Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Golf Day
  • Great Books Week begins * (1st full week)
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • Inter-generation Day *(1st Sun.)
  • Metric Week begins * (week with the 10th)
  • Mystery Series Week begins *(1st full week)
  • St. Francis Day
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Work From Home Week *(1st full week)
  • World Animal Day
  • World Communion Day *(1st Sun.)
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Child Health Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Week begins *
  • Spinning and Weaving Week begins *
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Habitat Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Come and Take It Day
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846

Oct. 7

  • Balloons Around the World Day *(1st Wed.)
  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Walk to School Day *

Oct. 8

  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction *(2nd Wed.)
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • World Sight Day *(2nd Thurs.)

Oct. 9

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

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Universal Music Day *(2nd Sat.)

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 lauched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Chestnut Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Food Bank Week begins *(the week of the 16th)
  • Free Thought Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Canadian Thanksgiving * (2nd Mon.)
  • Columbus Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Fossil Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Native American Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • School Lunch Week begins *
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Face Your Fears Day *(2nd Tues.)
  • Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day *(2nd Wed.)
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Emergency Nurses Day *
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction *(2nd Wed.)
  • Top Spinning Day *((2nd Wed.)
  • William Penn born 1644

Oct. 15

  • Get Smart About Credit Day *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Grouch Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’s Day
  • Dictionary Day
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Bridge Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Sweetest Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * (3rd full week)
  • Character Counts Week *(3rd full week)
  • Chemistry Week * (3rd full week)
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Forest Products Week begins * (3rd Sun.)
  • Freedom of Speech Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Friends of the Library Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • No Beard Day
  • Teen Read Week begins * (3rd full week)

Oct. 19

  • Chemistry Week begins *
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Nuclear Science Week begins *
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Hagfish Day *(3rd Wed.)
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity *
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 22

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

Oct. 23

  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins *
  • Food Day
  • Make a Difference Day *(4th Sat.)
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

Oct. 25

  • Magic Week begins *
  • Mother-In-Law Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins *
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Save for Retirement Week begins *
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolate Day
  • Plush Animal Lover’s 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
  • Frankenstein Day (Last Fri.)
  • 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
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • 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-2015.html

Se7en’s October…

http://food.unl.edu/october-food-calendar

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

Happy October!

betty jo

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9/11 Remembrance

Remembering and Learning Resources for 9-11, updated for 2015.

Still Learning Something New

mr_rogers_helpers_quoteA couple of years ago 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.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/09/10/teaching-resources-for-patriot-day/

And, for this year, I’ve found the following resources to further our studies.

“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

Mathematical Perspective of 9-11 and After   http://scottberkun.com/2012/the-math-and-aftermath-of-911/

Patriot Day Lesson Plans, Articles, Videos, and Teaching Tips   http://www.uen.org/core/socialstudies/patriotday/

How to Prepare for a Terrorist Attack and Links to Other More Detailed Preparedness Plans and Facts  from The Dept…

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Resources For Learning About Skyscrapers

“Skyscraper Day” is Sept. 3! Here’s the online resources from our study last year. It was a fun one! We learned a lot, too.

Still Learning Something New

skyscrapersWhen we looked over this week’s special days (https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/29/special-days-in-september-2014/), the 3rd caught our attention, “Skyscraper Day”! This is a day to appreciate and admire the world’s tallest skyscrapers. With all the fantastic resources I found, this study will probably hold our interest for more than just a day.  I’m thinking it’s going to be “Skyscraper Rest of the Week or Longer” for us.  Below are the links we’ll be following as we learn about skyscrapers.  This study will cover the subjects of science, math, language arts, history, geography, literature, and art.  Most of the resources will apply to all ages.

Skyscraper Day Information http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/September/skyscraperday.htm

Fun Facts About Skyscrapers http://www.factmonster.com/spot/skyscraperfacts.html  (there’s related links on the right side of the article)

How Skyscrapers Work Articles with Diagrams http://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/structural/skyscraper2.htm

Time-lapse Construction Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdpf-MQM9vY

Virtual Field Trip – 360 degree Panoramic View from the Empire State Building http://www.nylocations.com/360-panorama/empire-state-building/

Skyscraper Emergency Engineering Lab Interactives  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/skyscraper/challenge/index.html

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