Learning Resources for Special Days

October’s free resource list is updated for 2019!

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Recently, I was asked what resources to use for teaching from the Special Days posts. Every month has different topics, but I turn to the same tried and trusted web sites as I collect resources for our Special Days learning.  Below is a list of those I find to be the most helpful when preparing our “from the calendar” studies.  I hope that you will find them helpful, too.

Special Days and Biographies –  How to and resource list  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/21/special-days-and-biographies/

Resources for Presidents Birthdays  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

Special Days and Geography –  How to and resource list  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/

Special Days and Science – How to with resource list  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/08/05/special-days-and-science/

A monthly calendar “resource of links and things to do, things to learn and things to explore”  http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-almanac

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Special Days in October, 2019

Here’s the October, 2019 Special Days list!  It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  If you’re looking for something seasonal and fun to include in your lesson plans, a day to celebrate, or special foods to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!

Resources for teaching through October, including a PDF of October’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Chiropractic
  • Church Library
  • 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
  • Feral Hog
  • 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
  • Prescription Errors Education and Awareness
  • 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
  • World Animal

October’s Food Themes

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

Daily Specials for October, 2019  (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
  • Lace Day
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Nigeria Independence Day 1960
  • People’s Republic of China National Day 1949
  • Raccoon Appreciation Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Balloons Around the World Day * – 1st Wed.
  • Custodial Workers Day
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Guinea Independence Day 1958
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Walk to School Day * – 1st Wed.

Oct. 3

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • East and West Germany Re-unification 1990
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Techie’s Day
  • Blues Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn born 1954
  • Virus Appreciation Day

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Denim Day * – 1st Fri.
  • Diversity Day * – 1st Fri.
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Lesotho Independence Day 1966
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Story Telling Weekend * – 1st Fri.
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Smile Day *- 1st Fri.
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Card Making Day * – 1st Sat.
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
  • Frugal Fun Day * – 1st Sat.
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Jarrow March 1936
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Animal Welfare Week * – 1st full week
  • Carry a Tune Week * – week with the 7th
  • Change A Light Day – * 1st Sun.
  • Come and Take It Day
  • Fire Prevention Week begins * – week with the 9th
  • German-American Day
  • Get Organized Week * – 1st full week
  • Great Books Week * – 1st full week
  • Inter-generation Day* – 1st Sun.
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Metric Week * – week with the 10th
  • Mystery Series Week * – 1st full week
  • William Tyndale martyred 1536
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846
  • Work From Home Week * – 1st full week
  • World Communion Day * – 1st Sun.

Oct. 7

  • First “American Bandstand” Broadcast 1952
  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered Catalina Island 1542
  • Child Health Day * – 1st Mon.
  • Spinning and Weaving Week* – Mon. of first full week
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day * – 1st Mon.
  • World Habitat Day * – 1st Mon.

Oct. 8

  • Cephalopod Awareness Days (8-10)
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Chess Day
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction * – 2nd Wed.
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Top Spinning Day * – 2nd Wed.
  • Uganda Independence Day 1962
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day
  • Yom Kipper *

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Fiji Independence Day 1970
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Republic of China/Taiwan National Day 1949
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Sight Day * – 2nd Thurs.

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 launched 1968
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Coming Out Day
  • Egg Day * – 2nd Fri.
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Fossil Day
  • Freethought Day
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Universal Music Day * – 2nd Sat.

Oct. 13

  • Chestnut Week * – 2nd full week
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * – 2nd Sun.
  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Food Bank Week * – week of the 16th
  • Greenwich  Mean Time established 1884
  • Patriot Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • School Lunch Week * – 2nd full week
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • US Navy Established 1775
  • Wolf Awareness Week *- 2nd full week

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Canadian Thanksgiving * – 2nd Mon.
  • Columbus Day * – 2nd Mon.
  • Dessert Day
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • Native American Day * – 2nd Mon.
  • Nuclear Science Week *
  • William Penn born 1644
  • Photographic Film patented 1884
  • Sukkot *

Oct. 15

  • 1st Manned Balloon Flight (tethered), 1783
  • Grouch Day
  • Face Your Fears Day * -2nd Tues.
  • Handwashing Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * – 3rd Tues.
  • Veterinary Technician Week begins
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’ Day * – Closest weekday to the 16th
  • Dictionary Day
  • Hagfish Day * – 3rd Wed.
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Day

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Get Smart About Credit Day * – 3rd Thurs.
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Saint Luke’s Day
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Bridge Day * – 3rd Sat.
  • Cave Painting discovered in Verona, Italy 2000
  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781
  • Sweetest Day * – 3rd Sat.

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 1931
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * – 3rd full week
  • Character Counts Week * – 3rd full week
  • Chemistry Week * – 4th week
  • Forest Products Week * – 3rd Sun
  • Freedom of Speech Week * – 3rd full week
  • Friends of the Library Week * – 3rd full week
  • Information Overload Day
  • Massage Therapy Week * – last full week
  • Monster Mash Day
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week * – last full week
  • Save For Retirement Week *
  • Sloth Day
  • Architect Sir Christopher Wren born 1632

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Battle of Trafalgar 1805
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * – 3rd Mon.
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day
  • School Bus Safety Week * – Mon. of 3rd full week

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Everyone Writes Day
  • Nut Day
  • Stuttering Awareness Day

Oct. 23

  • Battle of Edgehill 1642
  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * – Wed. of 3rd full week
  • Mole Day
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins (UN)
  • Food Day
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day
  • Zambia Independence Day 1964

Oct. 25

  • Charge of the Light Brigade 1854
  • Saint Crispin’s Day
  • Frankenstein Day * – last Fri.
  • Magic Week begins
  • Make a Difference Day * – 4th Fri.& Sat.
  • 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
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • National Pumpkin Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Explorer James Cook born 1728
  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Diwali *
  • Mother-In-Law Day * – 4th Sun.
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • St Vincent and Grenadines Independence Day 1979
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates 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
  • Psoriasis Day
  • Turkey Independence Day 1923
  • 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
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

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
  • Punky Night * – last Thurs.
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

Free Printable –  Special Days in October

October Special Days Learning Resources  (currently being updated for 2019)   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/10/01/learning-resources-for-special-days-in-october-2016/

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science

 

October’s Special Days Activity Companion offers a wonderful collection of learning ideas for the entire month and is suitable for all ages and learning styles. Great for families who enjoy learning together!  And, great for co-ops and after school clubs. Get your copy of October’s Special Days Activity Companion

https://www.etsy.com/listing/541065710/october-special-days-activity-companion?ref=shop_home_active_11&pro=1

 

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.html

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

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

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

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/oct.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Happy October!

betty jo