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Special Days in May, 2020

May’s calendar is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2020 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in May, can be found at the end of this list.

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Homeschool Awareness
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2020 (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Office Fax introduced 1964
  • Oyster Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • Totally Chipotle Day

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • School Nurse Day *
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day

May 8

  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • No Socks Day
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Food Allergy Week *
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Shrimp Day
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Drawing Day
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Cuba Independence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Ramadan Ends *
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Shavuot *
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Pentecost *
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF Special Days in May

May Resources (currently being updated for 2020)

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   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

Special Days Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.

I make my monthly special days lists 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.

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

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.se7en.org.za/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

https://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Happy May!

betty jo

Special Days in March, 2020

Click here for the updated Special Days in March!

For the Birds! Ornithology Resource List

 

Adding ornithology to our homeschooling science started years ago when my daughter set up a “Bird Mart” outside out biggest window.  She offered different foods and nesting supplies.  She checked out a bird field guide from the library.  She made graphs and charts. Everyone in the family got interested in her project.  Looking out that window at the variety of birds was better than looking at the tv!  She took her project to that year’s science fair and brought home a blue ribbon.

Here’s a collection of free resources for your family’s bird studies and budding ornithologists. I’ve also added some resources for bird related language arts and electives, too.

Bird Watching Activities and Resources                                                                            https://franw.com/2014/03/27/bird-watching-activities/

Bird Lesson Plans and Activities by the Month                               https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/feathered-friends/

More Bird Lesson Plans                                                                      https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/

Migratory Birds Math and Science Lessons                                     https://hubbardbrook.org/lessons_birds

Hummingbird Math Activities                                       http://www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html

A-Z List of Bird Sounds                                                                                                                https://www.bird-sounds.net/alphabetical/

Identification Guide                   https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/identification.php

Nest Cams                                                                                                     https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/

Bible Verses about Birds                                                                  https://www.openbible.info/topics/birds

Bird Facts                                                                                                       https://www.factretriever.com/bird-facts

A- Z Birds Taxon Information                                                                        https://animaldiversity.org/search/?q=birds&feature=INFORMATION

Track Migrations                                                                                                             https://journeynorth.org/

Outdoor Biology Activities                                                                                http://www.outdoorbiology.com/

Pet Birds Guide                                                                                                      https://www.allpetbirds.com/

Backyard Birds Note Pack and Lapbook Printables https://www.homeschoolshare.com/backyard_birds_lap_n_note.php

Birds of Prey Lapbook Printables                             https://www.homeschoolshare.com/birds_of_prey.php

Great Backyard Bird Count                                                       https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

Bird Feeder Crafts                                                                                                  https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/

Materials to Help Birds Build Their Nests                                               https://www.thespruce.com/attract-birds-with-nesting-material-386423

Stories of Birds (copyright 1903)                                                https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20547/20547-h/20547-h.htm

Birds Vocabulary                                                                                             https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/birds-vocabulary/

Bird Idioms                                                                                                       https://www.thespruce.com/bird-idioms-explained-386739

Bird Jokes and Riddles (kid friendly) https://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/bird.shtml

Birds in the News                                                                                  https://www.audubon.org/news/birds-news?page=1

Top 40 Songs About Birds                                                                                   http://www.top2040.com/2014/07/top-40-songs-about-birds.html

John James Audubon’s Birds of America Digital Library                               https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america

Realistic Bird Coloring Pages                                                                                     https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-coloring-pages.html

How to Draw Birds – Step by Step Instruction                                                   http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-birds.html#.Xj-BE2hKiM8

And Another How to Draw Birds – Step-by-Step Instruction  https://easydrawingguides.com/search/birds

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Hummingbird                                https://www.hodgepodge.me/hummingbird-video-chalk-art-tutorial/

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Cardinals in Snow                              https://www.hodgepodge.me/cardinals-snow-chalk-art-tutorial/

Bird Origami                                                                                                                            https://en.origami-club.com/animal/bird/index.html

 

 

 

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

Mosquitoes!

August 20 is World Mosquito Day!  Here are some great free resources for learning about mosquitoes and some activities to try to get rid of them!

Fact Sheets and Anatomy Diagrams (for lower learning levels)                               https://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-mosquitoes/

https://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/insects/mosquito/

Structure and Life Cycle with  Diagrams (advanced level)  http://www.biologydiscussion.com/articles/structure-and-life-cycle-of-mosquito-with-diagram/2675

Fascinating Facts                                                                                  https://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-mosquitoes-1968300

Under the Microscope                                                                    https://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/under-the-microscope-the-mosquitos-bite/

Make Mosquito Traps                                                                        https://thehomesteadinghippy.com/diy-mosquito-traps/

Home Remedies to Repel  Mosquitoes                                                 https://homeremedyshop.com/home-remedies-to-repel-mosquitoes/

Natural Bite Remedies                                                       https://www.mnn.com/health/allergies/stories/11-natural-mosquito-bite-remedies

Math Lesson                                                                      https://www.yummymath.com/2018/encouraging-bats-might-be-better-than-using-bug-repellant/

 

 

Special Days in August, 2019

 

Special Days in June, 2019

Click here for the Special Days in June list updated for 2020!

Valentine’s Day Resource List

Here’s a list of free cross-curriculum Valentine’s Day resources!

Language Arts:

Heart Bordered Notebooking Printables   https://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_holidays.htm

Writing Activities and Prompts                                                                                        https://writeshop.com/?s=valentine

Valentine’s Day Vocabulary List, Interactive Word Games, Printables            https://myvocabulary.com/word-game-puzzles/valentine-s-day-vocabulary/

How to Say “I Love You” in 20 Languages            https://reference.yourdictionary.com/reference/other-languages/how-to-say-i-love-you-in-many-languages.html

Valentine “Would You Rather” Questions            https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentines-Day-Would-You-Rather-Questions-FREE-1104231

Social Studies

Valentine’s Day History (articles, video, photo gallery)   https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

Valentine’s Day History, Legends, Traditions                                      http://www.stvalentinesday.org/about-valentines-day.html

Cupid Mythology                                                                                      https://mythology.net/roman/roman-gods/cupid/

Valentine’s Day Traditions Around the World                             https://traveltriangle.com/blog/valentines-day-traditions-around-the-world/

Math and Science:

11 Valentine Math Lessons                                                  https://www.yummymath.com/2019/valentines-day-11-possibilities/

Human Heart Free Resource List                     https://homeschoolgiveaways.com/2016/02/learning-about-the-human-heart-with-free-printables-and-activities/

Valentine’s Day Chemistry – Cards, Chocolate, Flowers and more              https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/chemistryclubs/activities/valentines-activities.html

Electives:

Heart Origami and Craft Activities                                                                            https://franw.com/2017/02/02/heart-activities/

Draw Animals Using  Heart Shapes              https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2010/01/drawing-and-making-cute-animals-out-of-hearts-for-valentines-day/

Bible Verses About “Love”                                                                                        https://dailyverses.net/love

Valentine’s Day Recipes for Kids to Make (not just sweets!)   https://www.parenting.com/gallery/easy-valentines-day-recipes-kids?page=0

Romantic Classical Music Playlist

With love,

betty jo

Special Days in January, 2019

Click here for the updated Special Days in January

Special Days in November, 2018

Click here for the updated BIG list of Special Days in November!