Free November Unit Studies and Lessons
Planning lessons around holidays, historical events, and seasonal themes can be a fun way to homeschool. It’s an excellent way for kids to learn about the world around them, including topics that aren’t usually covered in a textbook. Our family has enjoyed occasionally adding seasonal and holiday-themed lessons to our homeschool routine.
Below is a list of free unit studies, lesson plans, and activities for November. All of the holiday dates given are for 2021. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year. For other months, see this page.
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Native American Heritage Month (all November)
Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the culture, traditions, history, and contributions of Native Americans.
- National Native American Heritage Month– teacher’s resources
- The Homeschool Mom– learning resources
- Homeschool Super Freak– teaching resources and ideas
All Saints’ Day (November 1st)
All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas, is when some Christians celebrate and honor the saints. In Western Christianity, it is observed on November 1st by the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates All Saints Day on the first Sunday following Pentecost (sometime in May or June).
- Loyola Press– lesson plans and activities
- Heritage History– A Child’s Book of Saints ebook
- Project Gutenburg– In God’s Garden: Stories of the Saints for Little Children ebook
North Dakota’s Statehood (November 2nd)
North Dakota was admitted into the Union on November 2, 1889.
South Dakota’s Statehood (November 2nd)
South Dakota also became a state on November 2, 1889.
Election Day (November 2nd)
Election Day is the day general elections of federal public officials, including the President, are held. Election Day is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November each year.
Diwali (November 2nd to 6th)
In the Hindu religion, Diwali (or Deepawali ) is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas or clay lamps. Diwali takes place on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, which overlaps October and November on the Gregorian calendar.
- Nurture Store– unit study
- Teachers Pay Teachers– virtual field trip and worksheets
- Teachers Pay Teachers– lesson plan and printables
Daylight Savings Time Ends (November 7th)
Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday of November. At 2:00 AM, the clocks are turned back one hour to standard time. Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months to conserve energy. By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. We will switch back to Daylight Savings Time on the 2nd Sunday of March. Some states and territories don’t observe Daylight Savings Time.
- Teachers Pay Teachers– research project worksheet
- Teachers Pay Teachers– opinion passage reading comprehension worksheet
- Teachers Pay Teachers– reading comprehension and writing prompt printables
X-ray Day (November 8th)
X-ray Day, also called the International Day of Radiology, marks the anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of X-rays on November 8, 1895.
Montanna’s Statehood (November 8th)
Montana became a state on November 8, 1889.
Veterans Day (November 11th)
On Veterans Day, Americans honor and thank those who have served in the military. Veterans Day was initially called Armistice Day. The date it’s observed was chosen because World War I formally ended on November 11, 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
- Year Round Homeschooling– unit study
- DLTK’s Crafts for Kids– activities and printables
- Teacher Pay Teachers– coloring pages and thank you letter writing activity
Mayflower Compact Signed (November 11th)
Originally titled Agreement Between the Settlers of New Plymouth, the Mayflower Compact was signed by pilgrims on the Mayflower ship on November 21, 1620, before landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts. This agreement was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony.
- Learning to Give– lesson plan
- The Pilgrims & Plymouth Colony– reading activity
- Teachers Pay Teachers– reading comprehension worksheet
Washington’s Statehood (November 11th)
Washington was admitted into the Union on November 11, 1889.
World Kindness Day (November 13th)
World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. The day celebrates and promotes kindness and good deeds.
- Learn in Color– acts of kindness printable
- Teachers Pay Teachers– coloring sheets and “spotted being kind” tokens
Geography Awareness Week (November 14th to 20th)
Geography Awareness Week was first proclaimed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to encourage broadened study of geography by everyone. National Geography week is the third week of November each year.
- National Geographic– list of teaching ideas
- 1+1+1=1– country research notebooking pages and printable maps
- 1+1+1=1– states and capitals worksheets
- Freedom Homeschooling– virtual field trips
Oklahoma’s Statehood (November 16th)
Oklahoma became a state on November 16, 1907.
Homemade Bread Day (November 17th)
Homemade Bread Day is a day dedicated to encouraging the art of bread making, so the tradition isn’t forgotten.
- Family Consumer Sciences– baking quick bread lesson plan
- Home Baking Association– baking lesson plans
- Natural Agriculture in the Classroom– bread dough science lesson plan
Take a Hike Day (November 17th)
Take a Hike Day is a fun day to hit the trails with friends and family. Some people also volunteer on trail building or cleanup projects on this day.
Gettysburg Address Delivered (November 19th)
The Gettysburg Address is President Abraham Lincoln’s speech during the Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. This dedication took place four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg.
North Carolina’s Statehood (November 21st)
North Carolina was admitted to the Union on November 21, 1789.
Thanksgiving (November 25th)
Thanksgiving is a time when people express thanks for all they have and reflect on the blessings in their lives. The holiday is inspired by the Pilgrim’s 1621 Thanksgiving feast and was declared a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
Black Friday (November 26th)
Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. Most retailers offer deep discounts and special sales on the day. Many retailers report their highest profits of the year on Black Friday.
- Teachers Pay Teachers– comparison shopping activity
- K12 Math Worksheets– comparing unit rates worksheet
- K12 Math Worksheets– money counting worksheets
Buy Nothing Day (November 26th)
Buy Nothing Day, which coincides with Black Friday, is a day of protest against overconsumption. It’s also a day for people to reflect on their spending habits.
- Practical Money Skills– middle school lesson plans on credit cards, the influence of advertising, and consumer awareness
- Practical Money Skills– high school lesson plans on using credit wisely and the dangers of debt
- Laurie Christine– contentment Bible lesson and activities
National Cake Day (November 26th)
National Cake Day is a fun excuse to bake a cake and celebrate the desserts that’s the centerpiece of so many special events—from birthday parties to weddings.
Hanukkah (sundown on November 28th to sundown on December 6th)
Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is an 8-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the second century rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrian army. During the rededication, it is believed that while there was only enough oil to keep the menorah burning for a single day, it miraculously burned for eight days. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which falls sometime between late November and late December on the Gregorian calendar.
- NJOP– informative guide
- Teachers Pay Teachers– mini unit
- Learn in Color– printable Hanukkah trivia game
Mark Twain’s Birthday (November 30th)
Mark Twain, author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and many other books, was born on November 30, 1885.
- In All You Do– Mark Twain unit study
- Glencoe Literature Library– The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn study guide
- Glencoe Literature Library– The Adventures of Tom Sawyer study guide
Have fun learning this November! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next November.
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