Free October 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 October. All of the holiday dates given are for 2021. Because the dates of some holidays vary, I will update this post each year.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th to October 15th)
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. The start date was chosen because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15th. Also, Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16th.
- Woo! Jr. Kids– lesson plan and worksheets
- Classroom Doodles– worksheets and coloring pages
- National Hispanic Heritage Month– teacher’s guide
Fire Prevention Week (October 3rd to October 9th)
Fire Prevention Week is a time to focus on earning how to prevent fires and stay safe during a fire. It is observed during the week which October 9th falls. This date was chosen to commemorate The Great Chicago Fire.
- National Fire Protection Association– lesson plans and teaching tools
- Fire Department of New York City– FDNY Fire Saftey Coloring Book
- Prevention 1st– lesson plans
The Great Chicago Fire (October 8th to 10th)
The Great Chicago Fire burned in Chicago, Illinois, on October 8th to 10th, 1871. Legend holds that the fire was caused by a cow kicking over a lantern, but the exact cause is still unknown.
World Egg Day (October 8th)
World Egg Day celebrates the versatility and nutritional benefits of eggs. This holiday is celebrated on the second Friday in October. It was established at an International Egg Commission conference in Vienna in 1996.
- The Incredible Egg– lesson plans and activities
- Homeschool Share– chicken lapbook and lessons
- Faith & Good Works– egg nature study
Columbus Day (October 11th)
Columbus Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas (the Bahamas) on October 12, 1492. Columbas Day is observed on the second Monday of October.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 11th)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates and honors Native American’s culture and history. It is observed on the second Monday of October.
- Teachers Pay Teachers– eBook and printables
- Teachers Pay Teachers– lessons and worksheets
- The Homeschool Mom– learning resources
Farmer’s Day (October 12th)
Farmer’s Day is a day to recognize and appreciate the hard work of farmers throughout the country.
- Growing Minds– farm to school lesson plans
- American Farm Bureau– lesson plans and other resources
- Kansas Farm Bureau– lesson plans
- Tons of Thanks– write a thank you note to a farmer
Dictionary Day (October 16th)
Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of Noah Webster, father of the American dictionary. He was born on October 16, 1758.
- Ben & Me– Noah Webster unit study
- DIY Homeschooler– Webster’s American Dictionary unit study
- 123 Homeschool 4 Me– dictionary skills lesson
Red Ribbon Week (October 23rd to October 31st)
The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. Red Ribbon Week also commemorates the life of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique Camarena, whom drug traffickers murdered in 1985.
- Just Think Twice– drug abuse learning resources
- National Institute on Drug Abuse- drug abuse learning resources
- Teachers Pay Teachers– reasons to be drug-free worksheet
- Classroom Doodles– coloring pages
Black Thursday (October 24th)
Black Thursday refers to October 24, 1929, the day when the New York Stock Exchange crashed, leading to the Great Depression.
- Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies– Great Depression unit study
- Federal Reserve Bank of Saint. Louis– Great Depression unit study
- Teaching With Jennifer Findley– Great Depression poster project
Statue of Liberty Dedicated (October 28th)
The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.
- National Park Service– lesson plans and activities
- Homeschool Share– lapbook unit study
- Teachers Pay Teachers– lesson plan
- Teachers Pay Teachers– virtual field trip with printables
Nevada’s Statehood (October 31st)
Nevada was admitted into the Union on October 31, 1864, about a week before President Lincoln’s reelection.
Reformation Day (October 31st)
Reformation Day commemorates when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses (list of objections to the Catholic Church) to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. Many consider this event the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
- Freedom Homeschooling– Reformation Day videos
- Homeschool Share– Reformation unit study
- Proverbial Homemaker– Martin Luther unit study
Halloween (October 31st)
Halloween activities include dressing in costumes, trick-or-treating for candy, and carving jack-o-lanterns. Some Halloween traditions originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.
- Homeschool Den– writing scary stories lesson plan
- We Are Teachers– Halloween candy science experiments and activities
- Teachers Pay Teacher– candy corn STEM challenge
- Teachers Pay Teachers– Halloween costumes character traits lesson
Pumpkins are harvested in mid-fall, often in October, making them a popular topic to learn about this time of year.
- Faith & Good Works– unit study
- Mama’s Learning Corner– pumpkin life cycle worksheets
- This Reading Mama– printable activities
- The Curriculum Corner– pumpkin themed worksheets
Have fun learning this October! I will add more unit studies and lessons next year. Be sure to pin this post so you can find it next October.
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