Free October Unit Studies and Lessons

by | Aug 30, 2021 | curriculum, general homeschooling, holidays | 3 comments

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.

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.

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.

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.

Farmer’s Day (October 12th)

Farmer’s Day is a day to recognize and appreciate the hard work of farmers throughout the country.

Dictionary Day (October 16th)

Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of Noah Webster, father of the American dictionary. He was born on October 16, 1758.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pumpkins (varies)

Pumpkins are harvested in mid-fall, often in October, making them a popular topic to learn about this time of year.

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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