This November, cue up these classroom resources to teach students about Native American heritage, the value of conservation and recycling, the legacy of John F. Kennedy, and more. As always, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for timely free topics, teacher resources, and special anniversaries. Have a great month!
Native American Heritage Month
Highlight Native American icons during Native American Heritage Month with our topic Outstanding Native Americans, or delve into the details of Native American Resistance during Postwar Change and Growth. Our units on Native America, America 1492, Northwest Coast Peoples, and Plains Indians provide an introduction to various nations that populated North America before European, and then American, colonization. (Find our Print Titles about Native America here.)
November 4th: King Tut’s tomb discovered, 1922
On this day in 1922, Howard Carter unearthed one of the most important finds in the history of archaeology — the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen. Kids will be surprised to learn that King Tut came to the throne when he was just nine years old! Dig through the study of Archaeology and Mummies to learn more.
November 11th: Veterans’ Day
Honor the brave people who’ve served our country by spending some time with units on World War II, Mid-20th Century in the U.S., and Washington D.C. They can also virtually explore the Monuments of our Capital, and get 3D visuals of the Capital Building, The White House, and more.
November 15th: America Recycles Day
Use America Recycles Day to talk about trash with kids. Learning about How a Bottle Gets Recycled and the effects of landfills on the environment will open your students’ eyes to the real impact of trash.
November 19th: Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, 1863
Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address on this day 154 years ago. In War!, your students can listen to a moving reenactment of the address (from our online unit on the Civil War.) If you prefer print, shop our issues on Lincoln and Civil War.
November 22nd: John F. Kennedy killed, 1963
JFK was elected the 35th president of the United States and the first Catholic elected to the presidency. Our free online unit on John F. Kennedy gives students a great introduction to his life and legacy.
November 23rd: Thanksgiving Day
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a chance to relax and reconnect with family and friends. Here are 5 teacher-recommended holiday movies to add to your list, plus some ideas for visiting natural habitats during the fall with kids. And, don’t miss our free, printable infographic for kids on Eight Great Ways To Be Thankful.
November 30th: Mark Twain’s birthday, 1835
On the night of Samuel Langhorne Clemens’ birth in 1835, Halley’s Comet appeared as a brilliant streak of light in the sky. In 1910, the comet reappeared, and Clemens died. Though Halley’s comet comes and goes every 75 years, Mark Twain’s brilliance has kept shining steadily to this day. Young fans of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn can read about Samuel’s Childhood and America During Mark Twain’s Life.