Hey Educators! This November, queue 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, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for updates on daily Free Topics and other teaching inspiration. Have a great month!
November – Native American Heritage Month
Highlight Native American icons during Native American Heritage Month with the following resources.
- Related Topics: Hunters and Warriors
- Related Units: Northwest Coast Peoples, Plains Indians, America 1492, Native America
- Print Titles: Native America Set
- Cross-Curricular: Learning Activities to Teach about Native America
November 1 & 2: Day of The Dead
The Day of the Dead is celebrated around All Saints Day, on November 1 and 2. This holiday may seem sad or spooky. But it’s a fun time like Halloween. Children and adults wear masks or dress up as ghosts, skeletons, or witches.
November 6: U.S. Midterm elections
During the Midterm elections, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. Let students read about The Legislative Branch to prepare for this important day.
- Related Topics: The Legislative Branch
- Related Units: How America Works, American Government
- Print Titles: How America Works, American Government
November 7: Diwali
Diwali is India’s biggest holiday of the year and is referred to as the Festival of Lights.
November 11: Veteran’s Day
Honor the brave people who’ve served our country by spending some time with the following resources.
- Related Topics: Our National Identity
- Related Units: Washington D.C., World War II, Mid-20th Century in the U.S.
- Print Titles: Mid-20th Century in the U.S., World War II
- Cross-Curricular: Learning Activities to Teach about Washington D.C.
November 14: Apollo 12 Launches for Second Moon Landing, 1969
In 1969, Apollo 12 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center en route to the second moon landing. Students will be interested to learn that just 12 men walked on the Moon between July 1969 and December 1972.
- Related Topic: From the Earth to the Moon… and Back
November 14: World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was created in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. This year’s theme is Family and Diabetes.
November 15: America Recycles Day
Use America Recycles Day to talk about trash with kids, with the following Unit and Activities.
- Related Topics: Landfills and Recycling
- Related Unit: Conservation
- Print Title: Conservation
- Cross-Curricular: Learning Activities to Teach about Conservation
November 19: Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, 1863
Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address on this day 155 years ago. Learn more with the following resources.
- Related Topic: America During Lincoln’s Time, War!
- Related Unit: Lincoln, Civil War
- Related Print Titles: Lincoln, Civil War
November 21: World Television Day
From 1895 through 1929, communications took a giant step forward. Two inventions made that great leap possible: first radio and then television. Celebrate World Television Day with the following Topic.
- Related Topic: Radio and Television
November 22: John F.Kennedy was assassinated, 1963
JFK was elected the 35th president of the United States and the first Catholic elected to the presidency. On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated. Let kids learn about his legacy with the following free mini Unit.
- Related Unit: John F.Kennedy
November 22: Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we express our gratitude for all the things we have.
- Free Infographic: 8 Great Ways to be Thankful!