Teaching November

by Elisabeth Morgan

Hello November! It’s getting cooler and we’re getting ready for the holidays. This month we’ll dig into the history of Colonial America and the first Thanksgiving, spend some time learning about our Lungs, find out about a young Abraham Lincoln, and more. We hope this guide of Kids Discover resources is helpful as you prepare for the second-to-last month of 2015! 

All of November- Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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November is the month to learn about the dangers of lung cancer and how we can take steps to prevent it. In our unit on Lungs, kids will learn the details of why this organ is so important and how respiration actually functions. Topics include How Lungs Work, Lungs of Different Animals, and Lungs in Trouble.

 

November 1st- Daylight Savings Time Ends

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At 2:00 AM we turn our clocks back to 1:00 because daylight savings time is over! It began in the spring, when we set them forward to make better use of the early morning hours which started getting lighter, earlier. Did you know Ben Franklin was one of the influential people who suggested we do this? Learn about why the amount of daylight we have in a day changes with our topic on Latitude, Longitude, and Time Zones.

 

November 17th-18th- The Peak of Leonid’s Meteor Shower

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Every year Earth passes through the storm of debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle orbiting around the sun. As the debris nears our atmosphere we see a beautiful meteor shower that peaks during the morning of November 18th! Explore our free topics Comets, Asteroids, and Meteorites or What’s in the Sky Above to prepare for this exciting occurrence. Want to learn even more about space? Our Galaxy App for iPad is free!

 

November 17th- Mexican Revolution Day

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Children in Mexico celebrate Revolution Day today to commemorate the war of 1910-20 that ended José de la Cruz’s dictatorship, and gave the country independence. For kids interested in our southern neighbors, our issue on Mexico teaches about the country’s long and complicated history, as well as its elaborate celebrations and culture. 

 

November 26th- Thanksgiving 

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Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a chance to spend time with family and friends. Leading up to the long weekend, kids can learn about the American celebration’s roots with our unit on Colonial America. They’ll read all about the voyage of the Mayflower, the life of Colonial Kids, and what people do in Colonial Williamsburg today. 

(P.S. We also have a sweet, FREE, info-graphic on Ways to Be Thankful for you to print out or share online.)

 

November 28th- Lincoln’s Birthday

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Did you know Lincoln grew his beard after an 11-year-old girl wrote him a letter, telling  him he’d look better in one? Over 150 years later, we’re still admiring the strong image of our 16th president. Find out all about his path to leadership with our unit on Lincoln.

Elisabeth Morgan

Elisabeth Morgan is Kids Discover's content and community manager. She participated in the Teacher's Assistantship Program in France and was an assistant teacher at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans before moving to New York to go to Columbia Journalism School. She joined the Kids Discover team in 2015.