Teaching October

by Kids Discover

This October, mark your calendars with these historical anniversaries and national holidays! Your students will love learning about ferocious tigers, spooky skeletons, and the first light bulb with these timely topics that are full of fun animations and captivating captions. And as always, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on new units and #FreeTopics. Have a great month!

October 1st – World Vegetarian Day

healthful_eating_around_the_worldMany millennia ago, people ate what they could find by hunting, fishing, and gathering fruits and nuts. Today, cultures around the world eat various diets to stay healthy and active. Teach kids about Healthful Eating Around the World on #WorldVegetarianDay.


October 4th – Sputnik Was Launched into Orbit, 1957

Sputnik-1-Model_520In the twentieth century, the dream of space travel became real. It started on this day in 1957, with the launch of the first human-made object into space. The Sputnik 1 satellite, which orbited Earth, was built by the USSR. Kids will learn about this and other historic events in Space Exploration in the Twentieth Century.

Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this post, sent to readers on October 2nd, we incorrectly stated that Sputnik 1 was launched to Saturn on October 4th, 1957. Sputnik 1 was actually launched into orbit around Earth. It was Voyager 1 that was launched to Saturn in 1980. 


October 10th – Columbus Day

WRH_Ice_Age_1060Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492. Let’s take a look at what life was like in North America just a short time before Columbus got here. In this topic, kids will step back in time more than 500 years to meet The First Americans.


October 19th – End of the American Revolution, 1781

after_the_revolution-smaller-copyIll-clothed, poorly fed, barely trained, and often unpaid, the American soldiers went up against the finest fighting force in Europe—and triumphed. In our topic After the Revolution, kids will learn about what life was like right after the War of Independence.



October 22nd – Thomas Edison Invented an Electric Light, 1879

how_edison_invented_the_lightbulb smaller versionIn his search for the right filament, Edison used his standard method: trial and error. On October 22, 1879, Edison and his assistants took turns watching in teams as a bulb with the carbonized thread burned for about 13½ hours. The team had succeeded! Kids will learn about this pivotal event in our topic How Edison Invented the Lightbulb.


October 27th – Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday, 1858

a_frail_boyWhen Theodore was 12, his father said to him, “Theodore, you have the mind but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind cannot go as far as it should. You must make your body.” Theodore took his father’s advice seriously. Learn about the president’s childhood in our topic A Frail Boy.


October 28th – Statue of Liberty was Dedicated to the U.S., 1886

statue_diagram_animation_5cropMillions of immigrants from all over the world have passed by the majestic symbol of freedom on their way to a new life in a new land. More than 3 million people come to visit the Statue of Liberty every year. This topic provides some key facts about our Lady Liberty.


October 29th – National Cat Day

Big_Cats_1_1060Big cats are among the most powerful animals on the planet. They may look like oversized kitties, but they are ferocious predators. Read more about these powerful animals in our free unit on Big Cats.


October 31st – Happy Halloween! 

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