Units by Event/Date

If you are looking for an idea for a specific day of the year, here are our units arranged by date.  You can also view our units by most recently added.

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January

3 –Alaska: A Unit StudyAlaska became a state

 

9 – Connecticut: A Unit StudyConnecticut became a state

 

17 – Operation Desert Storm beganDesert Storm: A Unit Study

 

18 – Winnie-the-Pooh: A Unit StudyA. A. Milne born (Winnie-the-Pooh)

 

23 – Trieste sets record manned ocean decent (the ocean)The Ocean: A Unit Study

 

26 – Australia: A Unit StudyAustralia Day commemorating first ship landing to colonize Australia

 

27 – Edison’s Incandescent Light Bulb: A Unit StudyIncandescent light bulb patented by Thomas Edison

 

29 – Kansas becomes a stateKansas: A Unit Study

 

 

February

2 – Groundhog Day: A Unit StudyGroundhog Day

 

3 – Horace Greeley born (westward expansion)Go West, Young Man: A Unit Study

 

6 – Massachusetts becomes a stateMassachusetts: A Unit Study

 

7 – Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Unit StudyLaura Ingalls Wilder born (Little House on the Prairie series)

 

10 – Charles Lamb born (Shakespeare introduction)Tales From Shakespeare: A Unit Study {Free eBook}

 

12 – Abraham Lincoln: A Unit StudyAbraham Lincoln born

 

17 – First ship makes transit of the Suez CanalThe Suez Canal: A Unit Study

 

20 – United States Postal Service: A Unit StudyPostal Service Act signed into law

 

24 – Gregorian Calendar: A Unit StudyGregorian calendar declared official by Pope Gregory XIII

 

 

March

1st Saturday — Iditarod

 

3 – Mt. Rushmore Memorial Commission authorized

 

5 – Maps: A Unit StudyGerardus Mercator born (maps)

 

6 – The periodic table of elements presented to the worldThe Periodic Table: A Unit Study

 

7 –Amundsen announced he had reached the South Pole

 

10 – Alexander Graham Bell transmitted first words over a telephone

 

15 – Maine: A Unit StudyMaine became a state

 

16 – James Madison: A Unit StudyJames Madison born

 

17 – First Vanguard satellite launched

 

20 – The spring equinox

 

21 – Johann Sebastian Bach born

 

24 – Fanny Crosby born

 

26 – West Virginia: A Unit StudyWest Virginia ratifies a new state constitution

 

29 – Edwin Drake born (oil well)

 

31 – Eiffel Tower dedicated

 

 

April

3 – The Pony Express: A Unit StudyThe beginning of the Pony Express

 

7 – Domino Theory articulated in a speech by Eisenhower

 

11 – German astronomer Samuel Heinrich Schwabe died (solar cycles)

 

14 –  Webster’s American Dictionary: A Unit StudyAmerican Dictionary of the English Language completed by Webster

 

18 – Great San Fransisco earthquake

 

20 – Sun Dogs: A Unit Study on Light & OpticsSun dogs seen (and recorded) in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1535

 

21 – Spanish-American war

 

22 – First Oklahoma land rush

 

23 – Peter and the Wolf: A Unit StudySergei Prokofiev born (Peter and the Wolf)

 

26 – John James Audubon born (birds)

 

28 – Treaty of San Fransisco ends World War II

 

30 – The Louisiana Purchase: A Unit StudyLouisiana Purchase treaty signed

 

 

May

2 – Leonardo da Vinci: A Unit StudyLeonardo da Vinci dies

 

5 – Napoleon diesNapoleon: A Unit Study

 

8 – Harry S. Truman bornHarry S. Truman: A Unit Study

 

10 – The Transcontinental Railroad: A Unit StudyGolden Spike ceremony for the first transcontinental railroad

 

12 – The Limerick: A Unit StudyEdward Lear born (limericks)

 

14 – Jamestown: A Unit StudyJamestown settlement established

 

16 – Irving Washington Colburn born (glass)

 

18 – Volcanoes: A Unit StudyMount St. Helens erupts (volcanoes)

 

19 –  Halley’s Comet: A Comets Unit StudyEarth passes through the tail of Halley’s comet

 

22 –Mary Cassatt: A Unit Study Mary Cassatt born

 

May 25 – F5 tornado touches down in Udall, Kansas (Tornadoes)

 

26 – Territory of Montana createdMontana: A Unit Study

 

30 – Nebraska: A Unit StudyTerritory of Nebraska established by the Kansas-Nebraska act

 

 

June

2 – The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II: A Unit StudyQueen Elizabeth II coronation

 

9 – Cartier's St. Lawrence River: A Unit StudyCartier discovers the St. Lawrence River

 

12 – Virginia: A Unit StudyVirgina adopts a Declaration of Rights

 

14 – Flag Day: A Unit StudyFlag Day

 

16 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Unit StudyU. S. Army Corps of Engineers established

 

18 – The War of 1812: A Unit StudyMadison signs declaration of war (War of 1812)

 

20 – Maryland: A Unit StudyCharter of Maryland granted

 

25 – The Battle of Little Bighorn

 

28 – How WWI Began: A Unit StudyThe Beginning of World War I

 

30 – The Creation of Indian Territory: A Unit StudyIndian Intercourse Act passed creating Indian Territory

 

 

July

4 – The Oregon Trail: A Unit StudyStephen Meek born (Oregon Trail)

 

5 – The Secret Service: A Unit StudyThe Secret Service created

 

11 – E.B. White born

 

13 – Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy: A Unit StudyMarconi receives U.S. Patent for wireless telegraphy

 

17 – Wrong-Way Corrigan: A Compass Unit Study“Wrong Way” Corrigan takes off … in the wrong direction (compasses)

 

20 – The First Moon Landing: A Unit StudyMen first land on the moon

 

25 – George Stephenson completes the Blucher (steam locomotives)

 

27 – Diabetes: A Unit StudyInsulin first extracted as a treatment for diabetes

 

 

August

7 – Coinage: A Unit Study on Money and CoinsLincoln Memorial penny goes into circulation (coinage)

 

8 – World’s biggest jackfruit harvested (fruits & veggies)

 

9 – Smokey Bear: A Unit Study on Fire & Fire SafetySmokey Bear created (fire & fire safety)

 

22 – Nazi SS attempt to capture the Bayeux Tapestry

 

 

September

4 – Chicago World's Fair: A Unit StudyDaniel Burnham born (Chicago World’s Fair)

 

5 – First gas pump sold (gasoline)

 

7 –  Grandma Moses: A Unit StudyGrandma Moses born

 

17 – Constitution Day: A Unit StudyConstitution Day

 

18 – The CIA: A Unit StudyCIA established

 

19 – Orville Redenbacher dies (popcorn)

 

20 – Delaware: A Unit StudyState Constitution of Delaware adopted and put into effect

 

 

October

2nd Monday in October – Columbus Day: A Unit StudyColumbus Day

 

3 – George Brayton born (internal combustion engine)

 

17 – Einstein: A Unit StudyEinstein arrives in the United States

 

20 – The Vacuum Tube: A Unit StudyFirst triode vacuum tube demonstrated

 

23 – Crayola Crayons: A Unit StudyFirst Crayola crayon sold

 

24 – Leeuwenhoek’s Microscope: A Unit StudyAnton van Leeuwenhoek born (microscopes)

 

 

November

First Tuesday (every four years) – Presidential Elections: A Unit StudyPresidential election

 

1 –  The Hydrogen Bomb: A Unit StudyFirst hydrogen bomb detonated

 

14 – Robert Fulton born

 

15 – Pike's Peak: A Unit StudyPike first sights Pike’s Peak

 

20 –The Telescope: A Unit StudyEdwin Hubble born (telescopes)

 

 

December

4 – France: A Unit StudyWoodrow Wilson sets sail for France (France)

 

17 – Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Unit StudyDickens’ A Christmas Carol published

 

24 – Silent Night: A Unit Study“Silent Night, Holy Night” first performed

 

 

Units not tied to a date

Free Music Studies: Child's Own Book of Great MusiciansChild’s Own Book of Great Musicians (music studies)

 

Cedric the Forester {Free eBook} or Knights & Castles Unit StudyCedric the Forester (book study/knights and castles)

 

The Fox and the Grapes: A Mini Unit StudyFox and the Grapes

 

Gardening: A Unit StudyGardening

 

Free Science Studies: Great Inventors & Their InventionsGreat Inventors and Their Inventions (science studies)

 

The Horse: A Unit StudyThe Horse

 

Book Study: The Little Red Hen {Free eBook}Little Red Hen (book study)

 

Free Nature Studies: Our Wonderful WorldOur Wonderful World (nature studies)

 

Free History Studies: Stories of Great AmericansStories of Great Americans (history studies)