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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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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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)




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)




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)