November 3 is Sandwich Day. English history reports that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich and
the sandwich was named after him.
The 4th Earl of Sandwich enjoyed gambling and often spent many long hours in
London's gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread.
This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time.
What is your favorite kind of sandwich? Write the directions for making this sandwich. Bring this sandwich to eat to school on November 3.
Sesame Street premiered on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations on November 10, 1969 and had positive reviews, as well as high ratings.
This series was created around the belief that if you can hold the attention of children, you can educate them.
The multicultural cast of Sesame Street features children and adults of different backgrounds playing and working together.
Explore the differences and similarities among the children in your classroom.
Point out how all the differences and similarities make your classroom extraordinary and special.
Who is your favorite character on Sesame Street? What do you like the most about this character?
If you were asked to create a new Sesame Street character, what type of character would you create and why? What would this character's name be? Describe what the character looks like and how the character acts.
November 11 - Veterans Day
(also Armistice Day and Remembrance Day)
Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday and usually observed on November 11.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery .
This day is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world
and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
Write a letter to a veteran that thanks him or her for defending our country. On my Thanksgiving English Teaching Resources Page
you will find a Thank You Letter set of teaching resources and a T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U. acrostic poem.
Have students create a postage stamp to honor Veterans Day or a war hero.
What sacrifices have veterans and their families made for their country?
An example page from this Veterans Day newspaper is shown on the right.
After reading History.com's Veterans Day Newspaper (see the link above and the photograph example on the right), you may want
to have your students complete their own newspaper projects. I have two different newspaper creative writing teaching resources on my website.
Geography Awareness Week was established in 1987 when U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that established the third week in November as Geography Awareness Week.
The goal of this week is to promote geographic education in schools.
Where in the world would you most like to visit and/or live? Find this place on a map and measure the
approximate distance from this place to where you live. Explain why you would like to visit or live in this place,
how far away it is from where you live, and how you would get to this place.
On Kids Geography Games
children can play fun and educational games that will help them to develop and sharpen their geography skills.
Read The Way to Start a Day by Byrd Baylor to your students. The author integrates many countries and cultures into this beautiful picture book
and the themes tie in well with Geography Awareness Week.
I have created lesson plans and a fun country wheel group project based on The Way to Start A Day. Click on the link below to go to this page on my website.
National Geography Week is a great time of the year to assign a book report project that focuses on traveling to another country.
My Main Character Vacation Suitcase Book Report Project
involves students in researching information about a country that students choose to visit with the main characters of their books.
November 18 is Mickey Mouse's birthday and he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world.
Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.
Other Disney characters that are associated with Mickey Mouse are his girlfriend Minnie Mouse and his pet dog Pluto.
In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Mickey Mouse Club was created by Walt Disney and began in 1955. This television show has featured a regular but ever-changing cast of
teenage performers and has launched the careers of teen stars from Annette Funicello to Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
The animated cartoon Steamboat Willie was first released on November 18, 1928 in New York. This was the first Mickey cartoon to have a distributor
and is considered by The Disney Company as Mickey's debut.
Click in the above box to watch this Steamboat Willy video on You Tube.
Mickey appeared in color for the first time in 1935 in The Band Concert
and this short film was so innovative that critics still consider it to be a masterpiece.
Click in the above box to watch this The Band video on You Tube.
Pretend that Walt Disney has asked you to create a new cartoon character and a friend for Mickey Mouse. What type of character would you create?
Choose an appropriate name for your character and describe what the character looks like and how the character acts.
Students will enjoy visiting the Mickey Mouse Club page
where they can play games, watch videos, and complete color activities.
Students can celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday by completing a birthday cake project. An example of this unique project is shown on the right.
This Birthday Cake Book Report Project involves students in planning a birthday party for a character from a book. This would be a fun activity for your students to complete for Mickey Mouse's birthday.
For this unique project, students choose a location for the party, the guests that they will invite, the food that they will serve, ideas for gifts, and fun games that they will play at Mickey Mouse's birthday party.
Click on the following link to read more information about this set of teaching resources:
The Gettysburg Address is one of the best-known speeches in United States history. It was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln
during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19.
In his speech, President Lincoln called on the people to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy.
The Gettysburg Address begins with: "Four score and seven years ago our
fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal."
President Abraham Lincoln ended his speech with this famous line: "The government of the people,
by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Click in the above box to listen to The Gettysburg Address performed by Jeff Daniels on this video on You Tube.
Ask students to imagine that they were alive at the time the Gettysburg Address was delivered.
Have your students write a letter to a friend and describe the effect that the speech had on them when heard President Lincoln give it
You can read the entire Gettysburg Address and find out interesting facts about how Abraham Lincoln wrote this speech
on Visit Gettysburg's page.
Students can complete an individual or group project about Abraham Lincoln using
my Character Body Book Report Templates.
Your students will enjoy designing a project that looks like Abraham Lincoln using this unique activity.
As an extra credit assignment, challenge your students to
memorize and recite The Gettysburg Address after showing
them this cute video of a 2 year old reciting this speech on You Tube.
Third Thursday of November - Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout every year on the third Thursday of November.
This event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps make people aware of the many tools they can use to quit smoking for good.
The first Smokeout was held in 1977 and challenged people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours in hopes
that they would then decide to quit smoking forever.
Write a letter a letter to someone you know to urge them to stop smoking.
Design a poster targeted for school children that demonstrates the important reasons why they should never start smoking.
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