When you think of October, what do you think of? Halloween parties? Pumpkins? Pumpkin spice lattes?
As a teacher, this is one of the best times of the year! It is so easy to bring the season into your lessons and get your students really engaged in learning. You can do that by reading fun fall-themed books, or go full-on spooky with Halloween activities like these Halloween STEM challenges! The possibilities are endless.
One of my favorite things in my classroom is getting my students engaged by using my October Everyday Is A Holiday resource.
We all know that Halloween is October 31st. But did you know that October 7th is Bathtub Day, or that October 9th is Fire Prevention Day? Or that October 2nd is Name Your Car Day? In fact, literally, every day in October is a holiday!
Now I know what you may be thinking. These holidays sound kind of silly. But that’s the fun! Students will think it’s silly and fun, which increases engagement and educational outcomes. It’s a win for everyone!
This resource has STEM activities or suggestions for every day of the month. So you will have all of your STEM lesson planning done for the month of October. These printables also work great for fast finishers, centers, or extra enrichment!
Here are some of my favorite October Activities featured in this bundle.
- Design your dream car for Name Your Car Day
- Create a bathtub that can actually hold water for Bathtub Day
- Design an octopus habitat for World Octopus Day
- Decorate a cake for Cake Decorating Day
- Convert shillings for Mad Hatter Day
Some days need no materials. On days when students are creating, you can put out whatever supplies you have. Aluminum foil, yarn, paper clips, water bottles, etc. Let them use their imagination and think about what will work. And better yet, let them think about what won’t work!
These activities are designed to get students thinking, asking questions, planning, designing, and creating. Another great feature of these activities? Students will learn about historical events along the way!
What are your favorite October activities? Let me know in the comments!