December 2018 Curriculum Calendar - Lesson Plan Ideas by Date

Enhance your current curriculum with this fun reference calendar. Whether you want to highlight historic events, honor birthdays of significant people, or celebrate holidays, this is a valuable tool for every teacher. Click on any event to find a breadth of related teaching resources that will spark new ideas to spice up your daily lessons. There's something worth celebrating every day!

Curriculum Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat
25
Thirty-five Amistad survivors return to Africa (1841)
Also try: slavery
Andrew Carnegie born (1835)
Also try: philanthropy, charity
26
Alice in Wonderlands first published in America (1865)
Charles Shultz born (1922)
27
Anders Celsius born (1701)
Also try: temperature
Atmosphere discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris (2001)
Anders Celsius born (1701)
28
William Blake born (1757)
Also try: Romantic Age, poets
29
C.S. Lewis born (1898)
Luisa May Alcott born (1832)
Also try: Little Women
30
1
Rosa Parks arrested for civil disobedience (1955)
World AIDS Day
Also try: HIV, immune system
2
Hanukkah begins
Also try: Judaism
The Monroe Doctrine created (1823)
3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
4
National Cookie Day
Also try: baking, cookie recipes
5
Walt Disney born (1901)
Also try: Disneyland, cartoons
Martin Van Buren born (1782)
Also try: US presidents
6
13th Amendment ratified, abolishing slavery (1865)
Encyclopedia Britannica published (1768)
Also try: research skills
7
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor (1941)
Also try: WWII
Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter (1995)
Also try: Jupiter
8
Eli Whitney born (1785)
Also try: cotton gin
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
9
John Milton born (1608)
Also try: Paradise Lost
The Petrified Forest National Park established in Arizona (1962)
10
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published (1884)
Also try: Mark Twain
Emily Dickinson born (1830)
Also try: slant rhyme, poetry
11
Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca (629)
Also try: Mecca, Islam
The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization (2001)
12
Guglielmo Marconi receives first transatlantic radio signal (1901)
The US Supreme Court releases decision in Bush v. Gore (2000)
13
Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England on round-the-world voyage (1577)
Saddam Hussein captured (2003)
Also try: Iraq War
14
Roald Amundsen reaches South Pole (1911)
National Monkey Day
15
Nero born (37)
16
Battle of the Bulge (1944)
Also try: WWII
17
Wright Brothers make their first successful flight (1903)
Also try: aviation
18
The Nutcracker Suite premieres in Russia (1892)
Also try: ballet
Saturn's moon Epimetheus discovered (1966)
Also try: Saturn, solar system
19
A Christmas Carol published (1843)
Also try: Charles Dickens
Last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, returns to Earth (1972)
20
Trial against Auschwitz guards begins (1963)
Also try: Holocaust, Nazi leaders
Grimm's Fairy Tales first published (1812)
Also try: folklore, folktales
21
Pilgrims land at Plymouth (1620)
22
Mercury thermometer invented (1714)
Also try: temperature
23
The Federal Reserve created (1913)
Also try: central banking
Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a moon of Saturn (1672)
Also try: Saturn, moons
24
Treaty of Ghent signed (1814)
Also try: War of 1812
25
William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy crowned King of England (1066)
Also try: Duke of Normandy
26
Kwanzaa begins
Also try: African heritage
First performance of King Lear (1606)
27
Louis Pasteur born (1822)
28
Endangered Species Act passed (1973)
Also try: extinction, wildlife
Woodrow Wilson born (1856)
Also try: US presidents
29
Massacre of Wounded Knee takes place (1890)
Mongolia declares independence from the Qing Dynasty (1911)
Also try: Qing Dynasty
30
Edwin Hubble announces discovery of other galaxies (1924)
31
Henri Matisse born (1869)
Also try: modern art
1
National Thank You Month begins
Also try: gratitude, appreciation
President Abraham Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
Ellis Island opens for immigration (1892)
Also try: immigration
2
Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East Bengali (1947)
USSR launches Mechta for first solar orbit (1959)
3
Alaska named 49th state (1959)
Israeli ground forces invade Gaza (2009)
4
Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars (2004)
Louis Braille born (1809)
5
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde published (1886)