November 2020 | An Idea for Every Day

(Updated 10/7/2022)

November – the month of Thanksgiving and fall. It’s a month full of gratitude, family, and warmth, from the comfort of our homes to the joy in our heart. 

We want to help bring the comfort, warmth, and love into your learning too, leaders, with the help of these resources we’ve stewed on for you. For every November day, you’ll find learning opportunities on which to embark with your Preschool to Sixth grade learner. Find the activities as a November calendar or “menu” in the blog below. If you’re looking for even more ideas, be sure to check out our Pinterest board.

Here’s our November 2020 Idea for Every Day Calendar for you to print, pin, bookmark or paste:

Learning ideas for paired with holidays for every November 2020 day.
Above is only the graphic, click here to download the calendar.


And here’s a blank November 2020 for you to do with as you choose.

Free for you to use as you choose.
This is only a graphic, click here to download your blank calendar.

If you want to jump to a particular date, click the appropriate one below.

And now, without further ado, here are the activities we’ve stewed on for you.

Week One – November 1, 2020 to November 7, 2020

Holidays with learning activity pairings for Preschool to 6th Grade Learners.

  • November 1st Annually - National Author’s Day
    • Share excerpts from favorite authors.
    • Make a display of author’s names like this Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar inspired display one (uploaded by Amy Bland via Pinterest)
      • Write one author's name (and maybe favorite quote) per plate
      • For a mini version, cut out construction paper circles.
      • Or you could do a paper chain and write a different author on each link.
  • November's First Monday (11.7.2022) – Job Action Day
  • November 3rd Annually – World Jellyfish Day
  • November 4th Annually – King Tut Day
    • SECOND TO FOURTH GRADE: Undertake this News for You spotlight featuring King Tut on the Move at Education World
      • Includes a lesson plan, vocabulary words with definitions, reading article and additional facts to share
      • Follow-up activities in language arts, art, history and mummy fun
    • FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE: Discover why archeologists think Queen Nefertiti's might be behind King Tut's tomb in this Clues to Nefertiti's Hidden Tomb” lesson plan via 
  • November 5th Annually – Love Your Red Hair Day – Celebrate with favorite read hair characters:
      • Fancy Nancy – check out her books, find an inspired activity, print a resource or plan a party at Fancy Nancy World.
      • Peter Pan – Start reading the book aloud or show a brief clip to remind (or introduce) your learners to who he is. The link is to its Goodreads review.
      • Pippi Longstocking – Dive into Pippi’s world at Astrid Lindgren’s “Pippi Longstocking” page. Discover all her books, Pippi quotes, movie adaptations, products, backstory and more.
      • Conner Bailey – Visit The Land of Stories online where you’ll find a complete listing of all the books in which he appears.
      • Anne ShirleyHow to Read Me claims to have the definitive order in which to read the Anne books; I even learned I missed a few (although, admittedly, not all are Montgomery-penned).
      • Ron Weasley – At The Harry Potter Lexicon you’ll find everything you ever needed to know about Ron Weasley. Read his bio and see what more you would add, rediscover something forgotten, or find something you completely missed.
  • November 6th Annually – Saxophone Day
  • November 7th Annually – National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
    • Buy some 
    • Make some with the help of Sally’s Baking Addiction

Week Two – November 8, 2020 to November 14, 2020

Holidays with learning activity pairings for Preschool to 6th Grade Learners.

  • November 8th Annually – National Parents as Teachers Day
    • More than any other year, parents feel this. If you’re looking for some tips on being parent and teacher during distance learning, ACS International Schools offers up a few
    •  One tip we have, practice patience. Let them work at their pace, not yours.
  • November 9th Annually – Go to an Art Museum Day
  • November's Second Tuesday (11.8.2022) – National Young Reader’s Day
  • November 11th Annually – Veteran’s Day
  • November 12th Annually – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
    • Share a Chicken Soup for the Soul story online or check out a book from the library (We recommend the library option because we did not find most of the online stories directed toward children).
    • Discuss what qualities Chicken Soup stories share (short, emotional, relatable, heart-warming, etc.)
    • Have learners write or tell (and possibly submit) their own Chicken Soup story.
  • November 13th Annually – World Kindness Day
    • Participate by doing something kind. Find ideas at
    • They even have a FREE K-12 Tier 1 “Kindness in the Classroom” social emotional curriculum to implement in your classroom (scroll all the way to the bottom for distance learning resources). A brief glance seems their curriculum will take you through the year.
  • November 14th Annually – National Family PJ Day
    • Invite everyone to wear their pajamas all day long.
    • Then, stay in and enjoy the company of one another.

Week Three – November 15, 2020 to November 21, 2020

Holidays with learning activity pairings for Preschool to 6th Grade Learners.

  • November 15th Annually – America Recycles Day
    • Start a Worm Compost Bin with Worm Compositing HQ
    • Teach about compositing with Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s Teacher Guide: “Do the Rot Thing” (opens a PDF).
    • Check out 23 Recycling Tips (for home, school and work) from Reuse this Bag. Our favorite tips:
      • At Home: Keep a space in your cupboard for recyclables, that way you can easily stash them and not break your flow while you’re cooking.
      • At School: Use fundraisers that promote recycling, like selling reusable bags.
      • At Work: “Precycle” think about the ability to recycle the supplies you choose to use.
  • November 16th Annually – National Button Day
    • PRESCHOOL TO FIRST GRADE: Read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin; illustrated by James Dean. Then, engage in this math lesson from Early Math Counts
    • SECOND & THIRD GRADE: Sort buttons and have others guess the rule for your sort. You could even do this in a gallery walk fashion. After sorting, students leave their sorts on their desks with an empty jar or cup. Learners “tour” the room depositing their guesses that explain the rule for each person’s sort in the empty jar or cup.
    • FOURTH TO SIXTH GRADE: Relate two buttons using mathematical expressions. Then, have a partner check or refine your expression.
  • November's Third Tuesday (11.17.2022) – National Entrepreneur’s Day
    • Find book and idea recommendations for at Imagination Soup.
      • Discover tips on helping your learner start a business
      • Check out some her three book recommendations for children and one for parents to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.
  • November 18th Annually – Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
  • November 19th Annually - National Play Monopoly Day
  • November 20th Annually – National Absurdity Day
  • November 21st Annually – National Gingerbread Cookie Day
    • Bake some from scratch with Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe
    • Or buy a kit to decorate them yourself

Week Four – November 22, 2020 to November 28, 2020

Holidays with learning activity pairings for Preschool to 6th Grade Learners.

  • November 22nd Annually – Go for a Ride Day
    • Get out on go on your bike or in a car.
    •  See where the road takes you.
  • November 23rd Annually – Cranberry Day
  • November 24th Annually – National Sardines Day
  • The Day Before Thanksgiving (11.23.2022) – Tie One on Day
    • Tie on an apron.
    • Start Thanksgiving preparations.
  • November's Fourth Thursday (11.24.2022) – Thanksgiving Day
    • Enjoy friends and family
    • Count your blessings
  • The Day after Thanksgiving (11.25.2022) – National Day of Listening
    • Be intentional about listening today.
    • “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
  • November 28th Annually – Turkey Leftover Day

Week Five – November 29, 2020 – November 30, 2020

Holidays with learning activity pairings for Preschool to 6th Grade Learners.


Before You Go, We’d Love to Know:

  1. What must you do before November passes you by?
  2. What activity might you add to this list?

That wraps ups this month’s ideas for every day, leaders. We hope you found one (or two) that will work for you. We’ll pin this post to the top of our blog for your convenience. Also, come back toward the end of November for December’s issue. Or, if you’d like an easier way to keep tabs on our activity, consider subscribing.

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