December 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

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1
Rosa Parks arrested for civil disobedience (1955)
World AIDS Day
Also try: HIV, immune system
2
The Monroe Doctrine created (1823)
George Seurat born (1859)
Also try: pointillism
3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
4
National Cookie Day
Also try: baking, cookie recipes
Monopoly, the game, debuts (1935)
Also try: board games
5
Walt Disney born (1901)
Also try: Disneyland
E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott
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)
Also try: National Parks, fossils
10
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published (1884)
Also try: Mark Twain
Emily Dickinson born (1880)
Also try: slant rhyme, poetry
11
Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca (630)
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 United States 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)
15
Nero born (37)
Also try: Ancient Rome
16
Battle of the Bulge (1944)
Also try: WWII
17
Wright Brothers make their first successful flight (1903)
Also try: aviation
Hanukkah begins
Also try: Judaism
18
The Nutcracker Suite premieres in Russia (1892)
Also try: ballet
Saturn's moon Epimetheus discovered (1966)
Also try: 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
21
Pilgrims land at Plymouth (1620)
Also try: Plymouth
22
Mercury thermometer invented (1714)
Also try: temperature
National Haiku Poetry Day
Also try: Japanese poetry
23
The Federal Reserve created (1913)
Also try: central banking
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
29
Massacre of Wounded Knee takes place (1890)
Mongolia gains independence from the Qing Dynasty (1911)
Also try: Qing Dynasty
30
31
Henri Matisse born (1869)
Also try: modern art
1
National Thank You Month Begins
Also try: gratitude
President Abraham Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
Ellis Island opens for immigration (1892)
Also try: immigration
2
USSR launches Mechta for first solar orbit (1959)
Also try: USSR
Euro debuts (2002)
Also try: currency
Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East Bengali (1947)
Also try: Bengali
3
Alaska named 49th state (1959)
Israeli ground forces invade Gaza (2009)
J.R.R. Tolkien born (1892)