May 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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Louisiana Purchase (1803)
Also try: US expansion
International Jazz Day
1
May Day
Also try: may pole, spring
Physical Fitness and Sports Month Begins
2
3
World Press Freedom Day
Also try: 1st Amendment
Margaret Thatcher becomes first female Prime Minister (1979)
Also try: Prime Minister
4
Four student protesters killed at Kent State (1970)
International Firefighters Day
Also try: career exploration
5
National Cartoonist Day
6
Sigmund Freud born (1856)
Also try: philosophy
Hindenburg Disaster (1937)
Also try: hydrogen, airship
7
The RMS Lusitania sinks (1915)
Tchaikovsky born (1840)
Also try: Classical Period
8
Harry S. Truman born (1884)
Also try: US Presidents
German surrender: Victory in Europe Day (1945)
Also try: WWII
9
Nelson Mandela elected president of South Africa (1994)
Also try: apartheid
John Brown born (1800)
First newspaper cartoon in the US (1754)
Also try: political cartoons
10
11
Salvador Dali born (1904)
Also try: surrealism
12
Florence Nightingale born (1820)
Also try: nursing, Crimean War
13
Student hunger strike in Tiananmen Square (1989)
Also try: hunger strike
14
Mother's Day
Also try: mothers
Lewis and Clark begin expedition (1803)
Also try: Corp of Discovery
First US Space Station launched (1973)
Also try: Skylab
15
Johannes Kepler discovers Law of Harmonics (1618)
Also try: Johannes Keplar
16
Mississippi River Steamboat Service begins (1817)
Also try: Mississippi River
17
Supreme Court rules on Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
Gary Paulson born (1939)
Also try: Hatchet
18
Mount St. Helens erupts (1980)
Also try: volcano
19
Anne Boleyn beheaded (1536)
Also try: King Henry VIII
20
Charles Lindbergh begins transatlantic flight (1932)
21
American Red Cross founded (1881)
22
Lassen Peak erupts (1915)
Also try: volcano
First major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail (1843)
Also try: westward movement
23
24
Brooklyn Bridge opens (1883)
Also try: bridges
Mary Had a Little Lamb published (1830)
Also try: nursery rhyme
25
Jesse Owens breaks six world records in one hour (1935)
Also try: track and field
Cookie Monster "born" (1969)
Also try: Sesame Street
26
Ramadan Begins, North America
Also try: Islam, Muslim calendar
Sally Ride born (1951)
Also try: NASA, astronaut
27
The Queen Mary takes maiden voyage (1936)
Also try: ship
Golden Gate Bridge opens (1937)
Also try: bridges, San Fransisco
28
Jim Thorpe born (1888)
Also try: athlete
29
Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay reach Mount Everest summit (1953)
Also try: Everest expedition
John F. Kennedy born (1917)
Also try: US Presidents
Learn about Composting Day
Also try: soil, gardening
30
Lincoln Memorial dedicated (1927)
Also try: Abraham Lincoln
31
Poet Walt Whitman born (1819)
Also try: poetry
World No Tobacco Day
Also try: cigarettes
1
Audiobook Month Begins
Also try: listening, literature
First Superman comic published (1938)
Also try: superhero, comic books
2
Radio patented (1896)
Also try: inventions, technology
The Vandals sack Rome (455)
Also try: Ancient Rome
3
First US spacewalk (1965)
Casey at the Bat published (1888)
Also try: baseball, poetry