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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29
International Dance Day
Also try: choreography, ballet
30
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
William Herschel discovers first binary star
King Charles II gives royal charter to Hudson's Bay Company (1670)
3
World Press Freedom Day
Also try: 1st Amendment
Margaret Thatcher becomes first female Prime Minister of the UK (1979)
4
Four student protesters killed at Kent State (1970)
International Firefighters Day
5
National Cartoonist Day
6
Sigmund Freud born (1856)
Also try: psychology
Hindenburg Disaster (1937)
Also try: hydrogen, airship
7
The RMS Lusitania sinks (1915)
Tchaikovsky born (1840)
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, South Africa
John Brown born (1800)
10
Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops (1865)
Also try: American Civil War
11
Salvador Dali born (1904)
12
Florence Nightingale born (1820)
Also try: nursing, Crimean War
13
Student hunger strike in Tiananmen Square (1989)
Also try: hunger strike
US declares war with Mexico: Mexican-American War begins (1846)
14
Lewis and Clark begin expedition (1804)
Also try: Corp of Discovery
First US Space Station launched (1973)
15
Ramadan Begins, North America
Also try: Islam, Muslim calendar
Johannes Kepler discovers Law of Harmonics (1618)
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: volcanoes
John Winthrop elected first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1631)
19
Anne Boleyn beheaded (1536)
Also try: King Henry VIII
20
Charles Lindbergh begins transatlantic flight (1932)
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans (1873)
21
American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton (1881)
22
Lassen Peak erupts (1915)
Also try: volcanoes
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)
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, puppets
26
Sally Ride born (1951)
Also try: NASA, astronauts
National Paper Airplane Day
27
The Queen Mary takes maiden voyage (1936)
Also try: passenger ships
28
Jim Thorpe born (1888)
Also try: athletes
29
Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay reach Mount Everest summit (1953)
John F. Kennedy born (1917)
Also try: US presidents
Learn about Composting Day
Also try: soil, gardening
30
Lincoln Memorial dedicated (1922)
Also try: Abraham Lincoln
31
Walt Whitman born (1819)
Also try: poetry
World No Tobacco Day
1
Audiobook Month Begins
First Superman comic book published (1938)
2
Radio first patented (1896)
Also try: inventions, technology