NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM – Week 12 – October 29, 2018

Welcome to Class - Week 12- 2018-2019
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


As we wrap up October, we talk about rolling up our sleeves, having a little fun, and checking our letters in the classroom. Starting with National Speak up for Service Day on October 30th, we will encourage serving our communities through public speaking. The next day, we’ll share some funny business on National Knock Knock Joke Day. Finally, we kick off November with National Family Literacy Day.

Be sure to check out the trivia, crosswords and word search puzzles. Each week, we try to bring a variety of activities to celebrate the days on the calendar to keep your classroom curious.

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LESSON 1 – National Speak up for Service Day

National Speak Up For Service Day takes place on October 30th and is a public speaking challenge for high school students designed to encourage others their age to be involved in their communities. Community service combined with public speaking develops strong values and connections to the neighborhoods we grow up in and an understanding of our individual rights and responsibilities as a citizen.

Whether there is a Lions Club near you that participates or not, encourage your students to share their experiences volunteering in their community. They may help on clean-up day or work in a community garden. Maybe they donate services at the local animal shelter, recycling center, or hospital. Whatever they do, value their neighborhood pride and inspire them to spread some of the spirit to their classmates through a pep talk in public speaking.

Lesson 2 – National Knock Knock Joke Day

Enjoy these knock-knock jokes with your students and have fun while they make up their own!

Knock, knock.
Who’s There?
Spell who?
Okay. W. H. O.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Olive who?
Olive you. Do you love me, too?

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Donut who?
Donut ask. It’s a secret!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Nobel who?
No bell, that’s why I knocked!

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Wendy who?
When the bell works again I won’t have to knock anymore.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Wooden shoe.
Wooden shoe who?
Wooden shoe like to hear another joke.

Lesson 3 – National Family Literacy Day

We occasionally provide reading lists here in the classroom. For National Family Literacy Day, we’ve provided a fun shortlist to add to your collection. Whether borrowed or included in a family library, these books will make enjoyable reading for families of any size!

Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt by Patricia McKissack and illustrated by Cozbi A Cabrera (2008) – ages 5-9

Following Fake Man by Barbara Ware Holmes (2002) – ages 10 and up

Posted by John David Anderson – (2017) – ages 8-12

Oh Joy, Bok Choy & Other Greens for Me! by Dawn Noelle Archer, illustrated by Jaeger R. Held (2018) – ages 3-8

Oona Finds an Egg (The Oodlethunks#1) by Adele Griffin and illustrated by Mike Wu (2016) – ages 8-12

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