NATIONAL DAY CLASSROOM – Week Five – October 1-7, 2017

National Day Calendar Classroom - October 1-7, 2017
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)

National Day Calendar Classroom - October 1-7, 2017


During Week Five, National Day Calendar Classroom sees several natural opportunities to incorporate the calendar into the students’ lives.  On October 2, National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day offers the opportunity to discuss gratitude and respect for the people who help keep our buildings in tip-top working order.  Health and safety get a section on the first Wednesday of every October with National Walk to School Day.  Whether as part of a physical education challenge or handout to parents, there are several ways to incorporate this day into your curriculum.

Our featured assignment will focus on National Mad Hatter Day on October 6 and the character created by Lewis Caroll in the Alice in Wonderland series.


The Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland riddled, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” and set readers pondering.  On National Mad Hatter Day, create an atmosphere of adventure in all levels of development with this assignment riddled with opportunities for cultural exploration, language discovery and personal expression.

You will need a hat for this assignment.  Depending on your grade level, you can either assign your students to bring small objects to put in the hat, write a riddle of their own or you can put riddles in the hat. During the lesson, each student can take turns drawing from the hat.


Mad Hatter

Riddle Me This

All classrooms can incorporate the first part of the assignment into their lessons.

  • Discuss the definition of a riddle that is appropriate for the understanding of the age group, and how it’s a fun puzzle using words.
  • Review the Mad Hatter’s puzzle and ask the students what they think the answer is.  How creative can they get?

Pre K – Kindergarten

  • Have each child secretly select an object from the Mad Hatter’s hat and provide a riddle to their classmates what it is.  Can they guess?
  • Copy and print the above image to color.

Grades 1-5

  • Either put pre-written riddles into the Mad Hatter’s hat or have the students write their own riddles and place them in the hat.  Each student will take turns drawing a riddle from the hat, reading the question aloud and then solving the puzzle.
  • If the student isn’t able to solve the puzzle, he or she can ask for assistance from the class.
  • Copy and print the above image to color.

Grades 6-12

  • Many cultures have traditions of telling riddles as far back as the Dark Ages. These short riddle-poems took the form of cadences or humor.Discuss riddles across culture from the Anglo-Saxon and Viking traditions to Haiku poems. Consider how they are woven into the fabric of the culture. Do riddles improve critical thinking? Social interactions?
  • Have each student write their own riddle and place it in the Mad Hatter’s hat and take turns drawing a riddle from the hat.  Solve the puzzle and let the madness ensue!
  • Try this lesson in a foreign language class.

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