Using monthly theme units in your class rooms helps to provide connection between different subjects for students. They realize that math, science, reading, writing, and social studies are incorporated into everything they do. Some of these themes will easily flow with district grade level expectations, but even when they don’t, they serve to enhance those expectations when synthesized. Students are always looking for connections and this will give you an opportunity to create additional connections in their minds. The things I most remember from my early years of school are those multi-leveled units where connections were made with all of my senses and a variety of subject areas. I will never forget making homemade apple sauce and shaking a jar of creams to make butter when I was in the kindergarten. I will also never forget the emotional connections I made with the teacher who took the time to first introduce me to these elements. Here are some suggestions for monthly themes that can be used as weekly themes during each month or all month long. Making learning fun and engaging is what great teachers do best.
August – Rules & Expectations, Citizenship, All about Me, Safety, My School Community, Germs – handwashing, cough & sneeze protocol.
September – Labor Day, All About My Family, Patriots Day, Autumn Leaves, Constitution Day, Grandparents Day, Apple Life Cycle, Johnny Appleseed, Community Helpers
October – Pumpkin Life Cycle, Columbus Day, Harvest, Life Cycle of Trees, Halloween, Bats – Echolocation, Soundwaves, Bones – skeletons, Spiders
November – Veterans Day, Election Day, Voting, Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Turkeys, Native Americans, Landforms, Maps
December – Holidays around the World, Family Traditions, Gingerbread Man, Christmas Trees, Reindeer, The Grinch, Fire Safety
January – Snowflakes, Snowmen, Winter Weather, Resolutions, Hibernation, Martin Luther King, Animal Habitats, Arctic Animals
February – Presidents Day, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Groundhogs Day, Valentine’s Day, Dental Health Month, Black History Month, 100th Day of School, Technology
March – Spring, Easter, Dr. Seuss Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Flower Life Cycle, Eggs, Flower parts, your state history & culture
April – Butterfly Life Cycle, April Fool’s Day, Living v Nonliving, Frog Life Cycle, Earth Day, Recycling, Baby Animals, Plant Life Cycle, Insects, Zoo Animals
May – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Space – sun, moon, stars, planets
June – Father’s Day, Ocean Habitats, Beach, Ocean Animals, Transportation
July – Independence Day, Travel
Just looking at a calendar can give you a lot of ideas for what is important in each month. That’s where my list started, then I added other key elements based on the seasons and cultural things common to my part of the country.