October Events and Teaching Resources

October Days of Service

International Day of Non-Violence (October 2): The International Day of Nonviolence is set on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi to spread the message of nonviolence through education and awareness. Individuals, organizations, and nations create practical acts of peace on a shared date. This is a great time to explore themes of anti-bullying and community building. See lesson plans below.

World Food Day (October 16) This day was established as an international effort to increase sustainable food production, distribution, and health. What can we do to make progress toward the SDG of zero hunger? This video introduces the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.

Make a Difference Day (October 25): "Make Your Mark on the World." Engage youth in selecting issues of interest in their community, and doing small acts or service projects that add up to making a big difference. Organize a Make a Difference Day with your school and community!

National Disabilities Awareness Month: Lesson plans build empthaty and understanding of the strengths and abilities of people with mental and physical differences.

Global Issues of Peace and Justice

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Global Issues of Peace and Justice

Teach lessons about global issues and the needs of people around the world, including refugees, women and children, and those who face injustice and violence. 

Establishing a Culture of Kindness

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Establishing a Culture of Kindness

Teach lessons that explore how acts of kindness vs bullying behavior impact the whole community. Link to four anti-bullying units and character education units.

View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to promoting kindness and anti-bullying. 

Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Lessons

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Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty Lessons

Move beyond the holiday canned food drive and engage your students in knowledge about hunger and poverty and discussion about why it exists. Featured lessons explore why people are hungry and what anyone can do to address it. 

View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to poverty, homelessness and hunger. 

Disability Awareness

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Disability Awareness

Teach lessons that build empathy for people with physical and mental differences. Lesson plans help students understand abilities and strengths of people who are differently abled. View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to people with disabilities.

Photo Credit: Coach Jeff playing basketball with a student by U.S. Embassy, Jakarta is licensed under CC by 4.0