National Observances

How To Use National Observances in Your Lessons.

There are hundreds of National Observances recognized every year.  Observances can create “teachable moments” or be the focus of any unit in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. It shows the students that what they are learning in class is also a social issue that requires awareness.


All of the observances on this page correlate with FCS curriculum and standards.


Click on the images below to go directly to observance links.

For some observances it can be a short discussion of its history at the beginning or end of class. Here are some other suggestions:


  • Students will search the internet for information about an observance then complete the Observances Investigation worksheet. 

  • Share and compare findings with each other. 

  • Students create a bulletin board

  • Make an infograph about the observance - share on pinterest or social media

  • Any food related topics - have a cook-off or contest with the students or involving staff as well. Make it a fundraiser!

  • For any awareness topics - create a champaign to present to class, school or community. 

  • For child related topics - create a project to do with children at a preschool or elementary.

August Observances

September Observances

World Breastfeeding Week
Vision & Learning
Immunization Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten
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October Observances

Family Meals Month
Coupon Month
Childhood Obesity Month
Infant Mortality Awareness
All American Breakfast
Fruit & Veggie Month
Baby Safety Month
Sewing Month
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Bullying Prevention Month
Chili Month
Popcorn Month
Work & Family Month
Vegetarian Awareness
Spina Bifida Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery
SIDS Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Window Covering Safety
Pizza Month
Eat Together, Eat Better
Domestic Violence Awareness
Apple Month
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November Observances

Picture Book Month
Family Stories Month
Diabetes Awareness
Entrepreneurship Month
Family Literacy Month
Peanut Butter Lover's Month
Pomegranate Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
Sweet Potato Month
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December Observances

Buckwheat Month
Tie Month
Safe Toy & Gifts Month
Cookie Cutter Week
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January Observances

Bath Safety Month
Birth Defects Prevention
Hot Tea Month
Soup Month
Oatmeal Month
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February Observances

Bake For Family Month
Hot Breakfast Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness
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March Observances

Nutrition Month
Frozen Food Month
Noodle Month
Craft Month
Quinoa Month
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April Observances

Garden Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Stress Awareness Month
STD Awareness month
Grilled Cheese Month
Infant Immunization
Financial Literacy Month
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May Observances

Egg Month
Fitness Sports Month
Better Sleep Month
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Women's Health Week
Food Allergy Month
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