October Worksheets and Coloring Pages

October Worksheets and Coloring Pages
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Unique October Holidays

October Worksheets and Coloring Pages
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When we think of October holidays, most of us think of Halloween. However, the month features many important firsts that deserve to be remembered. Each of these worksheets highlights a moment in history from the month of October. 

Print the worksheets and introduce your children to the historic events for which October is (not so) famous!

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Parachute Coloring Page

Parachute Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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On October 22, 1797, Andre-Jacques Garnerin made his first successful parachute jump above Paris. He first ascended to an altitude of 3,200 feet in a balloon, and then jumped from the basket. He landed about half a mile from the takeoff site unharmed. After his first jump, he included an air vent at the top of the parachutes.

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Crayons Coloring Page

Crayons Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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On October 23, 1903, Crayola brand crayons were first sold. They cost a nickel a box for eight crayons: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown. Alice Binney, the wife of company founder Edwin Binney, came up with the name “Crayola” from “craie,” the French word for chalk and “ola,” from “oleaginous” which means oily. What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?

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The Swallows of Mission San Juan Capistrano Coloring Page

Swallows Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Each year on October 23rd, the Day of San Juan, thousands of swallows leave their mud nests at the San Juan Capistrano Mission and head south for the winter. Amazingly, the swallows return each year on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day, and rebuild their nests for the summer.

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Canning Day Coloring Page

Canning Day Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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In 1795, Nicolas François Appert won 12,000 francs in a contest sponsored by Napoleon Bonaparte for devising a way to heat and seal foods in glass bottles. In 1812, Nicolas Appert was awarded the title of “Benefactor of Humanity” for his inventions that revolutionized our diet. Nicolas François Appert was born on October 23, 1752, at Chalons-Sur-Marne.

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United Nations Coloring Page

United Nations Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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The United Nations is an organization of independent states formed in 1945 committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Currently, 193 countries are members of the United Nations. There are 54 countries or territories and 2 independent nation states that are not members. (Note the update from the number of countries listed on the printable.)

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First Barrel Jump Over Niagara Falls Coloring Page

First Barrel Jump Over Niagara Falls Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Annie Edson Taylor was the first to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She used a custom-made barrel with padding and leather straps. She climbed inside the airtight barrel, the air pressure was compressed with a bicycle pump and on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, she headed down the Niagara River towards Horseshoe Falls. After the plunge, rescuers found her alive with only a small gash on her head. She was hoping for fame and fortune with her stunt, but she died in poverty.

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Stock Market Crash Coloring Page

Stock Market Crash Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Times were good in the 1920s and the stock prices soared to peaks never seen before. But in 1929, the bubble burst and stocks declined rapidly. On October 24th, 1929 (Black Thursday), investors began panic selling and more than 13 million shares were sold. The market continued to slide and on Tuesday, October 29th (Black Tuesday), about 16 million shares were dumped and billions of dollars were lost. This resulted in the Great Depression which lasted until about 1939.

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Microwave Oven Coloring Page

Microwave Oven Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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On October 25, 1955, the first domestic microwave oven was introduced in Mansfield, Ohio, by the Tappan Company. Raytheon had demonstrated the world’s first microwave oven in 1947, called the “Radarange.” But it was the size of a refrigerator and cost between $2,000-$3,000, making it impractical for household use. Raytheon and the Tappan Stove Company entered into a licensing agreement to make a smaller, more affordable unit. In 1955, the Tappan Company introduced the first domestic model that was the size of a conventional oven and cost $1,300, still out of reach for most households. In 1965, Raytheon bought out Amana Refrigeration and 2 years later, came out with the first countertop microwave oven that cost just under $500. By 1975, microwave oven sales exceeded that of gas ranges.

December 6th is Microwave Oven Day. Microwave ovens cook food by passing an electromagnetic wave through it; heat results from the absorption of energy by the water molecules in the food. What's your favorite use for the microwave oven?

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Mail Box Coloring Page

Mail Box Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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On October 27, 1891, Inventor Philip B. Downing was awarded a patent for an improved letter drop box. The improvements made the mail box weatherproof and tamperproof by improving the covering and the opening. The design is basically what is in use today.​

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New York Subway Coloring Page

New York Subway Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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The New York City Subway began operating on October 27, 1904. The New York Subway was the first underground and underwater rail system in the world. The fare to ride the subway was 5 cents and was paid using tokens purchased from the attendant. Prices have risen over the years and the tokens have been replaced by MetroCards.

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Statue of Liberty Coloring Page

Statue of Liberty Coloring Page
Statue of Liberty Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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The Statue of Liberty is a large monumental statue symbolizing liberty on Liberty Island in New York Bay. It was presented to the United States by the people of France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom throughout the world. Its formal name is Liberty Enlightening the World. The statue depicts a woman escaping the chains of tyranny. Her right-hand holds a burning torch representing liberty. Her left-hand holds a tablet inscribed with “July 4, 1776” the date the United States declared independence from England. She is wearing flowing robes and the seven rays of her crown symbolize the seven seas and continents.

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Eli Whitney Coloring Page

Eli Whitney Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Eli Whitney was born on December 8, 1765, in Westborough, Massachusetts. Eli Whitney is most known for the invention of the Cotton Gin. A cotton gin is a machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers. His invention didn’t make him a fortune, but it did earn him a lot of fame. He is also credited with inventing a musket with interchangeable parts.

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Martian Invasion Panic Coloring Page

Martian Invasion Panic Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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On October 30, 1938, Orson Wells with the Mercury Players produced a realistic radio dramatization of “War of the Worlds” causing a nationwide panic. When hearing the “news bulletins” of a Martian invasion in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, listeners thought they were real. This 1998 monument marks the place in Van Nest Park where the Martians landed in the story. This incident is often referred to as examples of mass hysteria and the delusions of crowds.

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Mount Rushmore Coloring Page

Mount Rushmore Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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On October 31, 1941, Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed. The faces of four presidents were carved into a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed Mount Rushmore and carving began in 1927. It took 14 years and 400 people to finish the monument. The presidents in the Mount Rushmore National Memorial are:

 

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Juliette Gordon Low - Girl Scouts Coloring Page

Juliette Gordon Low - Girl Scouts Coloring Page
Juliette Gordon Low - Girl Scouts Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

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Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low was born on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. Juliette grew up in a prominent home. She married William Mackay Low and moved to Great Britain. After her husband died, she met Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the British Boy Scouts. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls from her ​hometown, Savannah, to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Her niece, Margaret "Daisy Doots" Gordon was the first registered member. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.

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