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Monday, May 18, 2015

Memorial Day Activities for Kids

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Memorial Day isn't just a three day weekend to start off summer or a great excuse to go camping or have a BBQ with friends and family. Memorial Day is a day to show your patriotism, fly your flag and most importantly to remember our military heroes. Remember those heroes who died defending the freedom we enjoy in the United States of America!

Here are a few things to share with your students before you send them off Friday afternoon for their three day weekend:

1. Ask them to attend the Memorial Day parade or ceremony in town with their family on Monday morning. 

2. Explain to your students that Memorial Day began on May 30, 1868 after the Civil War.

3. Tell them about the National Moment of Remembrance which asks that at 3 p.m. for all Americans to voluntarily observe a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing for a moment of silence.

4. Explain if they see people wearing a red poppy that it represents to honor and remember all those who died serving their country in time of war. Poppies are sold to raise money for servicemen in need. 

5. Memorial Day is a day to be thankful for the freedoms (maybe read the "Bill of Rights" out loud to explain some of our basic constitutional freedoms) we enjoy each and every day. It is a day especially set aside to be sure we, as Americans, do not take our freedom for granted.

History of Memorial Day

Holidays for Kids: Veterans Day, Presidents Day & Memorial Day


Memorial Day USA Crafts


Poppy Craft for Memorial Day with an Egg Cartons


Another Poppy Craft with a Cupcake Holder


You may also like these printable resources from our TeachersPayTeacher store:

 memorial day craft activity craftivity interactive notebook

This foldable social studies craftivity is perfect for the end of the school year and also works well for ESL and special education. Students will read the question on each flap, and then write the answer under each flap. (Students will need to use classroom materials or research online for answers.) Optional answer strips and a word bank are available for easy differentiation. A blank template is also provided for more advanced students to create their own Memorial Day questions and answers. A true or false worksheet quiz and answer key are also provided.

 memorial day teaching worksheets printable

This packet supplements your spring or end of the year activities. You will receive a word find, a word scramble, alphabetizing worksheet, sentence writing worksheet, acrostic poem writing activity and a letter writing activity. Answer keys are included for the word search, word scramble and alphabetizing worksheets. Rubric assessments are included for the writing activities.


You may also like these resources from our Amazon Associate store:
 tissue paper poppy craft kit set of 24


Grades 2-4


 memorial day for kids book

Grades PK-1


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