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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day Activities for Kids

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Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

This is a short educational video covering the history of Memorial Day. Perfect for use as a teaching supplement in your classroom to go with a lesson about Memorial Day. This video uses old new reel footage as well as a message from President Obama. The History of Memorial Day is full of information to help your students understand why we celebrate this special day, it also explains the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Video Quiz:

1.  When is Memorial Day?

2.  Why was the holiday created?

3.  Where is the Tomb of the Unknowns located?

4.  When is Veteran's Day?

5.  What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day?

6.  How can people honor Memorial Day?



1. It is the last Monday in May.

2.  It was created to remember the men and women who have died while serving our country.

3. It is located in Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

4.  Veteran's Day is on November 11.

5.  Veteran's Day celebrates all veterans, living and dead.  Memorial Day honors those who have died in war.

6.  They may hang flags or decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.

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Your students will enjoy this Memorial Day interactive notebook activity. Students read the question on each flap, and 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 Memorial Day worksheet (or quiz) and answer key are also provided.


 memorial day worksheets for kids

With this no prep packet your students will enjoy printable Memorial Day activities, including a word search, 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 Memorial Day writing activities! 

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Here is a 10 point quiz to test your students on American civics.


Visit this site for free online quizzes and games for American history.


This video highlights 1 hour of patriotic music.  Your students will love it!


You may also like these resources from our Amazon Associate store:

 USA american themed Classroom decorations

Fan out and declare your decorating independence with our vibrant Red, White & Blue Assorted Paper Fan Decorations, featuring a mix of swirling and polka dot patterned hanging fans that suspend from attached strings.


 inflatable balls for the classroom

Set of 6 Inflatable Patriotic Beach Balls
Red, White and Blue, Each measures 12"
Great fun for Memorial Day, 4th of July and beyond,
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 usa american flag writing paper for kids

Our American Pride product line is made right here in the U.S.A. Each tablet displays the good ol' red-white-and-blue colors on a blue-sky background printed on the binding strip at the top. Letr-Trim perforated edge tears cleanly for a fresh start after every sheet. Pens and pencils glide across the smooth 16 lb. paper - plus it resists ink show-through. Each 8.5 x 11.75 inch pad contains 50 legal-ruled white sheets and is available in a convenient pack of 12 pads.


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Material: Cotton
M: Chest: 49.6'', Length: 26.8''.
XL: Chest: 51'', Length: 27.6''.
Comfort and stylish to wear. Best gift for yourself and your friends
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 usa america i spy find it game for kids

Find It Games - Discover America Edition - Educational American Fun - Proud citizens of all ages will love exploring the United States through this exciting edition, new for 2015! The Find It® Discover America game features 52 unique items hidden in red, white and blue pellets: one iconic piece for each state, as well as Washington, D.C. and our famous Find It Penny. Visit Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful and the White House. Do you know where the great Ball of Twine can be found, or which state is home to Mammoth Cave? Learn as you go with this fun and educational Contained Adventure(TM)! Package includes the Find It® Discover America hidden object game, playing cards and Ways to Play sheet. An educational family game for one or more players to enjoy whether you are 6 or 106!


 flag puzzle for kids

One of our new shaped puzzles for 2013 - An American Flag. The flag has 15 large interlocking pieces cut from 1/8" hardwood plywood. The puzzle measures about 7 3/4" X 14 3/4" Brightly colored and detailed designs are printed right on the wood so the images don't scratch off with lots and lots of play. Each puzzle comes shrink wrapped with a drawstring pouch for easy storage.


 america usa teacher classroom stamps for kids veterans day

Great for making party invitations or decorations - and fun for kids too! Plastic.


 american usa sunglasses 4th of july veterans day

Comes in a pack of 12 American Flag design curtain sunglasses.

Shades measure 6" inches across the frames, one size fits most.


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