Memorial Day Fun

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Social Studies, United States History

Grade 1- 3


Students will learn about the history of Memorial Day and complete activities with a Memorial Day theme.


Memorial Day Facts

  • Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday in the United States. It is celebrated on the last Monday in May each year.
  • It began as a day to honor the men and women who died in the Civil War.
  • On Memorial Day we honor all the men and women who have died in all the wars fought by the United States.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated in many ways. Many businesses, schools, and banks close in honor of the holiday.
  • Often, families go to the cemetery to add flags to the grave sites of war veterans.
  • Parades and picnics are other ways this holiday is celebrated.

Memorial Day Fun Activities
  1. Discuss the meaning of the word "memorial."
  2. Make flags to decorate the classroom or homes.
  3. Invite a guest speaker from the military to visit the class.
  4. Make cards for the veterans in the community.
  5. Compose an acrostic poem with the word "memorial."
Distribute the activity sheets and have students complete the activities.


  • Memorial Day Fun activity sheets
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • crayons
  • construction paper

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