Mother's Day

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Language Arts, Writing, Writing Process, Social Studies

Grade 1- 3


Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1872 as a Mother's Day for Peace, as suggested by Julia Ward Howe. She had nursed the wounded during the Civil War and was dedicated to the cause of peace. She is best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." In 1907, Anna Jarvis started a campaign for a national Mother's Day. In 1915, President Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother's Day in the United States.


Day 1--Mother's Day Around the World

  • encyclopedias or other illustrated reference materials
  • writing materials
  • "Mother's Day Around the World" research form below

Help students find information about how mothers are honored in different countries or let them do research on their own.
  1. Name
  2. Date
  3. Mother's Day Around The World
  4. Country
  5. Customs
  6. Country
  7. Customs
Day 2--My Mother: An Essay
  • writing materials

Have each student write (or dictate to you or an instructional assistant) an essay titled "My Mother." Help students edit and complete final copies of their work to present to their mothers for Mother's Day. Or, have a bulletin board display titled "Our Mothers" and post these essays for all to see and read. (If a student does not have a mother, encourage him or her to write about another female loved one.)
Day 3--Mother's Day Cards
  • art supplies
  • paper or copy of card below

Have students make cards based on the word "Mother."
  • M is for
  • O is for
  • T is for
  • H is for
  • E is for
  • R is for

Put them all together; they spell Mother!
Day 4--Coupon Books
  • paper
  • writing materials
  • art supplies

Have students make and illustrate personalized coupons that can be stapled into book form. They can include coupons for things that would be particularly meaningful to their own mothers.
Day 5--Breakfast Plans
  • writing materials

Since many children believe mother wants breakfast in bed more than anything else, go over plans for this project with them. Talk about serving it on a tray and including eating utensils and napkins. Caution them to get an adult to help with any actual cooking or coffee making!


  • see activitites below for lists of materials

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