Memorial Day (Decoration Day): What is the History behind this Holiday?
This Memorial Day Holiday lesson is included in the 14-lesson Holiday Collection, located here!
This pack includes lessons on Johnny Appleseed, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, President's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Saint Patrick's Day (St Patrick's Day), Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Day!
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In this highly-engaging lesson, students complete three hands-on activities to learn about the history and origins of Memorial Day (Decoration Day).
Students complete a guided reading assignment with "check-in's" to make sure they are understanding the content. In this first activity, students are introduced to Memorial Day's early history. Here, students are introduced to the work of veteran organizer John Logan, the creation of Decoration Day, the influence of events such as World War I, and the impact of national cemeteries such as Arlington, Antietam, and Gettysburg.
Then, students investigate a "Memorial Day Facts" handout to familiarize themselves further with this holiday! Students are introduced to the national traditions on this date, efforts to put this holiday's celebration back to its original date, and other lesser-known facts!
Students then take their knowledge and put it on display by completing a "News Cast" assignment where they, in the shoes of journalists, compile a report that explains the origins of this day! A close-reading crossword puzzle activity is also included to engage all students at any part in this activity!
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