The modern Mother’s Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor its mother. Mother’s Day was first proposed in North America by Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of The Republic.” Howe, distraught over the devastation wrought by the US Civil War, made a public appeal for mothers everywhere to protest battle.
She called for an international Mother’s Day, to encourage peace. Despite Howe’s passion, Mother’s Day didn’t catch on for another 30 years. (Read the full history of this May celebration in the United States and how the holiday is celebrated in other countries at –
- "All About My Mom" Graphing Activity - This activity has students working together to create graphs showing the answers the students' mothers gave to a set of questions.
- Chalk Drawing - This activity gives a personal element to art. Students recreate photos of themselves with their moms using chalk. The pictures can be given to the mothers as gifts and/or displayed at the school during conference time.
- Famous Mothers - This is a light-hearted activity that allows students to argue their case about famous moms. Using persuasive writing, students try to convince their classmates whether the mom is/was a good mom or not.
- Memory Box - Students create a memory box that they can share with their mom on Mother's Day. This activity allows students to be creative and practice their writing skills.
- Mom Interview - This activity allows students an opportunity to talk with their moms and learn a little more about them. They then take that information and create a picture representing what they learned.
- Moms of the Future - Imaginations are used in this activity. Students look at the roles moms have played in the past and the present and are asked to think about what they think it will look like in the future.
- Mother Match - Mother's Day and science intertwine in this activity. Students try to identify similar physical characteristics between classmates and their mothers by looking at their pictures.
- Mother's Day Card - The student will follow multi-step directions and sequence the steps in arts and craft activity during lesson.
- Mother's Day Science Project - To learn about how flowers grow.
- Mother's Day Story - The student will be able to write and illustrate a story about Mother's Day using words from the word wall.
- Placemat Present - This art activity allows students to create a gift that shows some of the things that are special to them about their mom.
- Tracking Mother's Tree - This creative activity involves some research on the part of the students. They have to find out about the women on their mother's side of the family tree and create a display representing their accomplishments.
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- Allowance Time- Students use pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to show different ways to reach the same three digit total. Students use coin values to record data and to apply knowledge.
- Angelic Child- Creating a memory for mom.
- Angels of Generosity- This lesson uses ANGEL CHILD, DRAGON CHILD by Surat to identify generous actions. Students will keep a generosity journal reflecting acts of kindness they performed each week.
- Are We There Yet?- This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma�s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.
- Are You My Mother?- Students will discover baby animals look similar to their parents.
- As Good as Gold- Students create a Mother's Day Coupon Book, full of coupons that can be exchanged for special services rendered by students! A work sheet is included.
- Bath Salts For Mom- "This is an inexpensive project. Most materials can be found at a drug store. Enjoy!"
- Blowing Kisses- Fifth Grade students thank their mothers (grandmothers, aunts, god-mothers, etc.) for their first breath of life. Activities are pre-writing, designing a poem form, and making a card.
- Celebrate With Silhouettes- Students help create keepsake silhouettes, frame them, or use them to make a special Mother's Day card.
- I Just Want to Say- I just want to say- I love you, I hate you, things haven't been easy for me, and much more. Through the use of poetry, people can relay a powerful message. Students study poetic devices included in conversation poems and explore their eloquent messages.
- Message to Mother- Students write sentences to their mothers and include them in beautiful Mother's Day gifts.
- Motherhood Math: Mothers in the Workforce- Students study a table showing how the number of working mothers increased between 1955 and 2001 and complete the provided work sheet.
- Mother's Day Bath Basket- A great project for students.
- Mother's Day Card and Poem- Children color the flowers and pot found in the link below cut around the edges of the paper using pinking shears glue onto construction paper.
- Mother's Day Craft- A nifty, thrifty idea for mom.
- Mother's Day Gift- Children make something special for Mom and learn about giving.
- Mother, May I Communicate?- This activity is an inexpensive, active way to teach positive communication of needs, wants, and feelings. Through the use of a "Mother, May I?" type game, students have the opportunity to identify problems and to demonstrate ways to react to given situations.
- The Best Gift, for Shoe-er!- Students turn an old shoe into a memorable planter that's a terrific gift for Mother's Day or any other occasion.
- Whooo's in the Nest?- During a weeklong writing workshop, students illustrate a family of owls and write about their owl family. Students draft a five sentence expository writing essay, revise in peer editing groups, and publish their work.
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