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Celebrate Mother's Day in a New Way: Lesson Ideas

Tired of doing the same Mother's Day projects year after year? Take a look at five new lesson plans we've created to celebrate mothers on their special day. These lessons include math activities with a "mother" theme (studying data about mothers in the workforce), learning about the history of silhouettes (and actually making one), and turning old shoes into planters that are bound to sprout wonderful new memories. Included: Mother's Day coupons for students to give to Mom.

Since 1914 -- when Mother's Day was first celebrated as a national holiday in the United States -- the second Sunday in May has always been a special day for children and their mothers. This week, Education World provides five lessons to help you work Mother's Day into your classroom curriculum. Try some Mother's Day Math, turn an old shoe into a memorable gift, or have students consider some simple gifts of time they can give to Mom on her special day. You will find those three activities and two more immediately below. Click any of the five lesson headlines for a complete teaching resource. (Approximate grade levels for each activity appear in parentheses.)

Celebrate With Silhouettes
Explore with students the history of silhouettes. Then create a keepsake silhouette of each student. Frame it, or use it to make a special Mother's Day card. (Grades Pre-K-8)

Motherhood Math: Mothers in the Workforce
Provide students with a table showing how the number of working mothers increased between 1955 and 2000. Have them use the table to complete the work sheet. Work sheet provided. (Grades 3-12)

The Best Gift, for Shoe-er!
Help students turn an old shoe into a memorable planter for a terrific gift for Mother's Day or any other occasion. (Grades Pre-K-5)

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! Work sheet included. (Grades K-12)

Make a "Memories of Mom" Memento
A book of collected "memories of mom" makes a very special Mother's Day gift. Included: Ten writing prompts for students. (Grades 3-8)

Looking for more Mother's Day activity ideas? Be sure to check out Mother's Day Magic: Today's Gift, Tomorrow's Treasure. You will find links to still more lesson ideas in the Additional Resources section at the end of this article.


Ideas for Mom
Make mom a special bookmark with Billy Bear.

Mom's Day Fun at Kids Domain
Find projects, activities, e-cards, and more.

Mom's Day Crossword Puzzles
Puzzles at all levels of difficulty.


·  Mother's Day Crafts (Enchanted Learning)

·  Mother's Day Projects (ChildFun)

·  Mother's Day Crafts (KidsDomain)

Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World®
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Last updated 04/25/2012