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September 13

Today is National Grandparents Day.

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Today is National Grandparents Day.

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration





National Grandparents Day, first proposed in 1970, was officially proclaimed in 1978. This holiday occurs the first Sunday after Labor Day, and is intended not only to honor grandparents, but to remind young people of the "strength, information and guidance older people can offer."  What a nice topic to start off the school year!




Help students learn about their personal and community histories through interviews with their grandparents or other elderly community members. See the ReadWriteThink video Helping a Teen Plan and Conduct an Interview for tips and suggestions. Students can use what they learn to create a presentation honoring the person they interviewed. Presentation ideas include:

More ideas are available on this page from the National Grandparents Day website. Students can illustrate their poems on paper or publish their work using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press or Stapleless Book





  • Grandbuddies

    Grandbuddies is an intergenerational project created by Pattie Knox, an online museum educator for the Franklin Institute. Students in her school district participated in aging-simulation activities designed to help them understand the aging process. Visitors can view a case study of this experience and learn how they can replicate the project.

  • Great Books about Grandparents

    Reading Rockets offers this annotated list of books featuring grandparents, appropriate for children ages 0-9.

  • National Grandparents Day

    Have students read about the history of this holiday, join a contest, and explore the activities and resources on this site.

  • Grandmother and Me

    This is an online Kidlink book in many languages. The content was created by students for students. A beautiful tribute to grandmothers around the world!


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Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 1

Celebrate National Family Literacy Day!

Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day.