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September 08

Today is National Grandparents Day.

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Today is National Grandparents Day.

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

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!

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

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:

  • Writing acrostic or biographical poems about their grandparents. See the ReadWriteThink lesson plan Acrostic Poems: All About Me and My Favorite Things for additional resources on writing personal poems or use the Acrostic Poems interactive.
  • Working with a grandparent to create a scrapbook of their family/community history.
  • Working with older family members to create a family tree.

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

 

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • 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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Stories of Appreciation

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Creating Family Timelines

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Activity & Project

Recording Family Stories

Teens can take part in the process of building family histories by recording the stories, or memoirs, of family members.

 

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Podcast Episodes

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Finding Family

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Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Celebrating Grandmothers

Explore books that celebrate relationships with grandmothers and learn how even across different cultures a grandmother's love is the same.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Precious Memories

Check out three books that show how precious family memories are and meet Kate Messner, the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

 

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Adventures With Erica Perl

It's all about Erica Perl and her books in this podcast episode.

 

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