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A history reading lesson.
 

MEMORIAL DAY

 

A reading comprehension lesson on Memorial Day. Includes printable teaching lesson worksheet.

 

 

Teaching Objectives:

  • Students will be able to recall facts about the history of Memorial Day.
  • Students will be able to explain how and why Memorial Day is celebrated.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the the reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the story silently, then answer the questions about the story that follow.  Discuss the answers to the questions with the students.

 

 

Excerpt from passage

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. Of course, that means there is no school on that day! But do you know why Memorial Day is a holiday? It began in May 1866, when the city of Waterloo, New York observed a day to honor those who had died while serving the Union in the Civil War.  Later the observance expanded to include any veteran who was killed while serving in any war or military action.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It was first observed in every state on May 30, 1868. In 1882, people began to refer to Decoration Day as Memorial Day. That name became more and more popular, but it was not until 1967 that the name of the holiday was officially changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. For many decades, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, but in 1968, it was changed to the last Monday in May so that we would have a three-day weekend.

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LESSON PRINTABLES

Memorial Day Lesson and Worksheet

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 Includes reading comprehension passage, questions, and answers.

 

 

 

 

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