Memorial Day

Teach students about Memorial Day with engaging activities.

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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is a special day to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. This presentation teaches students what the holiday is all about and includes a printable worksheet and several interactive activities including word searches, a word unscrambler, and an activity in which students decorate a Memorial Day wreath.

There are three different word searches, each at a higher level of difficulty. Students also unscramble words like “honor,” “sacrifice,” and “brave.” The lesson concludes with a brainstorming session in which students think of ways they can honor American soldiers on Memorial Day.

Learning Objective

Students will be able to explain the significance and meaning of Memorial Day.


The lesson begins with a table of contents that links to different activities. First, students learn when Memorial Day is and what it means. You might explain that for people who have loved ones who have lost their lives in war, this is a day to grieve and remember. Explain that other countries also honor soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for their countries.


Show students some famous war memorials like The Anthem Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Ask students if they’ve ever seen or visited any of these memorials. What makes them special? After this, students can complete any of the word searches then unscramble the letters to figure out the words. Next, they’ll drag images to decorate the wreath. Finally, have students make a list of ways that they can honor American soldiers on Memorial Day. Some examples include waving an American flag, visiting a war memorial and placing flowers, wearing red, white, and blue, or attending a parade. This activity includes a printable worksheet in which students can also draw a picture.

Instruction materials

The lesson includes an optional printable worksheet for students to make a list and draw a picture.

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