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American Culture
Mother's Day in the U.S. A

On the second Sunday in May, Americans have an extra-special day to celebrate all the hard work mothers do every day - Mother's Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother's day. Learn more about Mother's day and don't forget to call your mother!

You and your class can participate in the activities below or learn more about Mother's Day.

Social Media Activities

  1. What makes a good Mom? Share it with us on Facebook.
  2. How are mothers celebrated where you live? Share it with us on Facebook.

Classroom Activities

A Speech for Mother's Day (Intermediate-Advanced)

Materials:

Instructions:

As a class, read the Mother’s Day article and answer the questions on the Mother’s Day: Reading Worksheet. Using the students’ answers, have students write a Mother’s Day speech to present in class. Or have students create a unique speech on what makes their mother great.

Download a Sample Lesson Plan

Mother's Day

Mother's Day (IWD) is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. The holiday began as mothers supporting world peace, but over time has become a celebration of all the hard work moms do everyday. On Mother's Day, children cook breakfast for their moms, buy them flowers and shower them with small surprises. In fact, each year Americans send over 133 million cards to their mothers just for Mother's Day alone!

Mother's Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1914. It was introduced by Anna Jarvis in 1908 to honor her own mother. This year is the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day in the United States. The day is marked by being the busiest day of the year for restaurants as Americans give their moms the day off from their day-to-day chores.

This year Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th. Take some time to show your mom how special she is to you by making her a Mother's Day card, getting her flowers or singing her favorite song.

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