Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Mother's Day
Brief Description: Use this activity to introduce students to the history of Mother's Day while creating the perfect Mother's Day card. Students will incorporate an avatar of themselves and their mother or guardian as they express how much their mothers mean to them.
Know Before You Start: Be aware that Mother's Day might be a painful reminder of loss or trauma for some students. Approach this activity with sensitivity.
Hook: Start by reading different types of Mother's Day cards to the class. Ask them to think about each card and the type of message it conveys. Have them describe the characteristics of a Mother's Day card. Responses might include, "Mother's Day cards have words and pictures, they are funny or serious, express love, gratitude, etc.
- Explain the history of Mother's Day in the United States and point out that Mother's Day is also observed in other parts of the world. Tell students that many people give their mothers cards on Mother's Day.
- Have students work in pairs or small groups to brainstorm moments when their mother or guardian helped them in a particular time of need or made them feel special. Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-panel comic about these special times.
- Ask students to share some things they could do to make their mothers or guardians feel special.
- Have each student share his or her comic with a classmate.