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Celebrating Father's Day in Elementary School

Janelle Cox

Celebrating Father's Day in Elementary SchoolFather's Day is just around the corner. This is a day to celebrate and honor the fathers, and the father figures, in our lives. Help students recognize the important role that their fathers have in their lives by having them participate in these inspiring activities.

Friendly Letter for Father

Here is a great way for students in grades 3-5 to honor their Dad, while practicing their writing skills. First, brainstorm the responsibilities that a father or father figure has. Students may suggest working, taking care of the house, mowing the lawn, taking care of the children, paying the bills, etc. Then, have them choose 3-5 important ways they think their father cares for them. Next, have students use these ideas to write a friendly letter to their father. Remind them to use a heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature in their letter. Once finished, have students type their letter and send it home to their father.

Father's Day Acrostic Poem

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A fun and easy way for students in grades K-3 to express their love for their Dad is to create a poem using the word Father, or the birth name of their father. Encourage younger students to think of words that describe their father. Then, as a class, have students come up to the front board and write down the words they came up with. For example, F-Funny, A - Awesome, T - Tickles me, H - Hero…

Older students can write sentences, such as:  F - Funny as a comedian, A - Always reads to me every night, T - Taught me how to play baseball, H - He is my hero, etc.

Another option is to use the birth name of the father, or father figure, the student is writing about. For example, for the name Hank, students could write: H - He is my hero, A - And always there for me, N - Never leaves me alone, K - Kind in every way. 

Father's Day Facts

Share the history of Father's Day with your students by presenting them with a few of these fun facts:

  • The idea of Father's Day came from Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father.
  • The first Father's Day celebration was on June 17, 1910.
  • President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.
  • A holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966.
  • Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972.

Honoring Dad

A great way for students to honor their Dad is to make a collage that represents everything they know and love about their father. A few days before this activity, ask students to bring in a few family photographs of their father. Then, have students search through magazines, newspapers, and the internet to find pictures that represent their Dad. For younger students, brainstorm and hand out a graphic organizer for them to organize their ideas before they begin to search. Once students have found all of the pictures they need to complete their project, have them arrange their pictures and photographs into a collage for their Dad.

Father's Day Read-Alouds

Help honor and applaud the contributions of your students' wonderful fathers with these read-alouds:

  • My Daddy and Me by Amy E. Sklansky (recommended for grades K-2)
  • If My Dad Were a Dog by Annabel Tellis (recommended for grades K-3)
  • My Daddy Snores by Nancy H. Rothstein (recommended for grades K-3)
  • I Love My Daddy Because by Laurel Porter-Gaylord (grades K-3)
  • In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers (grades 3-5)

 

Do you have a great idea or activity for Father's Day that you would like to share? Share it with us in the comment section below. You never know, you may inspire someone!

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