Grandparents Day in the Classroom (FREEBIE Included)

Grandparents Day activities for the primary classroom.

Grandparents Day falls in the month of September, which is already a fairly hectic month for teachers. You’re just starting to get into a routine after the back-to-school rush, so this could be your first holiday to work into your lesson plans. It doesn’t have to completely interrupt your routine, however. If you work the holiday into your reading and writing schedule, it’ll be much easier!

Grandparents Day READING

Instead of throwing out all your plans to make crafts and teach about Grandparents Day, simply work the holiday into your lesson plans. Here are a few examples of how to learn about Grandparents Day in the classroom while still keeping your ELA reading block routine. Simply replace passages and books with Grandparents themed books!

Nonfiction Reading Option: 

Grandparents' Day activities- reading and writing activities for the primary classroom to celebrate Grandparents Day

I had many requests to make an “All About Holidays” pack that would match my All About American Symbols unit. Each holiday comes with a passage, comprehension questions, a fact writing sheet, fold and snip flip book, and writing sheet. This Grandparents Day nonfiction set of activities can be found within this All About Holidays pack. It identifies when the holiday takes place in different countries and quickly explains what it is and where the idea came from.

(Link: All About Holidays)

Fiction & Nonfiction Reading Option: 

Grandparents' Day activities- reading and writing activities for the primary classroom to celebrate Grandparents Day

This paired passage set comes from my August/September collection of paired texts. They come with a fictional and nonfiction text on specific topics. The Grandparents Day section comes with a fictional story about a child spending the day with their grandparents, and the nonfiction text explains the holiday itself. The reading levels range from 2nd to 3rd grade.

(Link: August/September Paired Passages)

(Link: August/September Paired Passages)

Fiction Reading Options for Grandparents Day in the Classroom: 

There is also a collection of children’s books that I’ll link below. I think these would be useful when either choosing a read aloud for the week or stocking the classroom library with Grandparents Day books for students to read. These links are all affiliate links from Amazon.

Hip Hip Hoorsy
llama llama gram and grandpa
Grandparent's Day
Grandma, Grandpa, and Me

Little Critter and Llama Llama are always a favorite in most classes… I love that they have a grandparents’ version of this series.

My nana and me
How to babysit a grandma
How to babysit a grandpa
Pop Pop and Me book

Craft Time [Freebie]

I made a free craft for you! It’s an easy print-out page that the students can decorate/create as they see fit. The pictures below show the result of the students tracing one of their hands, and afterward, putting a heart inside of it. However, if you want students to write something on the page instead, that is another great idea for this send-home gift.

Free reading and writing activity for the primary classroom.

Materials for each kiddo:

  • One page printout
  • Construction paper for hand
  • Coloring utensils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Heart

Free Grandparents Day craft idea for teachers.
Free Grandparents Day craft idea for teachers.

This freebie is available for download in my TPT Store:

Grandparents’ Day in the Classroom FREEBIE 

 The three products in this Grandparents Day in the Classroom blog posts are here:

August and September Paired Passages
All About Holidays
Grandparents Day Freebie

August and September Paired Passages

All About Holidays

Grandparents Day Freebie

Grandparents' Day activities- reading and writing activities for the primary classroom to celebrate Grandparents Day

The winter holidays are closer than you think! Check out this post to get a jumpstart on November lesson planning.

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