Let's Get Ready for Memorial Day (Welcome Books: Celebrations)
What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer the
1. When does the United States celebrate Memorial
a) Third Monday in January
b) April 22
c) Last Monday in May
d) July 4
c) Last Monday in May. Traditionally, Memorial Day is on May 30.
The United States observes Memorial Day on the last Monday in
2. Why does the United
States celebrate Memorial Day?
To remember the people who have died in wars. The United States
also builds war memorials to remember the people who have died
in wars. The names of many people are written on some memorials.
3. How do you celebrate
Answers may vary. Some people draw American flags with red and
blue markers. Some people visit a war memorial. Some people take
flowers and flags and leave them at the memorial.
Did you know the
United States flag has 50 stars and 13 stripes? Since 1960, the
U.S. flag contains 50 white stars on a field of blue and 13 red
and white stripes (7 red stripes and 6 white stripes). The 50
stars represent the 50 states of the U.S., and the 13 stripes
represent the 13 original colonies.
What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the
Calendar: A chart showing all the days, weeks, and months
in a year
Celebrate: To do something enjoyable
on a special occasion
Markers: Pens with colored ink
Memorial Day: A holiday celebrated
in the United States on the last Monday of May to honor Americans
who have died in wars
War Memorial: Something built or
done to help people continue to remember the people who have died
Wars: Fighting between the armies
of different countries or between groups of people in the same
Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the
Following Questions for Your FREE
five of the words in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers may vary. Here are sample sentences from our young readers:
a Harry Potter calendar.
I like to celebrate Christmas.
My teacher lets me use markers
Memorial Day is celebrated
My family visited a War Memorial
in Washington, D.C.
Soldiers fight in wars.
b. Have a parent or friend give you
a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.
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