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The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is celebrated in the United States and in many other countries on the second Sunday of May.  You can see a list of all countries and when they recognize Mother’s Day here.

I thought it would be an occasion for another “The Best…” List.

Here are my picks for The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

ESL Civics has a Mother’s Day Lesson designed for English Language Learners.

Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Dragon is a “talking story” from Starfall.

The History Channel has an online video about the History of Mother’s Day.

ESL Holiday Lessons has A Mother’s Day Lesson with audio support for the text, and follows it up with an online sequencing activity.

Here’s an audio slideshow of a Native American celebration of Mother’s Day.

You can send Mother’s Day eCards (you can post links to them on a teacher or student website) from either Blue Mountain or Yahoo Greetings.

Who Came Up With Mother’s Day and Why? comes from How Stuff Works.

How Mother’s Day Works is an online video, also from How Stuff Works.

Here’s a video from ABC News of a group of Moms celebrating the holiday by skydiving together.

Here’s another video from ABC showing people giving tribute to their mothers in three words (written on signs). It’s cute.

The Orange County Register newspaper has an interactive quz on Mother’s Day (it might be hard for ELL’s).

Remembering Nana On Mother’s Day is a New York Times slideshow showing a Japanese comic strip (in English)

Here’s a printable cloze (gap-fill) on the holiday.

MSNBC has a slideshow of cartoons about Mother’s Day.

MSNBC has an interesting story about the founder of Mother’s Day.

Pink Bats For Mother’s Day is a CBS News video.

Bad Economy Can’t Stop Mother’s Day is an ABC News video.

Fed Ex Mother’s Day Deliveries is a CNN video.

“Amazing Moms Of The Animal Kingdom” is a cute slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Mother’s Day By The Numbers is a great infographic.

Here’s an MSNBC video of a Mother’s Day event at the White House. CNN has a video of the the same event.

Meet The Founder of Mother’s Day is an interactive timeline from MSNBC.

A Mother’s Day Tribute to Moms is a video from ABC News.

Mothers Day Dates around the world is an interactive graphic.

Send a video to your Mom naming her “Mom Of The Decade.”

Celebrate: Save a Mother is a column from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristoff. He writes:

So if one way to mark Mothers’ Day is to buy flowers for that special mom, another is to make this a safer planet for moms in general. And since we men are going to be focused on the flowers, maybe mothers themselves can work on making motherhood less lethal.

Kristoff goes on to suggest ways to do that. The text isn’t accessible to ELL’s, but parts could be modified. It’s a good take on Mother’s Day.

The Dish On Mom is a New York Times slideshow where four artists draw the meal that reminds them most of their mothers.

The Best and Worst Countries to Be a Mother is an interactive map showing the information.

Save The Children also has an eCard you can send.

How the World Celebrates Mother’s Day

Here’s an interactive map showing when Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries around the world.

The New York Times has a neat interactive (and contest) where you can Share Six Words About Your Mother. It’s fun to see, even if you don’t want to contribute.

Beyond Flowers for Mom is a good article in The New York Times by Nicholas D. Kristof.

Here’s a slideshow on American Mothers from CNN.

Top 12 warrior moms throughout history is a slideshow from The Mother Nature Network.

Save The Children has come out with a report, “State of the World’s Mothers 2012.” Here are several media resources highlighting its results:

Best and Worst Countries for Moms is a slideshow from the PBS News Hour.

2012 Mothers’ Index Rankings is a chart from Save The Children. Here are lesson plans that go along with it.

An interviewer went around New York City to ask various people to say thank you to their mother:

Celebrating Motherhood in Pictures is a slideshow from Smithsonian Magazine.

The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished is from Mental Floss.

Save The Children has created a website, including an excellent infographics, analyzing The State Of The World’s Mothers – 2013.

Mother's Day Vs. Father's DaySource: H&R Block

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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