August is the eighth month of the modern-day Gregorian calendar, coming after January, February, March, April, May, June, and July. There are 31 days in the month of August.
Prior to the Julian calendar reform, August was called Sextilis, a Latin word meaning sixth. It was then named after Augustus Caesar when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar.
In earlier versions of the Roman calendar, August was called Sextilis, the sixth month. It consisted of 31 days. It was later designated as the eight month when January and February were added to the year. Julius Caesar added two more days to the month around 45 BCE.
August has the seasons equivalent to February. The birth flower for August is poppy that symbolizes strength, beauty, love, family, and marriage, while the birthstone for August is peridot or onyx.
There are many ways to celebrate summer, and many ways to celebrate the celebrating of summer! August has its fair share of offbeat holidays and observances, such as National Mustard Day on the sixth for everyone that enjoys grilling out. If you're heading to the beach for vacation, you might get caught up in National Lighthouse Day on the seventh. Everybody's favorite camping dessert, the s'more, is celebrated on the tenth of the month. And if all of this wears you out, August 15 is National Relaxation Day.
The worksheets below are all themed on celebrations or events that take place during the hot month of August. Tip: Have your students design their own roller coasters in honor of National Roller Coaster Day on August 16th.