Celebrate the family with these worksheets exploring topics related to Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day.

The following collection of worksheets contains a number of short reading passages covering topics associated with all things family. Two separate answer sheets are associated with each passage. One is a multiple choice worksheet and the other is a short-answer worksheet. Instructors may choose to use either or both question sheets (answer keys are provided for all). Your students will enjoy commemorating the special days honoring every parent!

Note for instructors: If you have no place for these in your regular curriculum, these worksheets make great project seeds, independent essay topics, or extra credit assignments.

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The History of Mother's Day

The United States got its start in 1872 when Julia Ward Howe, writer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, promoted the idea of a Mother's Peace Day as a protest to war.

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History Multiple Choice Questions

Why was Mother's Day originally proposed in the United States?

History Short Answer Questions

Pretend you are Anna M. Jarvis. Write a letter to President Woodrow Wilson convincing him to make Mother's Day a National Holiday. Make sure to give at least three strong reasons.

The History of Father's Day - Reading Passage

Mrs. Sonora Dodd was listening to a Mother's Day sermon at her church in Spokane, Washington and wondered why fathers did not have a special day to honor them.

Dad History - Multiple Choice Questions

Mrs. Sonora Dodd wanted a special day to honor fathers because __________.

Dad's History - Short Answer Questions

Not everybody believed Father's Day should be an official holiday. Write an editorial to the newspaper explaining why you believe Father's Day should or should not be made an official holiday

Making Mother's Day Special Reading Passage

One of the special things about mothers is that they always seem to love whatever you get them. Gifts are like cards, store bought ones are appreciated, but handmade cards and gifts will be cherished forever.

Multiple Choice Questions

What is the most important thing to remember about choosing a gift?

Short Answer Questions

Besides being a special holiday for mother’s it is also an important day for the economy. Do some research and write a report about the amount of money made on cards and gifts on Mother's Day.

Making Father's Day Special

Spend the entire day doing whatever you dad likes to do best. If he likes sports watch a game with him. Go fishing if that is his favorite pastime.

Multiple Choice Questions

Use the context clues to figure out what the word embark means.

Short Answer Questions

Make a coupon book for dad. Take two pieces of notebook paper and fold them into fourths. Cut them out, and staple them together. Make a cover and then create coupons your father can redeem whenever he would like.

Strange but True Mother's Day Facts Reading Passage

Have you ever wondered how old the oldest woman to give birth was or which mother had the most children?

Multiple Choice Questions

What are the odds of having three children born on the same date?

Short Answer Questions

Omkari of India was 70 years old when her twins were born and her husband was 77. Make a T-chart and compare and contrast the positive things about being an older parent and the negative things about being an older parent.

Strange but True Father’s Day Facts

While George Washington is considered the, "Father of Our Country" he was not the first leader to have this honor bestowed on him. In 2 BC, The Roman Empire gave the Emperor Augustus the title Pater Patriae.

Multiple Choice Questions

Where was Senora Smart Dodd when she came up with the idea for Mother's Day?

Short Answer Questions

Design a gift that would be the perfect father's day present. Be creative. You may draw a picture and label it or you may write a paragraph to describe it.

How much does it Cost to Raise a Child?

A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average family spends over $200,000 to raise a child from infancy to adulthood.

Cost of Kids - Multiple Choice Questions

What does the word intervals mean? The study is broken into 3 year intervals.

Kids Costs - Short Answer Questions

Were you surprised by how much it costs to raise a child? Did it cost more or less than you expected?

Why Do Some Children Look Mostly Like One Parent - Reading Passage

When you look at most parents you can see features from both of their parents. Occasionally you meet a child that seems to be made in the exact image of one of their parents and almost nothing like other.

Look Mostly Like One Parent - Multiple Choice Questions

If a child has a dominant gene for dark hair and a recessive gene for light hair what color will the child's hair be?

Look Mostly Like One Parent - Short Answer Questions

Choose a partner. Make a Venn Diagram like the one below to compare and contrast your features. If you have traits that are the same write them in the middle.

How Does the American Family Differ From Families Across the World? Reading Passage

Families all over the world share important characteristics like love, loyalty, as well family traditions, but every culture has unique characteristics.

American Family - Multiple Choice Questions

Why don't children in other countries have as much free time as American children?

American Family Short Answer Questions

Even within in the United states we have a lot of differences. Make up a list of questions and interview a friend about their family life.

How has Technology Changed the American Family? Passage

Technology has changed the face of the American family significantly over the last 100 years. Modern technology has drastically improved communications.

Technology - Multiple Choice Questions

What does the word obsolete mean? The news is already obsolete by the time you receive it.

Technology - Short Answer Questions

What form of technology do you think has had the most important impact on our world? Why?