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Today is National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day, first proposed in 1970, was officially proclaimed in 1978. This holiday occurs the first Sunday after Labor Day, and is intended not only to honor grandparents, but to remind young people of the “strength, information and guidance older people can offer.” What an appropriate topic to start off the school year!

Help students learn about their personal and community histories through interviews with their grandparents or other elderly community members. See the ReadWriteThink video “Helping a Teen Plan and Conduct an Interview” for tips and suggestions. Students can use what they learn to create a presentation honoring the person they interviewed. Presentation ideas include:

How else can families and older generations be incorporated into the classroom?