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Best Father’s Day Activities and Lessons

Daughter gives Father's Day card to father on Father's Day while he works on laptop computer,
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Father’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to encourage your students to express their thoughts and appreciation for their fathers as caregivers, mentors, and role models. 

The following Father’s Day activities and lessons are all free or low cost, and allow students to practice language, art, and STEM skills while acknowledging Dad or other important men in their lives. 

Father’s Day Online Quizzes, Games and Worksheets (opens in new tab)
These free online Father’s Day activities are geared toward English Language Learners, but also ideal for any younger student to practice basic literacy skills. Exercises include alphabetical order, matching letter cases, word search, online crossword puzzle, and listening comprehension.

Five Father's Day Lessons (opens in new tab)
Each free lesson plan comes with objectives, recommended grade levels, and ideas for assessment.

Father’s Day Worksheets and Hands-on Activities (opens in new tab)
A valuable collection of Father’s Day printable worksheets and hands-on activities for preK-8 students, searchable by grade, subject, topic, and standards. Worksheets include coloring pages, word search, games, recipes, and Father’s Day cards, while the activities allow kids to stretch their creative wings with photo essays and necktie cookies. 

Stories to Reflect on for Father’s Day (opens in new tab)
The nonprofit StoryCorps’ mission is to  preserve and share the stories of humanity. That’s a tall order, but in the end, it comes down to a simple conversation between two (or more) people, talking honestly about their relationship and history. These genuine exchanges between fathers and their kids serve as an ideal lesson template for older students, who can interview their fathers or other important men in their lives, and record the interview using the StoryCorps app or website.   

How Many Dads Does It Take To Screw In A Lightbulb? Father's Day By The Numbers (opens in new tab)
A lighthearted, funny, and fact-filled look at the history of Father’s Day and the role of dads in today’s society. 

Father's Day Lesson Plans and Activities (opens in new tab)
A rich source of varied Father’s Day lessons and activities, from Father’s Day printables to guided reading lessons to a comparison of fictional fathers from the works of William Shakespeare. Sortable by elementary and secondary grades. Free.

Books About Dads (opens in new tab)
Common Sense Media’s extensive list of books featuring fathers is a great starting point for thoughtful literary exploration of fathers and families. Searchable by age, each book listing includes a full review and ratings by Common Sense Media; many also include reviews from the community. Age 2 -18. Free.  

Digital Father’s Day Gift (opens in new tab)
Educator Jennifer Findley’s digital Father’s Day gift includes four themes to choose from, a Spanish-language version, and alternative versions for loving parents and guardians. The digital gift is designed to be used easily with (or without) Google Classroom (opens in new tab).

Teachers Pay Teachers (opens in new tab)
Excellent, extensive collection of digital Father’s Day lessons and activities, searchable by grade, standard, subject, and resource type. Resources range from free to modestly priced. All are created, rated, and classroom-tested by teachers! 

Fathers Day Teacher Resources (opens in new tab)
Check out this solid collection of Father’s Day lesson plans, printables, art, and gift activities. Perfect for in-person, remote, or blended learning environments. 

30 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling (opens in new tab)
These top digital storytelling apps let kids express thoughts, feelings, and ideas about fathers or other important people in their lives, with multimedia creativity. 

Father’s Day Cards for Distance Learning (opens in new tab)
Ideal for Google Classroom (opens in new tab) or Seesaw (opens in new tab), this PowerPoint-based Father’s Day digital greeting provides seven designs, examples, and guidance for teachers to use with their remote classrooms. 

Father's Day Lesson Plans (opens in new tab)
Simple and free Father’s Day lesson plans feature not only sports, ties, and golfing, but also word art, family names, and maps. A great opportunity to get inventive with the basics!

Father’s Day Teaching Resources, Worksheets & Activities (opens in new tab)
A fine collection of teaching resources for Father’s Day, including templates for cards, posters, and crafts as well as photo, poetry, and Father’s Day coupon printables. Find exactly what you need, searching by grade, type and file format.

elcivics.com: Father's Day Lesson Plan and Activities (opens in new tab)
Step-by-step lesson plan covers all the bases for an ELL Father’s Day lesson: Objectives, Warm-up, Introduction, Presentation, Evaluation, and more. Scroll down to Father's Day Lesson Activities to find all the required links and materials. 

Inclusive Father’s Day Resources from Teachstarter (opens in new tab)and Haley O'Connor (opens in new tab)
Inclusivity is critical in the classroom environment, where kids who feel left out may withdraw, avoid participating, or even skip class. From two experienced K-12 educators come these free and insightful ideas for engaging all your students in Father’s Day learning activities. 

Father’s Day Remixable Game (opens in new tab)
Combine Father’s Day notions with a fun coding challenge from the Playlab at code.org. Students run the Father’s Day interactive drama, then hit the “Remix” button to adapt the code for a Father's Day performance of their own.