What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth (also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day), celebrated on June 19, is a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the USA on June 19, 1865.
Although the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865 (when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia), news of the victory of the Union (the north) and the enforcement of the liberation of all slaves did not reach the outlying areas of the USA for months (there was neither radio nor TV, but many cities had telegraph lines; news to outlying areas was spread on horseback, by boat, or via a few railroads). Some of the last of the slaves to be freed were in Galveston, Texas; they were freed on June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger and 2,000 Union troops arrived on Galveston Island, Texas, enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation (which had been issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862), freeing the remaining slaves.
Juneteenth became an official holiday in Texas on Jan. 1, 1980, and is now celebrated in many US states. Texas-style activities often accompany this holiday, including picnics, barbecues, rodeos, pot-lucks, and other informal get-togethers.
Juneteenth History, Spelling and Word-Related Worksheets
A printable read-and-answer worksheet on Juneteenth, with a short passage to read, a map to color, and questions to answer.
Use the word bank to fill in the blanks in this Juneteenth cloze activity. This is a printable worksheet.
Juneteenth Wordsearch. Find all the words into the wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to read a secret message: ‘Juneteenth Celebrates Freedom’. This is a printout for young students.
Write a poem about Juneteenth. Start each line with a letter from the word “JUNETEENTH”.
Use the alphabet code to solve the Juneteenth quote: “Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of the last slaves in America.”
Put the 10 Juneteenth words in alphabetical order in this printable worksheet.
Match pairs of syllables to make 10 Juneteenth-related words in this printable worksheet.
Write eight Juneteenth-related words. Then, for each word, write a sentence containing that word.
How many words can you make using the letters from “Celebrate Juneteenth”? This word hunt worksheet has 30 blanks.
How many words can you make using the letters from “Celebrate Juneteenth”? This word hunt worksheet has 50 blanks.
Write a sentence for each of the Juneteenth spelling words in this printable worksheet.
Finish the sentence about Juneteenth and draw a picture to illustrate it in this worksheet.
Use the list of Juneteenth spelling words to answer simple questions.
Rewrite the Juneteenth paragraph, correcting the spelling and capitalization, and adding punctuation marks.
Use the word bank to find the correct Juneteenth words, then fix the grammar and spelling errors in the sentences.
Find a Juneteenth-related word for each letter of the alphabet. Find words for as many letters as you can.