As a teacher, it is important to take the time to educate our students about the sacrifices and contributions of the men and women who have served in our armed forces. Veterans Day is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Here are five unique and engaging ways to commemorate Veterans Day in your classroom.
1. Create a Veterans Day Wall of Honor
Create a wall of honor in your classroom to showcase the veterans in your students' families and communities. Invite students to bring in pictures and information about their family members who have served and display them on the wall. Encourage students to research and learn more about the veterans in their families and share what they have learned with their classmates.
2. Have a Veterans Day Interview Day
Invite veterans from your community to come into your classroom and share their experiences with your students. Prepare a list of questions for the veterans to answer and allow students to ask their own questions as well. This is a great way for students to learn firsthand about the sacrifices and experiences of veterans.
3. Organize a Veterans Day Service Project
Encourage your students to give back to veterans in their community by organizing a service project. Some ideas include creating care packages for veterans, visiting a veterans hospital, or writing letters to veterans. This is a great way for students to show their appreciation and support for veterans.
4. Hold a Veterans Day Assembly
Organize a school-wide assembly to commemorate Veterans Day. Invite veterans to speak and have student performances such as singing patriotic songs or reciting poems. This is a great way to involve the entire school community in honoring and remembering veterans.
5. Incorporate Veterans Day into Your Curriculum
Incorporate Veterans Day into your curriculum by incorporating lessons and activities that focus on the history and significance of the holiday. For example, you can have students research and write a report on a specific war or veteran, or have students create a presentation on the different branches of the military.
Veterans Day Research and Reflection Activity
Students will conduct research on a specific veteran or war and use that information to reflect on the sacrifices and contributions of veterans.
- Internet access
- Research guide (provided by teacher)
- Writing materials (pen or pencil and paper)
- Divide students into small groups or have them work individually.
- Provide students with a research guide that includes a list of veterans or wars to choose from.
- Give students time to conduct research on their chosen veteran or war using the internet and any other resources provided by the teacher.
- Once research is complete, have students use their information to complete a reflection prompt such as:
- How did the sacrifices and contributions of the veteran/war you researched impact our country and its people?
- How does learning about this veteran/war make you feel and why?
- Have each student or group present their research and reflections to the class.
- Research accuracy and thoroughness
- Reflection depth and thoughtfulness
- Participation in group or class presentation
- Have students create a visual representation of their research and reflections to display in the classroom or school.
- Encourage students to share their research and reflections with veterans or veterans organizations in the community.
This exercise is designed to help students understand the sacrifices and contributions of veterans by researching and reflecting on the experiences of an individual veteran or war. It also incorporates the important elements of research and presentation skills.
These are just a few ideas to get you started, but the possibilities are endless. Remember, the most important thing is to take the time to educate our students about the sacrifices and contributions of the men and women who have served in our armed forces.