Veteran's Day Packet (as well as ideas and projects)









As we enter the week before Veterans Day, I'm sure there will be lots of great lessons happening in classrooms honoring the men and women that have served our country.  As food for thought, please consider using the term "troops" when referencing this group and not "soldiers."   Soldiers is specific to the Army.
Here are the vocabulary terms specific to each branch:

US Air Force: Airman
US Marine Corps: Marine
US Army: Soldier
US Navy: Sailor
US Coast Guard: Coast Guardsman or just Guardsman


Below are some books, projects/ideas for your classroom:

America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven

"The White Table is set in many halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.
As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give." 



H Is for Honor: A Millitary Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian was written by the son of a career officer. This book explores the branches of the Armed Services and speaks from the heart about the honor, privileges and sacrifices of military families everywhere. Children will discover why drill sergeants have to be so tough, what it means to be patriotic and why we need Special Forces such as the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets and the Army Rangers. "H is for Honor" also explains why the annual Army/Navy football game is more that just a game, how much letters from home mean to soldiers, how often military families have to move and what life on base is like. With an underlying message of courage and commitment that every child can relate to, the book will be espcially meaningful to those whose parents, siblings or other relatives serve in the Armed Forces.

The Wall by Eve Bunting

A boy travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with his father to seek out his grandfather's name. The well-matched text and illustrations are soft but stirring. 



I've preordered Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood to read my class next week. It will be a nice way to introduce the idea that Veterans are part of our community and welcome them in as guest readers.

I like Veterans Day (Rookie Reader) by Jacqueline S. Cotton because it is at a level the students can read on their own. It's part of the Rookie Readers Holidays books.







Do you need some literacy activities for Veterans Day? This Veterans Day writing packet can be used over and over again with any writing prompt and will save you time prepping and planning. The set includes differentiated versions that make it easy for you to modify the work to meet the individual needs of your students. Click on any of the images below to access and download the Veterans Day Writing Resource.


Are you prepared for Veterans Day in the classroom? This article shares 9 things teachers should know about Veterans Day. It will help you avoid the common mistakes some teachers make when teaching their students about Veterans Day and provide you with book titles and Veterans Day activity ideas.


Are you prepared for Veterans Day in the classroom? This article shares 9 things teachers should know about Veterans Day. It will help you avoid the common mistakes some teachers make when teaching their students about Veterans Day and provide you with book titles and Veterans Day activity ideas.

    Are you prepared for Veterans Day in the classroom? This article shares 9 things teachers should know about Veterans Day. It will help you avoid the common mistakes some teachers make when teaching their students about Veterans Day and provide you with book titles and Veterans Day activity ideas.



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