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."
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.
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