Remember Our Veterans

Remember Our Veterans lesson plan

Investigate the roles brave men and women have played in your nation's history as you learn about patriotic holidays.

  • 1.

    Invite students to find out about the roles of veterans in the country's history. Why are their contributions significant to your country today? When are their historic roles celebrated? How? Organize appropriate text and electronic resources for students to use during this research.

  • 2.

    Once students have finished their research, ask them to cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Paint heavy white paper with Crayola® Washable Watercolors in the country's colors or flag design. Dry.

  • 3.

    With Crayola Fine Tip Markers, write a remembrance slogan such as "Remember Our Veterans" across the paper. Add patriotic symbols such as the country's flag, national emblems, statues, stars, an eagle, statues, stars, or military images.

  • 4.

    Display student artwork in a public area such as community center or library for a patriotic holiday.

Standards

  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Give examples and describe the importance of cultural unity and diversity within and across groups.
  • SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.
  • SS: Identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions.
  • SS: Identify and describe factors that contribute to cooperation and cause disputes within and among groups and nations.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.
  • VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Pepper's Purple Heart: A Veterans Day Story by Heather French Henry; H Is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian; Veterans Day by Rebecca Rissman; Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein; The Wall by Eve Bunting
  • Invite local veterans to speak with students about their experiences in the military. Prior to the visit, students compose questions for the veterans. After the meeting, students post learning to a class blog.
  • Students use Crayola Colored Pencils to create greeting cards and letters to military that are serving overseas.
  • Students research symbols of past wars, such as Uncle Sam, Rosie the Riveter, etc. Students create a bulletin board which displays these symbols, as well as explaining the meaning of the symbols.