Saturday, November 9, 2013

5 Patriotic Options for Veterans Day or Any Patriotic Holiday

Five Patriotic Options for Veterans Day (or any Patriotic Holiday): Books, videos, music, and other resources to help students learn about Veterans Day!
We spent a lot of time the last couple of days talking about what a veteran is, and why it's important to honor them. (I always like my kids to know WHY we get a day off!) True, they're due for a break (as well as the teachers! We survived a marathon day of teaching and parent teacher conferences this week, we deserve a day off to recover!)

1.  First of all, there are books! I absolutely love to introduce concepts to the children through quality literature! I admit. The Wall gets me choked up every time I read it. As I read it yesterday, the children were totally silent. (My group is NEVER totally silent!)  It affected them deeply.
    


     
All these books will click to a direct link to Amazon to learn more about the book! I already own most of them, but the story Night Catch really caught my eye.  It might just be my next purchase!

2.  Next, I like to show some videos. I try to time it so we watch a video on Thursday during snack time, since Thursday is popcorn day in our school. It just seems appropriate! Here are some patriotic videos that are great, and the kids really take to them!

 



3.  I play music frequently through the school day. I make sure I have music playing in the morning as the children arrive, but I also make sure they hear music at different times of the day. Sometimes it's soft background music, and sometimes it's lively, fun music. Both kinds of music have their place. Here are a couple that I love!

      
   
Click each image for a link to Amazon to find out more.
Yes, I really do Karaoke with my students!

4.  I did this Veterans True or False activity with my students on Thursday, and it was awesome! Interestingly, our assistant principal came in while we were playing the game, and told the students he was a veteran. My students broke out into applause!  (I was so proud!) Of course, most of my little boys went nuts when they found out he drove a tank! Click the image or click HERE for the link!


5.  Here's a freebie that I did with my students on Friday.  They wrote thank you letters to Veterans! Their notes were heartwarming and proud to me they really understood how lucky we are to be Americans, and have these wonderful people risking their lives for our freedom!

Don't forget the brain breaks! Here's a freebie that might come in handy!


3 comments:

  1. On Monday, we will celebrate Remembrance Day - we still go to school, but we have a minute silence across the school at 11am. It is really a moving time… Thanks for the book suggestions.

    Alison
    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I was looking for some fresh ideas for Veterans Day.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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