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November 11

Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States today.

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Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States today.

Grades 3 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

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EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Today, the United States honors those soldiers who have fought for their country in military service. Across America, ceremonies are held to commemorate the efforts of our armed forces past and present, and to remind us of both the strength and the compassion of our country.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Have students write biographical poems about a soldier by completing each of the following lines of the poem. This classroom activity is adapted from a lesson plan by Nancy Haugen of Arizona.

  • Line 1: Soldier
  • Line 2: Four words describing what a soldier is expected to do (teachers can specify that the words be adjectives, gerunds, etc.)
  • Line 3: Who feels . . .
  • Line 4: Who needs . . .
  • Line 5: Who fears . . .
  • Line 6: Who loves . . .
  • Line 7: Who thinks . . .
  • Line 8: Who believes . . .
  • Line 9: Synonym for "soldier"

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Veterans History Project

    This project, from the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center, is a collection of interviews and documentary materials highlighting veterans' experiences over much of the 20th century.

  • Veterans Day

    This page, from the Department of Veteran Affairs, provides links to resources on the history of the holiday, photographs of past celebrations in our nation's capital, and other media used to promote the holiday.

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars

    This site provides information about the VFW's programs and activities around the country. The VFW's stated mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living."

  • VA Kids

    This site offers information about veterans for students in grades 6-12, along with activities and games. There is also a separate site for students in grades K-5 .

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