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Students talk about and grow in their understanding of the important role our troops play, and the important role citizens play in keeping up our troops' morale. They involve themselves in community service by writing letters for, or gathering things to send to, our troops.
Youngsters recognize the importance of each of the eight national holidays. They access prior knowledge of the national holidays and chart it together. Assign each small group one of the holidays to research and prepare a class poster for. As they listen to each of the other groups' presentations, they record one fact that they learned. Unfortunately, a mentioned video is not included or even named.
If you can find a copy of the song, "National Holidays," you can use this worksheet with your elementary schoolers. They read the lyrics to the song and answer questions about it. Along the way, they examine the reasons that we celebrate our eight national holidays. The worksheet concludes with a word search activity.
As a way to understand Memorial Day, build citizenship, practice vocabulary, and discuss current international conflicts, learners create their own Memorial Day. They design their own memorial after learning about the various types of memorials and monuments found throughout the world. Two great web links and a worksheet are included.
Students create a catalog of gravestones in a cemetery that includes a burial ground from the Revolutionary War. They photograph and document the grave sites, research the Battle of Bunker hill and work with community members to create a beautification plan for the site during this long term project.
Young scholars use songbooks to display artwork. They decorate their hand flags in red, white and blue. The music teacher copies the words to patriotic songs and glues them to the back of the flags. The students use the flag song sheets when singing the songs in the parade. The best thing is that both their artwork and their music are on display.