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American Veterans: Past and Present
Research groups present an audio report on modern veteran issues in a radio show format.
Introduce your middle and high schoolers to a different perspective on war: that of soldier's. Read Guisseppi Ungaretti's poem "Vigil" to kick-start this lesson. After discussing his perspective, read "The Screaming Eagles Fly to the Gulf." A list of discussion questions are included for this article as well. The lesson continues when the class is asked to brainstorm a list of the most current wars. Completing just 10-15 minutes of research on their assigned war, they brainstorm a list of questions they'd ask a current veteran, if they had the chance. As homework, each learner interviews a veteran and writes a tribute to his or her life overseas.
The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Veterans and Their Families
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this instructional activity on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.
Homer's Civil War Veteran: Battlefield to Wheat Field
Students examine Civil War-themed artwork. In this visual arts lesson plan, students compare and contrast paintings by Winslow Homer and Timothy O'Sullivan. Students analyze the symbolism in the artwork representing Civil War veterans and then read diary excerpts. Students role play or write about their impressions.
Veteran Day, a Chance to Honor Those Who Served Our Country
Students research materials about servicemen and women. In this Veterans Day lesson, students define what a Veteran is and name symbols associated with Veterans Day. Students listen to patriotic music and discuss the flag, the pledge and the national anthem.
Walking by the Wall: A Virtual Trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Students study about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They express and share their thoughts and attitudes toward wars. They listen to a picture book about the Wall and read an introductory text about the Vietnam
Vietnam veterans memorial
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a detailed factual story about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students answer 6 questions responding to the story.
Remembering Our Veterans
Eighth graders research a variety of military statistics while using the theme of Remebering Our Veterans. They use data management to plan and create a PowerPoint presentation with their findings. They incorporate different types of data displays to show off their analysis.
First graders examine the history and significance of Veteran's Day. They discuss each of the military branches and how Veteran's Day was started, and write a thank you letter to a Veteran. Students copy the greeting and closing of the letter and write original sentences for the body of the letter.
Veterans Day Lesson Plans
We can take a moment to recognize the soldiers who served and protected our country with Veterans Day lesson plans.
Veteran Appreciation: Participating in Democracy
Tenth graders complete a unit of lessons on veterans in Canada. They read and discuss a story, conduct an interview with a veteran, create a remembrance project for deceased veterans, and volunteer for a political party and keep a log of their activities.
Celebrating Veterans Day
Young scholars examine the history and significance of Veteran's Day. They discuss the purpose of the armed forces, and discuss whether anyone has family members who are veterans or who have served. They create Veterans thank you cards, and complete a family Veterans survey.
The Life of a Veteran
Middle schoolers interview a veteran or he/her family to gather information about the person's life. They produce an iMovie that describes the veteran's military experience.
Veterans in My Family
Students make KWL charts about veterans. Then they find information about veterans in their own families and make a simple but creative art project about the veterans.
High School Students meet Veterans
Students meet Veterans. In this veteran activity, students interview groups of Veterans from WWII, The Vietnam War, the Gulf War, The Korean War, and our current war. Students collect audio and visual media to create a website dedicated to veterans.
Veterans Day Remembered
Sixth graders investigate Veteran's Day. In this holiday lesson, 6th graders conduct interviews with veterans and create an oral presentation to share the results of their interview.
Stars and Stripes Forever: Researching Veteran's Day and Historical Events
Sixth graders research Veteran's Day and wars that affected the United States. For this research lesson, 6th graders work in small groups to create an oral presentation based on Internet and conventional research. They complete bibliographies and bookmarks for research materials. They research World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf War/Desert Storm and word process their oral presentations.
The Importance of Honoring Our Veterans
November 11th offers the chance to teach children gratitude for the sacrifices made by service men and women.
We Thank You, Veteran!
Fifth graders use information from videos, picture books, and relatives' military backgrounds to write a short or extended message of gratitude on a greeting card for local veterans.
Students select one female veteran and research her background and contribution to the military. They explore the relationship between women and the military and how it has evolved since the Revolutionary War.