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- Kimberly K.
- Bourbonnais, IL
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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 lesson on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.
Young scholars examine Civil War-themed artwork. In this visual arts lesson, students compare and contrast paintings by Winslow Homer and Timothy O'Sullivan. Young scholars analyze the symbolism in the artwork representing Civil War veterans and then read diary excerpts. Students role play or write about their impressions.
Students research materials about servicemen and women. In this Veterans Day instructional activity, 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.
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.
Sixth graders research Veteran's Day and wars that affected the United States. In 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.
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.