Veterans Day lessons and activities teach our students about the sacrifices and patriotism of American soldiers who have served our country. American history lessons are important to help students understand the meaning and significance behind this holiday.
November 11 marks a national holiday that honors the men and women who have served in our armed forces. It was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI and the signing of the armistice in 1918 “on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include veterans of all wars.
Honor veterans in your community by engaging in one of these Veterans Day activities:
- Invite a local veteran to come to your classroom and share his/her experience.
- Write thank-you letters to local veterans within your community.
- Teach about the origins of the American flag and what it symbolizes. Download this free unit for grades 1–3: Name That Flag.
- Give students a brief history of Washington D.C. and take them on a map tour of our nation’s capital. Download this free unit for grades 4–6: Our Nation’s Capital.
- Brainstorm and write about ways students can serve their community and country.
Carve out some time in your classroom to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
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Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.