Students can use these resources to research veterans and discuss the concept of patriotism.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Veterans Day Lesson Plans
Inspire students with a lesson in what it means to be a veteran and the symbols, songs, and pledges that define American patriotism.
Students learn about the significance of various American symbols, such as the U.S. flag and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In this ready-to-use activity, children use gross-motor skills and explore rhythms and movements as they parade around the classroom.
Use this guide to discuss The Secret Soldier, the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War.
Use this guide to talk with your class about the moving story of Charley Goddard in Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen.
In this lesson plan, students strengthen their understanding of public policy by deliberating about an important public issue.
Try these class discussion prompts on the federal government, the war in Iraq, and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Information and Resources
Learn about the Honor Flight Guard, an organization that both provides funds for veterans to travel to memorials in Washington, D.C.
For many recruits, enlisting used to mean cash for college and few risks. But 9/11 has made signing up a more complicated decision.
Help your students learn the history behind patriotic observances in the United States with these teaching resources.
On November 11, we stop to honor the men and women who have fallen, who have served, and who are serving in the U.S. military, allowing students to celebrate their parents, family members, or friends who are currently serving our country.
Renowned expert and author Dr. Bruce Perry offers advice on how to help young children cope with and understand war.
Learn about the Korean War in this article from Grolier's The New Book of Knowledge.
Books and Booktalks
When his wounded father is sent home early from Vietnam, Luke finds it difficult to adjust to the troubled, emotionally shaken man who seems so unlike the fearless hero of his dreams.
A booktalk for Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy, the story of a Christmas miracle during World War I.