Teaching Kids About Veteran’s Day

November 9th, 2006 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
Kids Page

Veteran’s Day is in November, a day of national observance with commemorative expressions and programs.

List member Dora Moreland suggested this website (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) that teaches students about Veteran’s Day.

When you get to the site you will see a menu with three choices:

VA Kids, K-5 – Read a brief history of the VA, learn the VA motto, discover the origin of the VA seal, read some cool facts about veterans, find out about the history of the American flag and how to display it properly, play some flash games and activities that include online, interactive coloring pages, match games, etc. There are also links to other U.S. government sites for kids.

VA Kids, 6-12th Grades – Provides in-depth information about the history and purpose of the Department of Veterans Affairs, rehabilitative services, information about famous veterans and memorials commemorating veterans’ bravery, and excerpts from student essays about veterans. In addition, you’ll find info about the American flag, links to resources, and even VA volunteer opportunities for students, as well as scholarship info.

VA Kids, Teachers’ Page – JACKPOT! Contains a FREE, 38-page Resource Guide that you can download in pdf and/or print out with classroom activities and interesting projects (for grades 4-7 and 8-12) that can be tweaked for the homeschool. You’ll also find links to other websites with veteran-themed lessons and projects including the “Veterans History Project.” (The Library of Congress invites students to collect audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documents such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America’s war veterans and those who served in support of them during World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars.) You can even find a VA facility locator in order to send cards and letters to veterans. There is also info on where to find and how to use the National Park Service’s “National Register of Historic Places” to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.

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