By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki
Curriki’s Veterans Day Collection will bring tears to your eyes as it celebrates the courage and self-sacrifice displayed by the men and women who have to defend the United States since its birth.
Start with this video from the History Channel on the origins of Veterans Day.
Then show students this awe-inspiring tribute to America’s veterans (and we dare you not to cry).
Then try one or more of the following lessons and activities:
The Price of Freedom – Americans at War
Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe. This exhibition by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History examines how wars have shaped the nation’s history and transformed American society.
The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
Eve Bunting’s The Wall inspires students to write letters to veterans at local veterans’ hospitals.
Celebrating Veterans Day
While examining how the day is celebrated in the United States today, students write biographical poems about a soldier.
Who Is the Unknown Soldier?
Learn about how Americans can honor those who have died serving their country, even when we don’t know their identities.
This site provides comprehensive information on the American Flag. Topics include the history of the Stars and Stripes, the Grand Union Flag, Historical Flags and the flag today.
Unit Plan: The Vietnam War- Perspectives
This project-based three-week unit explores the Vietnam war through a variety of different perspectives including present day citizens (oral history), veterans against the war (simulation), international political leaders from the past and present (simulation), and finally, the student’s own perspective.
After learning about this powerful, important day, please encourage your students to thank a Veteran today.
Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at Curriki.org.