Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Veterans Day, and supports the standard of analyzing holidays and symbols of our nation. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • Who do you think we honor on Veterans Day? 
  • Do you know any veterans? What do you know about their experiences? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Veterans Day topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the four Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about Veterans Day while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary that answers this question: When was the first Veterans Day celebrated and why? (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a timeline that sequences the history of Veterans Day. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme to honor the contributions of veterans. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Primary Source Activity: Examine the posters and cite details to answer the accompanying questions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Evaluate content presented in diverse media) 

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Veterans Day Challenge. applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Veterans Day Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Time Zone X: World War I:  Challenge players to put historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game.

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