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Memorial Day Lesson Ideas, Grades 6-8

Curriculum Resources that Reinforce the Meaning Behind Memorial Day Observances

Found In: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, 6-8

Lesson Plans

Memorial Day: Graphing Our History of Sacrifice
Students in grades 3-12 use an online graphing tool to graph America's war dead to understand the significance of Memorial Day.

Americans at War Learning Resources
Includes lesson plans for grades 4-12 students, oral history interviews, first person reenactments, video, and an interactive game in which students examine objects to identity a character from the Civil War.

The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes
Students in grades 6-8 analyze The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, read and answer questions about Shaw and the 54th regiment, pose for a photograph like the men in the sculpture, and then create a comic strip featuring one of the heroes of this regiment.

Women Aviators in World War II: "Fly Girls"
Students in grades 6-8 explore the contributions of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, examine portrayals of women in World War II posters (and newsreels), and compare them with personal recollections of the WASPs.

Background Resources

Veterans Day Teacher Resource Guide
Explains the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Memorial Day Resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs

"The First Decoration Day"
A brief description of the May 1st, 1865 Charleston, South Carolina Memorial Day celebration.

The Other Decoration Day Speech
Text of speech given by Frederick Douglass at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, on Decoration Day, May 30, 1871




last updated: April 4, 2019



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