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Veterans Day Activities, Grades 6-8

Lesson Plans, Activities, and Resources Focus on Wartime Service and Sacrifice

arts, language arts, social studies6-8

On November 11, we honor the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars.

The following lessons, activities, games, and resources will help your students celebrate service men and women past and present.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

The Veteran in a New Field, 1865
Students in grades K-12 view and interpret Winslow Homer’s 1865 painting The Veteran in a New Field. Teachers can download the Homer lesson ( PDF, 79 KB, 2 pgs.) as well as the “Pilot Resource Book” ( PDF, 4.29 MB, 130 pgs.) for Picturing America, 40 art-historic images of paintings, sculpture, drawings, decorative objects and architecture that represent several centuries of U.S. history.

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.

Activities

Background Resources

Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
Archive of veteran interviews from WWI to the present and two dozen interviews with pilots and crew members from WW II to the present.

Highlights in the History of Military Women
Timeline from the American Revolution to 2008.

Veteran's Day: For Teachers and Students

Video

Printables

 

last updated: October 5, 2014

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