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Friday, November 2, 2018

Honoring Veterans Day Activities for Kids


We can begin honoring Veterans Day in our classrooms by teaching kids facts and history of the holiday. This video is approximately two minutes long and gives students a nice overview of the holiday.



Activity 1:

After the video, ask students to summarize the video in 20 words or less on their paper and/or draw a picture that represents Veterans Day.

You may guide the students in a discussion with the following questions:

Activity 2: 

(Scroll down for 30 printable task cards, which include these questions and more.)

Questions:
  1. When is Veterans Day?
  2. Who are we honoring?
  3. What was this holiday originally called?
  4. What did the holiday commemorate?
  5. When was Armistice Day first celebrated?
  6. What were some ways in which it was celebrated?
  7. What happens at 11 AM every Veterans Day?
  8. When was the name changed?
  9. Has Veterans Day always been in November?
  10. What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
  11. Approximately how many living Veterans are there in the US?
  12. What fact or event stood out to you from this video?

Answers:
  1. November 11
  2. Men and women who have served or are serving in the US Armed Forces, including unknown soldiers
  3. Armistice Day
  4. Truce between the Allies and Germany in WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
  5. On November 11, 1919
  6. Businesses closed, parades, gatherings
  7. A Color Guard ceremony for all branches of the military and Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery
  8. 1954 to honoring all veterans, not just those in WWI
  9. No, for a short time 1968-1975 it was moved to October for more vacation time
  10. Memorial Day is for those who have died, and Veterans Day is for all those who have or currently are serving.
  11. Approximately 21 million
  12. Answers vary

Activity 3:

Students may complete a free printable Veterans Day puzzle activity. 

Click HERE to download and print it.

Activity 4:

Have students read classroom resources or conduct their own research to write their own "Top 5 Facts about Veterans Day". This free printable sign is an example.

Click HERE to download and print the sign:


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You may also like the following paid resources from our TpT store:


Foldable Veterans Day Thank You Card for Kids to Make

Click HERE to purchase and print today.



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Veterans Day No Prep Worksheets

Click HERE to purchase and print today.


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Veterans Day Facts Task Cards

Click HERE to purchase and print today.

(Includes the questions listed above and more!)



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Veterans Day Crossword Puzzle

Click HERE to purchase and print today.


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You may also like these resources from our Amazon Associate store:


Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood Hardcover 
by Valerie Pfundstein




Borang 48 Bulk Patriotic Ribbon with Gold Star (Red, White, and Blue)
by Borang




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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Winter Sports Activities for the Classroom


The National Endowment for the Humanities is a government website that has a nice write up about the first modern Olympics. 

What is super interesting is that you can also find first-hand reports from years of Olympic events through over 5 million digitized pages of U.S. historical newspapers. 

Photo from Pixabay.com

Fascinating!

Click HERE to read more from this website.

You may also like this free download for your students:

 ancient greece olympics acitivities

Students will need to use classroom resources or conduct their own research.

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For a list of all the winter sports played in the Olympics, visit the official Olympics website HERE.

For example, if students wanted to learn more about curling, they could find the definition, equipment needed, the latest news, and featured athletes.

Photo from Pixabay.com

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If your students have a new inspiration to play some winter sports, they may play online.  Don't worry, you can make it educational as well.

For example, your students could play a ski jumping game HERE.


Activity Ideas:

1. Research ski jumping. When did it begin in competition? How do the athletes train? How fast to they go? How are they judged.

2. Create math word problems using ski jumping stats.

3.  Research and conduct experiments on how snow is made.

4. Engineer your own miniature ski (car) jump. Who can make the car go the farthest?

5. Plan an online game with ski jumping. When you are finished, write a creative story about your adventures. Add details to make it more real and interesting.

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 Free Winter Sports Writing Papers


These writing papers may be used for note-taking, creative writing, letters to Olympians and more!

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Pyeongchang is a county in Gangwon Province, South Korea. It’s known for Odaesan National Park. What else can your students learn about South Korea?



 Research Paper for Any Country


This is a great activity to research the country in which the Olympics are being held.

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The New York Times also identified ways to use winter sports, specifically the Olympics, to teach across the curriculum.

Some ideas included writing activities, global politics, design and fashion, geography, physics, and more. For detailed ways to integrate these ideas into your curriculum, visit the article HERE.

 winter olympics ideas for your classroom activities

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Here are some Amazon associate resources you may like as well:

 tacky winter games

Tacky and the Winter Games (Tacky the Penguin) by Helen Lester

 winter olympics toys

PLAYMOBIL Winter Sports Trio Building Set

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Shelly Anton is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. ** This means there are Amazon affiliate links in these blog posts. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through the link. It just means I am trying to save you valuable teacher time by making it easier for you to find valuable resources for your students, and I earn a few cents for my research and time. Thank you for all you do for kids!