Memorial Day

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we remember all those who have fallen before us.  This is a day of remembrance and celebration.  I think it’s important that kids understand why they are getting a day off.  These ideas offer different ways to celebrate Memorial Day in the elementary school classroom:

  • Compose poetry – students can write poems about someone they remember, or what Memorial Day means to them.  If you tie this into an ELA lesson, you can require students to use certain poem structures.
  • Write a patriotic essay – you can have students write an essay about what it means to be patriotic.  This is another ELA/writing activity that promotes civic education as well.
  • Mail cards to troops – this is a fantastic way to connect your classroom to the national community.  There are various ways to send letters and cards to troops.
  • Build a wall of peace – as an ELA, social studies, and civic activity, the class could create a “wall of peace.”  Students respond to a question of their choice (e.g., what is tolerance?).  They glue their response to a brick, and the class creates a wall of peace.  Then, students share their responses and the class discusses what the wall of peace represents.  I love this idea!  The whole lesson is over at Education World.

These ideas, and many more, were found at Education World and Scholastic for Teachers.

Happy Memorial Day to all!  Enjoy the weekend.



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