Observing Memorial Day in the Classroom

 

The Wall by Eve Bunting is my favorite book to use for any patriotic holiday.  This story tells of a young boy who travels with his father to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. to find the name of his grandfather among the many on the wall.

Eve Bunting’s words set the somber tone of the story and capture the tragic realities of war.  Telling the story from the young boy’s perspective enables children to understand and relate to the book’s message.

Theme:  Patriotism

Teaching Idea: Letter Writing

After reading the story aloud, define the term “veteran” and discuss things we might would say to those who have served in war.  After brainstorming and sharing ideas, review letter writing procedures. 

Ask the students to write a letter to a veteran as a thank you and show of support for their service.

Send the letters to a local veteran’s hospital or other veterans.

**Our school once collected names of veterans and made our own WALL display at a special Veterans Day program.  Veterans in attendance were deeply moved.

Other great read alouds for Memorial Day or any other patriotic holiday include:

The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan

Pledge of Allegiance by Scholastic, Inc.

America, A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney

Check out Memorial Day for Kids.  Here, you’ll find lots of great lessons, crafts, and recipes to be use in the classroom.

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