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Making Memorial Day Meaningful in Your Classroom

If you are looking for ways to make Memorial Day more meaningful in your classroom, this is the collection for you. I have included resources that go further than the typical coloring sheet or word search. Students need to know the history of this very important holiday and why we celebrate it. You will find resources and lessons for reading, math, art, music, and social studies.
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Making Memorial Day Meaningful in Your Classroom
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This link will take you to three short videos commemorating Memorial Day. Videos include the History of Memorial Day (4 minutes,) Joe and Benji the Service Dog (6 minutes,) and It's Never Too Late to Thank a Vet (3 minutes.)
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    A great accompaniment to the book, "The Wall" by Eve Bunting. This link is an oral reading of the story complete with pictures from the book and other embedded photos.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This children's book (suggested reading age 4-7) captures the reality and tragedy of war through the eyes of a small child who visits the Vietnam War Memorial Wall with his father. The story is left open-ended which allows students to formulate their own questions and discussion. I've read this book to my classes for years, and they are always engaged and impacted at the end.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    These Agamographs would be the perfect culminating project for a Memorial Day unit. The resource comes with a video how-to, and a suggested bulletin board set up complete with a writing prompt for student artwork. If you are unable to re-create the artwork on your own, follow the link and you can purchase a license to download pre-printed artwork for only $5.00.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    A Powerpoint about Memorial Day for upper elementary students. I use this resource because it includes REAL photographs and information. Also included is a link to a Memorial Day bundle for older students which is age appropriate. The $3.00 is WELL worth the money spent for this resource!!
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This resource will bring you everything you need to teach Memorial Day in your classroom. Begin with the history of Memorial Day and why we celebrate it. Other resources include art projects, songs, a word wall, poems, recommended children's books, writing prompts, and even discussion topics for English Language Learners. I use this website often, because it incorporates so much more than just a coloring page or crossword puzzle. An entire unit could be created just from the resources given
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    If you are looking to incorporate Memorial Day into your math lesson, this graphing activity will surely meet your needs. Students research and graph the loss of Americans in Memorial Day (or extend to SEVERAL wars.) This resource seems to be more appropriate for upper grade levels.
  • Michelle Jennings says:
    This resource is a cross-curricular lesson that is sure to impact your students. Students will research and incorporate mapping skills while learning the true meaning of Memorial Day. The extension activities include using soldier biographies and photos, literature, and bulletin board ideas for final projects.