Lower Elementary
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Making Memorial Day Matter to Students

For most students, especially those in the lower grades, Memorial Day just means a day off from school for fun and the sun. Indeed, elementary students often have no idea why we celebrate Memorial Day. The activities, lesson plans, videos, images, and more included in this collection help teach students the history and traditions behind the holiday while also reinforcing other learning objectives and standards.
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Making Memorial Day Matter to Students
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    I particularly like this video by Studies Weekly because it is short enough to keep students engaged, yet it is full of information about this national holiday. The images used are excellent discussion starters, and President Obama discussing the holiday adds a current touch to the historical feel of the video.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This infographic provides some truly interesting facts about Memorial Day! For example, the Indy 500 is always held on Memorial Day. As a poster, this resource is a great way to encourage students to ask questions and engage with the history, traditions, and current celebration of Memorial Day.
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    teachinghistory.org
    teachinghistory.org
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    The Teaching History website provides an array of Memorial Day lessons and activities on their page dedicated to the holiday. This is a great resource for students to review independently or as a small or large group. One true gem on this page is the discussion of using monuments and memorials as instructional "thought objects" that can be used to explore why and how we memorialize events and people.
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    nea.org

    Memorial Day Lesson Ideas, Grades K-5

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    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Phil Nast, with the National Education Association, has compiled an excellent list of elementary instructional resources related to Memorial Day. Each lesson plan is standards-aligned, includes assessment suggestions and links to needed and related materials.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Without being overwhelming, this infographic does an amazing job of providing historical information, emphasizing current relevance, and suggesting ways that Memorial Day can be celebrated.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Look no further for Memorial Day activities! This pdf contains enough activities (for all grades) for you to teach about Memorial Day for weeks! Ranging from reading lists to coloring pages, to mapping state roles in various wars, the activities included here are perfect for reading/English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art classes.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This inexpensive activity and lesson packet created by The Teaching Files is overflowing with informative and engaging student activities, as well as lesson planning materials. The materials are literacy-focused and offer students a variety of ways to learn more about and celebrate Memorial Day.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This brief animated video is a great way to introduce Memorial Day to elementary students. It not only explains the history of the holiday but also makes excellent real world connections with which students can identify. I especially like the references made to key dates and events in distant and recent history.
BloomBoard SparkOther Cross-Curricular
BloomBoard Asks:What are some ways you demonstrate the significance of Memorial Day in your personal life (i.e., make real world connections) to your students?
Janine DillerMiddle School High School Early Childhood EducationMay 19, 2016
I used to welcome guest speakers into my class to speak about their Military experiences with the students. It was always nice when the Veteran was a student's family member. When I taught on a military base, Memorial Day was always marked with ceremonies and celebrations of remembrance for our fallen heroes and deployed family members.