The Department of Veterans Affairs has an amazing page covering the history of Veterans Day. The details and images are captivating. Together they provide a historical and global context for Veterans Day. This is one resource I recommend bookmarking and sharing.
This collection of audio and video interviews with US veterans provided by the Library of Congress is a great way to explore Veterans Day and the personal impact of war. The experiences shared by the Veterans put a face, a name, and a voice to war that help students develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the holiday. This is a great resource to use as the foundation for a larger group or individual project or report.
TeachingHistory.org has created an excellent page dedicated to Veterans Day resources. Interesting and informational multimedia resources (such as quizzes, videos, audio, and more) are included for teachers and students, making this web page great to use for lesson planning or for sharing with students for their independent research.
I think this lesson plan on the New York Times Learning Network blog is awesome for so many reasons! Not only is it standards-aligned and well-organized, but the questions are thought-provoking and explore some great issues. This is a great way to immerse students in both the historical and current context of Veterans Day.
This collection of Veterans Day activities is a good way to increase student interest and involvement in the holiday as well as the context and impact of war. Each activity is well-described, well-resourced, and evokes higher-level thinking.
NavyLive has created a great overview of the history of the Veterans Day holiday in this infographic. While not being overwhelming, there is enough information here to provide background for the holiday, generate discussion, and encourage further exploration.
This lesson plan provided by PBS is awesome! It's multimedia, promotes critical thinking, includes quizzes, discussion questions, and so much more. This resource can be used as a whole for an impactful Veterans Day lesson or in parts to support other related instruction.
The materials, lesson plans, and activities included on this National Education Association web page are excellent resources for exploring Veterans Day with older students. I like that there are plans for both independent and small group work, as well as the range of related topics that are covered.