Download a Free Veterans Day Lesson
Get ready for your most memorable and enriching Veterans Day yet with a Lesson from our White House Holidays: Veterans Day Unit Study. Designed for students in grades K-12, this unit study is a great way to teach your kids history, while learning to honor those who have fought for our country. The unit study is brimming with vivid illustrations, rich stories, and creative and meaningful activities. This is a unique learning opportunity that is guaranteed to bring lasting memories to your entire homeschool family.
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Additional Details about Veterans Day Unit Study
In this unit study, students will learn about
- President Woodrow Wilson and how he led America through the Great War
- Why we observe a moment of silence at 11 o'clock on the 11th of November
- The history of Armistice Day, which preceded Veterans Day
- Herbert Hoover and how he persuaded Americans to conserve food during the Great War
- Dwight Eisenhower's military career and why he changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day
Homeschooling students will also complete enriching activities.
Students in grades K-6 will
- Create a poppy pin to wear on Veterans Day
- Analyze, memorize, and illustrate the poem "In Flanders Fields"
- Analyze Food Administration posters and create their own food conservation posters
- Observe one of Herbert Hoover's food rules, such as having a meatless, wheatless, or sugarless day
- Get involved on Veterans Day
- Engage in one more more of the many suggested activities-from observing a moment of of silence to planting poppies to visiting a veterans memorial
Students in grades 7-12 will
- Complete an Armistice Day crossword puzzle
- Analyze Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points Speech
- Research and write their own Fourteen Points for a lasting peace
- Get involved on Veterans Day
- Celebrate Veterans Day as President Eisenhower intended: remember veterans' sacrifices, rededicate ourselves to peace, display the flag
The curriculum is easy for parents to use. It features
- Teacher scripts/lesson narratives for parents to read to students
- Lesson plans for teachers—with an introduction and overview for each lesson
- Fun and easy activities
- An answer key
- White House Holidays: Veterans Day unit study comes in a downloadable PDF format
- The curriculum has a one set of lessons for grades K-6 and a separate set of lessons for grades 7-12
- There are three lessons for each grade level
- The lessons cover similar topics, but they are tailored to each age group
- Each lesson should take one to two hours to complete
- The Lesson 3 Activity, Get Involved on Veterans Day, is the same for all grade levels
How to Use
- Take all of Veterans Day to complete the unit study. Alternatively, complete Lessons 1 and 2 on the days leading up to Veterans Day. Lesson 3, Get involved on Veterans Day, should be completed on the actual holiday if possible.