Veterans Day Activities and Lesson Plans
Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces. To help teachers bring the importance of this day into their classrooms, we’ve put together a range of teaching resources for preK-12 students.
At the heart of these resources is StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative, which focuses on the powerful stories from veterans and their families. These firsthand accounts provide students with a personal look at military life, going beyond what they can learn from textbooks. By listening to these stories, students of all ages can gain a new perspective on the personal experiences of service members and the realities of military service.
For elementary school students, there are resources designed to introduce the concept of Veterans Day in a straightforward and engaging way. They include Veterans Day activities like writing postcards and thank-you notes, which help younger students understand why we honor veterans. Simple projects encourage them to think about the meaning of service in an accessible manner.
Secondary school resources take a more detailed approach, suitable for older students who can handle a deeper discussion about the complexities of military service and the significance of Veterans Day. These Veterans Day lesson plans include documents from history, presentations that incorporate multiple types of media, and discussion prompts that encourage students to think critically and share their own thoughts.
All of these Veterans Day activities and lesson plans have been created with the specific learning needs of preK-12 students in mind. They aim to be educational and relatable, with the hope of creating a learning environment where the sacrifices of our veterans are both remembered and understood on a personal level.