Veteran's Day Resources
Veterans Day takes place on November 11th! The date marks the end of World War I, which occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. The day honors veterans both living and dead, and provides a wonderful opportunity to teach students about American history and culture.
11/6-11/9: Incorporate Veterans Day themed learning opportunities in your instruction
11/9: Wear red, white, or blue to recognize Veterans Day!
11/10: Veterans Day recognition (no school)
11/11: Veterans Day
11/30: Military Connected Students Training due
Veterans Day Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom
Veterans Day Resources for Teachers
Educators teaching Veterans Day will find a wealth of lesson plans, activities, games, and resources here that are broken down by grade level.
This no-cost virtual field trip for upper elementary and middle school students helps teachers and students around the world learn about the importance of service through the stories of two U.S. Congressman who served in the US military.
The Library of Congress maintains this collection of video interviews, documents, and writings that tell the firsthand stories of men and women who served despite being discriminated against based on their race, heritage, or gender. Exploring these resources with your students is a good way to examine the diversity of veteran experience and the ongoing fight for equality within the military. See this teacher’s guide to the collection for more details.
For those looking for more primary sources, this blog post from the Library of Congress details collections, projects, and other resources that teachers can use to get their students to actively learn about Veterans Day.
Teacher Planet offers educators a variety of resources for teaching Veterans Day ranging from lesson plans to worksheets and activities.
Teachers can choose from various lessons and activities that are designed for teaching Veterans Day, including lessons such as honoring our veterans through poetry
Your students can read about the end of World War I, which inspired Veterans Day, as well as get an immediate sense of what life and public opinion was like during past wars by exploring various digital newspaper archives. See Tech & Learning’s recent newspaper archive guide for more information.
Some students may be tempted to write, “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day,” both are incorrect. Grammar Girl explains why in this lesson on singular and plural possessives. This can be a short and timely lesson in grammar around Veterans Day.
This resource guide, along with another group of America’s finest — our teachers — will allow your students to learn more about the price our brave Veterans have paid to defend our nation.
This Veterans Day lesson plan for middle and high school students includes links to videos, quizzes, and tips on leading discussion activities aimed at helping students understand the history of the day and its ongoing importance.
If you are looking for an elementary age appropriate video about Veterans Day, check out this one from PBS Learning Media!
Need additional resources or have questions about Veterans Day activities? Contact your NCCA Military Liaisons:
Elementary School: Janice Harris
Middle School: Twala TImmons
High School: Mackenzie Thomas
District: Maggie Bush
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