On November 11, we honor the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars.
The following lessons, activities, games, and resources will help your students celebrate service men and women past and present.
Check out these curriculum resources for teaching the history and meaning behind the “Stars & Stripes.”
History of the Stars & Stripes
- Flag Day Celebrated
A brief description of Flag Day for students in grades K-5 with images and audio files.
- Today in History: June 14th: Flag Day
Text, images, songs, and links to additional resources for grades 6-12.
- Our Flag ( PDF, 11.4 MB, 56 pgs.)
A background resource with history and images of the flags of the United States and other historical flags, proportions and anatomy of the flag, flag laws and regulations, flag etiquette, images of state and territory flags, brief history of Flag Day, and more.
- Flag Timeline
An illustrated timeline of flags for 1775 to a proposed flag with 51 stars.
Get active, stay fit, and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with these lessons, activities, and video/audio readings.
Earth Day is April 22. Explore new and review familiar ways to live responsibly with these lessons, projects, activities, and games.
Now, when some public school music programs can face budget cuts, is a critical time to support music in our schools. March is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) website provides ideas for how to participate in MIOSM and promote support for school music. A menu offers downloadable MIOSM logos for web and print use, and activity ideas. Read more
Suffrage envoys from San Francisco greeted in New Jersey on their way to Washington to present a petition to Congress containing more than 500,000 signatures. New Jersey United States, 1915. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
The March 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions with the following lessons and activities.
Photo by LizMarie_AK via Flickr.
To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, here is a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow—or not. Explore light and shadow in math, science, and art lessons and have fun with the following collection of groundhog games and activities.
Sky 2: Shadows
Students in grades K-2 investigate shadows by discussing stories and manipulating shadows.
What Makes Shadows? Observing and Drawing Shadows
Students in grades 1-3 observe and draw the shadow of a classmate, and in an extension activity, they observe and discuss shadows changing over time.
Light and shadows
Students in grades K-4 discover that light travels from a source and that shadows are formed when an object blocks light.
Exploring Rembrandt’s Chiaroscuro Technique through Mosaic Design
Students in grades 6-12 observe and discuss works of Rembrandt and other artists explore chiaroscuro by creating paper mosaic designs. Read more