Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day...More than a Day Off

Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
I know we are all at that time of the year when we are DELIGHTED to have Memorial Day off of school.  In my part of Virginia we go to school until the middle of June, so Memorial Day is the "beginning of the end" for us.

BUT, we need to take a step back and realize it's bigger than that.
Teachers have a critical role in teaching the next generation about the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Seems this generation of students is more "me-centric" and the value of paying respect is being watered down daily.

We have to share Memorial Day with our students.  There are some great picture books available for this task.  The H is for Honor book can be "heavy" for some early learners, but choosing a few pages to share can be a perfect way of having this material.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
As a follow up to the books, I have created some materials to support writing about Memorial Day.  You know I love my 4 Square and this is an easy fit.  I also created a Memorial Day Vocabulary Card and writing paper.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.
The FREEBIE also contains 2 word work ideas for Memorial Day.  The first is a "make it, break it" activity using the letters that spell "Memorial Day."  This can be a teacher directed activity, a small group activity, or an independent activity. The last activity is a Word Family flip book.  I chose the 
-ay family (Memorial DAY). Students can make the flip book and write about the -ay family.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.

Finally, a teacher at our school has a son currently serving in the military in Japan.  Just recently he lost his best friend in his unit.  The idea of Memorial Day and showing respect is more important than ever.  This week she put this in our faculty lounge.  What a great way for adults to remember.
Memorial Day should be shared with our learners as a day of respect and honor, not a day off school.  Picture books, writing tools, and word work activities will help support this lesson.

If you would like the Memorial Day FREEBIE, CLICK HERE or the picture below to follow the link to my TPT Store.

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