A brief history of Veterans Day
On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed this to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. Now, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th each year, regardless of which day of the week it falls on.
Help kids learn more about this important holiday with activities from Education.com:
Explore the difference: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day
In this social studies worksheet, students will compare and contrast the differences between these three major American holidays.
First, they’ll read a passage that provides facts about each holiday, and then they’ll respond to a short writing prompt about why these holidays are often confused. Finally, they’ll complete a graphic organizer by recording information about each holiday from the passage.
Interview a veteran
Do you know any veterans within your family or your broader community? An interview is an extremely valuable opportunity for students to learn more about the veteran’s experience. With this interview worksheet, students will walk through the interview process, discovering more about the veteran’s past, while practicing reading and writing skills.
Write to a soldier
If you don’t know a veteran, you can take some time to write a letter to a soldier! This activity will walk students through the process.
Remember our veterans craft
Students can also honor veterans by creating a patriotic piece of artwork. While they’re crafting, it’s a great opportunity to explain the importance of service members and discuss the meaning of Veterans Day.
Discover more Veterans Day learning activities on Education.com!