This November, we honor heroes past and present, including veterans and members of the military, heroes serving social and environmental justice, heroes from fiction, and heroes making a difference in their local communities.
All month, we will highlight resources and instructional ideas for students to explore different themes around heroes, as well as opportunities to connect with experiences beyond your classroom walls.
One way we honor our military heroes is through the act of remembrance: remembering their missions, their work, and the sacrifices they made. Remembrance Day is a day that has been observed since the end of the First World War, honoring members of the armed forces.
In 2014, on the centennial year of the start of the First World War, Discovery Education took classrooms around the world on a field trip to the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London for Remembrance: A National School Assembly, the archive for which can be viewed here.
Students across the globe were asked to share their thoughts and feelings on what remembrance means for them, read war-time poetry, and hear from an Invictus Games gold medal winner, who benefits from the ongoing support offered to injured service personnel.
For more resources on remembering and the act of honoring, explore this recommended Discovery Education content:
Veteran Placing Rose on Memorial
Grades: K-2. 3-5. 6-8
People honor veterans in a variety of ways. Often you can find flowers and handwritten letters at the base of memorials. Show students the image Veteran Placing Rose on Memorial and use the SOS: Multiple Perspectives to have students take on the persona of the soldier and write a letter to their friend.
Lesson: The Necessity of Remembrance: Understanding the Importance of the Past through Elie Wiesel’s “Hope, Despair and Memory”
In this lesson, students apply language arts skills as they explore how remembering the past builds hope for the future. They closely read Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s Nobel lecture “Hope, Despair, and Memory.” Students view media to provide historical context and draw connections to present day events and memorials, such the World Trade Center Memorial.
Lively Lesson: Veterans Day
This Lively Lesson asks students to explore some of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC, and use that information to create a memorial for veterans in their local area.