Join Discovery Education for our Veterans Day Virtual Viewing Party this Thursday, November 9, 2017. In addition to the planned activities around the event, give your students a special view into the history of our nation’s efforts to honor and remember our veterans in all conflicts. These collected resources are a sampling of addresses given by former presidents on the subject of the fights for liberty, freedom, and justice and support for those on the front lines.
VIRTUAL VIEWING PARTY
Thursday, November 9 | 1:00 PM (ET)
Explore the history of Veterans Day, a federal holiday observed on November 11th every year. With this virtual viewing party, your students will explore the importance of the origins of the holiday in the Armistice Agreement of World War I and learn about the traditions observed on Veterans Day.
Content Collection: Veterans Day
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment
Remember our men and women in the military! That’s what Veterans Day is all about. Veterans Day provides citizens with a chance to reflect on conflicts and how they have shaped our country and to honor those who have fought for freedom.
LISTEN TO PRESIDENTIAL REMARKS ABOUT VETERANS
Discovery Education includes audio files of historical addresses, including these about veterans’ honor and contributions.
Ronald Reagan: Remarks at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (November 11, 1988)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Audio
Opening line: “We’re gathered today, just as we have gathered before, to remember those who served, those who fought, those still missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country.”
Harry S. Truman: Navy Day Address (October 27, 1945)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studios Techbook
Grades 6-8, Audio
Opening line: “New York joins the rest of the Nation in paying honor and tribute to the four million fighting Americans of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard–and to the ships which carried them to victory.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt D-Day Prayer June 6, 1944
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Audio
Key line: “For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.”
After students listen to the audio and/or read the transcripts of these addresses, encourage students to compare the content to look for similarities in the ways these leaders thought of and represented the sacrifices and value of veterans. The SOS strategy STEM Completion provides a structure through which students complete teacher-provided sentence stems. Have students compare the language in two of the three addresses (or portions of them) using the compare chart in the strategy and sentence stems about descriptive language.
Looking for more Veterans Day resources? Check out last years Veterans Day and Remembrance Day blog.