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Kids Thank A Veteran

Subject: Social Studies, Civics, American history

Grade Level: K-12

Materials: Materials needed to spread this project: blank DVDs, DVD burner, copy paper, ink cartridges, stamps

About: Students of any age, who see a veteran, simply say "Thank you for serving" They can then register their first name only and their state on the site. Comments are also welcome. In addition they can visit navigation buttons leading them to information on our flag, famous veterans, books, teacher activities, veteran holidays, women in the military, crafts, clipart, memorials, statistics, photos, community activities, etc.

Children throughout the country will get a better understanding of our veterans and every child that participates will hopefully develop a life long habit of thank those who have served.

Scavanger hunts, clipart, children's book lists, etc. all give teachers materials that work well on many grade levels. The addition of powerpoints, more activities, additional visuals and printed lessons will make the topic simple to teach in a classroom. The toplc will be thoroughly covered and a way that children can visually relate to.

http://kidsthankavet.com

 Objectives
Create a project that ALL children, regardless of their economic, social, or ethnic group, can participate in.
Create a lifelong habit of just saying "Thank you" to veterans
Have children learn who veterans are and what have they done for our country
Learn basic information on a variety of topics (students can find the section that interests them and learn facts on that topic)
Teach respect for the American veterans
Have a project that teachers across the country can all participate in

Websites
This is the basic site containing registration information, veteran, educator and childrens comments and facts on the topic of veterans
http://kidsthankavet.com
(throughout the site there are dozens of links that contain more information on each topic. All sites have been checked for student appropriate information

Standards
Students will study world history, cultures and civilizations and the important contributions of individuals and groups
K-12
Social Studies, Civics, Family values
Communicate about the important accomplishments of individuals and groups living in out neighborhoods and communities.
K-12
Can be incorporated in social studies, language arts, current events, etc.
Identify people who have strengthened Democracy in the United States.
K-12
Social studies, Black History Month, current events
Utilize media to become aware of current events
K-12
Soc studies, current events
Demonstrate knowledge of holidays, celebrations, and symbols of our nation
K-12
General education

Day 1: Who are veterans?
Objectives
Students will have an understanding of what a veterans is and what they have done for our country
Students will realize that veterans are from all genders, ethnic groups and economic groups
Materials
Powerpoints shown through computers
Handouts
Procedures
Present powerpoint
Have a question and answer session to check understanding
Have students complete questions from handouts
Have students write down questions that would like answere on the topic and submit the questions
Homework
Assessment
Question and answer session

Day 2: What have veterans done for us and why should we thank them?
Objectives
Children will learn the history of our veterans (including women veterans)
Children will learn and understand why we have holidays such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, etc.
Materials
Computer activity looking at several navigations on http:// kidsthankavet.com
Procedures
Students will be given a scavanger hunt that will take them through the site, picking up facts on a variety of topics
Question and answer session using the scavanger hunt to further develop the topic for discussion
Homework
Student question: Are there any veterans in your family? Find out what branch of service they were in and any experiences they would like to share.
Assessment
Correct scavanger hunt and evaluate understanding through the question and answer session

Day 3: Sharing
Objectives
Allow children to share the experiences that members of their families have had while serving in the military
Check for a general understanding of the topic
Make sure students understand why they should thank our veterans
Materials
website - to show children books and other activities that may like to participate in
Puzzles (printouts)
Procedures
Children will present any information they have collected about their family members in the military
Review the site for additional activities and topics of interest
Open discussion "What have you learned?"
Homework
See a veteran - say "Thank you for serving"
Assessment
The enthusiasm in doing the veteran puzzles, joining in the discussion and asking what has been learned will evaluate the success of the project.

Day 4: What can we do for our veterans?
Objectives
Students will think of ways they can find out more about veterans
Students will create activites that allow them to become envolved with veterans (such as inviting a veteran, or veterans to visit the school, writing to veterans or soldiers, having a poster contest and giving the posters to local VFW posts, etc.)
Materials
Computers to research local veteran groups
Paper, stamps (write to local veterans, veterans in hospitals, soldiers overseas, etc.)
Procedures
Students will come up with a list of ideas to be voted on by the class
Students will form groups and complete the chosen activity
Homework
Assessment
Check resources found on the computer by the children and evaluate their chosen finished project.

Day 5:
Objectives
Materials
Procedures
Homework
Assessment

Cherie Reid

cheriereidusa@yahoo.com

Howell Middle School South
1 Kuzminski Way
Howell, New Jersey 07731


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