This language arts/social studies resource has 3 components: writing, history, and crafts. It’s especially helpful for hesitant writers and ESL students due to its thought-provoking beautiful Memorial Day themed photos (over 40 of them), most of which are labeled.
These photos highlight various ways people celebrate the day with decorations and parades. They are a tremendous resource for children who are challenged by having to complete sentence stems (12 of them) and/or do some creative writing.
Besides the writing, informational reading about the history of Memorial Day is presented in chronological order, from before the end of the Civil War. Much research was done to collect this information, including interviewing the town historian at Waterloo, New York. I wanted to be sure that the information was accurate.
Poetry is included as well….”In Flanders Fields” and “We Shall Keep the Faith” by Moina Micheal. Memento paper poppies that are worn to show our respect for servicemen and women are shown in photographs as are real “live” poppies.
Crafts involve making streamer sticks as well as Memorial Day Buntings.
All in all, this is a very visual, hands-on resource that should get your students really thinking
about Memorial Day.
*make patriotic buntings for the classroom or home
*make stick streamers
*complete sentence stems about their own patriotic custom-created Memorial Day parade, since the student will be selected to be the pretend chairperson of the Memorial Day Planning Committee.
Colorful photos provided so the student can "see" many components of a parade.
There are 12 sentence stems to complete.(4 pages)
A page of suggested phrases for completing the sentence stems is provided. Photographs are given and can be used as prompts in this writing activity.
Before the students do any of the above activities, they will:
*learn some history about Memorial Day- beginning with its concept in pre-Civil War times and ending with the present Memorial Day(5 pages)
*learn about some different Memorial traditions and customs (4 pages)
* learn about our nation's great parade in Washington,D.C. and other local parades; photos are provided as well (13 pages)