Looking for a Remembrance Day activity for your classroom that will get students thinking and using their reading and writing skills? This Remembrance Day flip book may be what you are looking for. It is simple by design, can be completed quickly, looks great on display and will focus students on thinking about Remembrance Day and peace. There are two versions (with prompts, and blank-except for the tittle and poppy on the front). Read below for further details.
What is included
The Remembrance Day Flip Book has 4 pages (3 pages for students to complete). This Remembrance Day Flip Book has a single poppy on the front which can be coloured by students. This flip book is designed to be simple, with minimal clip art and no cutesy pictures. The focus of this project is on thinking of what others have given up for our freedom and peace.
The Remembrance Day Flip Book comes with TWO versions.
Version 1 come with prompts and lines printed on each page.
Version 2 is blank (no lines or prompts). The second version still includes the title “Remembrance Day” and the poppy on the front of the flaps.
How I use the Remembrance Day flip book in my classroom
Flap 1: Under the top, smallest flap, I read students a poem. I ask that they sketch a scene from the poem in the space provided on the flap. Sometimes I use “In Flanders Fields," other years I will use a different poem. It depends on my students. With any poem I might use, I read the poem several times as students sketch. Students share their pencil sketched visualizations under the document camera. Students refine their sketches, then colour their picture. The line at the top of the flap is for a title.
Flap 2: Under the second flap I have students create an acrostic poem about peace. We brainstorm, share and draft on other paper and put our good copies in the book. Since my students are fifth graders, I ask that they write phrases for each letter, not just a single word. It’s a great time to talk about similes, metaphors and alliteration.
Flap 3: Lastly, on the largest flap, I have students write a paragraph about what they will be thinking about when they observe a minute of silence on Remembrance Day or at our assembly.
This project can be done relatively quickly - I complete the project in 2 days. I like to do the first two pages one day (one during reading time and the acrostic poem during writing. The second day I do the longest page (paragraph). Of course, you could spend more time on the book or even shorten it to one day if necessary.
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