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“He might have come from any one of millions of American homes.”
That’s what President Warren G. Harding said at the inauguration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on November 11, 1921.
Today, 100 years later, America still honors its veterans every November 11th on the federal holiday known simply as Veterans Day.
Why not take the opportunity to teach your students the history behind the holiday? They may not even know why they have the day off of school.
In this Edpuzzle Original video lesson, you can help students discover the story of Veterans Day and why it matters for them today.
Veterans Day lesson plan for grades 3-12
Take a look at Edpuzzle’s ready-to-go video lesson for Veterans Day complete with built-in questions for comprehension and discussion!
It can be adapted for grades 3-12, so check out how you could use it with your students:
Just like with any Edpuzzle video, however, you can still add your own questions when you copy the video to your content.
For upper grades, for example, you could include additional complex, age-appropriate questions, while for younger students, you can add extension activities like drawing a portrait or writing a story.
Key takeaways from the Veterans Day lesson plan
In the video, your students will learn basics like just what a veteran is, as well as the different branches of the military.
They’ll also explore the history of World War I, the origins of the holiday as Armistice Day, and how the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier came to be. You may even learn something yourself!
Incorporate SEL into your Veterans Day lesson plan
Beyond the facts and history behind Veterans Day, there’s also a strong social-emotional component to Edpuzzle’s video lesson.
Students will be asked to put themselves in the soldiers’ shoes and imagine how they might feel if they were drafted or when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
This is a great jumping off point for discussion with your students and for cultivating empathy.
So, are you ready to teach your students about Veterans Day with a little help from Edpuzzle? To leave you with some wisdom from Maya Angelou, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”