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Veteran’s Day Activities for Elementary Students

I love having school on holidays like Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, and President’s Day.  Why – because it gives a wonderful opportunity to teach my students about these important holidays and why we celebrate them.  There are so many great ways to help your students learn the importance of the holiday while helping Veterans too! Today I’m going to share some Veteran’s Day activities for elementary students with you.



The Importance of Teaching Veteran’s Day

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 every year in the United States

Veteran’s Day is celebrated every year on November 11th. I am so incredibly grateful for the veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Their sacrifice so that we can live in a free country, generally safe from harm’s way, is not meaningless to me. 

I always want to be sure and pass that message along to my students so they can learn the importance of sacrifice and dedication at an early age. Veteran’s Day is the perfect opportunity to teach your students about what a veteran is and how to show appreciation to our nations’ finest.

Veteran’s Day Teaching Resources

There are tons of different Veteran’s Day activities for elementary students that you can incorporate into your classroom. I love to use a mix of different activities to really get the kids excited about learning. Videos, lessons, and hands-on activities are a great way to do this. Here’s some of my favorite Veteran’s Day activities for elementary students.

1. Videos & Visitors

Videos are a great way to increase student engagement. This short PBS Kids video is a wonderful video that provides a good introduction of Veteran’s Day in a way that easy for students to understand. It covers what Veteran’s Day is and why we celebrate it when we do.

Since veterans are real live people, inviting veterans to your classroom or school on this day is a great way to help students connect this holiday with real life. Student’s love to meet real life heroes and having a veteran in your class gives students opportunities for learning how to respectfully thank a veteran for their service. This also makes the topic so much more relatable for your students! You likely even have a student whose parent or relative is a veteran and would love to share their experiences with your class.

2. Lessons

When teaching about Veteran’s Day there are several main points that you want to cover. I like to include the following topics:

  • what is a veteran
  • when is Veteran’s Day
  • what are the branches of the armed forces
  • how can we celebrate our heroes
This Veteran's Day flip book is a great activity for elementary students

As with most social studies and science lessons, I love using interactive notebooks. These engaging tools really help students to engage with the information taught and remember what they learn.

This Veteran’s Day flip book is a wonderful way to teach about this important holiday. Students will complete the information on each page of the flip book as they learn about the Veteran’s Day holiday. This flip book contains 5 tabs which cover everything your students need to know about Veteran’s Day:

1. Veterans Day
2. What is a Veteran?
3. What is Veterans Day?
4. How Can We Remember?
5. The 4 Main Branches of the Armed Forces

Your students will not only love creating this informational flip book, but they will enjoy sharing what they learned with their family too!

3. Veteran’s Day Activities

Students will create a card and write a note to a veteran as part of these veteran's day activities for elementary students

One of the special things about Veteran’s Day is that there are many opportunities we can provide students to thank a veteran. One of my favorite activities is making cards for veterans. This not only provides so creative fun, but this writing activity is a great way to connect language arts and social studies standards.

In addition to writing a note or card, students can also do a service project for a local veteran organization.

Veteran’s Day Activities for Elementary Students

I’ve taken all of my favorite Veteran’s Day activities for elementary students and put them into one resource. Now you can have everything you need to teach about and celebrate Veteran’s Day in your classroom. Check out these No Prep Veteran’s Day Activities for elementary school students in the Appletastic Learning store.

ALL Profits from this Veterans Day Packet will be donated to the LEEK Preserve, where our disabled veterans are helped and encouraged through the healing process through outdoor hunting, fishing, and recreational experiences. Our country’s veterans deserve to know they are appreciated and loved. Click HERE to read more about the LEEK Preserve.

No Prep Veteran's Day activities for elementary students

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If you love connecting your classroom learning to the seasons or holidays then you must check out these other posts. Here are many seasonal activities for November and December that will engage your students while still keeping them focused on the important skills and standards they need.

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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