Memorial Day 2016 is Monday, May 30, so this is a great time to remind our kids about the value of our freedom! Check out the following resources to boost your Memorial Day lessons:
- Do you know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?
- Take an online interactive Memorial Day quiz
- Read about the history of Memorial Day
- Why We Celebrate Memorial Day: A feature from the Smithsonian
- Americans at War: Interactive online exhibition about the cost of freedom
- Discover the cost of war
- Listen to Taps and read about its origin
Activity Books and Printables
- Grab this free activity book from the USS Arizona Memorial
- This parent and student guide set was created for the Art of the American Soldier gallery at the Constitution Center, but there are some activities that can be used without visiting the Center. Download the Parent Guide and the Student Guide.
- Use these Memorial Day printables from Jumpstart for your elementary students.
- Complete a word fill-in.
- Print these free coloring pages (set of 12).
- Use this crayon resist activity to practice reading common Memorial Day words or words from one of the books from your Memorial Day reading list
- Learn the emotional power of letters and get some letter-writing tips by reading about letter-writing in World War 2.
- For older students, download activities and insight for In Flanders Fields (this document is written from a Canadian perspective, but the information is valuable no matter where you are located)!
Arts and Crafts
Military Museum Virtual Tours
- National Museum of the Marine Corps
- National Museum of the US Air Force
- National Naval Aviation Museum
- Taking Chance (available on Amazon Prime)
- Who Invented Memorial Day?
- The history of Memorial Day (from the US Dept of Veteran’s Affairs)
- All About the Holidays: Memorial Day
- America’s National Holidays (available on Amazon Prime)
- Holidays for Kids
- Take a small tour of Arlington National Cemetery
- View the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery
- Watch Arlington: Field of Honor, a film from National Geographic
Library Book Suggestions
- The Wall
- H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet
- America’s White Table
- In Flander’s Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae