Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Press Rewind: Veteran's Day Keepsakes

Feeling a bit exhausted?  Me too my friends. I began to let myself go ON and ON today about how tired and over-worked I was feeling... Conferences, BLT, TBT, and scheduling nightmares..Lucky for me, my boo-hooing was short-lived as my selfishness reached it's limit pretty fast. How could I possibly complain about sleep, when somewhere out there, fighting in the dark, are the bravest, strongest, most sleep-deprived men and women, working around the clock to defend our country, keeping us safe from harm.....  I take it back.  ZERO complaints and HAPPY as a clam!  Thanks to a swift kick of compassion for others, I am suddenly experiencing a brief, second wind so let me share a special first grade tribute to our Veterans and Armed Forces!  


We gathered for a school-wide celebration on Friday, honoring local Veterans with a touching assembly.  Celebrating Veteran's Day is always bittersweet and a meaningful way to share our feelings and thoughts on the bigger things outside our little first grade world. I was so pleased to hear my little guys & gals making connections with freedom, rights, and most of all, telling me how "brave" and "heroic"they are going to be someday when they become pilots, commanders, and soldiers to protect our Red White, and Blue!  We then watched a short video clip on President Obama placing the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. That led into a thoughtful discussion of Patriotic Symbols (seen later in the video) at Arlington National Cemetery. Our Symbols pictograph included the American Flag, the Eagle crest on marquee, honor wreath, military uniform, moment of silence, tribute song.  I was lucky enough to stalk stumble upon a special giveaway from First Grade Fascination.  Rebecca so graciously shared her "Veteran's Day" Math and Literacy activities with me!  This unit is stocked full and perfect for first graders!   I am so happy to be a winner of such a great unit.  Thank you Rebecca!   

Of course we used the Pinterest-inspired solider anchor chart to get our thinking started!  We labeled the solider with proper nouns and adjectives!  

And speaking of Nouns, we did a fantastic NOUN sort which the kids absolutely LOVED!  (Thanks Jodi for this fun freebie!)

Jodi has more Veteran's day activities over at,  Fun in First Grade!

Then we wrote an Acrostic VETERAN poem during Work on Writing time.  

After that, we made our own little USA Soldiers.  



Even the Teacher grabbed her crayons and made her very own Soldier.  The kids just LOVE it when we do that!

If you would like a copy of my modest Veteran's Day Solider template, click HERE.

To Peace and Wisdom.

Happy Veteran's Day,


  1. I love the way you celebrated Veterans Day. There's so much learning going on in your class! Plus, those little soldiers are too cute!
    Thanks so much for the shout out! I'm so glad you were able to use some activities from my packet! Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

    Best wishes,

    First Grade Fascination

    1. Rebecca,
      Thank you so much for such sweet compliments! I truly appreciate it!
      Your blog is wonderful! I am a dedicated follower!
      Happy Thanksgiving,

      Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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