Learning About Veterans Day

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In the United States, November 11 is Veterans Day. In some other countries, this day is known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. On this day, we honor those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces. We spent the last week learning more about veterans and Veterans Day.

We read a story in Scholastic News about a wounded veteran named Colton Carlson, who climbed the tallest mountain in South America after he was injured in the war in Afghanistan. This week we’ll be writing letters to Mr. Carlson.

We’ve been working on research skills, so we went on an internet scavenger hunt to look up facts about Veterans Day. We learned all about the origins of Veterans Day and how it is commemorated. Did you know that World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918? That’s why Veterans Day is on November 11!

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The answer to the question above is 21.8 million, as of 2014.

At the end of the week we had the honor of learning from primary sources about being a veteran. Through HEC-TV, we participated in a live video conference from Missouri where we got to learn from two Vietnam War veterans, Colonel Jack Jackson and Commander Thomas Mundell. Their stories about serving in wartime were fascinating. During the conference students were able to ask questions, and the veterans answered one of hours. We asked what kids like us should do to commemorate Veterans Day. Commander Mundell said he thought the best thing we could do would be to say “thank you for your service” to any veteran we meet, not just on Veterans Day but any day. Colonel Jackson added that we could also listen to veterans who want to tell their stories. He reminded us to also thank veterans’ families for the sacrifices they make.

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We learned a lot about Veterans Day this year. To all of our veterans and their families, we say: THANK YOU!

 

16 Comments

  1. Dear Mrs. Hamman,
    We really enjoyed reading about Veterans Day on your blog. We liked it so much that we borrowed your idea, and did the same scavenger hunt as you. At the end of our hunt, we participated in a Kahoot.it game to check our understanding. Here is a link if you’d like to try it with your class: https://goo.gl/R9rCPy
    Where did you hear about the video conference? We would like to try that next year. Thanks for your great ideas and sharing your learning experience.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Vazquez’ 6th grade class

    • Thanks for your comment, Mrs. Vazquez’ class! We will try your Kahoot! We learned about the videoconference from CILC.org, which sends out a weekly email listing video conference opportunities.

  2. Hi Mrs. Hamman’s Class
    I think that the amount of veterans you said there are is a lot which is really cool. At my school we get a day off from school for veterans day, do you get a day off?
    From,
    Aidan(http://shirleys6th.edublogs.org/author/aidan15/)

  3. Dear Mrs.Hamman

    I enjoyed the article very much and I hope we get to do it again thank you for getting the video conference.

  4. I had a lot of fun at the veterans conference and i am glad we learned about veterans day. I cant wait to learn more.

  5. I think that is a crazy thing that veterans day was made on the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month.

  6. Veterans day is very cool to learn about because all the people that died for our country that’s what I thought was cool .

  7. It was so fun.

  8. I wish I could see Colten up close that would be so cool.

  9. Dear Mrs. Hamman,

    I really did enjoy the video conference and I am glad that we were able to participate in it. I was glad that we were able to ask questions and even at the end they announced our school and answered one of our questions. I think that the fact of it being on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This was truly a good experience and I hope we can do something like this again.

    Sincerely,
    Diana

  10. I loved the video conference, it was a fun and special week

  11. It is sad to see people save our lives and they get hurt.I wish I could do something to repay they more saving our lives.I feel really bad that I couldn’t do anything to help

  12. I feel really bad that I couldn’t do anything to help the soldiers in Afghanistan and Iran.

  13. Dear Mrs.Hamman I was fasinated by reading in the artical that Colton Carlson climded a moutain even though he has a non real leg.

  14. Hi mrs. hamman the number of veterans is a lot my grandpa is a a veteran.

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