As Veteran’s Day approaches, I thought I would share a few ideas that we incorporated last year.
I found this poem in a little printable and printed off a copy for each of the girls. They read it and then we talked about each stanza of the poem. After that, I had them answer these questions and mark their poems.
We also pulled out a map and found the location of Flander’s Fields.
Do a search as well and see if you can find historical pictures of Flander’s Fields. Or even current pictures to compare. (We use KidRex, a search engine for kids powered by Google.)
Flanders Fields Music is a very nice website. It contains a whole set of lessons for the poem, a song, a video, lots of authentic pictures, and more.
Poppies at the Tower of London
Last year commemorated 100 years since the beginning of WWI. England spent a great portion of the year installing a memorial at the Tower of London titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”. We saw a link about it early on in the installation and watched it grow through checking back at that link. It is quite an amazing installation with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for each British or Colonial serviceman killed in the War. There are probably some other links for images of the memorial but here is a link to the Tower of London and to Wikipedia. The Tower of London has some interesting videos, as well.
The girls were asked to create a piece of artwork to illustrate something we discussed or an emotion they felt. These are what they created.
Acrostic & Coloring Page
Using the letters for the word POPPIES, the girls wrote about things they learned or that touched them in this study. Here are their acrostic puzzles.
Here is a copy of the acrostic poem that you can print or save to use with your students.
Here, also, is a coloring page that I created for you to print or save for use with your students.
We also talked with the girls’ grandmother about her childhood. When she was a child, she sold poppies as a fundraiser to help an organization her family was a part of. It was fun for the girls to hear that Oral History and learn a bit more about their family. If you have someone your students can talk with, you might find out something interesting like this, as well. It is definitely worth discussing what they remember about the times of war they experienced. There is much to be learned, including an appreciation for what we have.
I hope you enjoy your poppy study and remembrance of those who have died protecting our freedoms.