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					Suggestions for Veterans Day & Patriotism Week
Web Lesson Sites for the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers for Veterans Day
Site
Civics On-Line National Archives and Records Administration

Focused Grade Bands
Elementary/Middle/ High

Description
Searchable database of lessons on the core civic values. Click on Teachers. There are many lessons/activities for all grade levels Lessons and activities on the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and other documents. The Constitution Community is a partnership between classroom teachers and education specialists from the National Archives and Records Administration. Lessons and activities that address constitutional issues, correlate to national academic standards, and encourage the analysis of primary source documents is available. Web site that offers lessons on Congress for classrooms and activities online for students. Many students feel the U.S. Constitution has no relevance on their lives. The National Constitution Center created this section to help teachers teach the Constitution and other civic-related topics to students of all ages. Click on Educational Resources. Lessons and teacher resources are provided at this site.

Web Address
http://civics-online.org

Elementary/Middle/High

http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons /constitution_day/constitution_day.html

The Constitution Community

Elementary/Middle/High

http://www.archives.gov/education/constitutioncommunity.html

Congress Link Social Studies Services Lesson Page National Constitution Center Bill of Rights Institute

High Elementary/Middle/High

http://www.congresslink.org http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edsoc.htm#civ icslessons

Elementary/Middle/High Elementary/Middle/High

http://www.constitutioncenter.org/

http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org

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Web Lesson Sites for Veterans Contributions for Patriotism Week
Site
U. S. Veterans Administration U. S. Veterans Administration Teacher Planet The Teachers’ Corner Teacher Vision About.Com Technology – Web Portal for Teachers Palmetto Greatest Generation

Focused Grade Bands
Elementary/Middle/High

Description
Activities for students to understand the contributions of veterans This is the teacher companion page for the site above. This page contains activities and lessons for the contribution of veterans, and it includes a PDF document that provides suggestions for Veterans Day This is teacher site with units, worksheets, coloring pages, etc. This is teacher site with units, worksheets, coloring pages, etc. This is teacher site with units, worksheets, coloring pages, etc. This is the elementary page on About.com and it provides a database of sites with activities, etc. Database of activities and links for Veterans Day. It also includes poems for ELA teachers. This is a site that was set up to support The Greatest Generation book that was provided to all high schools.

Web Address
http://www.va.gov/kids/

Elementary/Middle/High

http://www.va.gov/kids/teachers/index.asp http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/remembra nce.php http://www.theteacherscorner.net/seasonal/vetera ns-day/index.htm http://www.teachervision.fen.com/veteransday/teacher-resources/6674.html?detoured=1 http://k6educators.about.com/sitesearch.htm?ter ms=Veterans%20Day&SUName=k6educators&To pNode=3484&type=1 http://www.teachnology.com/teachers/subject_matter/social_studies /us_history/veterans/ http://www.palmettogreatestgeneration.org

Elementary/Middle/High Elementary/Middle/High Elementary/Middle/High Elementary Elementary/Middle/High High

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Books Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers for Veterans Day
Title
Celebrating Constitution Day

Author
Roben Alarcon

Discussion
Introduce the Constitution to your students with activities designed to engage your students in history and civics. Learn about the Constitution as a living document that shapes all American lives. Ages K-3. Introduce the Constitution to your students with activities designed to engage your students in history and civics. Learn about the Constitution as a living document that shapes all American lives. Ages 3-5. Introduce the Constitution to your students with activities designed to engage your students in history and civics. Learn about the Constitution as a living document that shapes all American lives. Ages 5-8. Behind the scenes at the Constitutional Convention. Ages 7-11. Biography of the president of the Constitutional Convention. Ages 7-11. Covers American history from the French and Indian War to the Constitutional Convention. Ages 8-15. Discussion of the Constitution. Ages 9-12. Demonstrates how the concepts and principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence were drawn from the experiences of living in America in the late eighteenth century Ages 9-12. Inscribed Declaration of Independence. Ages 9-12. Explains the stories behind the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Ages 9-12. From the Cornerstones of Freedom Series. Ages 9-12. From the Cornerstones of Freedom Series. Ages 9-12. From the Cornerstones of Freedom Series. Ages 9-12. We the Kids follows three adorable youngsters and one dog as they get ready for a camping adventure in the great outdoors, and their story is told through the Preamble. Ages 5-10. Describes how the Constitution was drafted and ratified. Age 7.

Celebrating Constitution Day

Garth Sundren

Celebrating Constitution Day Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? From Colonies to Country If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution If You Were There in 1776 The Declaration of Independence The Signers: The Fifty-Six Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence The Constitution The Bill of Rights We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States More Perfect Union

Garth Sundren Jean Fritz Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes, Trina Schart-Hyman Joy Hakim Elizabeth Levy, Joan Holub Barbara Brenner United States, Sam Fink Dennis Brindell Fradin, Michael McCurdy R. Conrad Stein Marilyn Prolman R. Conrad Stein David Catrow Betsy Maestro

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Books Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers for Veterans Day
Title
Declaration of Independence

Author
Patricia R. Quiri

Discussion
Discusses the circumstances preceding and following the writing of the Declaration of Independence and describes how it was written, approved, and announced. Ages 4-8.

Books Veterans Contributions for Patriotism Week
Title
Veterans Day The Greatest Generation Pepper’s Purple Heart Korean War Veterans Memorial The Veterans Day Visitor Veterans Day America’s White Table Veterans Day: Remembering Our War Heroes An Open Window American Holidays: Veterans Day

Author
Jacqueline S. Cotton Tom Brokaw Heather French Henry R. Conrad Stein Peter Catalanotto Linda Sorensen Margot Theis Raven Elaine Landau Elaine Hopkins Arlene Worsley

Discussion
“Rookie Read A Loud” about Veterans Day. Ages 4-8. Individual stories on the contributions of veterans and others in the World War II era. Through the eyes of a little girl named Claire and her friend Robbie, children learn about our nation’s veterans and why we honor them on Veterans Day. Ages 4-8. Ages 9-11. Emily’s Pop-Pop is shocked when he hears that Emily and Vincetta Louise don’t know what a veteran is. Ages 7-10 Story of Veterans Day. Ages 9-11. Tradition of honoring America’s fallen. Ages 6-12 Story of Veterans Day. Ages 6-9. A young boy loses his brother in the war. Story of Veterans Day. Ages 4-8.

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SCETV Programs Veterans Contributions for Patriotism Week
Title
The Constitution Through History Scholastic Children’s Holiday: Star Spangled Banner America’s Veterans U.S. Flag: Proper Use The Tokyo Raiders South Carolina’s Greatest Generation Almost Painless Guide Civics: The Constitution United States History: Good Citizenship Voices in Democracy: The Living Constitution Voices in Democracy: First Amendment of Freedoms

Date & Time

Channel

Grade Level

Check ETV Listings. I no longer receive these dates and times. BUT, I do suggest these shows.

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Suggested Activities Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers for Veterans Day
      Suggested by James Bryan Write an essay on one of our rights that stated in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Create a wall or bulletin board of pictures and articles of people exercising the rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution. Using magazines and newspapers, you can do this activity. Hold a discussion on how the Constitution is present in each of our lives on a daily basis. What rights do students use on a daily basis. Have students, as a class, rewrite the Declaration of Independence in the modern day language. Then have them go our and see how many people will sign their new “Declaration of Independence.” Then discuss why students felt many people would or would not sign their new declaration. Read one or more of the individual Federalist Papers. These are available at http://memory.loc.gov/const/fed/fedpapers.html. Have students search the Constitution for sections that they feel apply to their lives, and then students will write a paragraph on how the section chosen does apply.

Suggested by Schools School
Pine Ridge Middle School  

Activities
Watched a video on the Declaration of Independence and held a follow up discussion. Watched a video on the Constitution and discussed.

Veterans Contributions for Patriotism Week
   Suggested by James Bryan Invite a local veteran to speak to your class or to you school. Include patriotic music, the pledge, etc. Have students interview veterans and create a classroom booklet or a web page celebrating the contributions of veterans in your local area. Read patriotic poems in the classroom. There are numerous ones that you can use.

Suggested by Schools School
 R. H. Rollings School for the Arts    

Activities
Assembly with presentation of colors, vocal medley by chorus, history of Veterans Day, speaker from US Airforce Poster contest Watched World War II video. Displayed pictures of soldiers and uniforms. Reviewed flag etiquette.

Dillon School District 2

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Suggested Activities
Lockett Elementary School                    Discussed meaning of the flag and Veterans Day. Made flags and displayed them. Assembled around the flagpole and had a program. Veterans announcements during the week. Moment of silence. Made cards for veterans. Decoded the inscription on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Read/Discussed a poem about Veterans Day. Students took home a star on which a family member who was a veteran put their name. These stars were placed on a wall of honor at the school. Bulletin boards created about Veterans Day. Thank you cards sent to Veterans Hospitals. Faculty and staff wore red, white, and blue. Reviewed medals and citations of veterans from the Vietnam War. Watch president place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Special assembly with Jr. ROTC and guest speaker. Discussed “ What Veterans Day Celebrates?” Students shared who in their families were veterans. Viewed video “America: Inventing a Nation.” Watched a documentary on the Vietnam Memorial wall.

Southwood Middle School

York 1 School District

Edisto Primary Choppee High School Carver-Edisto Middle School Branchville High School

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