Honoring those who serve(d)

Veterans Day: Remembering Our War Heroes, by Elaine Landau


H Is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet, by Devin Scillian

The Wall, by Eve Bunting


For more information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, visit the History Channel’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Infographic.


And to learn more about the history of Veterans Day, read my post here.


Thank you to those who have served our country!

What a Capital Idea!

For a realistic (virtual) tour of something closer to home, use these books and links to visit our nation’s capital:

We’re There! Washington, DC, by Elizabeth Skinner Grumbach

Capital!: Washington D.C. from A to Z, by Laura Krauss Melmed

Journey Around Washington D.C. from A to Z, by Martha Day Zschock

TheCapitol.net – pictures, maps, sites to see, and more

The Wall, by Eve Bunting

Underground Train, by Mary Quattlebaum

And if you have a chance to visit Washington, D.C. in person, check out the free walking tours to learn more about the background, layout, and historical importance of this place. This was one of the highlights of my trip a few years ago.

Decoration Day

This coming weekend is typically full of family barbeques and holiday travel and trips to the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of loved ones.  However, many of our students may not realize the history and meaning behind Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) – the holiday honoring men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The following links provide a variety of resources to help your students understand and “see” what this holiday is all about:

Memorial Day history – History.com

The Meaning Behind Memorial Day – Time for Kids.com

Memorial Day activities and more activities