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Students will learn about George Washington as one of America’s most famous veterans, the hardships of soldiers at Valley Forge, how wars inspired music in America and Paul Revere’s ride. This unit may be used on George Washington’s Birthday and Flag Day/the Army’s Birthday (June 14).
Students will learn about Robert E. Lee, the divided loyalties of America’s soldiers and citizens, the Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen and the ways that children were involved on the front lines. This unit may be used on Lincoln’s Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Black History month and Emancipation Day (April 16).
Students will learn about two heroic WWI veterans, how war had an effect on movies, how the media was used to encourage patriotism and how the war began discussions about whether we should even go to war. This unit may be used on November 11, which is Veterans Day and Armistice Day.
Students will learn more about Navajo Code Talkers, a WWII Navy nurse Dorothy Danner, Rosie the Riveter and how the war changed women’s roles forever. This unit may be used on V-E Day commemorating the end of the war in Europe (May 8), D-Day commemorating the invasion of Normandy (June 6), V-J Day when the Japanese surrendered (August 14) and Pearl Harbor Day (December 7).
Students will learn about two veterans of the Vietnam and Korean Wars, where these countries are in the world, the Medal of Honor and the impact of free speech on soldiers coming home. This unit may be used on April 30, the day of the fall of Saigon, when studying Vietnam or when talking about current events in North/South Korea.
Students will learn about the role of Navy SEALS, how wars save lives with medical advances, the debate about women in combat, and how today’s wars affect military children. This unit may be used on September 11 and November 11 (Veterans Day). It is appropriate for use in April (the Month of the Military Child) and May (the Month of the Military Spouse). It may also be used as part of a recognition of military peers in the classroom, especially when a child’s parent deploys, comes home, earns a medal or is injured or killed.
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