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Heroes of Our Own
Writing/History In preparation for Memorial Day, have students interview family members who took part in World War II, Desert Storm and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, etc. Put together a display case or a classroom book of "Our Own Heroes." Invite those included to come in and see the finished project.

Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives: Lessons for Memorial Day
What does Memorial Day mean to your students? Do they grasp the significance of the sacrifice that American men and women have made to preserve our freedom? Included: Five lessons to help students understand the meaning of Memorial Day.

Our Flag
Reading/Art Before Memorial Day, read the book I Pledge Allegiance by Bill Martin, Jr. (Candlewick, 2002). Each page illustrates a phrase from our pledge and explains what it means. Provide red, white and blue paper so each child can make a flag like the one at the beginning and ending of the book.

Memorial Day Poppies
This craft project will teach your students the general history of Memorial Day and why poppies are associated with remembering soldiers who died for America.

Memorial Day
Using this lesson students will be able to recall facts about the history of Memorial Day and explain how and why Memorial Day is celebrated.

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