As Veterans Day approaches, I am always on the lookout for relevant and appropriate Veterans Day activities for kids. It can sometimes be difficult to know what exactly to teach young children about certain holidays, but my main goal with Veterans day is always to convey that veterans are people who have fought for our freedom and safety, and that we thank and respect them for that. These Veterans Day Writing Centers are a simple, age appropriate way to teach young learners vocabulary associated with the military and Veterans Day, and are the perfect companion to your Veterans Day read alouds or planned activities.
*Grab these on their own (below) or in our Writing Centers for the Year pack!
Veterans Day Writing Centers
Like all of our writing centers, once kids learn the vocabulary and the routines, these activities can be done fairly independently.
Kids will work on a variety of Veterans Day writing centers with the following vocabulary words: air force, army, navy, coast guard, flag, poppy, marine, and bugle.
The vocabulary cards come 4 to a page (8 words total) and are a great size to accompany all the activities.
I typically introduce these in our pocket chart beforehand and we talk about what they mean. They are also a great companion to read alouds about Veterans Day, as we can often relate them to the books.
After cutting out the vocabulary cards and laminating them, I also laminate the writing strips. Kids use the vocabulary cards to help them spell and write Veterans Day words on the dry erase strips.
We then use the vocabulary cards to complete our “Write It!” book. We copy the words in our neatest handwriting and color the pictures.
This is great for a whole class activity, independent center, or small group.
One of our favorite writing centers is always write the room. Kids LOVE being able to hunt for a card and copy the vocabulary word on the recording sheet. You can either place the cards around the room to get kids up and moving, or even put them in a sensory bin.
Keeping it simple and just in a basket in the writing center works just fine too!
We also work in some scissor practice with a trace and paste activity using all of our vocabulary words around Veterans Day.
Finally, we get more advanced writing practice with our Veterans Day story book. Kids can either color and copy the word a few times to practice handwriting, or if they are ready, they can try to write a sentence about the vocabulary word.
You could also write a sentence together as a small group or class, or send them home for a family project to extend the learning.
There are tons of fun Veterans Day activities for kids in this pack!
All the colored items also come in black and white for an ink saving option.