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Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving

Veteran's Day
The History Channel
This link includes a short video (3 min) that explains why we celebrate Veteran's Day. Facts and statistics about Veteran's Day are also included.  The History channel is a great resource but be aware of advertising and use caution.  LINK

Service Dogs for American Vets. This is a short video (6 min) about how a service dog has made a huge difference for an American vet who lost his leg in the Iraq. LINK

Brain Pop 
What are the Armed Forces? LINK

Veteran's Day Videos
A third grade choir sings a song of thanks LINK

Lesson plan for Veteran's Day and Patriotism LINK

Reserve these from the South School Library:
  • Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins Call #E COL  Suzy spends her year in first grade waiting for her father, who is serving in Vietnam, and when the postcards stop coming, she worries that he will never make it home.
  • Coming Home by Greg Ruth Call #E RUT Follows the emotions of a young boy as he waits at an airport for a family member to return home from serving in the military.
  • Remembering Our Heroes: Veteran's Day by Kelly Rodgers Call #394.264 Introduces Veterans Day, explaining its important to honor veterans, the historical events behind it, how it became a holiday, and how it is observed.
  • Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story by Cheryl Harness, Call #929.9  Looks at the American flag and its history.
  • My Country Tis of Thee by Claire Rudolf Murphy, Call #782.42 MUR Traces the history of the song America, from its beginning in royalist Britain, continuing through conflicts in colonial times, the American Revolution, the suffragist and labor movements, and struggles for black and Native American civil rights.

BrainPop Jr. 
Thanksgiving LINK

Thanksgiving LINK

Plimoth Plantation
Two videos from the experts, one from the perspective of the pilgrims and one from the Native Americans LINK

Plimoth Plantation LINK
Coloring Pages LINK
Recipes LINK
Things to Make LINK
The only primary resource that describes the first Thanksgiving LINK
Investigating the first Thanksgiving activity LINK

Thanksgiving Activities
Turkey Coloring Page LINK
Family Project LINK

Reserve these from the South School Library:
  • Sharing the Bread: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller Call #E MIL Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a family's preparations for their Thanksgiving feast, with everyone pitching in to help--including Baby, who sleeps quiet as a mouse.
  • Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra, Call #394.2649, Tells the story of how Sarah Josepha Hale, writer and magazine editor, worked to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • Balloons Over Broadway by Maine's own Melissa Sweet.  Call #92 SAR. This is an opportunity to talk about what a biography is. Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who first invented the helium balloons that have become the trademark of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Funny Video of Turkeys LINK

Native Americans

Knots on a Counting Rope, A Native American Story by Bill Martin Jr.
Read Aloud from Story Line Online LINK

BrainPop Videos
American Indians LINK
Pocahontas; Friend to the Settlers LINK
Iroquois Confederacy LINK

Reserve these from the South School Library:
Look for folktales by Paul Goble 398.2 GOB
Look for the series, Native American Lore and Legends 398.2 DOM
Paiute princess : the story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Kogan Ray, 92 HOP A biography of Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute Indian and Native American civil rights activists, discussing her childhood, her work as an advocate for all Native Americans, and the appeals to white America to treat her people with dignity.

General Resources
Help your students learn to be inquisitive learners. Model the search process by using the South School Library online. The library site includes links to the Online Library Catalog,  Britannica Student Encyclopedia, Brain Pop, as well as links by Dewey number on the left side of the page. LINK

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