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Memorial Day Unit 2 w/ Free Printables

I've mentioned before that Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays.  It has a special place in my heart.  In honor of the upcoming holiday, I've put together a few new activities to add to others already on the shelf.  I hope you enjoy!
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We started off our week with a fabulous outdoor activity.  I'm trying to incorporate at least one each week to go along with our theme, now that the weather is nice.  There is a large cemetery behind our house.  Only a fence separates it from our yard.  Each Memorial Day we've gone for a walk through the cemetery, looking for flags, etc.  This year my kiddos can read!  Instead of just looking for flags, we looked for markers of veterans.  The kiddos and I went up and down, row after row of stones and markers reading about veterans of war who had died.  Not many of them actually died in war, but that didn't really matter.  Dinomite would read their name, their area of service, the war(s) they had served in, and the years they had born and died.  Princess joined in too.  Would you believe we found veterans who had served in Korea, Vietnam, WWII, WWI, Spanish-American War, and the Civil War?  One veteran had served in WWII, Vietnam & Korea.  Two veterans had were awarded Purple Hearts.  It was an amazing experience that left quite an impression on the kiddos and was a perfect introduction to our week.
Dinomite has been asking more and more questions about war.  Some of his questions stem from his interest in battles and weapons.  Other questions have more to do with understanding the actual concept of what really happens.  Earlier this year, we talked about the Civil War.  This week, I'm introducing the kiddos to WWII, as we talk about Pearl Harbor.  I love that they're learning and developing a respect for these sensitive subjects at such an early age.

Here's what's on our shelves!

Memorial Day Sensory Bin Spelling Activity
The kiddos will find scrabble letters to form the spelling words, within the contents of the sensory bin. Last time we did an activity like this, there were too many letters to find in the bin, and the sensory bin was too large with too many contents. This time I've made it smaller, with fewer words. I'm hoping it goes well.

Memorial Day Memory Game
Last year we used these cards as nomenclature cards.  My kiddos have developed a strong dislike for nomenclature cards and refuse to do any activity that includes them.  It's a good thing the cards can easily be used in a memory game, which teaches them what they would have learned from the nomenclature cards, and at the same time, encourages them to work with peers.

Source: I created these cards, for your free copy, click HERE.

Lowercase Letter Sand Tray
We continue using our sand tray this week to help Bulldozer with his letters.  Already with just one week of practice, I've seen his writing improve.  Hooray!

Source:  The free cards for this activity can be found at Homeschool Creations.

Flower Arrangement Addition
Last year, we did a simple flower arrangement practical life activity.  This year, I added addition cards to the activity.  The kiddos will use the flowers as counters, making an arrangement with them as they solve the problem.  The white glass beads will be used as markers for each card.

Source: I created the cards used for this activity as part of my Memorial Day Unit Printable Pack I. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Counting Soldiers
Bulldozer can count to 30.  Last week I learned he can count to 40.  I still haven't heard him count to 50 though.  I'm hoping this activity will entice him into doing so.  One of his goals is to count to 100 this year.  I admit, I haven't had the best luck with helping him succeed. I'm expecting great things from this activity!

Sequencing Wars in History
Last year the kiddos used these cards to create numbers.  This year they're able to read the numbers and sequence the order of wars.  It's so fun watching how much they've learned in the course of one year.

Source: I created the cards for this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.

Memorial Day Fractions
The kiddos love using the dropper, but they'v progressed way beyond that in their practical life skills.  To make the simple activity a bit more challenging, I added fraction cards.  The kiddos show the fraction, using the star tray and water.

Source: I created the cards used for this activity as part of my Memorial Day Unit Printable Pack I. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Culture & Geography:
Sorting Military Vehicles
This was Dinomite's favorite activity from last year.  He requested to have it on the shelves again.  Though it's super easy for all of the kiddos now, I complied.  To my surprise, there is still more to learn.  Dinomite is trying to learn all the different names of the vehicles now that he can read.  I love how such a simple activity has so many levels of learning to it.

Source: I created this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.

The Civil War Division of States
This activity comes from our Black History Month Unit, but fits in well, when learning about wars and Memorial Day. The kiddos will sort through the states cards, separating them into Union States and Confederate States, shown in the control map above.  I love that they remember what they have learned about the Civil War. I'm super excited we were able to actually see a marker in the cemetery dated back that far.

Source:  This activity is part of the Black History Month Unit Cultural Printable Pack. For your free copy, click HERE.

Attack on Pearl Harbor
This is by far, my favorite activity on the shelf this week.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  The kiddos will use the diagram to sort eight ships attacked at Pearl Harbor, learning if they were damaged or if they sunk.  I've included the Japanese flag and one of the fighter planes, so they can better understand what happened.  It's been a great experience teaching them about this event in history, in a simple way that they can understand.

Source:  I found the diagram for this activity HERE.  I created the other cards used in this activity. For your free copy, click HERE.

A Musical Parade
Bulldozer's favorite part about Memorial Day is the parade that occurs in our town every year. The unit wouldn't be complete without bringing out our instruments.

United States of America Puzzle
We haven't pulled out our USA puzzle in a while.  I thought this week would be a great time. I'm hoping the kiddos will start to read the state names and remember where they are.

Memorial Day Invitation to Play
This activity is a HUGE hit with the kiddos this week.  Of course it's on our "fun" shelves, or else they wouldn't do anything else. I'm very pleased with how it turned out!

For those interested in the math printable pack, click on the link below:

I hope you have a fabulous holiday.  Next week I'll be posting all of our Insect Unit Activities!  If you haven't joined us on facebook. click HERE.  You can also visit us on Twitter and Pinterest now!

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  1. Oh my goodness Rene! These activities are so awesome! You are so inspiring! Keep up the good work!

  2. I loved your idea with Memorial Day memory game! What a great post! thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Anastasia. I'm so excited that my kiddo can finally play games like Memory. It took a VERY long time. Lol.

  3. I really like your fraction activity - a very clever way to make the concept meaningful.

    1. Thank you! The kiddos really seemed to understand it with the hands on component.

  4. Some great activities!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. Okay... absolutely LOVE your math activities. Love the floral arrangement activity and using a ice cube tray/ water dropper for fractions!

  6. This is a fantastic resource! We are going to take the kids to visit a cemetery and leave pennies for the soldiers buried there, but we are going to have to add a few of your ideas in also!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  7. There are SO many great activities here ... that not only help kids advance their literacy, math, etc., but also to understand and appreciate the holiday. My favorite is the counting soldiers! Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky!


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