Anyway (small vent over), back to the original theme of this post - remembering Remembrance Day. Last week we had spent quite a bit of time dedicated to activities related to Remembrance Day, and specifically, the poem "In Flanders Fields". We read for fluency, work through a comprehension assignment, and memorize the poem to present at our assembly. I am proud to say that every single students memorized the poem by Friday. Good job, class. As part of our week, the students also completed Remembrance Day posters and poems. The posters and poems are entered into a Canada-wide contest through the Legion. Some of my students did an absolutely fantastic job on their posters - amazing!
The poems the students wrote had to be submitted on plain white paper, but the students made a second copy to display in the classroom. We used special stationery for this poem (which I uploaded to google docs. Click here to download your own copy). As I had uploaded it previously, the students simply went on to google docs, downloaded the stationery, and typed their poems into the text box on the stationery. So simple, and yet so effective. Today we mounted the poems on black construction paper, and added a paper poppy (another foldable!) for a special touch.
The last thing I want to share with you today is a video we have shown at our Remembrance Day assembly for the past 5 or 6 years - A Pittance of Time. As it is a Canadian video, perhaps many of you are unfamiliar with it. It ALWAYS brings a tear to my eye. It is so important to teach our young students the importance of recognizing and respecting our troops - not just on Remembrance Day, but every day.