Remembering Remembrance Day

15 November 2011
Sorry for the lack of regular posts, lately - I've been having some camera and internet issues.  Frankly, I've been having some spare time issues, as well.  Whew!  Is it Christmas Break, yet???  And speaking of Christmas Break, we're not done school until December 23rd this year - the 23rd!!!  My goodness - how on Earth is this possible???

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.


  1. What a beautiful post! Nicely done.


    Erin Klein

  2. OMG I love the video. I am crying. We have always lacked a great video at our assembly.. This one is it! I am saving it to my class wiki for next year. Thanks for sharing. I love your art too... great post!

  3. I wish I had seen this last week. I am definitely going to save it for next year. You see, I have a son in the Army so it really hits home. Thank you so much for sharing. I loved the writing idea and will probably borrow that idea too. I don't know how you have the time you do to teach and make all these things for TPT and come up with all these wonderful ideas. You are truly gifted!

  4. My sons' elementary school has played that video annually and you'd think I'd be used to it and stop crying by now. It is so powerful. The school I am working at this year may not use it, but I will play it on November 11 when my boys and I remember and offer up our own pittance of time.

    Your art work is great and thank you again for the reminder of what we all owe to our veterans.

  5. Hiya I have downloaded your poppy stationery to Google Docs (thanks), however, I don't seem to be able to type in the text box. I'm a bit of a novice so not sure if I am doing something wrong.

    1. I was having the same problem, but realized that she has just inserted a square in the drawing section, not a text box. I double clicked the square and then inserted a text box inside the exact same size as the square BEFORE sharing it with students. That way when they made a copy to their drive it had the text box inside already.

  6. Jen have always loved you creative and practical ideas. Thank you for sharing from your generous Heart