Here’s a word search puzzle in honor of Veterans Day. Enjoy and remember to thank a veteran.
The men and women who have served in the United States armed forces have their own special day each year. Veterans Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918, is a time to celebrate American veterans’ patriotism and willingness to sacrifice their lives for our country.
At first, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and was set aside to honor veterans
of World War I. It was changed in 1954 to include veterans of all wars. In 1968, with the
passing of the Uniform Holiday Bill, Veterans Day was slated to be celebrated on the
fourth Monday in October. That move proved so unpopular that the official Veterans Day
holiday was returned to Nov. 11 in 1975.
• As Veterans Day approaches, watch your newspaper for stories about local veterans. Ask students to read the stories and underline quotes that illustrate pride, patriotism, and love for our country.
• Invite a veteran to speak to your class about his or her experiences. Prior to your guest’s visit, have students make a list of reporter’s questions to ask and, afterward, write a story based on what they learned.
• Have students look through the newspaper for stories about world conflict. Ask: Are United States servicemen or women involved in any way? If so, ask students to identify the U.S. role in the conflict.
Activities are from KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide from the NIE Institute.
Here is an informative guide on the World War II Memorial in Washington,D.C. from The Washington Times.
Have a safe and happy Halloween! Here’s a word search you can print and share.
From KRP’s Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide…
Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is an ancient celebration that can be traced to the early Catholic Church and “All Saints Day,” an observance in honor of saints. However, in the 5th century B.C., in Celtic Ireland, people began celebrating All Saints Day as the Celtic New Year and developed customs designed to ward off spirits who came back to Earth that day looking for living bodies to possess.
Halloween was brought to America in the 1840s by Irish immigrants fleeing their country’s potato famine. Although the belief in spirit possession had waned, many of the customs that had developed over the years were still being observed. One custom — dressing up like ghosts and goblins and “begging” for candy and gifts — remains a popular Halloween tradition today.
•Have students search the newspaper for ads with a Halloween theme. Have them cut out pictures and graphics that they think best symbolizes this age-old holiday. They can use their cutouts to make a poster or bulletin board display.
•Ask students to talk about Halloween safety. Then ask them to create a newspaper ad to encourage trick-or-treaters to be careful this year.
•Have students search the newspaper for a real or fictitious character to dress up as this year. Ask each to describe in writing or draw the costume he or she would wear.
1. Choose a light-colored costume or add glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume so your kids can be easily seen.
2. Don’t buy a costume unless it’s labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn.
3. Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths.
4. Don’t let your children wear masks – they can make it difficult for kids to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger children draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves.
5. Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip.
6. Avoid long or baggy skirts, pants, or shirtsleeves that could catch on something and cause falls.
7. Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are flexible.
8. Accompany young children (under age 10) on their rounds. But make sure they know their home phone number, the cell phone numbers of parents and any other trusted adult who’s supervising, and how to call 911 in case they get lost.
9. For older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, make sure you approve of the route they’ll be taking and know when they’ll be coming home. Also be sure that they: carry a cell phone, if possible go in a group and stay together, only go to houses with porch lights on, walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never walk through alleys or across lawns), never go into strangers’ homes or cars, cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
10. Give kids flashlights with new batteries.
11. Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.
12. When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they’re safely sealed and there are no signs of tampering, such as small pinholes, loose or torn packages, and packages that appear to have been taped or glued back together. Throw out loose candy, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.
13. Don’t allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
14. Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home, too. Remove lawn decorations, sprinklers, toys, bicycles, wet leaves, or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well-lit outside entrance to your home. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.
Happy first day of autumn! Download and print this word search puzzle by clicking here.