Celebrating Memorial Day with FREEdom FREEBIES

This week my younger students  have been making a quick craftivity to commemorate Memorial Day.   I call it a Freedom Wreath!


freedom wreath


I helped them  trace their hands on red, white and blue paper and then glued them together to form a circular wreath and then added yellow stars.  I told them we are “putting our hands together” for all those who served our country.  I explained what this expression meant and demonstrated it in action.  We all took turns clapping for the brave men and women who have fought to defend our country.  On  the fingers of the wreath and the stars, you can display target words related to articulation or vocabulary currently being addressed.   Students can take home their wreaths and share them with their family.

With my older students this week, we are discussing background information regarding the origin of the Memorial Day holiday.    We are comparing Memorial Day to Veteran’s Day.  I am realizing that so many of my students have no idea why we actually celebrated this day. I am also  learning many facts along with them  about the similarities and differences between these two patriotic holidays.

mem day venn pic


We referenced this website which clearly explains the difference between both days and organized our information into a Venn diagram which you can download here.



If you are celebrating the upcoming weekend with a cookout, here is an old post  I wrote for a delicious and healthy version of s’mores!  There’s another freebie included in this post for a camping auditory memory game so check it out here!!


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