Veterans Day Activities for Elementary Students

Lisa R. Parker

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th and was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the truce that helped end World War I. Today, Veterans Day honors the experiences and contributions of service members during times of war and peace. 

In the United States alone, there are over 18 million military veterans. That means there’s a good chance your school has an educator or a student’s relative who served or is serving in the armed forces. In your class, there could even be a student from a military family who has been impacted by their caregiver’s service.

If you’re wondering how to teach your students about Veterans Day, explore these Veterans Day activities, digital resources, and interactive crafts.

8 Resources for Teaching Veterans Day to Elementary Students

Acknowledge this day in your elementary classroom with these reading and writing exercises, social studies lessons, and patriotic art projects. 

"Veterans Day Book & Activities" with three worksheets pictured below the title, plus the text "Free Spanish Version"

Veterans Day Activities and Book by Nicole and Eliceo
Grades: K-1 | Subjects: Reading, Spanish
Bilingual, English and Spanish

"America the Brave: Election Day & Veterans Day" shown with pictures of the red, white, and blue Veterans Day activities for elementary students.

Veterans Day, America, & Voting – Social Studies Interactive Activities by Reagan Tunstall
Grades: K-2 | Subjects: English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Social Studies

"Learn All About Veteran's Day" with two clipart pictures of military soldiers and snapshots of the resource pages.

Veterans Day Activities by Latoya Reed
Grades: K-2 | Subject: English Language Arts

"Veterans Day" in red, white, and blue with pictures of the resource pages and the call-out "English and Spanish"

Veterans Day Craft in English and Spanish by Bilingual Scrapbook
Grades: K-2 | Subjects: Spanish, Writing
Bilingual, English and Spanish

"Veteran's Day" with a clipart army soldier gesturing to the interactive Veterans Day activities for elementary students on the clipart computer screen.

Interactive Google Slides for Veterans Day by First Grade Hip Hip Hooray
Grades: 1-2 | Subject: Writing

"Veterans Day" with an American flag and two soldiers.

Veterans Day Activities and Worksheets by Fishyrobb
Grades: 2-3 | Subjects: English Language Arts, Social Studies

"Celebrating and Remembering Veterans Day Teach-Go Flip Books" in black and white with two clipart soldiers and the call out "Print and Digital included"

Digital Veterans Day Writing Activities Bulletin Board, Thank you Cards Letter by The Little Ladybug Shop
Grades: 3-4 | Subjects: English Language Arts, U.S. History

"Veterans Day Craft by TNB Creations" with patriotic border and a photo of the completed activity.

Veterans Day Craft by TNB Creations
Grades: K-6 | Subjects: Arts & Music, Writing

A Few Bonus Resources That Work for Elementary and Middle Schoolers

Teach a variety of grade levels? These social studies and art activities can help both elementary and middle school students reflect on the experience of those serving in the military.

"Doodle&Do Veterans Day Fact Hunt, Doodle Infographic, Soldier Poem" with American flag border and photos of the colored in elementary activities.

Veterans Day Activities – Fact Hunt, Doodle Infographic and Poetry Writing by Brain Waves Instruction
Grades: 4-7 | Subjects: English Language Arts, Reading, Poetry

"Patriotic Agamographs for America and Canada" against a black background and pictures of the completed Veterans Day elementary activity

Patriotic Agamographs | Great Veterans’ Day Activity | Remembrance Day (Canada) by Art with Jenny
Grades: 3-8 | Subject: Social Studies – History

Find more Veterans Day lessons on TPT to help your students learn more about this day across any grade level or subject area.

Did you know? Most of these activities are available with a school-funded subscription! Share TPT School Access® with your principal to get the TPT resources you need, without paying out of pocket.

This post has been updated for 2022.

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