Remembrance Day Postcards
Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919. It was to commemorate the agreement that ended the First World War on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.
The Act of Remembrance
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. We will remember them.
It is a day to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country.
Not only those who served in World War 1 but those who continue to serve us today.
This activity is to get kids talking about Remembrance Day in a way that means something to them. It will allow them to visually and verbally express themselves.
What you will need:
- postcard size paper (preferably card stock)
- paint (if you so choose)
Step by Step:
1. You can distribute postcards to your kids and explain that they will be drawing on one side of the postcard. They can use different materials to draw (crayons, markers, pastels, pencils) whichever you have at your disposal.
2. Ask them to draw what comes to mind when they think of Remembrance Day. This will generate different ideas, instead of all of them being the same. If they are still stuck, you can suggest poppies, crosses, or using the internet to look up poems and create an image from that.
3. Once they have finished creating their art, have them write about Remembrance Day. You can provide a few options for those who have writer's block.
What does Remembrance Day mean to you?
Who do you think of when Remembrance Day comes around?
Write a postcard to a war veteran.
What does a poppy represent for you?
When they are finished you can hang them from the ceiling using string and paperclips. If you completed this at school, you can hang them together to create a walkthrough. This will allow everyone to see both the artwork and what they had to say. Also, a great chance for veterans or others to walk through and see what your class has done as well.
A Poppy Is to Remember by Heather Patterson and Ron Lightburn
In Flander's Field by Michael Rickelton