Mentor Monday...Veteran's Day

Mentor Monday is still here for another 1 1/2 hours, right??  I am late to the party, but I am here to link up and to focus on...Veteran's Day books and activities, and in honor of the occasion, I decided to whip out a new partner script which seems to be a little niche for me right now.  I'm trying to expand my store a bit, and I do love to write.  I'm not saying they are a work of art or anything, but I am enjoying myself and that's important, right??  Plus, my students think it is pretty awesome that their teacher spent time writing material for them, and honestly, that makes me smile. it is, and I am giving a copy away to someone who leaves me a comment below.  Be sure to include your email, okay.  It will make it easier for me to deliver.

The story line of the script is that Mr. Harrison, a Vietnam War Veteran, has come to visit Mrs. Wall's class.  Mr. Harrison shares history about what happens on Veteran's day, how it began, and why it's important.  He does not share about his experiences in the military, and the children do not ask.  He is respected and honored the way our Veterans should be.  The script is 3 pages long and is accompanied by comprehension question task cards, a vocabulary page, and a post reading page.  A classroom could enjoy it all in a day or two.  The set is $2.00 in my store.  

Now, Mentor Monday is intended for book sharing, so the book I wanted to highlight this week is a Rookie Reader because honestly, there aren't many books about Veteran's Day.  The best one, in my opinion, is The Wall by Eve Bunting, but someone already shared that one. (Sad Face...Just kidding)
I do love the Rookie Readers, and honestly, this gives me a chance to put on my reading teacher hat and remind folks to select books that meet kids where they are.  Rookie Readers have been around for a long time, and I believe half of the collection was written by Alan Fowler.  That man is a saint!  He has provided so many reading opportunities to kids who struggle by sharing content that has controlled vocabulary.  We really need more Rookie Readers or books like them to help kids access information at a high level.

Here is how Amazon describes the book:
Explains the history of Veterans Day and why it is observed, and suggests ways of honoring veterans on this special day, such as flying the flag, attending parades, buying poppies, and visiting hospitals.
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I also love these free resources:

Veterans Day FREEBIE!!! Veterans Day True & False Pocket Chart & Writing Activity Veterans Day Mini Booklet
Veterans Day~ Poppy Craft {Freebie} Veterans Day FREEBIE Pack! (Original Poem, Emergent Reader
Websites you might check out:
 2008 Veterans Day Poster  
Now don't forget to leave a comment and your email.  I will select one winner for my unit, and most importantly, don't forget to thank our Veterans for serving.  It's a rough world we live in right now, and I'd like to thank my cousin, Chad (3 deployments), niece Melanie (1 deployment), nephew Brett (3 deployments), and my uncle Mike (a Vietnam War vet).  Bless you for leaving your families and putting yourselves in harms' way to protect our freedoms.  

Have a great Tuesday, and don't forget to vote tomorrow.  


  1. Our school is named after a local hero whose name is on The Wall. Students should be taught about the sacrifices that are made to keep us safe. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I would love to have a solid resource to help me teach Veteran's Day.
    Thanks for sharing this great resource.

  3. Thanks for your great write-up filled with amazing resources. I'd love a copy of your work of art as well, so I can share with my students about the many sacrifices our veterans made and continue to make for our country! Annie -

  4. And the winner is...Emily. I asked Catherine, my daughter to pick a #, and she chose 2. Emailing it out now.


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