This month our school is celebrating Patriotism. (We have written about Memorial Day before at More Than a Barbecue and Citizenship if you are in need of additional resources.) This year we are using The Poppy Lady by Barbara Walsh as our book of the month. It is About Moina Belle Michael who helped establish the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for veterans. The following video is the the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae written in May 1915. This video is in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives during war.
A Poppy is to Remember is another tribute to our American service men and women, as well as to those from other nations who have fought side by side with them to restore peace and freedom in troubled regions of the world. Even as they fought and died together, let us also remember them together.
This discussion and activity guide by Debbie Gonzales is excellent – The Poppy Lady Discussion Guide.
Have students write a cinquain for soldiers and post poems to your class blog. Share their work and tributes with local VFW associations.