Veterans Day Library Lesson -- Elementary


Need a fun, informative library lesson for Veterans Day? The first part is for whole group discussions and gives basic information about Veterans Day. The second part is 45 post-lesson scrolling PPT or Google Slides. Editable in PPT and Google.

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NOTE: This presentation is very USA-centric. I mention Remembrance Day in a few slides, but the majority of this presentation is about the US military, US national monuments, and US history.

This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Many elementary librarians are purchasing both the Digital Storytimes and Digital Bulletin Boards for each weekly theme. Combining them into one product saves you money and time. I’ve covered all grades here, from K-6.

See a demo of one of my Digital Storytimes here. (YouTube link)

This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! Everything you need to teach elementary students about Veterans Day is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.

Needed to open and editGoogle™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

Recommended for GradesK-6


  • 66-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. 15 slides are whole class discussion slides, which are great to preface a Veterans Day read-aloud. 45 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 18 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for K-6 books about Veterans Day. All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


15 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • Suggested storytime song and YouTube link (“America the Beautiful”)
  • Clipart + link to “veteran” in American Sign Language
  • Explanation of who veterans are, the sacrifices they make, why we celebrate them, and how to say thank you to veterans.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-3. I took great care to include images of male and female veterans with various skin tones.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 45 slides for Grades K-6
  • photos and information about national monuments (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Vietnam Veterans Memorial/The Wall, Marine Corps War Memorial/Iwo Jima, USS Arizona/Pearl Harbor, Arlington National Cemetery
  • information about five branches of the US military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • information about Tuskegee Airmen and women who fought in the US Civil War
  • correct spelling of “Veterans Day”
  • 18 visual booktalks; includes picture books, middle grade novels, nonfiction, and poetry for Grades K-6
  • 2 “Would you rathers”
  • vocabulary words: salute and half-mast
  • Loaded with fun facts, Did you knows…, a “What do you think?” question


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